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July 1, 2016

Principal fired after barring student from prom over spoken word poem

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Earlier this year a suburban Chicago high school found itself in the midst of controversy after a student was banned from prom over a spoken word poem. Now that school’s principal has been fired. While the official reason for the dismissal was kept private, Homewood-Flossmoor Principal Ryan Pitcock was let go at a school board meeting, resulting in one board member’s resignation. The principal banned senior Taiylar Ball, 18, from her high school prom…

Chicago man stabbed after defending mom and her kids on bus

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It’s Monday, Jose Santiago saw that a mother and her kids were being harassed on a CTA bus, so he decided to step in and ended up being stabbed by the harasser. Santiago noticed the small group of people giving the woman a hard time about where she had put her stroller, so he stepped in. “He noticed nobody was doing anything, driver didn’t call the cops, so he asked they lady…

After #OscarsSoWhite fallout, The Academy’s 2016 class just got more diverse

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It’s about time. After two consecutive years of the Oscars’ lacking in actors of color, The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has created its most diverse class ever. The honorary organization invited a total of 683 industry professionals to the 2016 class– 41 percent are people of color and 46 percent are women. In doing this, The Academy hopes the diverse voters could make for more diverse nominees in Oscars ceremonies…

GOP smells blood in critical Florida Senate race

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Republicans are trying to end the Florida Senate race before it even begins. In one dramatic day this month, the entire race — one of roughly a half-dozen on which control of the Senate rests — was turned on its head. First, GOP Sen. Marco Rubio dropped his retirement plans and announced plans to run for reelection. Within hours, the CBS affiliate in Miami aired a bombshell investigative story accusing…

Germany: America’s real special relationship

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When it became clear that Britain had voted to leave the European Union, President Barack Obama called David Cameron to offer his sympathy. Then he dialed Angela Merkel, the leader he actually leans on in times of crisis. It’s no secret why. For years now, Germany, not the U.K., has been Obama’s main line into European politics. And that’s why Washington’s influence in Europe will survive a Brexit – and…

Trump scolds Clinton on trade

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The new, mostly on-message Donald Trump showed up again on Thursday, presenting himself in a speech in New Hampshire as the defender of American workers against bad trade deals and a Democratic opponent controlled by “global financiers.” Trump added the speech to his campaign schedule at the last minute on Wednesday after noting that a terrorist bombing at Istanbul’s airport drowned out coverage of his first economic address of the…