South Los Angeles Street to Be Renamed Barack Obama Boulevard

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to rename a street that runs through southwest Los Angeles after former President Barack Obama. As luck would have it, the street runs parallel to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, another hood classic.

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#Flint: State Files Lawsuit After City Council Refuses to Approve Long Term Water Contract With Detroit

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The Flint City Council refused to approve a 30-year contract with Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) out of Detroit Monday, despite a mandatory deadline imposed by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and on Wednesday the state responding by filing a lawsuit against the city, alleging the city is endangering public health as the ongoing saga of the lead-contaminated water continues.

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Ohio Town Considering Letting Heroin Addicts Die After Three Overdoses


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If you are a heroin addict in Middletown, Ohio, the city is considering a controversial proposal that could have an impact on whether or not you get help the next time you overdose on your drug of choice, and if they have their way, three strikes means you’re dead.

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Criminal Charges Dropped Against Officer Who Arrested Sandra Bland

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Former Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia, who arrested motorist Sandra Bland two years ago, was the only officer to face criminal charges in connection with her mysterious death in a Texas jail, but as of Wednesday, the criminal charges against him have been dropped.

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The Flower That Keeps On Blooming

Things are going very well, but things are also very nutty, so I am elated and stressed at the same damn time. It is the oddest of combinations, akin to being on an upper and a downer simultaneously.

I’m working to not let the stress get to me, because it is stress about a situation I can’t do much more about, and I simply have to wait it out. It’s the waiting that is driving me nuts; I’ve already moved past the trying to fix what can’t be fixed aspect of it.

The part where I am elated is magnificent, however. My career is continuing to take off in the most magnificent of ways. I am that flower that just continues to bloom. None of my petals are falling off; I’m simply opening up wider and wider to the possibilities out there in the universe.

I’m thankful for both sides of this current experience, because there is something for me to learn even in the stressful portions. Continuing to be a good planner is paramount in all aspects of this, and if nothing else, the stressful portion has taught me that, and it will benefit me in the long term for wondrous work part of this.

In the end, I know that everything will work out the way that it is supposed to. I just need to keep doing my part to make sure I stay on this upward path.

Sacramento Police Department Moves to Fire Officer Involved in Fatal Shooting

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On July 11, 2016, two police officers fired 18 shots at a mentally ill black man, who was armed with a knife with a 3.5-inch blade and “acting erratically,” within one minute of encountering him in a residential Sacramento, Calif., neighborhood.

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#Flint: Short-Term Extension on Water Service Approved by City Council

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Monday, June 26, was the deadline set by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the Flint, Mich., City Council to either approve a 30-year contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority, provide an alternative long-term water solution or face legal action, and after a night of screaming matches between the public, council members and even Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, the council voted to extend the city’s contract with GLWA until September.

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Emmett Till Memorial Vandalized in Money, Mississippi

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Emmett Till Memorial on the Mississippi Freedom Trail in Money, MIss. (AP Images)

A historical marker created in Mississippi to memorialize and educate the public about the 1955 kidnapping and lynching death of 14-year-old Emmett Till was destroyed by vandals who obliterated all visible information about the death that helped galvanize the civil rights movement.

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Black Lives Matter Protesters Interrupt Twin Cities Pride Festival

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Black Lives Matter Die-In at Twin Cities Pride Festival (Twitter/@susanelizabethl)

Black Lives Matter demonstrators briefly halted the 2017 Twin Cities Pride Festival this past weekend in downtown Minneapolis, upset over the inclusion of police officers in the parade in the wake of the acquittal of a Minnesota police officer in the shooting death of Philando Castile.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Investigating Former AG Loretta Lynch

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Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) and ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Senate Judiciary Committee is investigating alleged political interference by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch during the FBI’s investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as part of its examination into the circumstances surrounding the removal of James Comey as FBI director.

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California Bans Travel to States That Discriminate Against LGBT Americans

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Thursday that his state would prohibit state-funded and state-sponsored travel to Alabama, Kentucky, South Dakota and Texas due to discriminatory legislation enacted in those states that targets LGBT Americans.

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Movement for Black Lives Responds to the Question ‘What Happened to Black Lives Matter?’

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Demonstrators, marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown, protest along West Florrisant Street on August 10, 2015 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

An article was published Wednesday that questioned the organization, the leadership, the purpose, the plans and the goals of Black Lives Matter. It was an article that organizers in the Movement for Black Lives say included multiple inaccuracies, and as the group seeks corrections or a retraction, they responded with an op-ed of their own to set the record straight.

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