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The federal agency that investigates refinery catastrophes released its final report late last month on the massive fire, volatile vapor release and toxic smoke plume at Chevron’s Richmond, California, refinery in 2012 that imperiled 19 workers and sickened 15,000 residents of surrounding communities.

Students from the American Horse School, located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, were invited to Rapid City, South Dakota, to watch the Rush, a minor league hockey team. At the game, the Lakota students were subjected to racial slurs by a handful of fans in a corporate suite, who told them "to go back to the rez" and poured beer on them.

The New York Police Department has reportedly been giving young adults free tickets to screenings of “Selma,” and last month, on Martin Luther King Day, officers with the 81st Precinct in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood even drove a group of local teens to see the film, which depicts the historic march for voting rights.

A Brooklyn real estate firm called the police on its own tenants after they gathered outside the company’s offices in Flatbush on Monday morning and demanded a meeting with management to discuss deteriorating building conditions and illegal rent overcharges.

FBI investigators with nebulous intentions have attempted to question anti-tar sands activists in several states, the Canadian Press reported over the weekend.

Growth of Real Hourly Compensation for Production/Nonsupervisory Workers and Productivity, 1948–2011

Is America in the throes of a class war?

Look at the chart and decide for yourself. It’s all there in black and white, and you don’t need to be an economist to figure it out.

In the last two years, there’s been a surge in opposition to the system of high-stakes testing that’s fueling the corporate takeover of public education. In New York, almost 60,000 students opted out of last year’s federally mandated state tests—up from about 10,000 the year before. Last summer, student activists in Rhode Island successfully pressured the state legislature to pass a three-year moratorium on using standardized tests as a requirement for graduation.

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed on Wednesday that the FCC will have the chance to enact the strongest possible protections for the internet at its February 26 meeting.

 

Writer Catherine Hurd and composer Vatrena King are taking their musical play “Zuccotti Park” to New York City later this month where it will premiere in the Venus Adonis New York Theater Festival. Produced and directed by Luis Salgado, who won Best Director at the 2014 Thespis Festival Awards and helped choreograph the Tony Award-winning musical "In The Heights,” “Zuccotti Park” opens Feb. 26 at the Robert Moss Theater with additional shows on Feb. 28 and March 1.

A dozen protestors were thrown out of a City Council Public Safety Committee hearing on Monday for disrupting the meeting with a demand that the Council hold comprehensive hearings on “broken windows” policing practices.

The committee’s chairwoman Vanessa Gibson ordered the removal of the protestors, some of whom wore black tape over their mouths while others chanted: "elected officials you think it's a joke, wait until it's time to vote” and “broken windows has got to go.”

Councilwoman Gibson (D-Bronx) did not respond to requests for comment.