A gunman slaughtered 11 Jewish worshippers. Then people hunted for hate online

(CNN)The deadliest attack on Jews in American history appears to have triggered a spike in anti-Semitic searches on Google, exclusive research by CNN shows. Threat of violence against Jews in US at alarming levels The loss turns to outright fury, when she learns more about the searches after the twin attacks on her community. “It makes my blood run cold,” she says. “It is literally chilling me to the core.”

Our criminal justice system is built to inflict pain. Here’s how we can heal it.

(CNN)California’s San Quentin is one of the oldest prisons in the country. Located on a parcel of land jutting out into the San Francisco Bay, the mammoth 167-year-old facility has a lonely and intimidating look from the outside — and on the inside, it’s just as forlorn. This approach makes some intuitive sense. The problem is that adding harm to harm inevitably produces more harm. Too often, people come out of prison bitter — not better. While they’re locked away, their children suffer and may be led astray. And rather than derailing the cycle of violence and trauma, our system’s retributive approach may often support and even accelerate that destructive cycle: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 68% of …

Some cozy birds, a curious whale and a childhood dream come to life

(CNN) Want more inspiring, positive news? Sign up for The Good Stuff, a newsletter for the good in life. It will brighten your inbox every Saturday morning. Our favorites this week Get going with some of our most popular good news stories of the week Warm and cozy Baby. Birds. In. Knitted. Nests. Need we say more? The Carolina Waterfowl Rescue in Indian Trail, North Carolina, recently asked its Facebook followers to put together some knitted or crocheted nests to accommodate the more than 3,000 (!!!) orphaned and endangered baby birds that will come through their doors this year. And wouldn’t you know, people were more than happy to oblige! The rescue is now positively blanketed with thousands of adorable …

Archives reveal the untold stories of diplomats who helped Jews escape Nazi death camps

(CNN)In 1942, two Jewish men were operating between the safety of neutral Switzerland and the danger of Nazi-occupied Europe. With coded messages they knew could be read by the Nazis, they smuggled the names and pictures of Jews hoping to escape death. At first, the family avoided being sent to a death camp because Heinz’s work in international metals trade appeared useful to the Nazis, Fishman said. But ultimately, Heinz’s name appeared on the list for the next transport to Auschwitz. At the last minute, as Fishman’s mother Ruth tells it, someone said “Hey, don’t you have the Paraguayan passport? This is the time to use it.” The Nazi officers gave Heinz a small piece of paper with the word …

20 years after Columbine, former Principal Frank DeAngelis is still learning how to move on

Arvada, Colorado (CNN)Frank DeAngelis stood in his home office, his hair graying over his ears, and pointed to each frame on the wall, telling the story behind the mementos he’s collected over the last two decades. Even so, Frank was unsure what he wanted to study in college, his brother said. But they had both played sports growing up, so when Frank told his brother he’d become an educator, Anthony DeAngelis assumed it was for the sake of athletics. “I thought, ‘He’s probably going to be pretty good at this,’” Anthony said. As with all things, Frank dove in deep. Early in his career, Frank’s principal once forced him to fork over his keys to the school for a weekend. …

Southern Poverty Law Center names new interim president and CEO

(CNN)The embattled Southern Poverty Law Center has tapped a new interim president and CEO, the civil rights organization announced Tuesday. Those claims resulted in the leadership changes and the company-wide review. Former Michelle Obama chief-of-staff Tina Tchen will oversee the top-to-bottom external review of workplace culture. Last month, SPLC President Richard Cohen, who has spent 30 years at the center, stepped down after Dees’ dismissal. Cohen said his departure would help move the nonprofit forward. ‘A difficult time’ for the SPLC The SPLC is known for tracking civil rights and hate crimes in the United States. “As you may know, over the last few weeks we’ve faced a number of internal workplace challenges. It has been a difficult time for …

Leukemia survivor meets the bone marrow donor who saved her life

(CNN)To the travelers at the train station in Cologne, Germany, they probably seemed like two old friends embracing after a long time apart. But it was actually a long-awaited meeting between strangers — a two-time cancer survivor finally seeing the bone marrow donor who saved her life. Beth Wilson, 36, an intensive care nurse, was diagnosed 10 years ago with adenocarcinoma in her small intestine. She went through six months of chemotherapy and beat the cancer, but was then diagnosed with leukemia, one of the risks of chemo. Wilson said she believes the chemo was the likely cause. A German university student was a match Alina Theine, 24, was one of those matches. The resident of Cologne, Germany, had registered …

General Motors CEO visits Toledo plant where nooses, ‘whites-only’ signs hung

(CNN)GM CEO Mary Barra visited employees on Tuesday at a Toledo, Ohio, plant that has been alleged to be the site of racial discrimination and harassment, and told employees all complaints are being taken seriously. Plant shift supervisors Marcus Boyd and Derrick Brooks, who worked different shifts, described being threatened and called racist names in the plant. Boyd said threats and racial slurs were a regular part of work life there. Brooks said he found a noose hanging in the area where he worked. As the only black employee in that space on his shift, he believed it was meant to intimidate him. In total, five nooses were found and reported to GM, according to the lawsuit. Boyd quit his …

Stop ‘whitesplaining’ racism to me

(CNN)Health officials issue public warnings about spikes in everything from the flu to the measles. But there is one contagion authorities are ignoring: To become a victim of “whitesplaining” is infuriating. Imagine a plumber trying to tell a pilot how to land a plane or a man trying to tell a mother what it feels like to give birth. Fortunately, whitesplaining is not a silent epidemic. Some of the biggest headlines about race recently have featured some form of whitesplaining: • Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin engaged in legislative whitesplaining when they blocked their black Democratic counterparts from honoring a former NFL quarterback during Black History Month because he was “too controversial.” • Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam whitesplained when he …

The Feds are spending $48 million to move his village. But he doesn’t want to go.

Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana (CNN)The plans are grand — a brand new community with homes, baseball fields, fishing ponds, a meeting hall and a solar farm to generate electricity to sell. The land used to be sugarcane fields, but now it will be a “hugely important pioneer project,” says Pat Forbes, executive director of Louisiana’s Office of Community Development. The people of Isle de Jean Charles will not be the last to have to move because of climate change. Because it’s the first government project of its kind, it will be more expensive but it also offers opportunities, Forbes says. “One of the main objectives is to enhance the culture that the community once had and help them have …

Virginia governor’s medical school found a pattern of inappropriate yearbook photos

(CNN)The president of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s medical school said that other yearbooks had a number of photos that were “shockingly abhorrent” and inappropriate, including as recently as 2013. Northam initially apologized for the photo and said he was in it, but in a news conference Saturday, he denied that he was in the image and said he would not resign as governor. “I believe now and then that I am not either of the people in this photo,” Northam said. However, he did admit that he had put shoe polish on his face to resemble Michael Jackson in a dance contest in 1984. “I look back now and regret that I did not understand the harmful legacy of an …