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Scientific American dustup over blogger being called ‘urban whore’ after rejecting request for unpaid work

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Scientific American’s blog network drew controversy Friday after removing a complaint about mistreatment posted by one of its scientific bloggers.

Danielle N. Lee, Ph.D., rejected a request for unpaid writing by Biology-Online.org, a partner site of Scientific American, notes Wired Magazine writer Maryn McKenna. In an emailed response, a Biology-Online.org editor wrote, “Are you an urban scientist or an urban whore?”

Lee, a postdoctoral research associate at Oklahoma State University and an African-American biologist who writes about diversity issues in the scientific community, noted the exchange Friday on her Scientific American blog.

“My initial reaction was not civil, I can assure you. I’m far from rah-rah, but the inner South Memphis in me was spoiling for a fight after this unprovoked insult,” she wrote in the post, which was archived on other sites. “I felt like Hollywood Cole, pulling my A-line T-shirt off over my head, walking wide leg from corner to corner yelling, ‘Aww hell nawl!’ In my gut I felt so passionately: ‘Ofek, don’t let me catch you on these streets, homie!'”

Editors on the site subsequently removed the post without warning. “@sciam is a publication for discovering science,” Scientific American editor Mariette DiChristina said in a Twitter post as public reaction began to mount Saturday morning. “The post was not appropriate for this area & was therefore removed.”

Other bloggers in the scientific community have been rallying to her defense over the incident, under the Twitter hashtag #standingwithdnlee and in subsequent commentary.

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“We are given full editorial control in our contracts. I could literally post only cat pics if I wanted,” Tweeted Melanie Tannenbaum, a doctoral candidate in social psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Scientific American blogger.

Watch Lee’s formal response to this below.

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Teen brutally attacks Hispanic mother after she got him suspended by school for racist abuse of her son

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A student at New Jersey school has been accused of brutally beating a Hispanic mother after she complained about her son being subjected to racist abuse.

NJ.com reports that 35-year-old Beronica Ruiz, whose son attends the Passaic Gifted and Talented Academy School No. 20 in Passaic, New Jersey, went to complain to administrators after her son had been subjected to bigoted taunts and threats of violence from other students.

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E. Jean Carroll’s rape allegations against Trump exposed a depressing fact about the American public — according to this conservative

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This week, former advice columnist E. Jean Carroll published explosive allegations that President Donald Trump had raped her in a department store in the 1990s. In response, the President tweeted that she was "not his type" and that he'd never met her.

As the Democratic debates begin, media commenters wondered why a credible accusation of rape against a sitting President is not enough to permanently sink his chances at re-election, with some blaming the media for moving on too fast.

Writing in the conservative publication The Bulwark, Jonathan V. Last notes that the media did its job. And that it's the US public that lacks the moral compass to ditch the president, despite multiple allegations of sexual assault.

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Trump lashes out at US women’s soccer player for refusing to visit the White House

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President Donald Trump lashed out at a U.S. women's national soccer team who has publicly criticized him.

Team co-captain Megan Rapinoe, who joined former NFL player Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest during the National Anthem, strongly denied that she would accept the president's invitation to visit the White House if her squad wins the Women’s World Cup now underway.

“I’m not going to the f*cking White House,” Rapinoe told Eight by Eight Magazine, saying she doubted Trump would risk inviting them. “We’re not gonna be invited. I doubt it.”

Trump has canceled visits by other championship teams, such as this year’s Philadelphia Eagles, after most of the players vowed to decline the invitation.

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