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Federal Campus Rape Investigations Near 200, And Finally Get More Funding

Campus rape fundingThe number of higher education institutions and K-12 schools under review by the U.S. Department of Education over how they've handled sexual assault cases has continued to grow, as the agency responsible for the investigations prepares for a modest budget increase.

As of Dec. 30, the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights had 194 Title IX investigations open at 159 colleges and universities examining allegations the schools mishandled sexual assault cases. In addition, OCR is investigating 68 cases involving sexual violence at 63 K-12 schools and school districts.


Florida university fires professor who said Sandy Hook shooting a hoax

FAU  fires nutty professerFlorida Atlantic University fired a professor who said the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 26 dead was a hoax and publicly argued with a victim's parents.

James Tracy, a tenured associate professor of communications at the school in South Florida, was fired for insubordination and circumvention of FAU policies. University officials said Tracy failed for three years to submit a required "Report of Outside Employment or Professional Activity Form." When he did submit one in mid-December, he did not list his personal blog, Memory Hole, and other associated blogs.


Oregon armed group member would rather die than see prison

BUndy group in OregonLaVoy Finicum, a member of the armed group that seized a government building in Oregon, said he would rather die than go to prison as the FBI is reportedly drafting a plan to end the situation.

The armed group took control of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge building on Saturday after holding a rally in the nearby town of Burns in support of two ranchers convicted of arson. Finicum, a Mormon rancher from Arizona and father of 11, said he would rather be killed than be arrested when asked, NBC News reports.


Snyder declares emergency as feds probe Flint water

Flint water horror being investigatedGov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency for Flint and Genesee County Tuesday as a result of the contaminated drinking water crisis, on the same day the U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed it is investigating the contamination of Flint’s drinking water supply.

Snyder's office issued a news release late Tuesday saying the governor made the declaration "due to the ongoing health and safety issues caused by lead in the city of Flint’s drinking water" and activated the state Emergency Operations Center.


Florida reports over 13,000 untested rape kits

Florida untested rape kitsMore than 13,000 rape evidence kits have gone untested or unprocessed in Florida, and clearing the backlog could cost the state tens of millions of dollars, according to study results released Monday.

The study, conducted by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement from August to December 2015, found that 13,435 sexual assault evidence kits across the state have not been tested (PDF). That means that forensic evidence was collected from possible rape victims but has not been processed in order to match DNA evidence with possible suspects.


Armed Group Refuses to Leave Federal Building in Oregon

armed group oregonTwo days after taking over a federal building, armed protesters in Oregon are refusing to budge until they get what they want.
The problem is, they haven’t specified what it would take to get them to leave.

What started Saturday as a rally supporting two local ranchers led to a broader anti-government protest and now the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge building near Burns.


Militiamen occupy U.S. national parks building in Oregon

Oregon militiamen occupy national parksA group of militiamen on Saturday occupied the headquarters of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon in support of two brothers who are slated to report to prison on Monday on arson charges, the Oregonian newspaper reported.

"We're planning on staying here for years, absolutely," Ammon Bundy, one of the occupiers, told the newspaper via telephone.


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