All posts by Clara Turnage


U. of Tampa Fires Professor Who Called Hurricane Harvey ‘Karma’ for Texas

Updated (8/29/2017, 12:15 p.m.) with news that the professor was not only criticized but also fired. Further updated (5:10 p.m.) with a statement from FIRE.

A University of Tampa professor was fired on Tuesday after calling Hurricane Harvey “karma” for Texas’ voting Republican, the university said on Facebook.

Kenneth Storey, a visiting assistant professor of sociology specializing in urban issues, tweeted, “I dont believe in instant karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. Hopefully this …


UNC Says It Can’t Legally Remove Confederate Statue, Despite Governor’s Guidance

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said on Tuesday that it did not have the legal authority to remove a Confederate monument from its campus, despite guidance from Gov. Roy Cooper suggesting that administrators “take immediate measures” if they feel there is a risk to public safety.

The announcement came just hours before a planned demonstration by protesters demanding the removal of the statue, commonly known as Silent Sam. The monument was erected in 1913 and stands as a memorial …


Family Settles Suit Against Clemson U. in Fraternity Pledge’s Death

The family of a Clemson University fraternity pledge who died three years ago has agreed to settle its lawsuit against the university, the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and several of its members, the Independent Mail reported.

Tucker Hipps, a 19-year-old sophomore, was found dead in Lake Hartwell after going on a pledge run with about 30 members of the fraternity. His parents say they believe his death was a result of hazing.

Cindy and Gary Hipps settled their lawsuit — which sought $25 milli…


Texas A&M Removes Provost Over Conflicts of Interest

After an internal investigation found conflicts of interest between the provost and her spouse, Texas A&M University at College Station removed the provost and named an interim, The Eagle, a local newspaper, reported on Wednesday.

The office of the provost, Karan L. Watson, who last August announced her intent to step down after seven years in office, was responsible for paying Nancy Watson, her spouse, more than $114,000 during her time in the position. Nancy Watson, who owns a consulting ser…


Judge Declares Another Mistrial in Fatal Shooting by U. of Cincinnati Officer

After jurors deliberated for nearly 30 hours over five days and reported that they could not reach a verdict, the judge on Friday declared a mistrial for the second time in the case of a University of Cincinnati police officer who was charged with murder after he fatally shot an unarmed black man during a traffic stop, the Associated Press reports.

The officer, Ray Tensing, shot to death Samuel DuBose, 43, in July 2015, after pulling him over for driving without a front license plate.

The univer…


Elsevier Wins $15 Million in Copyright Suit Against Piracy Sites

A federal court has ruled in favor of one of the world’s largest science publishers in its lawsuit against websites that provide free, pirated access to millions of scholarly-journal articles, reported on Thursday.

In a judgment handed down this week, Judge Robert W. Sweet of the U.S. District Court in New York City ruled for the company, Elsevier, in the absence of any representatives of the defendants, which include Sci-Hub, LibGen, and related sites, and awarded the publisher $15 m…


Arizona Court Says ‘Dreamers’ Are Ineligible for In-State Tuition

The Arizona Court of Appeals on Tuesday overturned a 2015 ruling that allowed undocumented students who had been brought to the United States illegally as children to qualify for in-state college tuition, The Arizona Republic reports.

Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which is known as DACA and was started in 2012 under President Barack Obama, children who entered the country illegally can receive two-year reprieves from deportation. Judge Kenton Jones wrote that such st…


Pair Used IRS Data-Retrieval Tool in $12-Million Scam, Indictment Says

Two men were indicted on Wednesday on 23 federal charges related to a $12-million identity-theft conspiracy that used the personal information of students applying for federal financial aid.

According to the indictment, the men, Taiwo K. Onamuti, 29, of Doraville, Ga., and Muideen A. Adebule, 49, of Indianapolis, used the Free Application for Federal Student Aid’s data-retrieval tool, which allows students to electronically fill out tax information while applying for grants and scholarships. In…


U. of Michigan Can Ban Handguns, Appeals Court Rules

A state appellate court ruled Tuesday that the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor can maintain a campuswide ban on guns.

The 2-to-1 decision permits the university to regulate the possession of firearms, and said the University of Michigan’s campuses are not affected by a state law that prevents local units of government from limiting gun ownership and carrying.

Joshua Wade, an Ann Arbor resident, was denied permission to openly carry a handgun on campus and challenged the ban on Second Amendme…