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Why Do Black People Assume that all Mass Shootings are Committed by White People?

By: Jarrod Horton

Staff Writer

I noticed two alarming things that I did after hearing about the tragic shooting that occurred in Aurora Illinois last Friday. The first thing was how nonchalant my reaction was when I first heard the news. It’s like there is no more shock value when you hear that multiple people have been shot and killed. The second thing I noticed was that I automatically assumed that it was a White person that did the shooting. Continue reading

A 27-Year-Old Man Allegedly Killed His Parents And Their Housekeeper In California

Police conducting a welfare check Wednesday found three people dead inside a home in a Newport Beach gated community.

By: Mary Ann Georgantopoulos

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A Southern California man was arrested Wednesday in connection to the deaths of his parents and their housekeeper in their gated community in Newport Beach. Continue reading

Gunman in Aurora Illinois Kills Five People During Shooting Spree Was Upset about Losing his Job

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Bev Horne/Daily Herald via AP

Yesterday (02.15.19)  a gunman in Aurora Illinois went on a shooting spree at a manufacturing warehouse that killed five people. Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman identified the gunman as 45-year-old Gary Martin. Multiple 911 calls started to come in at 1:24 pm reporting the shooting at  Henry Pratt Company warehouse. Ziman recently was fired from the warehouse job after 15 years. Martin’s mother told the Chicago Sun-Times that he was upset over losing his job. “He was way too stressed out,” she said.

Not only did the gunman killed five people, but he also injured seven during the shooting. Five of those injured were police officers who responded to the initial calls at the building. President Trump sent out a tweet that praised the law enforcement officials and send condolences to the victims. “America is with you,” he tweeted. To read more about this story click here.  

California Bill Seeks to Limit Genitalia Surgery for Intersex Children

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE

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Pink and blue blankets are draped over hospital bassinets.

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — California doctors would be barred from treating or performing surgery on children born with genitals that don’t fit a single gender or are otherwise atypical unless it’s medically necessary or the child consents, under a bill unveiled Monday. Continue reading

You Might Have to Wait Until You Are 100 Years Old to Smoke a Cigarette in Hawaii

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Hawaii might become the first state to outlaw the sales of cigarettes. A Hawaii lawmaker wants to gradually raise the minimum age limit to 100 years old. “The state is obliged to protect the public’s health,” State House member Rep. Richard Creagan said to the Hawaii Tribune-Herald. The proposed measure is supposed to increase the age limit to 30 in 2020, 40 in 2021, 50 in 2022, 60 in 2023 and 100 in 2024. The current age limit is 21. To read more about this story click here.

No Heat or Power in Brooklyn Jail Highlights Inhumane Conditions for Inmates

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For almost a week inmates in a Brooklyn jail have been locked up without heat and power. A fire that occurred on Sunday, January 27 cut off the power and heat in parts of the jail. Since then,  almost 1,600 inmates have been in the dark and without heat at the facility. “Their windows were frosted over. Even more disturbingly perhaps for the inmates, their cells were pitch black and they don’t have flashlights.” said Deirdre von Dornum, who oversees the Federal Defenders’ Brooklyn team, in a telephone interview. 

On Saturday, (02.02.19) protestors, lawyers, and lawmakers stood outside of the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center  to demand that the problems will be fixed. Nydia Velazquez, who represents parts of New York City in the U.S. House of Representatives, said the Bureau of Prisons was disregarding inmates’ rights. This news come as pictures of inmates in Chicago Cook County jail shoveling snow in sub zero temperatures.