KKK rally over Confederate statue stirs deep-rooted tensions in Charlottesville

As the liberal Virginia city attempts to ‘tell the truth about race in our history’, the Ku Klux Klan, counter-protesters and Confederate loyalists clash over what that means to them

When roughly 50 members of the Ku Klux Klan rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, they were met with roaring crowd of more than 1,000 counter-protesters who shouted “Shame! Shame!” and “Black lives matter!”

The counter-protesters beat drums and waved posters with slogans, such as “KKK Sashay Away”, “Y’all SUKKK!” and “Stop Pretending that Your Racism is Patriotism”. About 500 protesters, led by a coalition of local clergy-members, marched through town singing “We Shall Overcome”. Other protesters wore Ghostbusters stickers and referred to the Klan members as sad phantoms from the past who needed to be exorcised.

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What happened when Walmart left

In West Virginia, the people of McDowell County can’t get jobs, and recently lost their biggest employer – the local Walmart store. They describe the devastating loss of jobs, community and access to fresh food

When Walmart left town, it didn’t linger over the goodbyes. It slashed the prices on all its products, stripped the shelves bare, and vanished, leaving behind only the ghostly shadow of its famous brand name and gold star logo on the front wall of a deserted shell.

The departure was so quick that telltale signs remain of the getaway, like smoldering ashes in the fireplaces of an evacuated town. Notices still taped to the glass entranceway record with tombstone-like precision the exact moment that the supercenter was shuttered: “Store closed at 7pm, Thursday 28 January 2016.”

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US senator urges food regulators to investigate ‘snortable chocolate’

Coco Loko, an inhalable powder marketed as ‘raw cacao snuff’, contains caffeine, which the Food and Drug Administration should look into, Chuck Schumer said

Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate is urging federal regulators to look into a “snortable chocolate” powder, saying he is worried that it could prove harmful and is being marketed like a drug.

In a letter Saturday, the New York Democrat asked the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the use of caffeine in inhalable food products, such as so-called Coco Loko. It’s gotten buzz in recent weeks.

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Donald Trump: time to move forward and work constructively with Russia

US president says Vladimir Putin ‘vehemently denied’ interfering in 2016 US presidential election during G20 meeting, adding: ‘I’ve already given my opinion’

Donald Trump said on Sunday that it was “time to move forward in working constructively with Russia” after his meeting at the G20 with Vladimir Putin.

After returning from the summit of the world’s leading economies in Germany on Saturday night, Trump began Sunday with a series of tweets defending himself against criticism that he had been too soft on the Russian leader at their first face-to-face meeting.

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