Supreme Court move allows Jackson to take part in case that could lead to end of use of race in college admissions
The Supreme Court has taken a step that will allow new Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman on the court, to take part in a case that could lead to the end of the use of race in college admissions.
Supreme Court move allows Jackson to take part in race case
The Supreme Court on Friday took a step that will allow new Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman on the court, to take part in a case that could lead to the end of the use of race in college admissions. Jackson, who joined the court June 30 following the retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer, had pledged during her confirmation hearing to sit out the case involving Harvard's admissions policy because she was a member of the school's board. The Harvard dispute had been joined to a similar lawsuit involving the University of North Carolina.news.yahoo.com
Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Harvard ties raise recusal questions in Supreme Court’s affirmative action case
Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson is expected to face sharp questions from Republican senators about whether she would sit out an upcoming case examining the role race can play in college admissions because of her close ties to Harvard University.washingtonpost.com
Harvard epidemiologist: One dose of Covid vaccine is 'an incredible safeguard' for kids before the holidays
Kids won't be fully vaccinated for Covid before Thanksgiving, but experts say one dose is better than none. Here's the timeline you need to know to get your kids fully vaxxed before Christmas.cnbc.com
Michigan field hockey falls in shootout to Harvard
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan put the ball in the back of the goal once in its second-round NCAA Tournament game Sunday at Ocker Field. Harvard found the goal when it did, even though it took a while, and came away with a shootout win over the Wolverines to advance to the Final Four. After a scoreless regulation and a scoreless overtime, the game went to a shootout where three Harvard players slid the ball past Michigan’s Anna Spieker and Harvard goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo denied three Wolverines. That save include Shahbo dropping her stick, in response to which Michigan filed a protest with the NCAA. I’m proud of her.”But Shahbo was able to make plays at her end of the field as well, making five saves.mlive.com
Nicaragua’s Ortega cruises to reelection after jailing opponents
Daniel Ortega is almost certain to win a fifth term as president Sunday after jailing seven potential opposition candidates. U.S. officials say Nicaragua is spiraling into dictatorship, with worrisome implications for the rest of Central America.washingtonpost.com
Former Ithaca star Jake Smith earns Ivy League honor after leading Harvard to Top 25 win
Former Ithaca High School star Jake Smith continues to thrive at Harvard, earning the Ivy League Player of the Week award after a 38-13 win over No. Smith, who played sparingly in Harvard’s first two wins, completed 20 of 31 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns as Harvard improved to 3-0 and cracked the Top 25 in the FCS rankings. Smith, a 6-foot senior, sat out the 2020 season, along with all the Ivy League fall sports because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Smith led Ithaca to three state championships at quarterback. As a senior, Smith set Ithaca records for rushing yards (1,772) and rushing TDs (34).mlive.com
19-year-old Harvard student becomes Swartz Creek’s youngest substitute teacher
SWARTZ CREEK, MI -- As Jacob Winter, then 18 years old, walked through the halls of Swartz Creek High School, friends from classes younger than him were surprised to see him. Winter instead became likely the youngest substitute teacher hired for a longtime substitute position in Swartz Creek district history. That was until a long-term substitute position opened up as a teacher went on maternity leave in May. The first few weeks of his long-term substitute position overlapped with the final weeks of the second semester. “He was so grounded the whole time,” Carrie Church, a Swartz Creek biology teacher said about Jacob’s long-term substitute gig.mlive.com
The U.S. Averted One Housing Crisis, but Another Is in the Wings
The United States averted the most dire predictions about what the pandemic would do to the housing market. An eviction wave never materialized. The share of people behind on mortgages, after falling steadily for months, recently hit its pre-pandemic level. But a comprehensive report on housing conditions over the past year makes clear that while one crisis is passing, another is growing much worse. Like the broader economy, the housing market is split on divergent tracks, according to the annuanews.yahoo.com
Former Motorola sites in suburbs have drawn interest from developers, but one is a massive fixer-upper
A white elephant factory in Harvard and a former premier corporate campus in Schaumburg, once owned by Motorola, are both targets for ambitious redevelopment plans outside of Chicago.chicagotribune.com
Elise Stefanik said she was one of the ‘most bipartisan’ members of Congress. Then she went all-in on Trump’s false election claims.
The New York congresswoman is poised to become No. 3 House GOP leader, replacing Liz Cheney, who voted to impeach Trump and denounced the “big lie” of a stolen election.washingtonpost.com
With Chicago help, Buffalo officer earns court win in claim she was fired for stopping another cop from using chokehold
Chicago activists, lawyers, helped Cariol Horne reverse her firing from the Buffalo Police Department after she contended she stopped another officer from using a chokehold on a man who was handcuffed.chicagotribune.com
Black History Month: How did it start?
Black History Month began as a week in 1926, pushed by Harvard historian Carter Woodson after he witnessed how Black people were underrepresented in history. That included books and the conversations that shaped the study of American history. The week was officially recognized as a month in 1976. Watch the full report in the video above.
Ezra Vogel, renowned Asia scholar and biographer, dies at 90
FILE - In this June 17, 1999, file photo, Harvard professor Ezra Vogel gestures while speaking during his luncheon speech at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo. Vogel, a leading U.S. scholar on East Asia whose biography of Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping won acclaim and awards, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, in Cambridge, Mass. – A leading U.S. scholar on East Asia whose biography of Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping won acclaim and awards has died. Vogel died Sunday in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from complications after surgery, said his son, Steven Vogel. Vogel is survived by his wife of 41 years, Charlotte Ikels; son David Vogel of Cambridge; son Steven Vogel of Berkeley, California; daughter Eve Vogel of Amherst, Massachusetts; a sister, Fay Bussgang, of Dedham, Massachusetts; and five grandchildren.
University of Michigan alumna Rohini Kosoglu named to VP-elect Kamala Harris’ White House staff
University of Michigan alumna Rohini Kosoglu has been named to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ White House senior staff. Kosoglu will serve as domestic policy advisor to the Vice President. She previously served as a legislative aide to Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow. She also previously served as a legislative aide to U.S. Originally from New Jersey, Kosoglu is a graduate of the University of Michigan and George Washington University and is a mother to three young children.
Study finds thunderstorms linked to respiratory illnesses
Harvard researchers wanted to see if increases in emergency department visits for respiratory illnesses among older adults happened in the days surrounding thunderstorms because vulnerable groups and those with common chronic respiratory disease may be able to take steps to prevent worsening. The study in JAMA Internal Medicine found thunderstorms are linked with an average of 3,700 emergency department visits annually in the U.S. among seniors with respiratory illnesses, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). They collected the data from 1999 through 2012 in more than 3,000 counties and looked at emergency department visits due to respiratory conditions in older patient populations in the days before and after thunderstorms. They found an uptick of ER visits of those with asthma and COPD on the day before thunderstorms. You can find the full study here.
Michigan universities trying to prevent deportation of international students
DETROIT Wayne State and Oakland University will join the likes of Harvard, MIT and the University of Michigan in a fight to keep international students from being deported. The White House said if colleges dont reopen, international students will have to finish their studies online from their home countries. Rather than letting their international students be deported if schools to go a 100 percent online learning model -- they are figuring out how to make courses with the minimum bar of accommodation to keep those students visas safe. Yue Zhuo, an international student from China, left her home country to become an educator at Oakland University. She wouldnt be able to go back to China to continue her work online because of government censorship.
AP Source: Ivy League calls off fall sports due to outbreak
The Ivy League has canceled all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)The Ivy League on Wednesday became the first Division I conference to say it will not play sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. The league left open the possibility of moving some seasons to the spring if the outbreak is better controlled by then. The decision was described to the AP by a person speaking on the condition of anonymity in advance of the official announcement. The Ivy decision affects not just football but everything before Jan. 1, including soccer, field hockey, volleyball and cross country, as well as the nonconference portion of the basketball season.
Measles saps kids' ability to fight other germs
"This goes under the radar" because doctors wouldn't necessarily connect a child's pneumonia to measles they suffered a year earlier, Mina explained. After recovering from measles, the youngsters were left with plenty of antibodies against that virus but ones they'd previously harbored against other germs had plummeted. Elledge is paid by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, which also supports AP's Health & Science Department. But two months after recovering from measles, the children had lost on average 20 percent of their usual antibody mix. Importantly, researchers didn't find loss of antibodies in "control" populations that didn't get infected with measles or in children after they received the measles vaccine.
Harvard researchers grew meat in a lab from cow and rabbit cells
A team of Harvard bioengineers took a major step in taking cultured meat from lab to table. Researchers successfully grew cow and rabbit meat from an edible gelatin base for the first time, creating a substance that successfully mimicked the texture of natural meat, according to a new study published in the npj Science of Food journal. But previous attempts to grow environmentally friendly meat found it difficult to recreate the long, stringy muscle fibers that make up meat. The rabbit and cow cells anchored to the gelatinous bases and grew similarly to real meat in long and thin strips. Engineers are still perfecting growing the meat in large quantities and creating products that mimic the natural taste and texture of meat.
Harvard's admissions process upheld in affirmative action case
(CNN) - A US district judge in Boston has upheld Harvard's admissions process following a challenge from a group of Asian American applicants who believe the school discriminated against them. Judge Allison Burroughs ruled Tuesday that while Harvard's admissions process is "not perfect," she will not "dismantle a very fine admissions program that passes constitutional muster, solely because it could do better." Burroughs found "Harvard's admission program passes constitutional muster in that it satisfies the dictates of strict scrutiny." The ruling in the closely watched case is likely to be appealed and culminate in a national showdown over affirmative action at the US Supreme Court. The-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
Woman Uses Baseball Bat to Fight Off Bear Inside Home: Today on Inside Edition
A couple in Colorado managed to fight off a bear that made its way into their kitchen before tucking into a loaf of bread. Dramatic images show the moment a naked man was arrested for allegedly killing his mother, sister and baby nephew. In North Carolina, a police captain trolled a phone scammer who warned her she was just minutes from being arrested. Inside Edition was there to see the proud parents say their goodbyes. For these stories and more, watch Inside Edition.
Russell Simmons Bids Farewell to Daughter Aoki as She Heads to Harvard
Proud parents Russell Simmons and his ex-wife, Kimora Lee, said goodbye to their daughter Aoki Lee Simmons, who will start freshman year of college at Harvard. Inside Edition was with the family, including sister Ming Lee Simmons, who attends New York University, as Aoki begins a new chapter in her life. Aoki found out she was accepted to Harvard earlier this year and the whole family celebrated. Kimora said she was so proud of her daughter getting into Harvard that she was "ugly crying" when Aoki received the acceptance letter. The Simmons family took a tour of Harvard Wednesday and Aoki said she plans to study government but will also help her mom with the re-launch of the clothing line Baby Phat.