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Texas police take white teen away from black guardians

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13-year-old Landry Thompson traveled to Houston for a training session with some of the best dancers in the industry. Thompson, accompanied by dance instructor Emanuel Hurd and another dancer, stopped at what should have been a routine gas station stop for a brief nap before heading back home to Oklahoma. The trio ended up surrounded by police officers, with Thompson being hauled off to Child Protective Services. 

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Judge rules: Detroit now eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy

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A bankruptcy judge has ruled that the city of Detroit is eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

The ruling makes the city the largest municipality in the country to go through the process.

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Mother of NBA Rookie puts salary in trust fund that he cannot touch for three years

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One could argue that Michael Carter-Williams is the face of the Philadelphia 76ers. Standing at 6′ 6″, the 22-year-old point guard is a force to be reckoned with.

His nine steals set an NBA record for a rookie in his first game, and while he is a big-time star, his mother Mandy Carter-Zegarowski, is taking an active role in his transition to wealth.

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Controversial SB 1342 bill will not be called for a vote!

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Organizations, activists and community members across Illinois have protested the controversial SB 1342 bill. The law, proposed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, would impose mandatory minimum sentences in the state.

Advocates who oppose the bill argue that the bill unfairly targets minorities, funneling them into an already overpopulated prison system.

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Rich residents of small town seek to secede from poor predominantly black residential area

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The more affluent members of East Baton Rouge Parish are seeking to create a new city. The formation of the new city, St. George, would place a border around the much wealthier and whiter part of the parish.

The findings come in light of a new report commissioned by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

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Transgender reality TV star called homophobic slur by popular gossip site

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Mia Ryan made history when she became the first transgender reality television star to have a show on Oprah Winfrey’s network. Starring on the reality-TV series “Houston Beauty,” the hairstylist is one of a few students profiled on the show, who is close to graduating from cosmetology school. Mia’s appearance on the show has thrust her into the limelight, making her an immediate star.

But one popular gossip website used some pretty insensitive language when describing Mia and the show.

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College instructor reprimanded for highlighting existence of structural racism to white male students

Shannon Gibney is one of seven professors who is filing an anti-discrimination lawsuit against Minneapolis Community and Technical College after she was reprimanded for teaching structural racism in a mass communications course.

According the Gibney, several white male students filed a racial harassment complaint. This is the second time Gibney has been reprimanded by the school, who claims she singled out the white male students.

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Brooklyn residents rally to end ‘Knockout’ assault game

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Residents in Brooklyn are taking a stand against “Knockout,” a game in which young people sucker punch unsuspecting strangers. Community activists, local residents and parents gathered for a rally on Friday in hopes of bringing an end to the deadly assaults.

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Three black students arrested for waiting at bus stop

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Three Rochester, NY high school students were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct while waiting for a school bus to pick them up for a scrimmage basketball game.

The boys were standing with teammates Wednesday morning when a police officer asked them to disperse. 

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People with HIV could face jail time even if safe sex is practiced

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Exposing someone to HIV is a crime in at least 35 states, even if the virus is not transmitted. According to an investigation conducted by Pro Publica, it is also a crime even if the sex in question was safe.

The investigation looks at the case of Nick Rhoades, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for not disclosing his HIV status before sleeping with another man. Rhoades was on antiviral drugs and transmission was very unlikely. The two also used protection during the sexual encounter.

Rhoades’ sentence was reduced to 5 years probation, but he remains an aggravated sex offender and can never be alone with anyone under the age of 14.

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