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Bates College president to step down next year

Jun. 23, 2022 08:40 AM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The president of Bates College will step down next year after 11 years at the liberal arts institution. Clayton Spencer made her announcement in a letter to the community on Wednesday. She will depart next June. "I have felt so lucky to be part...

Bill Gates says he has COVID, experiencing mild symptoms

May. 10, 2022 20:08 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said Tuesday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms. Via Twitter, the billionaire philanthropist said he will isolate until he is again healthy. “I’m fortunate to be vaccinated and...

‘For the welfare of mankind’: Hospital celebrates 95 years

May. 07, 2022 00:09 AM EDT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Dozens gathered May 2 to mark the 95th anniversary of Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro with a celebration led by president and CEO Gordon Ferguson. Murfreesboro native Betty Loveless, granddaughter of founding hospital board...

Human rights advocate to lead PEN's writers' protection work

May. 04, 2022 09:27 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The literary writer’s organization PEN America is expanding its support of writers around the world who face imprisonment for their work by hiring human rights advocate Liesl Gerntholtz to head the new PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Center. The new center will build...

Harvard pledges $100M to research, atone for role in slavery

Apr. 26, 2022 18:30 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University is vowing to spend $100 million to study and atone for its extensive ties with slavery, the school’s president announced Tuesday, with plans to identify and support the descendants of enslaved people who labored at the Ivy League campus. President...