FBI probes bomb threats against HBCUs; campuses reopen after no explosives are found
By: Laura Cassels - February 3, 2022
More than 20 FBI field offices around the nation are investigating a series of bomb threats characterized as “hate crimes” against Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and unidentified “houses of worship” but have found no explosives at the sites, the agency announced Wednesday. The statement did not say whether the threatened houses of worship, […]
Climate change: Women and families in poor countries most feel the brunt
By: Laura Cassels - November 15, 2021
The two-week climate conference in Glasgow, concluding today, shone a spotlight on the harm climate change inflicts on women and families in the world’s most vulnerable countries. Women, who often hold lead roles in providing food and health care for their families, are on the front lines, according to advocates participating in panel discussions during […]
Obama at world climate conference: We are falling short
By: Laura Cassels - November 9, 2021
Returning to the world stage on climate change, former President Barack Obama on Monday told world leaders and young people gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, that time is running out to prevent life-threatening degradation of the planet’s climate, and he called on the world’s young people to demand better. “Collectively and individually, we are still falling short. We have not done nearly enough to address this crisis,” Obama said in an address broadcast from the main stage of the COP 26 world conference on climate.
Sports world pledges to cut climate-fueling emissions by half this decade
By: Laura Cassels - November 3, 2021
The National Basketball Association, professional baseball, hockey and soccer teams, international motor sports, tennis pros, surfers, runners and wrestlers are accelerating their campaign to fight climate change. At events Tuesday and Wednesday at the COP 26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, universities, professional and amateur leagues from across the world announced new or intensified pledges […]
Special report: Americans in climate-threatened regions anxious for solutions from world summit
By: Laura Cassels - November 1, 2021
Flooded beach towns will be abandoned along millions of miles of coastlines. Islands will be inundated. It has already begun. Heat will become so oppressive that field workers can’t endure it and crops fail. It’s already happening.
National coalition urges Biden to stop throwaway plastics that are inundating the oceans
By: Laura Cassels - December 9, 2020
With plastics pollution rising and recycling in decline, a coalition of more than 550 community and conservation organizations, called on President-Elect Joe Biden Tuesday to shut down production of throwaway plastics, from single-use water bottles to foam, take-out food containers.
Supreme Court refuses to take up Equal Rights Amendment dispute; advocates persist
By: Laura Cassels - October 28, 2020
One month after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, having argued that the nation needs the Equal Rights Amendment, the surviving justices have dismissed an effort by women’s groups to enshrine the ERA in the U.S. Constitution. The court refused to take up the matter at the behest of ERA proponents, who will instead make their case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit, which they’d hoped to bypass.
Does Florida hemp experience raise caution flags for NC?
By: Laura Cassels - October 17, 2019
[Editor’s note: As more and more states embrace the idea that hemp could be a financial boon for farmers and entrepreneurs, news from Florida appears to raise some caution flags. The following story from journalist Laura Cassels of the Florida Phoenix reports that the hemp forecast — at least for the sunshine state — appears […]