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Legislators Are Attempting to Nix Abortions From Med School Education

North Carolina Republicans try to strong arm their way into a woman’s right to choose.

If legislators have their way, your next crop of doctors in North Carolina may not know how to perform an abortion. Photo via Flickr user Sage Ross

As if healthcare wasn’t haywire enough, Republican legislators out of North Carolina are attempting to strong arm their way into a woman’s right to choose with a bill proposed this month that would prohibit abortions from being performed or even observed in medical school departments in their state. Because of course we should limit the medical know-how of our future doctors, right?

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An Interactive Project Explores What Happened After the Chapel Hill Shooting

This website highlights conversations about gun control, mental health, Islamophobia, and the media.

Earlier this week, a judge ruled that prosecutors will be allowed to pursue the death penalty for Craig Stephen Hicks, the man who killed three Muslim students—Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha—in Chapel Hill in February. The shootings ignited nationwide debates about Islamophobia and gun control. Some insisted the incident was a consequence of the rising pitch of anti-Muslim hate. Others argued it was simply a parking dispute gone wrong. On television, in newspapers, and on the radio, experts, journalists, and pundits alike scrutinized Hicks’ mental health history and argued the implications of gun safety in this case.

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Chapel Hill Victim’s Fundraiser For Syrian Refugees Recieves More Than $110,000 in Donations

Thousands of supporters are donating money to Deah Barakat’s fundraising campaign after his murder.

Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha.

Deah Barakat was murdered in his own North Carolina home, alongside his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha by their neighbor. Before he was killed, the 23-year-old Syrian-American and dental student was raising funds for the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS). He had been planning to go to Turkey himself, with a team of University of North Carolina faculty members, to provide dental care to Syrian refugees who had been stranded there.

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Should Colleges Give Grades For Emotional Intelligence?

Asheville-Buncombe TCC plans to give grades on soft skills like getting along with others and being on time.


When we talk about educating our way out of the skills gap, the discussion tends to focus on how we funnel more students into science or technology majors or helping current workers gain in-demand skills. But companies aren't just looking for employees with specific content knowledge and skills. They want folks with "soft skills"—emotional intelligence and social graces—too. So if we need to educate and train the next generation to be ready for the 21st century workforce, should colleges be emphasizing and giving grades on those too?

That's the plan at North Carolina's Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. According to Inside Higher Ed, the school intends to give "workplace readiness certificates" to students who demonstrate mastery of soft skills.

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