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Harvard accused of bias against Asian-Americans at trial -

Harvard accused of bias against Asian-Americans at trialHarvard University discriminates against Asian-American applicants in order to limit how many it admits, a lawyer for a group suing the school said on Monday at the start of a trial that could have wider implications for the role of race in U.S. college admissions. The case could eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court, giving the newly cemented five-member conservative majority a chance to bar the use of affirmative action to help minority applicants get into college, legal experts say. In previous rulings on affirmative action, which aims to offset historic patterns of racial discrimination, the Supreme Court has allowed colleges to include race as one factor among others in assessing applicants.

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:30:21 -0400

Trump meets hurricane survivors in devastated Florida Panhandle -

Trump meets hurricane survivors in devastated Florida PanhandleTrump and first lady Melania Trump passed out bottles of water at an aid center in Lynn Haven, a city of about 18,500 people near Panama City in northwestern Florida, after taking a helicopter flight from Eglin Air Force Base about 100 miles (160 km) to the west. "To see this personally is very tough - total devastation," said Trump, who later traveled to neighboring Georgia to see storm damage there. At least 18 deaths in four states have been blamed on Michael, which crashed into the Panhandle last Wednesday as one of the most powerful storms on record to hit the continental United States.

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:23:01 -0400

Without captions, warnings about Hurricane Michael failed to reach disabled -

Without captions, warnings about Hurricane Michael failed to reach disabledMatlin drew attention to emergency communication glitches with disabled people earlier in the week, when she tweeted on Tuesday about the Weather Company’s failure to include closed captioning in reports about the approaching storm. "Dear @weatherchannel I wanted to share this video for the thousands of Deaf and Hard Of Hearing residents in the path of #HurricaneMichael but unfortunately, it's NOT closed captioned.

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 16:01:20 -0400

U.S. government, but not Trump, can be sued over climate: judge -

U.S. government, but not Trump, can be sued over climate: judgeThe decision by U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene, Oregon, came just days before the case is scheduled to go to trial in federal court on Oct. 29. Twenty-one children and young adults, who were between eight and 19 when the lawsuit was filed in 2015 against the Obama administration, accused federal officials and oil industry executives of violating their due process rights by knowing for decades that carbon pollution poisons the environment, but doing nothing about it. Aiken said the case revealed a delicate balance of power between the judicial and other government agencies.

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:57:17 -0400

Senator, mocked by Trump as Pocahontas, cites DNA test -

Senator, mocked by Trump as Pocahontas, cites DNA testFor years, Trump, a Republican, has mocked the Massachusetts lawmaker's assertion that she has Native American ancestry, calling her "fake Pocahontas" at political rallies. In Montana in July, Trump said, "I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you're an Indian." On Monday, Warren, a former Harvard Law School professor, released the results of a DNA test https://bit.ly/2OqLmUz that offers "strong evidence" that she does have Native American heritage, though only a small amount and going back many generations. Warren also sent a series of Twitter attacks against Trump that called him out on his pledge, saying, "Please send the check to the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center." Trump denied having made the dare.

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:42:58 -0400

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