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Indie band Portugal the Man lending a hand to education.

Hot: Indie band to give aid to music education

Indie band Portugal the Man, concert ticket site StubHub and footwear brand Dr. Martens have teamed up to give more than $1 million worth of musical instruments to underfunded schools.

The effort, in conjunction with Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation — a musical education non-profit — was announced at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, where the first steps of the project will take place.

The price of quality musical instruments is steep. This is why music is often the first program to get cut in public schools.

The members of Portugal the Man, however, feel that putting an instrument into the hands of a child will help shape who he or she becomes as an adult.

Not: News shut down in China for reasons unknown

The news division of Thomson Reuters Corp., which oversees the websites for Bloomberg News, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, had all of these sights shut down in China this past Thursday.


China shuts down news sites.

Reuters has run into trouble in China before after publishing material to which the Chinese government may be sensitive. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), China’s Internet regulator and watchdog, has not responded to the incident despite direct requests.

A Reuters spokeswoman made the announcement: “Reuters is committed to practicing fair and accurate journalism worldwide. We recognize the great importance of news about China to all our customers, and we hope that our sites will be restored in China soon.”

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