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Cheat Sheet: July 16, 2012

African Union elects first female leader

On Sunday, Ethiopia hosted a summit for heads of state and government to elect a leader for the African Union. After months of deadlock, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa’s home affairs minister, became the first female chair of the African Union Commission. The 63-year-old is not only the first woman to lead the continent, but also the first politician from South Africa to hold this prominent position. (Source)

Virginia to implement NCLB waiver

Virginia is leaving behind No Child Left Behind. Well, for the next two years anyway. Education officials are working on a two-year waiver from NCLB, a federal program that currently sets precedents for and tracks student achievement across the country. Education officials are now tasked with developing alternate ways to monitor student progress and allocating additional support to the lowest performing schools in the state. As of July, Virginia is among 24 other states that have received the waiver. (Source)

USPS baseball stamps set record for preorders

The United States Postal Service has hit the ball out of the park with its new series of baseball stamps. Set to release on Friday, the Forever baseball stamps have set a new record for Postal Service preorders, totaling 1.5 million presales. The stamps feature Hall of Famers such as Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Larry Doby and Willie Stargell.  Currently, Joe DiMaggio’s stamp is the most popular. (Source)

“American Idol” seeking new judges

Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler and singer/actress Jennifer Lopez have both confirmed that they will not return to Fox’s “American Idol” next season. Tyler announced he was quitting the show last Thursday, claiming he needed to focus on his band. The next day, Lopez publicized her departure. The remaining host, Randy Jackson, has been with “Idol” from the start. It is unknown if he will remain for another season, as the ratings continue to drop. Another unknown is who will replace Lopez and Tyler; no celebrity names have yet been mentioned. (Source)

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