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Stephen Fowler | GPB News

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said the new state court building in Atlanta is a “majestic” building that pays homage to both the rule of law and the criminal justice reforms enacted by former Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.

At a dedication ceremony for the 6-story, 6-acre building Tuesday, the Georgia-born jurist said that Georgia leaders must look ahead to ensure that people continue to be treated fairly under the eyes of the law.

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2018 is being called “The Year of the Woman,” and the midterm elections are delivering on that name. More than 100 women are newly elected to U.S. Congress.  That’s a new record.  Since most of the incoming women in the U.S. House of Representatives are Democrats, this female wave also has helped flip control of that chamber. 

Last week’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida was followed by scenes we have seen all too often. In 2013, a similar scene played out at Decatur’s Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy. Thankfully, no one was killed. A short film based on that incident is nominated for an Academy Award. We talked with the film’s writer and director, Reed Van Dyk.

For more than a hundred years, America’s historically black colleges and universities have graduated many of our most dynamic and influential citizens.

Stories about sexual harassment in the workplace have dominated the news cycle this fall, but New Yorker journalist Jane Mayer remembers a time not that long ago when even the term "sexual harassment" felt new.

"Most of us really didn't know much about sexual harassment," she says. "Many of us had experienced it, but we didn't really know the name for it or how to handle it."

Reports of sexual assaults on college campuses are all too common, but what's less-known are cases at the high school level. In both colleges and high schools, Title IX coordinators are supposed to be on hand to review sexual assault allegations, but a recent investigation in Slate Magazine reveals that's not happening the way it should at many schools, including at least one in Georgia. We talk with freelance journalist Nora Caplan-Bricker, who worked on the story. We also check in with Fatima Goss Graves of the National Women's Law Center. 

Steve Petteway / Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

Twenty-five years ago this month, the nation watched as a federal judge from Savannah, Georgia named Clarence Thomas went through a grueling confirmation hearing to the U.S. Supreme Court. The hearing became a media circus after a young law professor named Anita Hill was called into testify. The nation watched in disbelief as Hill described in graphic detail her allegations of unwanted sexual advances by Thomas.