University of Maryland
FROM Holly Brewer
At What Age Are You an Adult? That Depends... Beginning June 8 in California, you have to be 21 to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products. That is, unless you’re active duty military. Military personnel can still buy cigarettes at age 18. Those men and women can go to war, after all, and if you’re male, you must register with the Selective Service on your eighteenth birthday. We all become adults when we turn 18, don’t we? Well, it depends on which benchmark you’re looking at, and which state you live in. And though we generally think of our eighteenth birthday as the day we transition to adulthood, that hasn’t always been the case.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.