Only in America
Virginia’s Kings Dominion amusement park is changing the name of a roller coaster named for a Confederate battle cry. The park’s flagship ride, the “Rebel Yell,” will now be known as “Racer 75.” Asked if the change was prompted by the controversy over Confederate monuments, a park official said, “We’re constantly evaluating elements of the park.”
In just one month last year, the University of California, Berkeley spent nearly $4 million on free speech–related security. The money paid for additional police who were brought in to prevent violence between attendees and protesters at an “alt-right” rally, a speech by conservative Ben Shapiro, and the ultimately canceled “Free Speech Week.” A university official said “security costs of this magnitude are not sustainable.”
Boring but important
At HUD, Carson faces ethics questions
Lawyers for the Department of Housing and Urban Development have warned Secretary Ben Carson that he is in danger of violating federal ethics rules by involving his family in official business. Carson’s family members, including his wife, frequently attend HUD meetings and events, and HUD officials were alarmed last summer when Carson’s son, Ben Carson Jr., and his daughter-in-law, Merlynn, helped organize an official “listening tour” in Baltimore. Carson Jr. owns a Maryland-based investment firm, and his wife owns a consulting firm, which was later awarded a no-bid $485,000 contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Carson Sr. this week denied any wrongdoing or impropriety.