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Supreme Court approves some of the worst voting restrictions in the country

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court overruled a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that reinstated same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting in North Carolina for midterm elections. Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor dissented. 

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Teen pepper-sprayed in own home after cops mistake him for intruder

A black teenager was pepper-sprayed in his own home after a neighbor mistook him for a burglar. North Carolina teen Deshawn Currie, who lives with his white foster family, was confronted by police in his own home after a neighbor called them, assuming Currie was a trying to burglarize the home.

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Video: Hammond family sues police for excessive force after being tased during routine traffic stop

A northwest Indiana man and woman have filed a federal lawsuit against the Hammond Police Department, alleging officers used excessive force during a routine traffic stop. The woman’s son recorded the incident on his cell phone. 

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Report: teachers expect less from students of color

According to a new report released by the Center for American Progress, teachers expect less from students of color when it comes to academic performance.

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BYP Memo: Young People’s Attitudes toward President Obama, Political Parties, and Government, Implications for the Midterm Elections

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The media often report that young people are disengaged from midterm elections. Understanding how young people feel about President Obama and the major political parties, as well as their beliefs about how well they can effect political change, can shed light on the role they will play in this election cycle. 

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Eric Garner’s family files $75 million civil suit against NYC, NYPD

The family of Eric Garner, a black New York resident who died as a result of a chokehold performed on him by a New York police officer, has filed a $75 million civil suit against the city and police department. The notice of claim was filed by lawyers at Rubenstein and Rynecki on Tuesday. It […]

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Texas Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan succumbs to virus

Thomas Eric Duncan, the lone man diagnosed with Ebola who traveled to the U.S. from Liberia, died Wednesday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. He had been in critical condition after being diagnosed with Ebola in mid-September. 

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Involuntary manslaughter charge dropped against cop who killed 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones

  The involuntary manslaughter charge against a Detroit police officer who mistakenly killed a 7-year-old girl during a raid was dropped by a judge on Friday. 

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Gay marriage legal in five more states as Supreme Court continues to clear way for equality

On Monday the Supreme Court turned down all pending state appeals in the gay-marriage cases, leaving rulings in five more states that said gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry in tact. The move means that gay marriage will be legal in most of the nation, and it didn’t take a ruling by […]

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Famed entertainer Geoffrey Holder dead at 84

Legendary actor, choreographer and overall entertainer Geoffrey Holder has died.  The 84-year-old star passed away due to complications from pneumonia Sunday. 

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