Federal judge grants temporary restraining order in Colorado discrimination lawsuit over relief funds

A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order prohibiting Colorado’s economic development office from giving minority-owned businesses preference for COVID-19 relief grants. The lawsuit was initially filed last week by Stephen Collins, the owner of Resort Meeting Source, an event-planning business. Collins, who is white, argues that his business qualifies as a “disproportionately impacted business” under state […]

U.S. to reopen land borders with Mexico to vaccinated travelers starting in November

The Biden administration will reopen the country’s land borders with Mexico and Canada in November to travelers fully vaccinated against COVID-19, lifting the pandemic restrictions on nonessential travel after more than 19 months. The travel restrictions began in March 2020 and cut off people who wanted to shop or visit family in the U.S. — […]

French football legend Lilian Thuram tackles the scourge of white thinking in new book

People aren’t born white, they become white.” This realisation dawned on the former French footballer, World Cup winner and anti-racism activist Lilian Thuram while he was engaged in talks with the white French organisers of a proposed exhibition on racism. As he recounts in the introduction to his new book, White Thinking, Thuram told those around the table […]

GOP state Rep. Lyle Larson, who has increasingly broken with his party, won’t seek reelection

State Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, who bucked his party on a number of major issues this year, announced Wednesday he will not seek reelection. In an email to constituents, Larson said he was following through on legislation he has repeatedly introduced that imposes a term limit of 12 years on any elected official at […]

De Blasio’s ‘Open Streets’ Stalled at Fraction of Promised Hundred Miles

Fewer than half of the Open Streets touted by Mayor Bill de Blasio and his Department of Transportation are off limits to motor vehicles as advertised, a new survey finds. The review from the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives also revealed extreme disparities between boroughs when it comes to the 24 miles of current Open Streets, […]

Connecticut’s online gambling soft launch set for Tuesday

Connecticut’s seven-day soft launch window for online gambling goes into effect Tuesday, state officials announced. The Department of Consumer Protection, according to a news release, has reached out to the state’s lottery corporation, Mohegan Tribe and Mashantucket Pequot Tribe to inform all three entities the launch begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday. “We appreciate the hard work […]

Another minority group challenges Illinois’ legislative maps

Another group is protesting the Democratic-drawn legislative maps in Illinois. The Illinois African Americans for Equitable Redistricting (IAAFER) has filed a complaint with the Department of Justice to ensure that the maps optimize opportunities for minority voters to elect candidates of their choice. IAAFER also shared concerns regarding prison gerrymandering and how the practice will […]

Will the bus come today? For some Illinois families, school transit still a gamble

Just before 9 a.m. on a recent Friday, Jeanette Sámano’s phone buzzed and her son’s name lit up the screen. The school bus hadn’t arrived for pickup outside Enrico Tonti Elementary School in Gage Park, he told her. With only 10 minutes to go before the start of his first class at Maria Saucedo Elementary […]

Sport and physical activity play important roles for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, but there are barriers to participation

Physical activity and sport are important in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Traditional activities like hunting and caring for Country are still practiced today. These activities require physical exertion and have cultural significance. Organised sport is important in many regional and remote communities where higher numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples live. This can […]

Feds forgive millions in Superstorm Sandy loans to New Jersey towns

The stopgap measure approved last week to avoid a government shutdown includes a provision to forgive at least $30 million in outstanding federal loans for New Jersey towns impacted by Superstorm Sandy nine years ago. More than 20 municipalities across the Garden State have outstanding Community Disaster Loan (CDL) balances. The loans, administered by the Federal Emergency […]