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Manhunt underway after officer killed, another wounded in Polk County

"A manhunt is underway for a person wanted in connection with a shooting in northwest Georgia that left a Polk County police detective dead and an officer injured.

At least one suspect is in custody, but a “Blue Alert” has been issued for a second suspect, identified by the GBI as Seth Brandon Spangler.

It is the first time the GBI has activated the emergency alert, which was established by legislation in 2010 “to speed the apprehension of violent criminals who kill or seriously injure law enforcement officers.”

Spangler is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. He is 5-foot-8 and 130 pounds. He has brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen in the 100 blcok of Santa Claus Road in Cave Spring, which is about 78 miles northwest of Atlanta.

Assistant County Manager Barry Akinson told The Polk County Standard Journal that the officers were shot during an incident involving a stolen vehicle. The wounded officer was wearing a bulletproof vest, according to the newspaper. It was not clear if the detective was wearing one.

The GBI has not confirmed Akinson’s version of events."

RIP, officer.
Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Sep 29, 2017, 01:32 PM (0 replies)

Laura Kipnis second Title IX inquisition

Seems college administrators see "1984" as a "how to" manual instead of a cautionary tale.

"In May 2015, Laura Kipnis was famously the subject of a Title IX investigation by Northwestern University for an essay she wrote suggesting there are too many Title IX investigations.

Today, Jeannie Suk Gersen reports for The New Yorker that Kipnis was the subject of yet another Northwestern Title IX investigation earlier this year — this time for writing “Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus,” a book about being investigated for saying there are too many Title IX investigations.

The month-long investigation was sparked by complaints about “Unwanted Advances” from four Northwestern faculty members and six graduate students. As with her first investigation, Kipnis was ultimately found not responsible for violating university policy.

However, reviewing Gersen’s report, it’s easy to see how the investigations themselves function as punishment, to say nothing of the threat they pose to academic freedom: in the most recent investigation, Kipnis was asked to respond to at least 80 written questions about her book and to provide her source material. She was also urged to keep the investigation confidential."

Balance of article at the link:
Posted by Muddling Through | Wed Sep 20, 2017, 07:47 PM (2 replies)

Betsy DeVos Ends a Campus Witch Hunt

Nice to see the adults back in charge.

"Suppose you’re the kind of thoughtful liberal who concluded from Donald Trump’s election that you’ve been living in a bubble and need to better understand the causes of America’s distemper. Suppose, too, that you have friends who voted for Trump — and who you know for a fact are neither bigots nor buffoons.

Why are they so angry? How could they feel so desperate, politically speaking, to cast their ballots for him?

For a sense of the answer, look no further than Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s announcement Thursday that her department would revisit the Obama administration’s Title IX guidelines on campus sexual assault. The guidelines, she said, had “failed too many students” by radically curtailing due process. She’s right.

In April 2011, the department’s Office of Civil Rights sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to campus administrators effectively demanding new procedures when it came to handling sexual assault cases. The letter arrived without the usual “notice-and-comment” period that is supposed to precede formal rule making. Instead, as Lara Bazelon notes in Politico, “hundreds of schools were placed under federal investigation for failing to be tougher in handling allegations of campus sexual assault.”

Balance of article at the link:
Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Sep 9, 2017, 12:53 PM (3 replies)

Jerry Pournelle passed away today

A great author and supporter of the space program.

R.I.P. Jerry

Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Sep 8, 2017, 07:09 PM (14 replies)
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