Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday June 24 1. Autopsy shows Freddie Gray died of ‘high-energy injury’: Baltimore newspaper  The autopsy of the Baltimore black man who died after being hurt while in police custody shows he suffered a “high-energy injury” like those in shallow-water diving accidents, the Baltimore Sun reported on Tuesday. The spinal injury to Freddie…

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THE SHOOTING deaths of nine people in Emanuel AME Church, in Charleston, S.C., is a tragedy, one that came about because of the hatred that Dylann Roof allegedly harbored in his heart. But Roof, who allegedly laid out his plans to kill African-Americans in a racist screed on a website he administered, is not unique. He…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Thursday June 18 1. Charleston church shooting: 9 killed in what officials call a hate crime  A white man walked into a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, and opened fire during a Bible study class, killing nine people Wednesday evening. The suspect is still at large. And the shooting at the Emanuel…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday June 17 1. LeBron gave it all he had, but in the end it’s just another Cleveland loss  LeBron James sat alone, wearing nothing but oversized gym shorts and a white towel draped over his face. Each knee was wrapped in ice. Each foot sat in a bucket of freezing water. Other…

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I AM NOT Catholic, but I understand the significance of the upcoming papal visit. In short, the presence of Pope Francis, a man who has placed poverty at the center of his papacy, will put the world’s eyes squarely on our city. The world will see the brick tower of Independence Hall standing tall against…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Monday June 15 1. Ten million gallons flood West Philly after water main rupture  The first time Fallon Postell remembers water cascading down the 5100 block of Wyalusing Avenue in West Philadelphia was 1994. She was 11 and, still clad in her flannel pajamas, she followed her mother out to dry land.…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Friday June 12 1. Judge Backs Charges Against Cleveland Officers in Killing of Tamir Rice  Acting under a rarely used provision of Ohio state law, a judge found probable cause Thursday to charge Cleveland police Officer Timothy Loehmann with murder in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice last year. Cleveland Municipal…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Wednesday June 10 1. Activists Move to Get Cops Who Shot Tamir Rice Arrested A group of Cleveland activists announced that they will file a number of citizens’ affidavits to seek arrest warrants in the police shooting death of Tamir Rice. The affidavits that the civil rights leaders, clergy members and activists are seeking will,…

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I’M STARTING to fear for the future of Philadelphia’s children, because education seems to have taken a back seat to imprisonment. At least that’s what it looks like to me. Why else would City Council consider Bill No. 150406, which would empower the city to spend $7.27 million to buy land at 7777 State Road?…

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Top 5 Live-WURD Monday June 8 1. Jury convicts female LA officer of assault in deadly arrest Jurors on Friday convicted a female Los Angeles police officer of felony assault charges for repeatedly kicking a handcuffed woman who later died. The jury of 11 women and one man reached its verdict after about two days…

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