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25 Years Since Riots, Ghosts of Old L.A. Linger Steelers look to future, draft QB Joshua Dobbs (Yahoo Sports)

news South Los Angeles is the site of one of the most destructive civil disturbances in modern U.S. history, an emblem of the country's racial divide, and a place where generations of immigrants have pursued the American dream. Now, after decades of despair, it stands at a new crossroads. In a special report, NBC News explores what has changed since 1992, when a jury decided not to convict four L.A. cops who assaulted Rodney King, setting off a firestorm of violence.

Joshua Dobbs

Most people didn’t take Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement consideration this offseason too seriously, but it had to make Pittsburgh think a bit.


Special Report: President Trump's First 100 Days NFL prospect drafted same day son is born (Yahoo Sports)

news It's the start of a presidency like no other. We talked to historians, activists and White House veterans to evaluate Trump's progress at his first major benchmark.

Montravius Adams (AP)

The Packers selected Montravius Adams in the NFL draft, which was the second-best thing to happen to the Auburn defensive tackle on Friday.


100 Days of @RealDonaldTrump: A Data Dive Jaguars take chance by drafting OU's Westbrook (Yahoo Sports)

news Trump has tweeted over 500 times since Inauguration Day. Here's what we learned.

Dede Westbrook

Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon got most of the negative attention leading up to the draft, but teammate Dede Westbrook has a list of red flags that pushed him down in the draft.


'Saturday Night Live' and Donald Trump: 100 Funny Days For Real: Ronaldo sets European scoring mark (Yahoo Sports)

news "SNL" has seen a ratings boon since Alec Baldwin began his term as President Trump.

Ronaldo

Ronaldo set a career goal-scoring mark, but it was Marcelo who ultimately played the role of hero and sent Madrid back to the top of La Liga.


Greta Van Susteren's Advice for the Tweeter-in-Chief Fans chant 'Fire Hoiberg' during Bulls' ouster (Yahoo Sports)

news Greta Van Susteren. Presidential historian? She has pored over roughly 500 presidential tweets over the course of 100 days.

'Fire Hoiberg' chants break out in Bulls loss

Fans at the United Center were unforgiving as they watched their team's season slip away in a Game 6 loss to the Celtics.




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    The Importance of Free Press in a Democracy

    Before we can understand the importance of a free press in a democracy, we need to grasp what it means to have a free press. The Cambridge Dictionary tells us that a free press allows all media outlets to express whatever opinions they desire. That means, it says, that they are enabled to “criticize the government and other organizations.” So why would that be relevant in a democracy?

    Unfair Questions or Democracy At Work ?

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” -- The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

    Why U.S. Engagement Policy Is The Correct One

    Invariably, when one thinks of the efficacy of a nation’s military, the mind’s eye is drawn to the ability of that country to deliver a \"warhead onto the forehead\" of their enemies. Indeed, owing to the Pentagon’s slick packaging of the First Gulf War, modern conflict, in the American mind, became synonymous with high-tech toys, grainy videos of successful missile shots, and a quick resolution of hostilities.

    Capitalism and The Wealth Gap

    When it comes to the efficient delivery of goods and services, capitalism is the proven economic model that puts people to work and products on the shelves. Whether those jobs end up paying enough money to purchase the items on those shelves is another matter, however.

    Living Wages Are A Global Problem

    The recent protests for an increased minimum wage are part of a larger global protest. The purpose is the same for low wage earners all over the world; increase wages to match the cost of living, and allow workers to form unions if desired and needed. The global protest has gained media attention all over the world, but critics claim that is the only accomplishment the movement will have.

    Ukraine: Not What It Seems

    After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over.

    Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

    After a much heated national debate, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial bill that would have allowed people and businesses in the state to refuse services to LBGT people based on their religious belief.

    Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

    The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

     

     
     
     
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