Woman settles with Alaska city after rape report ignored
A former police dispatcher in the Bering Sea coastal community of Nome has settled with the city after officers failed to investigate her report of being sexually assaulted, her legal team said Tuesday. Under terms of the agreement, Clarice “Bun” Hardy will drop her lawsuit in exchange for $750,000 and an apology from the city. The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska announced the settlement in a statement ahead of a news conference.news.yahoo.com
Headline-making missteps put focus on newsroom diversity
In electronic media, 12 percent of broadcast journalists are black, similar to the national population figure of 13 percent. It's not only insulting to me, but to black journalists around the country.A failure to include journalists of many different backgrounds means missing stories. Hardy, who just left a job in Greenville, S.C., said that without black journalists there, stories about gentrified neighborhoods would have gone untold. The sweep of national protests following the death of George Floyd has news leaders talking to their staffs about how the story affects them. An internal outcry over the essay wasn't apparent until a number of black journalists tweeted that Cotton's argument in favor of using federal troops to quell violence made them feel unsafe, and others throughout the newsroom supported them.
All-women's fire crew heads to fight fires in Alaska
There are currently more than 200 active fires in Alaska, so the Women's Fire Crew headed off to The Last Frontier. The crew will be in the Upper Yukon of the state for the next 14 days, helping to fight the Hadweenzic River Fire. "I was going into the season a little nervous but ended up tackling challenges and am excited to overcome the unknown in Alaska," Hardy said on Facebook. Right now the need is in Alaska, so the Women's Fire Crew and others have headed up there to help. Jarden, Formiller, Descamps and Hardy are joined by fellow crew members Alex Perez, Patty Derner, Leah Katz and Hannah Zamorski.