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Source: New York Times

Peggy Cooper Cafritz, Patron of Black Artists, Dies at 70

Today 05:12 GMT

Peggy Cooper Cafritz, an arts patron, civil rights activist, educator and saloniste in Washington, died there on Feb. 18.

Ms. Cooper Cafritz was a voracious collector and champion of African and African-American artists, including Jacob Lawrence, Kara Walker, El Anatsui, Kerry James Marshall and Kehinde Wiley, whose unconventional portrait of President Barack Obama, as a seated figure amid greenery, was unveiled this month.

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Source: Global News

Canadian GDP stands to gain $17B by 2030 by improving disability access: report

Today 05:12 GMT

The report states that improving workplace access for people with disabilities would increase Canada’s GDP by $16.8 billion by 2030 and allow 550,000 Canadians with disabilities the opportunity to work more.

In addition, improving disability access would boost consumer spending by $10 billion and would generate an additional $3 billion in revenue for the federal government. “Basically, if they were out of the workforce, those surveyed said that with improvements to accessibility, many of them thought they would be in the workforce,” explained Ruth Wright, director, HR and inclusive talent management research, The Conference Board of Canada.

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Source: BBC

Who owns 'lucky money' in red envelopes?

Friday 20:04 GMT

Every Lunar New Year, children are typically given red envelopes containing "lucky money", meant to represent good wishes for the year ahead.

Earlier this week, a university student from China's south-western Yunnan province won a case against her parents, who she claims "embezzled" her red packet money, Chinese media reported. The amount of money in a red envelope can vary from as little as $2 to hundreds of dollars.

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Source: DW

British university lecturers go on strike over pensions

Friday 19:11 GMT

Lecturers at 64 British universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, have begun a two day strike in a dispute over pensions.

University and College Union (UCU) members voted to go on strike over planned changes to the pension system that they said could cut annual benefits for some lecturers by roughly €11,000 ($13,500) per year after retirement. The union said that the strike would be followed by two longer ones during the next month, spanning a total of 14 days.

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Source: New York Times

Black History Month Menu at N.Y.U.: Kool-Aid, Watermelon and Controversy

Friday 08:07 GMT

On a daily basis, Ms. Harris said, she and other black students are “doing the same work and we’re getting the same grades as you, and we’re doing this extra work, teaching people how to be sensitive to us.”. “The burden of teaching people how to be respectful to us is falling on us,” she said.

“Employees at N.Y.U. who acted independently and did not follow our approved plan for the celebration of Black History Month have been terminated and are no longer with the company.

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Source: New York Times

University Pulls Back on Pollution Study That Supported Its Benefactor

Friday 14:32 GMT

The president of a Tennessee state university, under fire for an academic study on truck emissions that was paid for by a local trucking company, has asked federal officials to disregard the study, at least for now, in its review of pollution regulations that could benefit the company.

In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, Philip B. Oldham, the president of Tennessee Technological University, warned that “experts within the university have questioned the methodology and accuracy” of the study, and that an investigation was being conducted into its findings.

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Source: New York Times

An Armed Principal Detained a Campus Gunman. But He’s Against Arming School Staff.

Thursday 04:17 GMT

Even before a gunman opened fire at a Florida school last week, killing 17, a national effort had been underway to arm and train teachers and administrators to defend against mass shootings.

“Teachers have to teach and that’s what they should be doing,” said Joel Myrick, the former assistant principal at a high school in Mississippi. “It doesn’t matter what a pistolero you are, or think you are, you don’t need to be in school in charge of protecting children.”

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Source: Common Domain

Campus political correctness threatens our democracy and prosperity

Thursday 04:17 GMT

It is difficult to see how a civilization that puts so much stock in those values and equal treatment under the law can long survive when its young people are required to embrace such intolerance and taught by example those accused of transgressions are entitled to no more due process than the mob rule of a fascist state.

Broadly understood norms requiring faculty to abstain from the most hideous hate speech have morphed into expansive campus codes and tribunals — essentially required by a 2011 Obama administration directive to universities — that investigate faculty for posing ideas students decide are homophobic, racially charged or otherwise discomforting.

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Source: The Guradian

Newsweek plunged into chaos by its own reporters' exposé

Thursday 16:22 GMT

Newsweek, once one of the most powerful publications in US media, has a scoop on its hands – one that has plunged the troubled title further into chaos.

“At the same time as Newsweek Media Group was giving away $150k in free advertising as part of negotiations to secure property for Olivet university, I watched reporters in tears as they laid off 2/3 of the people in the newsroom,” Newsweek associate politics editor Jason Le Miere tweeted on Tuesday night. The story was accompanied by an extraordinary editors’ note describing turmoil at the magazine and “egregious breaches of confidentiality and journalism ethics”.

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Source: CBS News

Broward County deputies to carry rifles on school campuses, sheriff says

Thursday 22:47 GMT

A week after a former student opened fire at a high school in Parkland, Florida, local officials say they will now allow deputies to begin carrying rifles at school campuses in the county where 17 people were killed.

"Our deputies who are qualified and trained will be carrying rifles on school grounds from this point forward," Israel said. "The only place, people are asking me, where they will not carry their rifle, until we look for gun locks and gun lockers, they only place where they're not slinging their rifles, they will be allowed to be stored is locked in their police vehicle.

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Source: Washington Post

After 325 years, College of William & Mary names its first female president

Wednesday 15:28 GMT

The College of William & Mary on Tuesday named an English literature scholar and senior administrator of a prominent women’s college to become the first female president in the school’s 325-year history.

Founded in 1693, William & Mary is the second-oldest institution of higher education in the nation after Harvard University and counts Thomas Jefferson among its alumni. It has about 8,600 students, mostly undergraduates, and is known for its distinctive blend of traditional liberal arts education with small class sizes in the setting of a research university that awards master’s, doctoral and law degrees.


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