Cops decide to collect less license plate data after 80GB drive got full

Police department unilaterally decides to impose six-month retention policy.

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Countless Consumers Are Paying Off Someone Else’s Debt Because Of Default Judgments

Imagine receiving a phone call that 25% of your wages are going to be garnished because of a credit card account opened 14 years earlier that was never paid off. Making things worse, you know you didn’t have a credit card from the bank in question at that time, so it can’t possibly be your debt. This should be an … [More]

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60 years ago today, Emmett Till whistled at a white woman — and he was executed for it four days later

Sixty years ago Monday, Emmett Till flirted with a white woman to impress his friends — setting in motion his brutal murder that propelled the civil rights movement into action. The 14-year-old was visiting relatives in Mississippi when he and some other boys, finished picking cotton, stopped ...

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Building looks like couple doing it doggy style


Atelier Van Lieshout constructed this delightful building, titled "Domestikator," as the centerpiece of their large festival installation, "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," at the Ruhrtriennale music and arts festival in Bochum, Germany. Read the rest

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The Shaun King story shows there’s no bottom to right wing harassment

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Alleged downtown Champaign purse snatcher arrested

CHAMPAIGN — An Urbana man who allegedly snatched a woman’s purse and resisted the efforts of police to talk to him about it is due in court on Monday.

A Champaign County judge on Saturday set bond for Christopher Hansen, 31, who listed an address in the 500 block of West Illinois Street, at $10,000 on preliminary charges of robbery and resisting a peace officer.

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How National Media Forced A Black Lives Matter Activist To Defend His Race By Falling Victim To Breitbart News' False Story

A Black Lives Matter activist is now being forced to justify his race after national media fell for a false story fueled by Breitbart News, a conservative website with a history of reporting falsities.  

An August 19 article on Breitbart News hyped "explosive new racial allegations" against Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King, citing a June 29 post on Re-NewsIt!, a blog that appears to primarily conduct opposition research on black victims of crime, to assert that King misrepresented himself as black when he is actually white. Right-wing media seized on the story, and Breitbart News repeatedly claimed that King "has been lying to the public about his race" and "has two white parents" listed on his birth certificate.

In an article titled "Why White People Seek Black Privilege," Breitbart's Ben Shapiro asserted that King "demonstrates one undeniable fact: being black in American in 2015 is perceived as a status symbol and an advantage." 

National media including Fox News and CNN highlighted the allegations against King, parroting Breitbart News despite its history of false reporting.

The August 20 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends hyped the Re-NewsIt! "report" to claim that King "is not biracial, he is white," and guest host Anna Kooiman lamented that "it doesn't seem fair" that King was "deceiving people in order to raise [him]self to a higher level." Hosts on The Five used the report to declare it "sacrifices [the] credibility" of the Black Lives Matter movement.

On CNN, host Don Lemon reported that King is "facing some very tough questions today and tonight about his own race," adding that a source told CNN "that both King's parents are white." Lemon cited Breitbart News, asking, "Is this Rachel Dolezal 2.0?" 

By August 20, the story started to unravel. As Gawker noted, MSNBC's Joy Reid provided a crucial piece of context reporting that the father listed on King's birth certificate is not his biological father. King later published an essay on DailyKos explaining his father was a black man with whom his mother had an affair.

The next day, CNN reversed course, backing off hyping "questions" surrounding King's race and instead reporting that "the source that bullied him into this story" intended "to discredit the [Black Lives Matter] movement." 

Yet Breitbart News is still attacking King, arguing "if there was confusion about Shaun King's race, it's because he allowed it." 

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At long last, Prenda mastermind hit with state bar complaint

Steele, charged with numerous frauds and deceits, could be banished from the law.

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Rick Perry reportedly no longer paying presidential campaign staff

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has stopped paying his presidential campaign staff, the Texas Tribune and Washington Post reported late Monday night. The lack of paid labor was initially thought to affect Perry staffers in South Carolina. However, the two newspapers cited an anonymous source saying...

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With dark tales of sex and drugs, is the Weeknd the next face of R&B?

In a music scene dominated by women such as Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, the Canadian is tipped to become the defining male pop star of a generation

For several years, an introverted Canadian singer of Ethiopian descent, known to R&B lovers for his plaintive voice and atmospheric, after-party, comedown groove, has been on the cusp of becoming music’s next big thing. But each time stardom beckoned, Abel Tesfaye – a native of the dreary Toronto suburb of Scarborough, who sings, writes and produces as the Weeknd – seemed to demur.

Only five years ago, Tesfaye, 25, was folding shirts at a Toronto outlet of American Apparel and posting audio tracks on YouTube. With the release this month of a second studio album, Beauty Behind the Madness, backed by a compelling single, Can’t Feel My Face, which has a groove and feel reminiscent of an updated Michael Jackson hit, any residual sense of anonymity could be about to be irrevocably lost.

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