Five years after Ferguson, racial tension remains strong
Five years ago on Friday, Michael Brown was shot to death by police in Ferguson, Missouri – a seismic moment in American race relations. The death of Brown, an 18-year-old black man, at the hands of a white police officer gave voice to the Black Lives Matter movement, put police departments under intense scrutiny and gave momentum to judicial reform efforts. Even so, racial tension remains a potent force across the USA. From the march on Charlottesville to President Donald Trump's tweets attacking congressional Democrats of color and Colin Kaepernick's kneeling at NFL games, the country often seems more divided than ever.
White House to hold meeting with tech companies on online extremism
After the recent spate of mass shootings, the White House will hold a meeting with leading technology companies Friday to address combating online extremism. Notably, the El Paso, Texas, shooter posted a racist manifesto on 8chan, an online message board that has since been shut down. Advocacy groups have drawn a correlation between the rise of online hate groups and frequent violent attacks in the United States. It is unclear if President Donald Trump plans to attend the meeting.
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Suspect appears in court following deadly stabbing spree
The suspect behind the deadly Southern California stabbing attacks is scheduled to be arraigned Friday. Zachary Castaneda, 33, described as "pure evil" and "full of anger," killed at least four people and injured two in a stabbing and armed robbery rampage Wednesday that played out over two neighboring cities near Los Angeles.He was being identified as a documented gang member and ex-con with a violent criminal record. Castaneda was out on bail from an arrest last month, but there was no indication the attacks were a hate crime, Garden Grove Police Chief Tom DaRe said.
Attention sports fans: Premier League soccer returns!
The Premier League, one of the world’s most popular soccer leagues, returns to action on Friday with a match between Liverpool and Norwich City. It’s a David vs. Goliath encounter — Liverpool were last season’s runner-ups while newly-promoted Norwich are returning to the Premier League for the first time since 2016. Liverpool, who captured the UEFA Champions League trophy last season, are expected to again challenge two-time defending champions Manchester City for the domestic league title after missing out by one point last season. There's a long season ahead: Premier League teams will play 38 total games over a 10-month span.
Manson murders back in the spotlight, 50 years later
The gruesome incident from 1969 still seems to haunt us as a society: The Los Angeles murders of seven people by the followers of cult leader Charles Manson on Aug. 9 and 10. Manson died in prison in 2017 at 83, but the heinous acts of his "family" still linger in the national psyche and are even topics of current films. Among the victims butchered on Manson's orders were actress Sharon Tate, 26, the pregnant wife of movie director Roman Polanski; coffee heiress Abigail Folger, 25; celebrity hairstylist Jay Sebring, 35; writer Wojciech Frykowski, 32; and Steven Parent, 18, who was leaving Tate and Polanski's house when he was shot.
Contributing: Associated Press
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