– Boston officials have voted to remove “The Emancipation Group” statue depicting Abraham Lincoln and an enslaved Black man from a city square, saying its “reductive representation” of the slave made it unfit for public art. The unanimous decision, by the Boston Art Commission, late on Tuesday followed a month of nationwide protests against racism that led to the toppling of Confederate monuments honoring figures from the pro-slavery side in the American Civil War. The…"Boston officials vote to remove statue of Lincoln and enslaved Black man"
BOSTON – Harvard University on Monday said it would discontinue its policy of sanctioning students who joined single-sex clubs, citing a lawsuit by a group of U.S. fraternities and sororities who said the crackdown amounted to sexual discrimination. Harvard President Lawrence Bacow said it appeared clear the Ivy League school would lose the lawsuit following a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling holding that a federal law barring workplace discrimination protects gay and transgender employees. Bacow…"Harvard drops single-sex club ban after lawsuit by fraternities, sororities"
NEW YORK – The New England Patriots have signed quarterback Cam Newton to a one-year deal, ESPN reported on Sunday, months after the team parted ways with six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady. Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March after two decades in New England. A former NFL MVP, 31-year-old Newton spent nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers, taking the team to Super Bowl 50, where they lost to the Denver Broncos.…"Patriots sign quarterback Newton to one-year deal: report"
NEW YORK – Diana and Jillian Rosile of Denver this year would have marked their first Pride celebration as an out queer couple since Diana, a transgender woman, changed her legal name this month. But as the relentless coronavirus pandemic forced Colorado’s Pride events to go virtual, the young software engineers had to shelve their plans. However, the Rosiles still showed their Pride, sharing their news on social media. The response, they said, has been…"LGBTQ Americans adjust Pride celebrations in a time of pandemic"
NEW YORK/LONDON/MILAN – Assicurazioni Generali SpA has approached Brightsphere Investment Group Inc about a possible acquisition of the U.S. asset management firm, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. A deal would expand the U.S. footprint of Italy’s top insurer while enabling Brightsphere’s largest shareholder, hedge fund Paulson & Co, to cash out. There is no certainty that Generali will be able to meet Paulson’s valuation expectations for Brightsphere, the sources said. However, if…"Exclusive: Italy’s Generali in bid to acquire U.S. asset manager Brightsphere – sources"
BOSTON – The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday sued Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc , accusing it of using a charity that helps cover Medicare patients’ drug costs as a means to pay kickbacks for using its expensive macular degeneration drug Eylea. The government filed a lawsuit against the company in federal court in Boston, the latest case to result from an industry-wide probe of drugmakers’ financial support of patient assistance charities. But the lawsuit said Tarrytown,…"U.S. claims Regeneron paid kickbacks via charity to boost expensive drug"
NEW YORK – Complaints are skyrocketing about thundering fireworks exploding over otherwise quiet U.S. neighborhoods, fraying nerves already frazzled by COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Even in the city that never sleeps, weary New Yorkers in the first half of June lodged a one-hundredfold increase in complaints compared to the year-ago period, of explosions that begin before sundown and rattle windows into the morning. The city’s 311 hotline received 2,492 fireworks complaints from June 1-16, up from…"Constant fireworks frazzle nerves in U.S. city that never sleeps"
ANKARA – The father of NBA center Enes Kanter, an outspoken critic of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s human rights record, has been acquitted of charges that he was a member of a terrorist group, Turkish media reported on Friday. Mehmet Kanter, the father and a genetics professor in Turkey, was alleged to have supported U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen who Turkey accuses of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016. Gulen denies any connection with the matter.…"Father of Turkish NBA player Kanter acquitted of terrorism links"
BOSTON – A Harvard University professor pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges that he lied to U.S. authorities about his ties to a China-run recruitment program and funding he received from the Chinese government for research. Charles Lieber, the former chair of Harvard’s chemistry and chemical biology department, pleaded not guilty to making false statements during a videoconference held before a federal magistrate judge in Boston. Marc Mukasey, his lawyer, said Lieber, 61, will…"Harvard professor pleads not guilty in U.S. to lying about China ties"
– It wasn’t easy to build a COVID-19 antibody test during Illinois’ statewide lockdown. In April, when a key enzyme couldn’t be delivered to his shuttered laboratory, Northwestern University researcher Thomas McDade hunted for the package across the empty campus near Chicago, finally locating it at a loading dock. To verify the test’s accuracy, the biological anthropologist and his colleague, pharmacologist Alexis Demonbreun, asked friends and family if they’d be willing to spot them some…"Hat in hand: U.S. scientists scramble to support their COVID immunity research"