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Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool

BOSTON – Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand that they halt the collection of data showing who is being micro-targeted by political ads on the world’s dominant social media platform.

Italy closes gyms, shuts eateries early to fight COVID-19

ROME — Italy’s leader imposed at least a month of new restrictions across the country Sunday to fight rising coronavirus infections, shutting down gyms, pools and movie theaters, putting an early curfew on cafes and restaurants and mandating that people keep wearing masks outdoors.

Long-term jobless caught in a squeeze that imperils recovery

Millions of Americans in the industries hit hardest by the viral pandemic face a similar plight. Their unemployment has stretched from weeks into months, and it's become painfully unclear when, if ever, their jobs will come back.

Family of teen who died at WSU fraternity files lawsuit

SEATTLE – In his first semester at Washington State University, Sam Martinez witnessed or took part in several activities that his family says was a pattern of hazing at Alpha Tau Omega (ATO), the fraternity he hoped to join.

Personal finance: The best way to make college affordable

Families committed to college, but with the good sense to also know that cost matters, have long had motivation to consider community college. The case for community college is even stronger today, with the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis upending household finances.

Area colleges pledge to support international students following ICE rule change

A new Trump administration policy that threatens to revoke international students' visas won't have the same impact at every college and university, as institutions have taken various approaches to reopening during the coronavirus pandemic. But for any international student who had hoped to take online-only courses this fall, the choice is clear: Risk attending at least some in-person classes, or leave the country.

EWU trustees approve major budget cuts; details to be determined

Citing a grim revenue forecast in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Eastern Washington University’s board of trustees on Thursday unanimously approved an operating budget for fiscal 2021 that’s estimated to be $22.5 million, or nearly 8%, smaller than the budget for the current fiscal year.

EWU President Mary Cullinan faces no-confidence vote by faculty senate

Before taking the helm of Eastern Washington University in 2014, Cullinan resigned as president of Southern Oregon University after an overwhelmingly poor performance evaluation and a no-confidence vote by the SOU faculty. Professors accused her and other administrators of financial mismanagement. One professor at the time said Cullinan's leadership had facilitated "a climate of fear at SOU." A similar situation is unfolding at EWU.