Bwoglines: Don’t Dope Edition

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Professional investigations…

Happening In The World: Russia banned from 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea due to Russia’s 2014 doping scandal. In 2014, Russia allegedly fixed the urine samples of over 100 competitors to “hide evidence of their use of steroids or other performance-enhancing drugs”. However, if you think this is unfair, there is still some hope! Russian athletes who can prove that they are clean will still be able to compete in the games under the neutral Olympic flag by invitation. (US News)

Happening In The US: The US Supreme Court rules that Trump’s travel ban will be able to go into full effect. The ruling is applied to the third version of Trump’s travel ban, which has travel restrictions on individuals from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, and some groups of people from Venezuela. Seven out of the nine justices “lifted injunctions […] imposed by lower courts against the policy”. (BBC)

Happening In NYC: An anonymous letter accuses the leader of New York City Ballet (NYCB), Peter Martins, of sexual harassment. Martins, aged 71, has since been removed from his teaching responsibilities at the School of American Ballet as two organisations investigate these accusations. Martins has been leading NYCB since the early 1980s. The school released a statement, publicly announcing that “the safety and well-being of [their] students [are their] absolute priority”. (NYT)

Happening On Campus: There will be a zine reading and fundraiser for Puerto Rico recovery efforts with, “Hecho a Mano Y Corazón” tonight! Co-hosted by NYC Feminist Zine Fest and WordUp Community Bookstore, four “seasoned zinesters” (Jamie Varriale Velez, Linda Ocasio, Nico Acosta, and Rachel Hernandez Casiano) will be reading. The event will be at the WordUp Community Bookstore/Libreria Comunitaria from 7 to 9 pm. Zines will be sold at the event and donations at the door are encouraged.

Overheard: I think I’m pregnant. The gas in my stomach feels like baby kicks.

Song Rec of the Day: Easily by Bruno Major

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