Archive | January 2014

Young America Responds To The State Of The Union Address With Their Own

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Minutes after President Obama concluded his State of the Union Address last night, Phillip Agnew of the youth empowerment group, the Dream Defenders delivered the League of Young Voters’ first ever State of the Youth Address.

This address outlined the social justice priorities of millions of young voters of color. These priorities include issues that affect the urban community such as  gun violence, minimum wage, education, immigration, racial equality and more.

The State of the Youth Address is the postmortem to the League of Young Voters’ pre-State of the Union #BarackTalk Twitter Townhall where the League and additional civic engagement groups talked about issues anticipated for discussion for the State of the Union.  It allowed tthe younger generation to talk back to President Obama–raising their voices to make change in Washington, reflecting their standing in the 2014 political landscape.

The League meets young people where they are, works on issues…

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Mall shooter Darion Aguilar wrote of plan to kill people, police say

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(CNN) — Darion Aguilar, who killed two people then himself at a Maryland mall last weekend, wrote in his personal journal about planning to kill people, Howard County police revealed Wednesday.

Aguilar also wrote that he was apologizing to his family “for what he was planning to do,” according to police, who released information about what was in the journal. Aguilar wrote that he had a plan but did not explain what that plan was or mention whether it targeted anyone specifically.

Aguilar’s mother told reporters Sunday that her son was a “gentle, sweet kid,” and that she doesn’t think he knew his victims — 21-year-old Brianna Benlolo and 25-year-old Tyler Johnson.

Police say Aguilar went to the The Mall in Columbia on Saturday and fired as many as nine shots while in a skateboard apparel shop where Benlolo and Johnson worked.

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I-Team: Natick Police Shut Down Sex Trade Operation

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NATICK (CBS) – Police arrested two women on Monday, saying they performed sex acts for money, only to learn they were being held against their will.

The I-Team first reported the problem of human trafficking in the suburbs back in November.

Investigators say there are hundreds of these sex trade operations across state. The I-Team reported about arrests in North Andover, Sudbury and Braintree just to name a few. Now Natick Police have moved in to shut another operation down.

The Oasis Spa was seeing customers on Cochituate Street in Natick. Police say it is yet another example of the forced sex trade thriving in Bay State suburbs.

Natick Police arrested two Chinese nationals, a 45-year-old New York resident and a 39-year-old who police believe was forced to live at the spa, while preforming sex acts on customers in exchange for food.

The older woman is charged with enslaving the…

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First Look: First Lady Michelle Obama Joins Puppy Bowl And Afropop Goes To Sierra Leone

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For The Kids  During Super Bowl

According to an Animal Planet news release, it was a very busy practice session: “Bo and Sunny lined the pups up for practice on the White House South Lawn to run through tire and tackle drills, hone their ball and chew toy skills, play fetch with the kids and of course take a requisite water break with the First Lady followed by a nap in the grass.”

The event was organized as part of the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” initiative against childhood obesity, and encouraged frolicking with canine friends as a fun way for youngsters to stay active.

“It was so much fun to see the Puppy Bowl X Team work out at the White House!” said Obama. “As our family has seen with Bo and Sunny, going outside to walk and play with your pet is a perfect way to get moving and…

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NNew York man pleads guilty to smuggling nearly 40,000 piranhas

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(CNN) — New York City resident Joel Rakower bit off more than he could chew when he smuggled nearly 40,000 piranhas into the United States.

Rakower pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn to smuggling the deadly piranhas from 2011 to 2012, according to a U.S. Department of Justice statement. The federal Lacey Act combats trafficking in “illegal” wildlife, fish and plants.

In a plea agreement, Rakower admitted that his company purchased piranhas from a Hong Kong tropical fish supplier and imported them to the city, according to the statement.

Rakower instructed the foreign supplier to falsely label the exotic fish on packing lists as silver tetras, a common and unaggressive aquarium fish, because New York City prohibited the possession of piranhas, the statement said.

Rakower smuggled 39,548 piranhas over the course of 2011 and 2012, swimming up costs of approximately $37,376, according to the statement.

Piranhas, freshwater fish…

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