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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, April 29, the 119th day of 2021. There are 246 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On April 29, 1992, a jury in Simi Valley, California, acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges ...

Musk, Bezos have celestial plans but should do more for workers

BERKELEY — Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos want to colonize outer space to save humanity, but they couldn’t care less about protecting the rights of workers here on earth. Musk’s SpaceX just won a $2.9 billion NASA contract to land astronauts on the moon, beating out Bezos. The money isn’t ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 28, the 118th day of 2021. There are 247 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On April 28, 1967, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali was stripped of his title after he refused to be inducted into ...

Is America led today by Anti-Americans?

WASHINGTON — How can America unite again to do great things if we are led by people who believe America suffers from a great sickness of the soul, an original sin that dates back to her birth as a nation? Consider. After his long night of prayer for “the right verdict” to be ...

Power back to the people

WASHINGTON — “Power to the People” was a chant used by anti-war and civil rights protesters in the ‘60s. John Lennon wrote a song with that title in 1971. The idea flowed from the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution which begins, “We the people.” The concept behind that phrase was ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 27, the 117th day of 2021. There are 248 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On April 27, 1978, 51 construction workers plunged to their deaths when a scaffold inside a cooling tower at the Pleasants ...

Big Tech and free speech

WASHINGTON — A colleague recently asked me if I approved of Big Tech censoring political and cultural voices on their platforms. My colleague believes — as do I — in natural rights, minimal government and that owners of private property can use it as they see fit. We both condemned the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, April 24, the 114th day of 2021. There are 251 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On April 24, 1980, the United States launched an unsuccessful attempt to free the American hostages in Iran, a mission that ...

This whiteness of being

WASHINGTON — It’s Wednesday morning. I sign into the eighth one-on-one student videoconference but immediately see that, on this call, with this cherished student, there’s no oxygen for talking about the final, mundane details of spring semester. The young Black woman looking at me ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, April 26, the 116th day of 2021. There are 249 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On April 26, 1986, an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine caused radioactive fallout to begin ...

Just because it’s said by Joe doesn’t make it so

WASHINGTON — While President Joe Biden’s administration doesn’t seem to need an excuse to spend money, two recurring arguments for his gigantic $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal are that our roads and bridges are “crumbling” and that modernization would generate economic growth ...

The Chauvin verdict

WASHINGTON — The guilty verdict against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on all counts was correct, based on the evidence, but the theatrics leading up to that trial and after the jurors had made their decision was outrageous. Demonstrations, riots and looting around the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, April 23, the 113th day of 2021. There are 252 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On April 23, 1969, Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to death for assassinating New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. (The sentence was ...

What are your solutions for America?

By Dr. Glenn Mollette WASHINGTON — How do we solve the mass shootings? Do we take away all the guns? Or, do we require that every American carry a gun and be prepared to shoot back? Do we eliminate the assault rifles? Or, do we have more security guards at malls, grocery stores and work ...

Relief, caution as America absorbs verdict

By Deepti Hajela and Jocelyn Noveck Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — When the verdicts came in — Guilty, Guilty, Guilty — Lucia Edmonds let out the breath she hadn’t even realized she’d been holding. The relief that the 91-year-old Black woman felt flooding over her when white ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, April 22, the 112th day of 2021. There are 253 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On April 22, 2005, Zacarias Moussaoui (zak-uh-REEí-uhs moo-SOWí-ee) pleaded guilty in a federal courtroom outside ...

Another mass shooting

WASHINGTON — The first question most people ask after mass shootings like the one last week at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis in which a 19-year-old male murdered eight people before taking his own life is “how did he get the gun?” He was known to authorities. A gun he previously owned ...

Joe Manchin: Washington’s most wanted man

WASHINGTON — Everybody wants to know where Sen. Joe Manchin’s hideaway is in the Capitol. The West Virginia Democrat has all eyes on his tall frame as he makes his way through the ornate halls for votes. President Joe Biden knows that this Joe could make or break his 50-50 hold on the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 21, the 111th day of 2021. There are 254 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On April 21, 1836, an army of Texans led by Sam Houston defeated the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas ...

Biden bids farewell to a ‘Forever War’

WASHINGTON — “It is time to end the forever war.” So said President Joe Biden in his announcement that, as of Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, all U.S. troops will be gone from Afghanistan. The longest war in our history, which ...