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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Petty crimes, including public urination, curfew violations and panhandling, now could net up to 60 days in jail with no fine. Midlevel offenses such as trespassing, shoplifting and initial domestic violence offenses will be eligible for up to 300 days and the current $999 fine.

Immigrant advocates say federal enforcement rules typically put people on the radar for deportation when they are convicted of certain types of crimes that carry a maximum sentence of at least a year in jail. That is regardless of the length of the actual sentence received, spurring the calls to shorten Denver's maximum sentences.

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A mob of students at a Washington state liberal-arts college confronted a professor and demanded his resignation for writing an email questioning the propriety of a race demonstration in which white people were invited to leave campus for a day.

The incident closely mirrors one at Yale University in 2015, in which an email over the right to wear provocative Halloween costumes set off a firestorm and resulted in the resignations of two residential college leaders.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Opposition from some members of Minnesota's immigrant and refugee communities is slowing the momentum of a bill that would impose stiff penalties for parents involved in cases of female genital mutilation.

Since the bill's near-unanimous passage in the Minnesota House this week, some longtime critics of the ritual have met with senators, lobbied the governor's office and handed out fliers -- all to raise alarm about the legislation. read more

It was an unforgettable day at the memorably-named company AnalTech. At approximately 6:30 a.m. Monday, a car crash involving two pickup trucks sent one of the vehicles inside the AnalTech building of Newark, Delaware, leaving a giant hole. The truck damaged the facility's laboratory and caused an odor to emanate from the cavity, WDEL reports. ... While AnalTech, a manufacturer of thin-layer chromatography plates, could not be reached for comment about the incident, they've been vocal in the past about the history of its company name. In an email sent to the Houston Chronicle, a spokesperson revealed, "In 1964, the company paid a marketing firm to come up with a different name. They said, 'Well, you guys do Analytical Technology -- why don't you put the two words together and call it 'AnalTech!' " read more

This week in white nonsense, two white women -- Kali Wilgus and Liz "LC" Connely -- decided it would be cute to open a food truck after a fateful excursion to Mexico. There's really nothing special about opening a Mexican restaurant -- it's probably something that happens everyday. But the owners of Kooks Burritos all but admitted in an interview with Willamette Week that they colonized this style of food when they decided to "pick the brains of every tortilla lady there in the worst broken Spanish ever."

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