Penn Museum apologizes for its ‘unethical’ collection of human skulls and says it will repatriate remains of Black Philadelphians and others
PHILADELPHIA — Following more than a year of growing controversy and a demonstration last week, the Penn Museum apologized Monday for the “unethical possession of human remains” in its Morton skull collection and vowed repatriation and reburial of the remains of more than a dozen anonymous Black Philadelphians. The remains will be returned to congregations or communities in Philadelphia for interment in a historically Black cemetery, as yet undetermined, according to Penn officials. In addition, the museum said it will seek agreements with communities abroad enabling the return of dozens of sk...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ review: When Hairy Met Scaly...
These guys. You just want to see them happy. It’s hard to be so alone, and angry, caught up in an ancient Hatfield-and-McCoy grudge up on Earth’s inhospitable surface. Nothing comes easily up there, among the nattering human species, when you just want to go home to Hollow Earth, where (as Robert Frost said) they have to take you in, and you settle your differences with a jaw snap or a skull-crack. No exposition, no explanations. Well into “Godzilla vs. Kong,” a solid roundhouse punch and the fourth film in the current run of Legendary Entertainment’s “MonsterVerse” franchise, we travel to the...
Santa Clara University president, a friend of Biden, on leave pending investigation of alleged impropriety
SAN JOSE, Calif. – In a stunning development for California’s oldest institution of higher learning, Santa Clara University President Rev. Kevin O’Brien has been placed on leave pending an investigation into reports of unspecified impropriety. O’Brien, 54, who became Santa Clara University’s 29th president two years ago and presided over a Mass attended by president-elect Joe Biden in January before he was sworn in, has agreed to cooperate fully with the investigation, said a notice from John M. Sobrato, chair of the University Board of Trustees. Sobrato’s note said the university was informed...
The Mercury News
Ranked-choice voting gains momentum nationwide
In a few months, New York City residents won’t just vote for their favorite candidate in the June mayoral primary. They will choose their second, third and fourth favorites, as well. Two years after New Yorkers voted to change the way they cast a ballot in municipal elections, voters in America’s most populous city will participate in the largest test of the ranked-choice system in the nation. Ranked-choice voting is unfamiliar to most of the city’s nearly 5.6 million registered voters, so local election officials are racing to educate them. The method has been used in state elections in Maine...
On Gardening: Machu Morado is the Ruellia you've always wanted
Machu Morado is one of the most intriguing new plants in both name and performance. In reality it is a dream come true but I’ll explain. First it is a Mexican petunia or Ruellia, the gregarious "Uncle Buck" of the Acanthus family. A lot of gardening folks think it is a petunia. These are the purple blue flowers that look so mystical in color and that everyone deeply wants in the garden. This is the Ruellia however that strikes fear and trepidation for having a reputation of aggressiveness to the point of sparking anger in some. But Proven Winners has introduced this new version and has given i...
Tribune News Service
Faced with rising crime and social upheaval, more Black Chicagoans are seeking out firearms for their own protection
CHICAGO — Moments after firing a gun for the first time, Alicea Burton proudly displayed the result of her marksmanship: a human silhouette target perforated with more than two dozen 9 mm holes. “It was easier than I thought,” the 30-year-old from Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood said after emerging from an Oak Forest gun range. “The sound of the bullets did throw me off, but after a while it just became normal so it didn’t scare me.” Burton, who was pursuing a concealed carry license, is among a surge of African Americans who are taking a new interest in firearms. A gun industry survey take...
Disgusted? Good. It could be beneficial to your health, a new study shows
SEATTLE — Eww, gross! There's no need to feel there's something wrong with you if you recoil when foodie friends talk about the interesting delicacies they've tried: still-beating cobra hearts, soft-boiled fetal duck or even the more banal chocolate-covered crickets. And you don't need to change — in fact, these reactions could keep you healthy. Disgust, it turns out, is good for you, according to a new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that suggests revulsion could be the body's way of avoiding infection. The idea is not new: Charles Darwin hypot...
The Seattle Times
Undocumented immigrants who help police can be at risk for deportation. A Pennsylvania lawyer is trying to stop that
PHILADELPHIA — When Josia's husband began beating her, the U.S. government stood ready to help, even though she was in the country illegally. If she would assist the police investigation, she could get what's called a U visa, which provides undocumented victims of serious crimes with work authorization, protection from deportation, and a path to citizenship. Congress' idea in establishing the program in 2000 was to get criminals off the streets, that having a safer society outweighs the enforcement of certain immigration violations. Josia was granted a visa after about eight months. That was i...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Researchers trace Stonehenge rocks to site in Wales
Researchers working to unravel the mysteries of Stonehenge have rolled out a new theory: Building blocks of the structure may have been the recycled remains of a stone circle from Wales. Cobbling together the exact origins of the mysterious temple of upright rock slabs in Wiltshire County, England, has proved an elusive project. But new research suggests that some of the dozens of bluestones at Stonehenge were transported from a site called Waun Mawn in Pembrokeshire County, Wales. The findings were published Friday in Antiquity, an archaeology journal. “I have been leading projects at Stonehe...
New York Daily News
Package unwraps 98-year-old mystery for San Diego Jewish family
SAN DIEGO – Marty Weiss has no memory of his grandmother, Sadie. Nor does the 82-year-old San Carlos resident remember anyone in his family ever visiting Israel or having a desire to move there. But 98 years ago in New York, Jewish housewife Sadie Weiss made a then-significant investment in her family's future. In September 1923, she bought five shares of stock in a bank created to fund the establishment of a Jewish homeland. Twenty-five years later, Sadie's dream was achieved when the state of Israel was created in the aftermath of the Holocaust. But by then, Sadie was gone and the story of h...
The San Diego Union-Tribune