During the next city election, Phoenix voters will decide whether to empower City Council members to remove their colleagues from office following a harassment investigation. It’s the result of new anti-harassment language adopted by the City Council this week.Because granting council members the power to remove a colleague requires amending Phoenix's charter, voters have to approve it. If they do, a supermajority vote by three-fourths of the City Council will expel an elected official for violating the anti-harassment policy. Councilwoman Kate Gallego helped the new policy move swiftly through an initial research phase by city staff in December. The measure was approved unanimously at the Council's policy session on Tuesday.“I think it shows how seriously the city took this,” Gallego said at the meeting.The measure will be on the ballot during the special mayoral election that will take place in either August or November, depending on when Mayor Greg Stanton … [Read more...] about Phoenix City Council Joins #MeToo, Adopts Anti-Harassment Policy
Watching for the roadside sign that the Arizona Department of Transportation has erected in the satanists' honor is certainly one way to make the drive to Tucson less boring. But that blue-and-white ADOT sign (which is near milepost 194, if you're wondering) isn't even the weirdest of its genre. For some reason, Arizona specializes in strange Adopt a Highway sponsorships. On Interstate 8 outside of Yuma, for instance, you pass "In Memory of Jerry Garcia (1942-1995)," which is often plastered with Deadhead stickers and honors the litter-gathering efforts of the Grateful Dead Club of Yuma. And on the vertiginous drive to Jerome, a sign informs you that the road you're slowly creeping up has been adopted by Psychedelic Mariachi, even though the band changed its name to Latin Express more than a decade ago. Most Adopt a Highway signs are more mundane than that, but there's something delightful about the diversity of the groups that … [Read more...] about Arizona: The World Leader in Weird Adopt a Highway Signs?
An American Olympic skier has sparked accusations of cultural colonialism and Western double standards after rescuing a puppy from a South Korean dog meat farm during the Pyeongchang Games. Gus Kenworthy, one of America’s most famous winter athletes, posted pictures of his new pet, Beemo, on social media, along with the caption “Dogs are friends. Not Food”, to highlight what he described as the “disturbing conditions” faced by millions of Korean dogs being raised for the dinner table. “There is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while I don’t personally agree with it, I do agree that it’s not my place to impose western ideals,” he said in an Instagram post. “The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty." But while his post chalked up close to 200,000 likes, others criticised his … [Read more...] about ‘Dogs are friends. Not Food’: Olympic skier accused of cultural colonialism as he adopts puppy from dog meat farm in South Korea
Cambridge University could break with 200 years of tradition by adopting a US-style degree system in a bid to tackle relentless grade inflation, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal. The move to Grade Point Average could eventually see the first and 2:1 phased out, as British universities look to closer align themselves with other major institutions around the world. It comes as leading academics across the country express their concern at the huge increase in the number of top degrees handed out in recent years, with three quarters of graduates now leaving university with a 2:1 or first. Since the Nineties, the number of first class degrees has increased five-fold. The year-on-year rise has prompted... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium article per week Register for free … [Read more...] about Cambridge University considering break with 200 years of tradition by adopting US-style degree system
If you’re looking for a new furry friend, these are the Pets of the Week from Texas Humane Heroes in Leander. You can visit their website to search for more available pets and learn more about the Pets of the Week, or visit their facilities in Leander and Killeen.Captain Captain is a 1-year-old black domestic medium hair cat available at THH in Leander. Jackson Jackson is a 1-year-old mixed-breed dog available in Leander. Pixel Pixel is a 4-year-old domestic shorthair available at Texas Humane Heroes in Killeen. Vinci Vinci is a 2-year-old labrador retriever mix available in Leander. Finn Finn is a 2-year-old mixed breed dog available in Leander. Previous Pets of the Week: Adopt these cats and dogs from Texas Humane Heroes NextSXSW is going to the dogs, and it is awesome … [Read more...] about Pets of the Week: Check out these adoptable animals from Texas Humane Heroes