An attempt to fight racism at a community college may have backfired. A group of employees at South Puget Sound Community College sent out an invitation to all 300 staffers for a "happy hour" to "build support and community" for people of color. The invite made it clear white people were not invited: "If you want to create space for white folks to meet and work on racism, white supremacy, and white privilege to better our campus community and yourselves, please feel free to do just that." The group apologized the next day and cancelled the event. "It was obviously a mistake," said SPSCC's Dean of College Relations, Kellie Purce Braseth. read more
Russia has taken advantage of Western disinterest in the worsening crisis in Eastern Europe.
Ahead of this weekend's snap referendum in Crimea in which the residents of that peninsula will determine whether to ratify the occupied parliament's vote join the Russian Federation a move Kiev regards as illegal Russia has quietly moved a significant amount of military hardware and personnel to the Ukrainian border.
Interpreter Mag, which has done stellar work over the course of the Ukrainian crisis, has been reporting for days on the rapid buildup of forces near the Ukrainian border and the hardening of Russian positions in occupied Crimea.
Russia has explained that these movements are part of a four-day military exercise. read more
Vanished Malaysia Airlines flight leaves relatives with anger and phantom phone calls
One of the most eerie rumors came after a few relatives said they were able to call the cellphones of their loved ones or find them on a Chinese instant messenger service called QQ that indicated that their phones were still somehow online.
A migrant worker in the room said that several other workers from his company were on the plane, including his brother-in-law. Among them, the QQ accounts of three still showed that they were online, he said Sunday afternoon.
Adding to the mystery, other relatives in the room said that when they dialed some passengers' numbers, they seemed to get ringing tones on the other side even though the calls were not picked up. read more
Weekly Standard: Ever considered suicide by jellyfish? Have you ended up in the hospital after being injured during the forced landing of your spacecraft? Or been hurt when you were sucked into the engine of an airplane or when your horse-drawn carriage collided with a trolley? Chances are slim. But should any of these unfortunate injuries befall you after October 1, 2014, your doctor, courtesy of the federal government, will have a code to record it. read more