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FBI Arrests Mich. Man Who Allegedly Sprayed Mouse Poison on Food 

A Michigan man has been arrested by the FBI on charges he sprayed a toxic mixture of hand cleaner, water and mice poison onto food inside at least three grocery stores.

University in Ohio Pays Former Football Player $712,000 to Settle Concussion Lawsuit 

Bowling Green State University will pay former football player Cody Silk $712,000 to settle Silk's claims that coaches and medical staff forced him to continue practicing even after he reported concussive symptoms that have led to permanent brain injury.

According to the Associated Press, Silk, an offensive lineman from Sterling Heights, Mich., suffered three concussions during a practice in the fall of 2010.

In the days that followed, Silk claimed he could not remember his name or where he had parked his car, AP reports. Silk said that during following practices, he suffered severe head pain and reported this to the coaching and medical staff, but was never given proper treatment.  

Bowling Green State said in a statement viewed by AP that Silk signed a liability release and assumed the risk when he decided to play for the school. The university also said that it did nothing to injure the former player and settled the lawsuit because it didn't want to risk going to trial. The settlement agreement also prevents Silk from bringing further legal action against the school.

Silk stopped playing football in 2010 and said he dropped out of school because of the concussive symptoms. In his lawsuit, he said that he continues to suffer from depression, migraine headaches, anxiety and difficulty sleeping, AP reports.

Read more at the Associated Press

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Captain America: Civil War Is the Blackest Movie Marvel Has Ever Made

In the last few years of the Obama era, the phrase “ __ is the blackest thing ever” has become a bit overused. Beyoncé’s latest video is the blackest thing ever! This meme is the blackest thing ever! Barack/Michelle just did the blackest thing ever! And so on, and so on. The problem is that the only way something could truly be the blackest thing ever is if said thing were initially so white, so nonblack and so ultimately devoid of any color that, by default, adding people of color made it the blackest thing ever.

Obama Drinks Filtered Flint, Mich., Water Following Meeting With Federal Officials 

While in Flint, Mich., on Wednesday, President Barack Obama vouched for the safety of using certified filter water, encouraging city residents to start using filtered water instead of bottled water. 

Wintley Phipps Is Inspiring Dreams by Keeping at-Risk Youths Out of Prison

Wintley Phipps is a force of nature, standing amid a children’s choir, belting out the gospel classic “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.” The performance, at Tuesday night’s 15th annual Power of a Dream Gala, was for a glittering crowd gathered to share his passion for keeping at-risk children out of prison.

“When you believe in what you are doing with all of your heart, you put your hand to the wheel,” Phipps says. “You’re running on passion and vision.”

On Tuesday night at the Washington Renaissance Hotel in D.C., the Grammy-nominated Phipps shared that passion with like-minded people, who came to support the U.S. Dream Academy, which he founded in 1998. The national after-school program is aimed at breaking the cycle of children following their incarcerated parents into prison through education, mentoring and technology-driven activities. It currently operates in seven cities, including Orlando, Fla., Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C.

For Phipps, the motivation to create the project was very personal.

“All of my wife’s brothers and sisters have been incarcerated at some point in their lives. Her older sister had six children, and five have been in prison,” Phipps explains. “You look at other kids who you know, without intervention, without help, many of them will follow their parents down that same road unless they get the kind of encouragement and guidance and motivation my wife got from the family down the street.”

Phipps’ wife, Linda Galloway, was mentored by a neighborhood Christian family who sent her away to school, which allowed her to eventually become a registered nurse. Phipps says that the U.S. Dream Academy, through a program that involves everything from mentoring to academic skill building and character building, helps over 700 kids per day and has touched the lives of thousands. He cites the story of two twins from Philadelphia: Kwame and Quentin.

“Their mother lived in Philadelphia, and while the father was incarcerated, she had twins. Those two twin black boys—both together—failed the first grade. The principal of the school reached out, and they’ve been part of our program for about six years,” Phipps says. “We see the tensions go away. Their conduct is awesome, and their academics improved significantly, and so these twin boys ... we know they’ve got a shot.”

At the ceremony Tuesday night, Jaime Casap, global education evangelist at Google, received the President’s Award for his work on education; Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) received the Legacy Award for his work with children and criminal-justice reform; and Jarrett Adams received the MLK Jr. Award. Adams was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault at the age of 17 and sentenced to 28 years in prison. He was released after 10 years after battling for justice, graduated from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law and founded his own organization, Life After Justice. Adams says that he’s focused on helping people who have come home from prison and need access to education and a trade so that they can provide for themselves.

“We help someone all the way from being able to tie a Windsor knot for an interview to how to balance a checkbook,” Adams says. “If you provide people with the education and opportunity to provide for themselves, what reason would they have to rob and kill and steal?”

Adams says that people who read about his success should understand that his story is amazing, but it can be duplicated. He stresses, however, that it was hard work and that education is key to everyone’s success.

“Right now you have everyone floating the banner while they’re running a campaign of, ‘We’re interested in criminal-justice reform,’” Adams explains. “The only way you do that is that you provide access to education to both people who you want to keep from going in and also the people who are in and will get out.”

“This is very special, in a tough election year ... where real issues are being heard and the whole school-to-prison pipeline has been brought up by many of the candidates,” says actor Laz Alonso, who was a co-host for the event and is currently starring in NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura. “Back in the day, a lot of candidates, because of their own political affiliations, thought they could just walk into a nomination or get the black vote. Oh no, no ... you have to earn our vote, and this is what we want because ... these are areas of the community that aren’t being serviced.”

Rep. Scott, who says that he is honored to have received an award from an organization that focuses on at-risk children, notes that this is a much better way of dealing with crime than the traditional bidding wars that erupt over who can impose the harshest sentence.

“Traditionally, we just load up prisons, and we’ve followed that strategy to the point that it is counterproductive,” Scott says. “We lock up so many people now that Pew Research has calculated that we are actually adding to crime because we are messing up so many families.”

Scott says that there are several pieces of legislation being considered on Capitol Hill that could help, including the Youth PROMISE Act, to help get young people on the right track, and the SAFE Justice Act, which would reduce mandatory minimums.

Phipps cites statistics showing that 60 percent of black boys in the U.S. who don’t graduate from high school will be in prison by age 30. That’s among the problems the U.S. Dream Academy is trying to address.

“We don’t really know why school success helps the way it does—whether it is the sense of self-worth and self-esteem it fosters,” Phipps says, “but it helps to inspire dreams and success.”

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Kanye West, Nas & French Montana ‘Figure It Out’ In New Video

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Prince Group The Family Re-Release ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ With Video

(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) "It's with a musically heavy heart that tonight we honor our dear friend and musical collaborator Prince on what's to be seven hours and 13 days after his passing,"

Beyoncé Adds Seven Dates to Formation Tour

(Frank Micelotta/Parkwood Entertainment via Getty Images) Prognosticators at Billboard expect this to be Beyoncé's most lucrative tour yet.

‘Hamilton’ Creator Sings with J.J. Abrams to Honor Star Wars Day

ONE TIME USE ONLY Together they performed "Jabba Flow," composed for the cantina scene in the latest installment of the franchise.

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