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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

CHICAGO -- In this city's urgent push to rein in gun and gang violence, the Police Department is keeping a list. Derived from a computer algorithm that assigns scores based on arrests, shootings, affiliations with gang members and other variables, the list aims to predict who is most likely to be shot soon or to shoot someone. Shaquon Thomas was on it.

His first arrest came at age 13, and others quickly followed, his face maturing in a progression of mug shots. By 18, Mr. Thomas, who was known as the rapper Young Pappy, had been wounded in a shooting, the police said. Then, last May, Mr. Thomas, 19, was fatally shot in what the police said was a running gang feud. His score was more than 500, putting him near the top of the Chicago Police Department's list. read more


A commencement ceremony turned unruly over the weekend when the keynote speaker, María Elena Salinas, one of the most prominent journalists in Spanish-language news in the U.S., underscored the achievement of the Latinos among the graduates and made some remarks in Spanish.

Non-Latino graduates and their guests at California State University, Fullerton's College of Communications booed the Univision anchor and yelled at her to leave the stage, according to a student who was at the ceremony. read more


First, it is impossible to analyze Clinton -- her policies, her career path, her hair -- without understanding how gender bias operates. Bias plays a role in all of our reactions, no matter how feminist we are. As progressives, it is our duty to resist these stereotypes, and, if we are journalists, to help our readers understand how gender bias operates at an unconscious level. read more


Televangelist Jim Bakker offered yet another extremely vague prophecy while pitching his survival food buckets last week, telling viewers to purchase his $100 "30-Day Fiesta bucket" because God told him that "major events" will occur at some point in the future. After recounting the Mexican food items in the Fiesta Bucket, which he says "passes the official Mexican test" and "is Mexican food that real-life Mexicans approve of," Bakker told viewers, "I believe there's going to be some events take place." read more


Oaklanders who've been jailed for pot in the last ten years will go to the front of the line for legal weed permits under a revolutionary new program enacted by the City Council Tuesday night.

The first-in-the-nation idea promises to make international headlines, and redefine the terms of reparations in post-Drug War America. read more


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