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Report: Darren Wilson feared for his life

Report: Darren Wilson feared for his life

Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson, Mo., police department says he was in fear for his life in August when he shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown, the New York Times reports. The shooting sparked continuing protests over police violence against minorities, especially unarmed black men.

Wilson’s testimony to federal investigators, shared by officials familiar with his statements, is the first public account of events that led to the fatal shooting. He told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and was in fear for his life as he struggled with Brown over his gun during a scuffle, the Times says.

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Roundup: News briefs

Roundup: News briefs

Violent crimes up in Memphis area this year

(AP) — The Memphis Shelby Crime Commission says major violent crimes have increased through the first nine months of the year compared with the same time period in 2013.

The commission says the year-to-date violent crime numbers are still 6.6 percent higher in Shelby County and 6 percent higher in Memphis than last year at this time. Major violent crimes include murder, forcible rapes, aggravated assaults and robberies.

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Kroger teen mob trial: The view from the bench

Kroger teen mob trial: The view from the bench

Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael says he cannot – and will not – allow public sentiment to influence his rulings as he considers the cases of teen offenders, including those accused of mob-like action.

Michaels’s viewpoint moved to the forefront this week (Tuesday, Oct. 14th) as court proceedings began in the prosecution of 10 teens charged with attacking two Kroger employees and a would-be customer on the parking lot of the Kroger’s in the Poplar Plaza Shopping Center. The September incident became a YouTube sensation, as one teen in a lime green T-shirt was shown repeatedly stomping a victim on the ground.

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  • Written by Tony Jones
  • Category: Original

Should white mom be paid for brown baby mistake?

Should white mom be paid for brown baby mistake?

 

What is the price of being forced to raise a brown baby?

It's an unusual question, arising from an Ohio woman's unusual lawsuit prompted by an insemination gone wrong. And it has set off an extraordinary discussion touching on sensitive issues of race, motherhood, sexuality and justice, though the debate begins with one basic premise: You should get what you pay for.

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Mayors report progress in support of Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ thrust

Mayors report progress in support of Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ thrust

Back in February when President Barack Obama took the wraps off of the administration’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative he made it clear that he would be looking to “build a broad coalition of backers.”

Mayors of U.S. Cities were envisioned as key coalition members in the effort to arrest the slide and nurture the growth of boys and young men of color – a segment of the country described as too often facing “disproportionate challenges and obstacles to success.” This week, the U.S. Conference of Mayors released the findings of a survey on mayors’ efforts to promote and implement the goals the president set out.

 

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A Game Changer—Thomas More Law Center Reveals National Strategy to Defend Traditional Marriage

A Game Changer—Thomas More Law Center Reveals National Strategy to Defend Traditional Marriage

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national, nonprofit public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, MI held a press conference on Tuesday to reveal its national legal strategy to combat the slew of recent federal court rulings which have overturned state laws defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Pastor Emery Moss (L), Pastor Danny Holliday, and Evangelist Janet Boynes listen during the Thomas More Law Center press conference announcing national strategy to defend traditional marriage.

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Backers seek expansion of civil rights death law

Backers seek expansion of civil rights death law

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – There has only been one prosecution under the Emmett Till Act, even though the law was passed with the promise of $135 million for police work and an army of federal agents to investigate unsolved killings from the civil rights era. Some deaths aren’t even under review because of a quirk in the law.

Still, proponents are laying the groundwork to extend and expand the act in hopes it’s not too late for some families to get justice.

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