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On Friday, a group of Black Lives Matter activists in Philadelphia placed a giant Ku Klux Klan mask over the head of a statue of Frank Rizzo, a former city mayor, less than two weeks after a petition was started to have the statue taken down.  Asa Khalif, one of the BLM representatives, explained to Philadelphia Magazine his reasoning for putting a KKK mask on the Rizzo statue: He was a…
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Swimmer Simone Manuel made history Thursday night at the Rio Olympics, tying for first in the 100 meter freestyle to become the first African-American woman to win gold in any individual swimming event.  However, intead of airing the monumental moment when Manuel accepted her medal live for the whole country to see, NBC decided instead to stick to their previously planned schedule and show…
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NFL league officials informed the Dallas Cowboys Wednesday that the team would not be allowed to wear a helmet decal honoring Dallas police in preseason or regular season games this year. The Cowboys unveiled the "Arm in Arm" decal on July 30, the first day of training camp, during a ceremony meant to promote unity between the Dallas community and local law enforcement. That same day, players…
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Almost a week in to the Rio Olympics, organizers continue to struggle with filling the stands at almost every venue and event. These attendance issues prompted some strong words from IOC Vice President John Coates, who called the 2016 iteration of the Summer Games the "most difficult" Olympics ever.  In an interview with BBC Thursday morning, Coates expressed his frustrations with the poor…
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While playing hit smartphone game "Pokemon Go" has put several people in hazardous situations, no one has actually claimed the app attacked them -- until now.  According to reports, a young, Russian woman submitted a formal complaint to Moscow police, asserting that she woke up one morning to find a giant Pokemon raping her.  For those unfamiliar, "Pokemon Go" allows users to search for and…
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This fall, the hit smartphone game "Pokemon Go" will join the ranks of academia, as several colleges are designing fitness courses centered around the cartoon critter-catching app.  Just last Saturday, Fresno City College (FCC) in California announced a new one-credit class called "PE-6 Pokemon Go!" on Facebook: After several people understandably questioned the legitimacy of the class,…
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A Layton, Utah police officer was hospitalized Monday after an 18-year-old Subway employee allegedly laced the cop's drink with both methamphetamine and THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.  Tanis Lloyd Ukena was arrested Monday night and remained in Davis County Jail Tuesday in lieu of $10,000 bail after surveillance footage reportedly caught Ukena holding something in his hand while…
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Dozens of law enforcement officers converged on a Amherst, N.Y., Walmart Monday afternoon after a suspected meth lab was discovered in the sewer running beneath the superstore's parking lot.  According to WGRZ, local police found the meth lab in a culvert under one of the roads adjacent to the Walmart while on a routine patrol. Various officials, from fire officers to state troopers to…
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American swimmer Lilly King talked a big game before taking on Russia's Yulia Efimova in the 100 meter breastsroke final Monday night, and then she backed it up in the pool with an exciting gold medal-winning performance, setting a new Olympic record in the process. After calling out Efimova Sunday for the Russian's history of doping with some strong words and a well-timed finger wag, King…
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A group of nearly 30 LGBT advocacy groups penned a letter to Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby Monday, urging the conference to deny Brigham Young University's bid to join the conference because of BYU's "homophobic, biphobic and transphobic policies and practices." Bowlsby has recently been exploring how to expand the conference to 12 or 14 teams, and BYU was immediately considered a front-…