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Nigeria’s President Issues Directive That ‘Everything Must Be Done’ To Free Abducted Girls

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan met with security, school and state officials and ordered that “everything must be done” to free the 276 girls held captive by Islamic extremists, one of his advisers said Sunday amid growing national outrage at the government’s response to the abduction. Jonathan said in a televised “media chat” Sunday night that he believes Nigeria is winning its war against an Islamic uprising. Read more.

Condi Rice Backs Out of Rutgers Commencement Address

Following protests by some faculty and students over her role in the Iraq War, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice declined an invitation Saturday to deliver the commencement address at Rutgers University, the Associated Press reports. In a statement, she told Rutgers President Robert Barchi that she was declining the invitation because she did not want her presence to disrupt the ceremony, the AP says. Read more.

U.S. Teachers Nowhere As Diverse As Their Students

Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is nonwhite. New studies from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association are calling attention to this “diversity gap” at elementary and secondary schools in the United States. The groups want more to be done to help teachers more accurately mirror the students in their classrooms. Read more.

Pregnant Chicago Woman Allegedly Kills Boyfriend Over Failure to Buy Gift

A trip to the mall ended in a deadly dispute when a pregnant woman fatally stabbed her boyfriend after he bought gifts for everyone, except her, police say, according to the Daily News. Police say Miata Phalen, 24, fatally stabbed the father of her unborn child, Larry Martin, 28, on April 30th at the apartment they shared. She is seven months pregnant, the report says. “This is what you get for messing with me,” the woman allegedly said while standing over her lover’s bleeding body, the Daily News reports. Read more.

Lawsuit Accuses Virginia Republicans Of ‘Racial Gerrymandering’

Virginia is one of several states where Democrats have gone to court to challenge redistricting plans drawn by Republicans seeking to keep control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Marc Elias, an attorney for the National Democratic Redistricting Trust, represents two Virginia voters in a lawsuit that accuses the General Assembly of “racial gerrymandering” by improperly packing African-Americans into the state’s only black-majority congressional district to make adjacent districts safer for GOP incumbents. A trial is set for this month. Read more.