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Another Jim Crow: The special education pipeline for black children

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For decades, African American children, especially black boys, are an overrepresented population in the special education system.

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Bitcoin bumps up again

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This Sunday, Bitcoin futures went live for the first-time and shot up over $1,000 to now $17,000. The increasingly popular virtual currency made its debut on a major US exchange on the Chicago Board Options Exchange, a Chicago-based group.

The buyer-seller frenzy shut down the company’s website.

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Spike in suicides for African migrant workers in the Middle East

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Ugandan government halts the migration of citizens to Oman due to a surge of suicides of nationals working there.

Now a growing number of Ugandans return to their home country with reports of abuse by employers including rape, torture and long hours of grueling labor. In 2016, a parliamentary report documented the deaths of 48 Ugandans – 34 by suicide – in the Middle East since January 2017.

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Eyes woke shut in Alabama U.S. senate race

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Alabama stands at a precipice. They will either be the first state in recent times to openly embrace a pedophile as a Senator or reject him.

The problem is, that, that is what the southern state, and America faces—a moral meltdown centering the accepted endangerment of children.

This is democracy in America.

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New approaches for formerly incarcerated are dire

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Prison reform has been a hot topic for over a decade; however, it was not until 2015 that the first sitting president has had the foresight to visit a maximum security federal prison in order to get a true sense of the struggles of those who are incarcerated today.

Because of that visit, President Obama implemented a criminal justice reform initiative that offered educational services, job training, and the ability to seal juvenile records to offenders in an effort to make formerly incarcerated youth and adults more viable in the labor market.

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West Bank woes after Jerusalem declared Israeli capital

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“God is weeping,” declared South African Nobel Peace Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement to recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel.

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Boucherie, a Louisiana holiday food tradition

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In Louisiana, there wasn’t any turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas; however, the local custom celebrated is the Boucherie, or the cutting of the pig.

It is an annual tradition in Louisiana where communities come together to kill, skin and butcher fattened hogs. The various pieces of pork are divided then households cook succulent dishes. The fete last for several days as members visit each other’s homes to celebrate.

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Southern California wildfires threaten affluent neighborhoods

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University of California, Los Angeles, the Getty Museum and Dr. Dre all have one thing in common—blazes from several major fires threaten to burn their homes and businesses.

Reports show hillsides cascading in intense flames along the highway and into affluent neighborhoods on the west side of Los Angeles, as a freak wildfire burns out-of-contrl. People woke up to ash covering their cars and lawns as emergency workers attempt to temper fires.

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Pop-Up entrepreneurs bring balance to art industry, stimulate local economy

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The concept of a starving artist seemed problematic for Adrienne Johnson and Melody Short — especially when in 2013 the art market generated about US $64 billion. Both self-professed art aficionados see creatives as those who feed the souls of people. But, who feeds artists?

They began to tackle that question in 2011 when they launched ARTisan Café. Four years later, Johnson and Short’s startup is a template for cities to grow their economy using artists — and in turn, ARTisan Café operates as an incubator helping artists become more entrepreneurial.

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Updated: popular senator resigns

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U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) announces Thursday, December 7 that he will resign.

He was asked to step down amid sexual misconduct allegations. Democrats and Republicans call for his resignation. 35 senators, most of them Democrats and women, and the chairman of the Democratic National Committee (Tom Perez) call for him to step down. Recently, eight women detailed Franken’s inappropriate actions before and after winning a Senate seat in Minnesota’s 2009 elections. He is married with two children.

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