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Monday, April 4, 2016

The Morning Roundup: UNC Is Going to the 'Ship

Posted by on Mon, Apr 4, 2016 at 8:32 AM

Happy Monday! This is what happened over the weekend.

1. Update: HB 2 is still bad. 

Quick recap of where we're at in regards to the five pages of dogshit known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. 
  • Over 120 business leaders, including Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Marissa Mayer of Yahoo, signed onto a Human Rights Campaign letter opposing HB 2, saying, "This is not a direction in which states move when they are seeking to provide successful, thriving hubs for business and economic development."
Meanwhile, a Yale law professor gave the News & Observer quite a hot take

“The Republicans have done them a favor,” said William Eskridge Jr., a Yale law school professor who teaches about gender, sexuality and the law. “It’s like some Republicans were on salary for the gay rights groups and ACLU.”

In other words, it's a rousing success.

2. UNC's men's basketball team is going back to the national championship
UNC guard Italee Lucas - PHOTO COURTESY UNC ATHLETICS
  • Photo courtesy UNC athletics
  • UNC guard Italee Lucas

UNC easily defeated Syracuse 83-66 in Saturday night's Final Four matchup, and will face  Villanova (who crushed Oklahoma 95-51 in the other Final Four game) tonight for the national championship. It's UNC's first title game appearance since 2009, when they won by beating Michigan State. 


If UNC wins, it'll be their sixth title, and one thing will make it extra sweet: they'll have one more national championship than Duke.

3. Seems like Donald Trump's ideas are resonating with at least one airline. 

A family is seeking an apology from United Airlines after being kicked off of a flight because of a "flight-safety issue", which appears to be flying while Muslim.
The parents and three children from the Chicago area were flying out on spring break March 20 when they asked a flight attendant for an additional strap to secure their youngest child's booster seat, Rehab said.

They'd tried to check the seat at the gate but the gate agent told them to carry it on board because the computer system was down, Rehab said.

The attendant told them not to use the booster seat and they complied, Rehab said. The family was asked to show their tickets and told they needed to leave the flight, Rehab said.

The father asked for a reason and a man who appeared to be a pilot told him, "Because it's my decision," the video showed. The mother, who was wearing a headscarf, asked, "Is this a discriminatory decision? What is the reason?" the video showed.

"Because it is a safety of flight issue," the man said, according to the video.
In January, three Muslim men and one Sikh man filed a federal lawsuit against American Airlines after being kicked off of a flight because they "made the crew uncomfortable." Looks like Trumpism is resonating with more than just the poorly educated.

4. The Wake County school board is looking at changing school times. 

The Wake County school board is set to vote Tuesday on changing the time of the school day for six schools: Enloe High, Fuquay-Varina Elementary, Green Elementary, Knightdale High, Lufkin Middle, and Wendell Middle.

All schools except for Knightdale would start later; Knightdale would start 40 minutes earlier. You can view comments on the proposed changes here. Here's one from a Knightdale student.

I transferred to knightdale from Roseville and the 15 minute drive to school as well as having to take my sister to before care every morning makes an 8:05 start time absolutely necessary for me. I would without a doubt be late every single day of school. Not because I can't get out of bed in the morning but because I can't get both me and my sister ready and fed before school. We already get up at 6:30 every day. Consider the students who transferred in please (-:

Over the summer, the CDC encouraged schools to start later in the morning, and the University of Minnesota found in 2014 that later start times are beneficial to both mental health and academic performance.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 9,000 students at eight high schools in Minnesota, Colorado and Wyoming and found that shifting the school day later in the morning resulted in a boost in attendance, test scores and grades in math, English, science and social studies.

Schools also saw a decrease in tardiness, substance abuse and symptoms of depression. Some even had a dramatic drop in teen car crashes.

5. Panama! 

Over the weekend, a German newspaper published the Panama Papers in conjunction with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which The Guardian called "the biggest leak in history." Obtained from a Panamanian law firm, the leak shows the shady ties of political leaders all over the world - Russian president Vladimir Putin, just to name one - and how they hide their money in offshore accounts. It's a pretty damn fascinating read.

That's all for today, have a good one!

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