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3 people killed and 2 injured in shooting in Kenosha, sheriff’s department says

Three people were killed and two others injured with gunshot wounds in a shooting early Sunday morning at The Somers House Tavern in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Sgt. David Wright told CNN. The shooting happened inside the tavern and the first call came in at 12:42 a.m., said Wright. The two…

Morris Brown’s reaccreditation could signal more longevity among HBCUs

It is no secret that at some point, something went very wrong at Morris Brown College. It was a disappointing, though not unfamiliar story. A school with a dedicated faculty and loyal students had run into financial challenges that eventually made it impossible to operate. On April 13, the historically Black college in Atlanta became…

In the age of active shooters, a new mantra has emerged: ‘Run. Hide. Fight.’

It’s a nightmare scenario: You’re at a mall, shopping with friends. Or maybe buying some last-minute groceries for dinner. All of a sudden, you hear gunshots. What do you do? It’s a reality many of us struggle to accept, but with the frequency of mass shootings in the United States, experts say it’s something you…

Philanthropist and New York Public Library revivalist Vartan Gregorian dies at 87

Vartan Gregorian, the philanthropist and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient whose work revitalized the New York Public Library, died Thursday at age 87 while hospitalized for “testing related to stomach pain,” according to a statement by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Gregorian served as the Carnegie Corporation’s president in New York City and the…

These are the victims of the Indianapolis FedEx shooting

Samaria Blackwell dreamed of being a police officer. John Weisert would have celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary in the fall. Amarjit Sekhon and Jasvinder Kaur were the backbones of their families and members of Indianapolis’ close-knit Sikh community. Instead of coming home from a normal shift at a FedEx shipping facility in Indianapolis, they and…

Google Doodle celebrates Laura Bassi, one of the first European women to earn a PhD

Google Doodle celebrates Laura Bassi, one of the first European women to earn a PhD

Google takes many opportunities to celebrate trailblazers with its homepage doodles. On Saturday, the search engine featured Laura Maria Catarina Bassi, an Italian physicist and professor who was a pioneer for women in science. Born in 1711, Bassi debated top academics on the history of philosophy and physics by age 20, an impressive achievement given…

Man tops off helicopter proposal with five engagement rings

Man tops off helicopter proposal with five engagement rings

Picking out the perfect engagement ring can be a lot of pressure for someone preparing to propose. A man in Atlanta seemed to have a solution — just propose with five rings. In a video posted to Instagram, William Hunn gets down on one knee and presents five rings to his girlfriend of about a…

One killed, one wounded in shooting at a Nebraska mall

One killed, one wounded in shooting at a Nebraska mall

A person has died after being shot Saturday at Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska, police said. The victim, described as an adult male, was taken by ambulance to Bergan Mercy Hospital in critical condition and died there, a police news release said. He hasn’t been identified yet. Later, an adult female later walked into CHI…

18-year-old from Ohio arrested with AK-47 in Times Square subway station, police say

18-year-old from Ohio arrested with AK-47 in Times Square subway station, police say

An 18-year-old from Ohio is facing weapons charges after officers patrolling a Times Square subway station on Friday found him with an AK-47 and a loaded magazine, police said. Saadiq Teague, of Canal Winchester near Columbus, was arrested Friday afternoon, the New York Police Department said. Teague was sitting down while charging his phone at…

Phoenix nonprofit plans to vaccinate 500 homeless people in 5 days

Phoenix nonprofit plans to vaccinate 500 homeless people in 5 days

More than four months after the first coronavirus vaccine hit American arms, a week-long drive to vaccinate the homeless against Covid-19 is underway in Phoenix. With the goal of vaccinating 500 people in a five-day period that ended on Friday, it’s a project that builds on the work of Phoenix-area nonprofits to care for the…

Loneliness won’t end when the pandemic ends

Loneliness won’t end when the pandemic ends

When the world goes back to normal, Shanan Cale’s life won’t change much. She’ll still work mostly from her home in California. She’ll mother her two college-aged daughters. And she’ll continue to ponder intimacy and connection as a 54-year-old woman experiencing loneliness. “Post-pandemic, even now that I’m vaccinated and everyone in my household is vaccinated…

Liberty University files lawsuit against former president Jerry Falwell Jr.

Liberty University files lawsuit against former president Jerry Falwell Jr.

Liberty University has filed a lawsuit against former school president Jerry Falwell Jr. that alleges he breached his employment contract and conspired to withhold damaging information from the university’s board of trustees. The university’s lawsuit alleges Falwell was dishonest with the executive committee when negotiating an exceptionally generous severance package, when he knew a brewing…