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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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Report: blacks in Minneapolis 11 times more likely to be arrested

According to a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union, blacks are 11 times more likely to be arrested for low-level non-violent offenses in Minneapolis than their white counterparts. The data released covers white and black arrest rates for four low-level non-violent offenses: disorderly conduct, marijuana possession, vagrancy and juvenile curfew violations/loitering. 

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North Carolina instructor under investigation for racist remarks

A North Carolina instructor is under investigation for allegedly making racist comments to high school students in class. According to a parent of a student who attends Camden County High School, the incident happened a couple of weeks ago. 

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Charges re-filed against mother who left kids in car for job interview

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has filed a motion to reinstate the prosecution of a homeless woman who left her two children in a car during a job interview in March. Prosecutors made the motion after Shanesha Taylor failed to meet a deadline to deposit $60,000 in a trust fund for her children. 

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Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson misses court dates

The police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has not showed up to several criminal cases. It is now being reported that a total of six criminal cases have been dismissed due to Wilson not showing up to court to testify. 

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Producers seeking stories from young people of color for ‘Woke Up Black. Again.’

The director and producer of  a critically-acclaimed documentary centered around the lives of the young black experience is giving more individuals the chance to be featured. Woke Up Black. Again. is the sequel to Mary F. Morten’s film, Woke Up Black. 

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