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    Neighbors clean up racist graffiti before family returns from vacation

    TENINO, Wash. — A homeowner is thanking neighbors for shielding his family from a hate crime. Police are investigating after someone spray painted racial slurs on the family`s home and truck while they were on vacation. A local football team organized dozens of volunteers to scrub off slurs written on his truck and paint over offensive words on the family’s home. They finished just before Marvin Philips and his family returned from vacation. Philips says he’s grateful his children didn’t […]

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    12-year-old girl receiving death threats after posting safari hunting pictures

    CACHE COUNTY, UT — A girl is getting death threats on social media after posting pictures of a big game hunting safari. 12-year old Aryanna Gourdin went to South Africa with her dad last week. When they arrived back home in Utah she posted pictures of herself posing with a gun and the dead animals. Overnight, the pictures went viral and her Facebook account had 24,000 followers. Some people said the girl should die for killing a giraffe. Aryanna and […]

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    Bat found at suburban hospital tests positive for rabies

    PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. — One of two bats found at Palos Community Hospital has tested positive for rabies. The bats were found earlier this month in the obstetrics unit. Hospital officials say at, “no time were patients ever in contact with the animals.” As a precaution vaccines to prevent rabies are being administered to people who may have been exposed to the bats. The OB unit was closed and patients were moved to another part of the hospital. It’s not […]

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    Groups may boycott weekend’s Bud Billiken Parade over new rules

    CHICAGO — It’s created an uproar just days before the 87th annual Bud Billiken Parade. It started as a dispute between parade organizers and Chicago’s legendary South Shore Drill Team. The parade is under new leadership this year and organizers are trying to reduce the size and duration of the annual back to school celebration. Up to 300 groups have participated in the parade in recent years, but decided to reduce the number to 175 this year. They say many people […]

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    Activist Ja’Mal Green indicted by grand jury

    CHICAGO — Activist Ja’Mal Green has been indicted by a grand jury on charges he allegedly punched a police officer and tried to disarm an officer. Green appeared in court this morning and was joined by other activists and faith based leaders. He was arrested and charged last month at an anti-police brutality march and protest at The Taste of Chicago. Green was later released on $350,000 bond. He now faces five felony charges and two misdemeanors. Green’s attorney said […]

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    ‘Why are you in my house?:’ Man finds stranger living in his attic

    SEATTLE — A man who heard strange noises coming from his attic was shocked to find he wasn’t alone in his home. When Davis Wahlman arrived home Monday night he noticed some lights were on. Davis didn’t think too much about it until something woke him up in the middle of the night. He confronted a woman who tried to lock herself in a bedroom. “I’m like who the heck are you? Why are you in my house? And she […]

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    Cheerleader threatens lawsuit after being cut during tryouts

    TALLAHASSEE, Flor.  —  A high school cheerleader is threatening to file a lawsuit unless she is put on the varsity team at Leon High School. The team’s coach says the girl fell twice during tryouts and judges voted to cut her from the team. The girl will be a senior this year and her name is not being released. The school district has overruled cheerleading judges in the past and is still deciding how to rule in this case. “I […]

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    Chicago clergy delivers list of reforms to police department

    CHICAGO — Dozens of religious leaders and community activists marched to Chicago police headquarters today to deliver a list of 15 police reforms. Protesters say the reforms are non negotiable and have a timeline for their implementation. The group also demanded a meeting with Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Johnson is in Washington, D.C. for a police conference, but Deputy Superintendent John Escalante said some of the reforms have already been adopted and that police are committed to making more reforms to […]

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    Police review board urges changes to department’s use of deadly force policy

    CHICAGO — The Independent Police Review Authority is making a list of recommendations for Chicago police including stricter guidelines for the use of deadly force. Among the changes, IPRA suggests officers use deadly force against a “fleeing felon” only when the suspect presents an immediate threat of harm. Currently, officers can fire weapons in order to prevent escape regardless of the threat imposed. The recommendations also suggest that officers be given better training in de-escalation tactics. The Fraternal Order of […]

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    Girl scalped by carnival ride recovering, hopes to return to school this Fall

    OMAHA, NE — The mother of an 11-year-old girl who was scalped after her hair got tangled in a carnival ride is speaking out about her daughter’s recovery. Lulu Gilreath was critically injured in the accident last May. She spent a month in the hospital and has undergone six surgeries, including two skin grafts and 22 blood transfusions. She also went through hyperbaric oxygen therapy for tissue and leech therapy for her scalp. Doctors were able to save 25% of […]