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As part of his continuance to undo the 45th President of the United States’ previous work, President Joe Biden’s administration has authorized the Justice Department to drop an affirmative action lawsuit filed by the Trump administration against Yale University in 2020.

His administration had cited that the school was reportedly discriminating against White and Asian American applicants in its undergraduate admissions process, CNN reported.

“The department has dismissed its lawsuit in light of all available facts, circumstances, and legal developments, including the November 2020 decision by the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit rejecting a challenge to Harvard University’s consideration of race in its admissions practices,” a DOJ spokesperson said in a statement.

It has also “withdrawn its notice letter finding that Yale’s practices violate Title VI” of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which “prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance.”

“The department’s underlying investigation to ensure Title VI compliance is ongoing,” they added.

Then-Attorney General William Barr was in charge of the Yale lawsuit. He claimed that “Yale rejects scores of Asian American and white applicants each year based on their race.”

In response to the DOJ’s decision to drop the lawsuit, the university said they were pleased with the results. At the same time, they noted that the government’s initial resistance to its policies in 2020 “cut off an exchange of information that Yale looks forward to resuming.”

“Our admissions process has allowed Yale College to assemble an unparalleled student body, which is distinguished by its academic excellence and diversity,” Karen Peart, a spokeswoman for the school, said in a statement.

“Yale has steadfastly maintained that its process complies fully with Supreme Court precedent, and we are confident that the Justice Department will agree.”

While the school is content with the government’s recent decision, Edward Blum, a conservative anti-affirmative action lawyer and the President for Fair Admissions, is not.

On Wednesday, Blum stated that he was not okay with lawmakers dismissing the lawsuit and promises to begin a new one against the school.

“Students for Fair Admissions intends to file a new lawsuit against Yale in the coming days. Discriminatory admissions policies like Yale’s must be challenged in federal court,” Blum said in a statement.

As Blum’s group begins the launch of a new lawsuit, they continue to be in the midst of one with Harvard, targeting the universities’ admission policies.

Contrary to Blum’s thoughts, Niyati Shah, the director of litigation at Asian Americans Justice (AAJC), was satisfied that DOJ dropped the Yale lawsuit because he believed that Asian Americans were being exploited to separate communities of color.

“Students should be able to share their lived experiences during the admissions process and not have to hide who they are,” Shah said in a statement.

“Everybody should have the opportunity to talk about their lived experiences, and if that means talking about their Asian American identity or their other racial identities, it creates an inclusive learning environment,” she added.




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Chicago Teen Helps Elderly Community Sign Up For COVID-19 Vaccine After Seeing Grandparents Struggle With Technology

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A Chicago teen has created a Facebook group dedicated to helping the elderly community sign up for their COVID-19 vaccination.

“Chicago Vaccine Angels” is the new Facebook group created by 14-year-old Benjamin Kagan. The group’s mission is to help facilitate the elderly community with scheduling their Coronavirus vaccines after seeing his grandparents struggle with technology.

“Yeah, so, the process was super complicated, and my grandparents don’t know how to refresh a page. My grandfather doesn’t even own a cell phone. So, for them to try to navigate the system where tons of people were vying for very few slots, I knew that it wasn’t going to work. And, I care about them so much that I needed to make sure they got vaccinated,” said Kagan.

“So, I went in, and I had four computers open, and I- after my third attempt on the county’s website, I got them their shots. Now I’ve helped over, my group’s helped over 425 people get vaccinated in the same fashion,” Kagan said.

Kagan added that because there is a slew of people trying to get vaccines, he and other volunteers open several computers to flood the system. “A bunch of people are always checking different websites and you have to always be looking out for different tips from the larger group, the Chicago Vaccine Hunters,” said Kagan, mentioning that he does the community service effort while doing homework.

The teen says the best advice he would give someone is to be “flexible” when scheduling an appointment. “You have to be flexible. I texted someone this morning, and I said, ‘Hey, I have an appointment for you. It’s in four hours,’ and then two people responded back and said, ‘Yes, we’ll be there.’” Kagan said sometimes a person interested in getting vaccinated might have to travel outside of their community.

Kagan says this mission is important to him because the country can’t “get back to normal” until people are vaccinated. “In addition to that, some of these people have just incredibly heartbreaking stories. You know, I spoke to a woman yesterday who I got vaccinated who said she’d been seeing her grandson for the last year through a glass door. She’d been driving out to him every weekend and seeing him through a glass door, and now that I got her vaccinated, she can go hug her grandson this weekend.”

 




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Hasbro drops gender neutral name change for Mr. Potato Head after public backlash

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Fans of classic toys were shocked when Hasbro announced a gender neutral makeover for Mr. Potato Head on Thursday.

The company decided to drop the “Mr.” and “Mrs.” Potato Head for the more gender neutral Potato Head.

The company announced the change would appear on toy boxes later this year. Mr. Potato Head was first introduced to children 70 years ago.

Hasbro announced the toys would reflect today’s modern family of two dads and two moms.

“It’s a potato. But kids like to see themselves in the toys they are playing with,” said Ali Mierzejewski, of The Toy Insider, referring to transgender children.

Liberals celebrated the change, but Hasbro backtracked after a furious public backlash to the company’s “woke” agenda.

“Hold that Tot – your main spud, MR. POTATO HEAD isn’t going anywhere! While it was announced today that the POTATO HEAD brand name & logo are dropping the ‘MR.’ I yam proud to confirm that MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD aren’t going anywhere and will remain MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD.”

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Mom Of 7-Month-Old Upset That Daycare Worker Gave The Baby To A Stranger

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A Florida daycare is in hot water after a distraught mother filed an administrative complaint after her 7-month-old baby was handed over to a stranger by a staffer.

The Hillsborough County Child Care Licensing Office seeks to revoke Orient Road Child Development Center’s license to operate over the complaint, WFTS Tampa Bay News reported.

The mother, Trinity McCoggle, called 911 on January 25 after she arrived at the center to pick up her son, Adonis, who was not there.

McCoggle said that the staffer “went to the back to get him, and when she came back, she said, ‘He’s not here.’ I said, ‘What do you mean he is not here?’”

The baby had been given to another person who arrived at the facility earlier.

On the 911 call, McCoggle is heard screaming that her baby is missing.

The licensing office later confirmed that Adonis was handed over to a stranger who didn’t provide proper identification.

Within an hour, the stranger—a woman—who picked up Adonis returned him to the daycare. Trinity and deputies were there waiting.

Danice Donaldson, the owner of the daycare, responded to I-Team Investigator Jackie Callaway’s message, saying, “This child was the last child in the room, and when the elderly family member came, she pointed and said she came to pick up her grandson. The teacher who released the child never asked for ID as she assumed that she was the parent (family member or guardian).”

However, an investigation into the daycare revealed this wasn’t the first time it had misplaced a child, I-Team reported after reviewing county records over the last four years.

One incident involved a 4-year-old girl left inside a broken-down van. When the child woke up alone, she left the van and wandered inside a nearby building. Someone at the location called the sheriff’s office.

The licensing office cited the daycare with three class-one violations. The most serious violation was for leaving the child inside the van. The daycare was also hit with a $750 fine.

McCoggle said if she had known about the daycare’s previous violation, she “would have never taken my baby there.”

A year later, in 2018, two center inspections found several violations, including staff-to-children ratio issues.

The news outlet interviewed Child Care Licensing Manager Lisa Bragano earlier this month and was told that the center received another class one violation over what recently happened to 7-month-old Adonis.

A spokesperson for the county said that regulators conducted “a complete review of this incident and the facility’s compliance history, it was determined that revocation of the license is the appropriate action to take at this time.”

The attorney representing the daycare said that his client plans to appeal the county’s decision. The daycare has 15 days to respond to the administrative complaint that seeks to revoke its license.




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