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Darrien Hunt's family and friends remember 'a boy in a man's body'

Darrien HuntA verbal slip-up by his aunt seems to sum up how friends and relatives viewed Darrien Hunt before he was shot dead by police in Utah last week. “He was just like a normal teenager,” Cindy Moss said of her nephew, who was 22.

As they try to understand how Hunt came to be killed after walking around a strip mall in Saratoga Springs with a decorative samurai-style sword, people who knew him are seeking explanations in a youthfulness that they say belied even his relatively tender age.


Survivalist sought in Pa. trooper's killing

eric FreinA survivalist who spoke of committing mass murder was the subject of an intense manhunt Tuesday, accused of fatally shooting a Pennsylvania state trooper in an ambush last week.

Authorities issued an arrest warrant for Eric Matthew Frein, 31, accused of first-degree murder in the killing of Cpl. Bryon Dickson II, a 38-year-old married father of two, at the Pike County barracks in Blooming Grove. Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, was wounded as he arrived for duty. Neither had a chance to return fire, state police said.


The FBI announces completion of facial recognition program

FBIOn Monday, the FBI announced a tool to identify as well as search for people's faces.

This is part of what the bureau calls the Next Generation Identification System. The FBI hopes this system will replace the current fingerprint-tracking system.

As part of the program, the bureau will rely on mug shots to search for people. They will then be identified by tattoos, scars and other features.


Science education group raises red flag about Texas textbooks

Texas textbooksThe new social studies textbooks up for consideration this week by the Texas Board of Education have already come under heavy fire for their emphasis on America’s Christian heritage. A new analysis just out by the National Center for Science Education raises more red flags — about the textbooks’ treatment of global warming.

The NCSE, which has clashed with the Texas school board before over its treatment of evolution, points to “deeply concerning” sections in several geography, world culture and economics texts. One sixth-grade book, for instance, introduces global warming this way: “Scientists agree that Earth’s climate is changing. They do not agree on what is causing the change.”


Homecoming queen Scarlett Lenh puts transgender issues front and center

transgender homecoming queenAt Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., over the weekend, Scarlett Lenh was named homecoming queen – no doubt a high point in the 16-year old’s life so far.

What makes the event newsworthy is that until recently Scarlett was known as Andy Lenh, a biological boy who identifies as a girl.

Transgender issues now touch virtually all aspects of American society – public and higher education, news media and entertainment, politics, and the armed forces.


Django Unchained actor alleges racial bias after being held by LA police

Daniele Wattsn actor who starred in the Oscar-winning movie Django Unchained has claimed she was handcuffed and detained by police officers in Los Angeles who assumed she was a prostitute, because she was kissing her white partner in his car.

Daniele Watts, who is black and who played the slave CoCo in Quentin Tarantino’s acclaimed 2012 film, said she was “humiliated” by the incident, which she said occurred in the Studio City neighbourhood on Thursday.


Etsy bans sale of items with Redskins name, imagery

Redskin sales bannedEtsy, the online marketplace for all things cutesy and handmade, announced this week it's banning the sale of all items depicting the Washington Redskins name or logo, calling them "disparaging" to Native Americans.

A blog post on the Etsy website by policy team manager Bonnie Broeren said the move was inspired by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision in June to cancel six trademarks held by the NFL team.


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