Dartmouth says letting women use pseudonyms in sexual misconduct lawsuit is confusing

(CNN)Dartmouth College is challenging the use of pseudonyms in a $70 million class-action lawsuit that accuses the school of failing to promptly address sexual misconduct allegations against three former professors. Two more people — both former students — joined the lawsuit in May as Jane Doe 2 and Jane Doe 3, bringing the total number of plaintiffs to nine. The two new Jane Does asked a judge to let them remain anonymous, citing concerns for their mental health, reputations and careers. According to their motion to use pseudonyms, Jane Doe 2 endured sexual assault and harassment by the professors and Jane Doe 3 was the victim of sexual misconduct and harassment. Revealing their names would amplify the emotional distress they …

An independent report finds Ohio State had knowledge of late doctor’s sex abuse as early as 1979

(CNN)Ohio State University personnel were aware of complaints that a school doctor had sexually abused students as early as the late 1970s, but failed to adequately investigate the allegations, according to a report released Friday. The allegations against Strauss — who died by suicide in 2005 — emerged last year after former Ohio State athletes came forward to claim the doctor had sexually abused them under the guise of a medical examination. The university announced last April it had hired a law firm to investigate Strauss’ alleged misconduct. OSU apologizes for ‘fundamental failure’ to act “On behalf of the university, we offer our profound regret and sincere apologies to each person who endured Strauss’ abuse,” Drake said. “Our institution’s fundamental …

Guatemalan teen who died in US custody wanted to save siblings from hunger and severe drought

(CNN)After surviving on one meal a day, Juan de Len Gutirrez left his drought-stricken village in eastern Guatemala and set on a journey to the United States. He just wanted to earn $13 for his family to buy corn and salt. “I asked him to stay because it was very dangerous but he decided to leave,” said Juan’s dad, Tanerjo de León. “He left anticipating a harsh summer.” Juan is the second-born son of seven brothers. He had been cleaning and measuring a field for $4 a day. His mother said Juan would help her fetch firewood, jugs with water and prep the scarce family meals they have. The family doesn’t eat breakfast regularly, Gutiérrez said. Most days they only …

Maine becomes the first state to ban Styrofoam

(CNN)Food containers made of Styrofoam, also known as polystyrene, will be officially banned from businesses in Maine after governor Janet Mills signed a bill into law Tuesday. Maryland’s legislature also has approved bills to ban polystyrene, but it’s unclear whether Republican Gov. Larry Hogan will sign the legislation. Democratic Delegate Brooke Lierman, the primary sponsor of the Maryland House bill, said banning foam products was the first step to curbing people’s reliance on single-use plastics. “Polystyrene cannot be recycled like a lot of other products, so while that cup of coffee may be finished, the Styrofoam cup it was in is not,” Mills said in a statement to CNN affiliate WMTW. “In fact, it will be around for decades to …

An adorable friendship, a strange discovery and a futuristic shoe

(CNN) Want more inspiring, positive news? Sign up for The Good Stuff, a newsletter for the good in life. It will brighten your inbox every Saturday morning. Our favorites this week Get going with some of our most popular good news stories of the week A beautiful friendship How can you look at these adorable photos of Cooper Baltzell and Gregory Watson and not smile ear-to-ear? These two BFFs met a year ago when 4-year-old Cooper offered Watson some candy in the hallway of the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Cooper has Hirschsprung disease, a rare digestive disease, and spends a lot of time in the hospital. Watson is a housekeeper at the facility, and cleans Cooper’s room every …

Why would someone claim to be a missing child?

(CNN)It didn’t take long for investigators to learn that a young man claiming to be a boy who went missing in 2011 wasn’t who he said he was. The jaw-dropping twist in the case raised the question: Why would someone claim to be a missing child? Jonathon Rini, the man’s estranged brother, was at a loss too. When journalists asked why his brother might impersonate a missing child, he replied, “I honestly do not know.” ‘The Imposter’ The scenario of an adult impersonating a missing boy echoed the events chronicled in a 2012 documentary, “The Imposter” which is centered on a French-Algerian man, Frédéric Bourdin, who claimed to be missing Texas teen Nicholas Barclay. Despite having been found in Spain, …

Long-time Coachella worker dies after fall in staging area

(CNN)An employee working in the staging area on the Coachella grounds fell to his death while setting up for the upcoming festival, Indio, California, police spokesman Benjamin Guitron said Saturday. According to a tweet from the Riverside office of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the employee fell from a roof. The Riverside County Coroner’s Office and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the incident and trying to determine what led to the fatal fall. This year’s event will be held April 12 to 14 and 19 to 21. Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande are the headline acts. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Michigan will no longer contract with adoption agencies that discriminate based on religious beliefs

(CNN)Michigan settled a lawsuit that challenged the state’s practice of contracting with foster care and adoption agencies that refused to provide services that conflicted with their religious beliefs. Before the settlement, Michigan was one of nine states that let state-contracted child welfare agencies act in accordance with their religious beliefs, even if those beliefs meant refusing to work with same-sex couples. Opponents of the religious exemptions call them state-sponsored discrimination that threaten anyone who does not meet an agency’s “religious litmus test” and harm children by depriving them of prospective families. “We are thrilled that the state of Michigan has committed to ensuring that all of the agencies it hires to find families for children in state custody comply with …

5 things to know for March 1: Jared Kushner, India and Pakistan, Netanyahu, gun reform, pedestrian deaths

(CNN)Say hello to Toni Harris, the female athlete who accepted a scholarship this weekto play men’s college football. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) President Donald Trump overruled objections from White House senior staff and the intelligence community to get Jared Kushner his top-secret security clearance. That’s what is alleged in a report in The New York Times, which said back in May the President ordered then-chief of staff John Kelly to grant Kushner — Trump’s son-in-law and adviser — the clearance the day after the White House Counsel’s Office urged …

5 things to know for February 13: Border deal, Chapo, North Korea, jobs, deadly food

(CNN)Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Still don’t know where to take that special someone? Maybe a trip to one of the world’s most romantic places will do the trick. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.) President Trump said he’s “not happy” with the border security deal struck by negotiators in Congress. And he’s not the only one frowning on the agreement, which falls far short of the $5.7 billion Trump originally demanded for a border wall. Some of the most conservative and liberal members of Congress have problems with it, too, but they’re …

Bill Gross Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of Bill Gross, founder of PIMCO. Father: Sewell “Dutch” Gross, a steel company sales executive Mother: Shirley Gross Marriages: Sue (Frank) Gross (1985-2017, divorced); Pamela Roberts Gross (divorced) Children: with Sue Frank: Nick; with Pamela Roberts: Jeff and Jennifer Education: Duke University, B.A. in Psychology, 1966; University of California at Los Angeles, M.B.A, 1971 Military: US Navy, 1966-1969 Other Facts:Billionaire, bond investor, philanthropist and avid stamp collector. Founder, former co-chief investment officer and managing director of PIMCO, one of the world’s largest mutual funds. Under Gross, PIMCO became the world’s largest bond fund manager. Timeline:1966 – While recuperating from injuries suffered in a serious car accident, Gross teaches himself to count cards in blackjack. …