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Rikers Island correction bosses routinely ‘purge’ unfavorable violence stats

Rikers IslandThere’s something hokey going on at the city’s pokey.

As pressure mounts to reduce violence at the troubled jails, top correction bosses — seeking to create the impression they have turned matters around — repeatedly order underlings to downgrade incidents, a Daily News review of scores of internal documents shows.

Knife fights and ugly brawls between inmates, even attacks on officers, often end up airbrushed in the records as routine “log book entries,” sources familiar with the process say.


Children’s Home Shuns Atheist Dollars

Children's home shuns atheist donationOn Monday, Matt Wilbourn, the founder of the Muskogee Atheist Community in Oklahoma, made a $100 donation in his organization’s name to the Murrow Indian Children’s Home. Later that day, his phone rang.

“I received a phone call an hour later from the lady who accepted my donation earlier telling me that her director asked her to call me and tell me that my donation was not accepted,” Wilbourn wrote on a Go Fund Me page. “She went on to say that they are funded by the American Baptist Churches Association and accepting a donation from atheists would go against everything they believe in.”

“I emailed the director and even told her that I’m raising the amount to $250. I’m awaiting her response,” he added.


FBI raids home of ex-College Board official in probe of SAT leak

College Board official raided by FBIFederal agents searched the home of a former employee-turned-outspoken critic of the College Board, the standardized testing giant, as part of an investigation into the breach of hundreds of questions from the SAT college entrance exam.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation seized computers and other material on Friday from Manuel Alfaro, who left his job as executive director of assessment design and development at the College Board in February 2015. The FBI is investigating alleged computer intrusion and theft against an unidentified “victim corporation” involving “confidential or proprietary information,” including tests, test forms and internal emails, according to a search warrant issued in the case.


U.S. Dept. of Education drops hammer on ITT Tech with devastating restrictions

ITT Tech gets US govt restrictionITT Educational Services, one of the United States' largest and most expensive for-profit institutes of higher education, was hit hard by the U.S. Department of Education on Thursday with devastating restrictions that some believe could spell the end of the schools.

The Education Department barred the parent company of ITT Tech from accepting any new students who rely on federal student loans or grants -- effectively a renouncement of the organization by the U.S. government.


Judge: North Carolina must give transgender people choice of bathrooms

NC must give transgenders choice of bathroomA federal judge, saying “time is of the essence” as the new academic year approaches, ruled on Friday that the University of North Carolina temporarily cannot block two transgender students and an employee from using bathrooms that match their gender identity.

One transgender rights organisation welcomed the ruling which affects but does not strike down what it called “a dangerous and bigoted law”.


Obama Lauds The Trailblazers On Women’s Equality Day

Women's Equality DayPresident Barack Obama, a self-proclaimed feminist, touted women’s role as “leaders at the forefront of progress” in his presidential proclamation recognizing Women’s Equality Day.

Proclaimed annually on Aug. 26 by the president of the United States, Women’s Equality Day honors the suffragists and activists who fought for and eventually realized women’s right to vote. The 19th Amendment, which grants that right, was certified as law on Aug. 26, 1920.


Drug money: Pharma CEOs are paid 71% more

Mylan exec pay up 71%People might be shocked at how high drug prices have gotten. But equally lucrative are the compensation packages hauled in by drug company CEOs.

CEOs of the 14 biotech and pharmaceutical companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 that served all of 2015 pulled down median compensation packages valued at $18.5 billion in 2015, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. That was 71% greater than the median $10.8 million hauled in by S&P 500 executives in all industries in 2015, according to an analysis by Equilar.


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