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Martin Alan Schnitzler Pleads Guilty For Hate Crimes Against Muslims, Faces Max 20 Years

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The Justice Department has announced that Martin Alan Schnitzler, 43, pleaded guilty to “obstructing persons in the free exercise of religious beliefs” in the Middle District of Florida for a Nov. 13, 2015 hate crime against Muslims.  He is responsible for calling two mosques located in Pinellas County, Florida to make …

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Feds Raid Georgia Prisons, FBI Arrests 46 Georgia Correctional Officers In Massive Drug Trafficking Operation

(Credit: Paul J. Richards/AFP)

Federal law enforcement officials have reported the arrest of 46 correctional officers, both current and former, in nine Georgia prisons. The arrests were the result of a two-year undercover sting operation which originally focused on smuggling cell phones.  The FBI had been alerted to the fact that guards were acquiring …

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Justice for Akai Gurley? –Peter Liang Of NYPD Convicted Of Manslaughter By Jury

Officer Peter Liang, whose ricocheting bullet killed Mr. Gurley, who was unarmed, in a Brooklyn housing project in 2014, reacted as the guilty verdict was read in court on Thursday. (Mary Altaffer)

A rookie police officer, Peter Liang was convicted of manslaughter in Brooklyn today for the Nov. 20, 2014 shooting of Akai Gurley.  The prosecution said Liang’s service weapon went off as he and his partner entered a dark stairwell where 28-year-old Gurley was walking with his girlfriend.  The bullet ricocheted off …

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House Republicans Argue Against Reproductive Rights For Women With Zika Virus In Developing Nations

In this Jan. 26, 2016 photo, Daniele Ferreira dos Santos holds her son Juan Pedro, who was born with microcephaly, outside her house in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. Santos was never diagnosed with Zika, but she blames the virus for her son’s defect and for the terrible toll it has taken on her life. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

At a congressional hearing about the Zika virus and its spread from the developing world, House GOP members spoke out against efforts to provide contraception and abortion access to women who have become infected by the viral strain known to cause severe birth defects.  The $1.8 billion in emergency aid requested by …

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Justin Ladd Pleads Guilty After Years Of Racially Motivated Abuse Of Two Stepdaughters

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A 35-year old man from North Andover, MA pleaded guilty in regards to accusations that he tortured and sexually abused his two stepdaughters over a five-year period because their father is Dominican, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s office. Justin Ladd systematically abused his stepdaughters, now 15 and 17, …

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Christian Professor Suspended In December For Statements Of Solidarity With Muslims Will Resign From Wheaton College

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Larycia Hawkins, the Christian professor suspended by Wheaton College for wearing hijab out of solidarity with the Muslim women who face discrimination in the Christmas season, will not be returning to work. In December 2015, Hawkins was put on leave after making the following statement on her Facebook page along …

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Los Angeles Schools Ban ICE Agents — No Raids On Campus

mmigrant rights activists protest in front of the White House in December ahead of deportation sweeps. (Shawn Thew / EPA)

In a unanimous vote by the school board of the Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday, immigration agents will be barred from conducting their raids on school campuses.  The vote was held after immigrant parents spoke out that they distrusted the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and were afraid to send their …

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Military Leaders Black Out Information on Guantanamo Bay Hunger Strike

In the past, Navy medics showed visiting reporters a restraint chair, a symbol of the hidden hunger strike at the detention center at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, inside the hospital’s acute care unit. It was not on display during a media visit on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. This photo was approved for release by the U.S. military. WALTER MICHOT wmichot@miamiherald.com

Statistics on hunger strikes and forced feeds through nasal-gastric tubes have long been a useful tool in measuring unrest at Guantanamo Bay detainment facility.  At one point in 2013, the military disclosed that over 100 prisoners were on hunger strike and, at the height of their protest, 46 had been force-fed …

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