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Roundup: Students perform better than expected on new tests; meltdown in Olympia over ed bills 3.7.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Students perform better than expected on Smarter Balanced tests: A preliminary batch of test scores released Thursday suggest Washington students performed better than expected on the new Smarter Balanced exams, which are tied to Common Core standards. In reading, more than half of students earned a score of proficient or better — higher than the […]
Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP's Pioneering Lawyer, Knew That Black Lives Mattered 3.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Thurgood Marshall in front of the Supreme Court building (left) and with Autherine Lucy and fellow NAACP attorney Arthur Shore outside Birmingham's Federal Court during Lucy's campaign to desegregate the University of Alabama. February, 1956. Thurgood Marshall, who was born on this date in 1908, liked telling stories. One of his favorite concerned his days as the head of the legal arm of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the 1930s and 1940s representing black clients facing prosecution in the South. He recalled arriving in town one day only to learn that his client had been lynched that afternoon. Another story concerned some white tourists who were visiting the US Supreme Court and mistakenly entered an elevator that was reserved for the justices. When they saw Marshall, they mistook him for the elevator operator. "First floor, please," one of them said. "Yowsa, yowsa," Marshall responded, accentuating his southern accent, then pushed the button. When the elevator ...
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The ‘Aurorasaurus’ Maps This Year’s Spectacular Auroras 2.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
Scientists are using a combination of outer space technology and crowdsourced observations to map the location of ...
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Goolsbee: Boomers Drive Participation Rate Down 2.7.2015 Yahoo: Business
Another 400,000 people have left the job market but University of Chicago Booth School of Business Professor Austan Goolsbee says “it’s not bad.”
Flags stir intense emotions, but meaning depends on beholder 2.7.2015 Yahoo: US National
Raised by firefighters from the smoking wreckage of the World Trade Center, a flag telegraphed both anguish and resolve. Planted atop a mountain on Iwo Jima, another piece of national cloth came to symbolize collective perseverance and ...
Flags stir intense emotions, but meaning depends on beholder 2.7.2015 AP National
Raised by firefighters from the smoking wreckage of the World Trade Center, a flag telegraphed both anguish and resolve. Planted atop a mountain on Iwo Jima, another piece of national cloth came to symbolize collective perseverance and conquest....
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Headlines for July 2, 2015 2.7.2015 Democracy Now!
U.S. and Cuba to Reopen Embassies, Formally Re-establish Ties, Greek Talks Stall Ahead of Austerity Referendum Sunday, Puerto Rico Meets Debt Obligations for Now, Egypt: More Than 100 Killed in Sinai Clashes, U.N.: Record Number of Migrants Cross Mediterranean, Philippines: Dozens Killed in Ferry Disaster, Indonesia: Plane Crash Death Toll Tops 140, Bree Newsome Speaks Out After Removing SC Confederate Flag, NASCAR Track to Offer Confederate Flag Swap, Tennessee: 5,000 Evacuated After Chemical Train Derails, U.S. Probes Airlines for Potential Collusion over Fares, Sanders Draws Record Crowd of 10,000 at Wisconsin Rally, Macy's Severs Ties with Trump After Remarks on Mexicans, Snowden Documents Reveal New Details of "NSA's Google", WikiLeaks Publishes Core Text of Massive TiSA Trade Deal, Judge Strikes Down GMO Ban in Maui County, Hawaii, Girl Scouts Refuse Donation with Transgender Limits, Raise $300,000, Ramsey Orta, Who Filmed Fatal Chokehold of Eric Garner, Arrested Again
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What a Trial in Pakistan Reveals About Women Who Choose Fundamentalist Islam 2.7.2015 Truthout.com
Uzma Qayyum's controversial case set her against the men who would rescue her. Qayyum's case reveals the heady mixture of empowerment, escape, and militant purpose offered to girls around the world by the all-female cadres of extremist groups. The ironies of the case are worth examining. This story is based on my conversations with the attorneys, Muhammad Haider Imtiaz and Owais Awan, and Sheikh Abdul Qayyum. Covered in a black burqa, Hameeda Sarfraz, 19, leads a class on the Koran for local children at her home in a village about 50 miles from Islamabad, Pakistan, on July 21, 2007. Sarfraz is an alumna of the now bullet-ridden Jamia Hafsa Islamic school for girls in the capital. (Photo: Tomas Munita/The New York Times) "I have settled the matters with my parents and intend to go with them. I [can] be sent with my father, Sheikh Abdul Qayyum, petitioner. I am making this statement with my free consent and will." This statement was uttered by 26-year-old Uzma Qayyum to the judge in an Islamabad Sessions ...
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The Corporate Consultant Working For Free To Kill The Boston Olympics 2.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Raymond Howell can’t avoid the stories about his city’s efforts to host the Olympics. A prominent Boston corporate communications consultant, Howell keeps tabs on important business developments in the city below him from his seventh-floor office in a downtown Boston skyscraper. The games would transform Boston for three weeks, bringing hordes of international fans to watch their country’s athletes compete around the city at landmarks like Boston Common and the Charles River. The thought makes him queasy. A former Republican communications aide who left politics to form his own corporate public relations firm two decades ago, Howell worries the Olympics will stick taxpayers with a giant bill. Earlier this year, as he read stories about Boston’s potential bid, he kept noticing the name of an organization that shared those fears, if not necessarily his stature or politics. Across town, on the other side of Boston Common -- where volleyball games might be held should the Olympics come to the city -- the ...
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Thousands Of Black Students Attend Schools Honoring Racist Leaders 2.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
All across the country, young African-American students attend schools that pay homage to those who fought to keep their people enslaved. Following last month's racially charged shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, there have been renewed calls to limit the display of the Confederate flag and rename public spaces named for Confederate leaders. At least 189 public schools around the country have names that memorialize Confederate soldiers, leaders or politicians, according to a Huffington Post analysis of National Center for Education Statistics data from the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. This list is likely incomplete. There are probably other schools named for lesser-known leaders. We included schools we could conclusively determine were named after notable Confederates -- for example, because the school used a general's full name or its mascot was related to the Civil War -- not simply those that included a Confederate soldier's last name. However, we did count ...
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Despite Mr. Obama’s ‘engagement,’ Cuba continues its repression 2.7.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
IN announcing the reopening of the U.S. embassy in Havana, President Obama said “nobody expects Cuba to be transformed overnight” by his policy of “engagement.” That’s just as well because in the first six months of Mr. Obama’s normalization of relations with the Communist regime most indicators of human rights on the island have moved in the wrong direction.Read full article ...
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Roundup: ‘Historic’ tuition cuts set Washington apart; questions remain about budget and McCleary 2.7.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Washington’s ‘historic’ tuition cuts set it apart from other states: Under the new state budget, Washington’s four-year public colleges will be cutting tuition by 15-20 percent before 2016, a move that could attract attention from other states. “There’s a whole new generation of people with student debt right now, and state lawmakers are starting to recognize that,” […]
Where the Wild Things Aren't: Cats Avoid Places Coyotes Roam 1.7.2015 Environmental News Network
Domestic cats might be determined hunters, but they stick mostly to residential areas instead of venturing into parks and protected areas where coyotes roam. That’s the key finding from a North Carolina State University analysis of more than 2,100 sites – the first large-scale study of free-ranging cats in the U.S. published in the Journal of Mammalogy.Why is it important to know where 74 million pet cats spend their time away from home?
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Headlines for July 1, 2015 1.7.2015 Democracy Now!
Greece Misses IMF Payment; Crisis Talks Set to Continue, Report: Greek Creditors Acknowledge Austerity Measures Unsustainable for Debt Load, Iran Nuclear Talks Extended as Deadline Passes, FISA Court Re-authorizes Bulk Collection of Phone Data, Fire at South Carolina Black Church is Latest to Hit Black Congregations, County Clerks in Several GOP States Refuse to Follow Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Equality, Florida Judge Blocks Law Imposing 24-Hour Wait Period on Abortions, ISIL-Linked Group Kills Dozens in Egypt's Sinai, U.N. to Declare Yemen a Top Humanitarian Crisis, U.S. to Lift Military Freeze on Bahrain Despite Admission Rights Climate Not "Adequate", U.S., Brazil Announce Joint Climate Pledges, Rousseff in First U.S. Visit Since NSA Spying Row, Study: Major World Aquifers Losing Alarming Amounts of Water, NJ Governor Christie Enters GOP Presidential Race, Justice Dept.: Police Violated Ferguson Protesters' Rights
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Man who saved hundreds of children from Holocaust dies 1.7.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Sir Nicholas Winton, who saved hundreds of children from the Holocaust, has died at the age of 106, British media reported.
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How does it feel to land in Athens on the Greek default day? 1.7.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
It's official. Greece has become the first developed nation to default on its IMF imposed debt payments. It is a historical default, in terms of reshaping the Europe Union (EU) relations, the subsequent fate of the Union and overall its legitimacy as a political (and economical) project. It is also a historical moment as in showing that standing up against austerity is a real possibility within our current neoliberal ...
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Headlines for July 1, 2015 1.7.2015 Democracy Now!
Greece Misses IMF Payment; Crisis Talks Set to Continue, Report: Greek Creditors Acknowledge Austerity Measures Unsustainable for Debt Load, Iran Nuclear Talks Extended as Deadline Passes, FISA Court Re-authorizes Bulk Collection of Phone Data, Fire at South Carolina Black Church is Latest to Hit Black Congregations, County Clerks in Several GOP States Refuse to Follow Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Equality, Florida Judge Blocks Law Imposing 24-Hour Wait Period on Abortions, ISIL-Linked Group Kills Dozens in Egypt's Sinai, U.N. to Declare Yemen a Top Humanitarian Crisis, U.S. to Lift Military Freeze on Bahrain Despite Admission Rights Climate Not "Adequate", U.S., Brazil Announce Joint Climate Pledges, Rousseff in First U.S. Visit Since NSA Spying Row, Study: Major World Aquifers Losing Alarming Amounts of Water, NJ Governor Christie Enters GOP Presidential Race, Justice Dept.: Police Violated Ferguson Protesters' Rights
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Supreme Court should strike down Texas' unnecessary abortion law 1.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to allow nearly a dozen Texas abortion clinics to stay open while it considers whether to review an an onerous new antiabortion law was not just a welcome course of action for women in that state. It was also a promising indication that the court is concerned...
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Probate judges opposed to gay marriage stand firm 1.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Gay couples can petition, protest and even sue - but that won't change Probate Judge Wes Allen's mind: He is not issuing them marriage licenses, despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that marriage is a constitutional right equally held by all ...
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The new language of climate change 1.7.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

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