Gaza solidarity protests sweep U.S. colleges; SCOTUS tackles Starbucks union case

By Suzanne Nuyen
Students occupy the campus Columbia University on Friday, calling for the school to divest from companies with ties to Israel.
Students occupy the campus Columbia University on Friday, calling for the school to divest from companies with ties to Israel.
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Protests over the war in Gaza on college campuses have stretched across the nation,classes would meet remotely
  • NPR’s Jasmine Garsd spoke with Columbia students. “The message has been very clear,” she tells Up First. Students are asking for their schools to “disclose and end investments in weapons technology and in Israel.” A pro-Israel protester told her she felt attacked and wanted the school administration ousted. But Garsd also spoke to Jewish students who were part of the encampment. “What’s clear from spending time at these protests is that there isn’t one unified, monolithic Jewish voice,” she says. 
British lawmakers approved today a plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda to process and resettle
  • Sunak sees this policy as a “powerful deterrent” to stop people from risking their lives to enter the U.K. illegally, NPR’s Lauren Frayer says. He wants to get deportation flights off the ground as soon as possible to coincide with his party’s reelection campaign this fall. Frayer says legal challenges might mean only a few people get deported to Rwanda. Critics wonder if this is worth hundreds of millions in taxpayer money and damage to the U.K.’s human rights reputation. 
Starbucks heads to the Supreme Court today. how much power the government should have
  • Labor laws over recent decades have made it more difficult for unions to organize and to bring labor complaints, NPR’s Alina Selyukh reports. But companies are now arguing that labor officials under the Biden administration have gotten more aggressive. If the Supreme Court rules in Starbucks’ favor, it could tip the power dynamic between federal labor watchdogs and companies resisting unionization. 

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How to Thrive as You Age is a special series from NPR’s Allison Aubrey about the secrets and science of longevity.A drug taken by millions of people to treat diabetes promote a longer, healthier lifespan
  • Metformin was first used to treat diabetes in France in the 1950s. The FDA approved it to treat Type 2 diabetes in the 1990s. 
  • Since then, researchers have found several surprising results, including a lower risk of several types of cancer, improved cardiovascular outcomes and a lower risk of mild cognitive decline.
  • But the evidence is observational and doesn’t prove cause and effect. Scientists want to know if these benefits in people with diabetes will also be seen in healthy adults.
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3 things to know before you go

  1. The newest edition of the beloved board game Catan introduces a 21st-century twist: pollution.
  2. NASA says the Voyager 1 space probe is sending meaningful information again. For months, NASA had been troubleshooting a glitch that made the probe send incoherent messages.
  3. In a major homelessness case, the Supreme Court yesterday appeared to side with an Oregon city’s crackdown on sleeping in public. 
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