Tovia Smith

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The number of book titles that people tried to ban rose by 65% last year

Thursday, March 14, 2024

An American Library Association report says efforts to restrict books accelerated last year. The number of individual titles challenged in school and public libraries rose by 65% over the prior year.


The Air National Guardsman accused of leaking military secrets has pleaded guilty

Monday, March 04, 2024

Jack Texeira, the Air National Guardsman accused of leaking secret U.S. military documents online, has pleaded guilty. Under the terms of a plea deal, he faces between 11 and 16 years in prison.


A federal case against book restrictions in Florida schools is going forward

Thursday, January 11, 2024

A judge ruled there's a viable argument that removing certain books is unconstitutional. Free speech advocates, a publisher, authors and parents say the restrictions violate the First Amendment.


Following new accusations of plagiarism, Harvard president resigns

Wednesday, January 03, 2024

Claudine Gay, Harvard's first Black president, is stepping down after six months — amid plagiarism accusations and criticism over her congressional testimony about antisemitism.


The nation's last official lighthouse keeper retires this week

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

For 20 years, Sally Snowman has kept watch over Boston Light, which first illuminated Boston Harbor in 1716. She's the country's last Coast Guard lighthouse keeper and is retiring at the end of 2023.


The special counsel has asked the Supreme Court to decide whether Trump has immunity

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

The Supreme Court has been asked to fast track a case that centers on whether former President Donald Trump should be shielded from criminal prosecution.


After House's campus antisemitism hearing, college presidents are under fire

Friday, December 08, 2023

Tension builds over comments elite university presidents made at a congressional hearing about antisemitism on campus.


Sandy Hook families have yet to see any of the money they're owed by Alex Jones

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Pressure is building on Infowars host Alex Jones to pay what he owes Newtown, Conn., families who won a defamation claim against him for spreading lies that the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax.


Colleges face pressure to curb antisemitism and Islamophobia

Saturday, November 11, 2023

The Biden Administration has told colleges they risk losing federal funding if they don't take aggressive steps to curb attacks on Jewish students, and harassment of pro-Palestinian students.


Colleges could lose federal funding if they don't curb antisemitism and Islamophobia

Thursday, November 09, 2023

The Biden Administration has told colleges they risk losing federal funding if they don't take aggressive steps to curb attacks on Jewish students, and harassment of pro-Palestinian students.


School book bans show no signs of slowing, new PEN America report finds

Thursday, September 21, 2023

The number of bans and restrictions in the U.S. rose 33% in the last school year, according the the report. Florida had more bans than any other state.


Forecasters warn residents of New England and Atlantic Canada to prepare for Lee

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Forecasters say to expect potentially heavy rains, flooding and high winds Friday and Saturday — as Hurricane Lee churns through the northern Caribbean and takes aim at the Northeast.


The plot thickens: The battle over books comes at a cost

Friday, August 11, 2023

No longer are just books under fire, but also the library administrators, teachers and long-beloved librarians who are defending them.


Noted defense attorney Charles Ogletree dies

Friday, August 04, 2023

Harvard Law School professor and noted defense attorney Charles Ogletree has died at age 70.


All 5 passengers on OceanGate's missing Titan submersible are dead

Thursday, June 22, 2023

All five passengers aboard the missing submersible owned by OceanGate have died in a "catastrophic implosion," the U.S. Coast Guard confirmed.


What we know about the search for the missing Titan submersible

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

The hunt continues for the submersible that went missing on Sunday while journeying to view the sunken Titanic. "Banging" noises detected by rescue crews have caused them to expand their search.


Rescuers race against time to find the missing Titanic submersible

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

The search continues for the submersible carrying five people to see the Titanic wreckage. It went missing on Sunday. Authorities say the sub's oxygen supply will likely run out by Thursday morning.


Library funding becomes the 'nuclear option' as the battle over books escalates

Thursday, May 04, 2023

Some libraries are now facing an existential threat: They could lose their public funding over books deemed inappropriate for young readers.


Plot twist: Activists skirt book bans with guerrilla giveaways and pop-up libraries

Thursday, March 23, 2023

This year is expected to set a record for the number of book bans by public school libraries, so many people are finding creative ways to make banned books available to young readers outside schools.


Wellesley students vote for the school to accept trans and nonbinary applicants

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Students at Wellesley College voted this week that the women's school should accept trans and nonbinary applicants. Wellesley's president says there will be no change in policy.