October 2021

Landon Whitchlock, age 8, places flowers for shooting victims at a memorial outside the Emanuel AME Church June 18, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Dylann Storm Roof has been arrested in connection with a mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church Wednesday night. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Families of Charleston church massacre victims reach an $88M settlement with the Justice Department

By Christina Carrega and Holly Yan, The families of nine people fatally shot in 2015 at a historically Black church in Charleston, South Carolina, have reached an $88 million settlement with the Justice Department in their lawsuit over the shooter’s weapon purchase, according to agency officials and a news release Thursday. The settlements range from $6 million

2ENK4WX POZNAN, POL - JAN 6, 2021: Laptop computer displaying logo of Merriam-Webster, an American company that publishes reference books and dictionaries

Merriam-Webster adds 455 new words to the dictionary, including ‘fluffernutter’ and ‘dad bod’

By Seán Federico-O’Murchú Amirite, or amirite? As the world evolves, words follow, which is why Merriam-Webster has added 455 new ones to the dictionary this month. TBH, many have emerged from the Covid-19 pandemic that has shaped so much of people’s lives over the past 20 months. In 2020, the English word of the year was not surprisingly “pandemic.”


Amazon Investing $800000 For TSU Professor Endowment

By Lucas Johnson, Amazon is investing $800,000 to endow a professor at Tennessee State University and equip computer science students with the skills they need to one day work for the company or elsewhere in the technology space. The idea originated in 2018 as a part of announcing Amazon Nashville, which is expected to ultimately


Del State sociology research partner with DNREC

By Delaware State University, The state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has engaged a trio of Delaware State University sociology professors and their research skills to help the agency improve its public engagement effectiveness. DNREC awarded the University a $249,773 grant earlier this year to conduct the research, which will focus on traditionally


A thousand people were summoned for jury duty in the trial for Ahmaud Arbery’s killing. Less than half showed up

By Martin Savidge, Mallika Kallingal, Angela Barajas and Eric Fiegel, It’s been nearly two weeks since jury selection began in the trial of the three men charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery, and of the thousand people summoned for jury duty, less than half have turned up. Of the first batch of 600 people summoned when


The two newest Supreme Court justices could redraw the road map for the Second Amendment in courts

By Ariane de Vogue, The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a case that could broaden gun rights nationwide and transform how the Second Amendment is interpreted in the United States. On the surface, the dispute involves whether a New York law that restricts individuals from carrying concealed handguns outside the home for self-defense passes

The U.S. Department of State seal, in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, February 21, 2021, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Congress reconvenes this week after a recess, taking up major COVID relief legislation pushed by Democrats as the confirmed coronavirus death toll approaches 500,000 in the U.S. (Graeme Sloan/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

Biden names Sara Minkara as US special adviser on international disability rights

By Kate Sullivan, President Joe Biden on Thursday announced the appointment of Sara Minkara as the US special adviser on international disability rights, filling a role that was created by former President Barack Obama and left vacant during the Trump administration. “One-seventh of our world’s population — 1 billion people — are people with disabilities. And if


Intelligence leaders defend efforts to promote diversity in face of Republican attacks

By Katie Bo Lillis, The Biden administration’s most senior intelligence officials defended their push to boost diversity in the ranks of the intelligence community in a congressional hearing on Wednesday, amid attacks from Republicans that such efforts are a distraction from core national security priorities. Diversity and inclusion “is not only the smart thing to do for


Howard University and Management Leadership for Tomorrow Launch Suite of Programs to Improve Career Outcomes for Students

Written By the Howard University Newsroom staff, Howard University is partnering with Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) to provide their student population with access to multiple college-to-career programs that will help students maximize job opportunities upon graduation. Nearly all Bison undergraduate students  in good academic standing will have access to at least one MLT program.

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