C. L. Max Nikias is out as USC’s president. The university has been embroiled in scandal after scandal, the latest over gynecologist George Tyndall, who was accused of sexually abusing students for decades. In May, hundreds of USC staffers called for Nikias to step down. When there was no follow-up, they sent out another petition last week. Now Wanda Austin is stepping in as interim president. She’s a USC trustee, and former aerospace executive.
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The Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families caught at the border did little to deter people from crossing. That’s according to the Department of Homeland Security today. Meanwhile, the White House is considering making it harder for legal immigrants to get full citizenship. The policy would target families who’ve used social safety net programs like Obamacare, children’s health insurance, and food stamps.
The Trump administration wants to use enrollment in public benefits as a strike against legal immigrants who aim to become citizens. New research from Cornell shows that people’s feelings about government has less to do with their own experience, and more to do with perceptions of other people relying on aid, specifically “welfare.”
A government program called the American Plan gave law enforcement the right to lock-up any woman they suspected of promiscuity. It eventually became one of the largest-scale and longest running mass quarantines in US history. It’s the subject of the new book “The Trials of Nina McCall.”
Scott W. Stern
The Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest has burned more than 4,000 acres since Monday afternoon. It’s called the Holy Fire because it started near Holy Jim Canyon. The canyon has a long and colorful history, which started in the 1880s when a foul-mouthed beekeeper named Jim Smith moved there.
"Holy Jim" Smith. Courtesy of the Jim Sleeper Collection.
Phil Brigandi, historian
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