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Has legalized weed led to reduced use among teenagers?

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By Nigel Boys According to a study tracking 1,098,270 students over 24 years from the 8th, 10th and 12th grades, which was published in the medical journal, Lancet Psychiatry, it appears medical marijuana advocates were right all along. The research carried out in 48 states by Dr. Deborah Hasin, professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Centerin New York, found ...

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Woman told that her yard has become “relentlessly gay”

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By Nigel Boys A neighbor to Julie Baker in Baltimore, Maryland didn’t like the arrangement of colored jar solar lights the woman had set up in her yard, so she decided to post an anonymous note complaining about the “homos*xual haven” Baker had created. The neighbor, who was appalled by the so-called “gay” display, never dreamed that her note to ...

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Then and now, the Confederate flag means treason: How Abraham Lincoln and his Union compatriots reacted to the rebel banner

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Over the weekend, an activist, impatient for South Carolina to legislate away the Confederate battle flag that still flies outside its state capitol, hauled it down, only to be hauled away herself, under arrest. It wasn’t the first time the sight of this anti-American banner has outraged a patriot into action. Months before the initial battle of the Civil War, ...

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3 indicted for murder, rape, arson, gang charges in Baltimore high school Arnesha Bowers Death

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The mother of a man charged in a teenager’s killing says her son is not in a gang. Sandra Dixon described what police told her after the arrest of her 23-year-old son, Adonay Dixon, in connection with the killing of 16-year-old Arnesha Bowers. “They told me how terrible my son was, what a heinous crime (it was), that he bragged ...

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This Is Why Americans Have No Idea What Really Happens In Prisons

MILAN, MI - DECEMBER 28: The Federal Correctional Institution where Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is being held is seen December 28, 2009 in Milan, Michigan. Abdulmutallab, 23, is a Nigerian man suspected of attempting to blow up Northwest 253 flight as it was landing in Detroit on Christmas day.  (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

When Kalief Browder killed himself last month after being held for three years without trial at Rikers Island, Americans took notice. His death focused more attention on the appalling treatment of youthful inmates at the New York City jail complex. But Browder, who entered the system at 16, was only one of thousands of teenagers held in adult lockups across ...

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US police killings headed for 1,100 this year, with black Americans twice as likely to die

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Police in the United States are killing people at a rate that would result in 1,100 fatalities by the end of this year, according to a Guardian investigation, which recorded an average of three people killed per day during the first half of 2015. The Counted, a project working to report and crowdsource names and a series of other data ...

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It’s Not Black Folks’ Burden To Forgive Racist Killers

Pallbearer release doves over the casket holding Emanuel AME Church shooting victim Ethel Lance during her burial at the Emanuel AME Church Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina, June 25, 2015.    AFP PHOTO/JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

If you want to silence a black person’s pain, ask for forgiveness. We’re accustomed to our screams being hushed in the wake of tragedy. We’re accustomed to our grief being shoved aside in the rush to find mercy for those who have trespassed against us. Just two days after Dylann Roof massacred nine Bible study attendees at Emanuel AME Church ...

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DOJ Report: Police in Ferguson Antagonized Demonstrators and Violated Their Free-Speech Rights

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Police antagonized crowds who gathered to protest in Ferguson after Michael Brown’s death last summer, violated free-speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accountable, according to a Justice Department draft report that found across-the-board flaws in law enforcement’s response. The report summary, which covers the two-week period of unrest that followed a white officer fatally shooting the unarmed ...

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KKK Planning Protest Against Removal of Confederate Flag from SC Statehouse Grounds

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The Ku Klux Klan has been approved to hold a protest rally at the Statehouse next month against removing the Confederate battle flag, with the group calling accused mass murderer Dylann Roof a “young warrior.” The Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan applied for the permit last week to hold a rally for 100 to 200 people on ...

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Memphis Mayor: Dead KKK Leader Must Be Exhumed From Public Park

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By Dr. Sinclair Grey III Even since the shooting at a Charleston, South Carolina church by White supremacist Dylann Roof, the Confederate flag has sparked much controversy throughout the United States. With South Carolina’s governor, Nikki Haley, along with other politicians, asking for the Confederate flag to be removed from the South Carolina State House, other states are taking similar ...

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