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New York Times Editorial: Torturing Children at School

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The following article was originally posted in the New York Times. It was written by the publication’s editorial board. 

By: The Editorial Board

Federal investigators have opened an inquiry into the tragic case of a high school student in Bastrop County, Tex., who suffered severe brain damage and nearly died last fall after a deputy sheriff shocked him with a Taser, a high voltage electronic weapon.

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News Flash

Report: Florida charges more kids as adults than any other state, black youth disproportionately affected

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According to a new report, Florida charges juveniles as adults more that any other state.

The report, released by Human Rights Watch reveals that more than 12,000 children have been moved from the juvenile to adult court system in the past five years. 

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Record number of African Americans accepted to Harvard

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Ivy League institutions are tough to get in. Typically, they only accept 5 to 10 percent of all students who apply.

But according to data reported by The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education,  Harvard has accepted a record high of African Americans into its school for this upcoming school year. 

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Mother who was jailed for enrolling kids in school writes book

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In 2011, Kelley Williams-Bolar was jailed for sending her two daughters to a school in a predominantly white school district where her father lived.

The family had lived in an Ohio housing project, with their neighborhood lacking quality schools. Now, Williams-Bolar is expected to reveal a more in-depth look behind-the scenes with the release of her upcoming book, The Kelley Williams-Bolar Story. 

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Playwright takes reality of black men, prisons to main stage

Marcus Gardley is taking his healing to the stage. In a series of plays, the 36-year-old playwright is exercising his freedom of expression by creating satirical works about black men and prisons. 

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News Flash

Petition calls for exoneration of Michael Cornelius Anderson

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A Change.org petition is calling for the release of a man who the system simply forgot to charge.

Michael Cornelius Anderson was convicted in 2000 of armed robbery, but for some reason, authorities didn’t arrest him until 13 years later. 

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News Flash

Florida House passes bill that would allow owners to conceal weapons at public events

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The Florida House has passed a bill that would allow gun owners to conceal their weapons in public during hurricane evacuations, riots and toxic events.

The bill, HB 209, passed 80-36. 

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Lawsuit: NYPD accused of excessive force that left dead teen quadriplegic

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The mother of a New York teen who was left quadriplegic after an encounter with New York City police says that excessive force led to her son’s condition.

Karen Fludd’s 17-year-old Deion Fludd eventually succumbed to injuries sustained from the incident. 

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Events

Registration for the ‘Freedom Dreams…Freedom Now!’ conference now open!

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Registration is now open for the “Freedom Dreams…Freedom Now” event in Chicago! The event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic summer of 1964, often referenced as Freedom Summer.

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UCLA to get African American studies department

UCLA’s Academic Senate unanimously voted Thursday to establish an Afro-American studies department. The move means that the current interdepartmental program will be dismantled. 

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