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'Man holding fruit in his hand' [Shutterstock]

Can he file an a-peel?: Colorado man arrested for ‘menacing’ deputies with a banana

Authorities in Fruitvale, Colorado arrested a 27-year-old man for allegedly putting them in fear for their lives by pointing a banana at them, KCNC-TV reported.
The Antikythera Mechanism, as displayed at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece [Wikipedia Commons]

Researchers say Greeks’ ‘first analog computer’ could date back as far as 205 B.C.

New findings suggest an ancient Greek device often referred to as the world’s “first analog computer” might be even older than anticipated, the New York Times reported.
Tamir Rice

Ohio paper defends reporting domestic violence charges against Tamir Rice’s father

Editors are attempting to explain why an Ohio newspaper published an investigative story examining the criminal background of a family whose 12-year-old son was fatally shot by police while playing with a replica gun.
Woman with hands over eyes (Shutterstock)

‘Racism without racists’: White supremacy so deeply American that we don’t even see it

White supremacy is so deeply ingrained in American life that institutionalized racism doesn’t even need racists to persist.
Slave auction (Facebook)

No, ‘Black Friday’ does not refer to slavery — just our annual frenzy of consumerism

Toni Braxton and J.R. Smith shared viral images on their Facebook and Instagram accounts promoting a "Black Friday" boycott to protest the grand jury decision on Officer Darren Wilson by erroneously tying the origins of the orgy of consumerism to slave auctions.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto speaks about a new program against corruption at the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City on Nov. 27, 2014. Photo by Alfredo Estrella for Agence France-Presse.

‘Enough is enough’: Mexico’s president announces federal takeover of local police forces

Mexico’s embattled president unveiled sweeping reforms Thursday to dissolve corruption-plagued municipal police forces nationwide amid an outcry over the role of gang-affiliated authorities in the presumed slaughter of 43 students.
Demonstrators put their hands in the air during a protest against the shooting death of Michael Brown, as police officers (unseen) point their weapons at them in Ferguson, Missouri August 18, 2014. REUTERS/Joshua Lott

Tim Wise: Most white people in America are completely oblivious

Black people have to learn everything about white people just to stay alive. White people just don’t get that.
Video shows Mayra Lazos-Guerrero being trips by Denver police officers (KDVR)

Denver cops trip pregnant woman face first into pavement as they pound boyfriend’s head

Levi Frasier told KDVR that he was recording as two uniformed officers tried to arrest David Flores, who had been identified by narcotics officers for possessing heroin. An arrest report said that a scuffle had started because Flores had stuffed a white sock in his mouth.
American Univ. students protest rogue fraternity (YouTube)

SDSU suspends all frat activities after members wave dildos, throw eggs at rape protesters

On Saturday, police responded to a sexual assault on the very same street on which the protesters had been taunted.