Author: Olivia Riggio

st. louis, police, discrimination, wildhaber

Gay Police Officer Sgt. Wildhaber Wins $20 Million in Discrimination Suit Against St. Louis County

St. Louis County, Mo., police officer Sgt. Keith Wildhaber on Friday won a discrimination lawsuit against his department for nearly $20 million after claiming the department discriminated against him based on his sexuality and retaliated against him when he filed a complaint. In one instance in 2014, Wildhaber recounted in…

hair discrimination, batts, school

Queens Mother Lavona Batts Sues Catholic School for Telling Her Son He Could Not Wear His Hair in Cornrows

Lavona Batts’ 8-year-old son attended his first day of school at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy in Jamaica, Queens, wearing his hair in cornrows. When his grandmother, Joan, picked him up, the principal rubbed the top of the boy’s head and said, “We don’t accept this,” according to Batts’ complaint. The…

healthcare for veterans, survey, report

Survey Finds Most Americans Support Better Healthcare for Veterans, But Not Raising Taxes to Cover It

A report by the Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com shows most Americans believe veterans deserve better healthcare — but they don’t want to pay for it. The survey asked respondents to agree or disagree with three statements: whether veterans need better healthcare, whether that healthcare should be paid for and whether…

Parent PLUS, HBCUs, Families

Parent PLUS College Loans Disproportionately Burden Black Families, HBCUs

Student debt is not out of the ordinary for families in the U.S., but a Medill News Service report shows parent borrowing is disproportionately burdening Black families and those who attend historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). The federal government’s Parent PLUS Loan is becoming popular among lower-income parents as…