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Tensions In Baltimore Continue To Simmer After Days Of Riots And Protests Over Death Of Freddie Gray

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Baltimore Police Department Crumbles In The Wake Of Civil Unrest

This is not a good look for Baltimore’s Police Commissioner, Anthony Batts. Not only are they getting bad publicity for escorting the cops in the Freddie Gray murder trial to prison without using handcuffs (special treatment, much?), but the city is experiencing one of its deadliest months in years and arrests are down by 50 percent. Stronger, more effective police intervention is clearly needed; just yesterday, the bodies of an unidentified woman and her eight year old son were discovered with gun shots to their heads. Read the stories at the Baltimore Sun, Fox News and CBS.


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Nigeria Inaugurates Its New President, Kerry Expands US Military Assistance

Muhammadu Buhari, Goodluck Jonathan’s successor as the president of Nigeria, had his inauguration ceremony today. At the ceremony, Buhari promised “increased prosperity” for the country. Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry has his sights set on helping the Nigerian military defeat the Boko Haram. Kerry has declared that he’ll be expanding US military aid to help Nigeria develop its military training and strategy to bring down the terrorist group. Read the story at the New York Times.

Lower-Class Black Women Have Bigger Risk Of Heart Disease And Stroke

Having low wages poses a bigger issue than just struggling to cover the bills—it poses a threat to our health, too. In a study conducted by a researcher at the National Human Genome Research Institute, results showed that African Americans women whom under the age of 50 and of lower socioeconomic status were twice as likely to suffer from heart disease or stroke than those of higher status. The study also found that lower-income men and women were three times at a greater risk to suffer from cardiovascular problems.

FIFA Presidential Elections Commence Amid Top Officials’ Arrests, Extortion & Fraud Scandal

Sepp Blatter, the current president of FIFA, is keeping an awfully cool cover this morning. Despite this week’s dramatic series of events in which approximately a dozen leading FIFA officials were arrested for corruption, Blatter is confident that he’ll defeat his contender, Prince Ali of Jordan to win a fifth term leading the federation. Read the ins and outs of the election here at the New York Times.

Google Launches New Features For Free, Unlimited Photo Storage

Finally, some good news today! Google is dividing its photo storage service from Google+ to offer users the ability to back-up 6MP for photos and 1080p for videos in Google’s cloud free of charge. Google is unveiling the service today to Android, iOS and web users. Read the story at TechCrunch.

Freddie Gray Cops Escorted To Prison Without Handcuffs  was originally published on hellobeautiful.com