$40M wrongful conviction settlement: ‘The money is almost beside the point’

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By Steve Mills and Juan Perez Jr. Tribune reporter 12:22 p.m. CDT, June 25, 2014 Attorneys today hailed a landmark wrongful conviction settlement awarded to five men who were wrongfully imprisoned for the rape and murder of a teenage girl but called for a deeper look at authorities’ use of false confessions in Cook County. […]

How segregated is Chicago, and does it matter?

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By Scarlett Swerdlow / Chicago Sun-Times Tue, 05/27/2014 – 1:14pm In a provocative piece sweeping the Internet, The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates makes the case for reparations. His central piece of evidence: Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, where nine out of ten residents are black, 43 percent of people live in poverty, and the homicide rate is […]

LA Clippers owner receives lifetime ban from NBA commissioner

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By Stefani Camille Streetgangs.com Staff Writer April 29, 2014 LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Clippers team owner, Donald Sterling, 80, was apparently recorded having a racially insensitive conversation with mistress prior. The audio of that conversation was released and made public over the weekend. V. Stiviano, 31, the other woman in Sterling’s life is being accused of […]

Oklahoma’s stealth executions are an injustice

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By The Times editorial board March 19, 2014 A month from now, if all goes according to plan in Oklahoma, two convicted murderers will be executed by lethal injection, and without knowing exactly how the killing cocktail was put together or by whom. Without that knowledge, they could well be denied their basic constitutional protection […]

Exonerated death row inmate takes on his former prosecutor in Texas

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By Molly Hennessy-Fiske / LA  Times March 5, 2014, 6:38 p.m. HOUSTON — Anthony Graves survived 18 years in prison for murders he did not commit, a dozen of those years on death row, where he was twice scheduled for execution. On Wednesday, Graves stood defiant outside a courthouse in a blue pinstripe suit with […]

Pharrell’s new G I R L album cover sparks criticism by fans

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By Stefani Camille WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER February 28, 2014 Pharrell Williams finally released his album called G I R L on Monday after being announced just a few short weeks ago, and has been picking up strong feedback from fans. Although his hit song Happy is number #1 on the charts he is getting a […]

Obama Starts Initiative for Young Black Men, Noting His Own Experience

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By MICHAEL D. SHEAR / The New York Times FEB. 27, 2014 WASHINGTON — President Obama spoke in unusually personal terms at the White House on Thursday about how he got high as a teenager and was at times indifferent to school as he deplored what he called America’s numbness to the plight of young […]

Rich Kid Gets Away With Drinking, Driving, And Killing Four – Thanks To ‘Affluenza’ Defense (VIDEO)

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Author: Wes Williams / Addicting Info December 12, 2013 10:32 pm In yet another glaring example of how the American justice system treats the rich differently from the rest of us, 16-year-old Ethan Couch, who killed four people in a drunk driving accident last June, will not go to jail. Couch admitted that he was […]

California Hate Crime Reports Decreased in 2012

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By Don Thompson | NBC Channel 4 News Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 | Updated 6:11 PM PS The number of hate crimes reported in California declined about 12 percent last year and has dropped by more than one-third over the last decade, the state attorney general’s office said Wednesday. There were 930 reported hate crimes […]

Arab mascot: Coachella school district to keep name, discuss options

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By Samantha Schaefer / LA Times November 18, 2013, 1:30 p.m. The latest developments in the debate over Coachella Valley High School’s mascot, the Arab, will be announced Tuesday at a news conference with the district and a civil-rights group. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee recently urged the district to eliminate the mascot — a man […]

Michigan prosecutors consider charges in Renisha McBride shooting

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By Michael Muskal / LA Times November 12, 2013, 6:40 p.m. Michigan prosecutors were weighing Tuesday whether to charge a homeowner in the killing of a woman on his porch in a case that has raised comparisons to the shooting death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin last year. Renisha McBride, 19, was killed in Dearborn […]

Black neighborhoods suffer most from supermarket access

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Stefani Camille, www.Streetgangs.com staff writer October 29, 2013 Healthy nutrition is a crucial element in anyone’s life, be it in the black, Latino, or white community. Yet, mostly black neighborhoods are affected with having the least access to supermarkets in their community. The development in our children is sadly affected when their neighborhood stores are […]