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UPDATE: Police officer who shot at minivan full of children fired, plans to appeal

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A New Mexico police officer who shot at a minivan full of children during a routine traffic stop has been fired. Offiver Elias Montoya fired three shots at 39-year-old Oriana Ferrell’s van after she attempted to evade police.

Ferrell was pulled over by another officer for speeding on October 28 while visiting relatives in New Mexico.

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Black man attacked, called gay slurs by Jewish men while walking home

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A black New York fashion student says he was attacked by a group of men who shouted anti-gay slurs at him while walking home after a night of partying.

22-year-old Taj Patterson was headed home to Fort Greene around 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 when more than a dozen Orthodox Jewish men assaulted him on Flushing Ave.

Patterson says his attackers repeatedly called him homophobic slurs as they punched, kicked and stumped him as he lay on the ground helpless. 

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Survey: Life of today’s millennial of color more complex than assumed

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A national survey of more than 1,700 African American and Hispanic teens and young adults finds that the lives of today’s millennials of color are more complex than previously assumed.

The survey focused on identifying and finding solutions to health, educational and social disparities that present challenges for urban youth of color as they strive to achieve their goals. The study revealed that young millenials of color are affected by a range of internal and external forces.

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From tragedy to inspiration: woman who grew up in foster system defies odds

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LaQuana Chappelle’s best friend overdosed on sleeping pills when she was just 15. She was lying right next to her when she did it, as the girls were wards of New York City’s foster care system. Chappelle understood why her best friend claimed her own life as she herself had been under more than 40 roofs in search of family.

Despite her trials, Chappelle has worked to overcome the odds.

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Man says he wasn’t a victim of ‘Knockout’ game because it’s just a media fabrication

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A victim of “Knockout,” a violent game where an unsuspecting person is sucker-punched by an assailant in hopes of knocking them out with one blow says the trend is nothing more than a media fabrication.

In October 2012, James Addlespurger, a Pittsburgh teacher, was struck in the back of the head so hard that he instantly blacked out and fell face first into the pavement.

Despite that and other incidents of similar attacks occurring, Addlespurger contends that he was no victim of the so-called “Knockout” game.

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UPDATE: Zimmerman’s girlfriend wants charges dropped so they can ‘talk and be together’

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George Zimmerman’s girlfriend Samantha Scheibe says she wants a no-contact provision against the former neighborhood watch captain lifted so the couple can “talk and be together.”

Scheibe requested that a judge lift the order that blocks her from seeing Zimmerman, and also that the charges filed against him be dropped.

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‘Sworn officers’ from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department face arrest amid abuse probe

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More than one dozen current and former officers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are facing arrest after allegations of misconduct and abuse inside the county’s jails have surfaced. So far, the FBI placed at least three people into custody as part of a federal probe.

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Pastor commits suicide in front of pleading son one year after wife’s death

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A suburban Illinois pastor has shot and killed himself inside of his Matteson home. Pastor Ed Montgomery’s pleading son and mother begged him not to take his life on Saturday, but the grief due to the loss of his wife overcame him.

Montgomery and his wife Prophetess Jackie Montgomery had both served at the Full Gospel Christian Assemblies International Church in Hazel Crest, Ill. Jackie Montgomery passed away last December after suffering from a brain aneurysm.

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New York Times article sheds light into life of homeless child

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This story originally appeared in the New York Times.

By: Andrea Elliot

She wakes to the sound of breathing. The smaller children lie tangled beside her, their chests rising and falling under winter coats and wool blankets. A few feet away, their mother and father sleep near the mop bucket they use as a toilet. Two other children share a mattress by the rotting wall where the mice live, opposite the baby, whose crib is warmed by a hair dryer perched on a milk crate.

Slipping out from her covers, the oldest girl sits at the window. On mornings like this, she can see all the way across Brooklyn to the Empire State Building, the first New York skyscraper to reach 100 floors. Her gaze always stops at that iconic temple of stone, its tip pointed celestially, its facade lit with promise.

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‘Bill of Rights’ created to stop racial profiling

Civil rights leaders and retail executives met Monday to announce a “bill of rights” for shoppers. The list comes after a string of controversial claims made by African American customers while shopping at high-end retail stores in New York City.

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