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Los Angeles schools decriminalize discipline

Los Angeles schools decriminalize discipline
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Students caught misbehaving in the nation's second largest school district will be sent to the principal's office rather than the courthouse as part of sweeping disciplinary reforms announced Tuesday by Los Angeles schools.
 
Under the new policy, police officers at Los Angeles Unified School District won't arrest or cite students for low-level offenses like possessing alcohol or marijuana but will instead refer students to administrators or counselors — a shift that educators and justice officials say will prevent students from becoming mired in the criminal justice system.

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  • Written by MATT HAMILTON, Associated Press
  • Category: National

Fort Campbell monument to honor black paratroopers

Fort Campbell monument to honor black paratroopers
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — A monument honoring the first black paratroopers assigned to Fort Campbell 64 years ago is being dedicated there next month.
 
The post says the monument honors the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, which was reactivated in 1947 as the 3rd Battalion, 505th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. Fort Campbell said it became the first black unit in history to be a part of an American combat division.

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  • Written by AP
  • Category: National

St. Louis Rapper Nelly & T.I. Think Ferguson Protestors Jumped The Gun

St. Louis Rapper Nelly & T.I. Think Ferguson Protestors Jumped The Gun
Nelly believes rioters in Ferguson, Missouri, should have waited a little longer before taking the streets in anger over Michael Brown’s shooting.
 
People have been storming the streets ever since the unarmed teen was gunned down by a police officer while walking with a friend on August 9. In the week that has passed since his shooting death, Ferguson has begun to resemble a war zone. NBC News reports that police have even fired tear gas as looters ransack local businesses in hurt and extreme aggravation.

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  • Written by Sonya Eskridge-Hello Beautiful
  • Category: National

Meet The 10-Year-Old CEO Of Mr. Cory’s Cookies!

Meet The 10-Year-Old CEO Of Mr. Cory’s Cookies!
Cory Nieves is a chicly dressed 10-year-old who plans on building a cookie empire even before he’s old enough to drive! The bespectacled fifth-grader’s to-be cookie line, Mr. Cory’s Cookies, is being heralded across these shores and now the young lad is making moves toward making his all-natural cookie dough available online, according to the New York Daily News.
 
Nieves began selling his sweets when he was 5 years old by offering passersby hot cocoa, lemonade, and cookies from a stand in his hometown of Englewood, New Jersey.

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  • Written by Ruth Manuel-Logan- NewsOne
  • Category: National

Ferguson-area native tasked with keeping peace

Ferguson-area native tasked with keeping peace
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — In the days since Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson took charge of a volatile situation that threatened to turn ugly, tragic or both, his calm-yet-commanding presence has captured international attention. But when it comes to keeping the peace in the St. Louis suburb where a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teen, Johnson knows his neighbors' opinions are what matter most.
 
"The people of our community need to hear what I'm saying," Johnson, who is black, said at the start of one daily press briefing, urging local residents standing behind an enormous media contingent to come closer to the podium. "They've got questions, and I invited them here."

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  • Written by ALAN SCHER ZAGIER-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Spike Lee: ‘There’s a War On Black America, It’s Tearing Country Apart!’

Spike Lee: ‘There’s a War On Black America, It’s Tearing Country Apart!’
The vocal and controversial filmmaker Spike Lee (pictured) recently told CNN’s Anderson Cooper (pictured) that the violence against Black America — along with high-profile examples such as the Michael Brown execution at the hands of Ferguson, Miss., police officer Darren Wilson — is destroying this country.
 
Lee, in no uncertain terms, spoke about the treatment of Blacks in this country, “There’s a war on the Black male, and it’s tearing the country apart. It’s not just killing us. It’s the educational system, it’s the prison system, it’s these young Black men growing up with no hope. It’s systematic. We get blinded to think because we got Oprah, we got Michael Jordan, we got LeBron, we got Beyoncé, we got Jay Z, that everything’s OK. They are the exception. The Black underclass is growing every single day.”

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  • Written by Ruth Manuel-Logan-NewsOne
  • Category: National

Without Obama, Clinton could end up like Gore

Without Obama, Clinton could end up like Gore
Although we’re all still sort of pretending that it remains to be seen whether Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016, she recently gave the most definitive confirmation she has to date of her impending candidacy. No, she didn’t say the words “I’m running for president,” but she publicly criticized President Barack Obama, and it’s been seen by political observers as proof that she’s trying to preserve her own political legacy, potentially at the expense of his.
 
The move won her plaudits in some corners, but the media firestorm it created was a stark reminder that if Clinton runs in 2016 – and specifically runs away from Obama’s record – history could repeat itself. And that would be bad news for her and those hoping to see her make history.

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  • Written by Keli Goff-The Root
  • Category: National