65 years after Brown v. Board of Education, school segregation is getting worse

65 years after Brown v. Board of Education, school segregation is getting worse

A new report finds that the historic school segregation ruling has been undermined in recent decades. May 17 marks the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education, which determined that segregating schools on the basis of race was “inherently unequal” and thus, unconstitutional. But a new report finds that decades after that historic ruling, the phasing out of older programs to foster integration and a lack of new policies…

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Uber had a terrible first day as a public company. It might not matter at all.

Uber had a terrible first day as a public company. It might not matter at all.

Friday was bad. But how’s Monday? Uber’s agonizingly difficult first day as a public company was a cold shower for Silicon Valley’s hottest company, a dousing that drenches both the euphoria of selfie-happy Uber investors and maybe the hopefulness of other startups preparing to follow it to their own IPOs. But Silicon Valley should wait a few months before flooding itself in its tears and dire premonitions. To be sure, it was ugly. Uber closed…

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Marijuana is legal for medical purposes in 33 states

Marijuana is legal for medical purposes in 33 states

Thirty-three states and Washington, DC, allow marijuana for medical purposes, although their approaches can significantly differ. Some allow medical marijuana dispensaries and home cultivation. Others only allow home cultivation. And some allow dispensaries but not home cultivation. There’s a growing body of research supporting marijuana’s use for medical purposes. Some studies and anecdotal evidence suggest marijuana can be used for various medical problems, including pain, nausea and loss of appetite, Parkinson’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease,…

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The controversial abortion bills sweeping the country this week, explained

The controversial abortion bills sweeping the country this week, explained

Bills in Georgia, Ohio, and Alabama show we’re in a watershed moment for the abortion debate. The governor of Georgia signed into law one of the strictest abortion bans in the country. The sponsor of an anti-abortion bill in Ohio made headlines by falsely claiming that it’s possible to transplant an ectopic pregnancy into the uterus. And the Alabama state Senate erupted in shouting after Republicans removed exceptions for rape and incest from an anti-abortion…

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This new short-story collection from the author behind Arrival is sci-fi at its smartest

This new short-story collection from the author behind Arrival is sci-fi at its smartest

Cute robots, time portals, and digital memories mingle in Ted Chiang’s Exhalation. The go-to cliché when a critic is reviewing a particularly lovely collection of short stories is to say that they are “jewel-like”: that they are elegant and discrete little gems of story, shimmering away on the page. Exhalation — the newest short-story collection from Ted Chiang, author of the novella that was adapted into the 2016 Amy Adams movie Arrival — is not jewel-like….

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