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New law sets age for felony prosecution to 18

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A new Illinois law will hopefully curb the student-to-prison pipeline in the state requires 17-year-olds to be turned over to the juvenile courts instead of adult law facilities.

The law sets the bar for felony prosecution to age 18. 

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BREAKING: Marissa Alexander appears in court, ruled to remain free on bond

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A judge has ruled that Marissa Alexander can remain free on bond after Florida State Attorney Angela Corey filed a motion to revoke her bond. 

Circuit Judge James Daniel made it clear on Friday that the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office erred in granting Alexander permission to leave home detention. Alexander’s freedom until her new trial is contingent upon her remaining at her home of detention. 

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Family of LaVena Johnson demand investigation into mysterious death with petition

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Supporters of an investigation into the death of a 19-year-old U.S. Army Private who was found dead in 2005 is demanding justice.

LaVena Johnson’s body was discovered at Balad military base in Iraq. She was the first female soldier from Missouri to die in the country and while her death was officially declared a suicide, Johnson’s family wants an investigation conducted. 

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Doctors warn Congress of consequences of food stamp cuts

Doctors are warning that if Congress cuts food stamps, the federal government could face increases in health bills. The experts say that while the consequence may not be felt immediately, over time the poor will wind up in doctors’ offices and/or hospitals as a result of the cuts. 

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Basketball player fakes kidnapping to escape pressure of college

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An Auburn University Women’s basketball player faked her own kidnapping after succumbing to the pressures of being a college athlete.

Sierra “Cece” Sims earned a full scholarship to the Alabama school 300 miles away from her home in Tennessee. Unfortunately the demands of being a student-athlete were difficult for Sims to adjust to. 

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African Americans rank #1 for social media site use

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According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, African Americans are dominant users of social media sites.

29 percent of African Americans tweet, compared to 16 percent amount whites and Latinos respectively. 30 percent of blacks use LinkedIn, compared to 22 percent of whites and 13 percent of Latinos who use the site. 

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Amiri Baraka, activist, poet and playwright dead at 79

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Long-time activist, poet and playwright Amiri Baraka has died. A spokesperson confirmed Baraka’s passing on Thursday after a long battle with various health related issues. 

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Guest on Fox News refers to minimum wage as ‘Black Teenage Unemployment Act’ calls for its dissolution

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Art Laffer, an economist and former member of the Reagan administration, was unequivocal in his thoughts about minimum wage. During an interview on Fox News, Laffer called for Congress to repeal minimum wage, because it’s basically the Black Teenage Unemployment Act.” 

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Leaked emails from BET executive confirm B. Scott’s allegations of discrimination awards

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A few months ago, we reported on B. Scott’s experience at last year’s BET Awards. The blogger and critic was hired by the network as a red carpet correspondent for the show.

After the event, Scott wrote a blog about network executives demanding a wardrobe change and then filed a lawsuit. 

Now, leaked emails suggest that Scott’s allegations have merit. Executives not only wanted a “more manly” B. Scott on the red carpet, but instructed the star on how to “spin” the PR disaster after news of Scott’s allegations became public. 

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Woman files lawsuit against home developer for neglecting to warn her about racist neighbor

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A woman has filed a lawsuit against the seller of a home she purchased for neglecting to disclose to her that a hostile, harassing neighbor lived next door.

Cyndee Phoeniz sued U.S. Homes Corp. dba Lennar Homes in Atlantic County Court. 

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