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Weekly Wrap 5.26.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 05-26-2017

1. The Beleaguered Tenants of ‘Kushnerville’

Tenants in more than a dozen Baltimore-area rental complexes complain about a property owner who they say leaves their homes in disrepair, humiliates late-paying renters and often sues them when they try to move out. Few of them know that their landlord is the president’s son-in-law.

Gunmen Kill More than 20 Coptic Christians in Egypt

by the Web Editors 05-26-2017

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This is one of numerous attacks on Coptic Christians this year. Christians have repeatedly been targeted and attacked by members of the Islamic State, who have vowed to carry out more attacks in the future.

Black Bowie State Student, Stabbed to Death Saturday, Would Have Graduated Today

by the Web Editors 05-23-2017

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Charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and first-degree assault have been brought against Urbanski, whose attorney has stated that Urbanksi was under the influence of alcohol when he killed Collins III. However, Urbanski is a member of the now-defunct Facebook group “Alt-Reich: Nation,” on which there are expressions of hatred against Jews, women, and people of color.

Supreme Court Tosses Out Two Gerrymandered North Carolina District Maps

by the Web Editors 05-22-2017

This decision is one of numerous lawsuits that accuse Republicans of discriminating against black and other minority voters who usually vote Democrat. The NAACP called this habit “apartheid voting districts” and claimed Republicans weaken and minimize the voting rights of black voters by packing them into one district and diluting their influence while surrounding them with more white voters that are likely to support Republican candidates. This practice is also known as racial gerrymandering.

Weekly Wrap 5.19.17: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

by the Web Editors 05-19-2017

1. You Must Understand Why You Believe What You Believe — and How You Got There

In a world in which your opinions on a topic can change with a well-worded “well, actually” tweet, it’s more important than ever that we examine the roots of our beliefs. Read how, from The Establishment.

Former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes Dies at 77

by the Web Editors 05-18-2017

Roger Ailes answers questions during a 2006 panel discussion. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Ailes grew the network to profound influence among right-wing audiences. But many other have found his Fox News growth strategy troubling during a time when use of the term fake news is on the rise. 

White Tulsa Police Officer Acquitted in Shooting of Terence Crutcher

by the Web Editors 05-18-2017

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On May 17, white Tulsa, Okla., police Officer Betty Shelby was acquitted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, reports CNN.

Chelsea Manning Leaves Prison

by the Web Editors 05-17-2017


On May 17, Chelsea Manning, who was in a U.S. military prison for seven years on charges of whistleblowing, was released, reports ABC News. On Jan. 17, President Obama commuted the bulk of Manning’s 35-year prison sentence, enabling her to be released this year. Had President Obama not done so, Manning’s year of release would have remained 2045.

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses Appeal to Reinstate N.C. Voter Restrictions

by the Web Editors 05-15-2017

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal by Republican leaders of a federal court ruling that removed ballot restrictions in North Carolina, due to the restrictions being discriminatory along the basis of race, reports Bloomberg News.

EPA Cancels Ban On Pesticide. 1 Month Later, Farmers Are Getting Sick

by the Web Editors 05-15-2017

More than 50 workers near Bakersfield, Calif. were exposed to harmful chemicals while harvesting cabbage early this month due to a pesticide drift.