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What Else Do They Need to ‘Arrest the Killer’?

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A medical examiner hired by the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager shot to death by a police officer in Missouri, said Monday that Brown could have survived all but the last of six shots — a bullet to the top of the head. “This is the last shot, and this is the only shot that is not treatable,” said the medical examiner, Dr. Michael Baden, pointing to…

Captain Ron Johnson delivers powerful message to Michael Brown’s family

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It’s no secret Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson has won over the community of Ferguson. He’s been a staple at protests and demonstrations since Thursday — walking side by side with residents who feel Michael Brown was wrongfully killed at the hands of police. Sunday, Johnson continued to endear himself to those still outraged by his death. Speaking at a “unity rally” at Greater Grace Church, Johnson apologized on behalf…

Are you ready for servant robots?

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 If you are like one of the 10 million Roomba owners in the world, then you are already somewhat used to having a servant robot do some of your menial tasks for you. Driving through an automatic car wash or having a grocery store door slide open for you are even more mundane ways that robots have found their way into our lives. Robots have made a lot of progress in the…

Obama Calls Michael Brown Tragedy ‘Heartbreaking’

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama weighed in Tuesday with his first public comments on the shooting of an unarmed African American teenager by a police officer, a controversy that has gained nationwide attention and sparked days of protests in the St. Louis suburb where the altercation took place. On Aug. 9, Michael Brown, 18, was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson Police Department has said that…

‘Little White Lie’: New documentary explores biracial woman’s quest on racial identity

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It’s a story, which many might find far-fetched: A biracial black woman led to believe most of her life that she was a white Jewish woman. However, this very thing happened to filmmaker Lacey Schwartz and she is telling her remarkable story in a documentary titled Little White Lie, which is currently making its way through the film festival circuit. Most recently, the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia, were she was on…

The public is losing appetite for harsh marijuana law sentencing

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Depending on what state you live in, if you are arrested with a small amount of marijuana, you can either get a citation or a long prison sentence. In states were marijuana possession is legal, there are still federal laws on the books that could land an offender in the federal penitentiary. There’s been significant movement on the state levelin Washington and Colorado, states that legalized the sale of marijuana this year, and…

Controversial North Carolina Budget Director Art Pope Resigns

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WASHINGTON — Conservative financier Art Pope, the North Carolina’s deputy budget director partly responsible for engineering the state’s strong rightward shift, is stepping down from his post in Gov. Pat McCrory’s (R) administration. McCrory praised Pope, the former chief executive of the discount-store empire Variety Wholesalers, at a Wednesday press conference. “Art Pope has been an invaluable public servant for the people of North Carolina,” McCrory said in a statement….

My Daughter Wants Me to Find Her a New Mom

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I hate to use the term “acting out,” so I’ll say that my 3-year-old daughter is expressing a brand-new feeling that she doesn’t know how to articulate: heartbreak. And maybe even desperation. It’s understandable. She wants a mother. This is just the latest development in what’s been a long, and often hard, story for our family. Nine days after Cydney was born, her mom—my fiancee—was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.  After…

Police report details knife, mask; teen suspect stabbed

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. — A bloody bread knife, mask and stab wounds on a 13-year-old suspect are among key evidence in a police report on the weekend killing of a homeless man. A Cape Coral Police Department report goes into detail about the murder of Thomas J. Bergstrom, 51, who was living in a homeless camp. His body was found by a friend early Saturday. A “bread-and-bagel” knife and a white…

The Perfect Way To Keep A Sexy Bod And Still Enjoy Your Vacation

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So many of us focus our energy on getting to the gym in preparation for that beach bikini moment when we let the sarong fall and bare our abs, two piece and a sun hat. All of that work ethic goes out the door when we find ourselves overeating, drinking and indulging in rich local fare and tourist restaurant attractions. When you’re on vacation there are a few things that…

7 Tips for Surviving a Black Family Reunion

7 Tips for Surviving a Black Family Reunion

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It’s summer, which means it’s family-reunion time. These gatherings are a time of celebration, but between the family politics and the overeating you’re bound to do, they can be downright exhausting. Before you put on your custom-made T-shirt and head to the park to meet your long-lost relatives, remember to keep these tips in mind. 1. Avoid your conspiracy-theorist uncle. Everyone has the uncle who fully embraces a conspiracy theory…

Malcolm X family upset with Nicki Minaj for photo

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NEW YORK (AP) — Malcolm X‘s family and estate said Nicki Minaj’s use of a famous photo of the black nationalist with a rifle in his hands and juxtaposing it with a racial slur for her new song’s artwork is disrespectful and offensive. In an exclusive statement to The Associated Press on Friday, Malcolm X’s daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, said Minaj’s use of the picture “in no way is endorsed by our…

House Votes To Boost Well-Off Kids, Cut Out Poor Kids

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WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted Friday to change a tax credit in a way that would add $115 billion to the deficit and hurt poorer parents while aiding the well-to-do. By a vote of 237-173, mostly along party lines, the House decided to make permanent the child tax credit and expand it to families earning up to $205,000 a year. The credit, which is worth up to $1,000…

Teacher adopts ‘holy terror’ student no one else wanted

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– Cruz Riojas came from a troubled home: He was reportedly beaten by his stepfather, lived in a decrepit one-room lean-to with six other family members, and wore the same clothes to school every day, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. He also caused trouble in school and was known as a “holy terror,” says Linda Hooper, a teacher who first encountered Cruz in the early ’80s, when he was 12 years…

Novelist who fought against apartheid dies at 90

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The South African Nobel-prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, one of the literary world’s most powerful voices against apartheid, has died at the age of 90, her family say. Gordimer died peacefully at her Johannesburg home on Sunday evening in the presence of her children, Hugo and Oriane, a statement from the family said. Born in Gauteng, South Africa, in 1923 to immigrant European parents, Gordimer was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in…