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Princeton Is 'Quiet Ivy' No More as Raucous Israel Debate Roils Campus

PrincetonPrinceton University has long been known as the “conservative Ivy.” It’s a reference that encompasses not just the school’s centrist political image when compared with Ivy League universities like Harvard or Brown, but also its bucolic atmosphere and generally quiescent student body.

But Princeton’s cultivated image of ivory tower calm seemed to vanish like a daguerreotype from another era recently, when student activists succeeded in putting the question of divestment from Israel up for a vote before the entire student body. With breathtaking speed, students from both sides of the issue began accusing each other of tearing down campaign posters, misrepresenting information and making offensive social media posts. Charges of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and hatred of Arabs also flew over social media.


Police van carrying Freddie Gray made previously undisclosed stop after his arrest

Police van stopped after arrest of GrayA previously undisclosed stop made by the police van carrying Freddie Gray after his arrest in Baltimore has been discovered by investigators, police said, as they announced they had completed a criminal inquiry into his death.

Details of what happened during the stop may shed new light on how Gray sustained fatal injuries in police custody. It was the second of four made by the vehicle on its journey to the western district police headquarters.


Reporter Doubts Report Freddie Gray Injured Himself

Freddie Gray death reportA leaked police document that claims Freddie Gray was “intentionally trying to injure himself” while in the back of a police van in Baltimore after his arrest is being questioned due to inconsistencies with earlier reports.

Gray died a week after his videotaped April 12 arrest due to injuries sustained under uncertain circumstances while in police custody, sparking protests in Baltimore and around the nation.


Baltimore police turn over Gray investigation to state prosecutor

Baltimore police chiefBaltimore Police Department Commissioner Anthony Batts announced Thursday that the results of the department's investigation into the death of Freddie Gray — who died after he was critically injured in police custody — has been turned over to a state prosecutor.

Batts told reporters that during the course of the investigation, 30 detectives were dedicated to focus on the case as their "full-time job."

The commissioner stressed that the investigation is still not over and that "if new evidence is found, we will follow it," going on to say that Gray's family and the community "deserve transparency and truth."


Christie associate who ordered 'Bridgegate' closures will plead guilty

David WildsteinAccording to a Bloomberg News report published on Wednesday, David Wildstein, who ordered the lane closures at the center of the so-called "Bridgegate" scandal, plans to plead guilty to unspecified criminal charges.

Wildstein, who went to high school with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), was the director of interstate capital projects at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He was appointed by the governor.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg eviscerates same-sex marriage opponents in court

Ginsburg v attorney to retain ban on gay marriageAt a turning point in history where most of the male members of the US supreme court seemed unsure which way to turn, one justice stood out during Tuesday’s hearing on the constitutionality of gay marriage for her spatial awareness.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has long been a liberal champion – dubbed ‘Notorious RBG’ by her younger fans – for her withering dissent from the court’s increasingly conservative consensus.


Texas considers more abortion limits after clinic closures

Greg AbbottTwo years after Texas adopted sweeping abortion restrictions despite Wendy Davis' star-making filibuster, Republicans are pushing a smaller encore of additional limits for new Gov. Greg Abbott to sign within the next month.

New battlegrounds over abortion access for minors and insurance don't pack the same impact of a 2013 measure that would leave as few as eight abortion facilities in Texas if a federal appeals court upholds stringent new clinic standards. That decision is potentially still weeks out.


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