The Walton family, better known as the Walmart heirs, have invested millions in trying to privatize Los Angeles public schools; perhaps the true culprit of the sequester is President Obama; meanwhile, the former pope’s resignation can be seen as a sound surrender rather than a cowardly abdication. These discoveries and more below.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.
Woman Sues Philly Police for Wrongful Arrest
A woman who sat in a Philadelphia jail on the day she was supposed to receive a prestigious award from the University of Pennsylvania is now suing the city for wrongful arrest.
When America Was Female
Uncle Sam’s older, classier sister Columbia fell out of favor after women got the vote. Maybe it’s time to bring her back.