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Boy who hugged cop in iconic protest photo may have been killed in fleeing adoptive mother’s cliff crash: report

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A black boy who hugged a white police officer in an image that went viral during the protests over the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson may have been one of the children killed when his adoptive moms drove off a cliff while evading Child Protective Services, the Oregonian reports.

Devonte Hart was famously photographed 2014 crying and hugging a white Portland police officer in a tender moment during an otherwise heated “Black Lives Matter” protest. The hug was seen as a hopeful moment of reconciliation and the image was seen everywhere from to the Guardian to the Washington Post to Today. CNN dubbed it “the hug shared round the world.”

Devonte’s adoptive moms, Jennifer Jean Hart and Sarah Margaret Hart, both 39, drove off a 100-foot cliff near Mendocino on Monday. The women were confirmed killed along with three of their children, Martin, 19, Abigail, 14, and Jeremiah, 14.

Devonte Hart in a video from the protest/Screenshot

Authorities are still looking for three other children: Devonte, now 15, and and siblings Hannah, 16, and Sierra, 12.

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Jeni Wren Strottup, a friend of the family and a journalist who writes for a local weekly newspaper, said the women had just celebrated the ninth anniversary of the adoption of the children a few days ago.

“I don’t know how it was possible,” she wrote. “I don’t know many people who shared the deep love and hope of the world that you as a family did, inspiring so many.”

Friends on Facebook say they are still hoping that Devonte and his two missing sisters are found alive.

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Trump’s packed Supreme Court backs ‘forced arbitration’ that bars workers from taking abusive bosses to court

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Corporations are rapidly rendering sexual harassment, race and gender discrimination, life-threatening workplaces and wage theft immune to employee legal action.

They achieve this by forcing the vast majority of non-union private-sector workers to sign away their rights to go to court or use class or collective arbitration. Instead many millions of workers are being forced to forgo these efficient legal ways to resolve issues and to file individual arbitration claims.

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute and the Center for Popular Democracy says that by 2024 more than 80% of non-union private-sector workers will find courthouse doors chained shut by forced arbitration clauses that ban lawsuits and collective actions. (EPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to press the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions.)

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Corporations can legally put carcinogens in our food without warning labels — here’s why

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A recent study by the Environmental Working Group revealed something horrifying: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller Roundup, was present in 17 of the 21 oat-based cereal and snack products at levels considered unsafe for children. That includes six different brands of Cheerios, one of the most popular American cereals.

I've written before about the limits of corporate free speech when it comes to public safety, but on that occasion I discussed this insofar as it involved corporate-sponsored climate change denialism. Yet here we have something more tangible, more direct: The safe glyphosate limit for children is 160 parts per billion (ppb), yet Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch has 833 parts per billion and regular Cheerios has 729 ppb. While the potential risks of glyphosate are fiercely debated, many scientists believe that it is linked to cancer.

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‘Washington is no longer functional’: Brian Williams admits he’s sad to report that ‘our government is broken’

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MSNBC anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday reported that America's federal government is broken.

"This was day 908 of the Trump Administration and while there is no joy in it, one way of summing up today is this: Our government’s broken, our politics are broken, Washington is no longer functional, and the cracks in our society are deepening," Williams reported.

"Much of this day was taken up by the discussion of racist statements by the president. Then tonight came the news that had so many people thinking back to when we were different, the death just tonight of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens at the age of 99," he said.

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