‘The newspaper put us in danger’: family fights back after story branded their son a criminal

Malik Thomas says he was falsely arrested for a mugging in 2016. His family is now suing the NYPD – and the Staten Island Advance for citing the false report

In October 2016, Malik Thomas, then 16, went to pick up groceries for his mom in the Staten Island neighborhood of Port Richmond. But instead of returning home with milk and tissues, he was arrested by policemen who accused him of involvement in a mugging.

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Do party elites and big donors still determine US elections? The verdict is out | Cas Mudde

After Trump’s surprise win, political science theories that claimed money and parties determined presidential candidates were rubbished. Was that fair?

Just like the Great Recession led to fundamental critiques of the discipline of economics, the election of Donald Trump caused an even bigger backlash to political science. At the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting in 2017, many panels and papers were devoted to the question on everyone’s mind: “How did we get it wrong?”

So, how did political science do theoretically in terms of the 2016 presidential elections? There were two political science theories that received particular coverage in the run-up to the elections, and that were taken to task after Trump’s surprise win. The first, which relates mainly to the stage of primaries, holds that the party decides which candidate make it onto the ballot. The second argues that money decides, which applies to both stages of the presidential elections.

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Are LA hospitals really dumping homeless patients on the streets?

With homelessness rising and shelter beds scarce, healthcare facilities are accused of abandoning people in Skid Row following treatment

Two days before Valentine’s Day, Santiago Tarver collapsed at a homeless women’s center in Los Angeles’ Skid Row. He lay on the ground convulsing as staff members called an ambulance, which took Tarver to a public hospital about three miles away.

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Deconstructed Podcast: Will the Media Ever Stand Up to Trump? With Judd Apatow

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When comedian Michelle Wolf ridiculed the brazen dishonesty of the President and his equally deceitful staff, journalists at the White House Correspondents Dinner threw her under the bus. The U.S. media treat politicians with kid gloves; they fawn over them, befriend them, apologize for them. Such behaviour was bad enough under previous administrations, but it’s reached a breaking point under Donald Trump — a president who, according to James Comey’s memos, jokes in private about having reporters locked up and raped behind bars as a way of getting them to give up their confidential sources. On episode 7 of Deconstructed, comedian and Hollywood director and producer Judd Apatow joins Mehdi Hasan to discuss the U.S. media’s cozy relationship with politicians.

Transcript coming soon.

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Drake warned by NBA over bad language at basketball game

Canadian rapper claims ‘I just said I liked the hem on his capris’ after verbal tussle with Cleveland Cavaliers player Kendrick Perkins

Canadian rapper Drake has been given a warning by the NBA over bad language, according to ESPN.

Drake, a Toronto Raptors fan who is frequently seen giving animated courtside support, verbally sparred with Cleveland Cavaliers player Kendrick Perkins on 1 May. Perkins said he told Raptors player and his former teammate Serge Ibaka at halftime that the Cavaliers were going to beat them. “Drake butted in, talking shit to me,” Perkins told ESPN. “He said something slick, so I said something back: ‘Sit your ass down and watch the game.’”

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Peanut butter battle: small win for Australian brand Bega against Kraft

Australian court says US food giant cannot continue tribunal proceedings in New York while Australian case is under way

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Australian brand Bega has had a small win over American food giant Kraft as it fights over who has the right to use yellow designs on peanut butter jars.

Kraft took Bega to the International Centre for Dispute Resolution in New York in February to stop the Aussie company using similar packaging.

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