Man is charged with a hate crime after stabbing a Muslim New York City cab driver [via the Examiner]
A man allegedly attacked a cab driver in Manhattan Tuesday night after the cab driver identified himself as Muslim. According to police reports, the man, 21-year-old film student Michael Enright told the cabbie to “consider this a checkpoint,” then allegedly stabbed the man several times with a Leatherman tool. The driver stopped the cab, locked Enright inside and called for police. Enright has been charged with second-degree attempted murder as a hate crime, first-degree assault as a hate crime and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Those who know Enright say this is completely out of his character; police reports indicate he may have been drunk at the time.
Watching a Watchdog [via Inside Higher Ed]
Inside Higher Ed examines the Washington Post’s position toward Kaplan, Inc., a for-profit education firm owned by the paper’s parent company. The Post recently published an editorial bashing proposed U.S. Department of Education rules regarding for-profit higher education regulation, a position some say is counter to the typically pro-regulation position of the editorial page. Although the editorial disclosed the company owns Kaplan — the major source of income for the Post — critics still say the Post had a hidden agenda.
Putin fires dart at gray whale from crossbow [via AP]
There’s really no good way to say this, so I’m just going to come right out with it. Russian President Prime Minister Vladimir Putin shot a whale with a crossbow from a rubber dinghy yesterday. “I hit it at the fourth try!” Putin yelled to reporters from the boat. Fortunately for the whale, the dart was only designed to collect a skin sample, not injure it. “Asked why he got involved, Putin simply said, ‘Because I like it. I love the nature.’” Doesn’t Putin have other things to worry about — like large swaths of Russia being on fire right now?
Stem Cell Ruling Will Be Appealed [via The New York Times]
A federal judge’s order earlier this week halting federally-funded research using embryonic stem cells will be appealed by the Justice Department, administration officials announced. Barack Obama lifted the executive ban on funding stem cell research upon assuming office. Although some projects already underway may continue, National Institutes of Health officials said they feared more than 80 projects with $54 million in funding are in jeopardy. “This decision has the potential to do serious damage to one of the most promising areas of biomedical research, just at the time when we were really gaining momentum,” said NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins.