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The rights of transgender people are often in dispute, including in schools. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Rights of transgender students and their parents are a challenge for schools, courts

Parents have a general right to know about their children’s activities in school, but that can be limited by students’ rights to privacy and personal safety.
The exterior view of the Bethel African American Methodist Episcopal Church at 125 S. 6th St. in Philadelphia. Breton, William L., circa 1773-1855 Artist via the Library of Congress, World Digital Library

A brief history of the Black church’s diversity, and its vital role in American political history

Millions of enslaved Africans were forcefully converted to the Christian faith. The Black church came about when African Americans began to establish their own congregations.
The fatal beating of Tyre Nichols started after he was pulled over by cops. City of Memphis via AP

Police traffic stops can alienate communities and lead to violent deaths like Tyre Nichols’ – is it time to rethink them?

The case of Tyre Nichols highlights how traffic stops can turn deadly. Traffic stops are also prone to racial bias, can break down community trust in police and yield few results, research shows.
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The Conversation U.S. weekly news quiz

Test your reading with a weekly quiz drawn from some of our favorite stories. Questions this week on balancing the budget, the Fed, cancer and the mesopelagic layer.
ChatGPT is better used for playacting than playing at finding facts. EvgeniyShkolenko/iStock via Getty Images

ChatGPT is great – you’re just using it wrong

ChatGPT and other AI chatbots seem remarkably good at conversations. But you can’t believe anything they say. Sometimes, though, reality isn’t the point.
DraftKings is one of a handful of sportsbooks that have been advertising during live sporting events. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

How legalized sports betting has transformed the fan experience

The opportunity to place bets has changed the way games look, the way they’re talked about – and, of course, how many people have money riding on the outcome.
Bill Clinton, at right, oversaw the first balanced budget since 1969, with some help from a bipartisan deal with Newt Gingrich. AP Photo/Doug Mills

I helped balance the federal budget in the 1990s – here’s just how hard it will be for the GOP to achieve that same rare feat

House Speaker McCarthy wants to put the US on a path to a balanced budget as debt ceiling negotiations begin with President Biden. Here’s why it won’t be easy to repeat what Bill Clinton accomplished.

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