Category: Associated Press

Ancient artifacts seized from Hobby Lobby returned to Iraq

Associated Press Bob Murowchick Thousands of ancient clay tablets, seals and other Iraqi archaeological objects that were smuggled into the U.S. and shipped to the head of arts and crafts chain Hobby Lobby were returned to the Iraqi government on Wednesday… Expert quote: “Most antiquities are not legally moved … This stuff does not miraculously […]

Hobby Lobby Accused of Hypocrisy Amid Smuggling Case

Associated Press quoting Bob Murowchick, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “Hobby Lobby, the arts-and-crafts chain whose devout Christian owners won a landmark Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom, is caught up in an antiquities-smuggling scandal that has opened the company to accusations of hypocrisy…” Expert quote: “It’s like that scene in ‘Casablanca’: […]

Cubans Now Face Same Deportation Risk as Other Immigrants

Associated Press quoting Susan Eckstein, Pardee School of Global Studies/ College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences “Tens of thousands of Cubans living in the U.S. are adapting to a harsh new reality: After enjoying decades of favored status dating back to the Cold War, many of them now face the same deportation risks […]

Indie bookstores hold steady in tough retail market

Associated Press quoting Laura M. Jimenez, School of Education “With retail stores shutting down at the fastest pace since the crash of 2008, the head of the American Booksellers Association is grateful to see business holding steady…” Expert quote: “…the overwhelming whiteness of publishing makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible for them to see […]

Trump turns to ‘The Snake’ to warn about border security

Associated Press Tobe Berkovitz, College of Communication “Take me in, oh tender woman, sighed the vicious snake!”… Expert quote: “”It’s a pure Trumpian moment: the gestures, the facial expression, the joy of delivering the message are all prototypical Trump,” said Tobe Berkovitz, a communications professor at Boston University.” View full article

Little change on race in Boston police stops

Associated Press Shea Cronin, Metropolitan College The rate at which minorities are subjected to stops, searches and frisks by police doesn’t appear to be improving in Boston in the year since the department claimed it was narrowing racial disparities in their tactics… Expert quote: “But Shea Cronin, a criminal justice professor at Boston University, who is […]

Early bird special: Spring pops up super early in much of US

Associated Press Richard Primack, College of Arts and Sciences Spring has sprung early — potentially record early — in much of the United States, bringing celebrations of shorts weather mixed with unease about a climate gone askew… Expert quote: “Crocuses and snowdrops are in full flower in suburban Boston — all exceptionally early because of […]

Activists: Charities must move galas from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Associated Press Mary Simboski, Metropolitan College Since President Donald Trump opened the gold-infused ballroom at his Mar-a-Lago resort almost 12 years ago, it has been a popular rental for the American Red Cross, hospitals, medical researchers and other charities for fundraising galas where the wealthiest donors are wined and dined, often netting $1 million or […]