Tag: Columbia University

19 Women Accused a Gynecologist of Abuse. Why Didn’t He Go to Prison?

The Manhattan district attorney’s office shocked a state judge in 2011 when it recommended that the financier Jeffrey Epstein be given the lowest possible sex offender status despite accusations that he had sexually abused dozens of girls. The judge refused, and the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., later reversed his stance, saying his assistant […]

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Columbia Silences Its Marching Band

In the rich history of marching band transgressions, this was not Stanford’s halftime routine against Brigham Young that poked fun at polygamy and exalted the bond between a man and a woman and a woman and a woman and a woman. Nor was it Rice’s “IX” formation, for Title IX, to mock a sexual assault […]

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Australian Writer Yang Hengjun Charged with Spying in China

SYDNEY, Australia — Yang Hengjun, a well-known Australian writer and democracy activist detained by the Chinese authorities in January, has been formally charged with spying, Australian officials said Tuesday, intensifying tensions over Beijing’s treatment of its critics. Mr. Hengjun’s lawyer, Rob Stary, said that his client had been charged with “a single act of espionage,” […]

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An Archaeological Puzzle on the Danube

LEPENSKI VIR, Serbia — The faces are haunting. About 8,000 years ago, over a period of perhaps 200 years, artists that lived in this settlement on the banks of the Danube carved about 100 sandstone boulders with faces and abstract designs. The faces are simple, with wide round eyes, a stylized nose and down-turned open […]

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In Washington, Good Grades for Universal Pre-K

Free public school starting at age four, or even three, is growing in many American cities. It’s gaining traction as a way to help young children learn the reading, counting and social skills that prepare them for kindergarten. It also promises to help close academic gaps between rich and poor children. Above all, it may […]

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Trump’s Immigration Plan Would Have Missed This Nobel Prize Winner

“Had we stayed in Europe, I probably would have become a tailor.” Those words were spoken by one of the great figures in American science, Isidor Isaac Rabi. In one sentence, they tell us two big things we need to know about the history of immigration to this country, and why President Trump’s proposal to […]

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Eager to Limit Exemptions to Vaccination, States Face Staunch Resistance

As measles spread across the nation earlier this year, 71 residents of Vancouver, Wash., fell ill, most of them unvaccinated children. So state Rep. Paul Harris, a Republican representing the district, sponsored a measure to limit exemptions from immunization. Activists protesting the bill converged on his legislative office; the resulting chaos led security officers to […]

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An Australian Doctor’s Dream: Curing America’s Opioid Curse

SUBIACO, Australia — The hazy-eyed sheep shearer was shifting in his seat in a clinic in Western Australia, unsure if he could do what the doctor said would save his life. A heroin user for 20 years, he was now in the depths of a detoxification treatment. “I’m all alone,” he said. In a soft […]

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