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January 2, 2013

Woman Jailed After Cursing In Public [VIDEO]

Woman Jailed After Cursing In Public [VIDEO]

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A Michigan woman is free on bond after spending 11 days in jail. Her alleged crime: cursing. Hours after a circuit court judge ordered the bond for a woman jailed for swearing reduced to the $500 she already paid, LaRue Ford walked out of the Berrien County Jail. The ACLU filed an emergency appeal to get Ford released from the jail, where she’s been since Dec. 18 for cursing in…

Six Year Old Suspended For Making Gun Gesture With Hand At School

Six Year Old Suspended For Making Gun Gesture With Hand At School

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A Maryland family is fighting the one day school suspension of a 6-year-old boy who made a gun gesture with his thumb and forefinger while in class. The boy was suspended after pointing the finger gun at a classmate and saying “pow,” WTOP reported. The incident came a week after a gunman stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., killing 26 people, including 20 children. The boy’s family said…

Ten States In 2013 Are Scheduled To Raise Minimum Wage

Ten States In 2013 Are Scheduled To Raise Minimum Wage

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Ten states raised their minimum wage at the start of 2013. On Tuesday, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington raised wages between 10 and 35 cents. The increase will put an extra $190 to $510 per year into the pocket of the average minimum-wage worker, according to Reuters. African-Americans make up about 15.1 percent of the 73.9 million minimum wage earners in America. A study by National Employment Law Project released…

High School Student Only Receives Suspension After Giving Black Classmate A Noose And A ‘KKK Symbol’

High School Student Only Receives Suspension After Giving Black Classmate A Noose And A ‘KKK Symbol’

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A high school freshman in Wisconsin has been suspended for giving a small noose and a “KKK” symbol to a black female classmate during art class, according to local reports. The unnamed boy was suspended from Baldwin-Woodville High School on Dec. 14, the day after the incident, Minnesota’s Star Tribune newspaper reported. Baldwin is about 40 miles east of Minneapolis. The principal at the school said the clueless teen thought he…

Civil Rights Activists “Wilmington 10” Pardoned, Forty Years After Their Conviction

Civil Rights Activists “Wilmington 10” Pardoned, Forty Years After Their Conviction

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Forty years after they were wrongfully convicted for firebombing a grocery store in Wilmington, N.C., the civil rights activists who became known as the Wilmington 10 were pardoned by outgoing Gov. Beverly Perdue on Monday. The NAACP had close ties to the case, and not just because its former head, Benjamin Chavis, was among the activists convicted and sentenced to a combined 300 years in prison. The group also organized…

Was Rapper Lil Twist Driving Justin Bieber’s Car At Time Of The Deadly Accident?

Was Rapper Lil Twist Driving Justin Bieber’s Car At Time Of The Deadly Accident?

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Last night a photographer was struck and killed by an SUV while attempting to get a picture of Justin Bieber in his Ferarri, after the vehicle was pulled over by Los Angeles police. According to TMZ, Bieber, 18, was not even in the car. The vehicle was being driven by his pal, 19-year-old rapper Lil Twist, who is Lil Wayne’s protégé. Lil Twist and Bieber were hanging out at the…

Nelson Mandela Recovering At Home Now After Three Week Hospitalization

Nelson Mandela Recovering At Home Now After Three Week Hospitalization

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela’s recovery is ‘on track’ at his home in Johannesburg, the government said on Wednesday in its first statement since the anti-apartheid hero was released from hospital a week ago. Mandela, 94, who has been in frail health for several years, spent nearly three weeks in a Pretoria hospital in December for treatment of a lung infection and surgery to remove gallstones, his longest stay…

NFL Player Ray Lewis Planning To Retire After Playoffs

NFL Player Ray Lewis Planning To Retire After Playoffs

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The Baltimore Ravens say Ray Lewis will retire after the playoffs. The star linebacker told the team “This will be my last ride.” He has been out since Oct. 14 with a triceps injury, but expects to play Sunday in the wild-card round against Indianapolis. The 37-year-old Lewis says “It is time for me to create a new legacy” after 17 NFL seasons. Lewis was the AP Defensive Player of…

Legendary NBA Player Latrell Sprewell Arrested for Playing  Music Too Loudly

Legendary NBA Player Latrell Sprewell Arrested for Playing Music Too Loudly

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Former NBA star Latrell Sprewell spent his New Year’s behind bars — after cops arrested him Monday night for blasting ridiculously loud music at his house. According to law enforcement, Latrell was arrested for disorderly conduct following multiple complaints from neighbors about the volume of music coming from his Milwaukee home. Police wouldn’t release details about Sprewell’s arrest, but said they had received two noise complaints within one hour —…

Legendary Singer Bobby Womack Experiencing Early Stage of Alzheimer’s

Legendary Singer Bobby Womack Experiencing Early Stage of Alzheimer’s

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According to the Britain’s The Sun newspaper, legendary soul singer, Bobby Womack is dealing with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. It is said that the singer has been struggling with remembering names and song titles in the past couples of months. Doctors have told him that he is showing the first signs of the disease. Womack told The Sun, “The doctor says there are signs of Alzheimer’s. It’s not…