FROM Jonna Spilbor
Duke Rape Case Dropped A sensational case that got international news coverage is about to come to an end. All charges are to be dropped against three Duke lacrosse players accused of assaulting a stripper at a team party last year. The Raleigh District Attorney who charged them faces possible disbarment and the North Carolina Attorney General who took over the case plans to drop all charges . The original accuser told wildly different versions of what happened and another dancer at the party contradicted her story. The case may be over, but the consequences may go on for a long time, as we hear from criminal defense attorney Jonna Spilbor, who has been writing about the case in Findlaw.com .
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?