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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Failures Of Police Reform Is Exposed In The George Floyd Killing in Minneapolis

As protest over the police killing of George Floyd engulfed Minneapolis for a third night on Thursday, and solidarity protests broke out in cities across the country, there was both a sense that the country had been through this before — too many times — and that the stakes had begun to shift.

In the Twin Cities, where Floyd’s killing at the hands of officer Derek Chauvin was just the latest in a series of high-profile police killings in the last five years, those who took to the streets in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic were tired and exasperated. Years of misconduct and brutality by local police had brought many protests and much talk of reform. But Floyd’s death was an urgent reminder that here, as across the country, police reform had failed, and that the time had come for something different.

“They call for training, but are they doing the training, and is the training being internalized?” said Moriah Stephens, a special education teacher, as she stood near a highway overpass in St. Louis Park, the suburb where Floyd had lived, waving as passing cars honked in support. “I can tell you 50 times over that my life matters and I would like you to speak out about the fact that my life matters, and you can hear me say that 50 times, but are you going to do it?”

Masks on Leatherneck Square: Virus Changes Marine Training

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. — The booming shouts of the rain-soaked Marine recruits echo across the Leatherneck Square training field, barely muffled by their masks. And as they jog by, belting out responses to drill instructors in a rhythmic cadence, the white fabric across their faces is the only telltale sign of the coronavirus' effects on their quest to become Marines.

The Air Force Investigated Martha McSally for Seeking Advice After Sexual Assaults

While serving in the U.S. Air Force, Martha McSally experienced multiple incidents of sexual abuse and assault. But when she sought advice about how to talk publicly about experiences she'd had with the abusive culture of the Air Force, the service decided to look into her behavior instead of that of the alleged offenders.

Those are just some of the difficult experiences that McSally, a retired colonel and former A-10 Warthog pilot, describes in her first book, "Dare to Fly: Simple Lessons in Never Giving Up."

McSally, now a Republican senator from Arizona, writes about multiple incidents of sexual abuse -- one by a high school coach; another by an upperclassman at the Air Force Academy; and the third by a superior officer who preyed on her early in her career.

McSally, who graduated from the academy in 1988, didn't trust the military justice system or anyone "in the chain of command to believe [women] or do anything about it. We endured it," she writes.

AUM's Rhea and Wagner Named Finalist For the Gulf South Conference's Commissioner's Trophy

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Sommer Rhea of the volleyball team and Alexander Wagner of the men's soccer team have been named finalists for the Gulf South Conference's Commissioner's Trophy, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday (May 26).

The Gulf South Conference annually hands out the Commissioner's Trophy to the league's top overall male and female student-athletes, recognizing athletic, academic, and extracurricular achievement. The award is one of the most prestigious prizes in all of Division II and the most significant individual honor that the league presents. It was first awarded in 1975 and honored the outstanding male student-athlete in the conference. In 1983, when the Conference officially began conducting women's championships, the GSC began honoring its outstanding female student-athlete as well.

Wagner (Ratingen, Germany) was instrumental in helping lead the men's soccer team to a 9-6-3 overall record in 2019, a 6-2-3 mark in Gulf South Conference play, and the number-two seed in the Gulf South Conference Championship. He led the team in minutes played as a center back and was the anchor of a defense that allowed only 20 goals all season, earning him an All-GSC First Team Nod, and United Soccer Coaches' All-South Region Second Team spot.

Denisha Cartwright selected to USTFCCCA All-America Team

WILBERFORCE, Ohio – It was supposed to be a last-minute, non-stop ride to the national championships – and almost certain glory – in Birmingham, Ala.

Instead, they ended up on a road to nowhere.

Juan Scott – the Central State senior out of Dunbar High School who already was a six-time All American and a two-time national hurdles champion – had qualified for the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham two weeks ago.

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Founded in 1962, The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children. For 54 years, we’ve been providing access to affordable education for the children of Marine and Navy Corpsman attending post-high school, under-graduate and career technical education programs. In that time, we have provided more than 37,000 scholarships worth nearly $110 million.