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Civil rights activist Dick Gregory dead at 84

Noted comedian, actor and civil rights activist Dick Gregory has died at 84.

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His family confirmed the death Saturday through social media.

Gregory was hospitalized with a serious but stable condition, his son Christian said Thursday.

Gregory is survived by his wife Lillian and their 10 children.

Woman holding American flag dragged by protester in Boston

The Boston “Free Speech” rally ended with 33 arrested and while police were very diligent about keeping the right-wing groups away from protesters, there were still isolated incidents of violence.

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A clip showed a woman holding an American flag as a protester tries to rip it from her hands. The woman held on to the flag and is dragged toward a group of people, some of whom are wearing masks. She then charges into the group, apparently to confront the individual who just tried to take her flag.

Eventually, others come to help and console her. The video was shown on Fox News where a commentator said, “You can’t grab something out of someone’s hand and drag them on the ground, that’s their property and that’s assault.”

The Boston rally has been relatively peaceful. A huge mass of counter-protesters marched through the streets, while only about 60 of the Alt-right protesters were in the park where the rally is being held.

USS Indianapolis discovered after 72 years 

The wreckage of the USS Indianapolis, which was torpedoed and sank during the final days of World War II, has been found 18,000 feet below the north Pacific Ocean.

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The discovery was made Friday by a team of civilian researchers led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, according to the billionaire’s website.

"To be able to honor the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families through the discovery of a ship that played such a significant role in ending World War II is truly humbling," Allen said in a statement.

The heavy cruiser was commissioned in 1932 and was active throughout the war. It was attacked by a Japanese submarine and sunk on July 30, 1945. It went down in 12 minutes, making it impossible to send a distress signal or deploy life-saving equipment. 

Most of 1,196 sailors and Marines aboard survived the sinking, but died later due to exposure, dehydration and drowning. Of the 316 survivors, 22 are still alive.

When it was sunk, the USS Indianapolis had just completed a secret mission delivering components of the atomic bomb used in Hiroshima that brought an end to the war in the Pacific, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington.

Allen's 13-person team will continue to survey the site and tour of the wreckage in compliance with laws governing war graves.

6 arrested in Memphis at rally at Nathan Bedford Forest statue 

A peaceful rally was supposed to occur at the Nathan Bedford Forest Statue on Saturday, but it turned into multiple arrests.

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This rally came one day after it was announced that the Memphis City Council would have a session on Tuesday to discuss “the immediate removal and or sale” of the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park and the Jefferson Davis statue in downtown Memphis.

>> PHOTOS Rally at Nathan Bedford Forest Statue turns into multiple arrests, march 

At one point activists tried to cover the Nathan Bedford Forest Statue, but police removed them.

According to MPD, six at the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue protesters have been arrested. 

The march is still happening now and the activists are headed to bail out the people who were arrested. 

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Widow texts Pulse gunman alibi, deletes message night of attack, new court filing claims

Noor Salman is accused of helping her husband plan and carry out the June 12, 2016, attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and a document filed by prosecutors this week is shedding new light on the case.

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The document filed Thursday lists specific instances that prosecutors intend to pursue during trial, and alludes to a text message allegedly sent by Salman to her husband about his alibi for the attack.Read: Who is Noor (Salman) Mateen, wife of Orlando mass shooter?

That text message “informing him of the cover story she had devised” was deleted from Salman’s phone, along with others, the night of the attack on Pulse, the prosecution filing claimed.

The attack resulted in the deaths of 49 people and injured dozens of others.Photos: A look back at vigils held around the world after Pulse shooting in Orlando

The filing did not say what proof prosecutors had to support the claim, but indicated it would be among the main aspects of their case against Salman.

Other instances of false statements allegedly made by Salman that prosecutors plan to pursue during trial include:

  • Stating to officers of the Fort Pierce Police Department that her husband, Omar Mateen, would not have engaged in violence unless he was protecting himself.
  • Stating to special agents of the FBI that Mateen left their apartment on June 11, 2016, to have dinner with a friend.
  • Stating to FBI special agents that Mateen had one firearm.
  • Stating to FBI special agents that Mateen was not radical or extreme in his beliefs.
  • Stating to FBI special agents that she did not see Mateen with a gun when he left their residence.
  • Stating to FBI special agents that Mateen did not access the internet at their residence and had deleted his Facebook account a long time ago.
  • Stating to FBI special agents that she was unaware that Mateen was planning to conduct a violent terrorist attack.

Atlanta fathers become first black LGBT family to represent European clothing line

You may find many parents playing in the park or taking a dunk in the pool with their kids. But one Atlanta couple have a slightly different agenda. They’re modeling with their little ones, and they’ve just made history as the first black LGBT family to represent a high-fashion European clothing line. 

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Kordale Lewis and Kaleb Anthony first entered the spotlight in 2014 when they posted a photo on Instagram of themselves and their daughters getting ready for school. The pic went viral, garnering more than 50,000 likes. 

But it wasn’t just people on social media who were taking notice. Acne Studios did, too, and made the dads, their two daughters and two sons the face of its fall/winter 2017 campaign. 

“I have been thinking about families for a long time,” Jonny Johansson, Acne's creative director, said in a press release. “We found Atlanta-based couple Kordale Lewis and Kaleb Anthony and their four beautiful children...It is also a way of highlighting that while every family is different, we all have the same love and want the best for our children. There is no ‘normal’ family—all families are normal.”

The family is thrilled to represent the Sweden-based fashion house. They’ve been posting several images from the campaign on their Instagram page. 

Want to learn about Lewis and Anthony’s family? Learn more here

Two Florida police officers fatally shot, suspect in custody

Two Florida police officers were fatally shot while checking out a report of a suspicious person Friday night, Kissimmee police Chief Jeff O’Dell said.

Kissimmee police Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Sam Howard were shot in a scuffle at about 9:30 p.m. at Palmway and East Cypress streets near East Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway and North Main Street, O’Dell said.

Baxter died of his injuries. Howard succumbed to his injuries at Osceola Regional Medical Center Saturday.

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An Osceola County deputy arrested the suspected gunman, Everett Glenn Miller, 45.

The deputy tackled Miller, who had a 9 mm pistol and .22-caliber revolver on him, O'Dell said. Miller was charged with one count of first-degree murder.

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Howard was a 10-year veteran of the department and Baxter had been with the Kissimmee department for three years, O’Dell said.

President Donald Trump tweeted that his “thoughts and prayers” are with the Kissimmee Police Department. 

“We are with you!” the president wrote.

“This is a tough time in law enforcement,” O’Dell said. “I would ask that you pray for the men and women of law enforcement.”

“Tonight we lost a brave officer,” Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted. “Praying for @kissimmeepolice.”

33 arrested at ‘Free Speech’ rally in Boston, police say

A “free speech” rally in Boston Saturday afternoon drew a large crowd of counter-protesters.

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An estimated 15,000 counter-protesters marched through the city to Boston Common, where rally attendees gathered to deliver a series of speeches. 

Police arrested 33 people at the protest, officials said.

The rally ended abruptly, and attendees were escorted by police from the rally area. Tense clashes between rally attendees, counter-protesters and authorities occurred after the rally ended.

>> Tensions high in N.C. amid rumored KKK march

Duke removes Robert E. Lee statue from chapel entrance

Duke University released a statement Saturday morning that said the school removed the Robert E. Lee statue from its chapel entrance.

The announcement comes days after the statue was one of many vandalized around the nation after the Charlottesville, Virginia protests.

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The Duke University president, Vincent E. Price, sent the following statement to the students:

To the Duke community,

After hearing from and consulting with a number of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and with the strong support of the Board of Trustees, I authorized the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee from the entrance of Duke Chapel early this morning.

I took this course of action to protect Duke Chapel, to ensure the vital safety of students and community members who worship there, and above all to express the deep and abiding values of our university.

The removal also presents an opportunity for us to learn and heal. The statue will be preserved so that students can study Duke’s complex past and take part in a more inclusive future.

Wednesday night’s act of vandalism made clear that the turmoil and turbulence of recent months do not stop at Duke’s gates. We have a responsibility to come together as a community to determine how we can respond to this unrest in a way that demonstrates our firm commitment to justice, not discrimination; to civil protest, not violence; to authentic dialogue, not rhetoric; and to empathy, not hatred.

As part of this effort, I am creating a commission, to include faculty, students, staff, alumni, trustees and members of the Durham community, to advise on next steps and to assist us in navigating the role of memory and history at Duke. The commission will look at how we memorialize individuals on the Duke campus in buildings and sculpture and recommend principles drawn from Duke’s core values to guide us when questions arise. I will ask this commission to work expeditiously.

In addition, and in concert with Provost Sally Kornbluth, we will use the next year to explore various aspects of Duke's history and ambitions through teaching and scholarship. This will include an exhibition in the Library; a campus conversation about controversy and injustice in Duke’s history; and a forum to explore academic freedom, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly in the university. Further information about these programs will be forthcoming.

As this process moves forward, I welcome your thoughts about how Duke can best address the troubling events of the past few months, learn from a careful and unvarnished understanding of our national and institutional history, and build a stronger, more inclusive future as a university community.

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