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Utah State appeals to keep Torrey Green sex assault investigation records private 23.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Utah State University is going to court and asking a judge to prevent the release of some documents created during an investigation of sexual assault allegations against former football player Torrey Green. The school originally denied a records request filed in early September by Salt Lake Tribune reporter Alex Stuckey, but was ordered last month by the State Records Committee to release some documents. The committee ruled some documents should be public others it deemed could be public with r... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Cal State trustees approve controversial tuition hike 23.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

After a heated morning of debate and impassioned statements from students, professors and lawmakers, the California State University Board of Trustees voted 11 to 8 Wednesday to increase tuition as a way to fill a looming gap in state funding.

“I don’t bring this forward with an ounce of joy,”...

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Immigration Officers Test Boundaries Of Rules Discouraging Arrests At Schools, Churches 23.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
AUSTIN, Texas ― For years, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have generally obeyed a simple rule when it comes to schools, churches, hospitals and demonstrations ― they don’t arrest people in those places, which are deemed “sensitive locations.” So far, President Donald Trump, who campaigned on a promise to ramp up deportations and let ICE agents off the leash , hasn’t officially changed the sensitive locations policy . Undocumented people should still be safe from deportation in most cases while attending church or school. But ICE agents are testing the bounds of the rule. Last month, they arrested men who had just left a church-run hypothermia shelter in Virginia. On Feb. 28, they arrested a father dropping off his children at school. And for a month, Trump’s Department of Education has refused to explain how it will ensure students get an education regardless of their immigration status or that of their parents — or whether it believes schools should allow ICE agents inside.   The situation ...
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Livestock grazing effects on sage-grouse: study identifies options to sustain ranching and help wildlife 22.3.2017 Environmental News Network
Effects of livestock grazing on greater sage-grouse populations can be positive or negative depending on the amount of grazing and when grazing occurs, according to research published today in Ecological Applications. The research was conducted by scientists from the United States Geological Survey, Colorado State University and Utah State University.
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"Super sponge" promises effective toxic clean-up of lakes and more 22.3.2017 Environmental News Network
Mercury is very toxic and can cause long-term health damage, but removing it from water is challenging. To address this growing problem, University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Sciences (CFANS) Professor Abdennour Abbas and his lab team created a spongethat can absorb mercury from a polluted water source within seconds. Thanks to the application of nanotechnology, the team developed a sponge with outstanding mercury adsorption properties where mercury contaminations can be removed from tap, lake and industrial wastewater to below detectable limits in less than 5 seconds (or around 5 minutes for industrial wastewater). The sponge converts the contamination into a non-toxic complex so it can be disposed of in a landfill after use. The sponge also kills bacterial and fungal microbes.
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Fledgling stars try to prevent their neighbours from birthing planets 22.3.2017 Environmental News Network
Stars don't have to be massive to evaporate material from around nearby stars and affect their ability to form planets, a new study suggests.
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Reaffirm Our National Community By Forgiving Student Debt 22.3.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The election of 2016 forced us, like so many Americans, to reconsider much of what we imagined we knew about our country and our society. For example, only a few months ago there was a growing, nation-wide movement for tuition-free higher education. At the time, we proposed debt forgiveness for the many Americans – the figure now stands at 43 million – who carry the burden of student loans. Now, all three branches of government are under the control of ideologues who espouse a harsh and individualistic brand of conservatism. That forces us to ask ourselves: How can we pursue such an ambitious and visionary goal when we are confronted with a direct challenge to the communitarian ideals that have guided this nation to its best achievements? And yet, individually and together, we have reached the same conclusion: this is a more important time than ever to reaffirm our bravest and highest values. Jubilee – the ancient concept of debt forgiveness as an affirmation of community – reflects those values. We can ...
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Cal State trustees to vote today on tuition hike 22.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Essential Education: Cal State to vote today on tuition hike March 22, 2017, 8:43 a.m. Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest:Cal State leaders will vote today on whether to end a six-year freeze and increase tuition.Celerity Educational...
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Students fighting to raise the minimum wage 22.3.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Labour On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, Scott Neigh speaks with Jessica Chen and Jermaul Newell. They are students at York University in Toronto and are active with the campus chapter of the Fight for $15 and Fairness, which is working to raise the minimum wage, improve basic employment standards, and build solidarity between students and workers. The extensive mobilizing by low-wage workers pushing to raise the minimum wage has been one of the most widespread and energetic movements of recent years. It has taken different forms in different jurisdictions, but across North America these campaigns have come together under the common banner of the Fight for $15, which encapsulates the core demand of a raise in the minimum wage to $15/hr. Though the outcomes of these campaigns have also varied from place to place, they have won at least some level of increase in minimum wages in a lot of jurisdictions, and they have won commitments to phase in the full $15/hr amount in more than few. Though ...
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The Culture of Cruelty in Trump's America 22.3.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Trump's culture of cruelty views violence as a sacred means for addressing social problems and organizing society. Trump's culture of cruelty views violence as a sacred means for addressing social problems and organizing society. (Image: JR / TO ; Adapted: Auntie P , Tallapragada ) A culture of cruelty and callousness has become an organizing principle of everyday life under Trump, infusing our society with massive amounts of misery, suffering and violence. But getting rid of Trump alone will not solve this problem unless we first eliminate the mindset that equates democracy with unbridled capitalism. Trump's culture of cruelty views violence as a sacred means for addressing social problems and organizing society. Trump's culture of cruelty views violence as a sacred means for addressing social problems and organizing society. (Image: JR / TO ; Adapted: Auntie P , Tallapragada ) This story was published thanks to readers like you. Donate now to support Truthout's fearless, independent coverage. For the ...
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The Hour of the Attorneys General 22.3.2017 American Prospect
This article will appear in the Spring 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . On a Tuesday night in early February, not three weeks after Donald Trump’s inauguration, three federal judges in San Francisco heard arguments about whether to halt his first major policy undertaking. Trump had issued an executive order banning hundreds of thousands of travelers from entering the country, including citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, and all refugees. As many as 60,000 individuals had their visas revoked. Almost immediately, a pair of Democratic attorneys general, Washington state’s Bob Ferguson and Minnesota’s Lori Swanson, brought suit against Trump’s executive order, arguing it violated the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law as well as the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, harmed all Washington and Minnesota businesses and communities, and was “undermining [their] sovereign interest” as welcoming destinations for immigrants and refugees. More ...
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GOP health care bill changes would cut more funding to Medi-Cal 22.3.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
House Republicans’ proposed changes to the American Health Care Act — the GOP’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act — could reduce federal funding to Medi-Cal, California’s insurance program for the poor, even more dramatically than the original bill sought to do, health experts said. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health Care Services, which administers Medi-Cal, said the agency “cannot speculate as to any potential changes to the Medicaid program that may occur under proposed federal legislation.” [...] Tim Jost, a health law professor at Washington & Lee University, said he would be surprised if California headed down this path, which some Republican-led states have attempted in recent years, only to be denied by the Obama administration. The new Republican amendments would also give states the option of choosing between two types of Medicaid federal funding starting in 2020, though both options would result in a significant reduction of federal dollars to Medi-Cal. On the individual ...
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House approves bill to eliminate “free speech zone” restrictions on Colorado campuses 22.3.2017 Denver Post: News: Local
"We silence those we disagree with either by tuning them out or by marginalizing them."
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The U.S. government’s program to counter violent extremism needs an overhaul 22.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The Trump administration has indicated it plans to take the federal government’s Countering Violent Extremism program in a new direction. Media outlets report that it might be renamed the “Countering Islamic Extremism” program, or "Countering Radical Islamic Extremism.”

The current program, which...

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A new, gel-like coating beefs up the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries 22.3.2017 Environmental News Network
Yale scientists have developed an ultra-thin coating material that has the potential to extend the life and improve the efficiency of lithium-sulfur batteries, one of the most promising areas of energy research today.In a study published online March 20 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers describe the new material — a dendrimer-graphene oxide composite film — which can be applied to any sulfur cathode. A cathode is the positive terminal on a battery.
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Sustainable Mineral Supply 21.3.2017 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
International research team warns of mineral supply constraints as demand increases for green technologiesAn international team of researchers, led by the University of Delaware’s Saleem Ali, says global resource governance and sharing of geoscience data is needed to address challenges facing future mineral supply.Specifically of concern are a range of technology minerals, which are an essential ingredient in everything from laptops and cell phones to hybrid or electric cars to solar panels and copper wiring for homes. However, base metals like copper are also a matter of immense concern.
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"Flying saucer" quantum dots hold secret to brighter, better lasers 21.3.2017 Environmental News Network
A research team led by University of Toronto's Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering ‘squashes’ the shape of nanoparticles, enabling inexpensive lasers that emit light in a customized rainbow of colours
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Sustainable Mineral Supply 21.3.2017 Environmental News Network
International research team warns of mineral supply constraints as demand increases for green technologiesAn international team of researchers, led by the University of Delaware’s Saleem Ali, says global resource governance and sharing of geoscience data is needed to address challenges facing future mineral supply.Specifically of concern are a range of technology minerals, which are an essential ingredient in everything from laptops and cell phones to hybrid or electric cars to solar panels and copper wiring for homes. However, base metals like copper are also a matter of immense concern.
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Should Cal State increase its tuition by 5%? Board of trustees will vote this week 21.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary
Essential Education: Social workers will stand trial for death of 8-year-old boy March 21, 2017, 5 a.m. Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest:An L.A. County judge ruled that four social workers will stand trial for criminal negligence.Some...
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Driverless Future? 21.3.2017 American Prospect
This article will appear in the Spring 2017 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . Five to ten years from now, Uber hopes, the following will be an everyday occurrence: A driverless Uber car pulls up at Nick and Nicole Smith’s house at 7:30 in the morning. Their two kids, Julia, 16, and Joey, 14, hop into the car, and it then drops them off at school. The Uber car returns to the Smiths’ suburban home, picks up Nick and Nicole, and drops Nicole at the train station to catch the 7:55 into the city. The car then drives 40 minutes to drop off Nick at his company’s headquarters nestled in an office park. During the drive, Nick uses his laptop to answer emails and finish a PowerPoint. At 5:00 that afternoon, a driverless Uber car picks up Julia from field hockey practice and Joey from baseball practice and takes them home. Meanwhile, Uber has sent another car to pick up Dad at the office park at 5:30, and that car makes it to the train station in time to pick up Nicole, who’s due on the ...
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