Required ReadingsDana Washington, the mother of a student at Washington High School in Kansas City, KS, told school officials that she wants John Steinbeck's classic novel, Of Mice And Men, removed from the required reading list of books for schoolchildren. Washington objects to the "violent" and "profuse" use of the n-word in the book. What's next? The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? To Kill A Mockingbird? Heart of Darkness? A school official says that although it wasn't a "pleasant part of our history," students still need to learn about it to "move forward in society." [UPI]