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Sports columnist Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post chimes in on the University of Tennessee’s decision to drop the term “lady” from all its sports teams except its women’s basketball team:

At the behest of Nike and Tennessee’s athletic department, the “Lady Vols” are being eliminated in place of the resoundingly male “Power T” for every team except women’s basketball, for commercial reasons. The exception is being made out of respect for coach emeritus Pat Summitt, who long opposed this ridiculous move because, as one of the great promoters in sports history, she understands what a mistake it is to confuse “branding” with some lame idea of sameness.

If I’m Knight or any other marketing executive at Nike, I’m beginning to worry that I’ve made a mistake in defacing the women’s sports tradition at Tennessee. And I’m wondering how such a word could be the cause of so much grief and protest. In the two days since Tennessee announced the policy, more than 3,000 people have signed a Change.org petition against it. A whopping 77 percent of respondents to an ESPN SportsNation poll also have voted against it. Knoxville columnist John Adams observed that Athletic Director Dave Hart has provoked so much rage, fans want to run him down with a car. The reason is that, to these legions, “Lady” doesn’t connote inferiority but rather its precise opposite.

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Duncanville Independent School District trustees voted this past week to terminate the employment of English teacher Vinita Hegwood.

Earlier this month it was revealed Ms. Hegwood had made some racially charged tweets regarding the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

Fox News.com reports:

Duncanville Independent School District trustees unanimously voted to terminate Vinita Hegwood’s contract. Hegwood, who is black, has apologized for comments made Nov. 7 on her Twitter account that were laced with expletives and derogatory references to whites and blacks. Administrators have called the remarks “reprehensible.”

The tweets were related to the case of Michael Brown, who was unarmed when he was fatally shot Aug. 9. The shooting prompted protests, including some that turned violent, along with ongoing unrest in and around Ferguson, which is just outside St. Louis.

In the apology issued through a teachers union Thursday, Hegwood said she was sorry for “the offensive and unprofessional comments.”

“In making those remarks, I was reacting to a series of threatening and racist attacks against me by strangers who disagreed with my expressed opinions on Ferguson, Missouri. I allowed myself to respond emotionally and impulsively,” she said.

You can view some of Hegwood’s tweets at the Weasel Zippers blog.

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The Minneapolis Public Schools have a plan to eliminate the racial “suspension gap” by the year 2018: let school principals suspend white students as usual, but black and brown students will have their suspensions personally reviewed by the superintendent’s office.

The Daily Caller reports:

This new policy is part of an agreement with U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights announced last week after an investigation into why minority students made up such a high percentage suspended students in the past.

Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson told NPR, “I and all of my staff will start to review all non-violent suspensions of students of color, especially black boys, to understand why they’re being suspended so we can help intervene with teachers, student leaders and help give them the targeted support they need for these students.”

In a press release announcing the new policy, which begins Monday, Johnson’s office said, “Moving forward, every suspension of a black or brown student will be reviewed by the superintendent’s leadership team. The school district aims to more deeply understand the circumstances of suspensions with the goal of providing greater supports to the school, student or family in need. This team could choose to bring in additional resources for the student, family and school.”

The Caller notes that court challenges are expected in response to the new policy.

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Honor. Courage. Heroes.

Today we thank the men and women who serve and have served in our armed forces, to defend and protect America and her precious way of life.

Prior to America, kings ruled by fiat and with tyranny, but America’s founding promulgated the idea of human liberty, that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with unalienable rights.

Today our military continues to stand for justice and freedom. The lives dedicated to that cause are vital for our country’s sovereignty and survival. Thank you, veterans. We salute you.

University of Missouri at St. Louis student Chris Schaefer was attacked at a Ferguson, Missouri protest meeting on Thursday night, and then chased down the street after other — fellow — protesters believed he was live-streaming the meeting’s happenings on his phone.

Schaefer, who is white, eventually found safety at a nearby Walgreens, and from there was taken to a hospital to have “multiple injuries” treated.

Gateway Pundit notes a reaction from the Facebook “Justice for Mike Brown” page:

The meeting we had earlier at the church at 9950 Glen Owen Dr, St Louis, MO, alot of us attended the meeting but what happened with the attack on a peaceful protester was wrong and should have been handled a different way. Some of us already know that no live-streaming is allowed at the meeting and but when they told him to stop live streaming he probably didn’t hear or understand and when everbody just rushed him and told to stop live streaming and get the F××k out and then all of sudden he gets jumped and attacked. He is a student at UMSL college and he has been out there with us protesting on regular nights. Some of us know who he is, his name is Chris Schaefer, and NO, he’s not working with the police, he is on our side. But like I said again, for some of yall to just attack him having him, running down Chambers St towards West Florissant to the Walgreens scared for his life and he steady screaming crying and flagging down cars asking for help, but he only gets help when he runs inside the Walgreens, that was wrong and F××ked up it really was he was they took him to the hospital by ambulance to be treated for injuries. That’s making us look bad, the ones that come out to protest peacefully, smh, and he is white but that don’t mean to attack him like that! We have supporters of all races!

Ferguson protester Bassem Masri tweeted that Schaefer’s race had nothing to do with the attack, just that he (allegedly) refused to stop his recording.

Is it ironic that (some) people protesting the killing of an individual who, among other things, supposedly “just didn’t listen” to a police officer, are now justifying beating the crap out of someone because … he just didn’t listen?

Schaefer put up a “video update” from his hospital room. He denies he was live-streaming and estimates his medical bills will cost about $2,000:

h/t to Truth Revolt.

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Robin Jones Kerr, a senior majoring in journalism at George Washington University – one of the most politically active campuses in the nation – explains why she didn’t vote Tuesday in an op-ed in The Hatchet campus newspaper.

Jones Kerr, opinion editor of the publication, notes she was “jazzed” to vote for Obama in 2012 by absentee ballot the morning of that election. But this week, she acknowledged she didn’t know much about the issues, the candidates, nothing excited her to vote this year, and she stayed home:

Now, I would never tell a well-educated, politically active citizen to stay home on Election Day. But personally, just for myself, I felt OK about it. This year, nothing in particular compelled me to head to the polls – not a dynamic candidate nor compelling issue. And if I had voted just for the sake of being able to brag about it, that would have felt insincere. …

I’m registered to vote in Michigan, but only because that’s where my family lives. I grew up overseas, so I’m not really invested in Michigan politics and can’t even name our senators. …

Sure, maybe I should have registered in D.C. I’ve at least followed the mayoral election here, though mostly because I’m a Hatchet staffer. But when I saw Muriel Bowser, the Democratic nominee for mayor and eventual victor, speak on campus last semester, I found myself not really liking her as a person. (Sorry, Muriel.) So a desire to vote for her didn’t drive me to the polls, either.

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