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A Lame Civil Rights Record

A Lame Civil Rights Record

(Politico) – Civil rights leaders and community activists cheered when Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced on Thursday that the Justice Department would be investigating the Ferguson Police Department for possible civil rights violations—a move prompted by the August 9 shooting death of an African-American teen at the hands of one of the St. Louis suburb’s white police officers.

The reaction is understandable. The Justice Department’s civil rights division—which is investigating whether Ferguson’s police force engaged in a pattern and practice of abuses—has for decades been instrumental in pursuing justice in matters and places where local action would have been unlikely. Think voting rights and desegregation in the Deep South of the 1960s.

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Juvenile jail escape latest for troubled facility

Juvenile jail escape latest for troubled facility
 
NASHVILLE – The juvenile detention center where 30 teens escaped under a fence has a long history of violence, allegations of sexual abuse and previous efforts to break out.
All but seven of the teens from the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center were taken back into custody by Tuesday, a day after they escaped. Officials said they had kicked out metal panels under the windows in common areas of their dorms to reach the courtyard and slipped out under a weak spot in the perimeter fence late Monday night.

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Obama’s African legacy already being debated

Obama’s African legacy already being debated
WASHINGTON – President Obama showed a deeply personal side of him rarely seen in public as he toasted African leaders at a State Dinner at the White House at the recently-concluded U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington. 
 
“Tonight we are making history, and it’s an honor to have all of you here,” he said on Aug. 5. “And I stand before you as the president of the United States and a proud American. I also stand before you as the son of a man from Africa. The blood of Africa runs through our family. And so for us, the bonds between our countries, our continents, are deeply personal.”
It was precisely because of those special bonds that Africans and African Americans had such high – some say unrealistic – expectations of what Obama would do for Africa when he was first elected president in 2008. 
Now those expectations have faded with the passage of time.

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$40,000,000 Civil Rights Suit Filed Against Ferguson

$40,000,000 Civil Rights Suit Filed Against Ferguson
It was bound to happen. A group of demonstrators have filed a $40 million lawsuit against Ferguson, Mo., and its police department in the aftermath of days of angry protests that swept through the city this month.
 
The lawsuit, filed by six plaintiffs, accuses police of using “wanton and excessive force” when demonstrators took to the streets after Darren Wilson, a white officer with the Ferguson Police Department, shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, Newsweek reports.

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Students Create Roofie Alert Nail Polish

Students Create Roofie Alert Nail Polish
A group of students at North Carolina State University are combatting date rape with nail polish. They’ve created Undercover Colors, a line of polishes that help wearers identify if their drinks have been exposed to the date rape drug. The Facebook page for the company states:

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Superman! USC’s Josh Shaw Leaps From Balcony To Save 7-Year-Old Drowning Nephew

Superman! USC’s Josh Shaw Leaps From Balcony To Save 7-Year-Old Drowning Nephew
 
Just call him Superman!  Josh Shaw, the team captain and cornerback for the University of Southern California’s (USC) football team the Trojans, will reportedly be sidelined indefinitely, after leaping from a second story apartment balcony Saturday night and injuring his ankles. His feat ending up rescuing his 7-year-old nephew who was drowning in a pool, according to the Los Angeles Times.
 
The incident took place at a family function being held in an apartment complex in Palmdale, Calif. Shaw reportedly spotted his young nephew, Carter, who is unable to swim, flailing helplessly in the complex’s pool.

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