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A drag queen who goes by the name Flame reads stories to children and their caretakers during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A drag queen who goes by the name Flame reads stories to children and their caretakers during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A group of Catholics pray outside a public library during a Drag Story Hour in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022. The "rosary rally" was in protest of the drag story time.

A drag queen who goes by the name Flame reads stories to children and their caretakers during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

Crayons are available for kids to color worksheets with while attending a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A drag queen who goes by the name Flame poses for a picture with Thomas Delattre, 2, during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A drag queen who goes by the name Flame reads stories to children and their caretakers during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A drag queen who goes by the name Flame reads stories to children and their caretakers during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A drag queen who goes by the name Flame reads stories to children and their caretakers during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A drag queen who goes by the name Flame reads stories to children and their caretakers during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A group of Catholics pray outside a public library during a Drag Story Hour in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022. The "rosary rally" was in protest of the drag story time.

A drag queen who goes by the name Flame reads stories to children and their caretakers during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A drag queen who goes by the name Flame reads stories to children and their caretakers during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A group of Catholics pray outside a public library during a Drag Story Hour in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022. The "rosary rally" was in protest of the drag story time.

A drag queen who goes by the name Flame reads stories to children and their caretakers during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A drag queen who goes by the name Flame reads stories to children and their caretakers during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A group of Catholics pray outside a public library during a Drag Story Hour in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022. The "rosary rally" was in protest of the drag story time.

A drag queen who goes by the name Flame reads stories to children and their caretakers during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

Crayons are available for kids to color worksheets with while attending a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A drag queen who goes by the name Flame poses for a picture with Thomas Delattre, 2, during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A drag queen who goes by the name Flame reads stories to children and their caretakers during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A drag queen who goes by the name Flame reads stories to children and their caretakers during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A drag queen who goes by the name Flame reads stories to children and their caretakers during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A drag queen who goes by the name Flame reads stories to children and their caretakers during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A group of Catholics pray outside a public library during a Drag Story Hour in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022. The "rosary rally" was in protest of the drag story time.

A drag queen who goes by the name Flame reads stories to children and their caretakers during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A drag queen who goes by the name Flame reads stories to children and their caretakers during a Drag Story Hour at a public library in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022.

A group of Catholics pray outside a public library during a Drag Story Hour in New York, Friday, June 17, 2022. The "rosary rally" was in protest of the drag story time.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Protesters pray outside a library in New York City as Flame, a drag queen sporting a bright wig and a red gown, entertains the children inside by singing the ABCs, leading a coloring activity and reading books about how it’s OK to be different.

Outside Chicago, protesters harass parents attending storytime with their children and proclaim that the staff operating the event came “from the devil.”

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Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker says he “never denied” the existence of children he hadn't publicly disclosed before and he's telling conservative Christians that his kids "knew the truth.” Walker’s comments came after The Daily Beast reported that Walker has four children, including two sons and a daughter, whom he had never discussed publicly. Walker has repeatedly criticized absentee fathers and called on Black men to play an active role in their children's lives. His spoke in front of a friendly audience at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual “Road to Majority” conference.

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Political commentator and columnist Mark Shields, who shared his insight into American politics and wit on “PBS NewsHour” for decades, has died. He was 85. “PBS NewsHour” spokesman Nick Massella says Shields died Saturday morning of kidney failure at his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Shields was a regular on the “PBS NewsHour" show starting in 1987, the year the show began. He stepped down from his regular Friday night discussion segment with David Brooks in December 2020. His tenure spanned six presidencies. Niece Carolyn Ryan, managing editor of The New York Times, tweeted that Shields was “a special guy: full of heart and wisdom and love. Love of politics, sports, and so many people.”

Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker says he “never denied” the existence of children he hadn't publicly disclosed before and he's telling conservative Christians that his kids "knew the truth.” Walker’s comments came after The Daily Beast reported that Walker has four children, including two sons and a daughter, whom he had never discussed publicly. Walker has repeatedly criticized absentee fathers and called on Black men to play an active role in their children's lives. His spoke in front of a friendly audience at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual “Road to Majority” conference.

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia firefighter was killed and four others were injured in an early-morning building collapse that has devastated the Fire Department and left a neighborhood shaken.

A home for Cheech Marin’s collection of Chicano art has debuted in Southern California. The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture opened Saturday in Riverside, east of Los Angeles. The Press-Enterprise reports that Marin rolled up in a blue 1962 Chevy Impala lowrider, hopped out and unlocked the doors for opening day of what's being called “The Cheech.” The museum is located in the city’s former main library, adjacent to the historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. The center houses hundreds of paintings, photographs, sculptures and other works from Marin’s collection, which the actor and comedian began building in the 1980s.

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