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Officials announce reforms after man paralyzed in police van

Jul. 07, 2022 13:23 PM EDT

Officials in New Haven, Connecticut, announced prisoner transport and detention reforms Thursday in response to a police van driver braking suddenly while transporting a man in the back of the van, sending him flying headfirst into a metal wall of the vehicle and paralyzing him. ...

School system enters settlement in desegregation case

Jul. 06, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has approved an agreement to settle a long-running desegregation case with a north Alabama school system, prosecutors said Wednesday. The school system agreed to take steps to ensure equal educational opportunities for Black students, including...

Biomedical grantmakers' diversity push gains new momentum

Jul. 06, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

One and a half billion dollars is a big mea culpa, but that is what one philanthropy is throwing on the table to address what it admits is a longstanding problem: the failure to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in health research. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute,...

Sharks hire Mike Grier as NHL's first Black GM

Jul. 05, 2022 16:27 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks' three-month search for a general manager ended with a barrier-breaking hire as the team made longtime NHL forward Mike Grier the first Black GM in league history. “It means a lot to me,” Grier said at his introductory news conference...

Black Jewish leader works to boost community, inclusiveness

Jul. 05, 2022 08:40 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nate Looney is a Black man who grew up in Los Angeles, a descendant of enslaved people from generations ago. He’s also an observant, kippah-wearing Jew. But he doesn’t always feel welcome in Jewish spaces — his skin color sometimes elicits questioning...

Detroit targets old industry sites to improve neighborhoods

Jul. 05, 2022 07:42 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — One of the first things 84-year-old Mahalie Wilson sees when she steps out of her home on Detroit's east side is the brick, steel and concrete skeleton of the long-vacant Packard plant that looms over the neighborhood. Built in the early 1900s and still churning out...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Jul. 05, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

Terre Haute Tribune-Star. July 3, 2022. Editorial: Freedom — and its many contradictions “When in the course of human events...” Those seven words form the opening sentence of the most consequential document in human history. Written during late...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jul. 04, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. June 29, 2022. Editorial: Lawmakers should force TCEQ to get tougher on polluters A state advisory panel this month described the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as “a reluctant regulator” that should do more to protect Texans...

French soccer tournament celebrates diversity, fights racism

Jul. 03, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

CRETEIL, France (AP) — An amateur soccer tournament in France aimed at celebrating ethnic diversity is attracting talent scouts, sponsors and increasing public attention, by uniting young players from low-income neighborhoods with high-profile names in the sport. The National...

The long, ongoing debate over ‘All men are created equal’

Jul. 03, 2022 06:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Jennings is CEO of the Lambda Legal organization, a prominent advocate for LGBTQ rights. He sees his mission in part as fulfilling that hallowed American principle: “All men are created equal.” “Those words say to me, ‘Do better, America.’ And what...