Locke takes incisive look at racial issues in new novel
Books / Education / Opinion & Editorial

Locke takes incisive look at racial issues in new novel

“Bluebird, Bluebird: a Novel” (Mullholland Books), by Attica Locke Attica Locke’s incisive look at racial issues reaches another milestone in the gripping “Bluebird, Bluebird.” Locke unflinchingly illustrates the intersection of race and justice as seen in an insular community in East Texas. The author packs the excellent novel with believable characters whose motives often are … Continue reading

Administration lifts transgender student bathroom guidance
Politics

Administration lifts transgender student bathroom guidance

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday ended federal protection for transgender students that allowed them to use public school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities. The Justice and Education departments said in a letter being sent to school districts nationwide that the Obama-era guidance caused a spike in lawsuits over how … Continue reading

AIDS pageant in Uganda seeks to stem stigma, discrimination
Africa

AIDS pageant in Uganda seeks to stem stigma, discrimination

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — When she was younger, Tryphena Natukunda’s mother discouraged her from swallowing her antiretroviral medicines among strangers or even distant relatives. Because the girl had AIDS, which can fuel stigmatization and invite harsh judgment, the mother wanted her daughter’s condition kept a secret within the family. Yet as she grew older, Natukunda, … Continue reading

Plan targets health care bias against transgender people
Health / Lifestyle / U.S. News

Plan targets health care bias against transgender people

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration proposed Thursday to ban discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system, carrying out anti-bias provisions in the president’s health overhaul. The new protections are part of a much broader proposed regulation by the Department of Health and Human Services. In a first, the Affordable Care Act specified … Continue reading

Campus Life / Education / Virginia

Feds investigate Washington and Lee discrimination complaint

  LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — Federal officials are investigating a complaint alleging Washington and Lee University discriminated against a female student after she reported a sexual assault. Washington and Lee University President Kenneth Ruscio announced the investigation on Saturday in a letter to students, faculty and staff, The Roanoke Times (http://bit.ly/1a4lG7z) reported. Ruscio’s letter said … Continue reading