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Biden to forgive $37 million in debt for former University of Phoenix students

U of Phoenix

The Biden administration said Wednesday it would forgive $37 million in debt for more than 1,200 former students at the University of Phoenix, a controversial for-profit college that the Education Department alleges misled students for years with false advertising.

A national ad campaign promised prospective students that attending the school would lead them to receive preferential hiring treatment at a number of high-profile companies, including Microsoft and Adobe.


Alabama band director tased by police for not stopping his students' performance

Johnny Mims tased in front of his student band

What began as a routine band performance of Talkin' Out the Side of Your Neck by Cameo at an Alabama high school football game ended in a troubling confrontation when a police officer tased the marching band director for refusing to stop the music.

The altercation occurred Thursday around 9 p.m. local time after a game at Jackson-Olin High School in Birmingham, Ala.

Minor High School band director Johnny Mims, 39, and his ensemble of 145 students were about a minute away from being done with their final song when a police officer approached the podium. According to both Mims and the Birmingham Police Department, officers asked Mims to stop the performance so they could clear out the stadium. Mims responded that the song was about to end and the performance was agreed on by both schools.


Southern Baptists expel church as pastor defends blackface and Native caricatures

Voting at Soutern Baptist Convention

The Southern Baptist Convention has ousted an Oklahoma church whose pastor defended his blackface performance at one church event and his impersonation of a Native American woman at another.

The Executive Committee of the nation's largest Protestant denomination voted Tuesday that Matoaka Baptist Church of Ochelata "be deemed not in friendly cooperation with the convention" — the official terminology for an expulsion.

The church's pastor, Sherman Jaquess, dressed in blackface for a 2017 church Valentine's Day event, in which he claimed to be impersonating the late soul singer Ray Charles. Jaquess wore dark facial makeup, a large Afro wig and dark glasses and smiled broadly as he sang a duet. Some in the crowd can be heard laughing during the video of the performance.


South Carolina secures drug for lethal injections after 12-year pause

SC death chamber

South Carolina has obtained a drug needed to carry out lethal injections and is ready to perform the state’s first execution in over 12 years, officials announced on Tuesday.

The pause on executions wasn’t official. The state’s supply of the three drugs it used to kill inmates expired and drug companies refused to sell them any more because they could be publicly identified.

The South Carolina general assembly passed a shield law in May allowing the state to keep secret the procedure for executions and the suppliers of drugs or other items used.

On Tuesday, four months later, the state corrections director, Bryan Stirling, announced he bought a supply of pentobarbital and the state would begin using the sedative as the only drug in its executions.


Indiana A.G. Sues Hospital System Over Privacy Of Ohio Girl Who Traveled For Abortion

Todd RokitaIndiana’s attorney general has sued the state’s largest hospital system, claiming it violated patient privacy laws when a doctor publicly shared the story of an Ohio girl who traveled to Indiana for an abortion.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in Indianapolis federal court, marked Attorney General Todd Rokita’s latest attempt to seek disciplinary legal action against Dr. Caitlin Bernard. The doctor’s account of a 10-year-old rape victim traveling to Indiana to receive abortion drugs became a flashpoint in the abortion debate days after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last summer.

Rokita, a Republican, is stridently anti-abortion and Indiana was the first state to approve abortion restrictions after the court’s decision. The near-total abortion ban recently took effect after legal battles.


Two pilots killed in crash at National Championship Races in Reno

2 pilots killed in air race

Two pilots were killed Sunday after their planes collided while landing at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, the race organizers confirmed.

The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) said the accident occurred Sunday afternoon at the end of the T-6 Gold race. The pilots of each plane, later identified as Nick Macy and Chris Rushing, were killed, the association said Sunday night in a Facebook post.

RARA said there were no civilian causalities and the remainder of the races have been canceled.

“Both expertly skilled pilots and Gold winners in the T-6 Class, Macy piloted Six-Cat and Rushing flew Baron’s Revenge,” the association wrote on social media.


US surpasses 500 mass shootings in 2023: Gun Violence Archive

Gun violenceThe United States surpassed 500 mass shootings in 2023 over the weekend, according to the data from the Gun Violence Archive.

As of Sunday, the Gun Violence Archive reported 501 mass shootings so far in 2023, after a shooting in Denver, Colo. Saturday night marked the 500th mass shooting of the year.

According to Denver Police Department, the shooting sent four people to the hospital, and a fifth victim was later discovered. All of the individuals are expected to survive, and no arrests were made as of Sunday morning, police said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

mass shooting in Monterey Park, California last January marked this year’s deadliest shooting, where a total of 11 people were killed and 10 others were injured at a dance studio following a Lunar New Year celebration.


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