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Posts Misrepresent Ruling on COVID-19 School Mandate Lawsuit


The Los Angeles Unified School District was among the employers that mandated COVID-19 vaccination in 2021 and then faced lawsuits over its requirement.

The first suit, filed on March 17, 2021, was brought by employees who didn’t want to get vaccinated. It was dismissed four months later because the school district had amended its policy to allow workers to instead submit to regular testing. (The district later reinstituted the vaccine requirement without the testing option, and then did away with the mandate altogether in September.)

A second suit was brought in November 2021 on behalf of the district employees by an Idaho-based nonprofit that started in 2020 and has pursued several lawsuits directed at public health measures meant to curb the spread of COVID-19, including mask and vaccine mandates.

The nonprofit organization, called the Health Freedom Defense Fund, argued that COVID-19 vaccines are not actually vaccines, but are instead “medical treatments,” and cannot be mandated. The group argued that the COVID-19 vaccines don’t prevent transmission of the disease, but rather just reduce its severity in those who are infected – making “the injection … a treatment, not a vaccine.”

Senior Pitcher Catelyn Riley Joins Alabama Softball

The right-handed pitcher owns a 24-18 record and a 2.96 ERA after three seasons at Ole Miss


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. |
Alabama softball added a proven arm to its bullpen in rising senior Catelyn Riley, who joins the Crimson Tide after three seasons at Ole Miss.

Riley owns a 24-18 career record and a 2.96 ERA across 86 appearances with the Rebels. This season, she secured the final two outs to earn a save in Ole Miss' big win over then-No. 2 LSU in Baton Rouge, the Tigers' first loss of the year. In 2023, she pitched in a pair of postseason victories over Baylor, earning the win in the elimination matchup to send Ole Miss to the Salt Lake City Regional final game against Utah. She originally hails from Dandridge, Tenn., where she was the 2019 5Star Prep Pitcher of the Year and East Tennessee AAA Miss Softball at Jefferson County High School.

Riley is the sixth newcomer slated to join #Team29 in the fall of 2024 alongside junior transfer Alexis Pupillo (UTIL – Northern Iowa) and freshmen Braya Hodges (P – Dothan, Ala.), Mari Hubbard (IF – Huntsville, Ala.), Kennedy Marceaux (IF – Kaplan, La.) and Audrey Vandagriff (OF – Bogart, Ga.). Alabama looks to return 11 players from its 2024 Women's College World Series team.


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Auburn Introduces Women's Tennis Head Coach Jordan Szabo: 'I KNOW YOU CAN WIN HERE'


AUBURN, Ala. |
New women's tennis head coach Jordan Szabo got a taste of Auburn spirit in his interview when his campus visit coincided with men's golf's rolling of Toomer's Corner after winning the 2024 SEC Championship.

"I'm so excited to be a part of the Auburn family," Szabo said. "Auburn's a special and magical place. I'm so lucky to be here."

Athletics director John Cohen formally introduced Szabo Tuesday at the Woltosz Center, six weeks after his hiring on May 3, Szabo's opening press conference was delayed by multiple international recruiting trips, and the completion of his season as an assistant coach at Texas A&M.


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The U.S. military will continue to dwindle in size and diminish in quality if it does not fix its racism problem.

My husband has served nearly 20 years in the Marine Corps, and our family would gladly dedicate another decade of service if not for the racism I, his Asian-American wife, and his mixed-race children experience in the current military and political climate.

My spouse is highly skilled and experienced. He has 2,000 flight hours, top-level clearances, and qualifications. He has mentored, instructed, and led hundreds of others. He loves military service, yet he and others like him are leaving due to Congress' meddling. After decades of progress toward building a more equal nation and a military reflective of these American values, we see those gains evaporating.

Marine Corps Cuts Time for SkillBridge Transition Program, Citing a Drain on 'Unit Readiness'


The Marine Corps is now limiting the time Marines can participate in a program intended to provide service members a smooth transition into the civilian workforce, citing years of lost manpower.

In an administrative message posted Monday, the service said that the SkillBridge initiative -- a normally six-month program started by the Pentagon more than 10 years ago to address military-to-civilian hiring opportunities after the 2008 financial crisis -- is being cut to three or four months for Marines, depending on rank.

Marines with the rank of sergeant and below are limited to 120 days at the end of their service to participate in the program; staff noncommissioned officers, warrant officers, and officers are allotted 90 days. The Corps said that its Manpower and Reserve Affairs "conservatively" estimated that more than 3,400 years of manpower were provided "external to the Marine Corps" between fiscal years 2021 and 2024.


US Army Soldier Convicted of Theft in Russia and Sentenced to Nearly 4 Years in Prison

MOSCOW (AP) | A court in Russia’s far eastern city of Vladivostok on Wednesday convicted a visiting American soldier of stealing and making threats of murder, and it sentenced him to three years and nine months in prison.

Staff Sgt. Gordon Black, 34, flew to the Pacific port city to see his girlfriend and was arrested last month after she accused him of stealing from her, according to U.S. officials and Russian authorities.

Russia's state news agencies Tass and RIA Novosti reported that the judge in Pervomaisky District Court in Vladivostok also ordered Black to pay 10,000 rubles ($115) in damages. Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of four years and eight months in prison.

Black’s case occurs amid tensions over Russia's arrests of American journalists and other U.S. nationals as the fighting in Ukraine continues.

Russia has jailed several Americans, including corporate security executive Paul Whelan and Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich. The U.S. government has designated both men as wrongfully detained and has been trying to negotiate their release.

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