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Six officers in Baltimore were indicted by a grand jury in the death of Freddie Gray... Robert Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America, called to end the ban on gay adult leaders... Student activism in America is having a moment... And, can China make the grade with a national soccer curriculum? These stories and more in today's FYI!
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THE RENAISSANCE OF STUDENT ACTIVISM
"Maybe the campus protests seemed rather isolated at first. Dissatisfaction with the administration. Outrage over bad decisions. A student altercation gone bad. For example: The protest at Florida State University last fall, when students didn’t like the idea of having the Republican state politician John Thrasher as their school’s president and launched a campaign—#SlashThrasher—against his candidacy…"
THE HUMAN TRAFFICKING SITUATION IN EUROPE IS OUT OF CONTROL
"They hide inside suitcases. Under the bottom of cars. Or even inside the back bumper. Hundreds of thousands of refugees have been paying thousands of dollars to cross the Mediterranean—for a trip that, they know, might end up in death. Yet, a thin chance at life somewhere else is better than the absence of a future at home…"
WELCOME TO THE NEW ERA OF HUMAN RESOURCES
"It is believed that the first human resources department was established by The National Cash Register Company in 1901 following a bitter strike. Then referred to as "personnel," the new department’s role was largely compliance-based, and focused on record keeping, workplace safety, wage management, and employee grievances…"
ANNE ENRIGHT ON WRITING AS “SHAME MANAGEMENT”
"Anne Enright, the Man Booker Prize–winning Irish writer, scrolls through her iPhone to show me a picture. In the frame, three women stand side by side, grinning and giddy, like they crashed a party and now they’re the life of it. “That’s me, Edna, and Eimear at my launch in London on Friday.”…"
HOW MUCH DO JAILS COST? PROBABLY MORE THAN THOUGHT
"Forty years of unrelenting growth in the U.S. prison population, now at about 1.5 million people, has led to annual estimated costs of more than $40 billion. But the growth in the jail population (731,200 in 2013), while less discussed, is no less impressive. The Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics pegged local government expenditures on jails at about $22 billion in 2011, the most recent year available…"
CHINA KICKS OFF 'GREAT LEAP FORWARD' ON THE SOCCER FIELD
"At an elementary school outside the Chinese capital, Beijing, first-graders practice controlling soccer balls under the instruction of American coach Tom Byer. "When I clap, everybody's going to dribble to the circle, pull it back and go to the right. Go!" he says. Regular soccer balls would practically come up to the kids' knees, so they practice with miniature ones instead…"
THE RETURN OF “MADE IN THE USA”
"It’s hard to guess what President Lincoln might have thought about his namesake toy—Lincoln Logs building sets—being manufactured in China for decades. But Honest Abe would surely relish recent news that K’NEX Brands LP, Pennsylvania-based maker of the small wooden playthings, now produces them in Maine. The toymaker is not alone…"
Fallon And Pitbull Determine If They're Smarter Than 5th Graders
"Mr. Worldwide isn't familiar with our solar system, but, as it turns out, Jimmy doesn't know what an adverb is either."
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