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National Archives letter Mar-a-Lago, Breonna Taylor, student loans. This is Tuesday’s news.

A letter from the National Archives to Trump’s lawyers in May details the urgency of finding Mar-a-Lago. A former cop pleads guilty to lying on Breonna Taylor’s search warrant. And the story of a USA TODAY reporter who was pulled over by cops while driving the Wienermobile.

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Letter from the National Archives: Classified Documents Found at Mar-a-Lago

Months before FBI agents descended on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, federal officials privately described the urgency of a Justice Department investigation into the former president’s handling of documents classified to Trump’s attorneys, according to a May letter from the National Archives and Archives. Administration. Here’s what we know.

  • In the letter: The acting archivist summarily dismissed Trump’s efforts to shield the documents from scrutiny and told attorneys that FBI agents would begin examining an initial cache of highly sensitive documents recovered from Trump’s property in Florida in January.
  • January’s search: More than 100 classified documents were recovered from the first 15 boxes of documents transferred to the Mar-a-Lago National Archives – more than 700 pages – and some include the highest classification levels, according to the letter. During the August search, 11 sets of classified documents and more than 20 boxes were taken from the property.

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Ex-detective pleads guilty to hiding Breonna Taylor’s search warrant

Former Louisville Metro Police Detective Kelly Hanna Goodlett pleaded guilty on Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to violate the civil rights of Breonna Taylor for helping to falsify an affidavit for the search of the Taylor’s apartment which ended in her death in March 2020. Goodlett admitted she lied about a postal inspector checking Taylor was receiving packages for her ex-boyfriend at her apartment before the raid . She faces a sentence of up to five years in prison. keep reading.

A mural in Annapolis, Maryland honors Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed by members of the Louisville Metro Police Department in March 2020.

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What happens if I don’t repay my federal student loans?

Don’t want to look at how much you owe on student loans? You’re not alone. The pause on federal student loans has been extended several times since the start of the pandemic. But if you’ve seen jokes about never paying back your loans, “lol” and keep scrolling. Here’s what happens if you don’t pay.

Here’s the deal:

  • What you should not do: Don’t go the “ostrich” way and “just stick your head in the sand,” experts say. Tackle it head-on.
  • If you miss a payment: The student loan may be in default, which can hurt your credit. You could also lose repayment plan options and face other penalties.
  • Having trouble making your payments? You may have options. Contact the federal loan provider and explain the situation to explore repayment plans, forgiveness or other options.

👉 Student loan freeze: President Joe Biden could announce the long-awaited decision to cancel $10,000 in student loan debt.

Too Much Talent Band performs at a rally to urge President Joe Biden to cancel student debt near the White House in Washington DC, Wednesday, July 27, 2022.

Banning Our Books: Librarians Take Center Stage in Culture Wars

Librarians have become the targets of a new front in the culture wars over what and how to teach children about race and gender. Educators, including librarians, are being harassed more often amid record numbers of book banning efforts. As the number of school librarians continues to dwindle, many remain committed to their work – but wonder how much they can handle. Learn more about the challenges faced by librarians.

Martha Hickson is a veteran school librarian from New Jersey who was harassed and nearly fired from her job last year for refusing to remove controversial books from her library's collection.

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A journalist’s dream job on the Wienermobile

Pass the reins to the journalist Cady Stanton for this one. Enjoy. 😊

On a hot July day, I was waiting in the lobby of the USA TODAY office in Washington, DC. When a big orange and yellow flash passed, I knew my vehicle had arrived: the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. I was off to meet the people – aka Hotdoggers – who drive the 27-foot-long, 6-ton novelty vehicle. After jumping, I was offered the “shot-bun” spot up front and reminded to buckle up my “meat-belt”. There’s a certain childish, giddy joy that comes with seeing a giant hot dog roll through the city streets. People were waving. But about 30 minutes later our ride was suddenly interrupted – we were stopped. keep reading.

A selfie inside the Wienermobile during our ride.

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