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Swearing toddler in ‘Thug Cycle’ video taken into protective custody

Swearing toddler in ‘Thug Cycle’ video taken into protective custody

The Nebraska toddler who was seen in a video swearing at adults egging him on is now in protective custody, CNN reports.

According to Omaha police, while there was nothing illegal going on in the video, the force's Child Victim Unit and the Nebraska Child Protective Services took the toddler in the video, in addition to three other children, into custody on Wednesday due to safety concerns, according to the department's Facebook page.

The investigation started after a union from the area, the Omaha Police Officers Association, posted the video to their site, labeling it the "Thug Cycle." The organization acknowledged in their post that nothing criminal was taking place but still called "flat out immoral and completely unhealthy" for the child involved.

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Do employers accommodate religion in the workplace?

Do employers accommodate religion in the workplace?

Consider a typical workplace: meetings, production deadlines, coffee or smoke breaks and casual Fridays all come to mind as part of the routine. But when it comes to prayer breaks, wearing religious garb in the office and other accommodations specific to religion, that's a different story.

A recent national survey released by the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding makes the point. Today, more than one-third of workers report observing or being subjected to religious bias at work. The survey, What American Workers Really Think About Religion: Tanenbaum's 2013 Survey of American Workers and Religion, examines religious bias and discrimination against American workers.

"This survey puts employers on notice," said Tanenbaum CEO Joyce Dubensky. "American workplaces increasingly reflect the makeup of the country; they're more and more diverse. Work is the place where people with extremely different beliefs interact on a regular basis. But where there's more diversity, the survey shows that we can expect to find more conflict."

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Why legalized weed is good news for young African-American men

Why legalized weed is good news for young African-American men

As the legalization of marijuana promises to join the legalization of gay marriage as part of the unanticipatedly rapid social revolution that will define our times, we will be hearing certain ruminations. And not only from fire-breathing moralists easy to dismiss as "behind the times."

I refer to wiser heads worried that legalization will raise rates of usage and addiction. The New York Times' David Brooks has stated that even though he partook for a spell in his teens, he feels that legalizing marijuana will encourage more young people to smoke pot instead of exploring things more constructive and challenging.

Meanwhile, Ruth Marcus, who also acknowledges having smoked her share of pot in days now associated with "polyester," worries about data showing that the pothead teen often lowers his IQ permanently.

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50 years later, it’s time for a new war on poverty

50 years later, it’s time for a new war on poverty

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson gave one of the most important State of the Union speeches in American history. Championing the cause of racial and economic equality, he promised, "This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America."

A half-century later, it's time for America to declare a new war on poverty.

Like the best presidential addresses, Johnson's "War on Poverty" speech was enormously ambitious. He argued that a nation as rich and powerful as the United States had a political and moral obligation to lift millions out of poverty, help create jobs for inner-city youth, protect the elderly and provide food for the hungry.

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White man who slapped black baby sentenced

White man who slapped black baby sentenced

The 60-year-old man who pleaded guilty to slapping a crying baby on a plane has been sentenced to eight months in federal prison, two months longer than prosecutors recommended, the Associated Press reports via USA Today.

Joe Rickey Hundley pleaded guilty in October after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors and was sentenced Monday.

Prosecutors say in February, Hundley was seated next to Jessica Bennett, who shared a seat with her son Jonah. As the flight began to descend to the Atlanta airport Jonah began to cry. Hundley then told Bennett to "shut that n--ger baby up," before slapping the 19-month-old boy in the face causing a scratch below the toddler's eye.

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Family moves brain-dead teen from hospital

Family moves brain-dead teen from hospital

On an empty street and under the cover of night, an ambulance appeared at a secured gate at Children's Hospital Oakland and then quietly pulled away. Inside on a gurney lay, Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl declared brain dead nearly a month ago.

Her family had been fighting for this day as they clashed with officials at Children's Hospital who believed Jahi's life ended shortly after what was supposed to be a routine tonsillectomy on December 9th. That surgery took a drastic turn last month leaving the teen brain-dead. Therefore, the hospital wanted to remove her from life support.

The family believed that as long as Jahi was breathing that there was still hope.

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Village People frontman will not perform ‘Y.M.C.A.’ for Sochi Olympics protest

Village People frontman will not perform ‘Y.M.C.A.’ for Sochi Olympics protest

Victor Willis, original lead singer for the Village People, said he doesn't mind that their hit "Y.M.C.A." has become a gay anthem, but he will not perform the song in protest of Russia's anti-gay laws at this year's Sochi Olympic games.

Gay rights activists have suggested the "Y.M.C.A." be played when American Olympians are introduced at the opening ceremony.

The song has long since been a gay anthem, but Willis said it was not intended to be.

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