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ICYMI: Olympic wins, the country mourns for Bob Moses, and more

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Atlanta university partially erases tuition 

Thanks to the substantial amount of support it received from the federal government under the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, Clark Atlanta University is clearing student account balances for spring 2020 through summer 2021. “We understand these past two academic years have been emotionally and financially difficult on students and their families due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That is why we will continue to do all we can to support their efforts to complete their CAU education,” President George T. French Jr. announced in a news release.

The return of Naomi Osaka

Two months after taking a mental health break from professional tennis, Japanese superstar Naomi Osaka returned to bear the Olympic flame in Tokyo. Moreover, her consecutive wins on hard courts have created a hopeful path to reaching the last 16 at Ariake Tennis Park. Novak Djokovic is hoping to be the first man to win the Golden Slam (winning all four Grand Slams and the Olympic gold in the same calendar year). This feat has only been accomplished by Steffi Graf in 1988.

The global Olympic medal tally

With Japan’s 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya winning the first-ever Olympic gold medal for women’s skateboarding, the country is ruling the roost with eight golds under its belt so far. The United States, China, the ROC (Russia’s Olympic acronym, which means the Russian Olympic Committee), and Great Britain follow with seven, six, four, and three gold medals, respectively. But the ranking changes where total medals are concerned. China is leading with 18 medals followed by the US (14),  Japan (13), the ROC (12), and Great Britain (7). Russia cannot use its name, country, or flag during the Games because the country was sanctioned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after it was accused of running a state-backed doping program.

Civil rights pioneer Bob Moses dies

Bob Moses, the soft-spoken civil rights crusader of the 1960s, died on Sunday at his home in Hollywood, Florida. He was 86. Moses had pioneered to register Black voters in Mississippi in the 1960s and faced intimidation and brutality for it. He also saw math as a road to equality and founded the Algebra Project for students.

Bulbul Rajagopal
Bulbul Rajagopalhttps://bulbulrajagopal.contently.com/
Bulbul Rajagopal is a data and investigative reporter with a special interest in minority issues, soccer, and politics. Her extensive coverage in India and Los Angeles rewarded her with an affinity for crime reporting. During her downtime, Bulbul enjoys exploring her passion for food and its cultural impact amongst other things.
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