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No Ifs, Ands, or Butts: Black People Shouldn’t Smoke

By Nareissa Smith Former President Barack Obama is one of the most admired men in the world. However, there is one thing about him that is not admirable: his smoking

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Is America Turning Into A Failed State?

By David Love The concept of a failed state is one which is often associated with nonwhite and Third World countries, whether developing or underdeveloped. While the advanced countries, including

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The Insular Cases: Why Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Are Colonies and Not States

By David Love   Puerto Rican children in 1898, the same year the United States took the island in conquest from Spain, reflect the land’s legacy as a former destination

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The Pursuit of Convictions at Any Cost Too Often Taints Crime Lab Results and Justice

By D. Amari Jackson   By all accounts, DNA plays an extraordinary role in our modern American criminal justice system. In crime labs across the country, DNA is used as

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In a Country of White Domestic Terrorists, the NRA Wants to Make Sure They Are Not Labeled As Such

By David Love In the United States, white people are the dominant group that produces homegrown domestic terrorists. The most recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, in which a white

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At least 50 killed as gunman opens fire at Las Vegas concert

By Associated Press LAS VEGAS — A gunman perched high on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas Strip casino unleashed a shower of bullets down on an outdoor country

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Hugh Hefner, Playboy founder and pop culture icon, dead at 91

By David Caplan Playboy founder Hugh Hefner died Wednesday, Playboy Enterprises, Inc. announced. He was 91. “Hugh M. Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy

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Maria leaves Puerto Rico in the dark for months, USVI under 24-hour curfew

click on picture to enlarge   By Euan McKirdy, Holly Yan and Jaide Timm-Garcia, CNN San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN)Hurricane Maria battered the Dominican Republic on Thursday morning as the

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Maria leaves ‘total devastation’ in Puerto Rico

By Holly Yan, Euan McKirdy and Jaide Timm-Garcia, CNN Hurricane Maria pounds Puerto Rico after killing 7 people in Dominica San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN)Hurricane Maria kept thrashing Puerto Rico

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Medicare for All Chorus Grows Bigger, Louder Despite Opponents

By Cecilia Smith Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care. At least not according to Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, who made the assertion in May shortly after

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London manhunt underway after bomb explosion in subway, the 5th terror attack in Britain this year

A manhunt is underway in London after a bucket bomb exploded on a crowded subway train during rush hour Friday morning, sending a fireball through the passenger car and leaving

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At least 6 dead after Florida nursing home left with no A/C from Irma

By Michael Nedelman, CNN (CNN)At least six nursing home residents have died in Hollywood, Florida, according to a statement by city officials. The deaths may be due to the loss

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Shades of Katrina? Nonwhite Islanders Say French Gov’t Gave White Tourists Evacuation Priority

By Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Some black and mixed-race residents of the hurricane-devastated French territory on the island of St. Martin are expressing anger at a perception that white

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Hurricane Irma Strengthens Into a Category 5 as it Bears Down on the Leeward Islands; Dangerous Threat for Florida, Southeast

By OV Staff   Hurricane Irma is nearing the northern Leeward Islands and is now a Category 5. Hurricane warnings have been issued for portions of the Leeward Islands, Puerto

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With latest jabs, Trump-Obama relationship reaches historic nastiness

By Kevin Liptak and Athena Jones, CNN Washington (CNN)It’s a long-distance feud, transmitted over the airwaves and on social media, that’s now devolved well beyond a small political spat. For