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Monument to Michelle Obama's ancestor knocked down

Monument to Michelle Obama's ancestor knocked down

A stone monument in Rex, Ga., celebrating first lady Michelle Obama's great-great-great grandmother Melvinia Shields was knocked over from its pedestal onto a concrete slab Saturday night.

"It was done purposely. If I had to speculate some people may think it was a prank; not realizing what a serious matter it is. I really believe we have gone beyond any other motives," Clayton County Commissioner Sonna Singleton told CNN Tuesday during a phone conversation.

Clayton County has an open investigation into the incident, but has no leads, Singleton said.

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  • Written by Mayra Cuevas/CNN
  • Category: News

‘Pregnant’ boys in ads aimed at reducing teen births

‘Pregnant’ boys in ads aimed at reducing teen births

When it comes to public service announcements related to things like teen pregnancy, people love to be controversial. Love it. And we can't blame them; if you want people riding a bus to digest your message, you'd better get their attention first.

(Sometimes, of course, it works out better than others: New York City's recent efforts to dramatize the plight of children born to young parents were slammed as a "shame campaign.")

NBC News reports on the latest effort to "spark conversations among adolescents and adults on the issue of teen pregnancy and to make the case that teen parenthood is more than just a girl's responsibility": Images of teenage boys sporting "pregnant" bellies, courtesy of the Chicago Department of Public Health. They're on billboards and buses around the city.

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Book challenges stereotypes of poor fathers

Book challenges stereotypes of poor fathers

Across the political spectrum, unwed fatherhood is viewed as the scourge of American society with inner-city fathers often dismissed as "deadbeat dads."

But according to scholars Kathryn Edin and Timothy J. Nelson, the significant economic and cultural shifts that have transformed society at large have also revolutionized the meaning of fatherhood and family life among the urban poor.

These mammoth changes, Edin and Nelson say, are more responsible for this new familial paradigm than any character flaws or a lack of responsibility in the fathers.

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  • Written by Bobbi Booker/NNPA News Service
  • Category: News

Butt pat lands former NFL star Chad Johnson in jail

Butt pat lands former NFL star Chad Johnson in jail

As an NFL player, Chad Johnson patted a lot of men on the butt when he liked their work, but on Monday, defendant Chad Johnson found out that one Florida courtroom was not the place to play that game.

After Johnson patted his lawyer on the rear, Judge Kathleen McHugh rejected Johnson's plea to a probation violation in the domestic violence case involving Johnson and his then-wife, Evelyn Lozada.

Johnson was arrested in May for not meeting with his probation officer and was in court Monday to enter a plea.

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  • Category: News

Trayvon Martin Case: ‘Trial of the Century’?

Trayvon Martin Case: ‘Trial of  the Century’?

The Trayvon Martin case doesn't involve a white-Bronco car chase, an NFL legend and a pretty blonde – just a black, unarmed teenage boy in a hoodie and a neighborhood-watch captain with a gun named George Zimmerman.

But the second-degree-murder case against Zimmerman – who says he killed Trayvon in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., last February out of self-defense – has the potential to be just as meaningful as the O.J. Simpson trial when it comes to race and the justice system.

Charles Ogletree, director and founder of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School, told The Root that the "distinctive qualities" of the case – which centers around the issues of racial profiling, gun violence and self-defense laws – make it particularly relevant. "I will even go so far as to say that this will be the trial of the century that will say a lot about the court system of the 21st century," he said.

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Mandela’s friend: ‘It’s time to let him go’

Mandela’s friend: ‘It’s time to let him go’

Former South African leader Nelson Mandela remained in intensive care Monday, two days after he was hospitalized with a recurring lung infection.

The increasingly frail Mandela was rushed to a hospital in Pretoria on Saturday. Later in the day, the South African president's office said the 94-year-old former leader was in a "serious but stable condition."

He was breathing on his own own and his wife was by his side, the office said at the time.

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  • Written by Marilia Brocchetto/CNN
  • Category: News

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