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New York firefighters suit settled for $98M

Firefighters suit settled for $98M

About 1,500 minorities who took New York City Fire Department entrance exams that were found to be biased will be eligible to receive back pay totaling $98 million, a black firefighters' group that had sued the city over racial discrimination said Tuesday. The settlement capped a seven-year legal fight by the group, the Vulcan Society. In a city where more than half of residents identify with a racial minority group, black firefighters have never made up more than 4 percent of the department's total. Last year, an appeals court ruled that the department must undergo court supervision for five years to ensure it doesn't discriminate in hiring.

No jail for two who toppled rock

Two Utah men removed from their Boy Scout leadership positions after a viral video showed them toppling an ancient rock formation in a state park in October pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges Tuesday and avoided jail time. Glenn Taylor, 45, and David Hall, 42, both of Highland, were sentenced to a year of probation and ordered to pay fines and restitution, which will be determined, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

University gets Wikipedia expert

A 24-year-old geography major is the first Wikipedian-in-residence at the University of California at Berkeley. The school announced recently that it had hired Kevin Gorman to advise students and professors on the complex task of editing articles for Wikipedia, the user-generated online encyclopedia. Many universities have classes producing content for Wikipedia, but in-residence Wikipedians have previously been tied only to private institutions like the U.S. National Archives. Gorman said he also hopes to help provide more diversity in the people editing Wikipedia. Surveys suggest 90 percent of the site's editors are male, and 80 percent white.

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