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DeVos Hands For-Profit Colleges $11.1 Billion Over 10 Years
9/11/2019 10:14:04 PM

By Charlene Crowell   Most consumers would likely agree that consumers should get what they pay for. If a product or service fails to deliver its promises, refunds are in order. That kind of thinking guided the Obama Administration’s decision to address false promises made to student loan borrowers. A rule known as the “borrower defense to repayment”, came on the heels of successive for-profit college closures that left thousands of students stranded educationally and financially. The federal ruleprovided a way for snookered students and borrowers to apply...

Our All-American Gun Epidemic Continues to Threaten Children Continues to Threaten
9/11/2019 10:04:49 PM

By Marian Wright Edelman   It happened again. On August 31, a gunman in West Texas armed with a semiautomatic weapon killed seven people and injured 25 others. One of the victims was 15-year-old Leilah Hernandez who had just celebrated her Quinceañera in May. Her friends remembered her as someone who “could turn a bad day into a good one.” She was walking out of a car dealership next to her 18-year-old brother Nathan who’d just bought a truck he’d been saving up for. Nathan tried to shield her in his arms but was shot and injured...

Them Texas Chickens!!!
9/11/2019 9:54:53 PM

Quit Playin’! By Vincent L. Hall   Many historians have tried to dilute the power of Malcolm X’s frankness by comparing him to Martin Luther King Jr. Not only is that an unfair comparison, but it’s a useless argument. When it was all said and done, both men had their own strategies of liberating Black and poor people in America and humankind around the world. During a time when America was at its absolute worst, shortly after the assassination of the prince of Camelot, a/k/a President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Malcolm X made an angry analogy that is still...

Comedian Kevin Hart Recovering from Back Surgery After Crash
9/4/2019 8:03:02 PM

CALABASAS (CNS)—Comedian Kevin Hart is recuperating from surgery to repair a back injury suffered when his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda rolled down an embankment on Mulholland Highway in Calabasas. Hart, 40, was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center, and the driver, 28-year-old Jared Black of Woodland Hills, was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, also with major injuries, the California Highway Patrol reported. A third occupant in the Barracuda, a 31-year-old woman from Woodland Hills, suffered only minor complaints of pain and sought help on her own, officials...

Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor Named NFL Inspire Change Advocates
9/4/2019 8:02:13 PM

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.   LOS ANGELES (AP)—Meek Mill and Meghan Trainor are helping kick off the new social change partnership between the NFL and Jay-Z before the season-opening game in Chicago next week. The NFL and Roc Nation announced Friday that Mill, Trainor and Rapsody will perform in a free pregame concert Sept. 5 in Chicago's Grant Park before the Bears face off against the Green Bay Packers. The trio has also been named advocates for the Inspire Change initiative meant to support various causes, including criminal justice reform and improving police relations...

In New Hulu Series, RZA Dives Deep into the Wu-Tang 'Saga'
9/4/2019 8:00:21 PM

By Jonathan Landrum Jr.   BEVERLY HILLS (AP)—RZA could have created a Wu-Tang Clan biopic like the NWA-based “Straight Outta Compton” film, but felt the nine-member rap group needed more room to tell their story. That meant heading to television and finding the right actors to reenact the influential group's rise and rap as them. The Wu-Tang mastermind and producer dives deep into the maturation of the Clan in the upcoming Hulu drama series “Wu-Tang: An American Saga,” which will premiere the first three episodes Sept. 4. Seven more episodes...

Trump Eyes Failed State Mental Institutions of the Past as Answer to Gun Violence
9/4/2019 7:57:53 PM

By Kevin Freking   WASHINGTON (AP)—When shots rang out last year at a high school in Parkland, Florida, leaving 17 people dead, President Donald Trump quickly turned his thoughts to creating more mental institutions. When back-to-back mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, jolted the nation earlier this month, Trump again spoke of “building new facilities” for the mentally ill as a way to reduce mass shootings. “We don't have those institutions anymore and people can't get proper care,” Trump lamented at a New Hampshire...

More Vaping Illnesses Reported, Many Involving Marijuana
9/4/2019 7:56:48 PM

By Matthew Perrone   WASHINGTON (AP)—Health officials are recommending people who vape consider avoiding e-cigarettes while they investigate more cases of a breathing ailment linked to the devices. While the cause remains unclear, officials said Friday that many reports involve e-cigarette products that contain THC, the mind-altering substance in marijuana. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they are looking at 215 possible cases across 25 states. All the cases involve teens or adults who have used e-cigarettes or other vaping devices....

Mumps Sickens Hundreds of Detained Migrants in 19 States
9/4/2019 7:55:41 PM

By Carla K. Johnson   A government report says mumps has swept through 57 immigration detention facilities in 19 states since September. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday new mumps cases continue as migrants are taken into custody or transferred between facilities. As of last week, outbreaks were happening in 15 facilities in seven states. It's the first official report on the outbreaks in the overloaded immigration system. Mumps is a contagious virus that causes swollen glands, puffy cheeks, fever, headaches and, in severe cases, hearing...

What We Are Missing
9/4/2019 7:41:15 PM

by Tom H. Hastings   It is summer, I’m a teacher, nearly unpaid, and have the gift of prep time for fall classes. I’m also being indulgent and reading a bit for enjoyment, currently Becoming, the Michelle Obama memoir. This is a moving story, not the least reason for that being the aching sense of what we lost in the last presidential election and what we are still missing. We had a First Lady whose watchword was, “When they go low, we go high.” I hope we all miss that. What we witness on a daily basis now is the We-can-go-lower approach. I mean, we...