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Posted May 13, 2018 9:41 p.m. EDT

Marijuana Cases in New York City Reveal a Racial Disparity

Across New York City, black people were arrested on low-level marijuana charges at eight times the rate of white, non-Hispanic people over the past three years, The New York Times found. Hispanic people were arrested at five times the rate of white people. In Manhattan, blacks were arrested at 15 times the rate of whites. The Police Department said pockets of violent crime — and the resulting heavier deployments — push up marijuana arrests in some neighborhoods. J. Peter Donald of the department’s public information office said 911 and 311 complaints about marijuana had increased in recent years.

Heller Is Scrambling to Save His Nevada Senate Seat

For Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, who is in the unenviable position of being the only Senate Republican up for re-election in a state that Hillary Clinton carried, the “hold your nose” vote may be critical this fall. Heller, 58, is trying to recover from last year’s health care debacle, when he enraged conservatives by voting against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act — only to anger moderates and Democrats when he turned around and voted for a narrower version of the repeal. Democrats deride that as a flip-flop. The senator’s backers say he was simply making thoughtful decisions.

Democrats Pin Hopes for House on Centrists

In a string of important races across the country, national Democrats have been embracing recruits near the political center, hoping they will give the party the chance to compete in states like Utah and Kansas where a liberal Democrat might stand little chance of winning. About a dozen crucial House races this fall are likely to feature Democratic nominees who are positioned markedly closer to the middle than the national party’s activist base — more than enough to determine control of the House. But that strategy frustrates the party’s liberal supporters.

Education Department Unwinds Unit Investigating Fraud at For-Profits

Members of a special team at the Education Department that had been investigating widespread abuses by for-profit colleges have been marginalized, reassigned or instructed to focus on other matters, according to current and former employees. The unwinding of the team has effectively killed investigations into possibly fraudulent activities at several large for-profit colleges where top hires of Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, had previously worked. During the final months of the Obama administration, the team had expanded to include a dozen or so lawyers and investigators who were looking into advertising, recruitment practices and job placement claims at several institutions.

In New York High Schools, the Sound of Music Is Muted

Between 2002 and 2013, New York City closed 69 high schools, most of them large schools with thousands of students, and in their place opened new, smaller schools. Academically, these new schools serve students better. But one downside of the new, small schools is that it is much harder for them to offer specialized programs, whether advanced classes, sports teams, or art or music classes, than it was for the large schools. A robust music program requires a large student body, and the money that comes with it, to offer a sequence of classes that allows students to progress.

Remains of Missing Washington Girl, 10, Are Identified

The search for Lindsey Baum, a 10-year-old girl who vanished from a small town in Washington nine years ago, ended this past week when officials announced that her remains had been identified. They are now focused on finding her killer. Lindsey’s mysterious disappearance, a missing persons case that made national headlines, has become a kidnapping and homicide investigation, Sheriff Rick Scott of the Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office said Thursday. The FBI’s Seattle field office and the sheriff’s office are asking for the public’s help as they try to track down the person or people responsible for her death.

Chuck Knox, 3-Time NFL Coach of the Year, Is Dead at 86

Chuck Knox, a three-time NFL coach of the year who believed so strongly in the running game that he earned the nickname Ground Chuck, but who persuaded the New York Jets to take the pass-throwing Joe Namath in the draft, died Saturday. He was 86. His death was announced by the Seattle Seahawks, who said he had dementia. A head coach in the NFL for 22 seasons, Knox never had a Super Bowl team, but he rebuilt the Los Angeles Rams, the Buffalo Bills and the Seattle Seahawks into playoff squads, taking them to a total of seven division championships.