Hochul's $227B budget helps NYC transit, migrant response
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed dramatic spending to help New York City handle a wave of international migrants and to stabilize its reeling public transit system with her $227 billion state budget Wednesday, even as she warned of tougher economic times ahead.
Black history class revised by College Board after criticism
The official curriculum for a new Advanced Placement course on African American studies was released Wednesday downplays some components that had drawn criticism from conservatives including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who said the class would be outlawed in his state.
Adani $2.5B share sale pushes through amid fraud claims
The closely watched $2.5 billion share sale launched by Asia’s richest man, Gautam Adani, has been fully subscribed, bucking expectations after a turbulent week in which the conglomerate’s shares plunged in a tussle with a U.S. short-seller.
School searched 1st-grader's backpack before teacher shot
A school superintendent says administrators at the Virginia school where a first-grader shot his teacher last week learned the child may have had a weapon in his possession before the shooting but did not find the 9mm handgun he brought despite searching his backpack.
Shooting fallout: Metal detectors in elementary schools?
The shooting of a first-grade teacher in Virginia by a 6-year-old boy has plunged the nation into uncharted waters of school violence, with many in the city of Newport News, where the shooting occurred, demanding metal detectors in every school.
Former CPS administrator named new Archdiocese of Chicago schools leader
A former Chicago Public Schools administrator who founded the city’s charter school program will take the helm next month as the new superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago, church officials said Monday.chicagotribune.com
No more tuition? Hope College wants to change the way higher education is funded
HOLLAND, MI – Hope College President Matthew Scogin has a bold new plan to change the business model of higher education, and it starts with getting rid of the most fundamental revenue source for colleges: Tuition dollars. The first pillar is focused on accessibility and equity – making higher education accessible to all students, not just those who come from wealthier backgrounds. The president hopes that by providing students with a tuition-free, high quality Hope education, those students will be encouraged to “give back to what they love” as alumni. Eventually, Scogin wants 100% of Hope College students to receive free tuition through endowed scholarships. The president said he wants Hope College to be a national leader in encouraging other institutions to try a similar funding model.mlive.com
A home for Charis; dog gets party and adopted after year at Humane Society
May 16—A female dog named Charis recently received a special treat marking her one-year anniversary at the Effingham County Humane Society. But Charis had something else to bark about. She was going to be picked up later by her newly adopted family. Charis was a little feisty at her party. There were quite a few new faces she had never seen before, according to ECHS Adoption Coordinator Angie ...news.yahoo.com
Italian judge accused of arms trafficking after police discover huge cache of weapons
An Italian judge accused of taking bribes to free mobsters from prison is at the centre of an arms trafficking investigation after allegedly amassing a huge arsenal of illegal military-grade weapons. A new arrest warrant was issued for Giuseppe De Benedictis, after police discovered one of the largest private stashes of weapons ever confiscated in Italy. The Bari judge was already facing corruption charges after police bugged gangsters bragging about buying him for 30,000 euros. It comes as Italy reckons with the ongoing influence of organised crime in a mafia "super-trial," in which more than 350 alleged mobsters and their collaborators will face justice. It is the biggest mafia trial since the 1980s. The arsenal was hidden beneath a rural farmhouse among the olive and almond groves north of Bari. When police lifted the cellar's heavy iron lid, which had been soldered shut, they discovered nearly 200 different weapons, including Kalashnikovs, AR15s, UZI, Socimi and Beretta machine guns, pump action shotguns, CZ and other semi-automatic pistols, hand grenades, 100,000 rounds of ammunition, and even an anti-tank mine. Anti-mafia authorities are now investigating whether some military equipment may have been stolen from the Italian army to be sold on the black market. Prosecutors believe Mr De Benedictis and an Italian army officer may have been helping organised crime gangs move illegal arms through the port city of Bari, but the ex-judge maintains the collection was just a side hobby. A known, passionate collector of rare and antique guns, he reportedly firsty told authorities he had dumped any questionable weapons into the Adriatic Sea, but police continued to search for the cache, following leads from wiretapped conversations. According to Lecce prosecutors and the 40-page arrest warrant issued by Investigating Magistrate Guilia Proto, Mr De Benedictis had wiretapped conversations with an Italian Army official in Bari, Corporal Major Antonio Serafino, about how to procure arms and where to hide them. Corporal Major Serafino worked at the passport office of the Italian Armed Forces Mechanised Brigade “Pinerolo” in Bari. The brigade has infantry, cavalry and artillery regiments with access to howitzers and other arms. According to court documents, police bugged his car, and the hidden microphone picked up the sound of machine gun fire from Serafino’s balcony in a Bari suburb on New Year’s Eve, as he and Mr De Benedictis tested out some of their weapons. The same bugs picked up conversations between the judge and the army officer debating about whether and how to move the cache of weapons from the “well” in a rural location. The well turned out to be an underground storage cellar in an outbuilding of a farmhouse near the village of Andria. The arrest warrant issued this week charged the farmhouse owner, Corporal Major Serafino and Mr De Bendictis with illegal arms dealing. It referred to them as “authentic traffickers of weapons of war” which they deny. Prosecutors are in the process of verifying the provenance of the arms to determine if they may have been the property of the Italian Army, and if so, what other public officials might have been complicit in aiding their disappearance.news.yahoo.com