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Law school’s diversity fellowship makes big change on admissions for White men

A University of Minnesota Law School diversity fellowship will now give equal consideration to White and male applicants following a civil rights complaint.

According to The College Fix, the application for a full-ride diversity fellowship sponsored by the Jones Day law firm has been changed after education watchdog Adam Kissel filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

Kissel filed the complaint in September 2023 and alleged the fellowship discriminated based on sex and race because the application gave preference to women and students of color.

A March 25 memo from the OCR obtained by The College Fix noted that the complaint had been resolved and closed after the university told the office the fellowship criteria “does not include a preference based on race or sex.”

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Instead, recipients will be chosen “based on their commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion” and “whose life experiences bring unique, extraordinary, or other fresh perspective to campus, including first generation college graduate and students from socioeconomically challenged backgrounds.'”

Kissel told The College Fix that the news was “a win for civil rights” but said the change is likely “just whitewashing” because administrators “still understand the purpose of the program is to help minority students, otherwise it would not exist.”

He said the development is noteworthy because it suggests the OCR “now entertains even unintentional disparate impact claims as possible civil rights violations.”

“In other words, the intended outcome is that minority students, but few to no non-minority students, get the advantages of the program. That difference in outcome by race is intended. Even if that outcome were unintended, the program would still risk a finding that it is out of compliance with Title VI,” Kissel said.

“Whether a difference in outcome by race is intended or unintended, OCR investigates discrimination claims based on unequal outcomes,” he added.

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The Jones Day Diversity Fellowship launched in December 2022 and includes a full-tuition scholarship for three years at the law school. It also allows the recipient to work as a summer associate at Jones Day, a firm with offices worldwide.

The firm website states, “We aggressively pursue hiring, retaining, and developing lawyers from historically underrepresented groups and backgrounds.”

The University of Minnesota was criticized last May after the Office of Undergraduate Students opened a paid internship program application to only non-White applicants.

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In its application, the program stated that its purpose is “to prepare students of color and Native Americans for graduate school.” The application process requests that inquiring students fill out demographic information.

The University of Minnesota Law School did not return Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Fox News’ Sarah Rumpf-Whitten contributed to this report. 

Angel Reese gets into fiery exchange with Bruins coach during handshake

LSU star Angel Reese says the commotion on the handshake line after the Tigers’ 78-69 win over UCLA in the Sweet 16 Saturday stemmed from an assistant coach “talking a little crazy.” 

Broadcast cameras caught the tense moment when Reese appeared to say something to someone in the UCLA line. 

Initial speculation was that Reese exchanged words with Bruins head coach Cori Close, who appeared to take offense to something Reese said toward the UCLA bench after she fouled out of the game with 30 seconds remaining. But she clarified that her words were directed at an assistant coach. 

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“Oh no, she told me ‘good game,’” Reese said of Close when asked about the incident during LSU’s postgame press conference. 

“It was another coach talking a little crazy.” 

When asked to explain further, Reese replied with “Next question.” 

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Trouble seemingly began when Reese fouled out in the final minute of the game. As she made her way to the bench, she looked over her shoulder and appeared to say something toward the UCLA bench. 

A fired-up Close approached an official about it and was reportedly upset a technical foul was not called. 

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“That’s just not who we are,” Close said of Reese’s accusations after the game. 

“I don’t want to say anything about Angel. I will only speak to what the Bruins are, and the Bruins are classy, speaking life into each other. And we are not gonna give that any – we would never do that, and especially, it would never come from one of my coaches … absolutely not. 

Flau’jae Johnson had 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Reese put up her 26th double-double of the season to get LSU closer to a second straight title. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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One of the world’s ‘leading infectious disease killers’ is on the rise in the US: What to know

The number of U.S. tuberculosis cases in 2023 was the highest in a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced. 

The CDC said on its website Thursday that “overall, cases increased from 8,320 in 2022 to 9,615 in 2023, an increase of 1,295 cases” 

“The rate also increased from 2.5 per 100,000 persons in 2022 to 2.9 in 2023,” it added, noting that numbers were up among all age groups. Data from the agency shows nearly 10,000 infections in 2013. 

CDC officials expected TB numbers would rise, but the 2023 count “was a little more than was expected,” Dr. Philip LoBue, director of the agency’s Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, told The Associated Press. 

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The new CDC statistics are not a count of how many people were newly infected in 2023, but rather of how many people developed a cough or other symptoms and were diagnosed. 

An estimated 85% of the people counted in 2023 were infected at least a year or two earlier and had what’s called latent TB, when the bacterium enters the body and hibernates in the lungs or other parts of the body. Experts estimate as many as 13 million Americans have latent TB and are not contagious. 

“Although TB incidence in the United States is among the lowest in the world and most U.S. residents are at minimal risk, TB continues to cause substantial global morbidity and mortality,” the CDC says, calling it “one of the world’s leading infectious disease killers.” 

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The CDC says tuberculosis is caused by a bacterium called “Mycobacterium tuberculosis” that usually targets the lungs but can also attack other parts of the body such as the kidney, spine and brain. 

Symptoms of TB disease in the lungs include chest pains and a prolonged cough, sometimes with blood. 

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Other symptoms include weakness or fatigue, weight loss, fever and loss of appetite. 

Cases declined sharply at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, but have been rising since. 

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“This post-pandemic increase in U.S. cases highlights the importance of continuing to engage communities with higher TB rates and their medical providers in TB elimination efforts and strengthening the capacity in public health programs to carry out critical disease control and prevention strategies,” the CDC said. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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San Francisco cuts funding for reparations, residents say apology won’t do

People are not satisfied with the San Francisco city government’s progress in providing reparations to descendants of African Americans who have suffered historical discrimination, according to a new report.

Although a city government panel proposed monetary reparations for eligible Black residents last year – with some potentially receiving $5 million, “So far, all they’ve received is an apology,” The Washington Post reported.

The Post detailed how the city has had to cut funding for the project, and that people are growing frustrated over the lack of progress on reparations. 

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The San Francisco Board of Supervisors put out an official apology last month – an eight-page resolution that stated, “The San Francisco Board of Supervisors offers its deepest apologies to all African Americans and their descendants who came to San Francisco and were victims of systemic and structural discrimination, institutionalize racism, targeted acts of violence, and atrocities.”

As the paper noted, this is “the first step to addressing more than 100 recommendations outlined by the city’s African American Reparations Advisory Committee,” though locals – including legal scholars, told The Post they don’t believe it is nearly enough. 

University of San Diego Law professor Roy Brooks has been critical of the progress so far.

“Saying sorry or apologizing is not enough,” he said. “You need a redemptive act to make the rhetoric of remorse believable.”

Members of the board like Dean Preston have acknowledged that the apology cannot be “an end in and of itself,” the board has run into “harsh economic realities” while pursuing further solutions, the piece stated.

The Post explained how the budget set aside for a government Office of Reparations, which the Reparations Advisory Committee advised be created, was gutted in Mayor London Breed’s $75 million “midyear budget cuts.”

Without the office, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission is now tasked with completing the advisory committee’s proposals and has prioritized over a dozen reparations-based projects, including “creating satellite offices of Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the city” according to the commission executive director Sheryl Evans Davis.

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In addition to financial barriers, Davis admitted that monetary reparations proposals, including $5 million payments, may run into legal barriers as well. 

“But it could be challenged under California’s 1996 proposition 209, which eliminated affirmative action in the public sphere,” The Washington Post reported, quoting Davis, who added, “There are some things that we would not be able to advance.”

The potential stall here has not been sitting well with Stephen Hanlon, a lawyer representing Black descendants of those victimized by the Rosewood massacre, an incident in Florida around a century ago “where a Black community of about 100 people was destroyed by a White mob after a White woman accused a Black man there of attacking her,” the outlet explained.

In an email to The Post, Hanlon pointed to then-Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles signing a bill in 1994 to compensate the incident’s survivors, with each getting $150,000 each and some getting college scholarships. 

He pointed out that Chiles did not give an official apology but focused on providing compensation, suggesting that San Francisco seemed to be doing the opposite. 

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“We did not seek an apology from the state because we believed that if we did, that might be all we would get,” Hanlon said. “It was very important to our clients that the state pay money for what it had done to the Rosewood family in 1923.”

Outrage as Biden declares solemn Christian holiday ‘Transgender Day of Visibility’

President Joe Biden was slammed on social media Saturday after marking Easter Sunday, the most solemn Christian holiday, as ‘Transgender Day of Visibility.’

Prominent Christians, politicians, and commenters flooded social media platforms with criticism after the announcement from the White House. While March 31 has been designated to honor the transgender movement since Biden took office, this year it falls on Easter Sunday, one of the most important days for Christians, as they celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

“On Transgender Day of Visibility, we honor the extraordinary courage and contributions of transgender Americans and reaffirm our Nation’s commitment to forming a more perfect Union — where all people are created equal and treated equally throughout their lives,” a statement released by the White House read. 

“Today, we send a message to all transgender Americans:  You are loved.  You are heard.  You are understood.  You belong.  You are America, and my entire Administration and I have your back,” it continued. “NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 31, 2024, as Transgender Day of Visibility.”

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Former presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy called Biden out on X, formerly Twitter, writing, “Joe Biden just proclaimed that ‘Transgender Visibility Day’ is on Sunday, March 31st. I wonder how he came up with that date.”

Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., echoed Ramaswamy’s sentiments as he blasted Biden for the “coincidence on the timing.”

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“Joe Biden has proclaimed Easter Sunday as ‘Transgender Day of Visibility,’” Mooney wrote on X. “What a coincidence on the timing, right? This is a direct assault on Christianity. Yet another attack on religion and traditions by this administration.”

Tennessee Republican Rep. Diana Harshbarger said the announcement was “intentional” and slammed it as a “blatant disregard.”

“This is a direct assault on Christianity. It’s evident the left is determined to undermine our religion and traditions,” she wrote on X. “This isn’t just blatant disregard, it’s intentional.”

Conservative commentator Benny Johnson shared a screenshot of the White House statement, writing alongside it, “What a slap in the face to all Christians in America…”

Biden has previously come under fire for his stance on LGBTQ+ and abortion issues given his own position as a “devout Catholic” who regularly attends church. The White House also used the same terminology when addressing Biden’s pro-choice stance on abortion. 

A recent poll from Pew Research found that just 13% of Americans think of Biden as “very religious,” while 41% say he is “somewhat religious” and another 44% say he is “not at all” or “not too religious.”

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Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report. 

Top economist warns Biden is sending clear message with $8,000,000,000,000 budget

A top economist called President Biden’s budget proposal an “assault on American business” and characterized the state of America under the current administration as reminiscent of the dystopian novel “1984.”

Steve Moore, who served as chief economist during tax hawk and ex-House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s, R-Texas tenure as chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, told “Life, Liberty & Levin” in his 40 years of analyzing budgets he has never seen a president decline to move toward the political center in his proposal in an election year.

“Normally what happens is Democrats, when they get to the election year, they move to the middle and they pretend like they’re conservatives,” Moore said.

“I’ve got to give Joe Biden credit. He’s not moving to the middle. I mean, this isn’t ‘the era of big government is over’ — This is like the ‘era of big government is here to stay’ like we’ve never seen before.”

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Amid his 1996 reelection bid against then-Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., President Bill Clinton made the declaration during that year’s State of the Union, and later worked with Republican then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich to balance the federal budget for the first time in a century.

Moore noted how host Mark Levin previously claimed Biden has misdirected about deficit reduction numbers, saying the ten-year debt forecast in his estimation is close to $10 trillion.

“How is that reducing the deficit?” Moore asked, adding the incumbent is doing the exact wrong thing to rein in spending if he wants to make such claims about fiscal responsibility. 

“I’m an old-fashioned Reagan supply-sider. You want to get tax rates low to bring jobs and businesses back, Reagan did it [and] it worked. Donald Trump did it [and] it worked to create a great economy.”

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Moore went on to claim that the U.S. under Biden’s tax plan would have a higher tax rate than statist economies Russia and China.

He went on to proffer one of Armey’s favored quotes about such profligate proposals:

“He used to say that liberals love jobs, but they hate employers,” Moore quipped. “This is an assault against American businesses, small businesses, American corporations, and is playing right into the hands of our enemies like China and Russia and the European countries that are our competitors.”

Moore said former President Trump, whose previous presidential campaign he advised, likes to speak about how other Western nations are “laughing behind our back” in many respects.

“That’s exactly what’s happening here. This is a ‘Put America Last’ budget,” he said.

According to figures reported by Levin, the Biden budget would “slash [GDP] in the long run by 2.2%; capital stock by 3.8% and wages by 1.6%.”

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“This guy’s getting away with saying that he’s cut the debt; that he has a responsible proposal — It’s like $8 trillion,” he fumed.

In a joint statement by several House GOP leaders, the caucus called the budget’s costs “yet another glaring reminder of this administration’s insatiable appetite for reckless spending and the Democrats’ disregard for fiscal responsibility.”

“Biden’s budget doesn’t just miss the mark – it is a roadmap to accelerate America’s decline,” the statement read.

Former MTV star finally nabbed on disturbing charges after months-long national manhunt

Former MTV reality star Connor Smith has been arrested after spending 13 months on the run, evading authorities who launched a nationwide manhunt for him.

The 33-year-old, who was a cast member on season three of MTV’s dating show “Are You The One?” in 2015, was wanted on three felony charges, including traveling to meet a minor for a sexual encounter, grooming and disseminating harmful material. 

In February 2023, a warrant for Smith was issued in Lake County, Illinois. He was taken into custody by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at 15163 George Blvd. in Clearwater, Florida, on Thursday, according to a charge report posted on the office’s website.

Smith was booked into the Pinellas County Jail that same day at 2:01 p.m. local time, per the report.

According to an affidavit obtained by People magazine, Smith did not have any weapons on him at the time of his arrest. The affidavit further stated that Smith did not appear to be under the influence of drugs and there were no signs of mental health issues.

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Last February, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department issued a media release, which described Smith as having corresponded with a female undercover detective who was pretending to be under the age of 15.

According to the release, “Smith sent ‘the child’ sexually explicit images and videos of himself. Smith then made arrangements to meet the ‘girl’ for a sexual encounter.”

The Sheriff’s department says Smith had been in communication with “the girl” for several weeks.

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On Feb. 9, 2023, under the pretense he was meeting the “girl,” Smith drove to an alternate location. Detectives moved in to apprehend him, however he was able to “escape and fled in his vehicle.”

A nationwide arrest warrant was then filed for Smith, with a Lake County Judge setting bond on the warrant at $1 million.

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Smith previously told authorities that he would surrender himself to them, but he failed to do so.

Smith had previously been accused of inappropriate behavior towards a minor in 2021. He was arrested and charged with rape, sexual battery and two counts of criminal confinement, according to court documents obtained by Us Weekly. 

According to The Times of Northwest Indiana, the charges were dropped in Sept. 2022. 

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An attorney for Smith said at the time that they were “pleased with the outcome and glad we were able to vindicate our client of these horrible false charges.”

Additionally, attorney Maryam Afshar-Stewart told the media, “Unfortunately, these type of accusations, despite a dismissal, carry consequences that are far-reaching. . . . While a dismissal is a step in the right direction, Mr. Smith has a long road ahead to repair the damage that has been caused by these false allegations.”

Fox News Digital’s Caroline Thayer contributed to this report.

Bridge shut down to traffic near highway after barge rams into support beam

A large barge hit a bridge over the Arkansas River in Oklahoma prompting a nearby major highway to temporarily close Saturday, the highway patrol said.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the barge rammed into the bridge near the Kerr Lock & Dam on Saturday afternoon.

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Troopers closed South U.S. Highway 59 about 1:25 p.m. after receiving word of the incident and diverted traffic from the area, state patrol spokesperson Sarah Stewart said.

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There were no reports of injuries on the highway or the barge, Stewart said.

It was not immediately known what caused the barge to hit the bridge.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation later posted on X that the highway had reopened after engineers inspected the bridge.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.