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Solange launches a library for rare books by Black authors
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Solange launches a library for rare books by Black authors

The thing about rare books is that they’re, well, rare — which means too many hidden gems are well out of reach for the everyday literary enthusiast. Solange is trying to change that. The singer’s creative studio Saint Heron recently launched a free community library that aims to increase access to rare and out-of-print works…MORE

A Black girl was arrested at school in Hawaii over a drawing that upset a parent
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A Black girl was arrested at school in Hawaii over a drawing that upset a parent

The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii is demanding policy changes after a 10-year-old Black girl was arrested at school over a drawing linked to a “run of the mill” dispute among children. In response to the incident, the ACLU sent a letter Monday to the Honolulu Police Department, the state Department of Education and…MORE

Man accused of killing Kristin Smart pleads not guilty
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Man accused of killing Kristin Smart pleads not guilty

The man accused of killing 19-year-old college student Kristin Smart in 1996 pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday. Paul Flores, 44, faces a first-degree murder charge for allegedly killing Smart in his dorm room in California. Prosecutors say Flores raped or attempted to rape Smart, who was then a freshman at California Polytechnic State…MORE

‘Dune’ captures the book’s epic scale while telling only half of the story
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‘Dune’ captures the book’s epic scale while telling only half of the story

To anyone who remembers seeing David Lynch’s 1984 version of “Dune” and thinking, “OK, so that happened,” director Denis Villeneuve has conjured a far more coherent narrative filled with stunning images and massive machinery. He has also split the book into two films, leaving audiences to consume the less compelling first half before ending somewhat…MORE

‘I had no idea’: Mom finally meets officer who has been keeping her daughter’s memorial clean for years
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‘I had no idea’: Mom finally meets officer who has been keeping her daughter’s memorial clean for years

Indianapolis Police Officer Jeff Stagg wasn’t expecting any fanfare when he would stop to pick up trash and clear away the weeds around a roadside memorial for Shelby Smith — he just didn’t want the young woman, who was killed 22 years ago by a drunk driver, to be forgotten. On Monday, Stagg met Smith’s…MORE

Hacking tool linked with Russian crime ring used in Sinclair ransomware attack, analysts say
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Hacking tool linked with Russian crime ring used in Sinclair ransomware attack, analysts say

The hacking tool used in a ransomware attack that disrupted programming at Sinclair Broadcast Group is similar to malicious code previously used by a Russian crime group sanctioned by the US government, according to a security researcher who has viewed the ransom note. The code also overlaps with previous hacking tools attributed to the Russian…MORE

Navy investigation says fire that destroyed US warship was caused by a chain of errors and was ‘clearly preventable’
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Navy investigation says fire that destroyed US warship was caused by a chain of errors and was ‘clearly preventable’

A fire that destroyed a US warship last year was “clearly preventable” and was the result of a series of systematic failures, according to a Navy investigation. The cascade of errors and breakdowns involved 36 Navy personnel, the investigation found, including the commander of USS Bonhomme Richard and five admirals, who failed to maintain the…MORE

Trump’s former deputy chief of staff, Dan Scavino, not ready to cooperate with January 6 committee, attorney says
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Trump’s former deputy chief of staff, Dan Scavino, not ready to cooperate with January 6 committee, attorney says

The Trump White House deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino has a deadline Thursday to respond to the House Select Committee’s subpoena for documents related to January 6 and has another deadline the following week to testify — but his attorney Stanley Brand says he’s not ready to cooperate. The new details about Scavino’s House…MORE

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