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Kansas Benefit Law for Poor Families Comes Under Fire

Kansas Benefit Law for Poor Families Comes Under Fire

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new Kansas law tells poor families that they can’t use cash assistance from the state to attend concerts, get tattoos, see a psychic or buy lingerie. The list of don’ts runs to several dozen items. More than 20 other states have such lists. But the one included by the Republican-dominated Kansas [...]
Victims of Chicago Police Torture Offered CompensationCHICAGO (AP) — Victims of police torture under former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge would share $5.5 million, receive an apology and see their story taught in school under a reparations package proposed Tuesday that city leaders hope will help close one of the most shameful chapters in Chicago’s history. More than 100 people who [...]
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In S.D., a Tribe Works to Stop Suicides and Help YouthPINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — The people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation are no strangers to hardship or to the risk of lives being cut short. But a string of seven suicides by teenagers in recent months has shaken this impoverished community to its core and sent school and tribal leaders on an urgent mission [...]
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An Okla. Deputy Faces Charge in Death of Black ManOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors charged a reserve sheriff’s deputy with manslaughter Monday in the death of a man who was fatally shot as he lay on the ground at the officer’s feet — a shooting that was certain to raise questions about the use of volunteer officers to supplement full-time police. The sheriff’s office [...]
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Rahm Emanuel Clinches Second Term as Chicago MayorCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel won a second term Tuesday in a runoff election that hinged on serious financial challenges facing the nation’s third-largest city and the brusque management style of the former White House chief of staff. Emanuel was forced to campaign furiously across the city to beat Cook County Commissioner Jesus [...]
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Chicago Police Target Blacks in ‘Stop-and-Frisk,’ ACLU SaysCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officers initiated stop, question and frisk encounters at a much higher rate last summer than their New York City counterparts ever did, and just like with New York’s heavily criticized program, Chicago Blacks and other racial minorities were disproportionately targeted, according to a civil liberties group.  The American Civil Liberties Union [...]
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For Lizbeth Marin, living in a diverse community in Chicago opened her eyes. “I have learned to respect and educate myself on other cultures and customs. Being an immigrant, seeing my parents struggle, and feeling unsafe in my own house has made me a leader in battling for change – change not only for me, [...]
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Fallout Over Racist Chant by Oklahoma Fraternity GrowsNORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A racist chant by several members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity that was caught on video led to outrage from the school’s president and the organization’s banishment from campus, but fallout from the incident appears far from over. President David Boren said an investigation is underway to determine if some of [...]
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In Wis., an Unarmed Black Man is Fatally Shot by PoliceMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Within hours of a White officer shooting an unarmed Black man, the police chief of Wisconsin’s capital city was praying with the man’s grandmother, hoping to strike a conciliatory tone and avoid the riots that last year rocked Ferguson, Missouri. Chief Mike Koval said he knows Madison is being watched across the [...]
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Why a Mass Movement is ‘Payment’ for ProgressI am humbled to be in your presence, among such great leaders from across the nation. The first thing I would like to do is call your attention to a scripture found in the Book of James, Chapter 5. I am going to read two versions: The King James version, and then the Rodney E. [...]
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