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Gay couple refuses to leave millions to University of Alabama

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 | Metro Weekly | March 16, 2015

“We’ve spent most of our lives together being quiet, because of business or not wanting to rock the boat.”

Clark West, who, along with husband Elliott Mitchell, have reaffirmed they will not leave millions of dollars to the University of Alabama due to the state’s war on same-sex marriage. 

According to, the couple gave $1 million to the University of Alabama a decade ago but dropped plans to leave their estate to the university two years ago due to Alabama’s hostility toward same-sex couples. The state’s decision to thwart a federal court ruling striking down the state’s same-sex marriage ban has reinforced their decision.  Their estate is worth $15 million to $18 million.

The couple, who met at UA in 1972 and were married in Hawaii in 2013, now live in Florida. They say they may never spend another night in the state after the chaotic legal fight over same-sex marriage.

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So sorry, Alabama: Gay couple won’t leave $15 million estate to university over state’s war on marriage equality

Female minister uses a tablet PC to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony (Shutterstock)

UCLA anti-Semitism resolution sparks controversy over Israel criticism

RT News | March 16, 2015

The student association at the University of California, Los Angeles recently passed a controversial resolution condemning anti-Semitism on the school’s campus. However, campus groups who advocate for, or show solidarity with, Palestinians are arguing that the resolutions silence people who speak out against the State of Israel. RT’s Ben Swann speaks with author Phan Nguyen about the legality and politics behind the resolution, and how it will affect speech on the campus.

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Christian university shuts down bake sale benefiting homeless LGBT youth

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 | Raw Story | March 10, 2015

A Christian university in Michigan has told students that they are forbidden from raising money for a group that benefits homeless LGBT youth because to do so would “conflict” with the university’s “mission and practices.”

According to Blue Nation Review, students at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan wanted to hold a bake sale to benefit Fierce Chicago, a relief group dedicated to providing services to LGBT homeless youth, who make up an estimated 40 percent of kids under 18 in the U.S. who have no place to live.

The bake sale was planned by AULL4One, Andrews University’s unofficial gay-straight alliance, which boasts around 80 members, but is not allowed to advertise on campus because of the school’s affiliation with the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

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Oklahoma Bill Banning AP US History Would Make Students Learn Ten Commandments, 3 Speeches by Reagan

Will Oklahoma ban AP US History? (photo: AP)
Will Oklahoma ban AP US History? (photo: AP)

Judd Legum | Think Progress | Reader Supported News | February 19, 2015

n Oklahoma bill banning Advanced Placement U.S. History would also require schools to instruct students in a long list of “foundational documents,” including the Ten Commandments, two sermons and three speeches by Ronald Reagan.

The bill, authored by Oklahoma Rep. Dan Fisher, designates a total of 58 documents that “shall form the base level of academic content for all United States History courses offered in the schools in the state.” Many of the texts are uncontroversial and undoubtedly covered by the Advanced Placement U.S. History course, such as the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and Gettysburg address. But the bill also has an ideological and religious bent. In addition to 3 speeches by Reagan, the curriculum as includes a speech by George W. Bush but nothing from any Democratic president since Lyndon Johnson.

Fisher’s bill was approved by the Education committee on an 11-4 vote.

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Sanders Wants Two Years of Free College Tuition

University of Pittsburgh, ranked the most expensive public university in the US according to Department of Education data, 2014. (photo: University of Pittsburgh)
University of Pittsburgh, ranked the most expensive public university in the US according to Department of Education data, 2014. (photo: University of Pittsburgh)

Rebecca Shabad | The Hill | Reader Supported News | February 19, 2015

en. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday called for a “revolution” in higher education funding that would involve free tuition for freshmen and sophomores at all public colleges and universities.

“We need a revolution in the way higher education is funded,” Sanders said at Johnson State College, a public school in Vermont, according to his office.

Sanders, who is mulling a 2016 White House run, said rising college costs are preventing young people from going to college and are leaving many students in debt.

“This is absurd. This is absolutely counter-productive to our efforts to create a strong economy,” he said, adding that the United States is lagging behind other countries where college is free.

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‘Retard, animals!’ New York principal caught on tape screaming abuse at special needs students

Principal Kimberly Taylor (Screen capture)

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