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"The Wire' creator and showrunner David Simon (YouTube)

‘Wire’ creator David Simon calls for peace in Baltimore as ex-star Felicia Pearson slams ‘corrupt’ police

“Changes are necessary and voices need to be heard,” Simon wrote on his blog. “All of that is true and all of that is still possible."
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Rival Bloods and Crips gangs teaming up to ‘take out’ Baltimore cops: authorities

Baltimore Police say they have received a “credible threat” that rival gangs have teamed up to “take out” law enforcement officers.
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5 foods we thought were bad for us, now turn out to be good

And 4 other foods we are still debating.
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Americans think prison rape is funny because of who gets hurt

Prison rape is a staple of American comedy because nothing is as hilarious as bad people getting their comeuppance – especially if they are black men
Protesters take to the street in Baltimore calling for murder charges against the police officers who arrested Freddie Gray. [WJZ-TV]

Right-wing media exploits unrest in Baltimore to push ‘race war’ narrative

#BlackLivesMatter is not targeting white people, it’s targeting white supremacy.
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Georgia man’s life destroyed after he is jailed for 7 months — and then acquitted in 45 minutes

A Georgia man lost custody of his two sons, his business, his apartment, most of his belongings, and seven months of his life when he was jailed for allegedly attacking a social worker.
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Cancer patient with a week to live flees Kansas for-profit Medicaid for life-saving surgery in Memphis

After taking office, Gov. Brownback reformed the state’s Medicaid system by enrolling low-income and disabled patients in a for-profit system called KanCare.
Bastrop County Jade Helm 15 (Ustream)

Paranoid Texans grill Army spokesman on Jade Helm 15 exercise that’s sparking fears of military takeover

The Army spokesman assured participants that the United Nations was not involved in the operations, but the crowd jeered when he told them he was not familiar with Agenda 21 – another conspiracy theory.
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Here are 5 ways it’s become a crime to be poor in America — punishable by further impoverishment

A new report details perverse policies that are driving more people into hopeless, inescapable poverty.