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African Americans Have Long Celebrated Black Culture In Public Spaces Defying White Supremacy
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African Americans Have Long Celebrated Black Culture In Public Spaces Defying White Supremacy

From Richmond to New York City to Seattle, anti-racist activists are getting results as Confederate monuments are coming down by the dozens. In Richmond, Virginia, protesters have changed the story of Lee Circle, home to a 130-year-old monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee. It’s now a new community space where graffiti, music and projected images turn the statue of Lee from a monument to white supremacy into a backdrop proclaiming that Black Lives Matter. This isn’t a new phenomenon. I’m a historian of celebrations and protests after the Civil War. And in my research, I have found that long before Confederate monuments occupied city squares, African Americans used those same public spaces to celebrate their history. But those African American memorial cultures have often been o...
Top Celebrity Websites Hacked – Does A Public Figure’s Website Need Extra Security?
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Top Celebrity Websites Hacked – Does A Public Figure’s Website Need Extra Security?

Most public figures have started to tweet and blog in order to keep their fan base or followers up to date with their day to day life and with their beliefs about everyday happenings. But the most important thing that we must note is that public figures, celebrities, actors and other artistes have the least security for their website and social media presence. This means that they are the favorite tool to spread rumors and misinformation through. This article deals with the need for extra security for the website of a public figure, famous personality or celebrity. Soft Target Celebrity websites are a soft target for hackers and publicity seeking geeks. The celebrity has a ready fan base who will immediately be tapped for the attention. The ultimate aim for hackers and script kiddies ...
Guns At Home Extends To Carrying Them In Public Too – Supreme Court Appears To Suggest
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Guns At Home Extends To Carrying Them In Public Too – Supreme Court Appears To Suggest

Morgan Marietta, University of Massachusetts Lowell Faced with the question “does the constitutional right to possess a gun extend outside the home?” the majority of the Supreme Court appears to be heading toward the answer “yes.” On Nov. 3, 2012, justices heard oral arguments over New York’s restrictions on the carrying of firearms in public. Supreme Court watchers reported that conservative justices – who make up the bulk of the court – appeared to be of the view that the state’s laws contravene individuals’ right to self-defense outside of their own property. “Why isn’t it good enough to say I live in a violent area, and I want to be able to defend myself?” Justice Brett Kavanaugh wondered. The nine-member panel is far from the first to ponder such questions. The crux of the issue b...
Charter Schools Are Not As ‘Public’ As They Claim To Be, Here’s Why
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Charter Schools Are Not As ‘Public’ As They Claim To Be, Here’s Why

Kevin Welner, University of Colorado Boulder Proponents of charter schools insist that they are public schools “open to all students.” But the truth is more nuanced. As an education policy researcher – and as author of a new book about charter schools I wrote with fellow researcher Wagma Mommandi – I have discovered that charter schools are not as accessible to the public as they are often made out to be. This finding is particularly relevant in light of the fact that charter school enrollment reportedly grew at a rapid rate during the pandemic. Specifically, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, enrollment increased 7% from 2019-20 to 2020-21. The organization says that is the biggest enrollment jump in a half-decade. In our book, we identify and describe 13 di...
The Purdue Opioid Settlement – How It Could Help The Public Understand The Roots Of The Drug Crisis
HEALTH & WELLNESS

The Purdue Opioid Settlement – How It Could Help The Public Understand The Roots Of The Drug Crisis

HEALTH Antoine Lentacker, University of California, Riverside There’s a long history of U.S. courts being called upon to fix large-scale public health crises. Lawyers and judges, for instance, were key in settling claims related to asbestos, lead paint, Agent Orange and tobacco. More recently, they have dealt with the fallout of the U.S. opioid epidemic, which is linked to the deaths of some 500,000 Americans over the past two decades. This litigation can serve several important goals. It can identify wrongdoers and hold them accountable. It can repair damage by compensating the victims. And it can protect the public by producing evidence regarding dangerous products and practices. When cases are settled, however, the litigation rarely accomplishes all three goals together. Settlement...
Lead Pipes That Threaten Public Health Across The US – Targets Of Biden’s Infrastructure Plan
ENVIRONMENT, VIDEO REELS

Lead Pipes That Threaten Public Health Across The US – Targets Of Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan includes a proposal to upgrade the U.S. drinking water distribution system by removing and replacing dangerous lead pipes. As a geochemist and environmental health researcher who has studied the heartbreaking impacts of lead poisoning in children for decades, I am happy to see due attention paid to this silent killer, which disproportionately affects poor communities of color. Biden’s proposal includes US$45 billion to eliminate all lead pipes and service lines nationwide. The funding would go to programs administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This effort would affect an estimated 6 million to 10 million homes, along with 400,000 schools and child care facilities. I see it as one of the nation’s best chances to finally get the ...
Research Suggests – Here’s Why It’s A Public Health Problem That Nearly 60 Million Americans Don’t Drink Their Tap Water
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Research Suggests – Here’s Why It’s A Public Health Problem That Nearly 60 Million Americans Don’t Drink Their Tap Water

Imagine seeing a news report about lead contamination in drinking water in a community that looks like yours. It might make you think twice about whether to drink your tap water or serve it to your kids – especially if you also have experienced tap water problems in the past. In a new study, my colleagues Anisha Patel, Francesca Weaks and I estimate that approximately 61.4 million people in the U.S. did not drink their tap water as of 2017-2018. Our research, which was released in preprint format on April 8, 2021, and has not yet been peer reviewed, found that this number has grown sharply in the past several years. Other research has shown that about 2 million Americans don’t have access to clean water. Taking that into account, our findings suggest that about 59 million people have tap...
Keeping Their Communities Informed, Connected And Engaged – 143,518 US Public Library Workers Jobs May Be At Risk
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Keeping Their Communities Informed, Connected And Engaged – 143,518 US Public Library Workers Jobs May Be At Risk

America’s public library workers have adjusted and expanded their services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.   CC BY-ND In addition to initiating curbside pickup options, they’re doing many things to support their local communities, such as extending free Wi-Fi outside library walls, becoming vaccination sites, hosting drive-through food pantries in library parking lots and establishing virtual programs for all ages, including everything from story times to Zoom sessions on grieving and funerals. In 2018, there were 143,518 library workers in the United States, according to data collected by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. While newer data isn’t available, the number is probably lower now, and recent history suggests more library jobs may be on the chopping block in th...
When Body Camera Footage Should Be Made Public, Police And Civilians Disagree
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When Body Camera Footage Should Be Made Public, Police And Civilians Disagree

Many police chiefs and regular American civilians agree that officers’ body camera footage should be released to the public after police shoot someone dead. They differ, though, on when the images should be made public. This complicates achieving accountability, which is often the reason officers wear cameras. That’s the finding of our new research, published by Cambridge University Press. We surveyed 4,000 U.S. residents – 1,000 across the nation as a whole and 1,000 in each of three cities – Los Angeles, Seattle and Charlotte – which are often cited as having different policies for releasing body camera footage. We asked participants whether they identified themselves as white, Black, Hispanic or Asian. We also surveyed 1,000 police chiefs across the country. In June 2020, weeks after...
Drivers Struggle To Enforce Mask Mandates On Public Transit
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Drivers Struggle To Enforce Mask Mandates On Public Transit

Many U.S. metropolitan areas report that at least 90% of public transit passengers wear masks while on buses to prevent the spread of coronavirus. However, some passengers still wear their masks incorrectly. And some refuse to wear them at all, threatening the health and safety of others on board. Staff at many transit systems have already faced the difficult task of enforcing passenger compliance with local and state mask mandates. Now, staff and passengers of public transit systems must also comply with federal orders, issued in January and February. Passengers who violate the federal mask orders may face penalties of US$250 for a first offense and up to $1,500 for repeat offenses. In addition to driving, public transit drivers are now responsible for preventing unmasked passengers ...