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Back to school 2018: Here is where teachers can get discounts on supplies

They could be the three words that parents most love to hear: back to school.

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For many, August will see children heading back to classrooms for the start of a new school year. 

For teachers, it means getting a classroom stocked and ready as their students return. It can also mean a hit to a teacher’s wallet.

>>Target offering 15% off school supplies for teacher

A growing list of retailers are offering teachers some relief in the form of discounts and special offers. 

Below is a list of some deals from online and brick-and-mortar retailers. 

Note: Most deals require that a teacher’s identification be verified. 

Educator discounts:

  • Academic Superstore: With some exceptions, part- or full-time students, teachers or faculty members attending or employed by an accredited, degree-granting institution (K-12 or higher Ed), you are eligible for a discount on school supplies.
  • A.C. Moore: Get 15 percent off an entire purchase with a valid teacher identification.
  • Barnes & Noble: Get 20 percent off the publisher’s price for books purchased for the classroom. 
  • Bookmans: Get 20 percent off purchases when you sign up for the Project Educate program.
  • Costco Wholesale: Teachers who sign up for a new membership can get over $60 in savings. Teacher identification is required.
  • Container Store: Sign up for the Organized Teacher Discount Program, available until Dec. 31, 2018, and get email notice of sales and discounts.
  • DickBlick Art Supplies: Get school supply discounts and free lesson plans.
  • Discount School Supply: Get discounts on school supplies to U.S. educators.
  • Dollar Days: Get wholesale prices on school supplies. For information on additional discounts, call 877-837-9569 or email
  • First Book: Get 50-90 percent off retail book prices if you are in one of these groups.
  • GelPro: Get 25 percent off your online purchases. Teacher identification must be verified (source).
  • Half Price Books: Teachers get a 10 percent discount at Half Price Books when they sign up for an Educator Discount Card.
  • Hobby Lobby: Get a 10 percent discount on in-store purchases. You must pay with a check or bank card provided by the school.
  • Home Depot: Teachers in public schools can apply for a tax-free exemption on classroom purchases.
  • JoAnn Fabric: Get 15 percent off both in-store and online to U.S. teachers. You must show valid teacher identification.
  • K12 School Supplies: Get a 30-80 percent discount on closeout and clearance school supplies. Inventory is limited.
  • Kennelly Keys Music: Get a 20 percent discount on orders of books and sheet music made through the phone or in-store only. Call 425-771-7020 or email for more information. 
  • Kiwi Crate: Get discounts on bulk classroom orders.
  • LakeShore Learning: Join the Lakeshore Learning Teacher’s Club and get 15 percent off in-store purchases.
  • Michaels: Get a 15 percent discount on in-store purchases.
  • Naked Binder: Get special discounts on nontoxic, environmentally safe and 100 percent recyclable school products. Email or call 877-446-2533.
  • Oriental Trading: Get discounted teaching supplies. 
  • PBS: PB Learning Media offers teachers free access to digital curriculum-based resources.
  • Get 10 percent off all orders. Valid teacher identification required. 
  • Quail Ridge Books: K-12 teachers can get a complimentary membership to the Readers’ Club which includes a 30 percent discount on The New York Times hardcover bestsellers, and a 10 percent discount on most items for personal purchase. You can also get a 21 percent discount on books for classroom use. 
  • Raymond Geddes School Supplies: Sign up for a Raymond Geddes School Supplies account and get 10 percent off your next order. 
  • Scholastic Teacher Store: Get special discounts and sales on books, software, curriculum programs, and teaching resources. 
  • Silhouette: Silhouette offers a discount to U.S. and Canadian teachers. Send your account address, school name and location, and teaching certificate to (source).
  • Timesavers for Teachers: Get 20 percent off purchases when you use the code “timesavers.”
  • Yoobi: Elementary schools that have more than 70 percent of students enrolled in the free or reduced-price lunch program can get free classroom packs.

Lay’s releases 8 new potato chip flavors inspired by ‘local cuisine’ of America

Lay’s is releasing 8 brand new potato chip flavors this month inspired by food favorites from across the United States.

Each flavor of the “Taste of America” collection is inspired by a regional favorite, based on customer feedback from different regions, a representative of Frito Lay told USA Today.

Starting July 30, the eight flavors will be available in the regional markets that are represented, through September 23.

Customers can also order all eight flavors online

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Here is the Lay’s Taste of America summer collection and featured region as described on the Lay’s website:

1. Cajun Spice, Central Gulf

Inspired by the flavors of the Gulf Coast with a taste of garlic, paprika, onion and oregano.

2. Chesapeake Bay Crab Spice

Inspired by crab shacks along the Atlantic, here’s a taste of the Bay with custom-blended spices ready to savor.

3. Chili Con Queso

Inspired by legendary Tex-Mex of the Southwest, here’s a taste of velvety cheddar queso with a dash of spice.

4. Deep Dish Pizza

Inspired by the Giordano’s pizza recipe made famous in the Midwest, here’s a taste of their iconic stuffed deep-dish pizza.

5. Fried Pickles with Ranch

Inspired by a deep-fried favorite at Midwest state fairs, get a taste of fried pickles with ranch.

6. New England Lobster Roll

Inspired by lobster shacks of the Northeast, here’s a taste of fresh lobster served on a buttery grilled roll.

7. Pimento Cheese

Inspired by Sunday socials and Southern charm, here’s a taste of creamy sharp cheddar with a hint of cayenne pepper.

8. Thai Sweet Chili

Inspired by the food truck scene of the Pacific Northwest, get a taste of Thai sweet chili sauce with a hint of heat. 

Deputy loses dance-off after accidental 911 call turns into competition

An accidental call to 911 ended with a dance showdown near Los Angeles.

Vic Ekanem, a patrol deputy with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, responded to the 911 call that turned out to be an accident.

The call could have been quick, but Ekanem was challenged by a young man at the home to a dance-off. 

According to the sheriff’s department, Ekanem, who works out of the Palmdale station, had the winning moves --t is, until it came to a popular dance called the Floss. That’s when the young man took the virtual dance trophy. 

The sheriff’s office did concede on its Facebook post that Ekanem wasn’t king of the dance, but said “it was very hot that day and that flashlight kinda threw off his balance.”

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Ekanem is part of the department’s S.H.A.R.E. program. S.H.A.R.E. stands for Stop Hate and Respect Everyone and was started in 2008. The focus of the initiative is to connect with kids as they leave grade school and enter high school and to hopefully prevent kids from falling into “cliques which may practice very negative views such as hate and intolerance.”

The team of deputies works in the summer visiting community events to introduce the program to younger kids. 

Russian government accuses FBI of 'political put-up job' after suspected foreign agent indicted

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused the FBI of “implementing a political put-up job” after authorities arrested a Russian national over the weekend on allegations that she illegally acted as an unregistered foreign agent.

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Authorities on Sunday arrested Mariia Butina, a 29-year-old Russian citizen living in Washington, D.C., on suspicion of “conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within the United States without prior notification to the Attorney General,” according to the Justice Department. In a criminal complaint released Monday, authorities accused Butina of failing to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

>> From Cox Media Group’s Jamie Dupree: Russian woman arrested, charged with illegal political activities in U.S.

In a pair of tweets attributed Wednesday to Maria Zakharova, director of the Information and Press Department for Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the foreign ministry wrote that officials were dismayed to learn of Butin’s arrest.

“We are dismayed by the reported arrest of Russian citizen Maria Butina in the US on July 15,” Zakharova said, using an alternative spelling of Butina’s first name. “It looks as if the FBI, instead of carrying out their responsibility of fighting crime, is implementing a political put-up job set to it by forces that are whipping up anti-Russia hysteria in the US.”

Justice Department officials allege that Butina schmoozed with influential people and organizations in the U.S. in order to advance the interests of Russia.

“From as early as 2015 and continuing through at least February 2017, Butina worked at the direction of a high-level official in the Russian government who was previously a member of the legislature of the Russian Federation and later became a top official at the Russian Central Bank,” Justice Department officials said Monday in a news release. 

>> Who is Mariia Butina, the woman charged with acting as a Russian agent in the US?

Authorities added that the unnamed official was among the 24 Russian oligarchs and senior Russian government officials sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department for profiting from the country’s illegal and subversive activities in the U.S. and abroad. 

Butina was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for a hearing. Prosecutors are expected to argue that the 29-year-old should be held without bail ahead of trial because she is a flight risk, NPR reported.

Clown car: Driver uses clown masks to try to get into HOV lane

You may have names for the commuters who share the road during rush-hour traffic. Clown may be the safest one to go with. 

But one driver in New York may live up to that moniker.

A driver in the high occupancy lane on FDR Drive in New York City tried to beat the law by adding clowns, to his convertible to qualify for the HOV lane, WNBC reported

Masks were added to some of headrests in the car, but sitting in the passenger seat was a person-like shape wearing a mask, with an arm and hand draped casually out of the window. 

The unidentified driver was sporting sunglasses, a red clown nose and a cigarette. 

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By law, drivers with passengers in the car can use the HOV lanes, usually with a minimum of two or three people in the car, WNBC reported.

If a police officer sees some alone in a vehicle using HOV lanes, or using a fake passenger to get around the rules, the officer can issue a summons. Drivers face two points on their license for breaking the law, WNBC reported.

Virginia man calls police over foul during pickup basketball game

A game of pickup basketball at an LA Fitness in Sterling, Virginia, pivoted quickly when a player called police for being fouled.

“Today for the first time in my life ... I experienced someone call the police because they got fouled hard in basketball,” one of the players posted on Twitter.

The photo shows two deputies with two of the basketball players inside the fitness center.

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The man who shared the photo told WTTG that he thought the man was joking until police showed up.

“I thought he was joking,” the man said. “I thought he was being extra.”

He told WTTG that the man was being blocked by the man in the Twitter photo wearing the tattoo sleeves. The man allegedly fell on the floor, became extremely upset and said he was calling police. 

Another player captured the incident on video and posted it on Twitter.

The 911 call was made by a front desk worker at the gym. She told the dispatcher that the man was being assaulted on the basketball court, WSLS reports

The man who shared the photo told WTTG that the man who called police is a regular and has played basketball there many times. 

Gym management confirmed that the incident occurred and that police were called.

Sheriff’s officials told WSLS that neither man wanted to file a formal report.

Witnesses said that after the deputies left, the two men went back to the game. 

“You could tell it was strictly basketball,” the witnesses told WTTG. “There were no racial undertones or anything like that.”

Police: Man shoots suspected burglar holding his wife at gunpoint

A man opened fire Tuesday night when a pair of would-be home invaders attempted to force his wife into their Houston home at gunpoint, leaving one man injured, according to police and news reports.

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The incident started around 10:30 p.m., when the two men stole the woman’s purse while she was in the driveway of her home in South Houston, KPRC reported.

Police said the men tried to force the woman into her house while her husband was inside. The husband heard noises coming from outside the home and looked out a window to see that the men had grabbed his wife, according to KTRK.

He grabbed a pistol and confronted the men, exchanging gunshots with the suspects and injuring one of them, KTRK reported.

Police Lt. Larry Crowson told the Houston Chronicle that the injured man was shot in the head. He was last listed at a hospital in serious condition, the Chronicle reported

The other man ran from the scene, KRIV reported.

Neither of the victims were injured in the attack, according to KHOU.

Trump announces changes to new, $3.9B Air Force One

President Donald Trump has confirmed reports of major updates to Air Force One.

In an interview with CBS News Tuesday, he said the plane will have changes inside and out, including a bolder paint scheme.

“Boeing gave us a good deal. And we were able to take that,” Trump said. “But I said, ‘I wonder if we should use the same baby blue colors?’ And we’re not. Red, white and blue.”

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Defense announced the $3.9 billion contract with Seattle-based The Boeing Company for the manufacturing and engineering of two aircraft.

“Air Force One is going to be incredible,” Trump said. “It’s gonna be the top of the line. The top in the world and it’s gonna be red, white and blue, which I think is appropriate.”

Trump added that the contract was a good deal, saying he saved $1.5 billion.

The Associated Press reported in February that the price includes work to modify two 747-800 commercial planes with equipment needed for the presidential aircraft, such as a secure communications suite, self-defense system, medical facility and electrical power upgrades. It will also include work to build and develop the two planes.

“Boeing is proud to build the next generation of Air Force One, providing American presidents with a flying White House at outstanding value to taxpayers,” the company said in a statement Feb. 27. “President Trump negotiated a good deal on behalf of the American people.”

Work on the aircraft will be performed in San Antonio, Texas, and is expected to be completed by December 2024.

“I hate to say this, it’s gonna be a long time,” Trump told CBS News. “It’s a very complex project. But by the time it gets built, you're gonna have many presidents, hopefully, use it and enjoy it.”

Walt Disney World serves up giant 2 foot hot dog on National Hot Dog Day at Casey’s Corner

Hot Dog! Casey’s Corner in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is serving up a big way to celebrate National Hot Dog Day Wednesday. 

For one day only, the restaurant is offering 2-foot-long hot dogs, with a choice of mac and cheese, chili cheese or Casey’s Classic, according Disney Parks Blog

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Casey’s has always offered foot-long hot dogs on its menu, but since July 18 is National Hot Dog Day, guests can order the giant dog for themselves or to share with friends.

“Be sure to bring a friend or family member along and your camera, because you will definitely want to capture the moment for future bragging rights!,” the Disney Food Blog said.


Smithfield recalls over 24,000 lbs. of pepperoni cheese calzones due to plastic contamination

Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp. has recalled over 24,000 pounds of its pepperoni five cheese calzone, because it might be contaminated with hard, clear plastic.

The calzones were sold under the Stefano Foods label -- a business in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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One person reported to the Stefano Foods in July that they bit into the food and it caused a small cut in their mouth, according to the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The uncooked pepperoni five cheese calzone products were produced on May 23, 2018, under the name, “Stefano’s Calzone Pepperoni Five Cheese Stuffed with Pepperoni and a Five Cheese Blend.” The recalled items have a use by date of 1/18/19. 

The product was sold in stores nationwide.

Food safety officials are encouraging customers to check their freezers and refrigerators for this product.

The calzones should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase for a refund. 

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