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A Publix bakery in South Carolina censored the Latin phrase “summa cum laude” on a graduation cake. The word “cum” is Latin for “with”—“summa cum laude” meaning “with highest honor”—but the bakery apparently thought it was a salacious slang term in English, so the cake was inscribed “Summa --- Laude.” The cake recipient, graduate Jacob Koscinski, 18, was “absolutely humiliated.”
A New Jersey high-school principal has apologized to black students for the words “Party like it’s 1776” on tickets to the senior prom, which has a Revolutionary War theme. After numerous complaints, principal Dennis Perry of Cherry Hill High School East said it was “insensitive and irresponsible” of officials “not to appreciate that not all communities can celebrate what life was like in 1776.”
Boring but important
Trump pushes higher postal rates for Amazon
President Trump has urged the U.S. Postal Service to double the rates it charges Amazon to deliver packages, The Washington Post reported. Trump has met with U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan at the White House several times since the beginning of 2017 to push for higher rates, according to administration sources. Brennan has repeatedly pushed back against the president’s demands, explaining that current arrangements with Amazon and other companies are not only profitable for the Postal Service but also bound by contracts and subject to regulatory review. Trump believes that Amazon is being unfairly subsidized by the Postal Service and has lashed out on Twitter at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post.