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Chicago drops objection to releasing police shooting video

Another teen shot by policeMayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has changed course and said Wednesday that it is dropping its objection to releasing video footage that shows a Chicago Police officer fatally shooting a 17-year-old unarmed black teenager.

The decision on the video, which is evidence in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the city and two police officers for the 2013 death of Cedrick Chatman, comes as the Chicago Police Department and Emanuel are facing an avalanche of criticism over the use of force by the city’s police.


Kansas holds children of Colorado veteran who uses medical marijuana

Kansas holds GI's 5 children over his medical marijuana useRaymond Schwab, an honorably discharged veteran, moved to Colorado last year to get treated for post-traumatic stress and chronic pain with medical marijuana.

He didn't expect Kansas would take his children in return.

"They're basically using my kids as a pawn to take away freedoms I fought for," he said. "It's a horrible position to put me in."


Bill that ends ban on shacking up heads to Florida Senate for vote

Dohabitation law in FloridaA push by Democratic legislators to repeal Florida’s ban on shacking up together keeps moving forward.

A Senate panel on Thursday voted in favor of the bill sponsored by Sen. Eleanor Sobel. This means that the bill (SB 498) will head to the full Senate for a vote.

Several legislators have tried in the last few years to repeal the ban but have been unsuccessful. The law prohibiting unmarried couples from living together has been on the books since 1868.

TVNL Comment:  Guess which part has voted to keep this silly law on the books.  Duh.


Oregon standoff: Militants say they'll reveal exit plan Friday

Oregon occupiersThe armed militants occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge announced Tuesday morning that they will drive into Burns at the end of the week to hold a community meeting and inform residents when they will leave.

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Friday evening, said Robert "LaVoy" Finicum. The location has yet to be determined. All are invited to attend, Finicum added.


National Guard to distribute water in Flint

national Guard to distribute water in FlintGov. Rick Snyder late Tuesday activated the Michigan National Guard to help distribute bottled water and filters in Flint and asked the federal government for help dealing with a drinking water crisis that began months ago.

Snyder's executive order triggering the Guard's deployment is intended to bolster outreach to residents, whose tap water became contaminated with too much lead after the city switched its water supply in 2014 to save money while under state financial management. Local officials first declared a public health emergency in Flint in October in response to tests that showed children with elevated levels of lead.


Wheaton College students rally in support of hijab-wearing professor

Professor Hawkins to be firedDozens of students at Wheaton College in suburban Chicago protested on Monday against the school's move to terminate an associate professor who said Christians and Muslims worship the same God — a statement she made while wearing a hijab to show solidarity with women who face Islamophobia.

Students filled the steps of the school's Edman Memorial Chapel chanting "Reinstate Doc Hawk," a nickname for Larycia Hawkins. The Protestant evangelical college said in a Jan. 5 statement on its website that its provost had begun a process for terminating her.


More than 100 people shot in Chicago in first 10 days of 2016

120 shot in chicago in first 10 day s of 20216More than 100 Chicagoans have been shot in the first 10 days of 2016 — a jarring figure three times more than last year.

At least 19 people were shot and killed between New Year’s Day and Monday morning, including someone gunned down just blocks away from the mayor’s home, the Chicago Tribune reported. Another 101 were injured by firearms.

Those shocking figures far surpass last year’s tally: During the same time period in 2015, nine people had been killed and 31 had been injured. By the end of the year, nearly 3,000 people had been shot.


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