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October 5, 2014

Sean Shaynak, teacher accused of trading perfect grades for sex

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A Brooklyn math teacher is awaiting trial on $1 million bail after sending a picture of his genitals to a 16 year-old student. The teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School, identified as Sean Shaynak, 44, was jailed in Rikers Island after being charged with sexual abuse of six students, according to the New York Daily News. The photograph, sent through SnapChat, was the final incident in a long series of…

Michael Brown supporters interrupt orchestra performance with song

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Supporters of slain Missouri teen Michael Brown launched a peaceful protest during a St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performance at Powell Symphony Hall. The October 4 performance was interrupted suddenly when protestors located in the upper balcony unveiled banners—three in total—with written messages and artwork drawn in remembrance of the Ferguson youth fatally shot by a St. Louis police officer. The protest, launched during a performance of “Requiem” by Brahms, caused…

Ben Affleck Slams Bill Maher for “Racist,” “Ugly” Views in Heated Islam Debate

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Some people think they can criticize Islam intelligently, but then they just end up sounding silly and closed-minded.  One of the pitfalls of American liberals is that they are not open to those who have more conservative views, and treat those ideas as if they are ignorant and antiquated.  This has been reflected in consistent attacks on the black church. Ben Affleck, while promoting his new movie, “Gone Girl,” was…

Tom Goldstein: Next Supreme Court Term Will Be ‘More Important Than Any In The Last 50 Years’

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One of the nation’s most well-known observers of the Supreme Court says the high court will face more consequential legal questions in the next few years than it has in the last five decades. Tom Goldstein, an attorney and blogger at the widely respected SCOTUSblog, told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Friday that potential decisions on abortion, affirmative action, gay marriage and the Affordable Care Act will make the latter half…

Situation In Texas Is ‘Urgent’ After 13 Abortion Clinics Close Overnight

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Thirteen abortion clinics shut down in Texas overnight after a federal appeals court decided to allow a strict new anti-abortion law to go into effect. The closures left only seven providers in Texas, and all are concentrated in urban areas. Abortion providers are now scrambling to inform women that their appointments were canceled for the coming week and help them find other options. Staffers at Whole Women’s Health, which operated…

Joe Biden Apologizes For Saying Turkey Admitted To Border Security Failures In ISIS Fight

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Vice President Joe Biden phoned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday to offer a mea culpa for his recent remarks on Turkey’s role in confronting Islamic State militants in neighboring Syria. Following a speech that touched on foreign policy at the Harvard Kennedy School on Thursday, Biden recounted a recent conversation he had with Erdogan, whom he called an “old friend.” The vice president suggested that the Turkish leader…

5 Examples of African Math Before Europe Could Read or Write

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Lebombo Bone (35,000 B.C.) The oldest mathematical instrument is the Lebombo bone, a baboon fibula used as a measuring device. It was discovered in the Lebombo Mountains of Swaziland. The device is at least 35,000 years old. It could have been used as a measuring stick or moon cycle measure. It had 29 markings that also correspond to the lunar cycle. The bone may be connected to the Kemetic/ Egyptian…

Dubai Expands Trade Routes with Africa

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DUBAI—Nearly 10 years ago, when Keba Keinde set up an investment bank in Dubai, he used to travel from there to Paris, stay overnight and then get a connecting flight to Senegal—all just to get home. It would take up to 24 hours from door to door. These days, he flies direct in about nine hours with Emirates Airline. “Now I can leave here in the morning and be there…

10 Barbaric And Heartbreaking Ways Enslaved Black People Were Punished by Their Slave Masters

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Sexual Assault and Abuse During slavery, white male plantation owners, their sons, brothers and other male acquaintances raped Black women without fear of punishment. Their reasons ranged from lascivious desire to acts of punishment. Black men were also sexually abused by slaveholders, and, sometimes, their wives. Whipping The whip was the most common instrument used against enslaved Black people. There were even businesses that were established to perform whipping services. Pouring…

After Torturing More Than 100 Black Men, Chicago Cop Walks Out of Jail After Less Than 4 Years—with Full Pension

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Jon Burge is one of the most notorious crooked cops in American history—a man who oversaw the torture of more than 100 Black men over the course of decades while they were in the custody of Chicago police. And now Burge is once again a free man, after serving just three and a half years in prison—and collecting his $3,000-a-month pension the entire time. Burge, 66, who terrorized Black men…