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September, 2015


Detroit Dad and Daughter Surprised With Furnished, Disability-Friendly Home

Dreia Davis’ life was flipped upside down in August 2009, when, at the age of 13, she was shot in the face in a drive-by shooting on Detroit’s east side.  Source: theroot

Calif. Artist Shot Dead While Working on Community Mural 

An artist working on a community art project in West Oakland, Calif., was shot dead Tuesday, stirring grief and disbelief, CBS San Francisco reports. Source: theroot

Convicted Killer Released From La. Prison by Mistake

On Sept. 23 the Dixon Correctional Institute in Louisiana released Benjuiel Johnson, but there was only one problem: Johnson, who was sentenced in 2013 to 35 years for manslaughter, wasn’t supposed to be released. Source: theroot

5 Reasons to Pay Close Attention to the Congressional Leadership Race

The sudden resignation of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) may have been a House of Cards-like script waiting in the lurch, but it was the last thing we saw coming the day after Pope Francis’ mic drop before Congress. Source: theroot

Andre Royo: From Bubbles on The Wire to Thirsty on Empire

Thanks to The Wire, arguably television’s most underrated series of all time, Andre Royo is affectionately known as “Bubbles” or “Bubs,” the drug-addicted informant. But it’s been some time since he’s been back in the mix in a television series. Although he has a role as Mayor Robert “Bobo” Boston on Amazon’s Hand of God, fans will likely be most excited about his turn on Empire as Lucious Lyon’s new attorney Thirsty Rawlings. The Root caught up with the Bronx, N.Y., native to talk about The Wire and Empire. Source:Read More

Ben Carson to NASCAR Fans: Confederate Flag Okay 'If It's Private Property'

Presidential candidate Ben Carson, who is the only black person playing in the 2016 Republican field, gave the nod for NASCAR fans to continue flying the contentious Confederate Flag, the Associated Press reports.  Source: theroot

John Boehner Didn’t Hate President Obama Enough for 40 House Members, so He Resigned

Why did Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) stun colleagues and announce that he would resign from Congress and the speakership? Was it because he focused on the wrong priorities, from his party’s perspective? No. Was it because he ignored the national debt or didn’t want to defund Planned Parenthood? No.   Source: theroot

DeRay Mckesson Counters Jeb Bush on ‘Free Stuff’ Expectation: Bush Hasn’t Earned the Stuff He Has

Jeb Bush should know a thing or two about expecting “free stuff’; after all, just take a look at his own family legacy, Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson pointed out Monday night. Source: theroot

Watch: Trevor Noah’s Debut on The Daily Show Was Promising and With Time Will Likely Get Better

Last night, after six months of promos and teasers, Trevor Noah finally made his debut as the new host of The Daily Show with a spotty but promising performance. Source: theroot

Former RI Cop Files Lawsuit Claiming Racial Discrimination in Arrest by Fellow Officers

A former Providence, R.I., police officer who was instrumental in the arrest of a car-theft suspect—later sentenced to 20 years in prison—has filed a lawsuit accusing fellow officers and state police of assault and violation of rights after he was beaten and placed under arrest during the same 2012 encounter, the Providence Journal reports.  Source: theroot