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Good Samaritan pays for hotel rooms for 70 homeless people after propane tank explodes in Chicago

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By GIANLUCA MEZZOFIORE, CNN


A good Samaritan offered to pay for hotel rooms for 70 homeless people who were camped out in tents in the bitter cold that blanketed Chicago .

The offer came after the Chicago Fire Department on Wednesday confiscated nearly 100 propane tanks given the group to keep them warm as temperatures sank to negative 22 (negative 20 Celsius). The department acted after one of the donated tanks exploded.

The propane tank - one of between 150 and 200 propane cylinders at the encampment - was too close to a space heater. No one was injured in the explosion.

Salvation Army spokeswoman Jacqueline Rachev said city officials told the organization about their actions at the camp. The Salvation Army was about to move the people to a warming center when the city called again and informed them of the gesture.

Rachev was not sure of the identity of the good Samaritan and only knew the hotel was on the city's South Side.

When a fire forced dozens of homeless peo…

Lincoln County trying to keep track of growing number of sex crime cases

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By KPLR11


TROY, Mo. – It is the number one case for detectives at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department: sex crimes – especially those involving children.

Investigators say it’s a growing problem in Lincoln County and they’re concerned that the problem could get worse.

Captain Mike Merkel, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, says 70 to 75 percent of the department’s criminal investigations are sex crimes. And in 90 percent of those cases, Merkel says the victims are children.

“The majority of our kids that are victimized are victimized by a close family friend or a family member,” he said.

“I think this is a black eye in the dark underbelly of society that nobody wants to talk about, nobody wants to address. If you turn your head, it’s not there but it’s there. It’s absolutely there. It’s present in our community; it’s present in every community across the United States.”

Merkel says there are several reasons for the amount of child sex crime cases in Lincoln County: mor…

Report says certain cereals contain weed killers, Quaker Oats calls the study 'invalid'

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 Abby Haglage


Two months after warning consumers that some food products may contain trace amounts of glyphosate, a weed-killing chemical linked to cancer, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is back with an expanded warning. In a test, EWG took samples of 28 different oat-based cereals and oat-based foods that are meant for kids and found trace amounts of a pesticide that exceed EWG’s thresholds. But, in statements to Yahoo Lifestyle, both Quaker Oats and General Mills vehemently deny the claims, stating that the levels still fall below the threshold of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), among other agencies.
So what do you need to know?
Among the brands that EWG confirmed to have higher levels of glyphosate than it deems acceptable were seven types of Cheerios (Honey Nut, Chocolate, Frosted, Oat Crunch, Very Berry, Apple Cinnamon, and Fruity), five types of Quaker Oats oatmeal (both Instant and Overnight), four Quaker Oats breakfast bars, and one type of grano…

'Lynch them all': Shockingly racist rant from North Carolina high schoolers goes viral

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By Christia


A high school in North Carolina is in hot water after two of its students were featured in a viral video on social media using a host of profanities and racial slurs and even referencing the lynching of black people. Now, administrators from Guilford County Schools are reassuring parents of their commitment to diversity and inclusion, although the man who initially shared the video says that the school isn’t doing enough.

Chris Bray is a Las Vegas-based filmmaker who spent nearly 14 years of his life in Greensboro, N.C., and also attended school there. After moving around the country with his military father, he remembers touring Northwest Guilford High School and telling his mom that he couldn’t go there because of what he saw, heard and observed of the culture. Bray tells Yahoo Lifestyle that he “was not surprised” when his sister, who is currently a student at Northwest, first sent him the video on Nov. 21, but he decided to share it because he has grown …

Autistic Student Dies After Being Restrained Face-Down By Staff At California School For Close To An Hour

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By Nathan Francis, Inquisitr


An autistic student died after he stopped breathing while being restrained by staff, an incident now under investigation by local police.
The incident took place at the Guiding Hands School in El Dorado Hills, California, where authorities say the 13-year-old was put in what was known as a “prone restraint” for close to an hour. As the Sacramento Bee reported, the boy stopped breathing at some point while he was restrained.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said the student, who was severely autistic, became violent and had to be placed in the restraint after attacking staff members. After the boy became unresponsive, school officials administered CPR and called 911. He was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead.

It was not immediately clear what caused the boy’s death. In the call to authorities, school officials said the 13-year-old was six-feet-tall and weighed 280 pounds.
“As soon as this was happening we sent down deputies, as…

California politician arrested after spanking his 7-year-old daughter: 'It's something that we do'

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By Kerry Justich


A Democratic assemblyman in California was arrested Monday on suspicion of child cruelty after allegedly spanking his daughter. On Wednesday, he claimed that he had only done so as a means of punishment.

In an interview with the Fresno Bee, lawmaker Joaquin Arambula spoke about an incident at home Sunday night that led him to spank his 7-year-old. The following day, when she went to school, she allegedly told her teacher what had happened and expressed how she was upset about it, sparking an investigation by Child Protective Services (CPS). 
“I disciplined her as a consequence to something she did. This is something that’s really rare for us. It’s a tool of last resort but it’s something that we do. And I spanked her bottom,” he explained. “She was pretty upset, and she struggled to be able to share her emotions, as I’m sure you can appreciate a 7-year-old will. But that’s all that happened.”
Still, Arambula was arrested on Monday night and accused of w…

Bakery helps victims of sex trafficking move forward

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By: Nicole Vowell


A bakery in Baltimore, Maryland is going beyond making goods.

The goal at The Samaritan Women bakery is to shape young women into professionals.

The women also call this place home. The residents of The Samaritan Women are all survivors of sex trafficking and abuse.

“What our program does is provide that first real world working experience,” says Jeanne Allert, the organization’s founder.

Allert founded the organization in 2007. Her goal was to provide safe, long-term housing, and vocational programs, like the bakery, to women across America who have suffered the unthinkable.

The goal is to not only to develop life skills, but to create a recipe to a new woman.

Rosylyn Lindneris, who is on the staff, says learning basic work skills is important, because most of the women have never had a real job.

"Our biggest wish is that her personhood, her humanity, gets restored,” says Allert.

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