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Beyoncé under fire for using NASA recording of deadly space shuttle tragedy in song

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Beyoncé is being criticized for her use of a NASA recording for her most recent album. The song “XO,” features a sound clip from the space shuttle Challenger, which crashed in 1986 killing everyone on board.

In a statement, Knowles said the use of the clip was a “tribute” to the astronauts who died. Still, family members of those astronauts aren’t happy with the choice. Others are not only calling the choice insensitive, but have likened the Challenger tragedy to 9/11.

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Guest Post: In possible defense of ‘White Santa’

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By guest contributor JP Paulus

OK…I saved this one to keep the sacredness of Christmas, but I now feel free to talk about it now. (Apologies to those celebrating Orthodox Christmas)

One of the latest flaps in the “war on Christmas” was the alleged ethnicity of Santa Claus.  I can’t defend Megan Kelly (of Fox News) saying Jesus is white. I picture Jesus being the male version of my daughters, who are a mix of African-American, Asian-American, European American with traceable Native American roots. The Bible clearly points out some non-Hebrew lineage (such as Rahab and Ruth), to emphasize Jesus’ racial “impurity”.

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Illinois concealed carry law to go into effect Jan. 1

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January 1 will mark more than just an introduction to another year. For residents in the state of Illinois, it means that they’ll have to right to carry guns in public.

The state’s concealed carry law passed earlier this year after a court ruled the state’s ban on concealed weapons to be unconstitutional.

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Workers in 13 states to see higher pay due to increase in minimum wage Jan.1

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On January 1, workers in 13 states will receive a higher paycheck due to increases in minimum wage. Most of the increases amount to less than 15 cents an hour. 

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Mississippi State’s Donald M. ‘Field’ Brown named Rhodes Scholar

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A Mississippi State University senior has been awarded the coveted Rhodes Scholarship. Donald M. “Field” Brown became a recipient of what is considered to be the world’s most celebrated and prestigious international fellowship last month. 

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Teacher suspended for allegedly telling student that nation doesn’t need another black president

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A Cincinnati high school teacher has been suspended without pay after allegedly making racially insensitive comments to a student.

Gil Voigt, a white Fairfield Freshman School teacher who also faces the prospect of dismissal, is accused of telling a black male student, “We do not need another black president” after the student said he’d like to become president one day. 

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2013: A Quick Look Back

In two days we begin a new year. And so, I thought I’d use my final post of 2013 somewhat snarkily reflect on 2013 and make a few predictions for what might happen in the coming year. Here we go:

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Woman receives good fortune after returning $800 to rightful owner

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Teriasia Dean found a purse on the ground with $800 in it, and despite facing eviction, she returned to purse and all of its contents to the rightful owner.

Dean owes $670 in rent, and has been working a retail job to catch up on her debts. But her story touched viewers in Oklahoma so much, that she can breathe a little bit easier now. 

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According to Yale study, murders down in Chicago

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According to a study released by Yale University, Chicago’s murder rate appears to be heading for an all-time low this year.

The study examined major crime trends from 1965 to 2013, and reveals that your chance of being murdered in the city depends on where you live. 

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Health facility withdraws offer to accept brain-dead girl for treatment

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A long-term care facility that originally offered to accept a girl declared brain dead has withdrawn their invitation. 13-year-old Jahi McMath never regained consciousness after going into cardiac arrest during a routine tonsillectomy.

Her family has been in a heated court battle with Children’s Hospital Oakland to keep the child on life support. The decision leaves a New York hospital as the only apparent option for the child. 

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