Microsoft says the U.S. Labor Department is scrutinizing its efforts to boost Black employment and leadership at the tech company.
Microsoft disclosed in a blog post Tuesday that it received a letter from the agency last week asking about the company’s June pledge to double the number of Black and African American managers, senior individual contributors and senior leaders by 2025.…
By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court said on Friday it will take up a long-running legal dispute over whether the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can loosen U.S. media ownership rules.
A lower court has thwarted the FCC’s efforts to revise the rules since 2003 in a series of decisions.
In 2017, the Republican-led FCC voted to eliminate a ban in place since 1975 on cross-ownership of a newspaper and TV station in a major market. It also voted to make it easier for media companies to buy additional TV stations in the same market, for local stations to jointly sell advertising time and for companies to buy additional radio stations in some markets.
The FCC said in 2003 “that the ownership rules should be substantially overhauled because they inhibit beneficial combinations between struggling traditional outlets and no longer reflect current market realities.”
The Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year directed the FCC to take up the issue again, finding that the regulatory agency “did not adequately consider the effect its sweeping rule changes will have on ownership of broadcast media by women and racial minorities.”
FCC General Counsel Tom Johnson wrote on Twitter on Friday that the Supreme Court’s agreeing to hear the case “is great news for struggling local news outlets and American consumers.”
The National Association of Broadcasters industry group said the 3rd Circuit “has blocked common-sense changes to outdated broadcast ownership regulations to the detriment of local journalism. The time has come to allow the FCC to modernize its rules.”
FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks, a Democrat, said that court “was right” that the commission “has repeatedly failed to consider the effect of its ownership rulings on women and minorities, which has impeded greater broadcast diversity.”
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing
BRIDGEPORT — Traveling to look for love is no longer a possibility for many people in these times of pandemic-induced lockdown. But, apparently, it’s still an option for tigers.
Animal care specialist Chris Baker and Zeya, one of two Amur tigers at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, in Bridgeport, Conn. Sept. 29, 2020. Zeya is scheduled to leave the zoo Tuesday to be moved to another facility for breeding purposes.
Zeya, one of Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo’s two Amur tigers, was scheduled to spend her last day at the zoo Monday before being moved to another facility Tuesday for breeding purposes. Beardsley Director Gregg Dancho couldn’t say where Zeya was moving, because the other zoo hasn’t released permission to share that information.
Zeya, one of two Amur tigers at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, in Bridgeport, Conn. Sept. 29, 2020. Zeya is scheduled to leave the zoo Tuesday to be moved to another facility for breeding purposes.
The big move is part of a national program to help preserve critically endangered species, largely through breeding.
Zoo director Gregg Dancho watches Zeya, one of the Amur tigers at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, in Bridgeport, Conn. Sept. 29, 2020.
“We’re trying to keep these animals on the planet,” Dancho said.
Beardsley is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and participates in its Species Survival Plan program, which helps conserve and protect animal populations. The program matches female and male tigers using a variety of criteria, including age and genetic information.
“Basically, it’s computer dating,” Dancho explained.
Tigers in general and Amur tigers in particular are critically endangered species. Due to habitat loss, poaching and other issues, four of nine subspecies of tiger have disappeared from the wild in just the