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Charlottesville victim’s mother urges ‘righteous action’

AP Photo/Evan Vucci CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The mother of the young woman mowed down while protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville urged mourners at a memorial service Wednesday to “make my daughter’s death worthwhile” by confronting injustice the way she did. “They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what? You just magnified her,” said Susan Bro, receiving a standing ovation from the hundreds who packed a downtown theater to remember 32-year-old Heather Heyer. Heyer’s death on Saturday … Read the referenced story here: Charlottesville…

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Trump Says He Is Considering Military Action in Venezuela

U.S. President Donald Trump says a military option against Venezuela is on the table, describing the situation there as a “dangerous mess.” “We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option, if necessary,” Trump told reporters at his golf resort in New Jersey. Trump said he’s “not going to rule out” a military option and added it’s “certainly something that we could pursue.” He said the people in Venezuela are “suffering and they are dying.” “We have troops all over the world in places that are very far…

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Asian-Americans Should Be the Friends of Affirmative Action

Jeff Yang, CNNA vocal minority of Asian-Americans are collaborating with white conservative advocates to tear down affirmative action, perceiving it as a hindrance to greater Asian-American admission into colleges. And they’re being recruited as the plaintiffs of choice for conservative lawsuits against elite educational institutions like Harvard. … Read the referenced story here: Asian-Americans Should Be the Friends of Affirmative Action

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[Perspective] Watching speciation in action

Charles Darwin closed his first edition of On the Origin of Species with the poetic words: “There is grandeur in this view of life,…whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved” (1). Today, scientists are using genetics to understand how species multiply, and ecological and behavioral knowledge to understand why they do so. However, many questions remain about the sources of genetic variation and how new…

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