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New Mexico announces plan to offer free college tuition to state residents

malerapaso/iStock(SANTA FE, N.M.) — New Mexico is hoping to make college tuition free for all state residents looking to attend its public institutions in the first plan of its kind in the U.S., the governor announced Wednesday.Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the program would apply to all 29 of the state’s two- and four-year public…read more »

FAA chief to test updated 737 MAX software as planes remain grounded

the_guitar_mann/iStock(NEW YORK) — Steve Dickson laid out the Federal Aviation Administration’s next steps in the recertification of the Boeing 737 MAX in the first month of his new term as FAA administrator, but now he’s heading to Seattle to get in the simulator himself. Dickson, the former CEO of Delta Airlines and a long-time pilot,…read more »

School shooting hoodies with bullet holes land fashion company in hot water

stevanovicigor/iStock(NEW YORK) — A New York clothing company has introduced school shooting hoodies that have bullet holes in them and feature the names of four schools where nearly 100 students were shot to death, including Sandy Hook, Columbine, Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Virginia Tech.Bstroy, a self-described “neo-native” post-apocalypse streetwear brand, according to Paper Magazine, has…read more »

Project Beauty Expo: Beauty exhibition puts women of color at the forefront

Project Beauty Expo(LOS ANGELES) — Project Beauty Expo, a trade show featuring beauty and wellness products for and created by women of color, held its fourth annual event in Los Angeles this past weekend.The show featured over 400 small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs and beauty enthusiasts of color. All had an opportunity to engage with…read more »

TASER International founder behind launch of Taser alternative

seanfboggs/iStock(NEW YORK) — Police departments across the United States could have another gadget to add to their repertory: a Spider-Man-like device that fires a tether that can entangle and restrain a target.The device, called the BolaWrap, discharges an 8-foot Kevlar tether at 640 feet per second to entangle a person at a range of 10-25…read more »

Facebook revamps efforts to combat hate, but experts say ‘questions remain’ on impact

luchezar/iStock(NEW YORK) — Facebook on Tuesday revealed changes to policies for combating hate and extremism on its namesake platform and on Instagram, including updating its definition of terrorist organizations and revamping detection efforts.Some online privacy experts, however, said questions remain as to whether these steps will have a major impact in stopping the spread of…read more »

Portland cracks down on 168 Uber and Lyft drivers over traffic violations, criminal records

Anatoliy Sizov/iStock(PORTLAND, Ore.) — Scores of workers for Uber and Lyft were driving passengers around in Portland, Oregon, despite having offenses ranging from traffic violations to criminal records that should have barred them from doing business as a ride-share driver, according to local authorities.The Portland Department of Transportation confirmed to ABC that they suspended or…read more »