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California State Fair rolls out on-site sales, consumption of cannabis

The addition of a sales and consumption area is a first for any state fair in the nation, organizers say.

Denmark struggles to recruit young professionals for welfare jobs

Despite efforts to turn the tide, a record-low number of Danish students have applied to become teachers, social and health care workers.

Pervasive workplace harassment

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A federal court in Arkansas declined the University of Arkansas’s governing board’s effort to toss a sex-based hostile workplace claim brought by a family consumer science agent who worked for one of its rural agricultural extension offices. She says her boss subjected her to routine harassment for 13 months, used misogynistic slurs to demean others, said he “wouldn’t piss on” her predecessor “if she were standing in the road on fire” and excluded the worker from meetings and emails regularly. The pattern is pervasive enough to sustain a suit.

German education minister scandal highlights tense, restrictive climate around Gaza

Germany's liberal education minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger has struggled to shake off calls to step down after an internal inquiry about cutting funding to academics based on their political positions went public. The ongoing scandal is illustrative of Germany's uniquely restrictive approach to Israel and the war in Gaza.

Red states push Supreme Court to block Biden student loan repayment plan 

Citing the administration’s prior defeat, South Carolina, Alaska and Texas pushed the high court to topple President Joe Biden’s student loan repayment plan.

Hazing claim lost

ANNISTON, Ala. — A federal court in Alabama, for the second time, rules against the Title IX claim brought against a school district and football coach by a student who was a freshman who was bullied by older teammates. Those students exposed their genitals to him and tried, but failed, to put a key in his anus and turn it as part of a hazing ritual. Though he alleged they emasculated him by calling him “gay” and “pussy,” the allegations do not show he was targeted due to his sex, i.e. because he is male, and not because he was a lightweight freshman.