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Amherst College Ends Legacy Admissions Favoring Children of Alumni

Source: New York Times

Amherst College announced on Wednesday that it would no longer give the children of alumni a boost in the admissions process, becoming one of the first highly selective colleges in the country to abandon a practice that has held back efforts to diversify the top echelons of American higher education.

With the announcement, Amherst, a private liberal arts school in Massachusetts, joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University and the California Institute of Technology in the handful of highly selective schools that have opted against having so-called legacy admissions programs.

“We want to be a leader among higher education institutions, in policies and programs that support access and equity,” said Matthew L. McGann, Amherst’s dean of admissions and financial aid.

About 11 percent of the students admitted to Amherst in recent years have been children of people who graduated from the college. Most members of this year’s freshman class are students of color, and 18 percent are first-generation college students.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/20/us/amherst-college-legacy-admissions.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur

"The Democratic Party as an institution has become too much the party that is looking for something"

A long term Democrat switched to Independent!!!

That was Angus King in 1993...

Somehow, we survived.

Just in time for Halloween...


Message from my office:

Dear Colleagues,

Nineteen months ago on March 15, 2020, as COVID-19 was sweeping through the New York region, MTA issued a directive that all employees capable of working from home should do so. The vast majority of MTA employees, of course, continued to show up every day on the front lines of the pandemic – operating buses, conducting trains, maintaining stations and infrastructure, and offering customer service. Starting in January 2021, MTA employees received early access to the COVID vaccine, and many of us have since returned to our desks. It’s been a pleasure to see more and more of you come in since then, either on the A/B schedule or as directed by your manager.

While I am grateful for the ability of our office-based teams to have productively worked remotely, starting November 15, MTA employees will return to in-person work 100% of the time if they have not already. For several weeks now, the MTA has been conducting an effective campaign to welcome back our customers and ridership is creeping back up. Now it’s our turn to act on our conviction that it is safe to take transit, and come back to the office.

House Republicans to vote against Steve Bannon contempt referral


Didn't see THAT coming...

The Nevada Governor's race should be fun.....


"I urged Republicans to stay. Now, months later, I'm leaving the party. Here's why"

Arizona Republic

In February, I wrote an op-ed urging Republicans not to leave the party.

My hope was that the GOP could still be saved by decent people working from the inside. After more than two decades as a Republican, I had seen, met and worked with the many good folks who make it up.

I hoped that the extremism we were seeing – those questioning the results of the 2020 election, those advocating against a peaceful transition of power, those defending the terrorists who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, those ignoring science and advocating for horse dewormer as a public health measure – was a fringe element.

While many Republicans failed to show leadership during Trump’s presidency, it seemed that in the wake of Jan. 6, those leaders would finally stand up for truth and democracy.

I was wrong.

Nikolas Cruz pleads guilty to Parkland school shooting

Source: Axios

Nikolas Cruz on Wednesday pleaded guilty on all counts for carrying out the 2018 shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead, including 14 students and three staff members.

Driving the news: Cruz, 23, pleaded guilty at a hearing on Wednesday to 17 murder counts and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder for carrying out the deadly shooting.

The case now turns to a penalty phase, where a 12-person jury will determine Cruz's sentencing, AP reports.

Cruz last week also plead guilty to attacking a jail guard nine months after the shooting.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/nikolas-cruz-pleads-guilty-parkland-shooting-84e3ce00-ad65-46e8-a3e1-a4afcd1e0d87.html

Excuse me, is there a VIP Check-out line?


Adams vs. Sliwa: How to Watch the First N.Y.C. Mayoral Debate

New York Times

For much of the mayoral campaign that followed Eric Adams’s highly contested Democratic primary victory, most of his focus has been spent on fund-raising, vetting potential administration officials and preparing for his likely transition to the mayoralty.

But for at least one hour, Mr. Adams will be forced to devote some attention to his Republican opponent, Curtis Sliwa, as they go head-to-head on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the first of two official debates among the two leading candidates for mayor of New York City.

Both men say they are friends. But Mr. Adams — who is widely favored to win the Nov. 2 election because Democrats far outnumber Republicans in the city — has largely avoided engaging Mr. Sliwa since the June 22 primary. The debate will be one of the first chances for the public to see the two men together.

Mr. Sliwa, 67, a founder of the Guardian Angels and a radio host, has appeared at places where Mr. Adams was holding a news conference to speak with the gathered reporters and has criticized his opponent’s policies.
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