Articles by Catherine Smith

Oxford Provost Faces Backlash after Attempting to Abolish Tradition of Latin Grace Before Meals

Prof. Kate Tunstall, an interim provost of Worcester College, one of the colleges at Oxford, came under fire from students over an attempt to abolish the historic traditions practiced at formal hall, which include saying grace before meals and standing for dons. This infuriated students from the Worcester college  junior common room (JCR) after she […]

Therapy Dogs Sent to Capitol Hill for Stressed Impeachment Staffers

Pet Partners, a therapy animal organization and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) brought an army of emotional support dogs to the rescue of stressed-out Capitol Hill staffers on Wednesday. They were on hand Wednesday in both the Hart Senate Office Building and the Rayburn House Office Building. The organizations said that the goal […]

Grand Rapids to Pay $190K to War Veteran Mistakenly Held by ICE

Grand Rapids will pay a $190,000 settlement to a Latino American war veteran who was wrongfully detained by federal immigration officials, according to AP. The City Commission unanimously approved the payment to Jilmar Ramos-Gomez on Tuesday to resolve a Michigan Department of Civil Rights complaint. “Customs Enforcement held Ramos-Gomez for three days last December before […]

Ginsberg Misses SCOTUS Arguments Due to Illness

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Wednesday missed oral arguments due to a stomach bug, The Hill reports. Chief Justice John Roberts, speaking from the bench, said Ginsburg was “indisposed due to illness” and a spokesperson said she would decide cases based on written briefs and oral argument recordings. Ginsburg is 86 years old, […]

Greta Thunberg Ready to Sail Back to Europe Sooner than Expected

Fox News reports Swedish climate 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg plans to set sail across the Atlantic from Virginia for Spain Wednesday, sooner than expected. The original venue for the United Nations-Sponsored climate talks were planned in Chile, but due to political unrest in the region, the talks have moved to Spain. Greta had originally planned […]

Denmark Temporarily Closes Border After Shootings, Explosions

Fox News reports increasing blasts and shootings around Copenhagen this year have “prompted Danish authorities to tighten border controls at the country’s crossings with Sweden.” Over the weekend, Danish police conducted checks on trains and vehicles crossing the Oresund Bridge over the narrow waterway that separates Copenhagen, Denmark’s largest city, and Malmo, Sweden’s third largest. […]

Colin Kaepernick to Work Out for NFL Teams on Saturday

ESPN reported on Tuesday, that anthem protester, social justice warrior and 49er Colin Kaepernick will conduct a NFL-organized workout session for all 32 teams in Atlanta on Saturday. Many believe he has been blackballed from the NFL, but is getting another chance to prove he belongs in the league. NFL clubs were informed today that […]

Report: 24,000 Voter Registrations Have ‘Issues’ in Single Florida County

Nearly 24,000 voter files in Florida’s Palm Beach County were flagged because of issues that include “registrations in multiple states, double voting, voting on behalf of the dead, and registrations by ‘apparent’ noncitizens,” the Epoch Times reports. “The issues found indicate that efforts at list maintenance over the years have either been lax, inconsistent, ignored […]

‘Very Pure’ Cocaine Keeps Washing up on French Beaches

Giant bricks of “very pure” cocaine and other drugs have been washing up on France’s southwestern shores over the past several weeks, the New York Post reports. Wrapped in clear of black plastic and labeled “diamante” or “briliante,” they have been littering a 310 -mile strip of the country’s Atlantic coast, and near the Spanish […]

Spain’s Far-Right Vox Party Doubles Seats in National Parliament

Fox News reports Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s Socialists (PSOE) won Spain’s national election on Sunday but fell short of a majority, and right-wing parties made major gains, including the far-right Vox party. This is the fourth national ballot in as many years and the second in less than seven months, the left wing Socialists held […]

700,000+ Dreamers Wait as SCOTUS Takes up DACA

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will consider the Trump Administration’s decision to end the DACA program, which has provided a reprieve for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children. A ruling on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is expected next spring in the midst of the 2020 presidential election, USA Today […]

Extinction Rebellion Activists Sail ‘Sinking House’ Down River Thames

CNN reports that Extinction Rebellion, a radical environmental protest group, staged another demonstration in London in the early hours of Sunday morning—it floated a model of a sinking house down the River Thames to protest sea levels. Pictures and footage show the replica suburban house, complete with aerial, chimney and burglar alarm floating near the […]