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Monday, April 20, 2015

Police in Georgia arrested a U.S. veteran on Friday after she took an American flag away from students who were trampling it. Michelle Manhart, a former Air Force staff sergeant who left the military after posing nude for Playboy, took the flag from a group of African-American students at Valdosta State University who were demonstrating against racism. Manhart, who is white, was handcuffed but has not been charged with a crime. A video of the confrontation, recorded by Manhart's daughter, shows a strange three-way standoff between students, Manhart and VSU police. The spat could hardly have been more symbolic, with both sides claiming ownership of the American flag and expressing outrage. "This flag belongs to the entire United States," Manhart says on camera while clutching the stars and stripes. read more

Losing your job comes with an extra sting if you live in Belarus. Citizens of the eastern European country are now being forced to pay penalties if they find themselves out of work for too long. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko signed a decree this month that sets fines for unemployed people, and puts them at risk of temporary detention. The move is reminiscent of Soviet-era tactics that criminalized people who didn't contribute to the state.

Monday, April 13, 2015

In the early 1990s, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control provided funding for studies on gun violence. The NRA was not pleased. "[Our research] underwent peer review and was thought to be very solid and worthwhile research," says Fred Rivara, who was part of the team that researched gun violence. "The CDC stood by our research -- they had funded it and they stood by it. Unfortunately, it raised the attention of the National Rifle Association, who then worked with pro-gun members of Congress to essentially stop funding firearm research." Rivara, a professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at the University of Washington at Seattle Children's Hospital, discovered that having a gun in the home is associated with a threefold increase in the risk of a homicide.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Meet the Press looks at how the media would have covered the altercation without the cell phone video. read more

Thursday, April 09, 2015

A Dutch nursing home is offering rent free housing to college students in exchange for companionship. In exchange for small, rent-free apartments, the Humanitas retirement home in Deventer, Netherlands, requires students to spend at least 30 hours per month acting as "good neighbors," Humanitas head Gea Sijpkes said in an email to PBS NewsHour. Officials at the nursing home say students do a variety of activities with the older residents, including watching sports, celebrating birthdays and, perhaps most importantly, offer company when seniors fall ill, which helps stave off feelings of disconnectedness.


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