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Killer of Sean Taylor sentenced to 57.5 years in prison

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The man convicted of murdering former Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor has been sentenced to 57.5 years in prison for the crime.

The prosecution asked the judge hand down a minimum sentence of 60 years to Eric Rivera, because it did not believe that he could be rehabilitated in prison. 

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NFL star Vince Young files for bankruptcy

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The man who was once referred to as “inVINCEable” has joined a growing list of ex-NFL stars who have filed for bankruptcy.

Vince Young, 30, the former University of Texas quarterback, and current NFL free agent filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. 

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Color of Change petition urges District Attorney R. Seth Williams to drop charges against Darrin Manning

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Earlier we reported about charges being brought against 16-year-old Darrin Manning in connection with a stop-and-frisk. Manning was seriously injured by a Philadelphia policewoman during the incident, and is being charged with resisting arrest and misdemeanor  aggravated assault.

Color of Change is calling for District Attorney R. Seth Williams to drop all charges against Darrin and investigate the police officers involved. 

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Guest Post

Beth Richie on how anti-violence activism taught her to become a prison abolitionist

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This post originally appeared on Feminist Wire and was written by Dr. Beth Richie. Dr. Richie is engaged in several research projects designed to explore the relationship between violence against women in low-income African American communities and violence. For more information go to http://www.uic.edu/depts/wsweb/people/faculty/richie.

By: Dr. Beth Richie

Sometimes we learn our most profound political lessons in the contours of our everyday activism.  This is certainly the case for me as I recount my journey as a Black feminist activist working to end gender violence for the past 20 years, during which the United States was engaged in building itself up as the world’s leading prison nation. My journey began in Harlem, the renowned community in New York City that was at the center of struggles for racial and economic justice.  The on-the-ground work at the time included organizing for material changes (safe and affordable housing, better schools, accessible health care, jobs that offered a future, political representation, neighborhood businesses that support the local economy, and the end to growing expansion of the prison industrial complex). The organizing work was sustained by rhetoric about the “liberation of our people” and the vision of what our community would look like if we could sustain grassroots activism in the service of broad-based social change.

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Court date set for teen injured during stop-and-frisk, charged with aggravated assault & resisting arrest

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A Philadelphia teen who alleges that a female police officer injured his groin during a stop-and-frisk will be prosecuted on March 7.

Darrin Manning faces misdemeanor charges of aggravated assault and resisting arrest in connection with the incident. 

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Former Dallas Cowboy player Josh Brent convicted of intoxication manslaughter

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Former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent was convicted of intoxication manslaughter for a car wreck that killed his close friend and teammate Jerry Brown.

The December 2012 car accident occurred after a night of partying with fellow Cowboys players. 

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Frat booted off campus after offensive MLK-themed party

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Arizona State University has banned recognition of a fraternity on its campus after it threw an offensive MLK-themed party. 

Tau Kappa Epsilon’s presence was permanently revoked after their “MLK Black Party” left many on the campus offended. 

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Teens handcuffed for cutting lunchroom line in cafeteria, complaint filed

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Usually students get reprimanded without the involvement of law enforcement for cutting a cafeteria line at school, but according to a complaint filed by a coalition of civil and children’s rights groups, students attending schools in Wake County risk getting handcuffed and thrown in jail. 

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Study: white woman no longer face discrimination, group of white female business owners threaten to sue

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A group of white female business owners are threatening to file a discrimination suit against the state of Washington after a study concluded that they are no longer discriminated against.

According to a study released early last year by the Washington State Department of Transportation, white female business owners are awarded enough contracts to be excluded from the state’s list of minority-owned businesses.

But Women in Highway Construction argues that discrimination is alive and well in the state. 

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This woman’s a hero

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For the second time in two years, a 24-year-old California woman has saved the life of a car accident victim.

Keenia Williams is being hailed for her bravery after pulling a driver from an overturned vehicle on I-80 Wednesday morning. 

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