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With Ruling To Narrowly Define Law Used Against Trump And Jan. 6 Rioters, Supreme Court Makes Prosecution On Obstruction Charge More Difficult
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With Ruling To Narrowly Define Law Used Against Trump And Jan. 6 Rioters, Supreme Court Makes Prosecution On Obstruction Charge More Difficult

Supreme Court makes prosecution of Trump on obstruction charge more difficult, with ruling to narrowly define law used against him and Jan. 6 rioters. The indictments – and in some cases, the convictions – of hundreds of people charged with participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, will have to be reconsidered, and possibly dropped, because of a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 28, 2024. Among those charged using a broad interpretation of the obstruction law now narrowed by the high court: former President Donald Trump. In its decision in Fischer v. United States, the Supreme Court held that a federal statute that prohibits obstructing an official proceeding may not apply to three defendants who were charged with participating in the U.S. Capitol riot. Al...
How To Keep Your Child Safe From Abuse The Right Way
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How To Keep Your Child Safe From Abuse The Right Way

I want to keep my child safe from abuse − but research tells me I’m doing it wrong. Child sexual abuse is uncomfortable to think about, much less talk about. The idea of an adult engaging in sexual behaviors with a child feels sickening. It’s easiest to believe that it rarely happens, and when it does, that it’s only to children whose parents aren’t protecting them. This belief stayed with me during my early days as a parent. I kept an eye out for creepy men at the playground and was skeptical of men who worked with young children, such as teachers and coaches. When my kids were old enough, I taught them what a “good touch” was, like a hug from a family member, and what a “bad touch” was, like someone touching their private parts. But after nearly a quarter-century of conducting res...
Exploring The Link Between Lagging Graduation Rates For Low-Income Students And Soring Student Loan Debt
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Exploring The Link Between Lagging Graduation Rates For Low-Income Students And Soring Student Loan Debt

Graduation rates for low-income students lag while their student loan debt soars. A recent federal study on graduation rates for American colleges and universities shows that 40% of all students did not earn a degree or credential within eight years of leaving high school. The graduation rate is even lower for low-income students.                                                                The Conversation, CC BY-ND Among students from families with income levels of US$115,000 or more, 66% who enrolled in higher education earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from 2009 through 2021. However, among students from families who made less than $35,000, 26% earned a bachelor’s degree or higher during the same period. For people whose families had earnings between $35,000 and $55,000, ...
What Led To Harvey Weinstein’s Conviction Being Overturned?
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What Led To Harvey Weinstein’s Conviction Being Overturned?

The overturning of Harvey Weinstein’s conviction is ‘a sad reminder’ for his accusers. Women who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct were stunned by the Thursday decision by the New York Court of Appeals to overturn his 2020 felony conviction, again speaking out about the former Hollywood mogul’s behavior. Both survivors and legal experts said the court’s ruling points to issues with how difficult it can be for survivors of sexual violence to be believed and how the criminal justice system works. The state’s highest court, in a 4-3 decision, said that “the trial court erroneously admitted testimony of uncharged, alleged prior sexual acts against persons other than the complainants of the underlying crimes.” Because of this and other errors made by the trial judge, the appella...
The Downside To ‘Springing Forward’
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The Downside To ‘Springing Forward’

Could the days of ‘springing forward’ be numbered? A neurologist and sleep expert explains the downside to that borrowed hour of daylight. As people in the U.S. prepare to set their clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 10, 2024, I find myself bracing for the annual ritual of media stories about the disruptions to daily routines caused by switching from standard time to daylight saving time. About one-third of Americans say they don’t look forward to these twice-yearly time changes. And nearly two-thirds would like to eliminate them completely, compared with 17% who aren’t sure and 21% who would like to keep moving their clocks back and forth. But the effects go beyond simple inconvenience. Researchers are discovering that “springing ahead” each March is connected with serious negative...
The Impact Of Saving The News Media On Society
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The Impact Of Saving The News Media On Society

Saving the news media means moving beyond the benevolence of billionaires. For the journalism industry, 2024 is off to a brutal start. Most spectacularly, the Los Angeles Times recently slashed more than 20% of its newsroom. Though trouble had long been brewing, the layoffs were particularly disheartening because many employees and readers hoped the Times’ billionaire owner, Patrick Soon-Shiong, would stay the course in good times and bad – that he would be a steward less interested in turning a profit and more concerned with ensuring the storied publication could serve the public. According to the LA Times, Soon-Shiong explained that the cuts were necessary because the paper “could no longer lose $30 million to $40 million a year.” As one X user pointed out, Soon-Shiong could weather US$4...
Emerging Across The US — Nitazenes, A Powerful Class Of Street Drugs
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Emerging Across The US — Nitazenes, A Powerful Class Of Street Drugs

Nitazenes are a powerful class of street drugs emerging across the US. Two deaths in Boulder County, Colorado, in 2023 are the latest in the U.S. to be blamed on the powerful class of synthetic opioids called nitazenes. Most health systems cannot detect nitazenes, so the exact number of overdoses is unknown, but they’re implicated in more than 200 deaths in Europe and North America since 2019, including . One of the two Boulder County deaths is linked to a new formulation called N-Desethyl etonitazene, which was identified by a national laboratory, and is thought to be the first related death. The Conversation interviewed Dr. Christopher Holstege, professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and director of the Blue Ridge Poison Center, wh...
An American Insult Shaped By Political Corruption
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An American Insult Shaped By Political Corruption

Sellout! How political corruption shaped an American insult. If you follow politics, sports, Hollywood or the arts, you’ve no doubt heard the insult “sellout” thrown around to describe someone perceived to have betrayed a core principle or shared value in their pursuit of personal gain. The term has recently been hurled at a range of well-known targets: Donald Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows for cooperating with a special counsel investigating election fraud in 2020; Kim Kardashian for advertising her personal brands as a form of women’s empowerment; even former NFL great Deion Sanders, for leaving Jackson State, a historically Black university, to coach at the University of Colorado. Most people, I find, are familiar with this accusation. But few people really know the full sto...
What It’s Like To Be A Judge In A High-Profile Trial Like Those Involving Donald Trump’s Criminal Charges
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What It’s Like To Be A Judge In A High-Profile Trial Like Those Involving Donald Trump’s Criminal Charges

A former federal judge explains what it’s like to be on the bench in a high-profile trial like those involving Donald Trump’s criminal charges. Former President Donald Trump is expected to make many court appearances in the coming months, most in connection with the 91 criminal charges against him in four cases in both federal and state courts. The judges in these cases are under intense public and legal scrutiny, and several have been subjected to violent threats even before the trials begin. To learn about what judges think and experience in these situations, The Conversation U.S. spoke with John E. Jones III, the president of Dickinson College, who is a retired federal judge appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate in 2002. During his time on th...
Why University Presidents Can Remain On Faculty And Resume Their Teaching Jobs After They Leave Or Lose Their Administrative Positions? — Tenure
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Why University Presidents Can Remain On Faculty And Resume Their Teaching Jobs After They Leave Or Lose Their Administrative Positions? — Tenure

Why does Claudine Gay still work at Harvard after being forced to resign as its president? She’s got tenure. Harvard University President Claudine Gay resigned on Jan. 2, 2024, less than one month after University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill stepped down. They called it quits amid uproar among conservative lawmakers and several major donors regarding what they saw as Gay’s and Magill’s underwhelming responses to antisemitism on their campuses. In Gay’s case, there were also accusation of plagiarism. Some members of the public have been surprised to see that both Gay and Magill remain employed by their universities as professors and researchers. Ray Gibney, a management scholar who studies labor relations, explains why university presidents with tenure can remain on faculty and re...