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New York City Marathon’s first winner retraces race course 50 years later

Fifty years after winning the inaugural New York City Marathon in 1970, 80-year-old Gary Muhrcke retraced one lap around the course where he ran to victory. Muhrcke, with his grandson Colin Kern by his side, ran one ceremonial lap around the six-mile Central Park loop on Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the marathon.…

Here’s how NFL Sunday games highlighted racial inequality in the US

Here’s how NFL Sunday games highlighted racial inequality in the US

The first NFL Sunday of the season kicked off with players and teams acknowledging the racial strife that has engulfed the United States in recent months. It was a far cry from past seasons, when Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL didn’t support then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protests against police brutality and…

Driver shoots New Mexico State Police officer during highway traffic stop, police say

Driver shoots New Mexico State Police officer during highway traffic stop, police say

A 28-year-old driver allegedly shot a New Mexico State Police officer during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 in Cibola County, New Mexico on Saturday morning, according to a statement from police. The suspect, Robert Benjamin Nelson of Scottsdale, Arizona, appeared to fire multiple rounds at the officer’s head as she approached his GMC pickup…

Shooting near Rutgers University leaves 2 dead and 6 injured

Two people died and six others were injured in an overnight shooting near Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, authorities said. New Brunswick Police responded at 1:18 a.m. Sunday to a Delafield Street address and found victims with gunshot wounds. The injured were taken to various hospitals in the area, and two male victims…

Ohio State University canceled spring break 2021 because of Covid-19

Ohio State University canceled spring break 2021 because of Covid-19

The Ohio State University announced it will cancel spring break next semester in an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the university community. In a letter Friday to students, faculty and staff, Executive Vice President and Provost Bruce A. McPheron said the university would instead have two instructional breaks with no classes on…

He was wrongfully imprisoned for 8 years, now he’s a defense lawyer

Jarrett Adams is a criminal defense lawyer who has dedicated his career to bringing justice to those who are underserved. But his first and most profound experience with the law came with trying to prove his own innocence after being wrongfully imprisoned for nearly a decade. One summer party would change the course of his…

Five-alarm Brooklyn blaze injures 6 firefighters as residents are evacuated

Six New York City firefighters were injured in a five-alarm fire in Brooklyn on Saturday night, officials said on Twitter. The fire was at a multi-residence home in the borough’s southwest corner in the Dyker Heights neighborhood. The New York Fire Department asked for “all hands” around midnight as the blaze grew and spread to…

12 toy finalists announced for National Toy Hall of Fame

12 toy finalists announced for National Toy Hall of Fame

Do you long for the days of your favorite childhood toy? Perhaps it’s made this year’s cut to compete for The Strong National Museum of Play’s National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, New York. Twelve toy finalists were announced by the National Toy Hall of Fame on September 9, all of which will be…

2 Los Angeles County deputies are out of surgery after ambush shooting in Compton

2 Los Angeles County deputies are out of surgery after ambush shooting in Compton

The two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies who were shot and critically injured Saturday night are out of surgery, according to a LASD spokesperson. The deputies, one male and one female, were “ambushed” as they sat in their vehicle, police said. Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference Saturday night that the shooting…

Sheriff’s deputy in Georgia fired after video shows him repeatedly striking man

Sheriff’s deputy in Georgia fired after video shows him repeatedly striking man

A sheriff’s deputy in the Atlanta area was fired for excessive use of force on Sunday after a social media video showed the deputy repeatedly striking a man, according to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office said that a criminal investigation of the incident will be turned over to the Clayton County District…

Harvard study finds institutional racism ‘permeates’ the Massachusetts justice system

Harvard study finds institutional racism ‘permeates’ the Massachusetts justice system

Blacks and Latinos sent to prison in Massachusetts receive longer sentences than their White counterparts sentenced for similar crimes, says a new report by Harvard Law School researchers. They’re also more likely than White people to get arrested and convicted on drug and weapons charges. “People of color are overrepresented across all stages of the…

Michigan State University students asked to self-quarantine after Covid-19 outbreak

Health officials on Saturday asked Michigan State University students to self-quarantine immediately after parties contributed to 342 new coronavirus cases. “At least a third of new cases recently attended parties or social gatherings, and at least one third of those gatherings are associated with a fraternity or sorority,” the Ingham County Health Department said in…

Couple loses almost everything in California wildfire

Couple loses almost everything in California wildfire

Kelly Thomas just had time to gather her animals on Tuesday when the evacuation order was issued for Berry Creek, California. Her husband Brad doused their house with water in a desperate effort to save it from the North Complex Fire, which has burned more than 252,000 acres since it was sparked by a lightning…

America’s oldest World War II veteran celebrates his 111th birthday

Looking on from his front porch in New Orleans, Lawrence Brooks probably never imagined he’d see this day. Today, the oldest known US veteran of World War II turned 111, and the National WWII Museum held a socially distant celebration for him. The Victory Belles, the museum’s vocal trio, sang several numbers for him while…