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‘The Wire’ actor says stop-and-frisk cops mistake him for a real dealer

Actor J.D. Williams, who played drug dealer Preston “Bodie” Broadus on HBO’s critically-acclaimed series The Wire, says he is often stopped by police who mistakenly recognize him as someone they’ve busted before. Capital New York caught up with Williams on Sunday while he was protesting the New York Police Department’s…

Supreme Court rules U.S. must repay Native American tribes for federal programs

The US Supreme Court Monday ordered the government to repay to Native American tribes the costs of running federal programs including education, homeland security and environmental protection. In a victory for the Navajo Indians and several other tribes, the top court ruled by five to four the government must reimburse…

Romney says gas station’s touch-screen ordering is ‘amazing’

It doesn’t take a lot to impress Mitt Romney. At a campaign stop in Pennsylvania on Sunday, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee told a crowd that he had been astonished by a touch screen computer used to order food at the Wawa gas station chain. “Where do you get your…

Massachusetts man charged in assault with stolen sausage

A 22-year-old Brockton, Massachusetts man was charged on Sunday morning with assaulting another man with stolen sausage links and a wrench, in attack police and the victim said appeared to be unmotivated, according to The Enterprise News. Michael A. Baker was arrested after a passer-by spotted his victim bleeding from…

Melissa Harris-Perry: ‘Our fear of each other’ makes us ‘easy to divide’

At Monday’s opening plenary of the progressive Take Back America conference in Washington, D.C., Tulane University professor and MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry traced the complex path progressives have taken in the post-September 11 world, pointing out how creating racial enemies creates a “fear of each other” that makes Americans “exceptionally…

Republican rep.: Young immigrants ‘had a say’ in crossing border

A Republican representative from Texas says that he opposes President Barack Obama’s policy of halting deportations for some young undocumented immigrants because 16-year-old kids “have a say” in whether or not they cross the border with their family. “Well, you are also talking about people that came over 16 years…

CNN host scolds heckler: Obama’s race is ‘the elephant in the Rose Garden’

CNN host Don Lemon on Sunday suggested that Daily Caller reporter Neil Munro may not have heckled President Barack Obama last week if the commander-in-chief had not been black. Munro claimed on Friday that he had thought the president had finished delivering an official statement on immigration policy when he…

Man on life support after Minneapolis cop punches him for ‘talking loud’

Sgt. David Clifford, a member of the Minneapolis SWAT team, turned himself in to authorities on Sunday after a father of four who he reportedly “sucker punched” for talking too loud spent Father’s Day in intensive care. Mike Archambault told KMSP-TV that his longtime friend, Brian Vander Lee, was at…

American craft beer’s popularity behind record number of breweries

After a long day in the classroom, middle school teacher Melissa Repsch likes nothing more than to sit down to a fine dinner with beer — craft beer, that is. Like a growing number of Americans, she has developed a passion for full-flavored beers from small-volume, fiercely independent local breweries…

Bloomberg remains firm on stop and frisk policy despite march

Thousands of people marched in silence in New York to protest against street checks by police that rights activists say disproportionately target blacks and Hispanics. The demonstration, called by civil rights organizations, began in Harlem and moved south through Manhattan to the residence of Mayor Michael Bloomberg in Manhattan’s posh…

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