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California city bans homeless from sleeping outside

A California city has passed two ordinances aimed at clearing out the homeless population. Last week, Manteca city council members unanimously voted in favor of the legislation. 

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Report: black students 4 four times more likely to attend high-poverty schools

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African American children are more likely to attend high-poverty schools than their white counterparts, according to a study released by the Urban Institute. The study also found that blacks of all socioeconomic classes live in higher-poverty neighborhoods than whites of similar income.

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Activists in Chicago call for investigation into fatal police shootings

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A group of local activists in Chicago called for an investigation into a series of fatal police shootings that took place in the city. Relatives of those killed staged a demonstration in front of the department’s headquarters.

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Chicago police captain convicted of torturing blacks receives $4,000 monthly pension

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled (4-3) in favor that Jon Burge, a former Chicago police captain accused of overseeing the torture of hundreds of people of color, will get to keep his monthly pension of $4,000. 

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Texas sees surge in number of disenfranchised voters

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Thanks to Texas’s strict voter ID law, the number of disenfranchised voters has surged in the state.

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Alabama school officials hire former FBI agent to spy on black students

Huntsville City Schools paid a former FBI agent $157,000 last year to investigate social media activity of public school students. The investigation led to the expulsion of 14 students last year. 12 were black. 

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University cancels invitation to African journalists due to Ebola fears

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Officials at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg took back invitations extended to 14 African journalists due to fears of Ebola. The journalists were set to come to the campus for the annual Edward R. Murrow Visiting Journalists program. 

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West Virginia columnist fired after referring to Mike Brown as an ‘animal’

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A West Virginia columnist who’s been with the Charleston Daily Mail for more than 30 years, has been fired after referring to Michael Brown as an “animal.” Don Surber’s comments appeared on his personal blog post about the events happening in Ferguson, Missouri since Brown’s death on Aug. 9. 

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Charges re-filed against mother who left kids in car for job interview

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has filed a motion to reinstate the prosecution of a homeless woman who left her two children in a car during a job interview in March. Prosecutors made the motion after Shanesha Taylor failed to meet a deadline to deposit $60,000 in a trust fund for her children. 

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Birmingham man receives just $1,000 from $460,000 police brutality settlement

The city of Birmingham settled a police beating lawsuit for $460,000, but only gave the plaintiff, who is still behind bars, $1,000. Under the settlement’s terms approved by the City Council and Mayor, Anthony Warren will receive such a small amount because his attorneys will get $359,000 in fees and $100,000 in expenses. 

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