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Study: Charter schools have made segregation worse in Chicago

According to a new study released by the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, Charter schools have worsened school segregation in Chicago, and overall have made the city’s school system stronger. Analysts looked at data for 2012-13 and cites major factors as reading and math scores, reading and math growth and graduation rates as contributing factors for […]

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New project prompts whites to explore what it’s like to be white in America

A new PBS documentary has been launched to allow whites in America to explore what the “white” experience is like in the country.

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Students at the University of Missouri-Columbia hold ‘die-in’ demonstration in protest of police mistreatment in Ferguson

Students at the University of Missouri-Columbia staged a “die-in” demonstration in protest of events happening in Ferguson, Missouri. The demonstration included poetry written by students and reading of names of black men and women who have lost their lives at the hands of police. 

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Gymnast Simone Biles makes history at the World Gymnastics Championships

Simone Biles made history by becoming only the sixth woman, and first in more than a decade, to win consecutive all-around titles at the World Gymnastics Championships on Friday. Biles, 17, says she was blown away by her success. 

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Ferguson October: police arrest Cornel West

Author and activist Cornel West was arrested in Ferguson, Missouri on Monday. The town had an influx of protesters from all of the country this past weekend, who gathered in protest of inequality regarding the treatment of blacks by police. 

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Detroit cop suspended after being caught wearing murder victim’s watch

A member of Detroit’s homicide division has been suspended after department officials found him wearing a murder victim’s watch. Sgt. Alex Vinson was the officer in charge of the case involving an unknown murder victim who was found wearing an expensive German-made watch several months ago. 

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Report: people of color have tech degrees, they just don’t get hired

Top universities turn out twice as many black and Latino computer science and computer engineering graduates than the rate at which leading tech companies hire them, according to a USA Today analysis. The companies say the pool of job applicants is to blame for the severe shortage of blacks and Latinos in Silicon Valley. 

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Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood to host first annual 5k this November

The Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s south side will be hosting its first 5K in November. The event, called Ditch the Weight and Guns 5K Walk and Run organized by Andrea Natay. She hopes that the event will draw nearly 1000 participants.

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Report: black males are 21 times more likely to be shot by police than whites

According to an analysis by Pro Publica, black males are 21 times more likely to be shot by police than their white male counterparts. The analysis was based on 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012. 

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Video: St. Louis police pepper-spray peaceful protesters during Ferguson’s ‘Weekend of Resistance’

Over the weekend, thousands of activists, community leaders and concerned citizens gathered in protest of black men being gunned down by police in St. Louis. And according to a video submitted to us by protester Katina Parker, peaceful protesters where pepper-sprayed by police as they exercised their right as U.S. citizens. 

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