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Chance the Rapper to donate $1 million to support Chicago’s ailing public school system

  • Standing behind a podium surrounded by educational posters, Chance called out Governor Bruce Rauner for his inaction on the Chicago school system’s budget problems.
  • Chance also announced his intention to donate “1 million dollars to CPS to support the arts and original programming.” He pulled out a big game show-sized check to prove it.
  • “This check that I donated is a call to action,” he said. “I’m challenging major companies and corporations in Chicago and across the U.S. to donate and take action.” Read more (3/6/17 4:13 PM)

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Ohio bookstore shelves male-authored books backward to spotlight women

  • Ohio bookstore Loganberry Books is giving female authors the floor on International Women’s Day with a visual reminder of the publishing industry’s stunning gender disparity.
  • Starting on March 1, the staff began turning all male-authored books on the store’s hardcover and paperback fiction and poetry shelves backward, leaving only the spines of books by women visible.
  • Harriet Logan, the store’s owner, said the project serves the dual purpose of illustrating an injustice while simultaneously seeking to rectify it.
  • “By turning the books around, the whiteness of the page creates a different contour and color than what you’re used to seeing on a wall of books,” Harriet Logan said in a Wednesday interview.
  • “It’s also, of course, very easy to find women’s books because they jump off the selves. And browsing, you’re probably more likely to pick one up.” Read more (3/17/18 1:13 PM)
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No, Winter Storm Stella doesn’t disprove climate change

  • Climate change deniers are at it again. The logic goes, “How could global warming be real when your driveway is piling up with cold, cold snow?”
  • Well, there’s bad news for deniers — research has shown that extreme weather, for example, massive snowstorms, are actually linked to climate change.
  • According to the Environmental Protection Agency, which has studied climate change extensively winter storms have increased in both “frequency and intensity,” and climate change is “increasing the odds of more extreme weather events taking place.”
  • As meteorologist Eric Holthaus wrote in Slate in 2016, just after a record-breaking winter storm dropped 26.6 inches of snow on New York City in just one day, “there is clear evidence global warming is boosting the odds of recent big Northeast snowstorms.” Read more (3/13/17 6:21 PM)

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People perceive black men as bigger, stronger than white men of the same size — and that’s dangerous.

  • According to a new study from the American Psychological Association, people tend to perceive black men as larger and more dangerous than white men of the same size.
  • In a series of experiments, the researchers showed over 950 online black and nonblack U.S. participants a series of color photographs of the faces of white and black men who were of equal height and weight. 
  • Participants then had to guess the height, weight and muscularity of the pictured subjects. Researchers found that the estimates were consistently biased. 
  • All participants saw black men as larger, stronger and more muscular than white men, even though they were the same. 
  • However, nonblack participants perceived black men to be more capable of causing harm in a fictional fight scenario, and, even more disquieting, that police would be more justified in using force to subdue the black men — even if they were unarmed.
  • That black men cannot even be perceived as who they actually are is a factor, according to researchers, in America’s police brutality epidemic.  Read more (3/13/17 12:16 PM)

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Texas lawmaker Jessica Farrar is proposing a bill that would fine men $100 every time they masturbate

  • Texas tries very hard to legislate reproduction, generating a crushing volume of bills aimed at regulating the uterus. 
  • But what about the other side? Shouldn’t those without uteri be bound by the same measure of genital legalese?
  • One Texas state lawmaker, Democratic Rep. Jessica Farrar, thinks so. On Friday, fed up with targeted abortion restrictions, Farrar filed House Bill 4260, a bill “relating to the regulation of men’s health and safety.”
  • HB 4260, aka “the Man’s Right to Know Act,” would impose a $100 fine on male masturbation or, as Farrar’s legislation puts it, “emissions outside of a woman’s vagina.”
  • If not properly stored for future use, ejaculation would qualify as ‘an act against an unborn child, and failing to preserve the sanctity of life,’ the bill reads. Men interested in extravaginal emission would be welcome to visit hospitals and private masturbatoriums that would help with the special storage requirements. Read more (3/13/17 2:07 PM)
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There’s no Uber at SXSW and the Silicon Valley elite are freaking out

  • Wealthy venture capitalists and tech CEOs at Austin’s annual South by Southwest conference gazed sullenly into their phones, wet and angry, nowhere to go but Twitter to air their grievances.
  • It was Saturday, and they’d just discovered they couldn’t hail a private car with Uber or Lyft. They were stranded — in a city with working public transportation.
  • The quick backstory: Uber and Lyft left Austin in May after the city’s citizens voted that the ride-sharing companies would have to fingerprint their drivers as part of a more rigorous background-check process.
  • Of course, there was convenient transportation in Austin over the weekend. A quick Google search reveals the city’s public transportation options faster than you can say “gig economy” — there’s even a landing page dedicated to it on the SXSW website. Read more (3/13/17 12:55 PM)

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Michelle Obama wrote ‘black-ish’ star Yara Shahidi a college recommendation letter

  • If there were ever a surefire way to get into the school of your dreams, a letter of recommendation from the former first lady would be it.
  • At least, we imagine such would be the case for 17-year-old model and Black-ish star Yara Shahidi, who mentioned in a new interview that her college applications included the praises of Michelle Obama.
  • “She is very amazing and such a supporter, which is something very surreal to say,” Shahidi said, adding that the then-first lady also gave her a “go get ‘em, tiger” back rub before her AP exams. Read more (3/13/17 10:15 AM)

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White House analysis suggests GOP health care bill may see even more insurance losses

  • A new document on the effects of the GOP’s proposed health care bill has emerged from the White House, forecasting even deeper cuts in coverage than Monday’s Congressional Budget Office report.
  • Whereas the CBO report predicts 24 million people would lose their insurance by 2026 under the legislation, the White House analysis predicts 26 million, bringing the total of uninsured people in the United States up to 54 million by 2026. Read more (3/14/17 6:32 AM)

Bernie Sanders slams Trumpcare as a “disgusting and immoral proposal”

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, was at the front of the line to criticize the Republican plan to repeal and replace the ACA Monday.
  • “Throwing 24 million Americans off of health insurance, raising premiums for older low-income Americans, defunding Planned Parenthood and giving $275 billion in tax breaks to the top 2% is a disgusting and immoral proposal,” Sanders said in a statement. Read more (3/13/17 10 PM)
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At least 50 dead after landslide at Ethiopian garbage dump

  • A massive landslide at a garbage dump near the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Saturday killed more than 60 people, Communications Minister Negeri Lencho confirmed to CNN.
  • Lencho said officials are still investigating what caused the mountain of trash deposited at Koshe Garbage Landfill to give way.
  • About 150 people were at the landfill when the landslide occurred, according to NPR, and many Ethiopians live in close proximity to the dump to take advantage of inexpensive housing options.
  • Others flock to the landfill to scavenge for discarded items that can be sold for a profit. Read more (3/13/17 10:38 AM)
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Michael Brown surveillance footage sparks fresh protests in Ferguson

  • A group of protestors congregated outside of a liquor store in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday night after a documentary containing previously unreleased footage of police shooting victim Michael Brown aired at South by Southwest.
  • According to CNN, Stranger Fruit, which debuted at the Austin, Texas, festival on Saturday evening, featured footage of the unarmed black teen entering Ferguson Market and Liquor Store 11 hours before he was accused of robbing it in 2014.
  • Brown, 18, would later be gunned down by police for the purported crime in an instance of police violence that devastated a community and sparked nationwide riots.
  • Director Jason Pollock, previously told CNN that he thinks it likely that Brown did not rob the convenience store, but rather was involved in a drug deal with clerks who worked there. Read more (3/13/17 10:11 AM)

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Democrats plan to introduce national ban on LGBTQ discrimination, possibly forcing GOP to kill it 

  • Democrats in Congress will introduce a plan to ban discrimination against LGBTQ individuals nationwide as part of an effort to highlight Republican hostility to equal rights, BuzzFeed reported Monday.
  • While the bill will almost certainly be dead on arrival, Democrats hope the GOP response to the legislation will paint themselves as unsympathetic to a public that has swung widely in favor of LGBTQ rights.
  • “It’s important for Americans to know whether members of Congress support full equality for our community or whether they support continued discrimination against LGBT Americans,” Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) told BuzzFeed. Read more (3/13/17 4:46 PM)
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Trump expected to drop executive order slashing Obama-era climate regulations

  • He’s already rolled back the Clean Water Act. It was only a matter of time before President Donald Trump came for the Clean Power Plan.
  • Trump is expected to sign a broad executive order Tuesday that will evaluate any rulings or actions on the books that “burden” domestic fuel companies, including coal, gas, oil and nuclear, Bloomberg reports.
  • Those found to be a “burden” will be changed, suspended or eliminated unless mandated by law, deemed pro-business or considered to be in the “public interest” by the administration.
  • The executive order will also do away with two Obama-era rules. The first ensures reviews measuring the environmental impact of an energy project will take climate change into account.
  • The second rule Trump is expected to eliminate is called the “social cost of carbon,” or the SC-CO2, which is a number that estimates the long-term damage that a ton of carbon does to the environment each year. Read more (3/27/17 12:13 PM)

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{13-3-17}: trying out digital notes today! having notes digitally is so much easier and are quicker to type up!

i decided the best thing i could do (to help myself more towards exam time) is to make summary sheets on OneNote! i really like how they came out! These are my notes on measuring and studying perception!

14/100 days of productivity!! 

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HBCU students worry their leaders are betraying schools’ founding principles

  • Hours before Donald Trump announced a new executive order aimed at better support of historically black colleges and universities on Tuesday, students at those schools were already disappointed.
  • Allyson Carpenter, president of Howard University’s student association, was one of those students. 
  • “Maybe I’m too idealistic, but you’re talking to a man who in his first 30 days tried to ban Muslims from this country, deported undocumented immigrants like it’s a game,” Carpenter said in a phone interview. 
  • “If you’re in the room with the president and you’re president of HBCU, it’s such a wasted opportunity.”
  • The disappointment stemmed not just from cynicism about the Trump administration’s support of HBCUs to bolster its credibility in shaping urban education policy, but with the schools’ leaders deciding to meet with Trump at all.
  • Trump’s executive order capped off days of publicized and surprise dealings between he and leaders of HBCU schools across the country. 
  • In turn, students at those schools worry that the almost sacred principles of working in service of underrepresented communities that have sustained HBCUs for more than a century are in jeopardy. Read more (3/1/17 12:13 PM)

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LGBT community center in Washington, DC, vandalized, trans staff member assaulted

  • A window was smashed and a transgender staff member was assaulted at Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center in Washington, D.C., on Sunday afternoon, according to posts from the center’s Facebook.
  • Ruby Corado, executive director of Casa Ruby, broadcasted live on Facebook twice from the community center on Sunday after the incident. 
  • In a follow-up broadcast on Sunday night, Corado called the vandalism “another example of hate” meant to “intimidate the LGBT community." 
  • Corado told FOX5 that this was the third instance of vandalism on Casa Ruby’s property in two weeks. There is a donation page here. Read more (3/13/17 2:40 PM)