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Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb

Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb
FERGUSON, Missouri — Protests in a St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent, with some people lobbing Molotov cockt

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  • Written by Jim Suhr and Jim Salter-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Health care at college: Can your teen manage?

Health care at college: Can your teen manage?
NEW YORK – Lauren Davies had a desperate thought while stuck in traffic as she frantically drove upstate to reach her 19-year-old.
 
"If I drive on the shoulder and a cop stops me, will he believe me when I tell him I think my daughter's dying in a hospital?"

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  • Written by Leanne Italie-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Unarmed black man, Ezell Ford, shot by police in LA

Unarmed black man, Ezell Ford, shot by police in LA
While the country is still reeling from the news and aftermath of the fatal shooting by police of unarmed Ferguson, Mo., teen Michael Brown, KTLA is reporting that a 25-year-old mentally challenged man, who his family says was complying with officers, was shot and killed while lying on the ground. He also was unarmed.
 
According to the news station, Ezell Ford, 25, was only blocks from his South Los Angeles home Monday when officers stopped him. Police claim that it was an "investigative stop" but have not stated why Ford was being investigated. According to police, a struggle ensued and police "opened fire," indicates a Los Angeles Police Department news release issued Tuesday and viewed by the news station.

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  • Written by Stephen A. Crockett Jr.-The Root
  • Category: National

DOJ investigation sought into police killings

DOJ investigation sought into police killings
WASHINGTON, DC –  The National Bar Association (NBA), the largest African American Bar Association in the United States, is calling for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., and the recent death of 42 year-old Eric Garner, who died from a chokehold allegedly used by a member of the New York Police Department while Garner was in police custody.
 
Witnesses in the Staten Island and Ferguson cases accuse police of using unjustified and excessive force.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: National

After Michael Brown’s killing, echoes of the ’65 Watts rebellion

After Michael Brown’s killing, echoes of the ’65 Watts rebellion
The killing of Missouri teenager Michael Brown by police, followed by two consecutive nights of racial upheaval in his hometown of Ferguson, coincides with the anniversary of one of the nation’s biggest civil disturbances.
 
Forty-nine years ago this week, Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood erupted into a weeklong urban rebellion in the aftermath of a confrontation between police and local black residents.

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  • Written by Peniel E. Joseph-The Root
  • Category: National

Racial, ethnic look at U.S. public school students

Racial, ethnic look at U.S. public school students
This year, for the first time, there will be more minority students than white students in the U.S. public school system, according to federal government projections. A look at how the numbers break down for public schools from 2014-19, according to the projections from the National Center for
 
Education Statistics:

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  • Written by The Associated Press
  • Category: National

Racial tensions are not new in St. Louis suburb

 Racial tensions are not new in St. Louis suburb
FERGUSON, Mo. — Racial tensions have run high for decades in this former railroad town that was once a mostly white St. Louis suburb until school busing and urban decay sent many families packing for more distant communities.
 
Today, Ferguson is nearly 70 percent black, but the law here is still enforced by a police department that is more than 90 percent white, a fact that helps engender widespread distrust of officers — never more so than last weekend, when a white officer shot and killed an unarmed young black man who was about to start college.

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  • Written by Jim Salter-Associated Press
  • Category: National

White students to no longer be majority at school

White students to no longer be majority at school
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. – The cheerful sign outside Jane Cornell's summer school classroom in Pennsylvania's wealthiest county reads "Welcome" and "Bienvenidos" in polished handwriting.
 
Inside, giggling grade-schoolers who mostly come from homes where Spanish is the primary language worked on storytelling with a tale about a crocodile going to the dentist. This poster and classroom at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center are a subtle representation of America's changing school demographics.

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  • Written by Kimberly Hefling and Jesse J. Holland-Associated Press
  • Category: National