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Last Update on July 29, 2014 07:06 GMT

IN THE NEWS: REPORT SAYS SURVEILLANCE IS HAMPERING JOURNALISTS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Two human rights groups say the staggering amount of personal information available to government security officials has restricted the flow of information to journalists.

Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union concluded in a report Monday that journalists have to work harder to get sensitive information because they know the government can track their exchanges with sources through phone, email and other electronic records.

The rights groups also say the Obama administration's efforts to prosecute people who leak government secrets and to encourage federal employees to report suspected leakers mean fewer government sources are willing to talk to reporters.

Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi criticized the report as relying more on opinion than fact. He says officials constantly try to balance national security with freedom of the press.

IN THE NEWS: CLEVELAND OPENS SCHOOL FOCUSING ON DIGITAL ARTS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- A new school in Cleveland will use projects such as the creation of movies, video games and sound recordings to drive learning of traditional subjects while teaching students skills in the digital arts.

Cleveland High School for Digital Arts welcomed 116 freshmen Monday for their first day of classes at the school. Classes will be held year-round, with 10-week sessions followed by three-week breaks. The 10-week sessions will have different themes. Students then will create a digital project at the end of the grading period that could be a video, a game design or a digital sound recording.

The school is the brainchild of Marsha Dobrzynski (dobr-ZIN'-skee) from the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning in Cleveland. The Cleveland and Gund foundations are providing financial assistance.

 
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