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Governor declares state of emergency and curfew in Missouri

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Missouri governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed an overnight curfew in Ferguson over the weekend.

The move is an attempt to quell disturbances that have shaken up the city since a Ferguson police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. 

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CHA scales back on luxury living for recipients of low income housing vouchers

The Chicago Housing Authority is scaling back on its controversial program that allowed some low income renters to live in several of Chicago’s priciest downtown high rises.

Recipients of the authority’s “super vouchers” were able to live in luxury apartments such as the plush Aqua Tower and the high-end Streeter apartment buildings in downtown Chicago. 

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Op-ed: Michael Brown and Black Men

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The following post originally appears on the New York Times. It was written by Charles M. Blow.

By: Charles M. Blow

The killing of Michael Brown has tapped into something bigger than Michael Brown.

Brown was the unarmed 18-year-old black man who was shot to death Saturday by a policeman in Ferguson, Mo. There are conflicting accounts of the events that led to the shooting. There is an investigation by local authorities as well as one by federal authorities. There are grieving parents and a seething community. There are swarms of lawyers and hordes of reporters. There has been unrest. The president has appealed for reflection and healing.

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Report: white on white crime rate exceeds that of black on black crime

The following post originally appears on Call and Post. It was written by Kush Azrael. 

By: Kush Azrael

When White on White crime takes place it’s never talked about the way it is when Blacks commit crimes.

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16-year-old Shaquise Buckner shot in West Englewood

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A 16-year-old girl was killed in a drive-by shooting in Chicago’s West Englewood neighborhood that also left one man wounded early Saturday.

Shaquise Buckner was killed in the 7200 black of South Laflin Street around 12:50 a.m., according to authorities.

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5-year-old allegedly punched in face by school teacher

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The mother of a 5-year-old Memphis, Tennessee child says her daughter was punched in the face by her kindergarten teacher.

Tiffany McConnell, says her daughter Payton was punched by her teacher after requesting to use the bathroom for a second time. 

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Update: Michael Brown shot at least 6 times

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An unarmed black Missouri teenager who was killed by a white police officer last weekend was shot at least six times, twice in the head, according to a preliminary private autopsy.

The autopsy, performed by former New York City chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden, found that one of the bullets entered the top of Michael Brown’s skull. 

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On the POTUS’ Response to the Events in Ferguson

After a night of turning up and after issuing a statement on the death of actor Robin Williams, President Obama finally got around to saying a word or several about the killing of Michael Brown and the ensuing situation in Ferguson, Missouri. Obama’s remarks, as many of us expected, were as tepid as his dance moves. In his statement, the POTUS began by saying that folks should take a “step back and think about what we’re going to be moving forward.” The POTUS–again, as expected–delineated how he talked to various members of the state, the state the police officers who killed Michael Brown essentially represent, and that he would ensure that justice was served. Obama concluded with these remarks:

Of course, it’s important to remember how this started. We lost a young man, Michael Brown, in heartbreaking and tragic circumstances. He was 18 years old, and his family will never hold Michael in their arms again. And when something like this happens, the local authorities, including the police, have a responsibility to be open and transparent about how they are investigating that death and how they are protecting the people in their communities. There is never an excuse for violence against police or for those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting. There’s also no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests or to throw protesters in jail for lawfully exercising their First Amendment rights. And here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs and report to the American people on what they see on the ground.

Um, what?

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Ferguson Police Chief: officer’s initial contact with Michael Brown ‘unrelated’ to robbery claims

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Friday initial contact between police officer Darren Wilson and 18-year-old Michael Brown was not related to a convenience store robbery.

Brown, an unarmed black teenager, died Saturday Aug. 9 after being shot multiple times by Wilson. 

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Jackie Robinson West clinches first game with 12-2 win

The Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West Little League was founded in 1971 by Joseph Haley. His son Bill says there were no grand plans of winning state championships or reaching the Little League World Series.

But that’s exactly what happened as Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West reached the series for just the second time since its existence this year. 

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