ACLU: Border agents physically abused migrant childrenThe Hill

A blistering report released this week alleges that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents neglected and abused more than 100 migrant children who were in their custody. The report, from the American Civil Liberties Union and the University of Chicago Law School International Human Rights Clinic, is based on thousands of pages of records detailing accusations from 116 unaccompanied minors, many of whom were asylum-seekers, while in temporary detention centers.

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Rhymefest: 5 Things On The Rapper Feuding With Kim K & Kanye Over His Chicago Charity

In the middle of Kanye West and Drake’s feud came another rapper – Rhymefest. He’s calling out Yeezy and Kim Kardashian for allegedly neglecting his own foundation! Here’s everything you need to know about him! Amid Drake ‘s war of words with Kanye West , 40, and Pusha T , 41, a surprising individual has interjected himself – the rapper Rhymefest , 40. After Drizzy released the diss track ” Duppy Freestyle ” and then apparently sent Yeezy’s label an invoice for $100K for ” career reviving ,” Rhymefest, who oversees Yeezy’s charity Donda’s House, decided to take the opportunity call out Ye’s neglect of his own foundation.

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Roseanne asks America for #ObamaNetflixShow ideas. The responses couldn’t be more hilarious.

It was announced this week this week that former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, signed a multiyear deal with Netflix to produce multiple series, features and do other projects. The deal includes “scripted and unscripted series, as well as documentaries and features.”

While the details were relatively vague, Roseanne Barr created a hashtag on Friday — #ObamasNetflixShows — and wanted to know what Americans thought will be good show ideas.

The hilarious responses couldn’t be more perfect.

What did people say?

Many of the responses were titles similar to existing movies.

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Junior Faculty Law and STEM Forum – Call for Papers

The Northwestern, Penn and Stanford Law Schools are pleased to announce that the Second Annual Junior Faculty Forum will be held at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago on September 28-29, 2018. The Forum is dedicated to interdisciplinary scholarship focusing on the intersection of Law and .

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Democrats inviting Parkland students to intern this summer, but where’s Santa Fe’s town hall, CNN?

So, has Kyle Kashuv received an invitation yet?

NBC News reports that House Democrats are inviting students from Majory Stoneman Douglas High School to intern this summer to work on gun violence prevention … which may or may not be a step up from lying on the floor of a supermarket.

Reminder: Any time the media uses the shorthand “Parkland students,” they’re referring to a subset consisting of anti-NRA activists like David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez.

NBC News reports:

House Democrats are inviting students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — who survived a mass school shooting in February — to come intern in their offices, working on gun violence prevention.

“We think it would be a great experience for them to be on the Hill to see exactly how things operate — or doesn’t, to some degree — but also to have time with these very special young people that have experienced something that none of us ever want to have experienced and I think we can learn from each other,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley, who is helping lead the effort, told NBC News.

Our politics are about 180 degrees from hers, but we think Symone D. Sanders has a valid point here — why are the Parkland students getting special treatment, as if there haven’t been other young people affected by gun violence?

While Sanders asks the House Democrats why they’re limiting their invitation to Parkland students, quite a few people are asking when the survivors of the recent school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas are getting their own CNN town hall?


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Illinois Senate votes to allow children to bring medical marijuana to school

Illinois senators this week overwhelmingly voted to allow sick children to bring medical marijuana with them to school, the Chicago Tribune reported. The state Senate passed the measure 50-2 on Thursday, approving qualified students to consume medical …

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Photos celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in Chicago

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month , established by Congress in 1992 in recognition of the nation’s Asians and Pacific Islanders. According to the U.S. Census , as of 2017, 6.1 percent of Chicago’s population was Asian, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander, making it the city’s fifth-largest demographic.

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Fed Chair Powell stresses importance of an independent Fed

In this April 6, 2018, file photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell listens as he tours mHUB during a visit to Chicago. Powell said the Fed’s independence from political pressure plays a key role in enabling the central bank to fight inflation, stabilize the economy, and regulate the financial system.

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71 arrested in overnight organized crime raids ahead of Memorial Day weekend

Subscribe for unlimited digital access. Try one month for $1! Subscribe for unlimited digital access. Try one month for $1! Chicago Police and federal authorities arrested 71 people in a series of raids overnight targeting organized crime ahead of the …

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Spike in Baton Rouge Killings Renews Concern About Outpacing 2017’s Historic Homicide Rate

After three separate killings in about seven hours during a bloody Sunday in Baton Rouge, residents and law enforcement leaders are hoping to reverse the current trend and avoid another year like 2017 — when East Baton Rouge Parish saw a historic spike in homicides at a rate outpacing Chicago’s.

“I’m surprised and disappointed at this year’s numbers so far,” said Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul. “{snip} We need help from the community to stop this culture of violence in Baton Rouge.”

The parish has seen 35 intentional and unjustified killings since the start of 2018, according to records maintained by The Advocate. That number is nine more than at this time last year when the total stood at 26.

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The three fatal shootings this weekend brought this month’s homicide tally to 10 — the highest number in one month since December. The Advocate tracks unjustified and intentional killings across East Baton Rouge Parish, but the current numbers could change in the future since some cases are still under investigation and could later be ruled justified or unintentional.

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“One of the things that stands out to me is that the community is sick and tired of these murders, and because of that they’re providing information to law enforcement,” [Paul] said. “There’s still some fear, but people are cooperating with law enforcement and we’re thankful for that.”

Chief Murphy Paul

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Paul also said he plans to reallocate department resources, adding homicide detectives and sending patrols into neighborhoods that see the most violent crime. He asked for public input on where and when that presence is most needed.

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The first killing occurred around 3 p.m. when Arvion Finley, 20, was fatally shot on Gus Young Avenue  — not far from an elementary school and across the street from a community center where dozens of people had gathered to celebrate a child’s birthday. He was pronounced dead on the scene, his body lying near the parking lot of a car wash as detectives canvassed the area and neighbors looked on.

Police arrested Robert Harrell, 40, in Finley’s death. He was booked Sunday night into Parish Prison on counts of second-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and illegal use of weapons.

Harrell had texted Finley earlier Sunday and asked him to come by the shop to get some money, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by Baton Rouge police. And Finley wasn’t the only one: Harrell also texted other shop employees to meet him at the location with “hammers,” which police believe to be slang for a firearm.

Harrell, of 1554 North 47th St., later told police that Finley had been threatening him and showed up at the shop with a gun, according to the affidavit. The man said he was wrestling the gun away from Finley when the weapon went off. That report is “inconsistent” with recordings of the shooting as well as several suspected gunshot wounds in Finley’s back, police wrote.

A witness who called 911 told police he was with Finley all day and did not see him with a firearm.

Robert Harrell

Just hours after Finley’s death, Baton Rouge police again responded to another fatal shooting, this time at the intersection of Main Street and North 17th Street.

Kelvin Howard, 41, was pronounced dead on the scene and another man was taken to the hospital with injuries. Both were shot outside an old bank building in a section of Mid City caught halfway between blight and redevelopment.

Police arrested Deandre Hollins on Monday after he turned himself in. Hollins was booked on counts of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon and aggravated assault.

According to Hollins’ arrest report, he was laughing and joking with the two victims but then became angry. He went to a van, armed himself with a gun and began shooting, police said in an affidavit for arrest warrant. Hollins then fled the scene in the van.

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DeAndre Hollins

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