[DIGEST: ABC, Buzzfeed]

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky, who sentenced Stanford University swimmer Brock Allen Turner to six months in jail for the rape of an unconscious woman, has asked to no longer preside over criminal cases. Judge Persky’s ruling garnered him international notoriety and ignited a global conversation on privilege bias and the gross inequalities within the justice system.

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[DIGEST: Jezebel, USA Today]

Brock Turner's Olympic dreams are no more. Turner, the 20-year old former Stanford University student and varsity swimmer who was convicted for the rape of an unconscious woman behind a dumpster during a fraternity party, has received a lifetime ban from USA Swimming. USA Swimming is the governing body for professional swimming across the nation. A Facebook group campaign endorsing Turner's Olympic prospects was also disabled.

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[DIGEST: STAT News; Advisory Board Company; The Verge]

Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburg, Memorial Sloan Kettering Center and other top medical research institutions are breaking the law and putting patients at serious risk, according to an investigation by STAT News. But the government is doing almost nothing to enforce it.

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Stanford graduate students (CREDIT: AP/PAUL SAKUMA)

Last week, Stanford University announced that more accepted students won’t have to pay anything for tuition, which normally runs nearly $46,000 a year.

Students whose families make less than $125,000 a year and have assets worth $300,000 or less, including home equity but excluding anything that they have saved in retirement accounts, won’t have to pay tuition. Students whose families make less than $65,000 also won’t have to pay for room and board, which can run about another $14,100. Scholarships or grants will cover the costs instead, and the school has a $21 billion endowment. The thresholds were previously $100,000 for free tuition and $60,000 for free room and board.

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