All posts by Chris Quintana

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Governor Declares Emergency Tied to White Nationalist’s Planned Speech at U. of Florida

Gov. Rick Scott of Florida has declared a state of an emergency in connection with a planned appearance this week at the University of Florida by the white nationalist Richard B. Spencer, reports The Tampa Bay Times.

“We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion; however, we have zero tolerance for violence, and public safety is always our No. 1 priority,” Governor Scott, a Republican, said in a written statement.

Violence erupted in August in Charlottesville, Va., f…

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Drexel Puts Professor on Leave After Tweet About Las Vegas Draws Conservative Ire

Updated (10/10/2017, 3:20 p.m.) with a statement from The Daily Caller.

Drexel University, a private research institution in Philadelphia, has placed one of its professors, George Ciccariello-Maher, on leave after he received multiple threats in connection with a series of social-media posts about race.

Mr. Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor in the politics and global-studies department, has a history of making controversial statements, including comments he shared about a “white genocide…

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2 More Speakers Drop From Yiannopoulos’s ‘Free Speech Week’ at Berkeley

The speaker lineup for a multiday series organized by the controversial Milo Yiannopoulos remains in flux, as one person says he was listed to speak without his knowledge and another has withdrawn.

On Wednesday, Lucian B. Wintrich, a journalist with the Gateway Pundit, said he would not attend the event, at the University of California at Berkeley, despite having initially agreed to do so.

“I have decided to withdraw my name from Berkeley Free Speech Week’s schedule on the seemingly likely c…

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Milo Yiannopoulos and Student Group Say Berkeley Is Trying to Derail ‘Free Speech Week’

The controversial speaker Milo Yiannopoulos and a student group accused the University of California at Berkeley on Monday of trying to cancel their plans for “Free Speech Week,” an event slated to feature Mr. Yiannopoulos, Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, and others.

Mr. Yiannopoulos said the event, which is scheduled for September 24 to 27, would go on regardless. In a statement Mr. Yiannopoulos’s group said the university had raised bureaucratic and arbitrary ro…

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Stephen Bannon Will Speak at Berkeley During ‘Free Speech Week’

Updated (9/12/2017, 5:28 p.m.) with response from the university.

Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s controversial former chief strategist, will speak at the University of California at Berkeley as part of Milo Yiannopoulos’s “Free Speech Week” this month, according to an announcement on Mr. Yiannopoulos’s website.

The Chronicle previously reported that Mr. Bannon, who is also executive chairman of Breitbart News, had been invited to speak on the campus, though the university later said he ha…

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Grand Canyon U. Suspends Professor for Saying Some Black Lives Matter Supporters ‘Should Be Hung’

A professor of theology at Grand Canyon University, a Christian institution, has been suspended after saying some members of the Black Lives Matter movement should be hanged, reports The Arizona Republic.

The professor, Toby Jennings, made the remarks in a September 2016 seminar discussion titled “God’s Concern for the Poor: What’s Missing in Social Justice?” He has since apologized for his comments.

“Particularly, I have inexcusably offended many fellow image bearers of God by my imprudent use …

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Ann Coulter, Milo Yiannopoulos, Stephen Bannon Are Invited to Speak at UC-Berkeley

A set of conservative firebrands, including Ann Coulter, Milo Yiannopoulos, and the Breitbart News executive and former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon have been invited to speak this September at the University of California at Berkeley.

The university is known as the birthplace of the free-speech movement on college campuses, and in recent months has seen violence erupt over speakers slated to appear there.

Dan Mogulof, a spokesman for the university, confirmed to The Chronicle

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Brandeis U. Is Closed After Receiving Email Threats

Brandeis University closed its campus after receiving “emailed threats,” the administration said on Wednesday.


It wasn’t immediate…

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After White-Supremacist Violence, UVa Will Review What Activities Are Allowable on Campus

In the aftermath of a gathering of white nationalists that at times turned violent, the University of Virginia is reviewing its rules about what can happen on its campus. The university will also hire a contractor to review its current safety infrastructure and more staff members and police officers “to ensure safety and security across Grounds as the semester begins.”

The news comes in a statement from Risa Goluboff, dean of the law school, who will serve as chair of a recently announced task f…

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‘Driverless’ Van Turns Out to Be Va. Tech Researcher Costumed as Car Seat

The van appeared to be driving itself on the streets of a Virginia neighborhood this month, but in reality a person dressed as a car seat was in control as part of an experiment conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.

That news came to light on Monday thanks to a video that went viral. It showed Adam Tuss, a reporter for the NBC television affiliate in Washington, D.C., trying to question the van’s driver. Only the driver’s hands on the steering wheel are visible in the video,…