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Report: No evidence that the security industry designed to prevent school shootings is effective

Clayton Forbes, head of school security, and Miami-Dade Police officer German Alech stand at the front entrance to the Kenwood K-8 Center on Aug. 24 in Miami.
Clayton Forbes, head of school security, and Miami-Dade Police officer German Alech stand at the front entrance to the Kenwood K-8 Center on Aug. 24 in Miami. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

An Associated Press investigation into the school security industry found that fortifications designed to decrease the likelihood of deadly mass shooting events are being championed by both lawmakers and educators across the United States — despite no existing evidence the solutions can actually help save students’ lives.

Mandatory presidential text alerts violate freedom of speech, according to a new lawsuit

President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

All Americans with a cell phone received a test “presidential alert” on their phones Wednesday, but a new lawsuit is fighting back against the mandatory messages.

The bar wanted a poster for drag night. But this one apparently wasn’t white enough.

An advertisement for an upcoming performance at the Monster in New York City’s West Village neighborhood
An advertisement for an upcoming performance at the Monster in New York City’s West Village neighborhood Mitch Ferrino/Facebook

New York City’s West Village — home to the birthplace of the gay rights movement — has long embraced diversity. But recent events surrounding allegations of racism at local gay bars suggest there’s still much more to be accomplished.

Out magazine reported Sunday that a manager at the Monster, a renowned bar located across the street from the historic Stonewall Inn, criticized a poster advertising an upcoming drag show for “promoting [a] black night” which he said was “not good for the businesses.”

How a Democratic-controlled House can get to the bottom of Trump’s shady finances

President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump Rogelio V. Solis/AP

After the New York Times published a yearlong investigation into President Donald Trump’s finances — one that annihilates his carefully crafted image of being a self-made billionaire and uncovered instances in which he engaged in “outright fraud” — many are wondering whether he will face consequences for his alleged financial misdeeds.

The answer is yes, if Democrats win control of the House in November. With control of the House comes control of the House Oversight Committee, a powerful investigative arm of Congress that has the ability to probe a wide array of issues within the federal government.

I’d be fine never hearing from Kanye West again, thank you very much

Kanye West attends the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary Event during New York Fashion Week in September.
Kanye West attends the Ralph Lauren 50th Anniversary Event during New York Fashion Week in September. Brent N. Clarke/AP

Somehow, dressing up as a water bottle was the least embarrassing thing Kanye West has done over the last few days.

Tim Mulkerin
Reporter and Social Media Editor, Hype