Teen inmates at one of the country’s largest municipal jails are routinely subjected to excessive force resulting in injuries like broken jaws and bone fractures, according to a U.S. attorney report. Staff at Rikers Island were found to over-rely on solitary confinement and to not report violent incidents. Judy Woodruff talks to Benjamin Weiser, who covered the story for The New York Times. Continue reading
Becky Hammon is hanging up her playing shoes and lacing up her coaching ones, all while making history in the process. The San Antonio Spurs announced Tuesday that they have hired Hammon, a 16-season veteran and six-time all-star with the WNBA, as an assistant coach — marking the first time a woman has ever been hired for the position in the NBA.
WASHINGTON — Seeking to strengthen America’s financial foothold in Africa, President Barack Obama announced $33 billion in commitments Tuesday aimed at shifting U.S. ties with Africa beyond humanitarian aid and toward more equal economic partnerships.
A U.S. government report released Monday describes a “deep-seated culture of violence” against teenage inmates held at Rikers Island in New York. Continue reading
The Obama administration on Tuesday announced $14 billion in commitments from U.S. businesses to invest in Africa, as representatives from nearly 100 American and African companies gathered in Washington to discuss ways to boost economic partnerships. Continue reading
James Brady, the White House press secretary who became a gun control activist after being wounded in a Reagan assassination attempt, has died at the age of 73. Judy Woodruff remembers him with another former White House press secretary, Joe Lockhart, as well as writer and Brady biographer Mollie Dickenson. Continue reading
In Toledo, Ohio, Mayor Michael Collins ended a three-day ban on public water due to high toxin levels, likely caused by a massive algae bloom on Lake Erie. This year’s algae build-up came earlier than usual and officials warn it won’t be the last. Gwen Ifill talks to Marlene Harris-Taylor of The Toledo Blade and Anna Michalak of the Carnegie Institution for Science about the origins of the contamination. Continue reading