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    By E. Eduardo Castillo and Mark Stevenson | Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Former Mexican President Luis Echeverria, blamed for some of Mexico’s worst political killings of the 20th century, has died at the age of 100, current President Andrés Manuel López Obrador confirmed Saturday. On his Twitter account, López Obrador sent condolences to Echeverria’s family and friends “in the name of the government of Mexico,” but did not express any personal sadness about the death. López Obrador did not provide a cause of death for Echeverria, who governed Mexico from 1970 to 1976. He had been hospitalized for pulmonary problems in 2018 and also had neurological difficulties in recent years. Echeverria positioned himself as a left-leaning maverick allied with Third World causes during his presidency, but his role in the notorious massacres of leftist students in 1968 and 1971 made him hated by Mexican leftists, who for decades tried unsuccessfully to have him put on trial. In 2004, he became the first former Mexican head of state formally accused of criminal wrongdoing. Prosecutors linked Echeverria to the country’s...
    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Max Mendoza has been a remarkably persistent student — and a profitable one: He’s been enrolled at a public university in Bolivia for 32 years but never graduated, much of it while being paid a government salary to serve as a student leader. On Monday, though, he was detained and sent to jail after a judge ordered a six-month investigation into allegations his tenure as a state-paid student leader constituted a crime. Mendoza, now 52, has unsuccessfully tackled a series of majors — industrial engineering, agronomy and law among them — since entering a university in 1990. But he has held a series of student leadership posts and since 2018, he has been president of the University Confederation of Bolivia, the country’s top student representative, earning $3,000 a month — 10 times the national minimum wage. Prosecutors say he used the closure of schools for the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to extend his position. “He didn’t meet the requirements. He didn’t have a bachelor’s degree (needed) to hold the post,” Judge Javier Vargas said...
    The nation’s largest organization of pro-life youth was censored by social media platform TikTok Monday after a video depicting Students for Life of America (SFLA) President Kristan Hawkins challenging a woke college student with the actual scientific facts about abortion went viral. Hawkins called on TikTok to open the process for getting pro-life speech back on the app that contains significant abortion-related content. The pro-life leader condemned the social media platform for banning SFLA’s account, citing “violating Community Guideline standards,” without notice or an opportunity to appeal the decision. SFLA’s more than 35,000 TikTok followers were stripped away when the app blocked account managers from appealing the ban. “If you’re pro-life on TikTok’s social media platform, you have a target on your back,” said Students for Life Action and SFLA President Kristan Hawkins in a statement. “There is no other explanation for why SFLA’s account was recently banned after posting life-affirming content while abortion supporters continue to run rampant on the app,” she added. “TikTok seems to be practicing corporate viewpoint discrimination.” TikTok’s ban on SFLA comes after the...
    A former leader of the notorious MS-13 street gang will be spending the rest of his life in jail, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. Miguel Ángel Corea Díaz, 41, was sentenced last Friday to life in prison by a Maryland court for conspiring to commit murder in aid of racketeering and murder in aid of racketeering. Corea Diaz, an El Salvador native, was also found guilty of conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana, cocaine and heroin, and possession with intent to distribute heroin. He was arrested in April 2018 in New Jersey and convicted by a federal jury in November 2021. Known as the 'Reaper,' Corea Díaz was one of the top leaders of the MS-13 along the East Coast. From 2015 to 2019, he was in charge of a cell known as the Sailors Locos Salvatruchos Westside Clique that operated out of Langley Park, Maryland. In March 2017, Corea Díaz and co-defendant Junior Noe Alvarado-Requen, 24, put together an MS-13 hit squad after a gang member wanted for arrest had an argument over marijuana...
    A woman who referred to herself as Sarah Lawrence 'cult leader' Lawrence Ray's 'wife' and lived with him and his co-accused, 'lieutenant' Isabella Pollok, has told jurors how her 'romantic' relationship descended into abuse and sexual humiliation that destroyed her medical career and left her feeling 'subhuman.' Felicia Rosario, 39, took the stand at the start of week three of the high-profile trial Monday, telling jurors how she was introduced to Ray through her brother, Santos, who was a student at the elite liberal college with 62-year-old Ray's daughter, Talia. Rosario described how she found Ray 'charming' when the young woman, then a 29-year-old medical graduate of Harvard and Columbia and on track to gain her medical license, first met him in the fall of 2011. Rosario was living with Ray and Pollok in a home in Piscataway, New Jersey, when Ray was arrested in February 2020. She said she called him, 'honeybun,' and both she and Pollok considered themselves his, 'wife.' Prosecution witness Felicia Rosario, 39, (far right) took the stand at Manhattan Federal Court Monday as the sex...
    Jurors have been shown horrific video of alleged Sarah Lawrence 'cult' leader Larry Ray applying pliers to a student's teeth and tongue while threatening him and beating him in the stomach with a hammer and a steel mallet. The shocking footage came shortly before court recessed for the weekend and showed Ray, 62, threatening to 'bust' Daniel Levin's face as he hooked what appears, in the grainy images, to be a mallet or hammer around his neck and forced pliers into his mouth. As Levin wails Ray can be heard saying: 'I'll bust your face right now…Don't f**k about. The next thing that's going to be out is your d**k and balls.' Appearing to refer to another incident in which Ray allegedly fashioned a garrote out of tin foil and tightened then around Levin's genitals, Ray can be heard asking: 'Did you like that the other night when your balls were getting strangulated?' The disturbing footage marked the end of Friday morning's testimony which began with the end of the cross examination of alleged victims Claudia Drury, 31 and included...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Mike Bubnov and his family are safe in an undisclosed location in Ukraine after fleeing Kyiv.  He has a special bond to Maryland after attending Kent Island High School as an exchange student just before the pandemic began. READ MORE: Rutschman's Triceps Injury Likely To Delay His Orioles Debut  Mike played soccer there and developed a close relationship with his host family. Last week, we told you about a former exchange student at Kent Island High School—and how the community pitched in to raise funds to help his family after they fled Kyiv. Tonight on WJZ, their message of gratitude and hope. https://t.co/xOtMAlopUT @wjz #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/Imzv5Kmcvr — Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) March 16, 2022 Last week, WJZ told you how those he met on the Eastern Shore are keeping in touch with him and are concerned for his safety. The Bubnov family has now sent a video to supporters in Maryland, grateful for their help. “We never thought we would need to flee such circumstances again in our lives. We never thought the war would come again...
    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Left-leaning former student leader Gabriel Boric was sworn in as Chile’s new president on Friday, vowing to oversee a political and economic renovation of a nation shaken by repeated massive protests over inequality in recent years despite a relatively vibrant economy. At 36, Boric is the youngest president in the history of the South American nation — one who was only 4 years old when democracy returned following a 17-year military dictatorship that both bloodied and set the groundwork for modern Chile. Boric has vowed that his young, inclusive government will attack nagging poverty and inequality that he said are the unacceptable underbelly of a free market model imposed decades ago by Gen. Augusto Pinochet, who ruled from 1973 to 1990. His four-year term begins at a moment when a constituent assembly is drawing up a new constitution for the country to replace one adopted under Pinochet. The Socialist Party leader of the Senate, Älvaro Elizalde, draped the presidential sash over Boric’s shoulders during the ceremony in the legislative chambers in the port city of Valparaiso....
    A university in Alabama has decided not to have the name of Bibb Graves, a former governor and the leader of a Ku Klux Klan group, adorn one of its campus buildings. After initially deciding to name the College of Education building after both Graves and Autherine Lucy Hall, the school's first black student, the University of Alabama Board of Trustees changed course, according to WIAT. The Board of Trustees decided in a special meeting on Friday to remove Graves's name from the building, citing his leadership role as Grand Cyclops with the hate group. Instead, it will stick with the name Autherine Lucy Hall. "On the one hand, Gov. Graves is regarded by historians as one of, if not the most, progressive and effective governors in the history of the state of Alabama," said Judge John England, a trustee of the board. ARMY VETERAN POSES AS KKK HIT MAN TO EXPOSE TOP MEMBERS AND MURDER PLOT While England praised Graves for his work as governor of Alabama and for doing more "to...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaragua sentenced a student protest leader and a former Sandinista rebel commander to prison Thursday on charges of “conspiracy to undermine national integrity,” the latest in a string of prison sentences following brief show trials this month. Student leader Lesther Alemán, 24, who famously stood up to President Daniel Ortega and told him to surrender in 2018, was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Dora María Téllez, 65, who led an assault on the National Palace in 1978 during the Somoza family dictatorship, holding congress members hostage in exchange for the release of rebel prisoners, was sentenced to eight years in prison. Both were among dozens of opposition figures arrested by the Ortega regime last summer in the run-up to November’s presidential elections. Alemán’s mother, Lesbia Alfaro, who was not allowed to attend the sentencing, called her son’s trial “nonsense, a lie, a circus.” She maintained Alemán’s innocence. “He is not a terrorist.” The Nicaraguan University Alliance, which Alemán founded after massive popular protests began against the government in April 2018, said the main piece of...
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama is reconsidering its decision last week to retain the name of a one-time governor who led the Ku Klux Klan on a campus building while adding the name of the school’s first Black student. Trustees will meet no later than Friday to revisit their decision to keep the name of former Alabama Gov. Bibb Graves on a three-story hall that was renamed Lucy-Graves Hall in honor of Autherine Lucy Foster, the University of Alabama System said in a statement Wednesday. The decision to honor Lucy alongside a one-time KKK grand cyclops was criticized harshly by some. An editorial in the student newspaper said Graves’ name doesn’t belong beside Lucy’s, given his association with the violent, racist organization. Foster herself expressed ambivalence, telling WIAT-TV she didn’t know much about Graves, who was considered a progressive, pro-education governor for the time, despite having led the Klan in Montgomery during a period when it was at its strongest. “I wouldn’t say it doesn’t bother me, but I accept it because I didn’t ask for...
    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A University of Alabama building named for a former governor who led the Ku Klux Klan a century ago will also bear the name of the first Black person to attend the school, trustees decided. Graves Hall, an academic building named for two-term Gov. Bibb Graves, a progressive who also was Grand Cyclops of the KKK before leaving the group in the late 1920s, will become Lucy-Graves Hall to recognize Autherine Lucy Foster, who in 1956 became the first Black person to enroll at Alabama. She briefly attended classes in Graves Hall but was expelled three days later after her presence brought protests and threats against her life. In 2019, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the university, where she had returned and earned a masters degree in education in 1992. Trustees voted to approve the change during a meeting Thursday, news outlets reported. Now 92, Foster expressed thanks for the honor. “I am so grateful to all who think that this naming opportunity has the potential to motivate and encourage others to embrace the...
    A Washington DC school teacher is on leave after she allegedly told third graders in the school library to reenact scenes from the Holocaust, a grim spectacle that including digging fake mass graves and gas chambers. The teacher at DC's Watkins Elementary School assigned specific roles to the pre-teens in an attempt to teach the horrors. The instructor, who has not been identified, was placed on leave Friday.   A Jewish student was even cast in the role of Adolf Hitler in the bizarre reenactment, according to another student's parent. At the end of the re-staging, the student was told to fake committing suicide just as the leader of the Third Reich did.  Principal MScott Berkowitz said that originally, the students were taking their library class to do a self-directed project ahead of winter break. Watkins Elementary School in Washington, DC was the site of a bizarre reenactment of the Holocaust Friday Principal MScott Berkowitz (pictured) said that originally, the students were taking their library class to do a self-directed project ahead of winter break A Jewish student was even cast...
    The mayor of Hazard, Kentucky, and principal of Hazard High School, Donald “Happy” Mobelini — who was seen in photos receiving a lap dance from a scantily clad male high school student during a “man pageant” at a recent school assembly — was accused in a 2019 lawsuit of not properly chaperoning a school trip during which one student allegedly raped another. Mobelini and two Hazard High School teachers are being sued over a school trip to New York City and Washington, D.C. in 2017, according to a report by the Lexington Herald-Leader. Court records show a jury trial is scheduled for August 2022, the report adds. A female former student alleges in the lawsuit that when she was a junior at Hazard High School in 2017, Mobelini and two teacher chaperones did not check on students at various points during a school trip. The suit claims that students drank and that the female victim was physically and sexually assaulted by a fellow male student. The lawsuit asks that the former female student be compensated for her distress. The lawsuit also alleges that Mobelini...
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A student leader who lost an eye in clashes with police in 2018 and also participated in anti-government protests that swept over Colombia in April and May was slain in the southwestern city of Popayan, local police reported. Esteban Mosquera was an advocate of free tuition for university students and also campaigned in his hometown of Popayan for a basic income plan for Colombia’s poorest residents. Witnesses said men on motorcycles shot him as he walked toward his home Monday. The Interamerican Commission on Human Rights urged Colombia’s government to promptly investigate the killing, while President Ivan Duque offered a $13,000 reward Tuesday for information leading to Mosquera’s killers. So far this year, 108 human rights activists and community leaders have been slain in Colombia, according to Indepaz, a human rights group that notes violence against activists has increased since the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia signed a peace deal with the government in 2016 and disarmed. It said more than 300 activists were killed last year. Jose Miguel Vivanco, the Americas director for...
    (Bloomberg) – Former student leader Gabriel Boric leads the race for Chile’s presidential elections in November, according to a poll published a week after his surprise win over a communist candidate in a primary vote. Boric, who is currently a member of the lower house, obtained 30% of the voting intentions, followed by former Minister of Government Sebastián Sichel, with 25%, and the current president of the Senate, Yasna Provoste, with 12%, according to a Cadem public opinion poll released Monday. According to the poll, Boric would beat Sichel and Provoste in an eventual second round. Chilean assets rose early last week after Boric defeated Daniel Jadue of the Communist Party in the primaries, eliminating a contender who spooked financial markets with his calls for radical economic reform. Still, some global banks advise investors to remain wary of Chile’s continuing political risk. They say the next head of state will move away from pro-market policies and adopt higher spending. After failing to register candidates for the July 18 vote, the parties that make up the Chilean Constituent Unity coalition agreed...
    Expanded library hours The Santa Clara County Library District was set to expand hours of service at its community branches on Monday, July 12. Hours at the Campbell Express Library are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The district is targeting fall to resume evening hours. Since the library serves everyone in the community, including children who are not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination, visitors need to be free of COVID-19 symptoms and wear a face covering, regardless of vaccination status, to enter. Curbside holds pickup is still available for those who prefer contactless service. Patrons can make an appointment at https://sccld.org/curbside. Branham Student Leader Branham High School student Chantel White has been named one of five Silicon Valley Bank of America Student Leaders. With fewer than 1% of Branham students identifying as Black, Chantel made it her mission as a biracial student to speak about the Black Lives Matter movement in San Jose. At 16, Chantel is already taking courses at West Valley Community College as a business administration major. She hopes to attend a historically Black college. As...
                        During an online meeting, a member of the Minnesota Student Association Executive Board directed others to waste police resources in retaliation for perceived injustices. “Make their lives hell. Annoy the shit out of them,” Lauren Meyers said during a Zoom meeting. “Like, use up their resources, make their officers show up to something.” Here it is. We received a copy of the video that was deleted from Reddit.#UMN Student Association Rep Lauren Meyers advocates disrupting #UMPD police to "make their lives hell, annoy the sh*t out of them, use up their resources, make their officers show up to something." #MN pic.twitter.com/DxQD4b0aDE — CrimeWatchMpls (@CrimeWatchMpls) April 27, 2021 The tirade was prompted when another student asked Meyers to explain what she meant by directing others to “disrupt” the University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD). According to a Fox News report, the discussion centered around a letter sent to University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel, which demanded that Gabel instruct UMPD Chief Matt Clark to resign. According to that letter,...
    A student government leader in Minnesota is reportedly urging peers to tie up resources and make life "hell" for campus police officers. Lauren Meyers, a member of the Minnesota Student Association Executive Board at the University of Minnesota, allegedly encouraged other students to "use up" campus police officers' resources to "annoy the s--- out of them." "Use up their resources. Make their officers show up to something," Meyers reportedly said on the call, which was first reported by Alpha News. PROFESSOR WHO ARGUED WITH STUDENT ABOUT WHETHER OFFICERS ARE 'HEROES' TAKES LEAVE OF ABSENCE The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association and Law Enforcement Labor Services, both police unions, called for an investigation into whether Meyers violated the student code of conduct. "Actively planning to thwart UMPD by generating false calls for help is insulting to the overwhelming majority of the campus community that rely on public safety services," Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association Executive Director Brian Peters said in the unions' joint statement. "MSA leaders should be ashamed - and apologize to the campus community and victims of...
    A University of Minnesota student government leader urged her peers to make life "hell" for campus cops by calling in fake incidents, according to a report Wednesday. Lauren Meyers, a member of the Minnesota Student Association Executive Board, allegedly directed students to "use up" campus cops’ resources in an effort to pressure the department’s police chief to resign, according to Alpha News. "Make their lives hell. Annoy the s— out of them," Meyers said in footage of a video conference. "Like, use up their resources, make their officers show up to something." Meyers had been addressing a letter sent this week from students to school president Joan Gabel, calling on University of Minnesota Police Department Chief Matt Clark to resign for allegedly failing to properly protect students of color. ILLINOIS COLLEGE PROFESSORS GUSH ABOUT TEACHING SOCIAL JUSTICE ON ZOOM: 'I'M LIVING THE LIFE OVER HERE' The letter claims that Clark has refused to increase "campus safety and wellness" for students of color and allowed the "utilization of UMPD as a physical arm of the oppressive state to subjugate and silence community members." It went on to...
    A college student in Kansas who once made headlines for threatening local police officials who “got in his way” has now been appointed as part of Wichita State University’s student government. But his threatening to shoot police officials is not the only problematic thing giving him attention. The student—identified as Sam McCrory—chose to wear a “white lives matter” face mask to his first student government event Thursday. McCrory was sworn into office while wearing the mask just one day after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd, The Wichita Eagle reported. When asked about the mask, McCrory expressed no regrets, noting that he wore the mask to push back against those who hate white people. “I’m not going to be a second-class citizen in my own country,” he said. “People can wear Black Lives Matter masks and nobody cares. But if someone wears a white lives matter mask, all of a sudden there’s a huge firestorm.” According to The Wichita Eagle, despite him wearing the mask to the event and being sworn in with it,...
    Loading the player... A Kansas man who once threatened to storm a local courthouse and shoot officers is again the subject of controversy after wearing a “white lives matter” COVID-19 mask when he was sworn in as a student senator at Wichita State University. Sam McCrory, 27, donned the mask Thursday, the day after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of George Floyd, The Wichita Eagle reported. The mask apparently went unnoticed by the Student Government Association until the university’s student newspaper, The Sunflower, posted photographs of the ceremony on social media. Wichita State University campus (via Wichita State University’s website) McCrory, an electrical engineering major, said he wore the mask to make a political point and to push back against “the modern left,” which he asserted “hates white people.” Hannah Newby, a 23-year-old elementary education major, called the mask “disgusting.” Others turned to social media calling for the university to remove the newly elected senator and make a statement condemning him. Wichita State officials didn’t return calls and emails from the paper seeking comment Friday. Read More:...
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Two teenagers have been charged with fatally shooting a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student leader who authorities say met his assailants in Milwaukee to sell some designer eyeglasses. Purcell Pearson, 22, was a recent Whitewater graduate and was president of Alpha Phil Alpha. According to a criminal complaint, that as a young entrepreneur Pearson was selling the glasses through internet apps and arranged to meet some buyers Feb. 6 outside his apartment west of downtown Milwaukee, the Journal Sentinel reported. Those alleged buyers, Tyrell Joseph and Ismael Moreno, both 17, were in a van when Pearson met them outside. The van began driving away with Pearson hanging out of the driver's side window right before he was shot, according to prosecutors. The two drove away as Pearson fell to the ground. Arrest warrants have been issued for Joseph and Moreno who remain at large. They are charged with first-degree reckless homicide and if convicted could face up to 60 years in prison. Court records do not list an attorney for either defendant. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights...
    More On: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez New Yorkers can get $7K for COVID-19 funerals, say Schumer, AOC AOC ‘will not apologize’ for Ted Cruz ‘almost had me murdered’ tweet AOC, Schumer ‘welcome’ GOP support for $1.9T relief package AOC, Sanders rip Biden’s COVID relief plan New York progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took on President Biden Wednesday after he flatly rejected her proposal to forgive $50,000 in student debt per person. Ocasio-Cortez, a far-left Democrat who represents parts of the Bronx and Queens, noted that even Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer backs her idea. Biden said at a Tuesday night CNN town hall, “I will not make that happen” because he’s concerned about steering federal funds to Harvard and Yale graduates rather than to “early education for young children that come from disadvantaged circumstances.” The 31-year-old self-labeled socialist, known by the initials AOC, took to Twitter to rebuke Biden for the stance, noting that she had enlisted the support of Schumer (D-NY), against whom she is reportedly mulling a 2022 primary challenge. “1. Who cares what school someone went to? Entire...
    Savannah Rychcik February 17, 2021 0 Comments Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is reacting to President Joe Biden’s position on student loan forgiveness. She took to Twitter on Wednesday to share a video of Biden during the CNN town hall on Tuesday night. He was asked how he will make canceling $50,000 of student debt per borrower happen. “I will not make that happen,” he replied. Biden also said it depends on whether the student went to a private or public university. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response, “The case against student loan forgiveness is looking shakier by the day. We’ve got the Senate Majority Leader on board to forgive $50k. Biden’s holding back, but many of the arguments against it just don’t hold water on close inspection. We can and should do it. Keep pushing!” “Who cares what school someone went to? Entire generations of working class kids were encouraged to go into more debt under the guise of elitism. This is wrong,” she added. Biden also suggested the money could be used on early childhood education. Ocasio-Cortez argued, “Nowhere does it say...
    PORTSMOUTH — Abby Blankenship enjoys showcasing her love of Shawnee State University as a Student Assistant in the Office of Admissions. A junior in the 3+2 Occupational Therapy program, Blankenship has also served as an Orientation Leader for prospective students in past years. “I wanted to be an Orientation Leader because I love getting to represent my school and showing people how truly special it is,” she said. As an Orientation Leader, Blankenship assists new students and their family with their first visit to campus as an enrolled student. She helps lead tours, answer questions, and share SSU traditions and history. “I was once the new student at orientation,” she said. “I know how scary it can be. Getting to talk to the future students and help prepare them for what Shawnee State offers is so exciting for me!” SSU’s Office of Admissions employs over 15 students each summer to help with new student orientation sessions. The position offers students the opportunity to build their resume along with several professional skills like leadership, public speaking, and organization. For many new...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The first Black woman to assume the top role leading fellow students at the U.S. Naval Academy will take up that position next semester as brigade commander, the academy said Monday. Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber will be the commander for the spring semester, according to the news release. This undated photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber, from Lake Forest, Ill. Barber is slated to be the Naval Academy's first African American female brigade commander, the U.S. Naval Academy announced Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Burke/U.S. Navy via AP) Brigade commander is the highest leadership position within the student body. The semester-long position is selected through an application and interview process by senior leadership and the commandant’s staff. CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK HITS NAVAL SHIPYARD IN MAINE Barber, of Lake Forest, Illinois, is a mechanical engineering major and aspires to commission as a Marine Corps ground officer, according to the release. Barber will be the 16th woman selected for brigade commander in the 44 years women...
    (AP) — A Black woman from Lake Forest will lead fellow students at the U.S. Naval Academy for the first time, taking the top student leadership role of brigade commander. The Commandant of Midshipmen announced the spring semester MIDN leadership positions, Friday, Nov. 8, which includes the selection of #USNAs first African American female brigade commander, MIDN 1/C Sydney Barber, of Lake Forest, Ill. https://t.co/oxCWvjpnXZ pic.twitter.com/neuaPMxFC1 — U.S. Naval Academy (@NavalAcademy) November 9, 2020 The academy said in a news release that Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber will be the commander for the spring semester. Brigade commander is the highest leadership position within the academy’s student body. The semester-long position is selected through an application and interview process by senior leadership and the commandant’s staff. Barber is from Lake Forest, Illinois. This undated photo provided by the U.S. Navy shows Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber, from Lake Forest, Ill. Barber is slated to be the Naval Academy’s first African American female brigade commander, the U.S. Naval Academy announced Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Burke/U.S. Navy...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The first Black woman to assume the top role leading fellow students at the U.S. Naval Academy will take up that position next semester as brigade commander, the academy said Monday.Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber will be the commander for the spring semester, according to the news release.Brigade commander is the highest leadership position within the student body. The semester-long position is selected through an application and interview process by senior leadership and the commandant's staff.Barber, of Lake Forest, Illinois, is a mechanical engineering major and aspires to commission as a Marine Corps ground officer, according to the release.Barber will be the 16th woman selected for brigade commander in the 44 years women have been attending the academy. The first female brigade commander was then-Midshipman Juliane Gallina, who served in the position in 1991.The release said the commandant of midshipmen announced new student leadership positions Friday.
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The first Black woman to assume the top role leading fellow students at the U.S. Naval Academy will take up that position next semester as brigade commander, the academy said Monday.Midshipman 1st Class Sydney Barber will be the commander for the spring semester, according to the news release.Brigade commander is the highest leadership position within the student body. The semester-long position is selected through an application and interview process by senior leadership and the commandant's staff.Barber, of Lake Forest, Illinois, is a mechanical engineering major and aspires to commission as a Marine Corps ground officer, according to the release.Barber will be the 16th woman selected for brigade commander in the 44 years women have been attending the academy. The first female brigade commander was then-Midshipman Juliane Gallina, who served in the position in 1991.The release said the commandant of midshipmen announced new student leadership positions Friday.
    Seaman High School in Topeka, Kansas, has been the subject of a lot of rumors and jokes over the years. Some of those would go into exactly the kind of juvenile jabs you would expect. Other stories that floated about Seaman school were not as humorous, and far darker. The rumors, however, just remained rumors until high school students participating in the journalism department began to do real research as to the background of their school and discovered the rumors were true and could be substantiated. It turns out Seaman High School was named after Fred Seaman, a 1920s Klu Klux Klan leader who sought to gain control of Kansas schools and local elected offices. What happened to slow up the research? Because many of the stories were written in the 1920s, they existed long before the internet era. Finding the articles and stories can be difficult, but student journalists Tristan Fangman and Madeline Gearhart put in incredible work in tracing the story. Now, those same students are making an ask of their school: change the name. The article, published in The Clipper, the school newspaper is thorough...
    (Reuters) - Thailand banned demonstrations and arrested at least three protest leaders on Thursday after an escalation in more than three months of anti-government rallies. [nL4N2H54JJ] Below are details on some of the most prominent leaders. Several have been arrested and released on bail after previous protests. Arnon Nampa, 36, a human rights lawyer who first openly demanded reform of the monarchy at a Harry Potter-themed rally in August. He draws on his experience of an earlier round of protests and years of court appearances to defend government critics. - Arrested Oct. 14 Panusaya “Roong” Sithijirawattanakul, 22, read out a 10-point manifesto calling for reform of the monarchy in August. Leader of the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration. Thammasat is one of Thailand's top universities. - Arrested Oct. 14 Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, 22, a student activist who rose to prominence as co-leader of the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration. - Arrested Oct. 14 Jatupat “Pai Daodin” Boonpattararaksa, 29, arrested in 2016 for lese majeste, leader of student activist group in northeast Thailand. - Arrested Oct. 13 Tatthep “Ford” Ruangprapaikitseri, 23, the...
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    A student union leader in Britain said black, transgender, gay, disabled, and poor people should be allowed to return to class, while straight, able-bodied white people who are not poor should stay home, out of fear of creating a so-called “second wave” of Chinese coronavirus infections. Larissa Kennedy warned that British universities could become “the care homes of the second wave”, saying that students have been lied to by the government that “going back to [university as] normal is possible, viable, safe”. In comments reported by the Mail on Sunday, Kennedy suggested that some students will be safer on campus and therefore should be allowed to return to school, claiming that non-white students should receive special treatment because “we know that students of colour are disproportionately [living] in crowded households and disproportionately hold caring responsibilities.” The union president said that LGBT people may “find themselves in [family] environments that are homophobic or transphobic, and need to leave those,” and that disabled people might need “equipment, support, other reasonable adjustments” not available at home. She also said that working-class students may...
    A Florida State University student who was recently removed from his position as leader of the student senate has filed a lawsuit against the school’s leadership and student government, arguing he was targeted in “retaliation for his private religious speech.” Jack Denton, a “devout Catholic”, suffered damage to his finances and reputation following his ouster in early June, the lawsuit filed Monday in a U.S. District Court alleges. He is now asking the court “to order his reinstatement, compensation, and the expungement of all records relating to the Senate’s retaliatory and discriminatory actions against him.” “All students should be able to peacefully share their personal convictions without fear of retaliation,” Tyson Langhofer, a lawyer for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) – which filed the suit on Denton’s behalf – said in a statement. “While FSU students claim they’re creating a ‘safe space,’ they’ve tried to cancel Jack’s freedoms and discriminate against him because they don’t like his beliefs, in direct violation of the school’s Student Government Association Ethics Code, the Student Body Constitution, and -- most importantly -- the First Amendment.” The Florida State University campus in Tallahassee, Fla. (iStock) OHIO SCHOOL DISTRICT BANS ‘THIN BLUE LINE’ FLAGS AFTER FOOTBALL PLAYER CARRIED ONE TO HONOR COACH  The lawsuit states...
    BANGKOK (AP) — A student leader of Thailand’s anti-government movement vowed to continue his protesting after being released on bail Saturday, a day after his arrest on a sedition charge. The arrest Friday of Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak came as the government tries to deal with a wave of pro-democracy protests, mainly consisting of students who have rallied in schools and on campuses in many Thai cities. The students are demanding the dissolution of parliament, fresh elections, a new constitution and an end to intimidation of the government’s opponents. Parit was defiant as he spoke to a crowd of journalists and supporters after being freed by the Bangkok Criminal Court. He had been allowed to walk free on condition he did not repeat his alleged offenses. He immediately spoke in more provocative terms than he had at the July 18 protest for which he was charged with sedition. Parit read out a list of proposals for reforming the monarchy that was first launched at a university rally on Monday, rocking the country because public criticism of the royal institution is virtually...
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai authorities arrested a student leader on Friday over an anti-government protest last month, a rights group said, just a few days before a big demonstration scheduled for Sunday. Student groups have rallied almost daily around the country since July 18, calling for an end to military influence over Thai politics after a disputed election last year kept junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister five years after he first took power in a 2014 army coup. Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak, 22, was arrested on the outskirts of Bangkok while traveling to a protest, a video posted on his Facebook page showed. "I would like to invite you to go to the investigating officers responsible for this case," said a man who identified himself as a member of the Bangkok Metropolitan Police in the video, citing a court's arrest warrant before at least four other men physically carried Parit into a car. The video was apparently shot by a friend of Parit's and posted to his page. Human Rights Watch said Parit will be charged for breaching internal...
    Before he started his summer internship, Henry Weng already had some experience using technology to address income disparity in Silicon Valley. Henry, an incoming senior at Saratoga High School, is one of five Silicon Valley Bank of America Student Leaders working with LifeMoves, a nonprofit that provides interim housing and supportive services for Bay Area homeless. He and his fellow interns are building a database to house LifeMoves’ internal information to make it easier for the nonprofit to connect clients with resources. Henry says access to online tools and knowledge of how to use them is essential to decreasing income disparity in Silicon Valley. “Personally, I’ve used my own experience with teaching and programming to partner with organizations like the Boys and Girls Club and bring free computer science education to underserved youth through interactive semester-long courses,” he adds. “With the variety of educational resources available online, I think technology is a very powerful tool for alleviating educational inequity, which is one of the root causes of income inequality.” Henry has taught these computer science classes through his nonprofit DeltaX...
    While Gursimar Rana’s summer internship has helped him become more proficient in technology, it has also helped the teen deepen his faith. Gursimar, an incoming senior at University Preparatory Academy in Willow Glen, is one of five Silicon Valley Bank of America Student Leaders working with LifeMoves, a nonprofit that provides interim housing and supportive services for Bay Area homeless. He and his fellow interns are building a database to house LifeMoves’ internal information to make it easier for the nonprofit to connect clients with resources. The teen says his internship overlaps with community service work he’s done through the Sunday school at Guru Nanak Khalsa, a Sikh temple in San Jose. “The word Khalsa is a concept—the concept that all people are equal and everyone is allowed to exercise human and civil rights,” Gursimar says. “Our faith is based on three Golden Rules: Share with the needy; work hard and earn living by doing honest work; remember God is always there. “Taking this into account, our temple used to hold food drives, clothes drives and blanket drives for donating...
    Westmont High School senior Ella Ngheim has seen for herself the correlation between homelessness and mental health issues, and she’s using her summer internship to help break the cycle. Ella is one of five Silicon Valley Bank of America Student Leaders working with LifeMoves, a nonprofit that provides interim housing and supportive services for Bay Area homeless. She and her fellow interns are building a database to house LifeMoves’ internal information to make it easier for the nonprofit to connect clients with resources. “Through the experiences of classmates that have dealt with much of the challenges stemming from unstable housing, I have gained an understanding of the profound impacts of homelessness, including the prevalence of self-doubt and depressive thoughts,” says the Campbell resident. “That’s why I’m beyond grateful and excited to be working with LifeMoves this summer—an organization that helps people from all around the Bay Area return to stable housing by connecting them to nutritional, housing, employment and mental health services.” A friend’s attempted suicide led Ella to research how mental health issues are affected by culture and environment....
    As the student representative on the Fairfax County School Board in Northern Virginia, Nathan Onibudo has been receiving emails from frustrated parents and teachers who are worried about what the new school year will look like during the coronavirus pandemic. But Onibudo said one thing he has not been receiving so frequently is messages from fellow students, and he called on them to share their concerns and expectations. “There are students that are far less fortunate than I am who are stressing about various things,” Onibudo said. “I want to be a better advocate for them.” During a Thursday school board meeting, Onibudo shared his own concerns about potentially having to spend more than 10 hours each school day working solely on his laptop. More Coronavirus News Sign up for WTOP alerts Latest coronavirus test results in DC, Maryland and Virginia Fall school plans for DC, Maryland, Virginia systems during coronavirus Anne Arundel County to impose new COVID-19 restrictions Looking for more information? D.C., Maryland and Virginia are each releasing more data every day. Visit their official sites...
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former Old Dominion University student who targeted his school with a fake bomb threat so he could skip class has pleaded guilty to a swatting conspiracy that ended up encompassing a neo-Nazi leader and others who targeted a Black church, a news outlet and a Cabinet secretary. John William Kirby Kelley, 19, of Vienna, Virginia, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria to conspiring to transmit threats. A former leader of a neo-Nazi group called Atomwaffen Division, John C. Denton, 26, of Montgomery, Texas, pleaded guilty to his own role in the scheme last week. Kelley suggested his own university as a target for the swatting calls “because he did not want to attend class,” according to court documents, and later earned scorn from his fellow conspirators for targeting an institution that could be easily linked back to him. According to court documents, authorities began investigating Kelley in November 2018, when Old Dominion received a call that someone armed with an AR-15 had hidden pipe bombs on campus. Police received a call hours later...
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former Old Dominion University student who targeted his school with a fake bomb threat so he could skip class has pleaded guilty to a swatting conspiracy that ended up encompassing a neo-Nazi leader and others who targeted a Black church, a news outlet and a Cabinet secretary. John William Kirby Kelley, 19, of Vienna, Virginia, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria to conspiring to transmit threats. A former leader of a neo-Nazi group called Atomwaffen Division, John C. Denton, 26, of Montgomery, Texas, pleaded guilty to his own role in the scheme last week. Kelley suggested his own university as a target for the swatting calls “because he did not want to attend class,” according to court documents, and later earned scorn from his fellow conspirators for targeting an institution that could be easily linked back to him. According to court documents, authorities began investigating Kelley in November 2018, when Old Dominion received a call that someone armed with an AR-15 had hidden pipe bombs on campus. Police received a call hours later...
    Milpitas High School graduate Tran Le could have rested on her laurels for the summer before starting at Stanford University this fall. Tran, the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, had already achieved a milestone as her family’s first-generation college student. Instead, she rolled up her sleeves and went to work for LiveMoves as one of five Silicon Valley Bank of America Student Leaders. LifeMoves is a San Jose-based nonprofit that provides interim housing and supportive services for Bay Area homeless, an issue Tran hopes to address in her own community. “LifeMoves is currently breaking the cycle of homelessness in the Bay Area,” she says. “My team and I are creating a resource database to increase efficiency for the organization to serve more people. “I am also reviewing grant applications for Bank of America’s Neighborhood Builders Program,” Tran adds. “From the grant review process, I am learning how to analyze and interpret the impacts of nonprofits and their various work, from financial spending to community outreach to leadership.” While she’ll study computer science and management at Stanford, Tran says she intends to continue...
    COVID-19 peak dates for every state Gunmaker Remington is preparing to file for bankruptcy Kansas State players speak out after offensive George Floyd tweet made by student leader of white nationalist group Kansas State football players are using their platform to condemn a tweet made by a fellow student and demand consequences from the school for that student’s tweet. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Kansas State coach Chris Klieman is supporting his players. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The leader of America First Students at the school posted a tweet on Thursday congratulating George Floyd for being drug free for a month. Floyd was killed on May 25 in Minneapolis after a police officer had his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. It doesn’t take much common sense to see how that tweet was offensive or a play for attention. And multiple Kansas State players — athletes with far bigger platforms — immediately spoke out against Jaden McNeil’s “joke” with requests for change. And he go to kstate ?? Naw sum gotta change now...
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