Chauvin jury selection process raises questions about impartiality and racism

After several weeks of questioning, 15 jurors have been selected to serve on the trial jury that will determine the fate of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. With opening statements beginning Monday, the high-profile trial is expected to last several weeks. Jurors will vote to convict or acquit Chauvin on three possible charges: second-degree manslaughter, second-degree murder and third-degree murder.

Shortened spring break brings student, faculty concerns

Macalester has joined a host of colleges that have cut down on spring break in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Dec. 22, Macalester students, staff and faculty received an email informing them that their spring break has been shortened from five days to three days in order to minimize student travel that could contribute to the spread of COVID-19 on campus. The new dates of spring break this semester will be Sunday, March 14 – Wednesday, March 17.

Police reform push in New Castle County: Too far, or not enough?

Two ordinances introduced to the New Castle County Council on June 23 aim to start a reform process in the New Castle County Police Department by banning chokeholds and knee-holds and establishing a duty-to-intervene policy for officers. However, the measures are facing disapproval on two sides: police officers who want an exception for deadly force and civil rights advocates who believe the measures do not go far enough to reform the Police Department. (subscriber exclusive, linked as PDF)

Banks switch gears for virtual financial literacy initiatives

With the ongoing pandemic, banks’ financial literacy initiatives have switched gears — visiting schools and giving tours of banks are no longer possible as many schools have gone virtual and banks have shut their doors to large groups. Despite the setbacks, banks are finding new avenues to teach financial literacy — a skill that is crucially important at a time when the Fed reports 70 percent of adults would not be able to pay an unexpected $400 expense.

@blmatmac students spearhead anti-racist action at Macalester

On Friday, May 30, the Instagram account @blmatmac uploaded its first post. The caption declared that the page will be “dedicated to resources [and] support for black Macalester students as well as and information and updates for anti-racist allies.” In the five days since then, the page racked up more than 1000 followers. The account has become a hub of resources for all Mac students participating in anti-racist action and protest sparked by the murder of George Floyd by former Minneapolis ...

How Ongoing Construction is Impacting Newark Main Street Businesses

Newark’s Main Street is in for a much-needed makeover. The college town’s commercial corridor is notorious for its potholes, and is not ADA compliant. Areas of the road also flood frequently due to poor drainage. The $11.8 million improvement project, which began in April, plans to address these issues and more. The result should be a beautified Main Street with wider walkways, increased parking options and smoother traffic flow.

How severe is COVID-19 in Delaware now? Experts weigh in

Twelve states are seeing record spikes in COVID-19 cases and 16 more are seeing enormous surges in hospitalizations. Delaware isn’t one of them. Still, epidemiologists urge that even in states where cases continue to decline, now is not the time to ease precautions. On Tuesday, the governor ordered bars to close in beach towns over the Fourth of July holiday because of a resurgence of cases there. It has left many questions in people’s minds: Did we open up too soon? Is this the second wave?
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