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At George Washington University, affirmative action for the wealthy?

George Washington University — which got in trouble last year for misreporting admissions data to bolster its college ranking — is making yet another confession. The university has been misrepresenting its admissions and financial-aid policy for years, touting a “need-blind” admissions policy while in fact giving preference to wealthier students…

City University of New York refuses to explain why it refuses to pay adjunct professors money they’ve already earned

Many adjunct professors who work for the City University of New York (CUNY) haven’t been paid for classes they taught in August and September. Adjuncts are the most vulnerable workers in the American higher educational system, working on short contracts and only rarely allowed to unionize. In the past decade,…

Pennsylvania woman charged with rape of 17-year-old boy

Police in Plattsburgh, Pennsylvania on Monday arrested a woman for allegedly having sex with a teen at a youth home where she was employed. Stephanie K Duquette, 33, was charged with for one count of rape 3rd degree and one count of unlawfully dealing with a child 1st degree. The…

Pope Francis: Greed is an instrument of idolatry

Speaking at daily Mass on Monday, Pope Francis condemned the worship of money. Though money itself was not inherently evil, Francis said the attachment to money lead to destruction of families, friends, and the self. “It leads you to idolatry, it destroys your relationship with others,” he said, according to…

Archaeologists find 4,000 year-old tomb of prominent doctor to pharaohs southwest of Cairo

Archaeologists have unearthed a 4,000 year old tomb outside the Egyptian capital containing what they believe are the remains of a prominent doctor to the pharaohs, officials said on Tuesday. The tomb, part of a 21 metre (70 foot) by 14 metre (46 foot) plot, with four-metre (13 feet) high…

Outrage erupts over Buddhist temple fresco ‘restored’ by Chinese officials with cartoon-like paintings

Chinese authorities have “restored” centuries-old Buddhist frescos in a temple by painting them over with cartoon-like figures from Taoist myths, reports said Tuesday, prompting outrage online. It is the latest example of controversial heritage preservation in China, where many ancient structures have been destroyed in recent decades, sometimes to be…

‘White widow’ Westgate mall attacker wrote an ode to Osama bin Laden proclaiming her love for him

The British woman wanted for alleged terror offences in Kenya, dubbed the “White Widow”, wrote an ode to the late Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden proclaiming her love for him, a report said Tuesday. Samantha Lewthwaite’s clumsy poem, littered with spelling mistakes, was found by British police investigators after they…

‘Walking robot’ researchers say the secret is all in the hips

Robot researchers in Japan have proved what entertainers from Elvis Presley to Miley Cyrus knew all along: the secret is in the hips. But where Elvis “The Pelvis” gyrated his way to 1950s fame and one-time child star Cyrus attained instant Internet notoriety with her recent awards show “twerking”, the…

Art thief who stole masterpieces by Gauguin, Monet and Picasso suing museum ‘for making his robbery too easy’

A Romanian man who has admitted to stealing masterpieces by Gauguin, Monet and Picasso on Tuesday threatened to sue the Dutch museum he took them from for making his robbery too easy. Radu Dogaru is among six Romanians on trial for last year’s spectacular three-minute heist from the Kunsthal museum…

Automaker GM under investigation in India for ‘corporate fraud’

Indian government officials were tight-lipped Tuesday over claims a transport ministry panel had accused US auto giant General Motors of “corporate fraud” over faulty engine-emission tests. The Times of India and other local media said a government investigation had alleged that senior GM India executives violated engine testing norms and…

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