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MLK birthplace declared a national historic park

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This week, Donald Trump signed a bill changing the historic birthplace of slain Civil Rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from a historic site to a historic national park.

Located in the Sweet Alburn district of Atlanta, the landmark consists of King’s birthplace, the church in which he was baptized and a member, as well as he and his wife’s memorial site.

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Trump signs MLK proclamation, reporter asks ‘are you a racist?’

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Washington, DC. — One day after dehumanizing remarks made by President Donald Trump, he signed a proclamation for the federal holiday dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr.

Reporters questioned his comments prior sordid comments.

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Dead zones mushroom in waters around the world

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Increasing reports of fish life littered on shores or massive areas of little life indicate a growing issue; our sea life is dying.

In coastal waters, scientists report the continual spread of dead zones. Known as hypoxia, dead zones are areas in the sea with low levels of oxygen. As oxygen decreases, algae blooms, resulting in conditions in which only a few organisms can survive. Literally, the depleted oxygen levels cause marine life to suffocate.

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People still missing after Montecito mudslide

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Rescue and emergency workers are less hopeful as they dig through muck and mire for seven people still missing following Tuesday’s mudslide in Southern California.

About a four-and-half hour’s drive northwest of Los Angeles in Santa Barbara County, Montecito is a predominantly wealthy, gated community nestled along the cliffs of the Pacific Coast.

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Freezing temperatures caused burst pipes at HBCUs

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Several popular historical black universities scramble to repair damaged plumbing after unusually cold temperatures led to ruptures in water pipes.

Howard University, Jackson State University, Tuskegee University, and Alcorn State University work to fix water systems and buildings.

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Irish and undocumented: Ireland’s émigrés dodged deportation until the Trump era

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11 million undocumented immigrants live in the United States. 50,000 of them are Irish.

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Baltimore hospital Dumps mentally ill woman at bus stop: unveils the practice of ‘patient dumping’

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Last week, psychotherapist Imamu Baraka literally walked into a potential tragedy. He noticed several security guards from the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus transporting a woman in a wheelchair to a bus stop.

It was late at night and temperatures frigid, but she was dressed in a hospital gown. Immediately, he began recording the incident with his phone.

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Russians use a legal back door to US citizenship, a baby boom in Miami

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This is the type of story that you cannot make up, or even exaggerate because it is so fantastical.

NBC news reports a tourism boom in Russia that arranges for expecting Russian mothers to nest in luxurious hotels until they give birth. Some of the top lodging advertised by Russian agencies is from the Donald Trump brand.

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A Post-Christmas gift: build a wall … of holiday trees for Louisiana coastline

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After Christmas, thousands of trees sit curbside by its former owners without a destination, but the dumpster.

Now, good wood finds its home along the marshes of Louisiana to deal with the region’s severe coastal erosion. And the plan works.

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Virginia’s wall against Trump grows stronger: Charlottesville elects first black woman mayor

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Charlottesville mayor-elect, Nakuyah Walker.

“Tiki Torch Bearers Beware” should be a billboard posted in the entry of Charlottesville, Va.

The next time white nationalists consider bombarding the city with a racist-based campaign, they will realize that they just put a black woman in office with locs to change a fractured city.

Last week, Charlottesville made history with two firsts. The city’s voters elected their first independent who is also the first African American female mayor, Nakuyah Walker.

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