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Monday
Serena Williams’ Choice: Tennis or Family American tennis player Serena Williams said this week that she is ready to leave the sport and turn her attention to “being a mom.”

Williams announced her decision in the magazine Vogue and on her Instagram account. She wrote in Vogue, “There comes a time in life when we have to decide to move in a different direction. That time is always hard when you love something so much. My goodness do I enjoy tennis. But now, the countdown has begun.”

Williams noted on Instagram, “I have to focus on being a mom…”

Williams, who turns 41 next month, suggested that the upcoming U.S. Open championship could be her last tournament.

Williams has won 23 Grand Slam titles in her long career. She won her first Grand Slam 23 years ago, at the 1999 U.S. Open.

Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open. No one knew it at the time, but Williams was two months pregnant. She gave birth to her daughter Olympia later that year on September 1.


Williams wrote in Vogue that she wants to grow her family and have a second child. The tennis champion wrote, “I never wanted to have to choose between tennis and a family. I don’t think it’s fair. If I were a guy I wouldn’t be writing this because I’d be out there playing and winning while my wife was doing the physical labor of expanding our family.”

That feeling is something that many women can relate to. Sherie Randolph is a history professor at Georgia Tech University. She is working on a book about African American mothers. She said, “Society makes women think they can have everything all at once — be the best hands-on-mom and at the top of the field.”

Jo McKinney, who is 57, is a New York advertising executive. She said, “I got goosebumps as I read Serena’s piece because she said what many of us feel and are afraid to voice: It’s not fair, and something’s got to give.”

The choices are even more difficult for women in professional sports, said Lisa Banks. She is an employment lawyer who works on gender and sports. “You can have it all, but can you have it at the same time and the same level, if you’re going through pregnancies? No, you miss some time, you miss training,” she said.

Other female sports stars, like American runners Allyson Felix and Alysia Montano, have lost sponsorship money after getting pregnant.

Distance runner Kara Goucher also fought battles over pregnancy pay. She said, “You see the dad at the Super Bowl holding his kids. The reason he’s able to do that ... is because someone else is there taking care of their children. That’s not how it is for mothers.”

Tennis player Chris Evert won 18 Grand Slam championships in her career. She retired at age 34 and started a family two years later. “The motherhood/tennis career subject is not one I experienced,” she said in an email to the Associated Press. She noted that Williams is a “leader on many important cultural, social and gender issues.”

Dearica Hamby is a basketball player with the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Like Williams, Hamby has a 5-year-old daughter. She said Williams has been “an example for a lot of us, especially mothers being able to compete at such a high level.”

Hamby said she has talked a lot with other players about choosing between motherhood and professional sports. She said, “It’s the reality of the world we live in.”

I’m Ashley Thompson.
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Tuesday
Problems Happen When You Are 'Asleep at the Wheel' And now, Words and Their Stories, from VOA Learning English.

On this program, we explore words and expressions in the English language. We give examples and notes on usage.

The United States is a very big country. So, getting from point A to point B can take a lot of time. Most people who live in the U.S. drive cars. So, it should come as no surprise that we have many car expressions.

Driving a vehicle is a big responsibility. After all, it is a heavy piece of machinery traveling at fast speeds. So, it is important to stay focused on the road.

You should pay close attention when driving. It is dangerous to drive when you are distracted or when you are tired. If you lose your focus, you could cause a crash.

The same could be said in other situations in life. And that brings us to our expression for today: to be asleep at the wheel.

This expression comes from the idea of someone falling asleep while driving a car. But as an idiom, it means someone is not paying attention or is focused on what they are doing. This can cause all kinds of problems.

If I am asleep at the wheel, I fail to see my responsibilities or duties. I am not paying attention to important issues for which I am responsible.

We often use this expression to describe a person who is not thinking about possible future problems. It can also be used when talking about a business or government that is not paying attention to problems waiting down the road.

Here is an example:

The government agency in charge of public health safety was asleep at the wheel on this issue.

Here is a workplace example:

Gabrielle was supposed to make sure all the contracts were signed by the deadline. But she fell asleep at the wheel and did not get her task done on time.

Anyone can fall asleep at the wheel and in any situation. Here is an example from the world of sports.

During an important game, the star goalie of the football team was asleep at the wheel. The other team was able to score easily.

In these examples, we used the verbs “to fall” or “to be” with this expression. Both are correct. And neither one is more common than the other. So, feel free to take your pick!

As we said earlier, this expression refers to someone who has fallen asleep while driving a vehicle. We have a similar expression that relates to someone falling asleep while operating a train.

That expression is “to fall asleep at the switch.” Here, “switch” refers to the controls on the train. Note that “falling asleep at the switch” is less commonly used.

And that is all the time we have for this Words and Their Stories.

When it comes to teaching English, VOA Learning English promises not to fall asleep at the wheel. We will stay focused on helping you improve your language skills!

Until next time … I’m Anna Matteo.
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Wednesday
Internet Users Question Colorful ‘Telescope’ Image The American space agency NASA recently released the first images observed by its powerful James Webb Space Telescope.

NASA officials said the new images represented the Webb’s ability to gather data and capture observations in more depth and detail than any other space telescope ever built.

The images – which showed distant space clouds and objects in highly colorful detail – were widely shared online. Many social media users commented on the extreme clarity and depth seen in the pictures.

NASA has said the high level of detail is made possible because the Webb telescope was built with the latest technology to observe infrared light.

The new images were released July 12. NASA has continued to release information and images about the Webb on the telescope’s official Twitter page.

Recently, a French scientist also published a tweet that included an image he claimed had been observed by the Webb. The scientist is Etienne Klein, a well-known physicist in France and the director of research at the country’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission.

The image Klein posted appeared as a round object surrounded by a black background. The object was mostly deep red, with other small, round shapes appearing yellow, orange and white.

Klein wrote on Twitter that the object was a Webb-captured image of Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to the sun. Klein described his excitement at the posted image. "This level of detail... A new world is revealed every day," he wrote.

But in fact, as Klein later admitted, the picture was not of Proxima Centauri. Instead, the image showed a cut piece of Spanish sausage called chorizo. The physicist said he published the image and tweet as a joke.

Some internet users immediately recognized the image as being false. Others, however, retweeted it with excitement, as another great example of the observation abilities of the Webb telescope.

Some social media users later created memes to make fun of Klein’s Twitter post. These included low-tech attempts to show a range of everyday objects meant to look like space objects.

In admitting his joke, Klein wrote that in modern astronomy, "no object belonging to Spanish charcuterie exists anywhere but on Earth."

Klein said he realized many users had not understood his joke. He said his reason for posting the image was to urge the public to "be wary of arguments from people in positions of authority.”

One Twitter user agreed with Klein’s thinking and said he found the post “funny.” He added: “And it should teach you a valuable lesson not to blindly believe everything you read without questioning it...”

But others suggested such a joke did nothing to help the problem of false news that continues to flood the internet and social media services.

One user tweeted, “Misinformation is dangerous, we believe in almost everything we are told and we don’t have doubts when a scientist (provides) information.”

Another wrote Klein’s action represented a “misuse of power” and called for the scientist to be fired.

Klein later issued an official apology, saying he was sorry for what he described as a "scientist's joke."

"I come to present my apologies to those who may have been shocked by my prank, which had nothing original about it," he wrote.

A short time later, he posted another picture on Twitter. But this time it was an actual James Webb image released by NASA. He urged Twitter users to trust him this time that the image – of the famous Cartwheel Galaxy – was truly real.

I’m Bryan Lynn.
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Thursday
Refuse v. Reject Hello! This week on Ask a Teacher, we will answer a question from Jego about the difference between “refuse” and “reject.”

Question:

Dear Learning English,

What is the difference between, “refuse” and “reject?”

Thanks, Jego from Ethiopia.

Answer:

Dear Jego,

Thank you for your question.

Both “refuse” and “reject” are verbs. They can also be used as nouns. As verbs, they can have a similar meaning, but there are slight differences in how we use them.

Refuse

We commonly use “refuse” with another infinitive verb to say we are not willing to do something. For example:

I refuse to go outside today because it is too hot.

She refused to take the crowded subway.

We can also use the verb “refuse” with a direct object to say we do not accept or want it.

I refused another piece of cake.

He refuses her invitation to dinner.

Lastly, “refuse” can also mean not permitting or letting someone do or have something. For example:

The supervisor refused his request for more money.

As a noun, “refuse” means garbage that is thrown out regularly. The stress is on the first syllable of the word. So instead of “re-FUSE “(a verb), we say it as “RE-fuse.” It is not very common to use this word in everyday speech, but here is an example.

Our neighborhood collects refuse every Monday, including garbage and recycling.

Now onto “reject.”

Reject

As a verb, “to reject something” means that you completely do not accept something or that you do not agree to it. We use “reject” with a direct object. For example,

Some people reject modern living, like driving cars or using computers.

There are specific ways we can use “reject.” Proposals, applications, offers or requests can be “rejected,” especially, if minimum requirements were not met.

My visa application was rejected because I forgot to sign it.

Another use of “reject” is when we talk about the human body. Sometimes the body rejects a new organ or even the food we eat.

After her kidney transplant, Selena Gomez, took medication so that her body did not reject the new organ.

I had a stomach virus last week, and my body rejected anything I tried to eat.

As a noun, a reject is something that cannot be used or sold because something might be wrong with it. It can also mean something that is not wanted. Like the noun of “refuse,” the first syllable is stressed.

My sister gives me rejects of old clothes when she no longer wears them.

Summary

Both “refuse” and “reject” can mean not to accept something, but their uses can be very different.

Refuse can take a direct object or it can be used with an infinitive verb. Reject cannot be used with other verbs. It only takes a direct object.

Please let us know if these examples and explanations have helped you, Jego.

What question do you have about American English? Send us an email at learningenglish@voanews.com.

And that’s Ask a Teacher.

I’m Faith Pirlo.
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Friday
FBI Searches Trump's Florida Home for Records Law enforcement agents in the United States searched and seized evidence Monday at the Florida home of former President Donald Trump. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI, is investigating possible illegal treatment of secret U.S. information, recognized by the government as classified.

Trump himself was the first to report the FBI action at Mar-a-Lago, as the home is called. It is in the city of Palm Beach. Trump was not home at the time.

The former president said in a statement, "After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate.” He said the search involved “a large group of FBI agents,” adding, "They even broke into my safe!"

What are they looking for?

Trump did not say what the agents were looking for at his Florida home. His son Eric Trump told Fox News that the search concerned documents that Trump had taken from the White House.

The U.S. Justice Department and the FBI did not comment about the reported search. But the Justice Department has been investigating the possible abuse of classified information during and after Trump’s departure from presidential office.

U.S. law requires that all official presidential records, including letters, notes, emails, and all other written communications are saved and sent to the National Archives.

Trump brought several presidential records with him to Florida. After several requests, he surrendered 15 boxes of documents to the Archives in January. Some of the documents were marked “classified.” So, the agency contacted the Justice Department about them.

In the U.S., law enforcement searches require permission from a judge. Though a search warrant does not suggest that criminal charges are near or even expected, investigators must persuade a judge that they have probable cause that a crime happened.

“Never happened before”

Trump noted in his long statement that “Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before.”

Experts suggest that the warrant had to have been supported by FBI Director Christopher Wray, a Trump appointee, and Attorney General Merrick Garland, who was appointed by President Joe Biden.

Phillip Halpern is a former government lawyer who worked on public corruption cases. He told Reuters, "This is as big a deal as you can have, and ... every single person in the chain would have had to sign off on this.”

White House officials said President Joe Biden learned about the search through reporting from news organizations.

Thomas Schwartz is a Vanderbilt University history professor who studies and writes about the presidency. He told the Associated Press that there is no precedent for a former president facing an FBI search -- even going back to Watergate. At that time, Richard Nixon was not permitted to take tapes or other materials from the White House when he resigned as president in 1974, Schwartz noted.

“This is different and it is a sign of how unique the Trump period was,” said Schwartz.

On Monday night, the former president accused Democrats of “weaponization” of the justice system to keep him from running for president in 2024. Several Republican governors and Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader in the House of Representatives, used the same term to attack the search at Trump’s home.

The search, however, is not the only legal issue that Trump is facing. The former president is currently facing legal issues concerning his businesses in New York, and investigations into possible election wrongdoing and the January 6 attack on Congress.

I'm Caty Weaver.
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