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'Run, Hide, Fight' mindset making way into US schools

BALTIMORE (AP) — The actions of students who died tackling gunmen at two U.S. campuses a week apart have been hailed as heroic. At a growing number of schools around the country, they also reflect guidance to students, at least in some situations,...

 

APNewsBreak: Racial bias probed at Coast Guard Academy

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security's inspector general is investigating allegations of racial discrimination at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and inadequate follow-up by the school's leadership, the agency said Thursday. The...

 

At Coast Guard Academy, questions about racism and equity

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — At the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, officers-in-training spend four years together at a riverside campus steeped in shared values of honor, respect and devotion to duty. Yet for all the uniformity, many say the experience can...

 

School-walkout unity also lays bare division among students

As she addressed the crowd during the walkout at her Idaho high school, Kylee Denny faced heckles and name-calling from a group of students carrying American flags, she said. The counterprotesters included many familiar faces, including her...

 

After Parkland, parents push for school security upgrades

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In Kentucky, parents have pooled money to pay an armed officer to begin patrolling schools. A mayor outside Cleveland, Ohio, is urging a security levy to pay for guards. And a town in New Jersey has begun assigning off-duty...

 

Sandy Hook's legacy: More security in elementary schools

NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) — The setting could not be more different, but David Wannagot says he applies some of the same skills from his 30-year police career to his new role as a school sentry. As he greeted children getting off the bus at West...

 

Mental health concerns in aftermath of Puerto Rico hurricane

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Locked out of his home and with nowhere else to go, Wilfredo Ortiz Marrero rode out Hurricane Maria inside a Jeep, which was lifted off its wheels by floodwaters in the parking lot. He then endured days without enough...

 
 By Michael Melia    Regional    July 5, 2017

In Connecticut prison, it's the inmates leading counseling

SOMERS, Conn. (AP) — Imprisoned for killing a man, Edward White initially feared retaliation when he learned a fellow inmate was his victim's nephew. For a time, the inmate stopped speaking with White. But he ultimately offered forgiveness, an act...

 
 By Michael Melia    Regional    May 5, 2017

Dress code crackdown suspends 150 high school students

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A one-day sweep in which over 150 high school students were suspended for dress code violations is bringing new criticism to a Connecticut district of predominantly Hispanic and black students that was already under...

 

2 degrees for price of 1: School offers free grad training

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Come for your college education, stay for a master's degree on the house. In the higher education equivalent of a fast-food value meal, at least one university is dangling tuition-free professional graduate degrees as a way...

 

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