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C.D.C. to dispatch response teams to hospitals with Ebola diagnosis

The director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the agency will dispatch response teams to hospitals in the country who have had cases of Ebola on its premises.

The C.D.C. also said it plans on a more robust response to any future cases of the deadly disease. 

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Feature: National Coming Out Day, Mom Andrea is really Andrei

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The following post is from Chicago Pride. It was written by Terrence Chappell.

By: Terrence Chappell

National Coming Out Day (NCOD) started in 1988 to celebrate “coming out” and to raise awareness of the LGBT community and civil rights movement. It was the brainchild of psychologist Robert Eichberg, the founder of a personal growth workshop, and Jean O’Leary, a gay activist in Los Angeles. They opted for October 11, as it was the one-year anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. That’s the history. 

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Protestors in Ferguson shut down Walmart in solidarity with John Crawford

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Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri shut down a local Walmart in solidarity with an unarmed 22-year-old black man who was fatally shot by police in Ohio in August.

Dozens of protesters, who are in the area for a continued “Weekend of Resistance,” filed into the St. Louis Walmart at 10741 W Florissant Ave. 

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Woman sparks controversy by dressing in blackface as ‘Walking Dead’ character

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A white Cosplay enthusiast is facing the wrath of the Internet for going “blackface” in order to look like Michonne from The Walking Dead. 

Cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game. 

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Feature: The Zero-Tolerance Trap, How a policy meant to protect a school can ruin students’ lives

Atiya Haynes, a senior at Annapolis High School in Dearborn Heights, Michigan

The following post if from Slate. It was written by Allie Gross.

By: Allie Gross

When Atiya Haynes’ grandfather gave her a pocketknife in July, she was hesitant to accept the gift. The 17-year-old didn’t want to think she needed a weapon for protection. But her grandfather said that was not a luxury the southwest Detroit native could afford.

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Study: Charter schools have made segregation worse in Chicago

According to a new study released by the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity, Charter schools have worsened school segregation in Chicago, and overall have made the city’s school system stronger.

Analysts looked at data for 2012-13 and cites major factors as reading and math scores, reading and math growth and graduation rates as contributing factors for the trend. 

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Feature: Six Months Later Our Girls Haven’t Been Brought Back

The following piece is from For Harriet. It was written by Ogechi Emechebe

By: Ogechi Emechebe

Today marks six months since over 250 girls in Nigeria were kidnapped. On the night of April 14th, 2014, hundreds of schoolgirls in the Chibok boarding school in northern Nigeria awoke to the sounds of gunfire. Within minutes, they found themselves being taken away from their school and village by the Islamic militant group Boko Haram. 

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New project prompts whites to explore what it’s like to be white in America

A new PBS documentary has been launched to allow whites in America to explore what the “white” experience is like in the country.

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Students at the University of Missouri-Columbia hold ‘die-in’ demonstration in protest of police mistreatment in Ferguson

Students at the University of Missouri-Columbia staged a “die-in” demonstration in protest of events happening in Ferguson, Missouri.

The demonstration included poetry written by students and reading of names of black men and women who have lost their lives at the hands of police. 

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Gymnast Simone Biles makes history at the World Gymnastics Championships

Simone Biles made history by becoming only the sixth woman, and first in more than a decade, to win consecutive all-around titles at the World Gymnastics Championships on Friday.

Biles, 17, says she was blown away by her success. 

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