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Shooting victim graduates college despite obstacles

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By BYP @blackyouthproj 11:27 am May 15, 2014 Nine years ago, Wilbert Taylor Jr.’s life changed forever when he was shot in the head and paralyzed. The 19-year-old was on break from Southern Illinois University, and was leaving a party on Chicago’s south side. The shooting left Taylor in need of a wheelchair, and doctors […]

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Zimmerman to Ask Florida Court to Pay Legal Expenses

By BYP @blackyouthproj 8:46 am August 27, 2013 George Zimmerman is a free man and because of that, he may be entitled to having legal expenses from his trial paid for. From the Orlando Sentinel: Because Zimmerman was acquitted, state law requires Florida to pay all his legal costs, minus the biggest one: the fee […]

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Houston Teens Missing After Sneaking Out to Meet Man They Met on Facebook

By BYP @blackyouthproj 2:07 pm August 23, 2013 Houston teenagers Liana Andrews, 16, and Kacie Watson, 14 have gone missing after sneaking out of Andrews’ home to meet a man they met on Facebook. The teens snuck out, texted Andrews’ grandmother, and stole her mother’s car. They haven’t been seen since. Their families are desperate […]

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Florida Lawmakers Vote Overwhelming Against ‘Stand Your Ground’ Special Session

Florida lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly against holding a special session to strike down the “Stand Your Ground” law. 108 legislators voted against the session; only 47 voted for it.

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Teens Shot and Killed Australian Baseball Player Because They Were “Bored”

22-year old Australian baseball player Christopher Lane was gunned down by three Oklahoma teenagers because they were “bored.”

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School Clerk Antoinette Tuff Convinced Elementary School Gunman to Lay Down Weapon and Surrender

After spending an hour talking with Georgia elementary school gunman Brandon Hill, school clerk Antoinette Tuff was able to persuade him to put down his weapon.

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Michigan Judge: No More Life-Without-Parole Sentences for Juveniles

Michigan Judge John Corbett O’Meara has ruled that juveniles convicted of first-degree murder must be considered for parole. O’Meara’s ruling demands that the state no longer enforce their mandatory-no-parole law in the wake of a landmark Supreme Court decision.

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison; Wife Sandi Gets 12

Jesse Jackson Jr. has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for misusing nearly $750,000 in campaign funds. His wife, Sandi Jackson, has received a 12 months sentence.

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Eric Holder Unveils Major Drug Sentencing Reforms

Attorney General Eric Holder will announce major drug sentencing reforms today. The Justice Department will avoid charging low-level and nonviolent drug offenders with crimes that carry mandatory minimum sentences, as long as they’re not connected with criminal organizations.

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Grand Jury Will NOT Charge Officer Who Shot and Killed Unarmed Teenager Ramarley Graham

Not to be outdone by the antics of Florida, a grand jury has decided not to charge an NYPD officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager, Ramarley Graham. Federal Prosecutors say they will review the case to determine if Graham’s civil rights were violated.

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