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Jesse Jackson Jr. sent to solitary then transferred to new prison for helping other inmates

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. — son of civil rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson — was sent to solitary confinement earlier this year for helping other inmates understand and assert their rights, then transferred to a different prison. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Jackson was segregated from the inmate…

Idaho 14-year-old shoots dad in ‘brain,’ hacks brother with machete after ‘zombie’ talk

A 14-year-old Idaho boy has reportedly confessed to shooting his father and brother to death following a discussion about zombies. According to the Coeur d’Alene Press, Eldon Samuel III was charged with first degree murder for allegedly killing his father, 46-year-old Eldon G. Samuel, Jr., and his brother, 13-year-old Jonathan…

MLK on NBC in ’63: ‘The shape of the world today does not permit us the luxury of anemic democracy’

Fifty years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and NAACP executive secretary Roy Wilkins sat with a panel of reporters on Meet the Press. NBC broadcast the show three days before King delivered the historic “I have a dream” speech at the March on Washington. In retrospect, the questions…

Man kills boss and co-worker before killing himself in Florida ‘complete shooting rampage’

A North Florida man shot two people dead and left two more wounded before turning the gun on himself Saturday, according to news reports around Gainesville. Police said 72-year-old Hubert Allen, Jr., the step-grandfather of Buffalo Bills running back CJ Spiller, shot the owner of the trucking company where he used…

Boston mosque refuses to bury alleged bomber’s corpse

A Boston-area mosque has refused to bury the body of 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the men allegedly behind the Boston Marathon bombing, his aunt tells NBC News. Patimat Suleimanova said that Tsarnaev’s body has been released to his family, who requested a funeral from their local mosque. She did…

Boston bombing survivor needs donations to pay his medical bills

Jeff Bauman, Jr., who helped authorities in their search for the suspects connected to Monday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon, has taken to social media to enlist help in paying his medical bills. Think Progress reported on Friday that a donation page has been set up to pay the $300,000…

Hollywood stars pressure action on gun violence

Hollywood celebrities and children of slain Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy joined shooting victims Wednesday in demanding tougher action from US lawmakers on reducing gun violence. Comedian Chris Rock, aging Grammy-winner Tony Bennett and actress Amanda Peet brought their starpower to Congress to press for legislation that…

Maher: ‘Left and right’ need to stop getting outraged over ‘every little thing’

On last night’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Maher expanded upon his recent Op Ed piece in the New York Times asking “on the left and the right in this country” to stop asking each other to apologize over “every little thing.” It was the last rule in the weekly…

Mayor besieged by thousands of tacos after racist remark

When recently asked about his support for Latino rights, the mayor of East Haven, Connecticut said that he “might have some tacos” for dinner. Little did he know, a local group of activists would be happy to take him up on that. Days later, 500 tacos showed up at Mayor…

Texas girl’s plea for justice rides balloon all the way to Florida

When El Paso first-grader Marcella Ornelas wrote her “dream” for a more secure future for all on a notepad and taped the message to a single blue balloon, she couldn’t have guessed it would be recovered by two little girls all the way in Florida. The note was part of…

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