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2015-07-15
Multiple Discoveries from NASA's New Horizons Pluto Mission

2014-07-09
R.I.P. William 'Bill' Herbert Kelder - Intellpuke

2013-11-28
Gamers Donate 37,500 Pounds Of Food To Needy

2013-09-30
Statement From The Whitehouse Regarding The Government Shutdown

2013-09-29
An Open Response To 'Organizing for Action'

2013-08-26
Bayou Corne: The Biggest Ongoing Disaster In The U.S. You Have Not Heard Of

2013-04-21
Boston Mayor Hopes Feds 'Throw the Book' at Marathon Bombing Suspect

2013-04-19
Boston Police Closing In On Suspects

2013-04-15
2 Explosions At Boston Marathon. 2 Dead, Many Injured.

2013-01-03
The Press vs Citizens Rights and Privacy - Act 3

2012-12-30
CBS News - Year In Review 2012

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TruTV - The Biggest Conspiracy Theories of 2012

Colbert Nation: 2012: A Look Back

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2012-12-25
Happy Holidays

2012-12-21
Welcome To A New Era!

2012-12-16
An Open Letter To United Health Care, Medcom, And The Medical Insurance Industry In General

2012-11-17
Whitehouse Petition To Remove "Under God" and "In God" From Currency And The Pledge.

2012-11-15
December 21, 2012

2012-11-11
If Hillary Clinton Ran For President, She Would Probably Be The Best-prepared Candidate In American History

2012-11-10
CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns After FBI Investigation Uncovers Affair With High-Profile Journalist

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2012-11-07
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2012-11-06
Live Election Results

2012-09-30
FIP In Hiatus

2012-09-18
U.S.-Afghan Military Operations Suspended After Attacks

Iran Nuclear Chief Says IAEA Might Be Infiltrated By 'Terrorists And Saboteurs'

Romney Stands By Gaffe




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Pole valulting accident leaves champ a paraplegic
  Source: USATODAY.com World - Top Stories 2015-08-02 12:11:49 (8 minutes ago) 

Austria's champion female pole vaulter landed just off the mat on her head and neck.

        
Authorities: Jericho the lion is alive and well
  Source: USATODAY.com World - Top Stories 2015-08-02 12:11:49 (8 minutes ago) 

Conservationists in Zimbabwe dispel rumors that Jericho the lion has been killed, like his beloved counterpart Cecil.

        
Rural Challenges, Real Solutions
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-08-02 12:11:47 (8 minutes ago) 

The ongoing paucity of public and private investment in the rural South has caused outsized harm to African-American women and girls. In a study published this week titled "Unequal Lives: The State of Black Women and Families in the Rural South," the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative (SRBWI) found "on nearly every social indicator of well-being - from income and earnings to obesity and food security - Black women, girls and children in the rural South rank low or last." According to the survey, the unemployment rate for African-American women is four times that of white women in the same counties, and the poverty rate for African Americans and Latinos is more than double that of whites.

SRBWI was formed by nonprofit leaders from Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia to pursue solutions to poverty and injustice in some of America's poorest counties. One of its founders says the Initiative helps women leverage their existing skills and resources. "We work with farmers and try to get women to produce food that's marketed to the school system and to farmers markets and other outlets in the area," said Shirley Sherrod, who is also Executive Director of the Southwest Georgia Project. "Many of them are widows who own land and need to derive an income from that land. ... We looked at the fact that women worked in factories – factories that closed – and those skills were still out there, and that's what gave us the idea of starting a worker-owned sewing coop. ... We have a community foods project that's in 22 counties. We've done lots of work on nutrition and gardens."

Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama Executive Director Sophia Bracy Harris, who also helped launch SRBWI, says it's it's about much more than marketable skills. "It's leadership development of the young women so that we're able to move these women to a place of self-sufficiency around their choice of careers, but with an understanding of the history of the region, understanding of the larger picture of what they're working against so they have the tools to be able to address those issues as well," Harris said.

SRBWI is one of many organizations devising innovative ways to achieve success in the uniquely challenging environment of the rural South. One of the biggest hurdles is simply connecting people to each other. Establishing and maintaining networks of resources are two of the ways the West Virginia Community Development Hub fosters community development efforts. "One of the big challenges you face in a rural state is just that people who are really active in their communities, they're so busy being active, they don't have any idea what's going on five counties away from them," said Director of Community Engagement and Policy Stephanie Tyree. "A lot of what we do is create those connections, share information and let people know, 'Okay, you want to start a bikeability program? You want to create bike lanes in your town? Well, here's a town that is a similar size to you that is also working on creating bike lanes, so you guys should talk and figure out how to do it together.'"

Tyree says another part of that strategy is collaboration on seemingly disparate issues. "There's a statewide campaign that is being organized that is really looking at, how does poverty and the safety and quality of life of children serve as a thread that runs through everything?" she said. "The Hub is a major partner in that campaign, even though we don't really work on children's health issues normally, but we think that you can't have community development if you can't have a place where children can't grow up happy, healthy and safe, and you can't have community development if you're not addressing poverty. ... We end up working in a lot of different areas that you wouldn't necessarily think fit together, but they fit into a larger vision of building a prosperous state, creating a transition and working for social justice."

Organizations have found coalition building to be an effective path to success all over the rural South. Harris says FOCAL began with three core focus areas – advocacy, training and technical assistance – but found that it needed to broaden its base to achieve its goals. "The organization evolved and became aware even in trying to carry out those things, that we could not do that in isolation, that we needed to broaden our base to address other issues. We went from there then to build an alliance for childcare, reaching again across lines of whites and African Americans to try to work collectively together."

In Arkansas last year, two strong nonprofit organizations – one focused on entrepreneurship and one on clean water infrastructure – merged to form a new entity with vast economic development expertise and a broad reach into remote areas. "It's pretty amazing what we can do together," said Communities Unlimited CEO Ines Polonius. "Our hope is that as we continue the community's work, but look at it more comprehensively, we can bring in other partners who can help us address health issues, who can help us address education issues. We don't have to be the expert in all these fields, but what we've built is an infrastructure that allowed us to deliver our services so that we can move a whole community that has been in persistent poverty onto a trajectory toward prosperity."

The most important key to success in the rural South is patience, says former Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund Executive Director Ralph Paige. "The thing that's most challenging is people to see that it doesn't happen overnight," said Paige. "Change comes in increments, and people grow. Farmers grow to be better farmers. Farm leaders grow to become community leaders. They grow and become board members of the church. They become members of the city council. ... You can build a building; a tornado can blow it down. You can build a person and he keeps growing, his children, his community – and I've seen that happen."

Ronda Rousey Defeats Challenger in 34 Seconds, Tells Her ‘Don’t Cry’
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-08-02 12:11:45 (8 minutes ago) 
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Hitchhiking Robot That Crossed Nations Fails to Last 2 Weeks in U.S.
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-08-02 12:11:45 (8 minutes ago) 
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Report: Seahawks release DT Tony McDaniel
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 12:11:43 (8 minutes ago) 
The Seahawks released starting defensive tackle Tony McDaniel on Sunday, according to a report.
Mariners pregame notes and lineups: Trying to salvage a split at Target Field
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 12:11:43 (8 minutes ago) 
Pretty standard lineup for the Mariners against right-hander Mike Pelfrey on a day game after a night game. Jesus Montero is not in the lineup. Not sure if it has anything to do with the collision at first base last night. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Montero jarred his neck a little. Mark Trumbo also has […]
Geo quiz: What small nation shares borders with Spain and France?
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 12:11:43 (8 minutes ago) 
Test your geography smarts with this quiz: Q: What tiny nation shares borders with Spain and France in the Pyrenees Mountains? A: Andorra, with a population of about 85,000. Its governmental system includes two co-princes — the Spanish/Roman Catholic Bishop of Urgell and the President of France.
Report: Seahawks release DT Tony McDaniel
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 12:11:38 (8 minutes ago) 
The Seahawks released starting defensive tackle Tony McDaniel on Sunday, according to a report.
Mariners pregame notes and lineups: Trying to salvage a split at Target Field
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 12:11:38 (8 minutes ago) 
Pretty standard lineup for the Mariners against right-hander Mike Pelfrey on a day game after a night game. Jesus Montero is not in the lineup. Not sure if it has anything to do with the collision at first base last night. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Montero jarred his neck a little. Mark Trumbo also has […]






Geo quiz: What small nation shares borders with Spain and France?
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 12:11:38 (8 minutes ago) 
Test your geography smarts with this quiz: Q: What tiny nation shares borders with Spain and France in the Pyrenees Mountains? A: Andorra, with a population of about 85,000. Its governmental system includes two co-princes — the Spanish/Roman Catholic Bishop of Urgell and the President of France.
Lagercrantz 'born to write Millennium sequel'
  Source: The Local - Sweden's news in English 2015-08-02 12:11:33 (8 minutes ago) 
David Lagercrantz, commissioned to write the upcoming sequel to the late Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium trilogy, wrote in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper on Sunday that he lived "day and night" with Larsson's characters.
Peter Jones obituary
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 12:11:32 (8 minutes ago) 
Pro-Confederate flag rally at 'south's Mount Rushmore' draws hundreds
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 12:11:32 (8 minutes ago) 
Derek and Clive are back – are they too much for the 21st century?
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 12:11:32 (8 minutes ago) 






How is it that cake became a favorite platform for American political debate?
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-08-02 12:11:25 (8 minutes ago) 
Lost shuttles exhibit: Astronaut items on display include cowboy boots, trophy, coffee mug
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-08-02 12:11:25 (8 minutes ago) 
Justice Department still reviewing fatal police shooting in Ohio Wal-Mart 1 year later
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-08-02 12:11:25 (8 minutes ago) 
Massive wildfire raging north of San Francisco spreads, threatens thousands of homes
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-08-02 12:11:25 (8 minutes ago) 
St. Paul triathlete is first Minnesotan to qualify for 2016 Olympics
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-08-02 12:11:25 (8 minutes ago) 
The 2012 Olympian finished the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10,000-meter run in one hour, 58 minutes, 46 seconds, beating Non Stanford of Great Britain by 19 seconds.




I converted my useless 1 car garage into a home office!
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 12:11:12 (9 minutes ago) 
submitted by jared_d to DIY
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ELI5:Why do so many conspiracy theories end up being anti-Semitic?
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 12:11:12 (9 minutes ago) 

Even when the topic has nothing to do with religion, race, heritage or country of origin?

submitted by hagamaba to explainlikeimfive
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gross, a snail
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 12:11:12 (9 minutes ago) 
submitted by sellyourcomputer to funny
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Tell Ohio senators to make animal cruelty a felony: Edward Campbell
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-08-02 12:11:11 (9 minutes ago) 
House Bill 60, also known as Dick Goddard's Law, faces an uphill battle in the Ohio Senate. It's time to make animal cruelty a felony, according to Edward Campbell.
Time to reform Ohio's project labor agreement laws: Baylor Myers, Americans for Prosperity
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-08-02 12:11:11 (9 minutes ago) 
Baylor Myers, Ohio state director of Americans for Prosperity, argues that it's time to reform Ohio's project labor agreement laws.




Obama to unveil tougher climate change plan
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2015-08-02 12:11:04 (9 minutes ago) 
Obama to unveil tougher climate change plan
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-08-02 12:11:04 (9 minutes ago) 
Roxborough crash leaves pedestrian critical
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-08-02 12:11:01 (9 minutes ago) 
A man walking on the 6700 block of Henry Avenue in Roxborough was hit by a car and suffered critical injuries.
South Sudan: we will arm children with sports instead of guns – video
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-08-02 12:10:37 (9 minutes ago) 
Pro-Confederate flag rally at 'south's Mount Rushmore' draws hundreds
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-08-02 12:10:37 (9 minutes ago) 




Sebastiano Vassalli obituary
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 12:10:37 (9 minutes ago) 
Pro-Confederate flag rally at 'south's Mount Rushmore' draws hundreds
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 12:10:37 (9 minutes ago) 
Derek and Clive are back – are they too much for the 21st century?
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 12:10:37 (9 minutes ago) 
Bobby Brown's Sister Kicked Out of Bobbi Kristina's Funeral Service
  Source: Gawker 2015-08-02 12:10:34 (9 minutes ago) 

Bobby Brown’s sister Leolah was escorted from her niece Bobbi Kristina’s memorial service on Saturday after lashing out verbally at Pat Houston, former manager and sister-in-law to Bobbi Kristina’s mother Whitney Houston.

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Judge, 93, peeved by incomplete housing discrimination case
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 12:10:22 (9 minutes ago) 




Some Americans refuse to give up on Confederate flag
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 12:10:22 (9 minutes ago) 
Proof of Trump's charity giving elusive
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 12:10:22 (9 minutes ago) 
Buses to temporarily replace some Amtrak trains
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 12:10:22 (9 minutes ago) 

HARTFORD, Conn. — Some passengers riding Amtrak between New Haven and Springfield, Massachusetts, may soon need to switch to a bus for part of their trip.

Beginning Monday, Amtrak will begin a substitute bus operation for certain weekday morning and evening shuttles. The buses are needed to accommodate construction of a second track as part of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Rail Program.

Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-08-02 12:10:22 (9 minutes ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-08-02 12:10:21 (9 minutes ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.












Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 12:10:21 (9 minutes ago) 
Mayor Marty Walsh calls for fixing up Widett Circle in the post-Olympic era, the Hancock Tower gets a lame name change, and the rest of the news you need to know today.








Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 12:10:21 (9 minutes ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








Zimbabwe end losing run with NZ win
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-08-02 12:10:21 (9 minutes ago) 
Zimbabwe beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the first one-day international in Harare to end a 10-match winless run.
Light pollution: A stargazer's worst enemy
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-08-02 12:00:40 (19 minutes ago) 
Astronomers and stargazers combat light pollution, to bask in the awe-inspiring splendor of a truly dark sky
NewsWatch: The secret to a happier, healthier life: Just retire
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-08-02 12:00:40 (19 minutes ago) 
Retirement is more likely to improve your overall satisfaction and health, according to a working paper just published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.




Thousands evacuated as wildfires spread in California
  Source: CNN.com - U.S. 2015-08-02 12:00:20 (19 minutes ago) 
Thousands of California acres are ablaze as firefighters battle at least 21 wildfires throughout the state, but while many of those fires are small or contained, the wind and heat that are spreading the Rocky Fire in Northern California -- and the area's steep terrain -- are causing the most concern.
Aide: Clinton camp not fretting over Biden's decision
  Source: CNN.com - Politics 2015-08-02 12:00:20 (19 minutes ago) 
Girl stabbed during Israel gay pride parade last week dies of injuries
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-08-02 12:00:16 (19 minutes ago) 
An Israeli hospital spokeswoman says a teenage girl stabbed by an anti-gay extremist in last week's attack on Jerusalem's gay pride parade has died.








Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-08-02 12:00:14 (20 minutes ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-08-02 12:00:13 (20 minutes ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.












Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 12:00:12 (20 minutes ago) 
Mayor Marty Walsh calls for fixing up Widett Circle in the post-Olympic era, the Hancock Tower gets a lame name change, and the rest of the news you need to know today.








Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 12:00:12 (20 minutes ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








New ‘metallic debris’ found on La Reunion island
  Source: ArabNews 2015-08-02 12:00:09 (20 minutes ago) 
Sun, 2015-08-02 13:57

PARIS: Several pieces of “metallic debris” have been found on La Reunion island, where a Boeing 777 wing part believed to belong to missing flight MH370 washed up last week, a source close to the...

Pakistan frees 163 Indian fishermen in goodwill gesture
  Source: ArabNews 2015-08-02 12:00:09 (20 minutes ago) 
Sun, 2015-08-02 15:58

KARACHI: Pakistan on Sunday released 163 Indian fishermen held for violating its territorial waters as a goodwill gesture amid tensions over the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir and an...

Czech president tells migrants: ‘No-one invited you’
  Source: ArabNews 2015-08-02 12:00:09 (20 minutes ago) 
Sun, 2015-08-02 16:49

PRAGUE: Czech President Milos Zeman lashed out at illegal immigrants on Sunday after dozens tried to flee a detention center, prompting police to use tear gas against the demonstrators.
“No...





Italy coast guard rescues 1,800 sea migrants, five found dead
  Source: ArabNews 2015-08-02 12:00:09 (20 minutes ago) 
Sun, 2015-08-02 16:53

ROME: Italy’s coast guard said about 1,800 migrants were rescued from seven overcrowded vessels on Saturday, while five corpses were found on a large rubber boat carrying 212 others.
The dead...

French riot police disperse migrants at Channel Tunnel
  Source: ArabNews 2015-08-02 12:00:09 (20 minutes ago) 
Sun, 2015-08-02 16:54

COQUELLES, France: French riot police have sprayed migrants with a chemical irritant as they tried to storm the Channel Tunnel, and the British and French interior ministers said the nightly...

Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American illegally killed lion
  Source: AP Top News 2015-08-02 12:00:08 (20 minutes ago) 
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - Another American illegally killed a lion with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, authorities said Sunday amid an international outcry over the U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July. Zimbabwe's National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority named the American as Jan Casimir Seski of Murrysville Pa. Its statement said Seski's illegal hunt took place in April around Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park....
Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American illegally killed lion
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2015-08-02 12:00:07 (20 minutes ago) 
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Another American illegally killed a lion with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, authorities said Sunday amid an international outcry over the U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July....
Things to Know About Canadian Hydropower in US Northeast
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-08-02 12:00:03 (20 minutes ago) 
Things to know about Canadian hydroelectric power's role in US Northeast's energy markets




Cilla Black, British Television Star, Dies at 72
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-08-02 11:51:30 (28 minutes ago) 
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Sebastiano Vassalli obituary
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 11:51:22 (28 minutes ago) 
Iran nuclear deal makes Middle East safer, says John Kerry - video
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 11:51:22 (28 minutes ago) 
Cilla Black – a life in pictures
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 11:51:22 (28 minutes ago) 
Blood doping: what is it and has anyone died as a result of it?
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 11:51:22 (28 minutes ago) 




Ancient Egyptian underwater treasures to be exhibited for the first time
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 11:51:22 (28 minutes ago) 
Report: U.S. parks plagued by ozone
  Source: The Columbus Dispatch National News Feed 2015-08-02 11:51:19 (28 minutes ago) 
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-NATIONAL_WORLD","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-NATIONAL_WORLD"};A conservation group has found that 36 U.S. national parks had moderate or worse levels of ozone pollution, with four parks in California receiving the worst grades for health effects.
Additives might make cigarettes more addictive
  Source: The Columbus Dispatch National News Feed 2015-08-02 11:51:19 (28 minutes ago) 
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-NATIONAL_WORLD","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-NATIONAL_WORLD"};Ingredients that help enhance the appeal of “light” and “low-tar” cigarettes might contribute to the addictiveness of smoking, a study suggests.
Vegas vows to renew its nuptial appeal
  Source: The Columbus Dispatch National News Feed 2015-08-02 11:51:19 (28 minutes ago) 
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-NATIONAL_WORLD","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-NATIONAL_WORLD"};Weddings have been leaving Las Vegas.
Coal industry girds for debate over stream rule
  Source: The Columbus Dispatch National News Feed 2015-08-02 11:51:19 (28 minutes ago) 
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-NATIONAL_WORLD","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-NATIONAL_WORLD"};A new government rule that promises to do more to protect streams near coal-mining operations entered a critical stage last week, with coal-industry lobbyists and environmentalists already lining up for battle.




Trooper in Bland case had been warned about conduct
  Source: The Columbus Dispatch National News Feed 2015-08-02 11:51:19 (28 minutes ago) 
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-NATIONAL_WORLD","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-NATIONAL_WORLD"};The Texas trooper who arrested a black woman later found hanged in jail was warned about his “unprofessional conduct” in 2014, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press.
Texas attacker eluded gun sting 5 years earlier; Fast and Furious involved?
  Source: The Columbus Dispatch National News Feed 2015-08-02 11:51:19 (28 minutes ago) 
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-NATIONAL_WORLD","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-NATIONAL_WORLD"};Five years before he was fatally shot in the failed terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, Nadir Soofi walked into a suburban Phoenix gun shop to buy a 9 mm pistol.
Big bridge projects draw tourists’ awe
  Source: The Columbus Dispatch National News Feed 2015-08-02 11:51:19 (28 minutes ago) 
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-NATIONAL_WORLD","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-NATIONAL_WORLD"};From the $3.9 billion Tappan Zee Bridge replacement in New York to a “floating bridge” outside Seattle, bridge-construction tours around the country are regularly filled to capacity.
Firefighter dies in California blaze
  Source: The Columbus Dispatch National News Feed 2015-08-02 11:51:19 (28 minutes ago) 
adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-NATIONAL_WORLD","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-NATIONAL_WORLD"};Firefighters rushed to contain a pair of fast-moving wildfires in northern California on Saturday as they mourned the death of a U.S. Forest Service firefighter killed in the battle against one of the blazes, officials said.
As A-bomb survivors age, Japanese pass storytelling to young
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-08-02 11:51:04 (29 minutes ago) 




Obama to order steeper greenhouse gas cuts for power plants
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-08-02 11:51:04 (29 minutes ago) 
Malaysia seeks help in finding more possible MH370 debris
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-08-02 11:51:04 (29 minutes ago) 
Some Americans refuse to give up on Confederate flag
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-08-02 11:51:04 (29 minutes ago) 
Biden for president? Allies mulling Clinton challenge
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-08-02 11:51:04 (29 minutes ago) 
US, Egypt resume formal security talks with Kerry visit
  Source: RSS Feed from LA Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com 2015-08-02 11:51:04 (29 minutes ago) 




my friend dropped his wine glass and the bottom broke into a bird foot
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 11:51:02 (29 minutes ago) 
submitted by Ray_smit to mildlyinteresting
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LPT: If your host is kind enough to let you bring your pet to their house, make sure you brush out the pet's loose hair beforehand.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 11:51:02 (29 minutes ago) 
submitted by rob22202 to LifeProTips
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The word "nun" is just the letter "n" doing a cartwheel.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 11:51:02 (29 minutes ago) 
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Harper, KS Sheriff goes ballistic over a simple question
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 11:51:02 (29 minutes ago) 
submitted by everydaymotherfucker to videos
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Akron man accused of drunken hit-skip of motorcycle with two kids in car
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-08-02 11:51:01 (29 minutes ago) 
Hayward Manning, 37, is accused of rear-ending a motorcycle while drunk, injuring the motorcycle driver and passenger.




Challenger, Columbia Wreckage on Display for 1st Time
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-08-02 11:50:50 (29 minutes ago) 
NASA is offering wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for a new exhibit to be on display for the public.









Tinderbox: Massive California Wildfire Swells Overnight
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-08-02 11:50:45 (29 minutes ago) 
More than 50 buildings, including 24 residences have been destroyed, by the Rocky Fire.









Challenger, Columbia Wreckage on Display for 1st Time
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-08-02 11:50:45 (29 minutes ago) 
NASA is offering wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for a new exhibit to be on display for the public.









Illegal lion hunt: Zimbabwe alleges second American involved in incident months ago
  Source: Mercury News - Silicon Valley, CA - News 2015-08-02 11:50:43 (29 minutes ago) 
An American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, as international outcry persisted over the illegal killing of a well-known lion named Cecil in July, authorities said Sunday.
Iran nuclear deal makes Middle East safer, says John Kerry - video
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-08-02 11:50:34 (29 minutes ago) 




Ancient Egyptian underwater treasures to be exhibited for the first time
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-08-02 11:50:34 (29 minutes ago) 
Thatcher memoirs detail PM's anger at foreign secretary over Falklands
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-08-02 11:50:33 (29 minutes ago) 
Iran nuclear deal makes Middle East safer, says John Kerry - video
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 11:50:33 (29 minutes ago) 
Cilla Black – a life in pictures
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 11:50:33 (29 minutes ago) 
Blood doping: what is it and has anyone died as a result of it?
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 11:50:33 (29 minutes ago) 




Ancient Egyptian underwater treasures to be exhibited for the first time
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 11:50:33 (29 minutes ago) 
Lawmakers seek gender diversity on corporate boards
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 11:50:18 (29 minutes ago) 

BOSTON — State lawmakers are calling on corporations in Massachusetts to add more women to their governing boards.

The Senate has approved a non-binding resolution that encourages publicly-traded and privately-held companies to improve gender diversity on boards and among top management.

According to the resolution, women made up 48 percent of the state's labor force in 2014 but held less than 15 percent of corporate director seats and less than 12 percent of executive officer posts among the state's 100 largest public companies.

Boston to host fourth annual seafood festival
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 11:50:18 (29 minutes ago) 

BOSTON — A celebrity chef "Seafood Throwdown," an oyster-shucking contest and an all-day lobster bake will be featured at the fourth annual Boston Seafood Festival.

More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the festival on the Boston Fish Pier Sunday.

Other festival attractions include local chef demonstrations, a fish-cutting contest, live music, street performers, arts and craft vendors, face painting and a blessing of the fleet.

The festival is sponsored by the Boston Fisheries Foundation.

Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American illegally killed lion
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 11:50:18 (29 minutes ago) 
Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-08-02 11:50:18 (29 minutes ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.












These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-08-02 11:50:18 (29 minutes ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.








Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 11:50:18 (29 minutes ago) 
Mayor Marty Walsh calls for fixing up Widett Circle in the post-Olympic era, the Hancock Tower gets a lame name change, and the rest of the news you need to know today.








Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 11:50:18 (29 minutes ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








Passage: Worldwide uproar over Cecil the Lion's death
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-08-02 11:40:31 (39 minutes ago) 
Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer continues to live in hiding as he endures a global backlash for killing the beloved Cecil the Lion outside a national park in Zimbabwe
Power struggle in Taliban after Mullah Omar death
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-08-02 11:40:31 (39 minutes ago) 
ISIS stands to gain the most from the growing disagreement between late Taliban leader's family and its currently selected leader




Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman's unlikely love story
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-08-02 11:40:31 (39 minutes ago) 
Comic actors Megan Mullaly and Nick Offerman made America laugh as the stars of "Will & Grace" and "Parks and Recreation
Passage: Worldwide uproar over Cecil the Lion's death
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-08-02 11:40:31 (39 minutes ago) 
Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer continues to live in hiding as he endures a global backlash for killing the beloved Cecil the Lion outside a national park in Zimbabwe
Kraft voluntarily recalls 36,000 cases of cheese
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-08-02 11:40:31 (39 minutes ago) 
The Kraft Heinz Company voluntarily recalled 36,000 cases of its Kraft Singles product because the wrapping on the individual cheese slices may present a choking hazard.
Rafael Nadal back to form with Hamburg title triumph
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-08-02 11:40:18 (39 minutes ago) 
Donald Trump open to waterboarding
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-08-02 11:40:18 (39 minutes ago) 




Obama's congressional full-court press
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-08-02 11:40:18 (39 minutes ago) 
Poll: Trump leads Walker, Bush
  Source: CNN.com - Politics 2015-08-02 11:40:17 (39 minutes ago) 
Businessman Donald Trump is still riding high in a new poll, just days ahead of the much anticipated first GOP presidential primary debate.
Trump 'not looking to attack' in debate, open to waterboarding
  Source: CNN.com - Politics 2015-08-02 11:40:17 (39 minutes ago) 
Donald Trump will stand at center stage Thursday night, leading the Republican polls as the party's presidential candidates start their first debate. But he's lowering expectations ahead of a primetime performance in which he could be a target of the rest of the field.
Christie: Teachers' union deserves a 'punch in the face'
  Source: CNN.com 2015-08-02 11:40:16 (39 minutes ago) 
Gov. Chris Christie bashed the national teacher's union, calling them the "single most destructive force" in education.
UC still mentioned with Big 12, nothing imminent
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-08-02 11:40:15 (40 minutes ago) 

NEWPORT, Rhode Island - The University of Cincinnati continues to be mentioned as a Big 12 Conference expansion candidate, should the league ever grow. For now, UC keeps striving to be among the shining stars of the non-Power Five leagues.

        




Power struggle in Taliban after Mullah Omar death
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-08-02 11:40:13 (40 minutes ago) 
ISIS stands to gain the most from the growing disagreement between late Taliban leader's family and its currently selected leader
Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-08-02 11:40:12 (40 minutes ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-08-02 11:40:11 (40 minutes ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.








Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 11:40:11 (40 minutes ago) 
Mayor Marty Walsh calls for fixing up Widett Circle in the post-Olympic era, the Hancock Tower gets a lame name change, and the rest of the news you need to know today.








Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 11:40:11 (40 minutes ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.












Interim Baltimore police commissioner announces major reorganization
  Source: baltimoresun.com - news 2015-08-02 11:40:08 (40 minutes ago) 
Interim Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis announced a reorganization of the department in an email to police Saturday night, formally promoting or moving 28 people into new roles and undoing some changes made by his predecessor Anthony W. Batts.








Judge, 93, peeved by incomplete housing discrimination case
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-08-02 11:40:07 (40 minutes ago) 
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) -- A Detroit-area community that targeted blacks by demolishing poor neighborhoods is scrambling to come up with money to finally end the case - 44 years after a federal judge found clear evidence of discrimination....
Judge, 93, peeved by incomplete housing discrimination case
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-08-02 11:40:07 (40 minutes ago) 
HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (AP) -- A Detroit-area community that targeted blacks by demolishing poor neighborhoods is scrambling to come up with money to finally end the case - 44 years after a federal judge found clear evidence of discrimination....
Bat Boy, 9, Critically Injured After Being Struck by Bat
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-08-02 11:40:02 (40 minutes ago) 
Kaiser was wearing a helmet.
Canadian Rivers: Solution to Northeast's High Energy Prices?
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-08-02 11:40:02 (40 minutes ago) 
Amid opposition, Canadian hydropower companies aching to sell energy to desperate Northeast




Authorities: Jericho the lion is alive and well
  Source: USATODAY.com World - Top Stories 2015-08-02 11:32:59 (47 minutes ago) 

Conservationists in Zimbabwe dispel rumors that Jericho the lion has been killed, like his beloved counterpart Cecil.

        
Conservative donors, GOP hopefuls gather at Koch event
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-08-02 11:32:59 (47 minutes ago) 

DANA POINT, Calif. — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch opened his summit of wealthy, conservative donors with an urgent plea for them t...

       
ALEC, Where Corporations Are "People" Like You and Me
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-08-02 11:32:57 (47 minutes ago) 

Also see: Blowing the Whistle on ALEC's Little Brother ACCE - for Local Officials

(Image: Empty suit via Shutterstock)Unlike other political organizations of locally elected public officials, corporations, business associations, and think tanks are full voting ALEC members, referred to as the private-interest partners.

From talking to one private-interest member, the cost of joining ALEC is just over $1,000 but to vote in one of ALEC’s task forces that make policies, the cost goes above $3,000. I suspect that a higher contribution allows for greater participation: sort of a pay-to-play model. However, no fee schedule was available. I believe that a dozen corporations paid $50,000 a piece to just sponsor ALEC’s conference, and that another 42 paid at least $10,000 for that privilege (updated).

While I could not attend ALEC’s task force meetings where corporations vote, I saw how corporations participated in ACCE’s meeting. There were five private-sector representatives at the initial orientation meeting of 15 attendees: two represented tobacco interests, including one from RJ Reynolds Tobacco, two bail bond interests, and one from the Americans for Progressive Bag Alliance, the folks who fight plastic bag bans. Some weren’t actually from corporations but lawyers servicing those businesses. At no time did I count more than 7 private sector members at a meeting, and they were always out numbered two to one by the public sector members.

All ALEC task forces, and ACCE in this case, have two co-chairs, one from the private sector and one from the public sector. At our meeting, they were Nicholas Wachinski, an attorney and former director of the American Bail Coalition, and a self-declared Democrat. The other was Mayor John Harkins of Stratford, Connecticut and former Connecticut House Republican Caucus Chairman.

Over the two days of ACCE meetings, there were never more than 30 people in attendance. Forty-two had registered for the ACCE conference, which was held simultaneously with the ALEC meeting, sharing breakfasts and lunch to hear national speakers.

The ACCE panels covered the following topics: streamlining the permitting process as proposed by one councilmember; increasing the use of PVC piping to replace metal piping pitched by a company selling that product; exploring the use of body cameras by the head of the police union, who made an even-handed presentation; the role of federalism as a defense of state preemption laws and stopping unfunded mandates by law professor Rob Natelson; and lobbyists presenting local free-market alternatives to payday loan companies being put out of business by federal consumer protection laws.

Some panels were just business reps pitching their products within the context of promoting more local control to get around federal regulations. However, in the case of preemption, it was a strategy for passing local right to work laws in states that didn’t have those restricting laws. This clearly promoted ALEC’s goal of overturning existing federal or state laws that provided worker or environmental protections in favor of letting the free market control local decision-making. One piece of advice that came from the attorney promoting his services for this approach: don’t mess with public employees right now, they’re too powerful. There are so many other pickings to go after, wait until you have enough political momentum to focus on them.

At the end of the two-day session the ACCE members broke into 4 small task forces to discuss and propose any resolutions for consideration. Two were brought forward and passed. One called for fair competition for city water projects, which was a way of allowing PVC pipes to be included in all bids. It was probably written with the help of the lobbyist promoting his client’s products.

The other motion encouraged ACCE members to push their state legislators to adopt Arizona’s legislation denying cities from passing any plastic bag bans. I pointed out to a member that this didn’t seem to be in alignment with federalism. He said that it was too confusing to have so many different local laws and this was a more pragmatic approach. Federalism went only so far.

Ironically, in the panel discussion on cities passing their own right to work laws, arguments were made that cities should be able to be exempt from state laws that allowed workers to organize for collective bargaining. In this instance, it didn’t matter if many cities had different rules within the same state. That proposal did not come up for a vote.

It takes a majority vote within both the private and public sectors to pass any legislation in ALEC or ACCE. If one sector disagrees with the proposal it does not pass. The public sector moves the motion and the votes are taken.

In this particular instance, the public officials spoke passionately in promoting the plastic bag bans. The corporate representatives were passive. They didn’t need to beat the drum. One public official emphatically said that she did not want local government to pay for inspectors to check on the thickness of bags. The resolution was packaged as protecting retailers and consumer choice and one amendment was added by another public official, "We believe that the free market is the best arbiter for container choice." He could have added, "and for all other decisions." (CMD has previously documented how public officials have been scripted by the ALEC private sector to take the lead in the debate over the bills sought by the private sector, as part of ALEC's PR claims that the public sector is driving the (private sector) legislation.)

Next up, ALEC’s targeted enemies.

ALEC’s Targets: Unions, the Supreme Court, Political Parties and Bureaucrats

Unions are ALEC’s favorite whipping boy. When ALEC opened up its conference with Governor Scott Walker, he snapped that whip within his first few moments boasting "we took on the unions and won." The crowd cheered. Even though union membership has been slashed by two-thirds from its peak in the mid-fifties, there are still enough left to be kicked around to show one’s allegiance to a free-market unfettered by over-paid complaining workers.

During one of the ACCE panels, a councilmember gave a thoughtful description of how a city’s permitting process could be streamlined, but then at the end he apologized for not laying off a bunch of city workers as it was part of a compromise to get his legislation passed.

While ALEC met inside the Hyatt in San Diego, more than 1,000 union members and their supporters demonstrated outside opposing ALEC’s model legislation which would strip away the right of workers to organize and bargain for better working conditions. A councilmember speaking at our ACCE meeting chuckled after the sound of beating drums drifted up to the room. She smartly remarked, "We must be doing something right, if we can hear their drums."

Later inside the elevator, several ACCE members chatted about how the demonstrators were bused in and they were just the same folks going to different sites. Another laughed and said that they were capitalists because they wanted jobs.

If the Democrat-dominated unions are scorned and dismissed as a nuisance, it’s the Republican-dominated SCOTUS (i.e., the Supreme Court) that is feared and loathed as an enemy of federalism and hence freedom. It seemed apparent to all present at ALEC that the recent decisions upholding gay marriage and the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) trampled state sovereignty. That led to many a speaker on and off the stage to characterize SCOTUS as irrelevant and acting beyond its powers.

Gov. Mike Huckabee renamed the Supreme Court the "Extreme Court", telling an ALEC luncheon that they "cannot make laws, they give thoughtful opinions, but they don't have law-making powers." At another gathering, a speaker kept emphasizing how the Court's opinions -- drawing out the last word so no one would miss her point -- could be ignored, since "They don’t make laws, all they do is give opinions."

Mark Meckler, the co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots and current President of Citizens for Self-Governance, argued for having a Convention of States to constitutionally limit the terms of the SCOTUS justices and possibly other federal judges.

Closer to home, at the ACCE meetings, the most apparent enemy to innovation were politicians’ own local city and county staffs and other politicians. It didn’t matter if they were Republicans or conservatives.

Jon Russell, the director of ACCE, said the main purpose of their members was to rock the boat, get changes made. He told me how his own all-white council was out of touch with the city’s substantial minority population. He got the council elections moved, over opposition on the council but with the support of the local NAACP, from May to November in line with national elections in order to encourage more of the black community to vote.

A county commissioner in Indiana criticized the Republican supermajority-controlled legislature for funding a rapid ride bus project through an income tax increase. He assured me that he opposed this mass transit project because of the funding not the project itself. He also shared with a small group of us that the Chamber was behind the income tax, because they didn’t want businesses to spend the money on the project and instead were willing to see their workers pay for it.

A Phoenix City Council member complained to our ACCE meeting that city staff refused to give him information on how they handled the permit process, and that other council members, Republicans and Democrats alike, didn’t care to make any changes to speed up permitting because it would be too much work. He was surprised to find that even some businesses would just as soon keep the current practices because they didn’t want to fight the system.

Black Unionists Try to Save South Africa From Becoming a Failed State
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-08-02 11:32:57 (47 minutes ago) 

(Image: South African flag via Shutterstock)Irvin Jim, the general secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), the largest union in South Africa, and Zwelinzima Vavi, the former general secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) visited Washington, DC, this month to discuss the crisis within South African trade unions. They spoke of the betrayal by the ruling African National Ccongress (ANC) in failing to implement the 1955 Freedom Charter [that contained the core values of the coalition that fought against the apartheid regime] and the deleterious impact of neoliberal economic policies that have exacerbated inequalities, continued unfair trading conditions and accelerated environmental degradation, unemployment and continued misery.

As NUMSA takes an increasingly central role in the struggle for full economic sovereignty and for the complete economic freedom of workers and the rural poor, the importance of international solidarity cannot be underestimated. In this interview, Jim and Vavi discuss: (1) NUMSA’s and Zwelinzima Vavi’s expulsion from COSATU, and the united stand by NUMSA’s and seven other COSATU affiliates to continue to fight for the rights of South Africa’s workers; (2) NUMSA’s formation of a United Front to galvanize other trade unions, as well as grassroots organizations, in the fight against inequality, poverty, and unemployment in South Africa; and (3) The formation of a worker’s party to contest elections and advance much-needed economic change in South Africa.

Irvin Jim was elected general secretary of NUMSA in October 2008. A fearless leader of workers and an unwavering advocate for the working class, Jim has not shied away from criticizing the ANC government as the triple crisis of poverty, unemployment, and inequality has continued to deepen in South Africa 21 years after the country’s first democratic election. Undeterred by the pressure to accept the status quo, he remains resolute and committed to the struggle to build a South Africa for all South Africans.

Zwelinzima Vavi is the former general secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and is the vice-chairperson of the Millennium Labour Council. His name means: “this word is tough.” He was a former child laborer and mineworker. In 1988, he became COSATU’s regional secretary for the Western Transvaal. In 1992, he took up the position of national organizing secretary. Vavi served as COSATU’s deputy general secretary from 1993 to 1999. In 1999, he became general secretary of COSATU. He was expelled as general secretary in March 2015 for speaking out vigorously against the expulsion of NUMSA from the trade union federation in November, 2014.

NUMSA was founded in 1987 through the merger of four metalworkers’ unions. Today, it is the largest worker’s union in South Africa, with more than 300,000 members. Following the fall of apartheid and the election of South Africa’s first democratically elected government in 1994, NUMSA became known for its refusal to remain silent on controversial ANC policies, especially the promotion of privatization and its failure to end mass poverty in the country. Due to its continued criticism of the ANC and, specifically, its stance as a COSATU affiliate that COSATU should hold the ruling party accountable, NUMSA was expelled from the labor federation in November, 2014.NUMSA has continued to fight for its right to be a part of COSATU and for the need for COSATU to remain an independent voice advocating the rights of South Africa’s workers. NUMSA’s leadership sees its mandate, in part, to maintain solidarity within the union, as well as with working-class movements internationally.

This interview takes place in the aftermath of the South African government release of the investigation into the Marikina massacre in which 34 platinum mine workers, protesting low wages and environmentally unsafe conditions were killed by police. The majority of the striking miners were shot in the back. The South African government determined that no officers involved in the massacre would be held accountable. As a sidebar issue, South African Vanadium mine workers have also continued their strikes against US/Russian multinational corporations.

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo: The labor movement in South is in transition. The two of you are at the center of the struggle around the direction of the labor movement. Can you provide insight?

Zwelinzima Vavi: We flew here [to the US] to meet old friends of the labor movement who played a very critical role in cultivating solidarity between the unions in the United States and South Africa. We are meeting union leaders who were in the forefront of battling the apartheid system and who mobilized American citizens to isolate the apartheid government. Labor leaders who succeeded in organizing massive dis-investment campaigns against the apartheid economy and played an important role in the release of Nelson Mandela and other prisoners and who worked to un-ban [legalize] the African National Congress and other banned organization.

Irvin Jim: Mr. Vavi and I were expelled from COSATU because we championed four pillars of our struggle: mass mobilization, underground structures of movement, isolation of South Africa in trade matters and Umkhonto we Sizwe (the armed struggle wing of ANC, co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre).

COSATU has moved in an unfortunate direction. It was previously a part of the revolutionary movement and played a critical role in the overthrow of the apartheid system. It was COSATU that went into exile with the ANC in different capacities. At that point, we were driven by the same revolutionary agenda to overthrow the apartheid system. But also to mainstream, as a part of the revolutionary agenda, the execution of what we defined as the national democratic revolution. We have been a part of an alliance. And that alliance was brought together through the championing of a minimum program.

That minimum program is the Freedom Charter. The Freedom Charter needs to be advanced because the people of the country, in Fliptown and other areas, rejected the apartheid system, its colonization and super exploitation of Black people. The Freedom Charter was the cornerstone upon which the ANC was formed. Essentially, in 1910, a union developed between English and Afrikaner capital – whose sole mission was to exploit Black people. So, the ANC was formed in 1912, in reaction to the coalescing of the white groups in South Africa.

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo: Many people on the Left would argue that South Africa has transitioned to a de-colonization process instead of national liberation. What is your perspective on this distinction?

Irvin Jim: It has become very clear since South Africa’s independence, that what was secured, through negotiated agreement, was some form of political power without the necessary economic power. There was a lot of engagement by Capital of ANC leaders before liberation.

By now, we can see that what we achieved was a negotiated agreement and quite frankly, we can be bold enough to say this, because of the research that has come out on this topic. What Black South Africans secured was political power without economic power. Because of the research and our current political reality, we can conclude that a “deal” was done. It was such a cheap deal for white monopoly capital – for multinationals. Apartheid, with all of its structures and institutions was expensive to maintain, the costs of police in our communities, the maintenance of an army and other infrastructures of oppression. Of course, it was also expensive for the revolutionary forces, as well. But we quickly learned that political power without economic power is an empty shell.

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo: Were you surprised in 1996 when then President Nelson Mandela decided to endorse the World Bank Structural Adjustment Program?

Irvin Jim: Unfortunately, for us, when the movement led by Mandela in 1996 endorsed the World Bank structural adjustment program we found out that the devil is in the details. It became a very terrible program for our people. It destroyed jobs across sectors, removed exchange controls and allowed money to leave the country to search for financial speculation. South African companies were allowed to list in London, Lisbon and therefore investing in the casino economy. Mind you, we desperately needed to invest in our own production sectors of the economy in order to create jobs. We are the only country where the reserve bank is still in private hands and it basically champions inflation and keeps high interest rates, as the only pillar to attract capitol infusion. The ANC government has refused to nationalize the mineral and extractive industries and finance.

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo: Did NUMSA take the position that it would not support ANC candidates in future elections and that the union would organize a United Front- perhaps, a Worker’s Party?

Irvin Jim: In 2013, we decided that we shall not take workers money and campaign for the ANC. In fact, the workers resolved that the time has come that we must organize the working class, as a class to challenge the neo-liberal agenda and settle the fight for the full implementation of the Freedom Charter. As such, that means that we will launch and organize a United Front. The United Front will be a “front” to take up battles. We are very clear that we lost the South African Communist Party, which used to be with us in the trenches because the ANC took all of its leadership to Parliament and instead of [the South African Communist Party] championing the working class struggle it has become the spokesperson of the State.

COSATU is now run by a group of individuals who are aligned with the ANC and co-opted from both the main ANC group and the South African Communist Party. Outside of COASTU, they took a decision that they would dismiss NUMSA and dismiss Vavi. As things stand, we are talking about alternatives -- of launching a United Front of crystalizing an alternative political organ and building a new federation.

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo: What would you like this trip to Washington, DC accomplish in the short term?

Zwelinzima Vavi: We are forever indebted to the labor and anti-apartheid movements for the role that it played. We are coming back now to ask for both labor and anti-apartheid activists to discuss the obstacles and challenges still facing South Africa, such as the challenge of democracy. We want to make sure that South Africa does not slide back into a dictatorship or become yet another symbol of a great promise that fades into a failed state.

Irvin Jim: What the South African people fought for is not what they have received and not the vision put forth by the Freedom Charter. We think it is high time that we continue the struggle for liberation.

See Cecil the Lion and Other Animals Light Up the Empire State Building
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-08-02 11:32:56 (47 minutes ago) 
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Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American involved in illegal lion hunt
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 11:32:54 (47 minutes ago) 
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, as an international outcry persisted over another U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July, authorities said Sunday. Zimbabwe’s National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority named […]
British singer and TV host Cilla Black dies at 72
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 11:32:54 (47 minutes ago) 
LONDON (AP) — Big-voiced British singer Cilla Black, a product of Beatles-era Liverpool who became a national treasure over a 50-year music and television career, has died. She was 72. Spanish police said Sunday that the singer died Saturday at her home in Estepona, southern Spain. Black’s spokesman, Nick Fiveash, confirmed her death and said […]
Challenger, Columbia wreckage on public display for 1st time
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 11:32:54 (47 minutes ago) 
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades. A new exhibit at Kennedy Space Center features two pieces of debris, one from each lost shuttle, as well as poignant, personal reminders of the 14 astronauts killed in […]
Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American involved in illegal lion hunt
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 11:32:49 (47 minutes ago) 
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, as an international outcry persisted over another U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July, authorities said Sunday. Zimbabwe’s National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority named […]
British singer and TV host Cilla Black dies at 72
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 11:32:49 (47 minutes ago) 
LONDON (AP) — Big-voiced British singer Cilla Black, a product of Beatles-era Liverpool who became a national treasure over a 50-year music and television career, has died. She was 72. Spanish police said Sunday that the singer died Saturday at her home in Estepona, southern Spain. Black’s spokesman, Nick Fiveash, confirmed her death and said […]




Challenger, Columbia wreckage on public display for 1st time
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 11:32:49 (47 minutes ago) 
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades. A new exhibit at Kennedy Space Center features two pieces of debris, one from each lost shuttle, as well as poignant, personal reminders of the 14 astronauts killed in […]
Boffins: Spooky, spinning SPACE PEANUT butters up Earth with close flyby
  Source: The Register 2015-08-02 11:32:49 (47 minutes ago) 
Boffins: Spooky, spinning SPACE PEANUT butters up Earth with close flyby
  Source: The Register 2015-08-02 11:32:48 (47 minutes ago) 
Odd asteroid won't come this near again for 40 years

Vid NASA scientists have captured grainy images of a peculiar-shaped, dark asteroid, dubbed "Space Peanut", which buzzed past Earth last weekend.…

Olympic bid process to be simplified to allay fears over hosting games
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 11:32:45 (47 minutes ago) 
South Sudan to compete in Rio after becoming 206th Olympic nation
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 11:32:45 (47 minutes ago) 




Amid opposition, Canadian hydropower companies aching to sell energy to desperate Northeast
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-08-02 11:32:35 (47 minutes ago) 
Wild, Erik Haula settle, agree to 2-year, $2 million deal
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-08-02 11:32:34 (47 minutes ago) 
The Wild and Haula beat a Sunday arbitration decision by settling on a new contract.
Epic Mega Bridge To Connect America With Russia Gets Closer To Reality
  Source: Slashdot 2015-08-02 11:32:31 (47 minutes ago) 
Sepa Blackforesta writes: A plan for an epic bridge connecting Russia's easternmost border with Alaska's westernmost border could soon be a reality, as Russia seeks to partner with China. Sijutech reports: "If this mega bridge come to reality, it would be Planet Earth’s most epic mega-road trip ever. The plans have not been officially accepted since specific details of the highway still need to be discussed, including the large budget. Allegedly the plan will cost upwards in the trillions of dollars range."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The Olympics should give out platinum medals to anyone who breaks a world record
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 11:32:14 (48 minutes ago) 
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Doctors of reddit, have you had any exciting cases that have made you feel like Dr. House?
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 11:32:14 (48 minutes ago) 

Any exciting mysteries that you were/weren't able to solve? If so, please elaborate!

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Microsoft Edge? Here's an IE6 Simulator for that nostalgic feel.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 11:32:14 (48 minutes ago) 
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Tifu by reverting back to bad old habits. (Nsfw)
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 11:32:14 (48 minutes ago) 

Ahhh, fuck it. Here it goes...

Last year I (27yr old male), had a 7 month tumultuous hell hole of a relationship, with a gorgeous, insane cocaine fiend (27yr old female).

Now in all honesty, although I had been clean for 18 months prior to meeting this sexy fuckwit, I had had a drug career spanning 12 years that would make Charlie Sheen's eyes water.

I've ingested drugs that have altered my optical world into a completely different dimension, akin to a jaded R-rated Disney movie. Snorted powders that have resulted in my penis hiding inside my body, resembling a tiny frightened vagina, and on one binge in particular, mixed two tabs of acid, with powerful horse tranqualiser ketamine, which resulted in me perpetually looking inside my boxer shorts to see if I'd soiled myself, every 45 seconds, for 9 straight hours.

But your hear for shit arent ya? So I'll continue.

I had had no inclination that my SO had a habit of her own for the first 6 weeks of our 'relationship'.

However, on one Friday night, she arrived at my apartment for drinks, and dick-in-mouth related activities, and I could instantly spot something amiss.

She paced back and forwards throughout my pad, demolishing glass after glass of cheap wine, and filling my head full of, at this point, only verbal shit. As someone who had pushed my body above and beyond its chemical limits, I deduced, that cocaine was the culprit.

My only fear at this point was that she had hoovered all of the pretty, white powder to herself, and that I was going to be subjected to hours of unrelenting verbal drivel, sober as a judge. This would be an unbearable evening. So, I come forward and come straight out with it,

'So have you got any coke left?'

She looks perplexed, startled. She can't believe she's been rumbled. With her Oscar winning 'I'm not on high grade Cocaine' performance. Oh Please. The ambient lighting in my apartment is reflecting in my eyes, off her sweaty, glistening forehead. She's clenching and unclenching her fists, the shit she's talking about, oh the shit she's talking about. Quit the game sweetheart, your on drugs, and I fucking want some too.

After explaining how I knew, to her pretty, stupid face, she proceeds to reveal the merchandise. It's good, and there's plenty to get both our hearts racing. We begin snorting the ill gotten gains like a pair of truffle hunting pigs. Fuck yeah, I'm high, let's fuck.

I don't know if you readers have partook in a good rail or two of high grade Cocaine, but if you haven't, allow me to explain.

The first line fired up your snout will instantly release a months worth of constipation, at a speed that makes the speed of light look like snail pace. It truly is the most effective laxative. It's unfathomable.

She has not shat on me yet.

We begin indulging in cocaine fuelled sex and its incredible. The sexual chemistry is immense, every breath of each others is felt, every desire noted. You haven't fucked, until you've fucked in coke.

In my head, I imagine my dirty little coke fiend and i, are like gods and goddesses, picture Brad Pitt and and Angelina Jolie. Proper Hugh Grant romcom shit.

In actual fact, we were two out of breath, sweaty, stinking coke heads, filthily fucking in a shithole apartment, in the arsehole of nowhere. But I digress.

Another thing about decent cocaine, is that it can revert a mans prick into the pitiful size it was as a child. Don't ask me to explain how, ask science.

Were 69ing, and she is trying to make do with what can only be described as a nub of wrinkled skin, attached to two sorry looking balls. She's one lucky girl, I'm a great catch.

I dart my tongue in and out of her sopping hole, then ass. Hole, ass, hole, ass. Asshole. That's where shits made.

I apply fingers.

Fingers in asshole, toungue in pussy.

Fingers out of asshole, enter tongue, enter foreign object.

A nugget of foreign object descends, and HITS MY FRONT TEETH.

My eyes water, my nose points north, my tongue recoils. Drawing her produce, into my fucking mouth!

Now I don't expect you to know what human shit tastes like, and nor should you. Dig deep in your memory, and think of the foulest smelling fart that youve had the displeasure of chewing. Times that by an incomprehensible number. Then times that by ten. Your still nowhere near what it tastes like.

So yeah, I ate some shit.

Tl;Dr arrange my funeral, bring the wreath, she opened her hole, and shit on my teeth.

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Cat Ventura
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 11:32:14 (48 minutes ago) 
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TIL that a danish garbage collector works 21 hours a week and make $80,000 a year.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 11:32:14 (48 minutes ago) 
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Possible Tie to Mystery of Flight 370 Puts Tiny Réunion in World’s Spotlight
  Source: NYT > International 2015-08-02 11:31:52 (48 minutes ago) 
Ever since what could be a part from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was found, just about every piece of flotsam on the island has attracted scrutiny.




Canadian Prime Minister Calls Federal Election
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-08-02 11:31:52 (48 minutes ago) 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper broke with Canadian political tradition by formally opening the campaign in the middle of summer during what is a holiday weekend in most of the country.









Woman, 32, killed after hitting parked car in Staten Island
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-08-02 11:31:46 (48 minutes ago) 
A 32-year-old woman died after she slammed her car into a parked SUV in Staten Island early Sunday, police said.








Tinderbox: Massive California Wildfire Swells Overnight
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-08-02 11:31:45 (48 minutes ago) 
More than 50 buildings, including 24 residences have been destroyed, by the Rocky Fire.









Missing Malaysia plane: Officials seek help finding MH370 debris
  Source: Mercury News - Silicon Valley, CA - News 2015-08-02 11:31:36 (48 minutes ago) 
Officials said Sunday that they would seek help from territories near the island where a suspected piece of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was discovered to try to find more plane debris.
South Sudan to compete in Rio after becoming 206th Olympic nation
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-08-02 11:31:14 (49 minutes ago) 




Olympic bid process to be simplified to allay fears over hosting games
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 11:31:13 (49 minutes ago) 
South Sudan to compete in Rio after becoming 206th Olympic nation
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 11:31:13 (49 minutes ago) 
A look at state actions, a year after Ferguson's upheaval
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 11:30:28 (49 minutes ago) 

Legislators in nearly every state this year proposed measures stemming from the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old who had scuffled with a white Ferguson officer. Brown's death triggered large protests and repeated clashes between heavily armored police and protesters.

An Associated Press analysis identified at least 40 measures passed by 24 states that addressed issues highlighted by the events in Ferguson. Here's an overview of some of those measures:

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Mavericks sign 1st-round pick Justin Anderson
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 11:30:28 (49 minutes ago) 

DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks signed first-round draft pick Justin Anderson on Saturday.

The deal under the rookie wage scale guarantees the former Virginia guard $2.5 million over two years. There are team options for the third and fourth years on the contract.

Anderson was the 21st pick in the June draft and averaged 17.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists in six summer league games for the Mavericks.

Stunner: US men miss out on relay final at swim worlds
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 11:30:28 (49 minutes ago) 




49ers deal with loose sod in Levi's Stadium on first day
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 11:30:28 (49 minutes ago) 
Girl wounded in attack on Jerusalem gay pride parade dies
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 11:30:28 (49 minutes ago) 
Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-08-02 11:30:24 (49 minutes ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-08-02 11:30:24 (49 minutes ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.








Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 11:30:24 (49 minutes ago) 
Mayor Marty Walsh calls for fixing up Widett Circle in the post-Olympic era, the Hancock Tower gets a lame name change, and the rest of the news you need to know today.












Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 11:30:24 (49 minutes ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








Man found fatally shot in a back yard
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2015-08-02 11:30:02 (50 minutes ago) 
St. Louis police are investigating an apparent homicide in the 2500 block of Belt Avenue.
Ferguson spurs 40 new state measures; activists want more
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2015-08-02 11:30:02 (50 minutes ago) 
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — When a white Ferguson policeman fatally shot a black 18-year-old nearly a year ago, the St. Louis suburb erupted in violent protests and the nation took notice. Sinc…
Man dies in one-vehicle crash in St. Louis County
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2015-08-02 11:30:02 (50 minutes ago) 
DeRaymond R. Childress, 26, of St. Louis, was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident that happened eastbound on Interstate 270, east of Highway 367, early Sunday.
The Wall Street Journal: Airplane door found on Réunion Island
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-08-02 11:20:37 (59 minutes ago) 
The door of an airplane has been found on the north coast of Réunion Island, a local official on the island said on Sunday, offering potentially another clue to the disappearance of the long-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.




Jerusalem gay pride parade marcher dies from stab wounds
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-08-02 11:20:20 (59 minutes ago) 
Thousands evacuated as largest Calif. wildfire spreads
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-08-02 11:20:20 (59 minutes ago) 
UC still mentioned as Big 12 candidate, nothing imminent
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-08-02 11:20:17 (59 minutes ago) 

NEWPORT, Rhode Island - The University of Cincinnati continues to be mentioned as a Big 12 Conference expansion candidate, should the league ever grow. For now, UC keeps striving to be among the shining stars of the non-Power Five leagues.

        
Challenger, Columbia wreckage goes on public display for 1st time
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-08-02 11:20:16 (59 minutes ago) 
NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades.








Firefighter killed, 2 dozen homes lost in California wildfires
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-08-02 11:20:16 (59 minutes ago) 
Blazes raging in forests and woodlands across California have taken the life of a firefighter, burned two dozen homes and forced thousands of people to flee as crews continue to battle the flames from the air and the ground.












Lollapalooza trending younger as older patrons question whether fest is worth the hassle
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-08-02 11:20:15 (1 hours ago) 
Jackie Yum, of Belmont Cragin, said she used to get high-fives and compliments about what a cool mom she is take her son to Lollapalooza.








Manhunt on for suspect in killing Memphis police officer
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-08-02 11:20:14 (1 hours ago) 
A manhunt continued Sunday following the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer who was killed the previous night during a traffic stop, Tennessee police officials said.
Challenger, Columbia wreckage goes on public display for 1st time
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-08-02 11:20:14 (1 hours ago) 
NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades.
Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-08-02 11:20:14 (1 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-08-02 11:20:12 (1 hours ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.












Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 11:20:12 (1 hours ago) 
Mayor Marty Walsh calls for fixing up Widett Circle in the post-Olympic era, the Hancock Tower gets a lame name change, and the rest of the news you need to know today.








Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 11:20:12 (1 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








VIDEO: McQueen show opens at night
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-08-02 11:20:09 (1 hours ago) 
An exhibition showcasing the work of Alexander McQueen has proved so popular that the V&A has remained open throughout the night.
VIDEO: Cilla Black performs number one hit
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-08-02 11:20:09 (1 hours ago) 
Archive footage of Cilla Black singing Anyone Who Had a Heart, which went to number one in the charts.
Pitch concerns end Glamorgan-Hants
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-08-02 11:20:09 (1 hours ago) 
Glamorgan's One Day Cup match against Hampshire is abandoned after concerns of a "dangerous pitch".




I finally kicked cable TV to the curb
  Source: Ars Technica 2015-08-02 11:20:09 (1 hours ago) 

At the end of May, my wife and I received a note from Comcast explaining that we had been getting undercharged for our cable service—and to expect that to stop pretty darn quick. This note set in motion a course of events that would lead to my trip last week to Comcast's Baltimore customer service center to turn in our cable boxes once and for all and cut the cable cord.

Well, sort of. But I'll get to that in a minute.

The move by HBO to break free of cable and offer its programming streamed over the internet certainly played a role in my wife's ascent to the termination of our consumer relationship with Comcast. But it was just one of a number of evolutionary changes in our viewing habits that had all but assured the cable box's demise. When my wife was recovering from surgery just over two years ago, the Ars staff gave her a Roku box to keep her entertained while on home bedrest. We had an Apple TV as well (the first generation), but it hadn't been used for much other than streaming iTunes to our living room. And then when the XBox One arrived last year, it broke things open a bit more.

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Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American involved in illegal lion hunt
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-08-02 11:20:08 (1 hours ago) 
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- An American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, as an international outcry persisted over another U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July, authorities said Sunday....
Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American involved in illegal lion hunt
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-08-02 11:20:08 (1 hours ago) 
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- An American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, as an international outcry persisted over another U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July, authorities said Sunday....
Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American involved in illegal lion hunt
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-08-02 11:20:07 (1 hours ago) 
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- An American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, as an international outcry persisted over another U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July, authorities said Sunday....
Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American involved in illegal lion hunt
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-08-02 11:20:07 (1 hours ago) 
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- An American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, as an international outcry persisted over another U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July, authorities said Sunday....




Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American involved in illegal lion hunt
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-08-02 11:20:07 (1 hours ago) 
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- An American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, as an international outcry persisted over another U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July, authorities said Sunday....
No Indications of Potential Gang Violence at 75th Sturgis
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-08-02 11:20:03 (1 hours ago) 
Police say no indication of looming gang violence at Sturgis rally; huge attendance expected
Judge, 93, Peeved by Incomplete Housing Discrimination Case
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-08-02 11:20:03 (1 hours ago) 
Decades later, Michigan city limps toward finish line to fix housing bias against blacks
84-Year-Old Spanish Yachtsman Rescued From Sea After 4 Hours
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-08-02 11:20:03 (1 hours ago) 
84-year-old Spanish yachtsman rescued from sea after 4 hours, still eager to carry on racing
New debris on Indian Ocean island not plane part
  Source: USATODAY.com World - Top Stories 2015-08-02 11:12:44 (1 hours ago) 

Police on the French island of Reunion found more debris on the shoreline Sunday just days after discovering a wing flap suspected to be from the missing MH 370 flight. (Aug. 2)

        




Trump says he wants to be himself in Thursday debate
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-08-02 11:12:43 (1 hours ago) 

Donald Trump was the focus of the Sunday shows ahead of Thursday's opening GOP debate.

       
The Week Ahead: Taylor Swift, Pierce County Fair and ‘Godspell’
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 11:12:39 (1 hours ago) 
Festival at Mt. Si, Idina Menzel, and Olympic Music Festival lead entertainment options for the week of Aug. 2.
The Week Ahead: Taylor Swift, Pierce County Fair and ‘Godspell’
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 11:12:38 (1 hours ago) 
Festival at Mt. Si, Idina Menzel, and Olympic Music Festival lead entertainment options for the week of Aug. 2.
The Sonar System: a children’s book about sound systems, Tesfarians and the power of music
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 11:12:33 (1 hours ago) 
London's richest borough to move those in temporary housing to cheaper areas
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 11:12:33 (1 hours ago) 




Tributes to Cilla Black, 'Liverpool's Cinderella', pour in
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 11:12:33 (1 hours ago) 
Flat Black Caps stunned by Zimbabwe in tour opener
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-08-02 11:12:22 (1 hours ago) 
A brave new world can be a brutal one, the Black Caps discovered in a tour-opening seven-wicket defeat to Zimbabwe in Harare.
Police say no indication of looming gang violence at Sturgis rally; huge attendance expected
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-08-02 11:12:21 (1 hours ago) 
Almost 2 years after judge calls for do-over, permit for Charleston cruise terminal sought
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-08-02 11:12:21 (1 hours ago) 
Decades later, Michigan city limps toward finish line to fix housing bias against blacks
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-08-02 11:12:21 (1 hours ago) 




Never-displayed photos, letters from NY museum tell of Louis Armstrong's New Orleans life
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-08-02 11:12:21 (1 hours ago) 
A month in, medical marijuana yields mixed results and sticker shock in Minnesota
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-08-02 11:12:21 (1 hours ago) 
This Week in Science: The World’s Most Powerful Laser, Converting Pollution into Jewelry, A Possible Treatment for Paralysis, and So Much More!
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 11:12:03 (1 hours ago) 
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Gimme a liter o' cola!
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 11:12:03 (1 hours ago) 
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Perhaps the best selfie taken during the Canal Parade at the Amsterdam Gay Pride
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 11:12:03 (1 hours ago) 
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Strategies: Converse Treads Carefully in Updating Well-Worn Chuck Taylor Brand
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-08-02 11:11:46 (1 hours ago) 
The classic All Star has been a boon to Nike, which bought Converse in 2003. But as the shoe gets an update, the company is being cautious not to damage its appeal.
Grand Jury Indicts Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, on Felony Charges
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-08-02 11:11:46 (1 hours ago) 
Mr. Paxton has been charged by a grand jury in connection with securities fraud and with failing to register with the state securities board.
Canadian Prime Minister Calls Federal Election
  Source: NYT > International 2015-08-02 11:11:46 (1 hours ago) 
Prime Minister Stephen Harper broke with Canadian political tradition by formally opening the campaign in the middle of summer during what is a holiday weekend in most of the country.
Tehran Journal: A Burger Joint That’s Iran’s Answer to McDonald’s
  Source: NYT > International 2015-08-02 11:11:46 (1 hours ago) 
“We’re trying to get as close as we can to the McDonald’s experience,” says the owner of Mash Donald’s, one of an increasing number of Iranian knockoffs of American food culture.
Memphis officer killed during traffic stop, suspect still at large
  Source: Mercury News - Silicon Valley, CA - News 2015-08-02 11:11:22 (1 hours ago) 
A manhunt continued Sunday following the fatal shooting of Memphis police officer Sean Bolton, 33, who was killed the previous night during a traffic stop.




Five Best Record Players
  Source: Lifehacker 2015-08-02 11:11:19 (1 hours ago) 

Whether you have vinyl records handed down to you, you’re a DJ, or you’re getting into vinyl for the first time, you’ll need a good record player. One that’s reliable, durable, and easy to maintain. This week we’re looking at five of the best, based on your nominations.

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London's richest borough to move those in temporary housing to cheaper areas
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-08-02 11:11:03 (1 hours ago) 
Eyewitness: New York, US
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-08-02 11:11:03 (1 hours ago) 
The Sonar System: a children’s book about sound systems, Tesfarians and the power of music
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 11:11:02 (1 hours ago) 
London's richest borough to move those in temporary housing to cheaper areas
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 11:11:02 (1 hours ago) 




Tributes to Cilla Black, 'Liverpool's Cinderella', pour in
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 11:11:02 (1 hours ago) 
Ronda Rousey Destroys Bethe Correia In 34 Seconds
  Source: Gawker 2015-08-02 11:10:59 (1 hours ago) 

As expected , Ronda Rousey dominated her Brazilian challenger Bethe Correia tonight, winning by a brutal knockout in just 34 seconds. Rousey dedicated her fight to the late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper .

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Greenhouse gas: Obama to order steeper cuts for power plants
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 11:10:28 (1 hours ago) 
Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-08-02 11:10:28 (1 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-08-02 11:10:28 (1 hours ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.












Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 11:10:28 (1 hours ago) 
Mayor Marty Walsh calls for fixing up Widett Circle in the post-Olympic era, the Hancock Tower gets a lame name change, and the rest of the news you need to know today.








Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 11:10:28 (1 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








Fantastic Four 'haven't seen' film
  Source: BBC News - US & Canada 2015-08-02 11:10:27 (1 hours ago) 
The cast of the new Marvel reboot admit they've yet to see the film, despite it coming out in a few days.
Wildfires put California under state of emergency
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-08-02 11:01:16 (1 hours ago) 
Wildfires put California under state of emergency There are approximately two dozen wildfires raging throughout the drought-ravaged state, threatening some 6,000 homes
​Ben Stein: Cell phones are a drag on the economy
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-08-02 11:01:16 (1 hours ago) 
Believes one reason U.S. workers' productivity is stalling is all the time spent on calls or texting, without producing a single widget




Almanac: The designer of Washington, D.C.
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-08-02 11:01:16 (1 hours ago) 
On Aug 2, 1754, Pierre Charles L'Enfant was born in Paris
The Wall Street Journal: Donald Trump leads Republican presidential pack, WSJ/NBC poll finds
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-08-02 11:01:15 (1 hours ago) 
Donald Trump has jumped to the front of Republicans’ 2016 presidential candidate field nationally, holding that position even after a spate of incendiary comments by the real-estate magnate about Mexican migrants, other GOP candidates and party leaders, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll has found.
The Wall Street Journal: Iran plans to buy airplanes from Airbus, Boeing to revive fleet
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-08-02 11:01:15 (1 hours ago) 
Iran wants to buy up to 90 airplanes a year from Boeing and Airbus to revive its aging fleet following last month’s landmark nuclear deal, according to a report Sunday by the official Islamic Republic News Agency.
Larry Ellison Fast Facts
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-08-02 11:00:22 (1 hours ago) 
Timothy Geithner Fast Facts
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U.S public schools are more segregated today than they have been since before the desegregation efforts that followed the 1954 Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education. Coinciding with this segregation are vast racial inequities and stratification, which are being intensified through the policies known as corporate education reform. In this article, we share the voices and stories of scholars and education activists who have documented the racism and segregation of U.S. public schooling over the rise of corporate education reform. We start with the current state of our segregated schools, before stepping back and looking at the historical and ideological context of U.S. schooling under industrial capitalism, white supremacy and neoliberalism, all creating the perfect storm for the punitive and dehumanizing conditions within 21st century public education. We will then explore the formula of corporate education reform through an examination of specific instruments used to enact these policies: school choice and charters, high-stakes testing, and the disciplining and criminalizing of black and brown bodies. We also examine the delivery of these policies via the discourse used to justify them and the intentions behind them. Finally, we call the question of whether public schools are our best hope for achieving social and economic equity and how those working in this struggle might keep that vision in mind.

“We have, in the country, a history of not just the police, but the state, the law enforcement agencies, disrespecting black life. And it’s disrespected in hundreds of ways. And then the police are just one expression of that. And again, we can measure that now. It’s not simply a question of asking. And it’s not the same as saying, “Is the country racist?” or even, “Are the police racist?” We live in a system in which black life is devalued. And it’s reflected in our schools.”

john a. powell, August 19th, 2014, in an interview with Amy Goodman about the events in Ferguson, MO.

Introduction

In the midst of the writing of this article, white police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed, 18-year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The events that quickly followed—Brown’s bloody body left lying for hours in the street for all to see; the violent militarized police response to community expressions of pain and anger; the perpetuation of a blaming narrative about racial violence by framing Brown as a wilding “demon” who attacked Wilson which provided the subterfuge to exonerate Wilson of the crime; and establishment leaders pathologizing the ensuing social unrest—are emblematic of a deeply rooted violent design in U.S. society.

Michael Brown’s murder is just one of countless reminders that we live in a society that deems the lives of Black and Brown people disposable. This disposability is never so evident than in the vast racial inequities that have always existed within the U.S. public school system, and now being intensified through policies known as corporate education reform as exemplified by No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. Charles Blow wrote in the New York Times that “Brown’s mother told a local television station after he was killed just weeks after his high school graduation: “Do you know how hard it was for me to get him to stay in school and graduate? You know how many black men graduate? Not many. Because you bring them down to this type of level, where they feel like they don’t got nothing to live for anyway. ‘They’re going to try to take me out anyway’” (Blow, 2014, para. 22).

Poignantly, two months prior to his killing, education historian Diane Ravitch wrote about Brown’s school district, citing it as an egregious example of the neglect of the nation’s promise to end racial segregation in schools. She wrote:

That district had been a high-achieving all-white district in the 1950s. After years of white flight, the district became all-African-American. As its test scores fell, the state of Missouri put the district on provisional accreditation. Help was definitely not on the way. After 18 years of provisional accreditation, the state merged the struggling Normandy district with another struggling, all-black district that had been under state supervision for five years. After the merger, the new district was stripped of accreditation (Ravitch, 2014, para. 1).

Michael Brown’s school district, like many other poor and under resourced districts in the country, is one of numerous examples of the ongoing legacy of institutionalized racism in U.S. society and in U.S. schools. If current policymakers were truly working toward justice in public schooling, it would follow that we would see all children enjoying the privileges of schooling environments that the children of the elite experience. Civil rights activist and the first female African American judge in Alabama, Faya Rouse Touré, critically poses this question, exposing the contradictions between policymakers’ rhetoric and their practices. She contemplates why anyone wouldn’t want an education system that is humane for all children, where every child has the opportunity and the preparation to achieve his or her potential.

Education systems in all societies are designed to serve as the primary institutions that reproduce dominant social and economic orders, customs and beliefs systems. In U.S. public education, this makes schooling a function of capitalism, white supremacy and their intrinsic restraints on democracy and social equality. Current efforts to reform primary and secondary public education are based within the violence of white supremacy aligned with the broader brutality of neoliberalism. Elite, Eurocentric education policymakers continue to espouse a language of equity while simultaneously maintaining private elite schools for their own children, spaces that look nothing like the ones they are designing for the masses. This results in a hyper intensification of the sorting of students based on their “value” as defined by a neoliberal worldview steeped in white supremacy. In this system, those identified to have the least amount of value are ultimately deemed disposable.

This article is composed of several components that seem on the surface distinct but are actually quite connected, and will illustrate the relationship between education reform policies and the lives of children and communities of color in the United States. Essential to this project are selected audio interviews with some of the most powerful U.S. critical education scholars and activists of our time. Alongside our own narrative, we share their voices and stories, collected by Education Radio[1] from July 2011 through June 2012. The two authors of this article were producers for Education Radio, which documented testimony and analysis of the impact of U.S. education reform policies on schools and communities. We have selected pieces of that audio from the Education Radio collection as a way to weave together a narrative of a public education system that is structured—both historically and contemporarily—within the violence of white supremacy. Our hope is that the voices we share will both enhance the story we are telling as well as connect readers more deeply to the issues we discuss.

We begin with the current state of our segregated schools, what Jonathan Kozol refers to as a state of “apartheid education” (Kozol, 2005). Then, we step back and look at the historical and ideological context of U.S. schooling under industrial capitalism, white supremacy and neoliberalism—all creating the perfect storm for the punitive and dehumanizing conditions within 21st century public education. We explore the formula of corporate education reform through an examination of specific instruments used to enact these policies: school choice and charter schools, high-stakes testing, and the disciplining and criminalizing of Black and Brown bodies. We also examine the delivery of these policies via the discourse used to justify them and the intentions behind them. Finally, we call the question of whether public schools are our best hope for achieving social and economic equity, and how those working in this struggle might keep that vision in mind.

Current Context: Separate and Unequal

U.S public schools are more segregated today than they have been since before the desegregation efforts that followed the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case (Kozol, 2005; Mullins, 2013; Rothstein, 2013; Strauss, 2014; UCLA, 2014). Many education scholars have noted the simultaneous widening of the gap between resourced and under-resourced schools over the same time period that the market-based education reforms, heralded by their proponents as addressing this inequity, have been implemented. Education activist and author Jonathan Kozol reminds us that the travesty lies not just with segregation of schools but within the combination of segregation and inequity – and remarks that if we had separate but equal schools we would at least be living up to the Plessy vs. Ferguson, the landmark 1896 U.S. Supreme Court case that upheld state segregation laws but required those segregated public spaces to be “separate but equal.” However, as Kozol laments, U.S. schools are decidedly separate and unequal.

Despite the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case, education looks very different for many Black and Brown children than it does for many white children. But in addition to integrating students of different races, desegregation must also address the racist and white supremacist structures institutionalized within U.S. education policy and practices. As education activist and author Soloman Comissiong writes, “After all, has desegregation cleansed the black community of the infestation of American racism and white supremacy? Integration only truly works when the integratee is allowed the same rights, respect, and overall privileges as the integrator” (Comissiong, 2009, para. 2). Half-century after Brown, racial segregation in U.S. schools is intensifying, while the current desegregation practices that do exist require children of color to assimilate to and model the behaviors, values and appearances of middle-class white America (Comissiong, 2009). Even if mandates are followed, the threat of structural racism continues and equality of opportunity and equality of outcome remains elusive.

The reality that children are living their lives in vastly segregated spaces—both in and outside of school—shapes how both white and Black students view themselves and their world. In a talk that New York City public school teacher and education activist Brian Jones gave to a group of parents and teachers during Black History Month in February 2012, he describes the way his 6th grade students understood their schooling environment through the lens of segregation and how current policies and rhetoric ignore what it would take to truly address issues of segregation.

A theme in Jones’s stories are the repeated contradictions he points out—that in his class discussion of Ruby Bridges and the success of desegregation—he is speaking to a completely segregated room of Black students, that the schools named after Black civil rights leaders are almost always the most segregated schools and in the most segregated urban areas, and that current education policies—driven by notions of excellence rather than equity—ignore the issues that have the potential to actually address segregated schooling (i.e., resources). No matter how conspicuous the segregation of schooling, it seems to remain hidden from policymakers who choose to omit it from their discourse.

This standpoint of ignoring race, of ignoring struggles related to poverty and equity in public education—of ignoring any policy that might lead to greater social and economic equity for students and communities of color—must be explored within a wider historical context of white supremacy and neoliberal capitalism.

Historical Context: White Supremacy and Neoliberalism

During the 15th century the Transatlantic Slave Trade, along with the conquest and colonization of the global south and the western hemisphere by European monarchies, set in motion a genocidal era and a corresponding worldview that has inflicted incalculable suffering to this day. This worldview—known as white supremacy—became firmly established in North America with the conquest, mass murder, enslavement and dehumanization of African and Native people by the white Europeans who founded the United States.

According to sociologist Joseph Feagin, this broad worldview is composed of entrenched racist narratives, racist images, racist biases and racist emotions that together construct a powerful belief system that rationalizes systems of racial violence and oppression. Feagin refers to this worldview as the white racial frame, which has two primary subframes. One white racial subframe, often referred to as “white supremacy,” affirms the superiority of white people in every possible way including intelligence, work habits, religion, morals, civilization, language and appearance. This powerful pro-white frame comes with a set of attitudes, images, emotions and stereotypes. The second white racial subframe targets and dehumanizes people of color and includes anti-Black, anti-Latino, anti-Asian and anti-Indigenous subframes (Feagin, 2012).

This historical context is essential to understanding that race is not a biological or genetic concept. Rather, it is a social construct manufactured by a dominant group based on their power to impose boundaries of group membership and define race as a means to justify exploitation, subjugation and murder to establish racial superiority. Racism is based on the assertion of white supremacy and operationalizes the ideological, structural, and institutional disparity in the distribution of social and material rewards, benefits, privileges as well as access to resources, capital, property and the possession of social agency, power and influence (Goodman, 2005; Lusca, 2008; Moses, 2004; Ortiz, 2013; Wells, 2013). Moving beyond an understanding of racism as stereotype or bigotry, and grasping the deeply entrenched racial narratives through which white people view the world is a foundational part of any project of liberation and justice. In addition, it is important to recognize how the virulent legacy of white supremacy persists in all facets of contemporary U.S. society.

While this article presents lived experiences and documented narratives to illustrate the brutal nature of racial terrorism and violence in the U.S., hard data also bear out this reality. People of color make up nearly thirty percent of the U.S. population, yet account for sixty percent of those imprisoned. These incarceration rates disproportionately impact men of color, with 1 in every 15 Black men and 1 in every 36 Latino men incarcerated as opposed to 1 in every 106 white men. One in three Black men will go to prison in their lifetime. While the number of women incarcerated is relatively low in the U.S. (yet has increased by 800 percent over the last thirty years), Black women are three times more likely than white women to be incarcerated; and Latino women are 69 percent more likely than white women to be incarcerated (ACLU, 2011; Bowman, 2010; Kerby, 2012; Sentencing Project, 2007; Sentencing Project, 2014).

Racial profiling also results in people of color having a disproportionate number of encounters with police—they are three times more likely to be searched during a traffic stop compared to white people. Black people are twice as likely to be arrested and almost four times as likely to be subjected to the use of force when encountering the police. Nationwide, young Black males are 21 times more likely to be killed by police compared to young white males (ACLU, 2007; Gabrielson, Jones & Sagara, 2014; Kerby, 2012). According to the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization that represents prisoners who have been denied fair treatment in the legal system, “the lives of African Americans have been profoundly shaped by the era of slavery, the era of racial terror that continued from the end of Reconstruction until World War II, the era of Jim Crow and racial apartheid that produced the civil rights movement, and now the era of mass incarceration” (2014, para. 2).

Additionally, felony-disenfranchisement policies in 11 states deny the right to vote to over 10 percent of their Black population. Current efforts by state legislators to implement restrictive voter ID laws that disproportionately impact people of color along with shortened early voting periods, limits on same-day voter registration, polling places without enough voting machines or poll workers are furthering the marginalization of Black and Latino voters (Kerby, 2012; Liebelson, 2014; Oh, 2014; Sentencing Project, 2009).

These forms of racial violence and disenfranchisement disproportionately subject people of color to a life of poverty or economic insecurity that further impedes social, political and economic agency; effectively distressing family systems and severely impacting health outcomes and life expectancy (Marable, 2001; Goldberg, 2012; Ortiz, 2013; Justice Policy Institute, 2014).

In the U.S. the prevailing and deeply rooted social order of white supremacy and structural racism have long served the political, economic and cultural interests of capitalism. Over the past three decades a more expansive and aggressive form of capitalism known as neoliberalism has been imposed on economies globally, mandating the deregulation of private industry and elimination of social welfare programs; eradicating labor, environmental and civil protections; facilitating the privatization and marketization of public sector institutions; and lifting trade and tax barriers in order to maximize corporate shareholder profits across borders. Government’s role in this new order is confined to ensuring that corporate subsidies are prioritized over public investment, and that policy decisions further the accumulation of wealth for an elite minority, while austerity is the rule of law for the vast majority. In the U.S. and elsewhere, these social darwinistic policies and practices ensure entirely new levels of suffering for groups who have been, and continue to be, systematically subjugated (Gewirtz, 1995; Apple, 2006; Scott, 2011). Henry Giroux goes on to claim:

The spectacle of neoliberal misery is too great to deny any more and the only mode of control left by corporate-controlled societies is violence, but a violence that is waged against the most disposable… Under the regime of neoliberalism, the circle of those considered disposable and subject to state violence is now expanding. The heavy hand of the state is not only racist; it is also part of an authoritarian mode of governance willing to do violence to anyone who threatens neoliberal capitalism, white Christian fundamentalism, and the power of the military-industrial-academic-surveillance state (Giroux, 2014, para. 2).

On a global scale over the past thirty-five years, neoliberal ideologues within governments, private think tanks, trade associations and private industries have had their sights set on public education, which in many countries remains the largest public sector institution with the densest unionized workforce. The public school system in the U.S. remains a microcosm of this landscape—with extreme levels of disinvestment and institutionalized means of disposability—manifesting in spaces that are supposed to serve children of color. According to Means, this scheme has:

…led to a general disinvestment in public schools—especially the most historically neglected and racially segregated—in favor of school privatization initiatives designed to create school systems of ‘choice’, where parents ‘shop’ for schools in a competitive marketplace. This has led to the erosion of public schools and the development of charter schools, voucher schemes, and for-profit schools, effectively allowing corporations to take over large sectors of public education systems throughout the United States. This has coincided with union busting, the imposition of a narrowed and scripted curriculum, the de-skilling of teachers, and the operation of schools under a corporate managerial structure…(2008, p. 4).

Within the neoliberal design, public education systems are well positioned to be transformed into profit-generating enterprises that will effectively control, sort and indoctrinate students to become obedient subjects of a corporatocracy as future workers, prisoners and consumer citizens (Scott & Keisch, 2014). The realities of structural racism coupled with the ruthless nature of neoliberalism—broadly and within education reform—further dehumanizes Black and Brown youth as commodities within the for-profit education marketplace, while also intensifying their disposability on a massive scale.

Chris Kershner of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce made the dehumanizing design of corporate education reform explicit when he claimed, “The business community is the consumer of the educational product. Students are the educational product. They are going through the education system so that they can be an attractive product for business to consume and hire as a workforce in the future” (Straus, 2014, para. 8).

We see this market logic being applied globally and across spheres. Education scholar Kevin Kumashiro notes the similarity between neoliberal institutions like the International Monetary Fund and World Bank’s structural adjustment mandates and corporate education reform policies imposed on public schools.

While Kumashiro illustrates how this framework of marketization and global neoliberalism leads to even greater disparities and an increase in structural racism, Professor of Education William Watkins explains that in the U.S., neoliberal ideologues inherited a pre-existing racist society that conveniently serves their interests.

Corporate education reformers, who adhere to this neoliberal approach to education imbued with racism, purport to offer their reforms as a way to challenge long-standing education inequities. Attorney and Executive Director of Witness to Innocence David Love talks about the problem with education reformers trying to “sell a bill of goods” to desperate communities, without revealing their true goal of privatization of public schooling. Love reflects on his experience working in Pennsylvania politics around education issues and his observations during that time that the public was always very concerned about cuts to education, because historically public schools were an important means of social mobility. Love also notes that it is not a coincidence that as school budgets are being cut, prisons budgets are increasing, and there is no shortage of space in prisons for more poor people and people of color.

Civil rights activist Faya Rose Touré has underscored, in her advocacy work, how the U.S. education system has always primarily served capitalism and white supremacy. She upholds an alternative vision that includes a holistic approach to schooling in which children’s social and emotional needs are met; in which every child has a foundational education across all subjects (including art and music) that serves both vocational and life enriching purposes; and in which all children learn the histories of people of color- including the legacies, accomplishments and the complex and devastating struggles (Touré, 2013). In the following clip Touré notes that Black bodies are no longer needed for their physical labor, and yet their bodies are still needed for the economic success of the prison system. She notes that her vision of education (as described above), poses a threat to capitalism.

The Formula of Corporate Education Reform

All of what we have outlined thus far has set the stage for the implementation of corporate education reform policies, which by design, are intended to restructure public education to exist outside of public control and instead serve private profit generating interests (Scott, 2011). Accordingly, journalist Stephanie Simon, reporting at an education investors gathering in 2012, wrote, “The K-12 market is tantalizingly huge: The U.S. spends more than $500 billion a year to educate kids from ages five through 18: The entire education sector…represents nearly 9 percent of U.S. gross domestic product, more than the energy or technology sectors…investors are signaling optimism that a golden moment has arrived. They’re pouring private equity and venture capital into scores of companies that aim to profit by taking over broad swaths of public education” (para. 5 & 7).

Moving from ideology to policy, we will examine the ways in which corporate education reform is carried out through a similar formula across the U.S. This formula is enacted in ways that are subtle as well as obvious, but consistently employs the notion of the “free-market” as well as inherently embeds a white supremacy worldview. Something to keep in mind, as we describe particular instruments employed, is that the children of the wealthy (and usually white) do not have to navigate this formula. Across the board, the children of the elite, including the children of those who are dictating these reforms such as Arne Duncan, Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Michelle Rhee, the Walton Family, etc., attend schools that look nothing like those that corporate education reform mandates require. Those children attend private schools with no high-stakes testing, with small classes, with project-based learning and authentic assessment. Those are schools where music and the arts flourish, where learning is approached holistically, and is often self-directed (Cohen 2013; Davies, 2013; Davis, 2014, Sirota, 2012). It is useful to return to the question we posed in the introduction – if these are the schools that are working for the children of the wealthy, why do the schools for the children of the poor look so incredibly different?

There are many instruments used to implement the formula of corporate education reform, which is being carried out in different cities and towns across the U.S. As we articulated in Education Inc.,

Within the scheme of corporate education reform, there is a formula repeatedly being enacted – on state, city and district levels – to institutionalize education reform policies. While slight variations in the formula exist, there are shared elements within several main areas: standardized testing, the market notion of ‘choice,’ privatization, union-busting, profiteering and workforce development – meaning students as future workers are trained to have the vocational aptitudes required by private sector industries (Scott & Keisch, 2014, para. 8).

Before we examine the specific instruments, it is important to note the coupling of corporate education reform policies and the neoliberalization of cities, which reinforces the displacement of low-income people of color and the gentrification of their communities. Neoliberal education policies contribute to this through “racialized discourses of pathology that legitimate racial exclusion and expropriation of their communities for capital accumulation” (Lipman, 2011, p. 231). Large portions of poor Black and Brown urban communities that have been subjected to neoliberal austerity measures for decades are now being eyed as valuable real estate, for commercial and housing development that serves white middle-class and upper middle-class people (Lipman, 2011, Fenwick, 2013).

Historically, education and housing policy have been closely linked in the structural landscape of racial apartheid in the U.S. Schools have long been a major selling point in terms of housing markets in specific neighborhoods. Realtors will promote a house in a so-called “good” school district, with corresponding higher home prices. In this case “good” is code for high-performing schools (i.e., high test scores) with college preparatory curriculum, which infers schools with a majority of affluent white children. The relationship between racially segregated neighborhoods and racially segregated schools is also inherent to the neoliberal design. In line with this, policies in cities around the country that seek to disinvest from, close, “flip” or “turnaround” neighborhood public schools in poor communities are contributing to the displacement of low-income Black and Brown residents, replacing these schools with incentivized charter schools that appeal to white middle-class families— essentially greasing the wheels of gentrification.

This process is also being encouraged by current federal policy found in the 2009 federal stimulus that authorized states to allocate billions of dollars in Qualified School Construction Bonds (QSCBs), allowing under resourced schools to access interest-free bond financing. Charter schools conveniently have access to more flexible bond resources than public school districts. “By allocating millions of dollars in little-known bonds exclusively to charters while imposing austerity on public facilities, the state has quietly stacked the deck for charters, leaving neighborhood schools to molder in decline” (Davis, 2014, para. 4). Additionally, many states that receive federal QSCB bonds are primarily allocating them to charter schools. Nationally, charters are being creative, if not notorious, for using their political capital, large financial reserves and leveraging their flexible federal bond resources to “flip” dilapidated public schools, and in some cases other buildings located in poor communities, into charter schools that fit within the larger gentrification plans of cities (Davis, 2014; Fenwick, 2013; Lipman, 2011; Paschall, 2014; Scott, 2013).

Leslie Fenwick, Dean of the Howard University School of Education, adds:

Whether they are solidly middle- or upper-income or poor, neither group of blacks controls the critical economic levers shaping school reform. And, this is because urban school reform is not about schools or reform. It is about land development…black inner-city residents are suspicious of school reform (particularly when it is attached to neighborhood revitalization) which they view as an imposition from external white elites who are exclusively committed to using schools to recalculate urban land values at the expense of black children, parents and communities (Fenwick, 2013, para. 4).

In the following pages we will focus on three primary instruments used to implement the formula of corporate education reform: the notion of “choice” and charters, high-stakes testing, and discipline and criminalization.

Choice and Charters

The rhetoric of choice is central to the formula of corporate education reform, as it is to all neoliberal policy discourse, and is closely tied to the notion of the free market and viewing students (and their parents) as consumers of education. The purported idea is that if schools are expected to compete for “customers,’ they will be forced to improve, thereby increasing equity among schools. This philosophy, in practice, is an illusion that ignores the existing deep racial and class stratification that school districts are already facing when they lose students (and large pieces of their budgets) to charter schools or other public schools. This is also grounded in the “no excuses” rhetoric that implies if a person is just hardworking enough, he or she will succeed—that individuals are either to be rewarded or to blame for their own successes and failures—thus absolving society, the state, or any socioeconomic context of all responsibility (Lack, 2011; Strauss, 2012; Weiss & Long, 2013).

The proliferation of charter schools within the framework of choice is especially pernicious. Charters operate on the tuition they receive from the school district in which the attending student resides and thus are not affected by state level budget cuts. The money that follows children attending charters decimates the local school budgets, as those districts maintain the same brick and mortar expenses that they’ve always had. Charter proponents will often cite state reimbursement formulas as a justification for this siphoning of funding, however the reality is that districts often face an overall net loss.

In Massachusetts, for example, there is a complicated reimbursement formula that results in much of these monies not being recovered by districts. As state legislative assistant Paul Dunphy described in a letter to the editor of his local paper, “every year there are new charter students, as some enroll and others leave. Under the state formula, public school districts only receive reimbursement if their total charter school costs increase from one year to the next, and the reimbursement is only on the increase. And the reimbursement is made at a declining rate over several years. So in time, virtually the entire financial burden of charter schools falls on public school districts” (Dunphy, 2013). In the city of Holyoke, MA, approximately 85% of children are on free and reduced lunch (a common indicator of low socioeconomic status in schools) (Massachusetts Department of Education, 2013). In FY2014, Holyoke lost nearly $12 million to charters and choice combined and received only $1.8 million from the state in charter reimbursement (Plaisance, 2014a). That same year, due to an incredible $4.5 million budget deficit, the Holyoke schools were faced with cutting programs and laying off teachers, despite protests from students, parents and teachers in the school community (Monahan, 2014; Plaisance, 2014b).

Charter schools fall broadly into two main categories—for profit charters and non-profit charters (often considered to be boutique in nature). In either case, these schools are privately operated. As we explained in a column we wrote for our local newspaper, even the so-called boutique charters do not operate as public schools in practice: “To be clear, charters are not traditional public sector schools. They are unaccountable to locally elected school committees and appoint or elect their own boards that control their budgets and hire and fire employees. Charters are labeled ‘public’ due to being publicly funded and free… for those who are ‘fortunate enough to win a spot’ via a lottery” (Scott & Keisch, 2013).

An important piece to note is that charter schools are not mandated to accept all students as public schools are, thus, they can push out students who are “undesirable” and who might bring down test scores. In other words, they can push out those students who are distracted by more pressing matters based on their socioeconomic conditions – students who have multiple stressors within their family systems; for whom English is not their first language; whose cultural and ethnic identities are marginalized; who have significant learning challenges; who struggle from mental health conditions; whose learning abilities are incompatible with imposed standards; who require time and attention schools don’t allow for; or who don’t “fit” into the population those schools are cultivating (Clawson, 2013; Knefel, 2014).

Not surprisingly, research has shown that charters are part of the engine of increasing segregation, as they continue to sort students along race and class lines (UCLA, 2014). A 2014 research review by Iris Rotberg of George Washington University showed that “there is a strong link between school choice programs and an increase in student segregation by race, ethnicity, and income” and that “the risk of segregation is a direct reflection of the design of the school choice program” (Rotberg, 2014). It is not difficult to point to glaring evidence of segregation as a result of charters, particularly in urban areas already experiencing visible segregation (Ahlquist, 2012).

In the following clip Jonathan Kozol notes that corporate education reformers, who have little to no understanding of education but know a lot about business, readily invoke interests in eliminating longstanding educational inequities. He claims they do this by promoting the sorting of poor children according to varying advantages and abilities into what is he refers to as boutique charter schools. Kozol also questions the social values of middle-class liberal white parents who he suggests favor their small alternative and racially-isolated progressive schools; seeming to not notice or care that poor Black and Latino students are absent from those spaces. Kozol goes on to call this phenomenon “built in apartheid.”

Often those who defend charter schools, particularly the boutique charters, will claim that the intention of charters is sound, that some have merely strayed from these intents, and that they can be reclaimed and still have potential as spaces to experiment with education for the social good. However, charters are now so embedded as instruments in the machine of corporatization in the effort to defund public schools—and are so championed by those who seek to obliterate public education and turn it over to the free market—it is difficult to imagine them outside of this framework. Additionally, there is no reason why community public schools can’t also experiment and revision public education for the public good, and some are indeed doing that incredibly successfully (see the Mission Hill School in Boston for one such example: http://www.missionhillschool.org/a-year-at-mission-hill/).

In the following clip, William Watkins notes that charter schools originated with good intentions as new experimental models of education that could provide greater creative opportunities within schools. He goes on to explain that this was short lived and instead they became organizations run by “hustlers, grifters and profiteering corporations.” Watkins talks about the amount of charter schools that are owned by large corporations, and how once they are granted their charter by a state, they receive public funds and the same capital expenditures that public schools receive, proving to be very profitable.

One of the most striking examples of charter schools as an essential instrument of the privatization movement in the U.S. is what happened to the New Orleans Public Schools after Hurricane Katrina. The immeasurable destruction that Katrina wreaked on New Orleans was viewed by the U.S. Department of Education, as well as corporate reformers and profiteers as an opportunity for obliterating the public schools in that city, by turning them over to charters (Carr, 2013, Klein, 2011). Arne Duncan’s was explicit about this mission when, four years after Katrina, he said in an interview, “I think the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans was Hurricane Katrina” (Anderson, 2009). Now, nine years after Katrina, New Orleans public schools are some of the most segregated and stratified by race and class in the U.S.—as of the fall of 2014, 100% of its schools are charters. While the New Orleans population is made up primarily of people of color, nearly 80% of the city’s white students attend the most selective charter schools, according to a study published by the Institute on Race and Poverty (Institute on Race and Poverty, 2010).

According to Al Jazeera America producer Dexter Mullins, other larger urban districts are looking to replicate the New Orleans charter school initiative. He writes, “There are efforts in Washington, D.C.; Detroit, Kansas City, MO; Newark, NJ, and Philadelphia, among others to replicate the New Orleans way of schooling, in part or completely, in an effort to turn around struggling city schools. All those cities have large, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations of color, and the majority live in the inner city, where public schools often receive much less funding and are much more segregated than schools in better-off suburban areas” (Mullins, 2013)

While in New Orleans charters are now the only option for students, in other cities and districts it is still easy to understand why a parent might choose to send their child to a charter. In the following clip, former New York City teacher Brian Jones begins by talking about how groups that have been historically marginalized in the US have an understandable propensity to listen to the narrative that the privatizers are telling them – that their child is being underserved, or that their child is a victim of racist schooling. Jones goes on to talk about how corporate reformers create a false narrative about why there is vast economic inequality and then rationalize or deny that they are creating more segregated schools. Jones references one reformer from Goldman Sachs who is setting up charters and exalting Thurgood Marshall at the same time that he is constructing segregated school systems.

Investigative journalist Owen Davis underscores Jones’s insinuation that there are strong economic motives behind the creation of privatized systems using charter schools. He also notes that charters sort students by those who produce the highest test scores, since those students are seen as the greatest “assets.” He writes, “when considering the $5 billion charter school bond markets, with investors inherently making demands that charter schools are good assets, high test scores becomes a financial matter and are required in order for the charter school industry to exist and expand. This naturally drives classroom practices, incentivizes pressure to raise test scores, and intensifies the sorting of students to guarantee student populations that will produce the right test scores” (Davis, 2014).

High Stakes Testing

High-stakes testing is the conceptual framework and fundamental instrument in the move to privatize public education and provides the rationale to sort and segregate students and schools according to race, class and ability. It is inherently tied to standards-based education, which was born out of the social efficiency movement and the scientific management model of education that together served as the foundations by which public education was widely institutionalized in the early 20th century.

During this period of industrialization and mass immigration both industry leaders and the political establishment recognized that in an increasingly inequitable society, a cohesive and mandatory education system needed to be established to serve the purpose of social control, social reproduction and social cohesion; all essential preconditions for social efficiency. Essentially, social efficiency was understood to mean that all institutions in society needed to be aligned to serve the social aims of the dominant culture and industrial capitalism. It was understood that the state, as the great protector of property rights and private industry, was best positioned to establish and oversee an education system that prioritizes human capital development, premised on generating the living commodity of labor power (Dow, 2003; Kliebard, 1986; Ross, 1901; Labaree, 1997).

John F. Bobbitt, who published “The Elimination of Waste in Education” in 1912, became a prominent designer and leader of the social efficiency movement by applying Frederick Taylor’s concept of scientific management in factory production to the emerging systems of education (Au, 2009; Bobbitt, 1912).

The idea behind this movement was that social and fiscal waste could be identified and cut, allowing for a social order to be shaped by way of carefully considered systems of scientific planning. The model of attaching the industrial metaphor to schooling was intended to create and maintain the larger social order of industrial capitalism, positing that students were “raw materials” to be molded into refined products according to their future social class positions. Teachers were the disciplined factory workers who utilized the most efficient means to ensure that students (as products) met the encoded standards and objectives of schooling. School administrators were the factory managers who established and dictated to teachers (as factory workers) the most efficient method in the production process. In this model, the school becomes a factory assembly line, designed with the singular intent of reproducing and maintaining existing social orders (Au, 2009; Bobbitt, 1913).

This model of schooling was highly influential and shaped public education for decades to come, on many levels. Bobbitt’s views on education, like most of his contemporaries, were explicitly infused with the ideologies of white supremacy and class superiority propagated by eugenics. Drawing on Social Darwinism, the social and scientific movement of eugenics quickly emerged in the 19th century within the new science of human genetics, providing the foundation for social efficiency in establishing science-based rationales for racial and class hierarchies (Quigley, 1995). Eugenicists advocated putting limitations on political participation based on race and class, arguing the Anglo-Saxon ruling class was in grave danger of “committing racial suicide” resulting from the precipitous reproduction of the “genetically inferior,” combined with the steady decline in the birthrate of the genetically superior (Quigley, 1995, para. 1). To address this social crisis, eugenicists advocated for mandatory segregation, sterilization, immigration restriction, and legal prohibition of inter-racial marriage.

In his 1909 article titled Practical Eugenics, Bobbitt declared, “if a child is well-born” of Anglo-Saxon “stock” and is thus genetically superior, “he possesses high endowment potential” and is “protected from adverse influences…and abundantly responsive to the positive influences of education” (Bobbitt, 1909, p. 385). Referring to children who were not born of superior genetic “stock,” Bobbitt went on to claim:

…if, on the other hand, the child…springs from a worm-eaten stock, if the foundation plan of his being is distorted and confused in heredity before his unfolding begins, then the problem of healthy normal development is rendered insoluble before it is presented. Such a child is difficult to protect against adverse influences, and he remains to the end stupidly unresponsive to the delicate growth factors of education” (Bobbitt, 1909, p. 385).

Bobbitt and his contemporaries were distressed about the decreasing birthrate of the Anglo-Saxon “stock” and how this would result in a “drying up of the highest, purest tributaries to the stream of heredity” (Bobbitt, 1909, p. 388). He diagnosed the problem as the increased birthrates and immigration of those who are not from the “strains of our imperial race,” which were causing a “rising flood in the muddy, undesirable streams” into society (Bobbitt, 1909, p. 388). Bobbitt went on to ponder the problems facing eugenics, which in his words was “the newly-arising science which seeks to improve the inborn qualities of our race” and while “it is easy to see the practical advantages to result from an application of its principles…it is not at all easy to see how it is to be done” (Bobbitt, 1909, p. 386). Apparently he found the solution to this “problem” when he published Elimination of Waste in Education two years later.

During this era, newly developed Intelligence Quotient (IQ) tests became an instrument to reinforce the hegemony of eugenics and social efficiency, and over time became the basis for standardized tests generally, as a means to efficiently sort and rank students according to race, class and ability (Knoll, 2009; Quigley, 1995; Richie, 1896). Wayne Au (2009) explains, “the technology of standardized testing… proved to be a pivotal technical, conceptual, and ideological apparatus in the ascendancy of the application of scientific management and models of capitalist production to education” (p. 39). Any authentic historical examination of the establishment of public education in the U.S. cannot ignore its social engineering design through the congruence of scientific management, eugenics and standardized tests. These are also the ideological instruments being reconfigured and reinforced through 21st century corporate education reform policies.

Under the guise of objectivity and fairness, standards-based education—then and now—has always been designed to maintain the myth of meritocracy, which is intended to convey that all people have the opportunity to attain the “American Dream” of economic success if they merely work hard enough.

During the 1980s, the standards-based model was evident within corporate education reforms initiated by the Reagan administration, in partnership with private industry, leading to bipartisan policy initiatives over the succeeding three decades that have systematically restructured public education. The resulting state and federal policies have focused on the construction of a comprehensive standards-based model of education where systems of instruction, assessment, tracking of academic progress and accountability mechanisms are tied to students’ ability to demonstrate proficiency according to specific content and performance standards measured by standardized tests (National Academy of Education, 2009; Wixson, Dutro & Athan, 2003). Content standards define what all students should know and be able to do, while performance standards describe and determine the level of proficiency students need to achieve on tests in order to be designated as meeting or exceeding content standards. According to this design, not meeting expectations on expected learning outcomes provides the criteria for imposing rewards and sanctions on students, teachers, administrators and schools (National Center for Fair & Open Testing, 2007; Wixson, Dutro & Athan, 2003).

Content and performance standards and their accompanying tests have become the “high stakes” instruments for corporate reforms in that punitive sanctions are tied to low student test scores, resulting in significant life-altering impacts on the most marginalized students and communities, while at the same time initiating neoliberal restructuring. As we wrote in Education, Inc.:

[standardized testing is] designed by for-profit companies are imposed on state, city and district levels through state-corporate partnerships; sanctions are applied to schools for poor-performance on these standardized tests; there is increased involvement of for-profit companies supplying test development and preparation, data analysis and management, mandated remedial services and the utilization of proprietary online software. This forces schools and students to experience a greater narrowing of curriculum and focus on rote learning where teachers are expected to be technicians who teach to the test, while their pay and job security is dependent upon test scores that do not capture the most meaningful aspects of teaching and learning (Scott & Keisch, 2014, para. 9).

High stakes testing requires the reduction of teaching and learning to what can be measured quantitatively, and because the tests are the primary measure of progress, they ultimately drive the content and pace of curriculum. In his interview with Education Radio, Ed Brockenbrough describes how white supremacy is manifest in these tests.

The severity of the impact of high stakes testing cannot be understated. The massive and far-reaching high-stakes testing regime has evolved to become a totalitarian instrument used to implement, maintain, and intensify the violence of corporate education reform, and now permeates all sectors of education. It is poised to destroy public education as a site of contestation as well as to obliterate the development of critical capacities for generations of children—both of which are essential for civic participation and social change. It is wreaking havoc on many aspects of healthy and whole child development, and is shifting entirely what teaching and learning inside classrooms looks and feels like, most intensely for groups who have little social agency. In these classrooms, it exacerbates inequity, and mandates the stripping of histories and identities that are essential for the development of self-worth and civic capacities in young people. It positions poor children of color to be more highly controlled and surveilled within an increasingly militarized police state and prison industry. High stakes testing has become the weapon of mass destruction of corporate education reform.

All of this has a profound impact on the day-to-day lives of youth in their schools. In the following audio clip, Wayne Au talks about how testing culture impacts students’ self-worth and how it limits their ability to become fully realized human beings and full participants in their communities. He also cites the tests as contributing to the high drop-out rate for students of color. In addition, Au speaks to the criminalization of kids who do poorly on these tests—the “criminalization of failure”—and how these children then are viewed as “bad,” which feeds into the criminalization of youth in society in general.

The racism of high stakes tests is not news to those who are being abused by them. Florida high school student Aisha Daniels opted out of her state’s standardized testing, with the support of her mother, Ceresta Smith, one of the organizers of United Opt Out. This organization’s mission is to draw attention to the devastating impacts of high stakes tests and to offer guidance, support and solidarity for students and parents who choose to opt their children out (http://unitedoptout.com). Aisha explains her reasons for opting out to Education Radio producer Barbara Madeloni, which include feeling the tests are racist and dehumanizing, and not wanting to contribute to a testing company’s profits.

While Aisha Daniels articulates poignantly the ill-effects of high-stakes testing, many scholars have discussed the toll that testing (and the resulting test-driven curriculum) has had on youth too young to advocate for themselves, especially as testing and/or test preparation is now mandated at even younger ages (FairTest, 2013; Kozol, 2005; Strauss, 2014). In an interview with Education Radio, early childhood education scholar Nancy Carlsson Paige talks about the stress that young children are experiencing as a result of the coupling of the financial strain that can create stress within the family system with intense pressures at school to succeed within the testing environment. She emphasizes that instead of a focus on play, which is essential for children to learn and explore their world, they are receiving developmentally inappropriate material driven by the standardized curriculum and testing that results in rote memorization rather than authentic learning. She notes that from the perspective of a young child, “it has got to feel stressful and anxiety-laden if you are trying to please a teacher by memorizing something that you don’t really understand.”

Corporate education policies impose highly controlling and disciplinarian schooling models on poor Black and Brown children, utilizing strict Skinnerian controls on behavior, rote methods of instruction and assessment; disabling a child’s capacity to critically reflect, while setting many up to fail and be sorted into the insatiable school to prison pipeline (Kozol, 2005; Thomas 2013). This intensification of discipline in schools and the resulting criminalization is yet another instrument of the corporate education reform formula.

Just as people of color in the U.S. are disproportionately policed and incarcerated (as previously cited), there is a similar trend with students of color inside schools. Sophia Kirby writes, “Students of color face harsher punishments in school than their white peers, leading to a higher number of youth of color incarcerated. Black and Hispanic students represent more than 70 percent of those involved in school-related arrests or referrals to law enforcement.” (Kirby, 2012).

As a social psychologist who engages in participatory action research around injustice in schools and prisons, CUNY professor Michelle Fine has spent a great deal of time in urban public schools. She has observed the increased police presence (and resulting accelerated arrests for otherwise basic disciplinary actions) in New York City schools. In the following clip, Fine shares the heart-wrenching story of what happens to a particular student who was rushing to make a before-school appointment with her college counselor, and thwarted the security officer’s attempt to stop her from running up the stairs to the appointment before the school was officially open.

Tragically, this student’s story is not unique, and these increasingly severe procedures in urban schools reveal that it is becoming all too common for routine disciplinary matters to be handled not by school administration, but by law enforcement. Sarah Carr has written extensively about these practices, especially within the charterization of schools in post-Katrina New Orleans. Carr explains,

Untangling causation and correlation is obviously no easy matter, but one statewide study in Texas reported that students suspended or expelled for a “discretionary violation”—having a bad attitude, for example—were nearly three times as likely to come into contact with the juvenile-justice system the following year. Ramifications like these have spurred several large urban districts (Baltimore, Los Angeles, Chicago) to take aggressive measures over the past couple of years to curb discretionary discipline tactics. Schools have begun banning suspensions, for instance, for vaguely defined offenses like “willful defiance,” which can contribute to the troubling racial disparities, several experts have concluded (Carr, 2014, para. 19).

Charles Blow’s recent column in the New York Times, Michael Brown and Black Men, shared stark statistics about these practices. Blow cites a 2010 report by the Southern Poverty Law Center that found, in a study of 18 of the nation’s largest school districts, that suspension rates for Black male students is more than double what the average rate is for all students in that age group (Blow, 2014). Blow also reports that dropout rates are similarly disproportionate. He writes,

Black male dropout rates are more than one and a half times those of white males, and when you look at the percentage of black men who graduate on time – in four years, not including those who possibly go on to get G.E.D.s, transfer to other schools or fail grades – the numbers are truly horrific. Only about half of these black men graduate on time. Now, the snowball is rolling. The bias of the educational system bleeds easily into the bias of the criminal justice system — from cops to courts to correctional facilities. The school-to-prison pipeline is complete. A May report by the Brookings Institution found: “There is nearly a 70 percent chance that an African American man without a high school diploma will be imprisoned by his mid-thirties (Blow, 2014, para. 10-12).

All of this contributes to a cultural understanding of both in and out-of-school discipline that accepts as common sense that children of color are future criminals who must be surveilled. Ed Brockenbrough discusses how white supremacy is manifested through the monitoring of bodies in schools—the fact that Black and Brown bodies are seen as dangerous, that in urban areas there are metal detectors that do not exist in more suburban areas despite the high profile episodes of school violence in the suburbs. He goes on to note that Black boys are treated as criminals from a very young age, contributing to the school to prison pipeline.

In his article, Education Reform in the New Jim Crow Era, P.L. Thomas draws connections between the similar insidiousness of the racism in both the war on drugs and corporate education reform, while the rhetoric of both initiatives purport instead to address inequities. He refers to both Sarah Carr’s work on charter schools in New Orleans and Michelle Alexander’s on the New Jim Crow to emphasize the limitations of choice when one’s choices are so intensely constrained. Thomas writes, “Carr reports that African American parents not only choose ‘no excuses’ charter schools in New Orleans, but also actively cheer and encourage the authoritarian policies voiced by the schools’ administrators” (2013, para. 40). Quoting Alexander, Thomas writes, “Given the dilemma facing poor black communities, it is inaccurate to say that black people ‘support’ mass incarceration or ‘get-tough’ policies” since “if the only choice that is offered blacks is rampant crime or more prisons, the predictable (and understandable) answer will be ‘more prisons’” (2013, para. 40).

Professor of Education Erica Meiners refers to this phenomenon not as a school-to-prison pipeline which she feels is too linear of a metaphor, but as a “prison nexus.” She suggests this prison nexus operates in schools in three ways: with increasing disciplinary actions, special education labeling, and the interlocking of schools with the juvenile justice system and policing. She also points out the broader aspects of the nexus, which include a massive expansion of prisons and work camps.

More recently there is evidence of criminalization happening at even younger levels—an increase in academic and rote instruction and harsher disciplinary tactics for children as young as the pre-school age (Gilliam, 2005; Powell, 2014; Smith, 2014). A 2014 study by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights found that “suspension of preschool children, by race/ethnicity and gender (new for 2011-2012 collection): Black children represent 18% of preschool enrollment, but 48% of preschool children receiving more than one out-of-school suspension; in comparison, white students represent 43% of preschool enrollment but 26% of preschool children receiving more than one out-of-school suspension.” The reasons given for these suspensions are primarily discipline-related (USDOE, 2014). When these tactics are this pervasive, starting at these young ages, the predetermination of certain tracks for children of color is that much more solidified.

The Discourse and Intentions of Corporate Education Reform

How is this formula presented within dominant discourse, and what is the intent behind those delivering it? Corporate education reformers, such as Arne Duncan, Bill Gates, Michelle Rhee, and others, often use a language of social justice when they talk about both the intent and impact of these reforms.

When interviewed by Education Radio, Bill Watkins was asked to respond to the rhetoric of these messages from corporate reformers—such as the insistence that these reforms will close the achievement gap, despite research that has proven otherwise. Watkins explains that the reformers have appropriated populist language, which is a common tactic for conservative forces throughout history.

Faya Rose Touré also identifies the social justice rhetoric used to encourage people to buy into corporate education reform initiatives. Like Watkins, Touré encourages a disregard of the discourse, which has always been about what she calls “deliberate miseducation.” She points out that even the phrase “liberty and justice for all” was intended for white men, and reflects that until critical thinking is taught, however, students will not be prepared to analyze these messages.

Touré’s point is well taken. This slippery discourse makes it difficult for those unfamiliar with education policy, or with the on-the-ground impacts of under-resourced schools, to interpret the meaning and impact of their message outside of the white racial frame in which they operate, which can reinforce their white supremacist and colonialist worldviews. Investigative journalist Owen Davis talks about his work in Newark, NJ charter schools. He writes, “when you see a mostly young, white staff excitedly parading around and enforcing extreme discipline on an entirely black student population with posters of MLK and Malcolm X on the walls, it produces an extreme sense of discomfort. It’s just bizarre to consider how the rhetoric of civil rights is being used to push these systems that, when you take a step back, you realize are not the ideal of the open free progressive public school. If that’s the vision that these reformers have of emancipation or progress, then there’s a real problem there” (Davis, 2014, para. 16).

As for those who are experiencing disinvestment in their communities and schools first-hand, the language of social justice through the guise of choice or meritocracy can have understandable appeal. When success in an economic and socio-cultural context requires participation in the framework of white supremacy that defines it, a tension can arise between social agency and restricted options. Pauline Lipman notes that the discourse of choice, in particular, legitimately resonates with many due to the lack of real educational equity and opportunities, historically, for Black, Latino and working-class students. She points out that there have always been choices for white economically privileged parents through their social and cultural capital providing them the ability to be more mobile, allowing them to choose better public school systems or pay for private schools.

Lipman asserts that the discourse of choice understandably appeals to marginalized groups who have only had access to schools with very few resources and inadequate materials and infrastructure, thus providing a poorer quality of education. According to Lipman, such a discourse speaks to parents who wish for a better education for their children—through having the option to move their children to schools that are perceived to be better. When people who have had little agency in their lives are finally offered a “choice,” after having tried in vain to address issues of inequality, racism and unhealthy conditions in their school systems, they are likely to seize upon it.

It is easy to see why this discourse is palatable to many, as it is embedded within the familiar and accepted framework of capitalism. Lipman goes on to point out how the discourse of choice is marketed to people, requiring them to be individualistic consumers in a marketplace of education, where parents compete against one another to get their children into schools which they perceive as being superior.

It is understandable to question the motivation or intent of those who are driving corporate education reform, aside from the obvious economic boon for those who are profiting from these reforms. As far back as 1998, Fortune magazine predicted that, “education, broadly defined, will emerge as one of the leading investment sectors over the next 20 years” (Justin, 1998, p.198; Means, 2008). However, is it possible that some “reformers,” who are committed to a market-based approach to education, truly believe that their reforms will close the so-called achievement gap? Michelle Fine reflects on a time when she was working on her book Framing Dropouts and was looking for the “bad guys” who were responsible for the devastating impacts of these reforms. She then talks about her realization that rather, “everyone was just sort of doing their job” and that in a machine of racism, segregation, mass incarceration and underfunding of public education, people didn’t need to be evil to produce terrible outcomes, the terrible outcomes were just built into the larger system they were upholding.

Lipman writes:

In the United States, dominant interests convince the vast majority of people to accept massive social inequality and unequal power relations through processes of cultural hegemony—the construction of ‘commonsense’ understandings, or taken-for-granted assumptions, about social reality that legitimate the social order. Hegemony works to impose a particular understanding of social problems and to define the parameters of possible alternatives so as to limit the possibility of thinking otherwise. In this way social inequality and unequal relations of power are legitimated, normalized, and perceived as inevitable” (Lipman, 2004, p. 14).

Kevin Kumashiro, Dean of the School of Education at San Francisco University, further examines intent, by posing the crucial question: what if these corporate education reforms aren’t failing? What if they are doing exactly what they were set up to do, by widening disparities in schools? He notes that in some ways this is intentional and by design, driven by people (like free-market economist Milton Friedman) who felt that public schools should not exist and privatization was the solution. But he also notes that there are many reformers who actually believe that the policies they promote will indeed improve public education.

These notions—of how this discourse is formed and reproduced in and outside of schools and how public consent for these notions are manufactured—are an essential part of how the racism of education reform operates. Understanding the hegemony of the white racial frame and how it works to reinforce the prevailing neoliberal ideology that has intensified over the past forty years is essential to understanding how corporate education reform discourse serves to uphold “common sense” thinking about the purpose and content of education; a discourse that ultimately reproduces and maintains racial violence and furthers the practices of disposability within existing and inequitable social and economic orders (Herman & Chomsky, 1988).

The evidence of how white supremacy intersects with the theme of disposability is never so evident than in the intentional destruction of the Mexican American Studies (or Raza Studies) program in the Tucson Unified School District. Located sixty miles north of the Mexican-U.S. border, Tucson, Arizona is a location where the brutality of white supremacy is well documented—dating back to the Spanish Requerimiento, a divinely ordained right to take possession of land and conquer, subjugate and exploit Native Americans throughout the hemisphere. Since the U.S. took possession of this region in 1853, subjugation, criminalization, disenfranchisement and cultural genocide of Native Americans, Latin American immigrants and Mexican-Americans has persisted to this day. Due to this history, Chicano /Chicana movements throughout the U.S. southwest have developed a strong tradition of resistance over the decades that has encompassed a broad range of liberatory goals, including restoral of land, civil, social and political rights, educational equality, worker rights, immigration rights and cultural affirmation (Education Radio, 2012; Rodriguez, 2011; Viva La Raza!, 2014).

In 1974, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People sued the Tucson Unified School District in federal court, based on long-standing segregation practices and discrimination against its Black students. That same year the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed a later-consolidated lawsuit claiming similar allegations on behalf of Mexican American students. In 1978 a settlement was reached which included a comprehensive desegregation plan. Resulting from these and other longstanding struggles and legal actions, and with over 60 percent of TUSD’s students sharing a Mexican American identity, efforts to improve retention and graduation rates among Mexican American students were addressed by TUSD. In 1998 the district established Raza Studies, designed by Chicano educators (Education Radio, 2012; TUSD, 2014).

The Raza Studies program incorporated indigenous (or maíz–based) concepts, and is linked to the fight for civil and human rights, social justice and the undoing of hundreds of years of colonization and dehumanization, which is at the core of Chicano/Chicana movements (Education Radio, 2012; Rodriquez, 2013). The program was an extraordinary success. Ninety percent of students who participated in the Raza Studies program graduated high school, compared to 44 percent nationally. Seventy percent entered college, compared to 24 percent nationally. Raza Studies students scored much higher on the Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards test compared to other Hispanic students who did not take the classes (Aronson. 2014; Planas, 2012). David Stovall, Professor of Education at University of Illinois Chicago, was part of a team that performed an independent study of these gains. In the following clip, he explains what they found.

Due to the program’s deeply meaningful curriculum based in identity affirming counter narratives, underscored by these significant academic gains, it came to be viewed as a direct threat to the white leadership in the district and in the state. In 2010 Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed a bill intended on targeting TUSD’s Raza Studies, which “bans schools from teaching classes that are designed for students of a particular ethnic group, promote resentment or advocate ethnic solidarity over treating pupils as individuals. The bill also bans classes that promote the overthrow of the U.S. government” (Santa Cruz, 2010, para. 3). Led by Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and state schools Superintendent John Huppenthal, a legal and public crusade to destroy Raza Studies ensued with claims that the program was not only illegal (despite and independent audit claiming otherwise), but according to Horne “if this were a KKK course, all would agree that the Legislature has a legitimate interest in prohibiting it,” bizarrely reasoning that it promotes “racist values” (Huicochea, 2012, para. 10).

The contradiction here is perverse. Education reformers claim that the end goal is higher test scores that will lead to greater equity for all students. Here is a case (and it is not by any means the first or only one[2]) in which enormous gains were clearly demonstrated for a group of students—not only in test scores but also across the board with regard to attendance, grades, and overall student satisfaction. And yet this was also a result of students feeling empowered through gaining a deep and meaningful understanding of their cultural identities and histories, including the brutality of conquest and colonization that has led to current social conditions. The idea of students developing this self-efficacy, of gaining knowledge of that history, knowledge that contradicted the historical narratives of those in power—ultimately led to the destruction of the program by leadership who felt threatened by it. In the following clip, David Stovall talks about how the politics of disposability is evident in the destruction of ethnic studies in Tucson.

Is Public Education Our Best Hope?

When we understand that racial violence has always been woven into the public education system, the “good ole days” of public education—as is often cited by white middle-class public education advocates—is exposed to be a dangerous myth. While this is the case, we must also recognize that universal public education— democratically controlled, equitably funded, free and easily accessible to all, and based in a social and restorative justice curriculum—provides the greatest potential for schools to serve as essential sites of contestation; where critical capacities are generated as vital precursors to actions that can disrupt and change these existing orders.

David Love asserts that public education is absolutely necessary because everyone has access, and that learning from people from different backgrounds, and learning tolerance, is important. But he also calls for public schools to address what he feels like he gained from his own public education – support for overall growth and development around how to be a good person.

Touré echoes this when she talks about the philosophy of education embraced by her Selma, AL organization, Replacing Inequities in School with Excellence (RISE). RISE is dedicated to de-tracking in schools, and embraces a philosophy that schools should be holistic, meeting the needs of children’s bodies, spirits and minds.

In an interview with Noam Chomsky in 2003, Chomsky was asked to respond to his thoughts on John Dewey’s philosophy of democracy and education—and his thoughts echo those of both Love and Touré about the need for a holistic approach. Chomsky (2003) responded,

A decent educational system would allow these natural aspects of human nature to flourish and encourage them. And it would be part of developing a free and democratic society of real participation. But of course that runs counter to elite interests. It’s worth remembering that the United States was not founded to be a democratic society and elites do not want it to be a democratic society. It’s supposed to be what political scientists sometimes call a “polyarchy,” a system basically of elite decision and public ratification. And if you had the kind of educational system that Dewey spent his life committed to, you wouldn’t be able to sustain that. People would become active, involved, engaged, and would try to create a truly functioning democratic society (para. 2).

Chomsky nails the crux of the paradox, here: the creation of a true public education—an education for democracy—poses fundamental challenges to existing systems. How are such embedded and seemingly unyielding notions disrupted? Kumashiro gives us hope by reminding us of the longstanding history of disruption in schooling.

Public education as it was envisioned during the early 20th century by those who opposed the scientific management model of education and who viewed education as a means of resistance and/or as a potential to be a democratizing medium included, among others, John Dewey, Jane Adams, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Francis Parker. Dubois, who viewed education as having power beyond that of creating future workers and saw the great potential of education as a tool for liberation, famously wrote, “education must not simply teach work, it must teach life” (Provenzo, 2002, p. 92). Zilversmit explains that during this period, which is often referred to as “the progressive era,” democratic educators wanted to circumvent the regimentation that exemplified most classrooms of the time, and instead they “enlisted the spontaneous interests of the pupils and adapted the curriculum to the interests and needs of each child” (2005, para. 3). The idea was that replacing the authoritarian approach with a more democratic approach to teaching and learning would provide a model for a more democratic society.

Ultimately, however, progressive education movements lost traction to the social efficiency movement as a result of the political backlash against the left during and after World War I, but maintained notable influence until the fascist fervor of the cold war era following World War II. Regardless of the influence of twentieth century progressive educators, throughout the 20th century, public education continued to primarily serve an important function in the reproduction of the social and economic inequalities that are a structural reality of the U.S. political economy (Keisch, 2013).

As it stands, current education policy is incapable of wrestling with the structural inequalities that are inherent to white supremacy, capitalism and patriarchy—issues that education is compelled to address today if the goal is true participatory democracy. However, that progressive vision of universal public education can be viewed as a starting point that, over the past thirty-five years with the omnipresence of neoliberalism, the pernicious and unrelenting attempts to erode the public sphere, and the increasing imposition of standardization on education, has veered dangerously off course and even farther away from its potential. So this begs the question: what are the important directions for this struggle?

It is essential to view the solution holistically and connected across sectors. Pauline Lipman writes, “the struggle over education is part of the contest for the city and in relation to struggles for housing, living wage jobs, public transit, access to public space, and against police abuse and race and class exclusion” (Lipman, 2011, p. 231). With regard specifically to schools, Lipman speaks directly to the need to remove the notion of choice by creating high quality schools in every neighborhood so that parents don’t have to be put in a position where they compete against one another to get their child into the better school.

Communities and schools (and even individual classrooms) serve as sites of struggle and contestation, as individuals weigh the “common sense” understandings that are delivered to them from their own lived experience and social identities (which is all too frequently dismissed as a legitimate source of learning), and thus they also become spaces of hope and possibility. Lipman writes, “because dominant ways of seeing the world conflict with people’s real experiences and competing ideologies hegemony is never secure and must be continually reconstructed” (Lipman, 2004, p.14).

Resistance is occurring. It is important to recognize the grassroots efforts gaining momentum around the U.S. (and the world) that are coming together to not only resist corporate education reform but to revision public education in general. Erica Meiners talks about the excitement she feels about the young people who are naming the injustice and organizing against it, as well as the diverse amount of resistance to corporate education reform from activist groups including parents, teachers and others around issues such as the deprofessionalization of teachers, working toward restorative justice, and the development of alternative accountability systems.

However, while there is indeed a growing state-level and national movement against corporate education reform, it is essential that this struggle be centered in the fight for racial justice throughout society. In fact, the opportunity is now. As this article is “going to press,” a powerful grassroots movement for racial justice, comprised of both local and national groups, is emerging in the U.S. As a result of the ongoing destruction and degradation of Black lives, prior to and after the murder of Michael Brown, “Black Lives Matter” became a powerful slogan for massive civil rights protests and an evolving national network of social justice campaigns. The mission of one of the leading organizations, Black Lives Matter, includes the following: “Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.  It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression (Black Lives Matter, 2014, para. 2). This movement places at the forefront the systemic nature of racism and white supremacy and the importance of addressing the manifestation of these in all public spheres, including education. One of the central demands of another leading group, Ferguson Action, is an “end to the school to prison pipeline and quality education for all” (Ferguson Action, 2014).

As Professor of Education and education activist Nelson Flores notes:

It is the fundamental disposability of black and brown bodies that has led to the disinvestment in communities of color and the public schools that serve them. It is the fundamental disposability of black and brown bodies that has allowed for children of color to become commodities that can increase the profit margins of corporations. It is the fundamental disposability of black and brown bodies that has allowed for the criminalization of youth of color and the creation of the school-to-prison pipeline. And it is the fundamental disposability that has allowed for the implementation of a testing regime that delegitimizes the knowledge of communities of color (Flores, 2014, para. 8).

Thus, working toward a racially just and equitable public education system cannot be achieved without simultaneously challenging white supremacy and structural racism in all other aspects of society. As professor of women’s studies and Black feminist theorist Brittney Cooper proposes in a recent piece for Salon Magazine:

If the U.S. would “clean up its act,” this would necessarily mean a real commitment to due process, protection of voting rights, a livable wage, the dissolution of the prison industrial complex, funding of good public education at both K-12 and college levels, a serious commitment to affirmative action, food security and full reproductive justice for all women. Those are the kinds of conditions under which black communities, and all communities, could thrive. That kind of commitment to the ideals of democracy would require us, as my friend activist Marlon Peterson did recently, to “ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what your country can undo for you (Cooper, 2014, para.13).

Endnotes

1. Education Radio was a documentary style radio program that featured interviews, testimony and analysis on issues facing public education in the U.S. through voices of teachers, parents, students, community members, education activists and education scholars. All of Education Radio’s shows are archived at: http://education-radio.blogspot.com

2. The “Back to Basics movement” of the 1970s, coupled with Reagan’s A Nation at Risk report, served as a way to quell significant gains for students of color. Back to Basics called for a return to a strict social efficiency model of schooling, and among other things was a response to social and cultural shifts resulting from the Civil Rights, Black Power, Women’s, Anti-war and New Left movements of the 1960’s and 1970’s. During this period, many aspects of “traditional American” education were being disrupted and reconsidered to various degrees, resulting in more child-centered curriculum and pedagogy and the inclusion of ethnic studies, revisionist histories and democratic models of education. Education inequities were also being addressed legislatively and legally resulting in school desegregation, affirmative action and Head Start, leading to a shrinking achievement gap for Black high school students during the 1970s and 1980s. (Barton & Coley, 2010)

 

Acknowledgements

Our heartfelt thanks goes to the activists and scholars engaged in the struggle for a just and equitable public education system.

 

Recommended Citation

Keisch, Deborah M. and Scott, Tim (2015) “U.S. Education Reform and the Maintenance of White Supremacy through Structural Violence,” Landscapes of Violence: Vol. 3: No. 3, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/lov/vol3/iss3/6

 

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This article originally appeared at Landscapes of Violence. Landscapes of Violence (LoV) is a peer reviewed periodical dedicated to fostering a dialogue between scholarly discourses on violence, conflict and trauma in both past and present populations. One of the primary goals of LoV is to create an inclusive platform designed to reach a broad audience including scientists, academics, policymakers, and the public.





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Cleveland police investigating homicide on East Side
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Copwatch vs. Cops: After Freddie Gray
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-08-02 10:50:57 (1 hours ago) 
In a year of violent police encounters, a 25-year-old movement to document law enforcement has new urgency. This is the story of Copwatch as told by Michael Brown’s neighbor and Freddie Gray’s friend.









Zimbabwe confirms Cecil the lion's brother Jericho has not been shot
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2015-08-02 10:50:54 (1 hours ago) 
Wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe on Sunday dismissed a report of the shooting death of a male lion who was a companion of Cecil, a well-known lion killed by an American hunter in early July.
Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American involved in illegal lion hunt
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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - A second American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, amid an international outcry over a U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July, authorities said Sunday.
Zimbabwe confirms Cecil the lion's brother Jericho has not been shot
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Wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe on Sunday dismissed a report of the shooting death of a male lion who was a companion of Cecil, a well-known lion killed by an American hunter in early July.




Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American involved in illegal lion hunt
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-08-02 10:50:54 (1 hours ago) 
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - A second American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, amid an international outcry over a U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July, authorities said Sunday.
Reward offered in woman’s death
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-08-02 10:50:51 (1 hours ago) 
Police were offering a $20,000 reward Saturday as homicide investigators were reviewing surveillance video in working to solve the killing of a 22-year-old Port Richmond woman.
Man killed by Amtrak train
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A 27-year-old man was struck and killed by an Amtrak train in Bucks County on Saturday morning, disrupting service along Amtrak and SEPTA rail lines. The incident occurred about 10:15 a.m. at SEPTA’s Levittown Station, near Bristol Pike and Levittown Parkway.
Watch Lester Holt's Complete Interview With Jeb Bush
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NBC News' Lester Holt sat down with 2016 presidential nominee Jeb Bush to talk about everything from Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to ISIS and racism.









Joe Biden to Challenge Hillary?
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Turkish troops killed in 'PKK suicide attack'
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Canada to hold national election in major test for PM Stephen Harper
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Italian coastguard rescues 1,800 migrants as five found dead
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Canada to hold national election in major test for PM Stephen Harper
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Rafael Nadal beats Fabio Fognini to claim Hamburg Open title
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25,000 cyclists flock to second day of Ride London
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New Bedford man dead, second man facing charges
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 10:50:19 (1 hours ago) 

A 24-year-old New Bedford man was apparently shot to death early this morning and a second man is under arrest in connection with the killing, authorities said.

Michael Sousa, 22, also of New Bedford, is charged with obstruction of justice "after allegedly misleading and obstructing investigators when he was questioned this morning at the New Bedford police station," Gregg Miliote, spokesman for Bristol District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn, said in a statement.





Tracked Down: Leona Lewis, Conan O’Brien, Chris Matthews...
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Benin pledges 800 troops to anti-Boko Haram force
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COTONOU, Benin — Benin's president says the country will contribute 800 troops to a regional force intended to combat the Nigeria-based Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.

Thomas Boni Yayi made the announcement Saturday during a visit from Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari.

Deployment of the regional force has been delayed for lack of funds. At a meeting in Cameroon in February, Nigeria and a group of neighboring countries that also includes Chad, Cameroon and Niger agreed to deploy around 8,700 troops, with Benin pledging 250.

Nadal beats Fognini to win Hamburg Open
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Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
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Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
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Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.












Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
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Mayor Marty Walsh calls for fixing up Widett Circle in the post-Olympic era, the Hancock Tower gets a lame name change, and the rest of the news you need to know today.








Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
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Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








Nadal clinches Hamburg Open title
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-08-02 10:50:18 (1 hours ago) 
Rafael Nadal defeats Italian Fabio Fognini 7-5 7-5 to win the Hamburg Open - his third title of the year.
Canada PM calls general election
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-08-02 10:50:18 (1 hours ago) 
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces he is dissolving parliament and calling a parliamentary election for 19 October.
Israel teen stabbed at Gay Pride dies
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-08-02 10:50:18 (1 hours ago) 
A teenage girl stabbed at a Gay Pride march in Jerusalem on Thursday dies from her wounds, doctors say.




Canada PM calls general election
  Source: BBC News - US & Canada 2015-08-02 10:50:17 (1 hours ago) 
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces he is dissolving parliament and calling a parliamentary election for 19 October.
World famous hitchhiking robot meets demise in Philly
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Someone in Philadelphia damaged hitchBOT the beloved Canadian robot beyond repair, ending its first American tour after just two weeks
​The up-and-down history of the convertible
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A return to open-air motoring after WWII took a downswing again once Americans started driving faster
A photographer's delicious art
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When Roger Rowley wanted his children to eat more fruit, he spent extra time making attractive arrangements on a blue bowl from his kitchen cabinet
Massoud Barzani Fast Facts
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Paul: Planned Parenthood 'a front for doing abortions'
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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul has been part of the fight in Congress to pull federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
Column: A city ready to exhale
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-08-02 10:40:17 (2 hours ago) 

We were poised for the very worst, and it didn’t come. Is that what progress looks like?

        
Challenger, Columbia wreckage goes on public display for 1st time
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-08-02 10:40:15 (2 hours ago) 
NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades.








Baseball debates adding netting for fan safety or sticking to status quo
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-08-02 10:40:15 (2 hours ago) 
When a fan made a one-handed catch of a foul ball while bottle-feeding his infant son during a Cubs game in late June, the video went viral and he gained international attention.








World famous hitchhiking robot meets demise in Philly
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-08-02 10:40:14 (2 hours ago) 
Someone in Philadelphia damaged hitchBOT the beloved Canadian robot beyond repair, ending its first American tour after just two weeks




Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-08-02 10:40:14 (2 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-08-02 10:40:12 (2 hours ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.








Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
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Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 10:40:12 (2 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








Zimbabwe seeks second 'lion killer'
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-08-02 10:40:09 (2 hours ago) 
Zimbabwe says it is seeking a second American over the illegal killing of a lion, as the outcry over the death of famed animal Cecil continues.




Nadal clinches Hamburg Open title
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-08-02 10:40:09 (2 hours ago) 
Rafael Nadal defeats Italian Fabio Fognini 7-5 7-5 to win the Hamburg Open - his third title of the year.
Challenger, Columbia wreckage on public display for 1st time
  Source: AP Top News 2015-08-02 10:40:07 (2 hours ago) 
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades. A new exhibit at Kennedy Space Center features two pieces of debris, one from each lost shuttle, as well as poignant, personal reminders of the 14 astronauts killed in flight....
Challenger, Columbia wreckage on public display for 1st time
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2015-08-02 10:40:06 (2 hours ago) 
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades....
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Triggers Election Campaign Ahead of Oct. 19 Vote
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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper triggers election campaign ahead of Oct. 19 vote
Canada PM Triggers Election With Vote in October
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-08-02 10:40:02 (2 hours ago) 
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper triggers election campaign ahead of Oct. 19 vote.




Zimbabwe Task Force Apologizes: Jericho the Lion 'Alive and Well'
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-08-02 10:40:02 (2 hours ago) 
"I feel very embarrassed," say Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force chairman.
Robin Smith to run for Secretary of State
  Source: STLtoday.com Top News Headlines 2015-08-02 10:40:02 (2 hours ago) 
Former broadcast veteran plans to run as a Democrat
Kenmore unveils new camo freezer
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-08-02 10:31:45 (2 hours ago) 

With a Mossy Oak exterior, this freezer hides in plain sight.

       
Sweden critical of UK policy on Calais migrants
  Source: The Local - Sweden's news in English 2015-08-02 10:31:37 (2 hours ago) 
The Swedish justice and migration minister, Morgan Johansson, has accused David Cameron of "playing politics" with the migrant crisis in Calais.
How I stopped worrying and learned to love summer holidays with the kids | Alice O’Keeffe
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US and Egypt to resume formal security talks amid human rights concerns
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 10:31:36 (2 hours ago) 
Beijing rejects pact job fears
  Source: The Australian | News 2015-08-02 10:31:32 (2 hours ago) 
The Chinese government has criticised Labor and unions claims about the impact of the free-trade agreement.
Seven turns up heat on Nine
  Source: The Australian | News 2015-08-02 10:31:32 (2 hours ago) 
The Seven and Nine networks will face off in court over claims that The Hotplate is a rip-off of My Kitchen Rules.
Elders reject ‘embroidery’
  Source: The Australian | News 2015-08-02 10:31:32 (2 hours ago) 
Noel Pearson and Patrick Dodson have united behind calls for substantive change to the main body of the Constitution.
Uni drop-outs soar amid boom
  Source: The Australian | News 2015-08-02 10:31:32 (2 hours ago) 
University drop-out rates hit the highest level for eight years as enrolments of struggling students take their toll.




Goodes racism debate divides AFL
  Source: The Australian | News 2015-08-02 10:31:32 (2 hours ago) 
The Adam Goodes race debate has exposed deep divisions and inadequate leadership within the AFL Commission.
Abbott resisted Obama on trade
  Source: The Australian | News 2015-08-02 10:31:32 (2 hours ago) 
Tony Abbott has defied a personal plea from Barack Obama to cave in to a US demand for longer medical patents.
Frigates may rebuild fortunes
  Source: The Australian | News 2015-08-02 10:31:32 (2 hours ago) 
Tony Abbott will look to secure the future of the naval shipbuilding industry, with a major announcement expected.
Jobs, ships, NBN: pitch to voters
  Source: The Australian | News 2015-08-02 10:31:32 (2 hours ago) 
The government will launch a political offensive to ­rebuild trust and prove it is acting on key economic challenges.
Political grasp left on helipad
  Source: The Australian | News 2015-08-02 10:31:32 (2 hours ago) 
Bronwyn Bishop has finally done the right thing at the right time.




Bishop sacrificed to shore up PM
  Source: The Australian | News 2015-08-02 10:31:32 (2 hours ago) 
Tony Abbott has averted a backbench revolt over his handling of the expenses scandal engulfing Bronwyn Bishop.
As Senate showdown nears, 5 things about Congress' fight over Planned Parenthood videos
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-08-02 10:31:29 (2 hours ago) 
Couple in 70s killed in crash after attending southern Minnesota county fair
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-08-02 10:31:29 (2 hours ago) 
The wife had just performed as a dancer at the Blue Earth County Fair.
Hitchhiking Robot's Cross-Country Trip Ends In Philadelphia
  Source: Slashdot 2015-08-02 10:31:26 (2 hours ago) 
An anonymous reader writes: A hitchhiking robot that successfully traveled across Canada in 26 days last year and parts of Europe, has met its demise in Philly. Created as a "social experiment," hitchBOT started its journey in the U.S. in Marblehead, Massachusetts, on July 17 with its thumb raised up and tape wrapped around its head that read "San Francisco or bust." After about two weeks in the U.S., someone in Philadelphia damaged the robot beyond repair. "Sadly, sadly it's come to an end," said Frauke Zeller, one of its co-creators. The Independent reports: "The robot was designed to be a talking travel companion and could toss out factoids and carry limited conversation. A GPS in the robot tracked its location, and a camera randomly snapped photos about every 20 minutes to document its travels."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Roger Ebert: "Someone asked me the other day if I could name a movie that was entirely devoid of clichés. I thought for a moment, and then answered, 'My Dinner With Andre.' " An awesome review of a really good film.
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West Nile case suspected in Lakewood; Griffin Cider House opens on Madison Avenue; Fairview group tries to lure new businesses: Best of the Beat
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-08-02 10:31:17 (2 hours ago) 
Lakewood resident suspected of having state's first case of West Nile virus in 2015; Griffin Cider House opens in Lakewood; Medicare rally held in Lakewood; Fairview Park group tries to lure new businesses.
9 Injured in Shooting in Brooklyn
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-08-02 10:31:13 (2 hours ago) 
The violence came after a week of relative calm in New York in which shootings were sharply down in some precincts compared with the same period last year.









Man, 58, dies after leap from burning East Harlem building
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-08-02 10:31:03 (2 hours ago) 
A 58-year-old man died after he leaped from his burning building in East Harlem Sunday morning, police said.








Italian coastguard rescues 1,800 migrants as five found dead
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-08-02 10:30:38 (2 hours ago) 
Greece braces for busy day's trading as Athens stock market reopens
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-08-02 10:30:38 (2 hours ago) 




US and Egypt to resume formal security talks amid human rights concerns
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-08-02 10:30:38 (2 hours ago) 
Kezia Dugdale: Corbyn win could leave Labour 'carping on sidelines for years'
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-08-02 10:30:38 (2 hours ago) 
How I stopped worrying and learned to love summer holidays with the kids | Alice O’Keeffe
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 10:30:37 (2 hours ago) 
US and Egypt to resume formal security talks amid human rights concerns
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 10:30:37 (2 hours ago) 
What's a 52-Year-Old Doing in a NYT Story About Millennial Communes?
  Source: Gawker 2015-08-02 10:30:35 (2 hours ago) 

The Times has a story today about Millennials embracing co-living spaces—basically just a euphemism for having more roommates than is healthy—focusing on something called Pure House. (What a name!) One of Pure House’s tenants is a man named Russell Jackson, who is 52 years old—not a Millennial.

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Bobby Brown's sister vows family feud is just beginning
  Source: Florida Times-Union - Jacksonville, FL 2015-08-02 10:30:35 (2 hours ago) 

ALPHARETTA, Ga. | Bobby Brown's sister vowed the family feud was "far from over" between their family and the late Whitney Houston's kin during the memorial service for her niece, Bobbi Kristina Brown.

A frustrated Leolah Brown walked out of the St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta on Saturday and spoke to reporters gathered outside. She was angry because of some words that were said during the funeral by Pat Houston, the sister-in-law and former manager of Whitney Houston.

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Bookmarks: Signings, releases, events
  Source: Florida Times-Union - Jacksonville, FL 2015-08-02 10:30:35 (2 hours ago) 

MARKETING MEET

The Florida Authors and Publishers Association Annual Conference, which focuses on marketing, convenes Friday and Saturday at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista resort, 1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd.

HISTORY MATTERS

Amelia Island Museum of History Education Director Gray Edenfield introduces his new book, “Amelia Island: Birthplace of the Modern Shrimping Industry,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday during the Community Appreciation Day at the museum, 233 S. Third. St., Fernandina Beach.

STATE AWARDS

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British singer and TV host Cilla Black dies at 72
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 10:30:22 (2 hours ago) 

LONDON — Big-voiced British singer Cilla Black, a product of Beatles-era Liverpool who became a national treasure over a 50-year music and television career, has died. She was 72.

Spanish police said Sunday that the singer, who had a home in Estepona, southern Spain, died Saturday. The cause was not immediately disclosed.

Black was born Priscilla White in Liverpool, northwest England, in 1943, and worked as a teenager in the cloakroom of the city's Cavern Club, where her musical talent was spotted by The Beatles.

Third rate
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 10:30:22 (2 hours ago) 
Stock in trade?
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Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-08-02 10:30:22 (2 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-08-02 10:30:22 (2 hours ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.








Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 10:30:22 (2 hours ago) 
Mayor Marty Walsh calls for fixing up Widett Circle in the post-Olympic era, the Hancock Tower gets a lame name change, and the rest of the news you need to know today.








Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 10:30:22 (2 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








Zimbabwe seeks second 'lion killer'
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-08-02 10:30:22 (2 hours ago) 
Zimbabwe says it is seeking a second American over the illegal killing of a lion, as the outcry over the death of famed animal Cecil continues.




Zimbabwe seeks second 'lion killer'
  Source: BBC News - US & Canada 2015-08-02 10:30:21 (2 hours ago) 
Zimbabwe says it is seeking a second American over the illegal killing of a lion, as the outcry over the death of famed animal Cecil continues.
​Cuban cigarmakers look to light up U.S. market
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-08-02 10:20:33 (2 hours ago) 
With relations thawing between Washington and Havana, aficionados are hoping for an end to the trade embargo that snubbed out Cuban cigar sales in the U.S.
Animal Sex: How Butterflies Do It
  Source: LiveScience.com 2015-08-02 10:20:31 (2 hours ago) 
When it comes to sex, are butterflies as nurturing and gentle as they appear to be, or is there a more aggressive side to their mating?
Poll: Trump leads Walker, Bush
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-08-02 10:20:20 (2 hours ago) 
Shimon Peres Fast Facts
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-08-02 10:20:20 (2 hours ago) 




Christie on Trump: 'Anybody can do well for a month'
  Source: CNN.com - Politics 2015-08-02 10:20:19 (2 hours ago) 
Chris Christie says it's too soon to see whether Donald Trump's rise to the top of national Republican polls will last until votes are actually cast beginning in six months.
Tim McGraw's "Shotgun rider" tour visits Riverbend
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-08-02 10:20:17 (2 hours ago) 

        
Heat's Deng makes his points in Africa: 'A huge step forward'
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-08-02 10:20:13 (2 hours ago) 
The next goal is to create meaningful moments for the Miami Heat, meaningful playoff moments, after his first season with the team produced only a lottery finish. But for Luol Deng, what transpired Saturday in South Africa made the start of the 2015-16 basketball cycle particularly meaningful.
Man, 22, found shot in street dies, Boynton police say
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-08-02 10:20:13 (2 hours ago) 
Police are investigating the death of a man who was found laying in the street with a gunshot wound.
Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-08-02 10:20:13 (2 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.












These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-08-02 10:20:12 (2 hours ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.








Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 10:20:12 (2 hours ago) 
Mayor Marty Walsh calls for fixing up Widett Circle in the post-Olympic era, the Hancock Tower gets a lame name change, and the rest of the news you need to know today.








Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 10:20:12 (2 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








VIDEO: More Reunion beach debris removed
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-08-02 10:20:09 (2 hours ago) 
Karen Allen reports from Saint-Denis, Reunion, where a second piece of suspected plane debris has washed ashore.
10 shot, one dead in two hours of overnight violence in Baltimore
  Source: baltimoresun.com - news 2015-08-02 10:20:09 (2 hours ago) 
A 28-year-old man is dead, another is in serious condition, and eight others were injured in overnight shootings - including seven in one incident - in Baltimore, police said early Sunday.












7 shot in single incident in W. Baltimore early Sunday
  Source: baltimoresun.com - news 2015-08-02 10:20:09 (2 hours ago) 
Seven people were shot - all of them in the leg - in a single incident overnight on Baltimore's west side, police said early Sunday.








Benin Pledges 800 Troops to Anti-Boko Haram Force
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-08-02 10:20:02 (2 hours ago) 
Benin pledges 800 troops to regional force targeting Boko Haram
5 most uplifting stories of the week
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-08-02 10:12:16 (2 hours ago) 

A boy who was so desperate to read that he asked his mailman for junk mail tops this week's list.

       
It's Time for a New Story of Humanity's Place in the World
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-08-02 10:12:14 (2 hours ago) 

The prevailing perception of humans as inherently at odds with nature is not only false, it's counterproductive. (Image: Nature in mind via Shutterstock)

June 3, 2015 - It goes without saying that humans are good at causing problems. Climate change, overfishing and widespread environmental contamination from chemical toxicants are all creations of our own making. But are we destined to create such problems? Many people believe so, and argue that our capacity for self-interest, avarice and ecological shortsightedness make us inherently unsustainable as a species. Not only is this way of thinking built on long-disproven myths about human nature and human origins, it also constrains how we think about solutions and alienates us from the rest of the natural world. We need to abandon this belief and not allow ourselves to be defined only by our most recent history. The truth of the matter is that we belong here, and belonging is a much more powerful narrative for sustainability than isolation.

In western society, most people’s understanding of human nature can be traced back to the writings of a handful of social philosophers: Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, John Adams and Adam Smith, to name the core few. Collectively, their respective works create a picture of humanity that is driven by extreme self-interest and in which life before the advent of government was nasty, brutish and short. This picture of humanity is now widely accepted and invoked; former U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan famously opined, for example, that corruption, embezzlement and fraud are all symptoms of human nature, and that the best we can do is try to keep these to a minimum.

Greenspan’s words mirror how many people think about sustainability: People are the problem and we must learn to limit our impacts. Indeed, the environmental movement and many of today’s most popular frameworks for thinking about sustainability are built upon this basic assumption; the “leave no trace” mantra and the notion of the Tragedy of the Commons, which says that people acting in their own self-interest always do so to the detriment of a larger group and common resources, are two ready examples.

Yet these perspectives are ignorant to the full history of humanity. These early social philosophers lived in a time when people believed that we had been around for only a few thousand years. They had little knowledge of evolution, of human origins, or of our species’ many hundreds of thousands of years of tenure on this planet. Hobbes’ Leviathan was published in 1651, more than 200 years before the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species in 1859 and the first discovery of a Homo erectus specimen, Java Man, in 1891.

People tend to think of myths as being things of the past — fanciful tales that have been eliminated, at least from secular society. … Yet myths are much more than this.These social philosophers did not know that human altruism and cooperation have an evolutionary basis, rooted in the success of early subsistence strategies for hunting, sharing and enduring short-term resource scarcity. Nor did they know that members of early tribal societies usually worked less and were more food secure than many people today. Finally, they were unaware that humans have a long track record for environmental conservation, including in areas that sustained dense populations of tens to hundreds of thousands of people, such as the Pacific Northwest region of North America.

All of this is not to suggest that humanity should somehow go back to “Stone Age” living, nor am I implying that prehistoric peoples never behaved unsustainably. Rather, I raise these facts because they contribute to a very different picture of human nature than was imagined by Hobbes and others.

People tend to think of myths as being things of the past — fanciful tales that have been eliminated, at least from secular society, by Western science and Enlightenment rationality. Yet myths are much more than this. Mythologist Joseph Campbell wrote extensively on the power of myths and described them as life-motivating and life-directing concepts that provide people with justification and purpose. Many myths are so powerful and fundamental to people’s worldviews, Campbell argued, that they don’t need to actually be elaborated in story form in order to be widely known and believed.

That we are inherently flawed is such a myth, one that infuses many of our cultural stories, secular and religious alike. We find it in the fall from grace in the book of Genesis in the Bible, in Hobbes’ account of the state of nature and in Garret Hardin’s Tragedy of the Commons. The latter example is illustrative of just how durable this myth can be; many people still believe Hardin’s tragedy is the default outcome in shared resource situations, despite the decades of research by social and political scientists such as Bonnie McCay and Elinor Ostrom that show otherwise.

The trouble is that belief in this myth preconditions how we try to solve problems. We use it to explain away failings in our contemporaries and come to expect the same of ourselves. We focus on limiting and policing our interactions with the natural world, when the real causes of environmental problems, from rapid population growth to resource overharvest, tend to be societal in nature.

This myth of a broken humanity neuters our potential and alienates us from the rest of the natural community. All other species leave a trace, so why shouldn’t we?

Unsustainable population growth, for example, is not simply a biological feature of our species or even a product of religion. It is driven, tragically, by poverty and high rates of infant mortality. Likewise, when people misuse resources for personal gain, there are invariably social and cultural institutions that drive and reward that behavior. Rather than blindly blaming ourselves for these problems, we need to look to the means of success in our societies. Are people marginalized and left with no other choice but to overharvest resources? Does our society protect human rights to ensure people’s opportunities to live secure and fulfilling lives, or does it leave everyone to pull themselves up by their bootstraps at any expense?

This myth of a broken humanity neuters our potential and alienates us from the rest of the natural community. All other species leave a trace, so why shouldn’t we? Surely, we have a great capacity as a species for self-interest, avarice and hate, and there’s no doubt that there are many people who are ideologically inclined to misuse and overuse resources for short-term gain. Nevertheless, we are a social creature by nature, one with a capacity for and long track record of cooperation and sustainability. Sharing and egalitarian social mores were the norm, not the exception, during our hundreds of thousands of years in hunter-gatherer societies. The great biodiversity of the Amazon is a result, in part, of humanity’s footprint. Likewise, the long-term social and ecological sustainability of Pacific Northwest cultures was the product of a land ethic that emphasized restraint and planning on a long time horizon and social norms regarding reciprocity and gift-giving among houses.

The question at hand is what kind of trace we choose to leave. Rather than focusing on how to shield ecosystems from our impacts, we could be experimenting with ways to achieve comfort and security while also promoting biodiversity and ecosystem structure and function. Using livestock to combat desertification and restore grasslands is one example, and the ongoing efforts of people in places such as Madagascar and Haida Gwaii to find win-win solutions that restore and enhance marine biodiversity and support local food security is another.

Meanwhile, protecting human rights such as the right to food and food sovereignty would be a good start to solving the root causes of unsustainability. Ensuring these rights would eliminate many of the aspects of our societies that pit us against one another and give people the space to experiment with more sustainable ways of living.

Regardless of the specific strategies people develop, and I believe they are numerous, we must stop using human nature as a scapegoat for our environmental problems and turn our attention to addressing the societal drivers of unsustainable practices — issues such as poverty, inequity and injustice. For the long term, we need to teach our children a different story of us, one in which we belong and have the potential to thrive and coexist with the rest of the natural world.

Cecil the Lion’s Brother Jericho Is Alive, Researcher Says
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-08-02 10:12:13 (2 hours ago) 
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Obama to Unveil Stricter Rules to Fight Climate Change
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-08-02 10:12:13 (2 hours ago) 
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Rant & Rave: C’mon, is that dog really a service animal?
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 10:12:12 (2 hours ago) 
Readers salute good Samaritans who helped a Magnolia Bridge jumper; well-trained Boy Scouts; volunteer tour guides; and rainbow crosswalks. They pitch rants at helmetless cyclists and humans who think their dogs are welcome everywhere.
Jamie Barton in ‘Nabucco’: ‘Fenena fits me like a glove’
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 10:12:12 (2 hours ago) 
“Nabucco” audiences at Seattle Opera have the chance to see a star on the rise. Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, who will sing the role of Fenena, is turning heads worldwide.
A ‘Poldark’ costume to view by candlelight
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 10:12:12 (2 hours ago) 
Sunday Best is a weekly feature spotlighting style in film, on TV and on the runway. This week: A look at one of Marianne Agertoft’s designs for the PBS TV series “Poldark.”
Aug. 2 TV Pick: J.K. Rowling on ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 10:12:12 (2 hours ago) 
“Poldark” on KCTS and “North Woods Law” on Animal Planet highlight Sunday’s TV slate.




Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ debuts atop best-sellers list
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 10:12:12 (2 hours ago) 
”The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” continues to dominate nonfiction book sales.
Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ tops best-sellers list
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 10:12:12 (2 hours ago) 
What’s selling at Queen Anne Book Company.
The List: A movie, a book and a song that say ‘summer vacation’
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 10:12:12 (2 hours ago) 
The List is a brief, weekly accounting of our writers’ favorite things. This week, we recommend three creative takes on summer vacation.
Fit & fun: Yoga and Zumba at Olympic Sculpture Park
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 10:12:12 (2 hours ago) 
“Summer at SAM Olympic Sculpture Park” is halfway through its season, and Saturday, Aug. 8, will feature yoga, Zumba and African drumming and dancing.
Any home remedies to take the sting out of a wasp attack?
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 10:12:12 (2 hours ago) 
Some readers like applying the cut surface of an onion or a cloth dipped in cool witch hazel or vinegar to ease stings.




How to support someone suffering from traumatic grief
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 10:12:12 (2 hours ago) 
To effectively support someone who is grieving, you must first understand grief’s nuances,” says Jessie Wolf, a licensed independent clinical social worker at Mayo Clinic Health System.
Rant & Rave: C’mon, is that dog really a service animal?
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 10:12:08 (2 hours ago) 
Readers salute good Samaritans who helped a Magnolia Bridge jumper; well-trained Boy Scouts; volunteer tour guides; and rainbow crosswalks. They pitch rants at helmetless cyclists and humans who think their dogs are welcome everywhere.
Jamie Barton in ‘Nabucco’: ‘Fenena fits me like a glove’
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 10:12:08 (2 hours ago) 
“Nabucco” audiences at Seattle Opera have the chance to see a star on the rise. Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, who will sing the role of Fenena, is turning heads worldwide.
A ‘Poldark’ costume to view by candlelight
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 10:12:08 (2 hours ago) 
Sunday Best is a weekly feature spotlighting style in film, on TV and on the runway. This week: A look at one of Marianne Agertoft’s designs for the PBS TV series “Poldark.”
Aug. 2 TV Pick: J.K. Rowling on ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 10:12:08 (2 hours ago) 
“Poldark” on KCTS and “North Woods Law” on Animal Planet highlight Sunday’s TV slate.




Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ debuts atop best-sellers list
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 10:12:08 (2 hours ago) 
”The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” continues to dominate nonfiction book sales.
Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’ tops best-sellers list
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 10:12:08 (2 hours ago) 
What’s selling at Queen Anne Book Company.
The List: A movie, a book and a song that say ‘summer vacation’
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 10:12:08 (2 hours ago) 
The List is a brief, weekly accounting of our writers’ favorite things. This week, we recommend three creative takes on summer vacation.
Fit & fun: Yoga and Zumba at Olympic Sculpture Park
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 10:12:08 (2 hours ago) 
“Summer at SAM Olympic Sculpture Park” is halfway through its season, and Saturday, Aug. 8, will feature yoga, Zumba and African drumming and dancing.
Any home remedies to take the sting out of a wasp attack?
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 10:12:08 (2 hours ago) 
Some readers like applying the cut surface of an onion or a cloth dipped in cool witch hazel or vinegar to ease stings.




How to support someone suffering from traumatic grief
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 10:12:08 (2 hours ago) 
To effectively support someone who is grieving, you must first understand grief’s nuances,” says Jessie Wolf, a licensed independent clinical social worker at Mayo Clinic Health System.
Sport picture of the day: Ironman in the spotlight
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 10:12:02 (2 hours ago) 
What better alternative to the Lords than an elected second chamber in Glasgow? | Kezia Dugdale
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 10:12:02 (2 hours ago) 
Greece braces for busy day's trading as Athens stock market reopens
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 10:12:02 (2 hours ago) 
Kezia Dugdale: Corbyn win could leave Labour 'carping on sidelines for years'
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 10:12:02 (2 hours ago) 




LPT: Mini M&M containers will perfectly fit $20 of quarters
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 10:11:28 (2 hours ago) 
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A teenager who spent nearly 40 days in custody before a judge cleared him of throwing a dangerous snowball is suing the Detroit school district, saying his rights were violated by a malicious prosecution.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 10:11:28 (2 hours ago) 
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This is concrete stained and scored so it looks like wood.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 10:11:28 (2 hours ago) 
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Parma school board picks interim superintendent: Best of the Beat
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-08-02 10:11:24 (2 hours ago) 
The Parma school board unanimously picked Rhonda Corr-Saegert to be the next superintendent.
Chinese Textile Mills Are Now Hiring in Places Where Cotton Was King
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-08-02 10:11:16 (2 hours ago) 
Chinese textile manufacturers drawn by cheap cotton, falling labor costs and government incentives are helping revive depressed mill towns in the American South.




Training Officers to Shoot First, and He Will Answer Questions Later
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-08-02 10:11:16 (2 hours ago) 
When police officers shoot people under questionable circumstances, William J. Lewinski often appears as an expert witness who says they had no choice but to fire.
Along With Babies, Hairstylists Are Arriving in Hospitals
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-08-02 10:11:16 (2 hours ago) 
Some new moms are getting ready for birth announcement photos with maternity-ward visits from hairdressers and makeup artists.









Challenger, Columbia wreckage on public display for 1st time
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2015-08-02 10:11:14 (2 hours ago) 
NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades.
Challenger, Columbia wreckage on public display for 1st time
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-08-02 10:11:14 (2 hours ago) 
NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades.
Donald Trump's Debate Plan: 'I Want to Be Me'
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-08-02 10:11:07 (2 hours ago) 
He said in an interview with NBC's Meet the Press that he's "not looking to take anybody out or be nasty to anybody."













This Graphic Offers Tips and a Full Calendar to Keep Your Lawn Green
  Source: Lifehacker 2015-08-02 10:10:59 (2 hours ago) 

Whether you keep your lawn pristine because you love the look and feel of it, or you just maintain it because your HOA tells you to, this guide has suggestions to keep your lawn happy and healthy, along with a full month-by-month schedule.

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Mapping redheads: which country has the most?
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-08-02 10:10:39 (2 hours ago) 
What better alternative to the Lords than an elected second chamber in Glasgow? | Kezia Dugdale
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-08-02 10:10:39 (2 hours ago) 
Sport picture of the day: Ironman in the spotlight
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 10:10:39 (2 hours ago) 
What better alternative to the Lords than an elected second chamber in Glasgow? | Kezia Dugdale
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 10:10:39 (2 hours ago) 




Greece braces for busy day's trading as Athens stock market reopens
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 10:10:39 (2 hours ago) 
Kezia Dugdale: Corbyn win could leave Labour 'carping on sidelines for years'
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 10:10:39 (2 hours ago) 
“In the protests that have followed police shootings, demonstrators have often asked why officers ar
  Source: Gawker 2015-08-02 10:10:35 (2 hours ago) 

“In the protests that have followed police shootings, demonstrators have often asked why officers are so rarely punished for shootings that seem unwarranted. Dr. Lewinski is part of the answer.”

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China wins mixed 3-meter springboard diving at worlds
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 10:10:20 (2 hours ago) 
Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-08-02 10:10:20 (2 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.












These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-08-02 10:10:20 (2 hours ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.








Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 10:10:20 (2 hours ago) 
Mayor Marty Walsh calls for fixing up Widett Circle in the post-Olympic era, the Hancock Tower gets a lame name change, and the rest of the news you need to know today.








Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 10:10:20 (2 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








Government may begin RBS sale
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-08-02 10:10:20 (2 hours ago) 
The Treasury could begin the process of selling part of the government's stake in Royal Bank of Scotland from Monday, according to BBC sources.
​Passage: Cecil the Lion
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-08-02 10:00:41 (2 hours ago) 
The poaching of a rare and beloved lion at a national park in Zimbabwe has stirred international condemnation for the Minn. hunter who killed him




The Wall Street Journal: Koch brother Charles singles out banks in blasting corporate welfare
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-08-02 10:00:40 (2 hours ago) 
Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist who co-founded a sprawling web of conservative interest groups, opened his biannual conference here Saturday by calling for an end to corporate welfare and singling out “big banks” as a primary offender.
Christie on Trump: 'Anybody can do well for a month'
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-08-02 10:00:31 (2 hours ago) 
U.S., Egypt resume formal security talks as Kerry visits Cairo
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-08-02 10:00:26 (2 hours ago) 
The United States and Egypt on Sunday resumed formal security talks that were last held six years ago and kept on hiatus until now amid the political unrest that swept the country in the wake of the Arab Spring.








2nd American killed lion in illegal hunt months ago, Zimbabwe alleges
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-08-02 10:00:26 (2 hours ago) 
A second American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, amid an international outcry over a U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July, authorities said Sunday.








Pocahontas' tribe, the Pamunkey of Virginia, finally recognized by U.S.
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-08-02 10:00:26 (2 hours ago) 
The tidal river that surrounds this spit of scrubby land has long functioned like a moat that rises and falls through the day.












2nd American killed lion in illegal hunt months ago, Zimbabwe alleges
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-08-02 10:00:26 (2 hours ago) 
A second American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, amid an international outcry over a U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July, authorities said Sunday.








Obama seeks steeper cuts from power plants
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-08-02 10:00:24 (2 hours ago) 
Opponents have vowed to sue over forthcoming mandate on cutting carbon dioxide emissions
Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-08-02 10:00:24 (2 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-08-02 10:00:23 (2 hours ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.








Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 10:00:22 (2 hours ago) 
Mayor Marty Walsh calls for fixing up Widett Circle in the post-Olympic era, the Hancock Tower gets a lame name change, and the rest of the news you need to know today.












Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 10:00:22 (2 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








South Sudan becomes Olympic member
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-08-02 10:00:20 (2 hours ago) 
South Sudan will compete at Rio 2016 after becoming the 206th member of the Olympic movement.
Government may begin RBS sale
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-08-02 10:00:20 (2 hours ago) 
The Treasury could begin the process of selling part of the government's stake in Royal Bank of Scotland from Monday, according to BBC sources.
Heart of Midlothian 4-3 St Johnstone
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-08-02 10:00:20 (2 hours ago) 
Sam Nicholson secures Hearts a winning return to Scotland's top flight in a seven-goal thriller against St Johnstone.
Proof of Trump's charity giving elusive
  Source: AP Top Political News 2015-08-02 10:00:18 (2 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump is widely believed to be the wealthiest American ever to run for president. But Trump is not one of the nation's most generous citizens....




Central African Republic: UN Peacekeeper Killed in Capital
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-08-02 10:00:13 (2 hours ago) 
Central African Republic: 1 UN peacekeeper killed, 8 wounded during fighting in capital
Backgrounder: Japan's deafening silence over NSA spying
  Source: XINHUANEWS 2015-08-02 09:52:05 (2 hours ago) 
The Japanese government has remained relatively silent since the WikiLeaks website published documents Friday showing the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has spied on the Japanese government and Japanese companies.
Cecil the lion joins endangered species on Empire State Building
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 09:51:43 (2 hours ago) 
Hitchhiking robot dead as cross-country trip cut short by vandals
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 09:51:43 (2 hours ago) 
Israel to detain West Bank arson attackers without trial
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 09:51:43 (2 hours ago) 




Another lion was illegally killed by an American in April, Zimbabwe says
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 09:51:43 (2 hours ago) 
Captain Michael Clarke has two Ashes Tests to justify place for Australia | Jason Gillespie
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 09:51:43 (2 hours ago) 
Doping revelations of top athletes will be greeted with dismay but no surprise
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 09:51:43 (2 hours ago) 
How science is fine-tuning our elite footballers
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 09:51:43 (2 hours ago) 
Concerns raised over plan to strip failed asylum seeker families of benefits
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 09:51:43 (2 hours ago) 




Challenger, Columbia wreckage on public display for 1st time; NASA exhibit also honors 14 dead
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-08-02 09:51:34 (2 hours ago) 
New Prague man missing for 2 weeks is found dead
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-08-02 09:51:33 (2 hours ago) 
“No foul play is suspected” in the death of Tony Slavik, 31, LeSueur County Sheriff David Tietz said in a statement.
Best Space Stories of the Week — August 2, 2015
  Source: SPACE.com 2015-08-02 09:51:32 (2 hours ago) 
An alien aurora 1 million times brighter than Earth's, robots building a moon telescope, a $5.5 billion asteroid and more in Space.com's top news stories of the week.
Astronauts Test Virtual-Reality Headset for Space On Ocean Floor
  Source: SPACE.com 2015-08-02 09:51:31 (2 hours ago) 
It's a tech geek's dream in the underwater lab hosting four "aquanauts" for 14 days this month. Among the crew's need-to-have items is a cutting-edge Microsoft virtual-reality headset that one day will go to space itself.
Obama to unveil more ambitious climate change plan
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2015-08-02 09:51:14 (2 hours ago) 




Thirteen hurt in shooting outside New York City house party
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2015-08-02 09:51:14 (2 hours ago) 
Thirteen people were injured when gunmen opened fired outside a house party in New York City's Brooklyn borough on Sunday, police said.
Memphis officer fatally shot during traffic stop; killer on the run
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2015-08-02 09:51:14 (2 hours ago) 
A manhunt continued Sunday following the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer who was killed the previous night during a traffic stop, Tennessee police officials said.
Obama to unveil more ambitious climate change plan
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-08-02 09:51:13 (2 hours ago) 
Thirteen hurt in shooting outside New York City house party
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-08-02 09:51:13 (2 hours ago) 
Thirteen people were injured when gunmen opened fired outside a house party in New York City's Brooklyn borough on Sunday, police said.
Memphis officer fatally shot during traffic stop; killer on the run
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-08-02 09:51:13 (2 hours ago) 
A manhunt continued Sunday following the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer who was killed the previous night during a traffic stop, Tennessee police officials said.




Space Station Lunar Transit
  Source: NASA Image of the Day 2015-08-02 09:51:06 (2 hours ago) 
The International Space Station, with a crew of six onboard, is seen in silhouette as it transits the moon at roughly five miles per second, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, Woodford, VA.
Donald Trump's Debate Plan: 'I Want to Be Me'
  Source: MSNBC.com: Politics 2015-08-02 09:51:04 (2 hours ago) 
He said in an interview with NBC's Meet the Press that he's "not looking to take anybody out or be nasty to anybody."









Concerns raised over plan to strip failed asylum seeker families of benefits
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-08-02 09:50:48 (2 hours ago) 
Israel to detain West Bank arson attackers without trial
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-08-02 09:50:48 (2 hours ago) 
Another lion was illegally killed by an American in April, Zimbabwe says
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-08-02 09:50:48 (2 hours ago) 




Concerns raised over plan to strip failed asylum seeker families of benefits
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-08-02 09:50:47 (2 hours ago) 
Cecil the lion joins endangered species on Empire State Building
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 09:50:47 (2 hours ago) 
Hitchhiking robot dead as cross-country trip cut short by vandals
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 09:50:47 (2 hours ago) 
Israel to detain West Bank arson attackers without trial
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 09:50:47 (2 hours ago) 
Another lion was illegally killed by an American in April, Zimbabwe says
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 09:50:47 (2 hours ago) 




Captain Michael Clarke has two Ashes Tests to justify place for Australia | Jason Gillespie
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 09:50:47 (2 hours ago) 
Doping revelations of top athletes will be greeted with dismay but no surprise
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 09:50:47 (2 hours ago) 
How science is fine-tuning our elite footballers
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 09:50:47 (2 hours ago) 
Concerns raised over plan to strip failed asylum seeker families of benefits
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 09:50:47 (2 hours ago) 
Memphis Police Officer Shot and Killed During Traffic Stop
  Source: Gawker 2015-08-02 09:50:44 (2 hours ago) 

Officials said Sunday that a manhunt was underway after a Memphis police officer was shot and killed on Saturday night during a traffic stop, the Associated Press reports.

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Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American involved in illegal lion hunt
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 09:50:31 (2 hours ago) 
Ryan Blaney wins NASCAR Xfinity race at Iowa Speedway
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 09:50:31 (2 hours ago) 
Massachusetts man dead after motorcycle-truck crash
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 09:50:31 (2 hours ago) 

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire police are asking for the public's help about events leading up to a fatal collision between a motorcycle and pickup truck in Concord.

Concord police say 59-year-old Robert Campbell of Haverhill, Massachusetts, was pronounced dead at Concord Hospital after his motorcycle collided with the truck Friday afternoon.

Authorities say the crash occurred at about 3:45 p.m. near the intersection of Route 106 and D'Amante Drive.

Boy, 9, injured after hit in head at baseball game
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 09:50:31 (2 hours ago) 

WICHITA, Kan. — A 9-year-old bat boy is hospitalized after being hit in the head during a National Baseball Congress World Series game.

The Wichita Eagle reports that the boy was struck by a follow-through swing near the on-deck circle on Saturday afternoon. A spokesman for the National Baseball Congress says the child was wearing a helmet, which is mandatory.

Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-08-02 09:50:30 (2 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.












These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-08-02 09:50:30 (2 hours ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.








Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 09:50:30 (2 hours ago) 
Mayor Marty Walsh calls for fixing up Widett Circle in the post-Olympic era, the Hancock Tower gets a lame name change, and the rest of the news you need to know today.








Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 09:50:30 (2 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








South Sudan becomes Olympic member
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-08-02 09:50:30 (2 hours ago) 
South Sudan will compete at Rio 2016 after becoming the 206th member of the Olympic movement.
​Almanac: The father of Washington, D.C.
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-08-02 09:43:49 (3 hours ago) 
On August 2, 1754, Pierre Charles L'Enfant, the French civil engineer who would design America's capital city, was born




Charles Koch calls for unity against 'corporate welfare'
  Source: CNN.com - Politics 2015-08-02 09:41:01 (3 hours ago) 
Paul refuses to join GOP calls to shut down gov't over Planned Parenthood
  Source: CNN.com - Politics 2015-08-02 09:41:01 (3 hours ago) 
What would a Donald Trump administration look like?
  Source: CNN.com - Politics 2015-08-02 09:41:01 (3 hours ago) 
Univita companies to lay off 1,002 after losing Medicaid contract
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-08-02 09:40:45 (3 hours ago) 
Just over 1,000 workers are being laid off after Univita of Florida abruptly told insurers this week that it would no longer provide home care products to Medicaid patients in the state.
Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-08-02 09:40:45 (3 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.












These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-08-02 09:40:43 (3 hours ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.








Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 09:40:43 (3 hours ago) 
Mayor Marty Walsh calls for fixing up Widett Circle in the post-Olympic era, the Hancock Tower gets a lame name change, and the rest of the news you need to know today.








Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 09:40:43 (3 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








Duchess gets scuba qualification
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-08-02 09:40:40 (3 hours ago) 
The Duchess of Cambridge is now an advanced scuba diver, a Kensington Palace official says.
Challenger, Columbia wreckage on public display for 1st time
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-08-02 09:40:08 (3 hours ago) 
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades....




Challenger, Columbia wreckage on public display for 1st time
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-08-02 09:40:08 (3 hours ago) 
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades....
Russian Forces Kill 8 Suspected IS Members in North Caucasus
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-08-02 09:40:02 (3 hours ago) 
Russian security forces kill 8 suspected Islamic State militants in Russia's North Caucasus
Russian Police Detain Several Gay Activists
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-08-02 09:40:02 (3 hours ago) 
Russian police briefly detain several gay activists in St. Petersburg
Official: Latest debris found on island not part of Flight 370
  Source: USATODAY.com World - Top Stories 2015-08-02 09:31:40 (3 hours ago) 

Flight 370 disappeared on March 8, 2014 after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with 239 people aboard.

        
Voices: An unthinkable -- and welcome -- week off the grid
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-08-02 09:31:39 (3 hours ago) 

I learned the pleasures of a cellphone-free trek through Iceland.

       




Official: Latest debris found on island not part of Flight 370
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-08-02 09:31:39 (3 hours ago) 

Flight 370 disappeared on March 8, 2014 after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with 239 people aboard.

       
Still Boxed Out: NYU Discriminates Against Students Who Have Faced Arrest
  Source: Truthout Stories 2015-08-02 09:31:38 (3 hours ago) 

It's time to abolish application questions that require an individual to disclose documented interaction with the criminal legal system when applying to college or university. Reformist approaches to this problem are tacit acceptances of the violence that this discriminatory practice inflicts on communities disproportionately targeted by the criminal legal system.

(Image: Check box via Shutterstock; Edited: JR/TO)"Have you ever been arrested or convicted of a felony? Check yes or no."

For over two years the Incarceration to Education Coalition at New York University (NYU) has been organizing to abolish this checkbox from NYU's admissions application.

Composed of current and former New York University students (both with and without "documented" criminal records), the coalition has obtained support from a vast coalition of community members, scholars, activists and artists to abolish this application question, which we refer to as "the box."

We know that this question discriminates against poor communities of color, who are far more likely to be arrested and charged than other communities. Systemic violence such as housing regulation, poor public schooling, underfunded public benefits and sheer racism has continuously pushed these communities away from a college education and the benefits it entails. We know that people with a criminal record are discouraged from applying to college upon seeing this very question.

We are joined in our struggle to abolish this form of discrimination on a national scale by students and community members at a number of colleges and universities, as well as community organizers and activists across the United States.

Incremental Reforms

In response to mounting pressure and tenacious organizing efforts, at least four New York area colleges and universities have taken steps to reform their policies around "the box." In 2014, three institutions (St. John's University, Dowling College and Five Towns College) reached a deal with the New York State Attorney General's Office to change the wording of this application question. These schools agreed only to screen candidates based on convictions, as opposed to inquiring about all arrests, even those that did not lead to conviction. Meanwhile NYU, (after forcibly ejecting student and community organizers from deliberations) has promised to reform its admissions policy so that admissions officers will first review and accept students based on a preliminary "box-blind reading." Students who checked the box will then undergo a secondary screening wherein NYU retains the right to deny admission.

There is a real temptation to herald incremental reforms like these as evidence of social progress, not only for those who currently bolster or benefit from the status quo, but also for those of us doing advocacy and organizing work.

However, even with the best of intentions, reformist approaches to structural violence and oppression can only replicate and entrench that violence. Constitutive to a reformist framework is a piecemeal approach that, in its attempts to alter minor details, necessarily reaffirms the larger structure. These reforms to education access for individuals and communities impacted by the criminal punishment system are no different.

The all-or-nothing stance of an abolitionist framework may appear more difficult and less politically palatable, but any semblance of progress or justice demands nothing less.

It is with this understanding that the Incarceration to Education Coalition refuses to accept these new policies as victories, and instead identifies reformist approaches to the issue as deliberate attempts to further entrench the violent and overtly discriminatory policies of the prison industrial complex.

The Box Does Not Make Our Campuses Safer

The popular rhetoric around the box is the idea that campuses must screen incoming students for their documented criminal histories in order to ensure campus safety, and that such screening is a foregone conclusion.

The facts of the box fly in the face of this rhetoric. There is nothing natural or common sense about this application question. In fact, this checkbox suddenly and mysteriously appeared on admissions applications for colleges and universities on a national level via the Common Application in 2006. The addition of this question was never proven to significantly alter campus safety. A comprehensive study done by the Center for Community Alternatives found no statistically significant differences in campus safety between schools that require applicants to disclose documented criminal histories and those that do not.

The box completely fails to identify individuals most likely to cause harm on campus. As Alan Rosenthal, co-director of Justice Strategies at the Center for Community Alternatives, reveals, "Those college applicants that do have experience with the criminal justice system, and who then decide to take the big step to go on with their education, are less likely to engage in high-risk behavior than their counterparts who have not had criminal justice experience."

Compounding this harm is the fact that the discrimination of the box forecloses upon an individual's education and the single most effective strategy in reducing recidivism rates.

The box fails by its own logic. Not only does it fail to predict who commits crimes on campus, but also its presence actively makes our campuses and communities less safe.

Reproducing Violence

These blatantly false appeals to public safety are nothing more than pathetic excuses offered in the face of the box's overwhelming racism, sexism, classism and homophobia. Reformist approaches to this application question that in any way attempt to validate its existence do nothing but validate and reproduce its discriminatory violence.

Even a surface level analysis of the reforms undertaken by these four schools reveals them to be nothing but a reproduction of racist violence.

For context, St. John's University, Dowling College and Five Towns College were pressured to change their policies by the attorney general, who took exception to the "overbroad nature" of their versions of the box (it is their version of the box quoted at the beginning of this article). The attorney general's office argued that "the information solicited by the schools was overbroad and not relevant to an applicant's fitness as a student," going on to say that such questions "disproportionately disadvantaged African-American and Hispanic men [who are] more likely than white men to be stopped, detained, and arrested by police for minor misconduct."

The schools in question agreed with the attorney general's objections. Notably, they agreed with the racist and discriminatory implications of the application question as a direct consequence of the racist and discriminatory practices of the criminal legal system. But instead of abolishing the box altogether, they decided that altering the wording of their question to only ask about arrests that led to conviction would somehow solve the problem.

This is where any and all logic seems to break down. The previous iteration of the box that asked about arrests and convictions was deemed unacceptable through an acknowledgement of the discriminatory and racist practices involved in an individual being stopped, detained and arrested by the police. The current iteration, which only asks about convictions, somehow makes the claim that the racism accepted as being inherent in the process of stopping, detaining and arresting an individual magically disappears if an individual is convicted.

This is a perfect example of why reformist practices do not offer tenable solutions. This new version of the box is exactly as racist as its predecessor but is more insidious in that its continued "revised" existence entrenches the idea that the box in some form is necessary, thus entrenching its inherent violence.

NYU attempted a different kind of reformist tactic. In a recent policy change, the university has promised to conduct an initial "box-blind" reading, where it will consider and accept applicants without considering an individual's documented criminal history. It is only after applicants have been accepted, that the university considers whether or not an individual has checked the box, and retains the right to revoke the acceptance.

Again, the failings of a reformist approach are readily apparent. The viability of an initial "box-blind" reading is a tacit admission to the fact that an individual's contact with the criminal legal system is irrelevant to a student's application and their readiness for college-level work. To go back and reassert the box in a secondary reading is simply an attempt to entrench and normalize its violence.

Reformist approaches may offer an ego boost and good PR to those within the institutions, but they do so only by further validating the exclusion of the groups these policies pretend to help, and they are tacit acceptances of the violence that any vestige of the box inflicts on communities that are systematically and historically targeted by the criminal legal system.

The violence and discrimination of the box can only end with its abolition.

Amy Schumer Responds to Call to Fight Gun Violence After Trainwreck Shooting
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-08-02 09:31:37 (3 hours ago) 
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They resell your room, airline seat. So why no refund?
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 09:31:30 (3 hours ago) 
Consumer groups starting to push for refunds, especially from airlines, if seat is resold after cancellation.
They resell your room, airline seat. So why no refund?
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 09:31:30 (3 hours ago) 
Consumer groups starting to push for refunds, especially from airlines, if seat is resold after cancellation.




Apple chief Cook cooks up Be My Wife rumours after BMW car talks, factory tour
  Source: The Register 2015-08-02 09:31:29 (3 hours ago) 
Apple chief Cook cooks up Be My Wife rumours after BMW car talks, factory tour
  Source: The Register 2015-08-02 09:31:28 (3 hours ago) 
Sometimes you get so lonely, sometimes you get nowhere

Apple has reportedly had secret confabs with car maker BMW – with scuttlebutt suggesting the companies flirted with the idea of a possible hook up.…

Why I waited until I was 24 to buy my first bikini | Sarah Galo
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 09:31:26 (3 hours ago) 
CarFest resumes after stunt pilot's death
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 09:31:26 (3 hours ago) 
New Telemetry Suggests Shot-Down Drone Was Higher Than Alleged
  Source: Slashdot 2015-08-02 09:31:15 (3 hours ago) 
AmiMoJo writes: The pilot of the drone shot down Sunday evening over a Kentucky property has now come forward with video seemingly showing that the drone wasn't nearly as close as the property owner made it out to be. The data also shows that it was well over 200 feet above the ground before the fatal shots fired. The shooter, meanwhile, continues to maintain that the drone flew 20 feet over a neighbour's house before ascending to "60 to 80 [feet] above me."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.





Went on my 1st cruise with the wife, the maids like to make animals and such out of towels and facecloths after tidying. Walked into the room, flicked the lights on and seen this thing
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 09:31:09 (3 hours ago) 
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Donald Trump Surges in New NBC News/WSJ Poll
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-08-02 09:30:58 (3 hours ago) 
Trump is the first choice of 19 percent of GOP primary voters, while 15 percent back Walker and 14 percent back Bush. Ten percent support retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.









Why I waited until I was 24 to buy my first bikini | Sarah Galo
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 09:30:36 (3 hours ago) 
CarFest resumes after stunt pilot's death
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 09:30:36 (3 hours ago) 
MWR owner Kauffman wants consolidation with Ganassi
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 09:30:25 (3 hours ago) 




Gordon to wave goodbye to winless races in final season
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 09:30:25 (3 hours ago) 
Cole Custer races to 1st ARCA victory at Pocono Raceway
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 09:30:25 (3 hours ago) 

LONG POND, Pa. — Cole Custer raced to his first career ARCA Series victory Saturday at Pocono Raceway.

The 17-year-old Custer became the ninth first-time winner in the series this season. He drives for JR Motorsports.

Grant Enfinger was second, followed by Matt Kurzejewski, Austin Theriault and Josh Williams.

Enfinger maintained his commanding lead on the series points lead. Custer has one win this season in the NASCAR Truck Series.

Nick Igdalsky, vice president and COO of Pocono Raceway, was 11th on home track.

Daniel Suarez wins pole for Xfinity race in Iowa
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 09:30:25 (3 hours ago) 

NEWTON, Iowa — Daniel Suarez won the pole Saturday for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Iowa Speedway.

It was the second pole in 21 career starts for Suarez, the 23-year-old Mexican driver for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Ryan Blaney will start next to Suarez on Saturday night. Brendan Gaughan was third, and Brandon Jones fourth.

Kenny Wallace, making his final NASCAR start, qualified seventh.

Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-08-02 09:30:24 (3 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-08-02 09:30:23 (3 hours ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.












Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 09:30:23 (3 hours ago) 
Mayor Marty Walsh calls for fixing up Widett Circle in the post-Olympic era, the Hancock Tower gets a lame name change, and the rest of the news you need to know today.








Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 09:30:23 (3 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








New lion poaching charge against 2nd American
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-08-02 09:21:09 (3 hours ago) 
While Cecil the lion's brother is confirmed to be alive, African officials discovering new bloody trails from lions back to American hunters
New lion poaching charge against 2nd American
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-08-02 09:21:09 (3 hours ago) 
While Cecil the lion's brother is confirmed to be alive, African officials discovering new bloody trails from lions back to American hunters
​Adult camps: A rite of summer for your inner child
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-08-02 09:21:09 (3 hours ago) 
From outdoor games and rock guitars, to s'mores and liquor, these summer camps are more than nostalgia; they're where grown-ups can grow a little more




NewsWatch: The secret to a happier, healthier life: Just retire
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-08-02 09:21:09 (3 hours ago) 
Retirement is more likely to improve your overall satisfaction and health, according to a working paper just published by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
10 Cracked Posts Everyone Went Nuts Over Last Week - 8/2
  Source: Cracked: All Posts 2015-08-02 09:20:34 (3 hours ago) 
By Cracked Writers  Published: August 02nd, 2015 
Rat Boners And Drunk Birds: 5 Hilarious Animal Experiments
  Source: Cracked: All Posts 2015-08-02 09:20:34 (3 hours ago) 
By Ivan Farkas  Published: August 02nd, 2015 
6 Hilariously Creative Ways People Are Trolling The Internet
  Source: Cracked: All Posts 2015-08-02 09:20:34 (3 hours ago) 
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10 Carnival Foods Invented By Crazy People (Taste Tested)
  Source: Cracked: All Posts 2015-08-02 09:20:34 (3 hours ago) 
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5 Things You Learn As A Massage Parlor Prostitute
  Source: Cracked: All Posts 2015-08-02 09:20:34 (3 hours ago) 
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15 Embarrassing Secrets You Hope Hackers Don't Release
  Source: Cracked: All Posts 2015-08-02 09:20:34 (3 hours ago) 
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Cecil the lion's brother Jericho is alive
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-08-02 09:20:33 (3 hours ago) 
WADA 'very alarmed' by new doping claims
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-08-02 09:20:33 (3 hours ago) 
What would a Donald Trump administration look like?
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-08-02 09:20:33 (3 hours ago) 




Chilean miners' miracles: How faith sustained them
  Source: CNN.com - World 2015-08-02 09:20:33 (3 hours ago) 
When Chile's San Jose mine collapsed on August 5, 2010, people around the world were fixated on the fate of the 33 miners trapped 2,300 feet underground.
Just where does Trump stand?
  Source: CNN.com 2015-08-02 09:20:31 (3 hours ago) 
The frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination is a former pro-choice Democrat who once supported Canadian-style universal health care, tax hikes on the wealthy and said Hillary Clinton was "terrific."
Taliban power struggle breaks out in wake of news of Mullah Omar's death
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Nation/World 2015-08-02 09:20:29 (3 hours ago) 
The brother of the late figurehead of the Afghan Taliban on Sunday joined a growing challenge to the extremist group's newly appointed leader, even as it offered a statement purportedly quoting a well-known militant supporting him.








Woman in custody after firing shots at police officers in Schaumburg
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-08-02 09:20:28 (3 hours ago) 
A 31-year-old woman was arrested after she allegedly fired shots at police officers Saturday evening in northwest suburban Schaumburg.








​Adult camps: A rite of summer for your inner child
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-08-02 09:20:25 (3 hours ago) 
From outdoor games and rock guitars, to s'mores and liquor, these summer camps are more than nostalgia; they're where grown-ups can grow a little more




New lion poaching charge against 2nd American
  Source: Breaking News: CBS News 2015-08-02 09:20:25 (3 hours ago) 
While Cecil the lion's brother is confirmed to be alive, African officials discovering new bloody trails from lions back to American hunters
Practice report: Live updates from Dolphins training camp (Day 4)
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-08-02 09:20:24 (3 hours ago) 
The following are observations and analysis from Day 4 of Miami Dolphins training camp at the team's training facility in Davie:
Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-08-02 09:20:24 (3 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-08-02 09:20:23 (3 hours ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.








Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 09:20:23 (3 hours ago) 
Mayor Marty Walsh calls for fixing up Widett Circle in the post-Olympic era, the Hancock Tower gets a lame name change, and the rest of the news you need to know today.












Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 09:20:23 (3 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








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  Source: Boing Boing 2015-08-02 09:20:21 (3 hours ago) 

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Verizon workers to stay on job without new contract
  Source: baltimoresun.com - news 2015-08-02 09:20:20 (3 hours ago) 
Verizon and unions representing workers in nine states said employees will work without a contract as more negotiations are scheduled.








Manhunt on for suspect in killing Memphis police officer
  Source: baltimoresun.com - news 2015-08-02 09:20:20 (3 hours ago) 
A manhunt continued Sunday following the fatal shooting of a Memphis police officer who was killed the previous night during a traffic stop, Tennessee police officials said.








Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American involved in illegal lion hunt
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-08-02 09:20:17 (3 hours ago) 
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Authorities in Zimbabwe allege that a second American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow several months ago, amid an international outcry over a U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July....




Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American involved in illegal lion hunt
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-08-02 09:20:17 (3 hours ago) 
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Authorities in Zimbabwe allege that a second American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow several months ago, amid an international outcry over a U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July....
Zimbabwe alleges 2nd American involved in illegal lion hunt
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-08-02 09:20:17 (3 hours ago) 
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Authorities in Zimbabwe allege that a second American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow several months ago, amid an international outcry over a U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July....
Rebels in Eastern Ukraine Say Radioactive Waste Cache Safe
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-08-02 09:20:12 (3 hours ago) 
Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine say storage of radioactive waste safe
Zimbabwe Alleges 2nd American Involved in Illegal Lion Hunt
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-08-02 09:20:12 (3 hours ago) 
Zimbabwe alleges a 2nd American killed a lion with bow and arrow in illegal hunt months ago
Kerry says Iran nuclear deal will make Egypt, region safer
  Source: XINHUANEWS 2015-08-02 09:12:00 (3 hours ago) 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday that the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers would make Egypt and the region "safer than they otherwise would be."




Voices: An unthinkable -- and welcome -- week off the grid
  Source: USATODAY.com World - Top Stories 2015-08-02 09:11:48 (3 hours ago) 

I learned the pleasures of a cellphone-free trek through Iceland.

        
Second Piece of Debris Not From Missing Jet, Malaysian Official Says
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-08-02 09:11:44 (3 hours ago) 
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‘Like a human bird feeder’: Readers share Little Free Library tales
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 09:11:43 (3 hours ago) 
Readers were eager to share their Little Free Library stories and photos with us, it turns out, with one fan getting in touch from Yakima. Also: Island Books has new owner; “The Cartel” goes from book to screen.
‘Spirals in Time’: the many secrets of seashells
  Source: The Seattle Times: Nation & World 2015-08-02 09:11:43 (3 hours ago) 
In “Spirals in Time,” English marine biologist Helen Scales delivers a worldwide survey and history of seashells, as well as a warning of the havoc human predation and global warming are wreaking on these age-old denizens of the sea.
‘Like a human bird feeder’: Readers share Little Free Library tales
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 09:11:39 (3 hours ago) 
Readers were eager to share their Little Free Library stories and photos with us, it turns out, with one fan getting in touch from Yakima. Also: Island Books has new owner; “The Cartel” goes from book to screen.




‘Spirals in Time’: the many secrets of seashells
  Source: The Seattle Times: Home 2015-08-02 09:11:39 (3 hours ago) 
In “Spirals in Time,” English marine biologist Helen Scales delivers a worldwide survey and history of seashells, as well as a warning of the havoc human predation and global warming are wreaking on these age-old denizens of the sea.
Arsenal v Chelsea: Community Shield 2015 – live! | Alan Smith
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 09:11:35 (3 hours ago) 
Murder inquiry launched after woman stabbed to death in Chelsea
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 09:11:35 (3 hours ago) 
Biden for president? Allies mull taking on Clinton
  Source: StarTribune.com Top Stories 2015-08-02 09:11:27 (3 hours ago) 
Vice President Joe Biden's associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations while his son was sick and dying earlier this year. But Biden has yet to tell his staff whether he will run or personally ask them to do any planning for a potential campaign, according to several people close to the vice president.
The Dreadful Saviors: Feared Shiite Militias Battle Islamic State in Iraq
  Source: SPIEGEL ONLINE - International 2015-08-02 09:11:25 (3 hours ago) 
Earlier, fighters with the League of Righteous Shiite militia tortured and murdered. But now they intend to save Iraq from the Islamic State. Can it work? A trip to the front in the city of Baiji explains much about the current state of the war.




3-D–Printed Flowers Lure Invasive Weevils to Their Deaths in Wisconsin
  Source: Scientific American 2015-08-02 09:11:22 (3 hours ago) 
The ploy could save a threatened thistle from extinction

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Thanks to the Sims 4 modding community, now I can role-play myself.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 09:11:17 (3 hours ago) 
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Opinion: Is New Orleans Safe?
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-08-02 09:11:12 (3 hours ago) 
The state’s master plan could avert a watery demise. But it would cost many billions.
The Supporters Behind Trump's Surge Speak Up
  Source: MSNBC.com: Politics 2015-08-02 09:10:59 (3 hours ago) 
Crowds of supporters who show up for Donald Trump are drawn from a surprisingly wide range of demographics.









Donald Trump Surges in New NBC News/WSJ Poll
  Source: MSNBC.com: Politics 2015-08-02 09:10:59 (3 hours ago) 
Trump is the first choice of 19 percent of GOP primary voters, while 15 percent back Walker and 14 percent back Bush. Ten percent support retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.













Sunday's Best Deals: Chef's Knife, Latex Pillows, Granola, and More
  Source: Lifehacker 2015-08-02 09:10:56 (3 hours ago) 

Here are the best of today’s deals. Get every great deal every day on Kinja Deals, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to never miss a deal, join us on Kinja Gear to read about great products, and on Kinja Co-Op to help us find the best.

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CarFest resumes after stunt pilot's death
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-08-02 09:10:43 (3 hours ago) 
Cecil the lion joins endangered species on Empire State Building
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-08-02 09:10:43 (3 hours ago) 
Arsenal v Chelsea: Community Shield 2015 – live! | Alan Smith
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 09:10:42 (3 hours ago) 
Murder inquiry launched after woman stabbed to death in Chelsea
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 09:10:42 (3 hours ago) 




Hitchhiking Robot Lasts Just Two Weeks in US Because Humans Are Terrible
  Source: Gawker 2015-08-02 09:10:39 (3 hours ago) 

When hitchBOT the hitchhiking robot started his journey in Boston two weeks ago he wanted to see the entire country . Unfortunately, he never made it out of the Northeast. The researchers who built hitchBOT announced today that they need to stop the experiment because hitchBOT was vandalized in Philadelphia.

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Hitchhiking robot's cross-country trip in US ends in Philly
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 09:10:18 (3 hours ago) 
Thiem beats Goffin to take Swiss Open title
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 09:10:18 (3 hours ago) 

GSTAAD, Switzerland — Dominic Thiem of Austria won his second straight title on Sunday, beating top-seeded David Goffin of Belgium 7-5, 6-2 in the Swiss Open final.

The 24th-ranked Thiem added the Swiss trophy to the Croatia Open he won one week earlier. Thiem's run of three clay-court titles this season started in April at Nice, France.

In a match of nine service breaks, 14th-ranked Goffin won four straight games in the first set and served with a 5-4 lead.

Thiem leveled when Goffin double-faulted and broke again to clinch the set.

Paul Sullivan: Trade deadline brings some much-needed drama to baseball’s Dog Days
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 09:10:18 (3 hours ago) 
Russian military helicopter crashes during air show, 1 dead
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 09:10:17 (3 hours ago) 

MOSCOW — Russia's Defense Ministry says one of its helicopter gunships has crashed during an air show, killing one of its crewmembers and injuring another.

The ministry said the Mi-28 helicopter gunship was part of a flight of helicopters performing aerobatics at the Dubrovichi firing range in Ryazan region, about 170 kilometers (105 miles) southeast of Moscow, when it crashed Sunday. It said the crewmember who survived the crash was in satisfactory condition.

There was no damage on the ground.





Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-08-02 09:10:17 (3 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-08-02 09:10:17 (3 hours ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.








Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 09:10:17 (3 hours ago) 
Mayor Marty Walsh calls for fixing up Widett Circle in the post-Olympic era, the Hancock Tower gets a lame name change, and the rest of the news you need to know today.








Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 09:10:17 (3 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








TV star Cilla Black dies aged 72
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-08-02 09:10:17 (3 hours ago) 
Singer and TV star Cilla Black, who enjoyed a 50-year showbusiness career, dies aged 72, police in Spain say.




Confirmed: Jericho the lion is alive
  Source: CNN.com - World 2015-08-02 09:00:20 (3 hours ago) 
Jericho the lion is alive and well and roaming his park habitat in Zimbabwe, the Oxford University researcher tracking the lion confirmed on Sunday.
Man: I shot drone hovering over my kids
  Source: CNN.com 2015-08-02 09:00:17 (3 hours ago) 
A man is facing charges after he used a shotgun to shoot down a drone. CNN affiliate WAVE reports.
Confirmed: Jericho the lion is alive
  Source: CNN.com 2015-08-02 09:00:17 (3 hours ago) 
Jericho the lion is alive and well and roaming his park habitat in Zimbabwe, the Oxford University researcher tracking the lion confirmed on Sunday.
Motorcyclist dead, 2 hurt in I-57 crash
  Source: Chicago Tribune news - Local news 2015-08-02 09:00:16 (3 hours ago) 
A motorcyclist was killed and two other people were injured in a crash late Saturday on Interstate 57 on the Far South Side, police said.








Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-08-02 09:00:13 (3 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.












These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-08-02 09:00:12 (3 hours ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.








Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 09:00:12 (3 hours ago) 
Mayor Marty Walsh calls for fixing up Widett Circle in the post-Olympic era, the Hancock Tower gets a lame name change, and the rest of the news you need to know today.








Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 09:00:12 (3 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








TV bike crash 'robbed' Van Avermaet
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-08-02 09:00:09 (3 hours ago) 
Greg van Avermaet's team may take legal action after a crash between the rider and a TV bike at the Clasica San Sebastian.
TV star Cilla Black dies aged 72
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-08-02 09:00:09 (3 hours ago) 
Singer and TV star Cilla Black, who enjoyed a 50-year showbusiness career, has died aged 72, police in Spain say




Ravens safety Matt Elam may have torn biceps, undergoing MRI today, sources say
  Source: baltimoresun.com - news 2015-08-02 09:00:09 (3 hours ago) 
Ravens strong safety Matt Elam may have torn his biceps and is undergoing a magnetic resonance imaging exam today to determine the severity of his injury, according to sources.








Zimbabwe Alleges a Second American Killed a Lion in an Illegal Hunt Several Months Ago.
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-08-02 09:00:02 (3 hours ago) 
Zimbabwe alleges a second American killed a lion in an illegal hunt several months ago.
Interest rates: economists and homeowners brace for Super Thursday
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-08-02 08:51:25 (3 hours ago) 
Cilla Black dies aged 72
  Source: The Australian | News 2015-08-02 08:51:20 (3 hours ago) 
British singer/TV presenter Cilla Black has died at her home in Spain.
Britain's Cilla Black dies, aged 72
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-08-02 08:51:17 (3 hours ago) 
British television personality and singer Cilla Black, whose instantly recognisable Liverpool 'scouse' accent won over generations of music fans and television viewers, died in Spain aged 72, Spanish police said on Sunday.




Death Toll at 4 In NYC Legionnaire's Outbreak
  Source: Slashdot 2015-08-02 08:51:13 (3 hours ago) 
Reuters reports that four people have died of Legionnaire's Disease in an outbreak in the Bronx, and 65 more have exhibited symptoms of the disease. The Bronx was also home to the most recent flare-up of the disease, in December of last year. Says the article, In response to the outbreak, the city's health department has inspected 22 buildings in the Bronx, 17 of which have cooling towers. Five buildings, including the historic Opera House Hotel, Lincoln Medical Center and the Concourse Plaza mall and movie complex, tested positive for Legionella. Disinfection efforts are ongoing or have already been completed at all five sites. ... The people who died from the disease were older adults with underlying medical problems, according to a city press release. The department said the city's drinking water supply, fountains and pools have not been affected.

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"I drank the water & ate the fish. We all did. The acid has damaged me permanently" - In villages near Africa’s biggest copper mine, you can taste pollution. Legal battle against metals giant Vedanta/KCM reaches London.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-08-02 08:51:06 (3 hours ago) 
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Taylor Swift to Ariana Grande: Cleveland's best concerts of 2015 so far (photos)
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-08-02 08:51:05 (3 hours ago) 
The biggest Cleveland concerts of 2015 so far includes Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Kenny Chesney, Fleetwood Mac and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions.
Man who died in dirt bike crash was speeding in wrong direction, police say
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-08-02 08:51:05 (3 hours ago) 
A 37-year-old on a dirt bike died after crashing on Cleveland's East Side.
Interest rates: economists and homeowners brace for Super Thursday
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-08-02 08:50:38 (3 hours ago) 




HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: 200-win coaches and their winning percentages
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 08:50:15 (4 hours ago) 
Official: New debris found in Reunion not a plane part
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 08:50:15 (4 hours ago) 
Perry shoots 61 to take lead in 3M Championship
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 08:50:15 (4 hours ago) 
Merritt, Chappell share lead at Quicken Loans National
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 08:50:15 (4 hours ago) 
Biden for president? Allies mulling Clinton challenge
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-08-02 08:50:15 (4 hours ago) 




Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-08-02 08:50:14 (4 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








These two New Hampshire girls are on a mission to get a selfie with every single presidential candidate
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-08-02 08:50:14 (4 hours ago) 
Two New Hampshire high school girls, Emma and Addy Nozell, are on a mission to get a selfie with every presidential candidate.








Morning Updates: A skyscraper just lost its famous name, and Mayor Walsh looks past the Olympics
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 08:50:14 (4 hours ago) 
Mayor Marty Walsh calls for fixing up Widett Circle in the post-Olympic era, the Hancock Tower gets a lame name change, and the rest of the news you need to know today.








Jurors in Boston’s next death penalty case will likely be asked about Boston Marathon bombing trial
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-08-02 08:50:14 (4 hours ago) 
Federal prosecutors in Boston’s next death penalty case plan on asking potential jurors about the Boston Marathon bombing trial.








IOC recognises 'Ultimate Frisbee'
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-08-02 08:50:14 (4 hours ago) 
Flying disc sports, including Ultimate Frisbee, are officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).




IOC recognises 'Ultimate Frisbee'
  Source: BBC News - US & Canada 2015-08-02 08:50:14 (4 hours ago) 
Flying disc sports, including Ultimate Frisbee, are officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Zimbabwe confirms lion named Jericho, companion of Cecil, has not been shot
  Source: Los Angeles Times - World News 2015-08-02 08:40:51 (4 hours ago) 
Wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe on Sunday dismissed a report of the shooting death of a male lion who was a companion of Cecil, a well-known lion killed by an American hunter in early July.
Obama to Unveil 'Biggest Step Ever' in Climate Fight
  Source: Discovery News - Top Stories 2015-08-02 08:40:36 (4 hours ago) 
The new plan sets a goal of cutting carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent by 2030, compared with 2005 levels.