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Wary of walking home alone after dark? Call the Brooklyn Bike Patrol

 
The Brooklyn Bike Patrol is, for lack of a better term, an escort service. Just a dial away, it is a free service made up entirely of volunteers who ride out to meet clients as they arrive at their local subway station, and then escort them safely to their homes. Talk about being a good Samaritan. Read more…
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After shooting, some Sikhs warn of using ‘We’re not Muslim’ as defence

 
As members of the US Sikh community mourn the deaths of six people killed in a shooting at a temple in Wisconsin, the incident has recalled past crimes in post-9/11 America in which victims were targeted because they had been mistaken for Muslims. While some Sikhs have dwelled on this point, our Observer warns against focusing more on the crime’s target than on the the crime itself. Read more…
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California suburb rocked by four nights of violent clashes over police shootings

 
As Disneyland’s fireworks show lit up the night sky on Tuesday evening, less festive sparks were flying down below. Police and protesters violently clashed in the streets of Anaheim, California, home to the theme park. Read more…
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In images: Colorado ravaged by gigantic forest fires

 
Nearly 11,000 people were evacuated from their homes Sunday in Colorado, where fighefighters are battling some of the worst wildfires in a decade. About twenty houses and a thousand acres went up in smoke over the weekend. The fires continue to threaten densely-populated urban centres. Watch videos...

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Anger grows over NYC police's 'stop-and-frisk' policy: 'You feel targeted because of your race'

 
Outrage is growing in New York City over the use of “stop-and-frisk,” a controversial policing tactic that allows officers to stop and search anyone they consider suspicious. Many argue that this practice leads the police to disproportionately target New Yorkers who are black or Latino. Read more...
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The “99 percent” take on Bank of America at shareholders meeting

 
The Occupy movement may be less visible than it was last fall, but the activists that comprise the loose network are working hard to re-energize their troops now that protest-friendly weather is back – notably with a series of demonstrations targeting big banks’ shareholders meetings. On Wednesday, they descended on the headquarters of the United States’ second-largest bank, Bank of America, which was holding its annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read more…
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