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Alabama school officials hire former FBI agent to spy on black students

Huntsville City Schools paid a former FBI agent $157,000 last year to investigate social media activity of public school students. The investigation led to the expulsion of 14 students last year. 12 were black. 

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Ferguson police say no-fly zone imposed due to media

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The U.S. government allowed police in Ferguson, Missouri to restrict more than 37 square miles of airspace for nearly two weeks in August for safety reasons. But audio recordings show that local authorities wanted to keep news helicopters away instead. 

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Chicago Defender appoints Kai El’ Zabar as publication’s first female director

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Kai El’ Zabar made history by becoming the first female executive director of the Chicago Defender. 

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University cancels invitation to African journalists due to Ebola fears

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Officials at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg took back invitations extended to 14 African journalists due to fears of Ebola. The journalists were set to come to the campus for the annual Edward R. Murrow Visiting Journalists program. 

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Florida man running for office creates fake Obama endorsement letter

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A Florida man who is running for office posted a fake endorsement from President Obama to his Facebook page. The letter, posted to Commission candidate Derrick Wallace’s Facebook page, contained a forged Obama signature and is filled with misspellings. 

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Man released after serving 15 years behind bars for crime he didn’t commit

In a stunning reversal, a Cook County judge ordered for a man who confessed to a 1982 double murder to be released on Thursday. Alstory Simon wept for joy when he walked out of a downstate Illinois prison after spending 15 years behind bars. 

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Dream Defenders launch bulletproof vest campaign for kids in protest of Stand Your Ground laws

The Florida-based activist group Dream Defenders has launched a bulletproof vest campaign for children in protest of Stand Your Ground legislation in the state. The group, which formed shortly after the death of Trayvon Martin, has taken on causes largely related to gun violence. 

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Autopsy: Darrien Hunt shot four times in back

An autopsy performed on a mixed-raced man who was fatally shot by Utah police while armed with a samurai sword as part of a costume shows that he died of multiple gunshot wounds. The autopsy, released Tuesday, revealed that 22-year-old Darrien Hunt was shot four times in his back. 

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Keke Palmer inspires young girls through partnership with non-profit

By landing a role in the Broadway version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and making history as the youngest Talk Show host in American history, it’s safe to say that Keke Palmer is a role model. Now, the actress is partnering with Saving Our Daughters to help other girls feel good about themselves.

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West Virginia columnist fired after referring to Mike Brown as an ‘animal’

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A West Virginia columnist who’s been with the Charleston Daily Mail for more than 30 years, has been fired after referring to Michael Brown as an “animal.” Don Surber’s comments appeared on his personal blog post about the events happening in Ferguson, Missouri since Brown’s death on Aug. 9. 

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