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Sept. 20 (UPI) — Three Democratic congressmen were arrested outside of Trump Tower in New York City Tuesday night while protesting for immigrants’ rights. Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), were arrested on civil disobedience charges, reported CNN. Melissa Mark-Viverito, the speaker of the New York City Council, and six other protesters were also arrested. “I stood in front of Trump Tower today with a whole lot of DREAMers, immigrants and Americans to say enough to Trump and his criminalization of our immigrant communities,” Grijalva wrote on his official Facebook page. In a statement, Guttierez said protesters were urging Trump to reverse his decision to end the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program, which allows undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children to stay in the country under certain circumstances. “We’re taking the necessary steps to make it clear to President Trump, the Republicans and the …

Former Chicago police Sgt. Eddie Hicks on Sept. 19, 2017.  (FBI) A 15-year international manhunt for a former Chicago police sergeant facing federal drug conspiracy charges ended Tuesday after the man was arrested in Detroit. Eddie Hicks, 68, was charged in 2001 with leading a group of corrupt officers who used fake search warrants to rob drug dealers. Authorities said his crew would keep the illicit money for themselves and then sell the drugs, the Chicago Tribune reported.   He fled the night before his trial was set to begin in 2003 and was believed to have traveled to Brazil. Hicks worked on the Chicago Police Department for 29 years, spending most of his time as a narcotics officer. Authorities say Hicks and his men extorted drug dealers for nearly 10 years before one bust went wrong, leading to Hicks’ eventual arrest. In 2000 Hicks raided the house of a drug dealer while he was …

Four students at a South Carolina high school have been disciplined for spelling out “rape” during a football game, and then sharing the image through social media. The male students at Westside High School in Anderson, during a game Friday against D.W. Daniel High School, rearranged themselves to form the word, and captioned the Snapchat, “What do we do to Daniel.” The game was part of the “Touchdown Against Cancer” series, a breast cancer awareness fundraiser, and students had painted their chests to read, “Bump Cancer.” After the picture surfaced and spread, Anderson 5 Citizens for Quality Education, a group of “concerned parents, students and citizens” from Anderson, released a statement condemning the apparent joke. “Using the threat of rape, even as an analogy, is not behavior that any school or parent (or hopefully would) condone,” the post read. “Rape culture in high school and college is a real threat to many students.” Kyle Newton, director of …

Whitney High School in Cerritos, Calif. received major backlash for their slavery ‘simulation’ lesson to 8th grade students.  (Google Street View) A California high school is facing a backlash after administering an interactive mock slavery lesson to students. In the activity at Whitney High School, 8th grade students played the part of slaves, with their hands bound with masking tape, CBS Los Angeles reported. The teachers played the part of the slave ship captains. An explainer of the lesson plan was emailed to parents Sept. 5, describing it as a “simulation activity” looking to teach “students about the slave system in colonial America.” One parent posted a copy of the letter to Facebook. It said the teachers would line the students up outside their classrooms, tie their wrists together with masking tape and make them lie on the ground inside a dark room while they watched a clip from the movie “Roots.” It also said …

A screengrab taken from a video of a fallen soldier returning home to her family in Oklahoma.  (Facebook / Jennifer Nadeau) The emotional sight of a fallen soldier being returned to her family brought almost an entire plane of people to tears. The moment was captured by one of the passengers on Sept. 13 and posted on Facebook the following day. When a Delta flight landed at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma with the body of a fallen sailor, passenger Mike Helms, who posted a picture online, said the captain made an announcement to explain the situation. “The pilot announced that he would like to inform us that we were flying one of our fallen soldiers home to her family,” Mike Helms said in his Facebook post. “He asked that we remain on the plane until our soldier was removed from the plane first. He also asked that we give a moment of silence.” The …

Sept. 19 (UPI) — Drugstore chain Walgreens received approval from U.S. regulators to purchase nearly 2,000 Rite Aid stores, the company said Tuesday. The $4.375 billion deal will give Walgreens control of 1,932 Rite Aid stores across the United States. Walgreens originally attempted to buy the entire Rite Aid company, but U.S. antitrust regulators frowned on the deal, causing the drugstore giant to eventually abandon its plan and settle for 254 fewer stores. The Rite Aid stores that were acquired are primarily in the northeast and southern United States and will eventually be rebranded as Walgreens stores, the company said. “Combining Walgreens retail pharmacy network with a strong portfolio of Rite Aid locations is expected to help us achieve enhanced, sustainable growth while enabling us to broaden our reach and provide greater access to convenient, affordable care in more local neighborhoods across the United States,” Walgreens CEO Stefano Pessina said in a press release. But Federal Trade Commissioner Terrell …

Sept. 19 (UPI) — Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, President Donald Trump‘s pick to be the U.S. ambassador to Russia, told Congress on Tuesday there’s “no question Russia interfered” with the 2016 presidential election. Huntsman answered questions from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as part of his nomination process. He said Russia’s attempts to interfere in the U.S. election threatened the two countries’ relationship. Citing his time as Utah governor, he said, “you have nothing more important than the integrity of your election process,” Huntsman said. “To work to undercut, to subvert or sow seeds of doubt of distrust of that system is the highest level of injury that can be laid on any election system.” Huntsman said “Russia continues to threaten stability in Europe” by violating the sovereignty of neighboring countries, including Ukraine, where he said he hoped to help bring about a peaceful solution to the Crimea conflict. Additionally, he said he seeks …

Terry Britt, aka ‘Chester the Molester,’ is questioned by prosecutor Jennifer Nichols Monday during the Holly Bobo murder trial in Savannah, Tenn.  (Kenneth Cummings/The Jackson Sun) Attorneys for the man accused of killing Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo argued Tuesday that investigators had arrested the wrong person and attempted to raise suspicions about a local sex offender known locally as “Chester the Molester.” Terry Dicus, the former lead investigator in the case for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), testified that he had ruled out Zachary Adams as a suspect shortly after Bobo disappeared in April 2011. Instead, Dicus said, he had focused on Terry Britt, who has multiple convictions for sex offenses dating back to the 1970s and lived near the Bobo home in Decatur County, about 100 miles southwest of Nashville. Former Tennessee Bureau of Investigation criminal investigator Terry Dicus is questioned by Assistant District Attorney Paul Hagerman Tuesday.  (Kenneth Cummings/The Jackson Sun) …

Matthew “Max” Kennedy, was dismissed of criminal charges and served a $150 fine after his arrest in August.  (Barnstable Police Department) A member of the Kennedy clan left court on Tuesday with a fine to pay, after facing possible criminal charges after a wild party at the family’s home in Hyannis Port, Mass. Disorderly conduct charges against Matthew “Max” Kennedy, 52, were dropped by the Barnstable District Court, on the condition that he pay a $150 fine and admit responsibility for a noise violation at the party on Aug. 20, the Boston Herald reported. Max Kennedy is the son of late senator Robert F. Kennedy and his wife Ethel. Kennedy and his daughter, Caroline, 23, were arrested in August after police were called to the scene of a house party after reportedly receiving several complaints from neighbors about noise and fireworks. Caroline reported told police, “I’m drunk… I know that.” Caroline Kennedy, 23, was arrested with her …

BATON ROUGE, La. –  A 23-year-old white man was arrested Tuesday and accused of cold-bloodedly killing two black men and shooting up a black family’s home in a string of attacks last week that police say may have been racially motivated. A law enforcement official said authorities found a handwritten copy of an Adolf Hitler speech at Kenneth James Gleason’s home, and investigators said surveillance footage and DNA on a shell casing link him to the crimes. Authorities said he would be charged with first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of a homeless man and a dishwasher who was walking to work. In each case, the killer opened fire from his car, then walked up to the victim as he lay on the ground and fired again repeatedly, police said. “I feel confident that this killer would have killed again,” interim Police Chief Jonny Dunnam said. Gleason’s attorney, J. Christopher Alexander, said his client “vehemently …

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