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WATCH: Ailing legacy; Justice for journalists; Guarding secrets; Feeding the beast
WGBH -- 05/19/2017
On this week’s edition of Beat the Press, Emily is joined by Dan Kennedy of Northeastern University, Callie Crossley and Adam Reilly of WGBH News and former White House correspondent for CNN Dan Lothian.
For former gang members, making education pay
Boston Globe -- 05/19/2017
The goal of Boston Uncornered is to engage with 900 former gang members, convicted felons, and high school dropouts, and to eventually enroll 250 in college over three years. The program pays participants $400 a week, to focus on school, tutoring, and work-based learning as an alternative to making money on the streets, officials say. The project will cost close to $18 million over three years. Program officials have already raised $4.8 million through private and public grants and donations. Boston Uncornered will work with researchers from MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University to evaluate the program.
Program offers ex-cons way out
Boston Herald -- 05/19/2017
A “bold” program launched last night is offering gang members and ex-cons $20,000 a year to get out of the life and attend community college for free to help curb gunplay in the city. The “Boston Uncornered” initiative has $18 million of public-private funding targeted with support from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northeastern University — but one top cop said supervision must be a top priority.
A defense of ‘transracial’ identity roils philosophy world
The New York Times -- 05/19/2017
Suzanna Danuta Walters, a professor of sociology at Northeastern University and the editor of Signs, an interdisciplinary feminist journal, called the call for retraction “an attack on scholarly peer review.” Ms. Tuvel’s critics had attacked her citations and conclusions, Ms. Walters said, without engaging her reasoning. “Could Tuvel have cited different people, or made different arguments?” she said. “Yes. But you could say that about every article.”…
New Orleans removes a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from its perch of 133 years
The Los Angeles Times -- 05/19/2017
New Orleans’ removal of four of its prominent sculptures marks a significant moment in the South’s history, a determination to challenge longstanding white supremacist symbols, said Martin Blatt, director of public history at Northeastern University and a former president of the National Council on Public History. “All this debate and the controversy points to a history that we still badly need to confront and unearth and interrogate,” Blatt said.
Turmoil at the White House: Now what?
Boston Globe -- 05/18/2017
However, only Congress has a clear path to Donald Trump’s removal and, therefore, the calculus for the Republican majorities in the House and Senate will be whether they stand to lose more by forcing Trump out, and enjoying a President Pence, or by sticking with him and his penchant for malfeasance. It is now clear that the American people, via the Electoral College, made a huge mistake in November. Only political action by would-be voters can convince the elected representatives of the people to rectify it, says Michael Meltsner, professor of constitutional law at Northeastern University School of Law.
National school lunch program threatened: Students need healthy, nutritious food
Huffington Post -- 05/18/2017
We should not weaken the school lunch standards further, says Jessica Hoffman, associate professor at the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. Instead, we should truly make school lunches great by providing schools with the resources they need to offer the healthiest, best tasting foods possible. Investing in the health and development of our youngest citizens is one of the most important investments we can make as a country.
Did federal inmate population drop under Obama for first time since Carter?
PolitiFact -- 05/18/2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently charged federal prosecutors with taking a more aggressive approach to charging defendants, including seeking mandatory minimum sentences. James Alan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University, said he sees no significant omissions from Schumer’s statement. “The assertion is correct,” Fox said. “The reasons are partly strategic and partly being in the right office at the right time.
Huntington and Northeastern University form alliance for 2017-2018 season
Broadway World -- 05/18/2017
The Huntington Theatre Company and Northeastern University will form a new educational alliance focused on professional experiential learning for young theatre artists beginning with the 2017-2018 season. The relationship will allow the Huntington to continue its educational mission of preparing students for careers in the theatre industry while aligning with Northeastern’s commitment to integrating academic study with real world experience.
Justice delayed: The prolonged resolution of the Dookhan crime lab scandal
WGBH -- 05/17/2017
Prosecutors deserve credit for engaging in the painstaking process of analyzing the merits of each affected conviction and ultimately doing the right thing. But they did so only after the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts put a figurative gun to their heads. In January, the SJC imposed a deadline for prosecutors to determine which cases they wanted to drop and which ones they envisioned retrying; that deadline expired on the day of the prosecutors’ announcement. The SJC order came on the heels of years of bitter litigation in which prosecutors often fought tooth-and-nail against dismissing the cases, even against providing robust notification to the affected defendants about their rights and remedies.
A progressive who vowed to end mass incarceration is poised to be Philadelphia’s next top prosecutor
ThinkProgress -- 05/17/2017
A criminal defense attorney who campaigned on a progressive platform — promising not to lock up nonviolent offenders and to end both cash bail and mass incarceration —is the favored contender to become Philadelphia’s next top prosecutor. “The era of tough-on-crime rhetoric is coming to a close as voters realize that overzealous prosecutors have abused their power for too long,” Northeastern University law professor Daniel Medwed, a member of the Fair Punishment Project Advisory Council, said in a statement. “ Voters are ready for a state’s attorney who will focus on long-term solutions, rather than short-sighted policies that make them sound tough, but don’t result in equitable or sustainable results.”…
Lawmakers accusing President Trump of obstruction of justice
NECN -- 05/17/2017
As members of Congress look to see a memo James Comey wrote claiming President Trump asked him to stop investigating Michael Flynn, some are accusing the president of obstruction of justice. While Northeastern University law professor Michael Meltsner says there may be evidence of abuse of power, he doesn’t believe there is enough evidence for an obstruction of justice conviction.