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AM News Break 11/15/21

By: Holly Hodges

In campus news, the Boone Town Council Cultural Advisory Board met on Monday to discuss upcoming community events. According to reports from The Appalachian, the CAB receives funding from private and local organizations for local art and cultural organizations. According to CAB member Linda Miller, the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has helped attendance get back to where it was before the pandemic. Candice Cook, CAB’s tourism marketing director, said Banner Elk, Beech Mountain and Blowing Rock will be bringing back their holiday events such as various lighting displays. Members at the meeting also discussed various upcoming renovation projects including the Jones House which received a new paint job for the first time in a decade.

In national news, on Friday, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge terminated Britney Spears’ conservatorship after nearly 14 years. Spears took to social media to celebrate the termination of her conservatorship, saying it was the “best day ever.” Outside the courthouse, fans took to the streets to celebrate the occasion with some singing Spears’ “Stronger.” According to Associated Press , the singer now has control over her own medical, financial and personal decisions for the first time since 2008. Fans continued their celebration on social media by trending the hashtag #FreedBritney, a change from the hashtag #FreeBritney which was used for years.

In international news, Social media giants met with several world leaders at a summit on Thursday in Paris to issue a call to action for protecting children online. According to the Associated Press , the call was initiated by France and UNICEF which acknowledged that children may come across harmful content online such as cyberbullying, human trafficking, sexual and gender based violence, and more. President Macron addressed the issue adding that there needs to be more online regulation of content to prevent children from being able to access all content without rules. Social media companies have generally banned children under 13 years of age from joining their platforms, although it is widely documented that children sign up anyways with or without their parents permission.

Today’s weather is brought to you by Ray’s Weather Center at You can expect to see mostly cloudy skies throughout the morning that should clear up in the afternoon. Today’s high is 40 degrees and the low is 27. You might see some snow flurries early in the morning at higher altitudes, so be sure to dress warm.

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