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The University of Texas is hiring a “healthy masculinities coordinator.” The hire will oversee a new program designed to help young men resist such stereotypical male behaviors as being “fiercely independent” and “successful,” and “tak[ing] care of people.” Students stuck in these “restrictive” gender roles “should not feel guilty,” the program advises, and can get help to “break the cycle.”
A man who tried to drown himself in a Virginia swimming pool is suing the cops who pulled him out. Mateusz Fijalkowski, 23, says he is grateful to police officers who rescued him after he tried to kill himself but blames them for not diving in until he swallowed a lot of water and went into cardiac arrest. “I don’t thank them for letting me die, clinically, before their eyes,” he said.
Boring but important
New Jersey senator ‘severely admonished’
The Senate Ethics Committee formally rebuked Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey for accepting unreported gifts from a wealthy donor, including flights and stays at luxury hotels. The bipartisan panel ordered the Democrat to repay the value of any improper gifts he received from Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor whose business interests Menendez promoted on Capitol Hill. Menendez avoided conviction on federal corruption charges stemming from the relationship last year after his case ended in a mistrial. A judge dismissed all charges after prosecutors decided not to retry Menendez, who is running for re-election. The ethics committee found the lawmaker violated Senate rules and federal law, declaring him “severely admonished.”