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How to really discuss radical Islam

October 3, 2016


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Let’s suppose you’re teaching a current-events class about terrorism, and a student says that Muslims should be banned from the United States. What should you do? Here’s what you shouldn’t do: Shut down the conversation. Like it nor not, millions of American adults agree with the student’s...

Why pay off debt if you can sue?

September 14, 2016


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In the wake of the collapse of the Corinthian Colleges and questions about other for-profit career colleges, the Department of Education has drafted broad new rules for when people can get out of repaying federal loans. These proposed changes to what’s called the “borrower defense rule” would let...

Most humpback whale populations removed from US endangered species list

Most humpback whale populations removed from US endangered species list

September 8, 2016


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In a triumph for the global movement to save whales from oblivion, the U.S. government on Tuesday removed most of the world’s humpback populations from the federal list of endangered species, with some glaring exceptions on the West Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced ...

Naked University of South Carolina students latest tipping point for neighborhood residents

September 8, 2016


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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Within the first week of school at the University of South Carolina, a girl woke up naked on the bench of Suzanne Keenan’s front porch. She was a very nice girl, who knew where she was and was coherent, said Keenan, who rushed to get her a robe. They had never met. Neither asked...

Ruined Chernobyl nuclear plant to remain a threat for 3,000 years

Ruined Chernobyl nuclear plant to remain a threat for 3,000 years

April 28, 2016


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By Matthew Schofield McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) PRIPYAT, Ukraine — Before the fire, the vomiting, the deaths and the vanishing home, it was the promise of bumper cars that captured the imagination of the boys. It will be 30 years ago Tuesday that Pripyat and the nearby Chernobyl power pl...

Animal activists brace for ‘Finding Dory’ impact on tropical fish

April 28, 2016


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TNS NEWSFEATURES By Paul Brinkmann Orlando Sentinel (TNS) ORLANDO, Fla. — Animal welfare activists and pet shop owners fear a wave of interest in tropical fish and the possible decimation of key species after the June release of Disney Pixar’s “Finding Dory.” The cartoon movie is a sequel ...

Americans overwhelmingly pessimistic about country’s path, poll finds

April 12, 2016


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By William Douglas McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — More than two-thirds of Americans think the country is moving in the wrong direction, the highest in nearly four and a half years, a new McClatchy-Marist Poll found. Fully 68 percent of adults think the country is on the wrong tra...

Transgender woman files lawsuit against Michigan university

Transgender woman files lawsuit against Michigan university

April 12, 2016


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By David Jesse Detroit Free Press (TNS) DETROIT — A lawsuit filed Friday claims Saginaw Valley State University fired Charin Davenport after she underwent gender transition from male to female, including changing her name and starting to dress like a woman. The suit, filed in federal court, says t...

Pro-Trump ‘Build the wall’ messages at UC San Diego Latino center spark outrage

April 12, 2016


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By Debbi Baker The San Diego Union-Tribune (TNS) SAN DIEGO — Messages supporting Donald Trump and attacking Mexican immigrants were written in front of a Latino community center at the University of California, San Diego, sparking outrage on campus. The messages, some of which said “Build the wall,...

Biden hitting campuses to combat sexual assault

April 5, 2016


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By Niels Lesniewski CQ-Roll Call (TNS) WASHINGTON — Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is hitting the road again this week to make another push against sexual violence with the first of three speeches coming Tuesday at the University of Pittsburgh. Biden’s tour this week is a continuation of h...

Chicago to start testing water in homes where children have been poisoned by lead

April 5, 2016


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By Michael Hawthorne Chicago Tribune (TNS) CHICAGO — With public officials across the nation under fire for downplaying the health risks posed by lead water pipes, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is moving to start testing tap water in the homes of children poisoned by the brain-dama...

Homeless college student shows true grit in her pursuit of a home, degree

March 3, 2016


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By Tony Briscoe Chicago Tribune (TNS) CHICAGO — On a frigid winter morning, Latia Crockett-Holder, 23, emerges from her tent beneath a crumbling overpass in her stocking feet. In the dim viaduct, where the streetlights are out and water drips from melting icicles like stalactites in a cavern, Cr...

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