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The tragic suicides of two Black teenagers prompted calls for more mental health services in one of the most neglected communities.

16-year-old Mikayla Miller (right) was found hanged from a tree just steps away from her apartment in Hopkinton, Massachusetts.

Mikayla's death touched off rumors that she was "jumped" by 4 white teens -- two boys and two girls -- who then carried her body into a wooded area and lynched her.

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Just hours before she died on April 18, Mikayla fought with a group of white teens, including her ex-girlfriend, in the clubhouse of her apartment complex.

She suffered a bloodied lip, police said. The clubhouse showed signs of damage. Hours later, Mikayla walked into the woods and hanged herself with her belt.

Her family said Mikayla was a member of the LGBT community.

State law enforcement officials initially ruled her death a suicide. But pressure from her mother, Calvina Strothers, and community activists prompted police to take a closer look at the evidence.

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Tracking her steps on her iPhone's Health app, investigators discovered she walked about 1,316 steps -- roughly the distance from the complex into the woods where her body was found the next morning.

Additionally police traced the GPS signals of the teens she fought with. None were in the woods that night.

"As to who else may have been in the woods or that area on Sunday, we do not have any information as to that," said Middlesex district attorney Marian Ryan.

Ryan doesn't believe Mikayla's death was the result of foul play.

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A week later, Saniyya Dennis, a 19-year-old Buffalo State sophomore (pictured), went missing from her dorm room.

Saniyya's father, former Dipset rapper 40 Cal (Calvin Byrd), offered $10,000 for information on his missing daughter.

At an afternoon press conference on Thursday, police said Saniyya apparently jumped to her death from Niagara Falls after calling an ex-boyfriend 66 times.

A text she sent to her ex read: "I'm not feeling good - I think I'm going to kill myself."

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Surveillance video from Saniyya's dorm in her final hours on April 24 showed Saniyya throwing personal items into a garbage can.

Police retrieved the discarded items and concluded that she didn't plan to return to her dorm room.

Hours later, she took a bus to Goat Island where she made a 45 minute phone call to a male friend. The male friend later told police he thought he'd convinced her not to take her own life.

Saniyya sent a text message to her mom telling her she loved her. Her cell phone pinged a tower close to the edge of Niagara Falls.

At 1:22 a.m. she sent her friend a final text message, assuring him she was back on the bus.

A minute later her phone left the cell phone network -- an indication that she either turned the phone off or it was destroyed.

"It appears that this poor girl took her own life," said Erie County DA John Flynn at a press conference on Thursday.

Flynn said her body may never be found because it is likely wedged in jagged rocks below.

If you are having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

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The mother of the 6-year-old girl who was paddled by a school principal is under investigation after police interrogated her kids.

The family's attorney, Brent Probinsky, tells TMZ, the little girl and 2 of her siblings -- plus a cousin who lives in the home -- were pulled out of class Tuesday by officials with the Florida Dept. of Family and Children Services (DFACS).

Probinsky tells TMZ the unidentified mother is under investigation for reports of child neglect at home.

This comes as the mother filed a lawsuit against the School District for the paddling incident.

Melissa Carter, principal of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, is accused of paddling the child for damaging a school computer.

According to TMZ, the children were asked if their mother is abusive in the home, to which the children said no. Probinsky says the investigators then told him they wanted to follow up with the mother to ask why she didn't step in and intervene during her daughter's paddling.

Apparently, investigators were acting on a tip about the mom allegedly being neglectful at home. TMZ claims "there doesn't appear to be any evidence of that."

Probinsky says it's an outrage that law enforcement is investigating the mom, when the real culprit's on camera in the paddling video.

As Probinsky previously explained -- there's a number of reasons the mom didn't step in ... for one, she's undocumented and was afraid of repercussions.

Probinsky claims the the mother didn't know what was happening when she recorded the paddling due to a language barrier. However, Carter and the school clerk are both fluent in Spanish.

The school district is also investigating the paddling incident. Corporal punishment is not allowed in the school district.

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Before Bill and Melinda Gates tied the knot in 1994, they reportedly had an arrangement that he could take his ex-girlfriend on an annual weekend getaway.

Bill and entrepreneur Ann Winblad started dating in 1984. They broke up in 1987, according to a Time magazine profile on Bill Gates.

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"Even now, Gates has an arrangement with his wife that he and Winblad (pictured left) can keep one vacation tradition alive," Walter Isaacson wrote in 1997. "Every spring, as they have for more than a decade, Gates spends a long weekend with Winblad at her beach cottage on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where they ride dune buggies, hang-glide and walk on the beach."

Bill told Isaacson they spent time studying biotechnology, bioengineering and science. Bill said they played "putt-putt while discussing biotechnology.

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Winblad, pictured in this photo dated 1984, said she and Bill would "marvel about how, as two young overachievers, we began a great adventure on the fringes of a little-known industry and it landed us at the center of an amazing universe."

While on vacation in Brazil, Bill and Winblad reportedly studied bioengineering, and James' Watson's textbook, Molecular Biology of the Gene.

While in Santa Barbara, California, they listened to tapes Winblad recorded of American theoretical physicist Richard Feynman's lectures at Cornell.

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They were so close that after they broke up Bill asked for her approval to marry Melinda (pictured).

Winblad approved of their union, telling Bill that Melinda would be a "good match" because "she had intellectual stamina."

Bill and Melinda wed on New Year's Day 1994, and together they committed to fighting poverty, disease and inequity around the world.

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They announced their divorce on Tuesday, May 4. Melinda stated their marriage was "irretrievably broken."

The couple's three grown children will inherit less than 1% of their parents' $130 billion fortune.

The couple have pledged to donate at least half of their wealth to charitable causes.

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A federal judge overturned the Centers for Disease Control's nationwide ban on evictions.

On Wednesday, May 5, D.C. District Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled the CDC does not have legal authority to freeze evictions nationwide.

The CDC invoked the 1944 Public Health Service Act, to prevent the spread of communicable diseases between states.

However, Judge Friedrich ruled Wednesday that the CDC did not have the legal authority to impose a nationwide freeze on evictions.

According to Bloomberg, $47 billion in federal aid was slow to reach cash-strapped landlords who were forced to sell their properties to wealthy investors.

The eviction moratorium included all federally backed residential properties nationwide for tenants earning less than $99,000 in annual income.

The CDC had extended the eviction moratorium twice. Judge Friedrich ruled that the CDC overstepped its authority by extending the eviction freeze.

Landlords who violated the eviction moratorium faced fines up to $250,000, one year in jail, or both.

Many landlords filed lawsuits, claiming that the CDC exceeded its authority.

The Biden administration had sought to extend the eviction moratorium through June 30.

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Garrett Rolfe, the fired officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta last year, has been reinstated to the police force with back pay.

Rolfe was reinstated by the Atlanta Civil Service Board, 11 Alive News reported. The board released its decision Wednesday stating:

"Due to the City’s failure to comply with several provisions of the Code and the information received during witnesses’ testimony, the Board concludes the Appellant was not afforded his right to due process. Therefore, the Board GRANTS the Appeal of Garrett Rolfe and revokes his dismissal as an employee of the APD."

Brooks was gunned down by Rolfe in a Wendy's parking lot while fleeing from police on the night of June 12, 2020.

Brooks wrestled a taser away from Rolfe during the ensuing scuffle. Surveillance video shows Brooks turning and pointing the taser at Rolfe who then fired three shots, killing Brooks.

Brooks, 27, died from 3 gunshot wounds to the back. His death was ruled a homicide by the Fulton County Coroner's Office. Rolfe was fired after officials determined the use of deadly force was not justifiable.

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The shooting sparked riots and civil unrest in Atlanta and prompted calls by local Black Lives Matter activists to defund the police.

When Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined the protests to defund the police, APD officers called out sick and refused to respond to non-violent calls.

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Mayor Bottoms further heightened tensions between city hall and the police union by attending Brooks' star-studded funeral. She is pictured embracing Tomika Miller, mother of 3 of Brooks' children.

Rolfe appealed his termination last year. He received donations from a fund created by conservative activist Candace Owens.

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The press release sounded too good to be true: Atlanta rappers Young Thug and Gunna posted bail for "30 low-level offenders to reunite with their families."

In reality, Young Thug and Gunna paid about $300,000 to bond out only 6 inmates from the over-crowded Fulton County Jail on April 23.

One of those inmates was a murder suspect who had already spent three years in jail awaiting trial. Five of the "low-level offenders" were in jail on felony charges.

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If you recall, Young Thug, real name Jefferey Williams (left), said he and Gunna (right) "woke up and went to the jail ... and just got as many people as we can out."

Of the six people released that day, the murder suspect's bond was the highest. The two rappers paid $239,000 cash to spring him from jail.

On Monday, a judge revoked the man's bond and he was re-arrested. Online records obtained by AJC.com show that, as of Tuesday, he remained in jail.

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According to AJC.com, newly elected Fulton Sheriff Patrick Labat confirmed that the PR stunt was planned days in advance with Young Thug and Gunna (pictured).

Labat said his agency gave the rappers a list of 40 inmates in response to their request for inmates who could be easily released.

It isn't clear how a murder suspect got on that list.

Crews filmed the six inmates walking out of jail into their loved ones' arms. The footage will be part of a music video, according to Channel 2 Action News.

Sheriff Labat said he was asked to appear in the music video, alongside the two rappers and the newly released inmates. But he declined.

"That's not my job," he told Channel 2's Michael Seiden.

Thug and Gunna previously denied reports that the $300,000 bonds were part of a stunt to promote their album, Slime Language 2.

The album, released on Young Thug's Young Stoner Life (YSL) label on April 16 debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

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Bill and Melinda Gates have filed for divorce after 27 years of marriage. The billionaire couple announced the divorce in a tweet on Bill Gates' Twitter page on Monday, May 3.

Gates, 65, who is worth a reported $130 billion, and Melinda, 56, started dating in 1987 after meeting at a trade show in New York, WENN.com reported. They wed on New Year's Day in 1994. She is a former general manager of Microsoft.

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"After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage," a joint statement read. "Over the last 27 years, we have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that works all over the world to enable all people to lead healthy, productive lives."

Bill Gates, is best known as chairman and CEO of Microsoft, which he co-founded with childhood friend Paul Allen in 1975.

Gates stepped down as CEO of Microsoft in January 2000 to work full-time at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The foundation has been criticized for its fight to end transmissible diseases such AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria by injecting children with experimental vaccines in third world countries.

The foundation has donated at least $1.75 billion in the fight against the coronavirus. Most of the funding has gone toward producing vaccines.

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A Latina mother who recorded her daughter being paddled by an elementary school principal has filed a lawsuit against the school district.

Melissa Carter, principal of Central Elementary School in Clewiston, is accused of paddling a 6-year-old female student for damaging a school computer.

The unidentified mother was called to the school on April 13 to pay a $50 fee for the damaged computer. She said when she arrived to pay the fee, she saw her daughter, the principal, and a school clerk waiting inside the principal's office.

She said Carter and the clerk escorted her and her daughter to the child's classroom where Carter beat the minor child with a wooden paddle in front of other students.

The mother began secretly recording as Carter and the clerk bent her daughter over a table.

The mother said she didn't understand what was happening due to a language barrier. She said she recorded the paddling because she didn't think anyone would believe the cruelty taking place at the school.

"The hatred with which she hit my daughter, I mean it was a hatred that, really I've never hit my daughter like she hit her," the mother told WINK News in Spanish. The mom said she never hits her daughter at home.

She said her child suffers from psychological and emotional disorders, as well as physical bruises from the paddling.

The video sparked outrage after it was posted on social media. many were shocked that this archaic, outdated mode of punishment was still occurring in public schools.

The mother pressed assault charges, and the Clewiston Police Department has turned the investigation over to the State Attorney's Office.

School district officials said Carter's actions went directly against the anti-corporal punishment policy in the school district.

Paddling and other forms of cruel corporal punishment have been outlawed in most civilized jurisdictions. But there are still pockets of resistance in the Deep South.

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The headline isn't true, but inquiring minds want to know why our people have a habit of brawling in public spaces.

Two separate brawls occurred at Miami International Airport last week. No one knows what triggered the fisticuffs. Concerned Caucasian passengers screamed at the combatants: "STOP IT! You're gonna get in trouble!"

No one wants to see more Black men dead or end up in prison. Security eventually showed up, but they stood around and did nothing to break up the fights.

Social experts who study such trends believe the increase in fights at airports is directly related to excess government benefits. Unemployment and stimulus checks allows more freedom for people who would normally stay home and fight.

A record 34% of household income in 2021 comes from government benefits.

If the Miami brawls weren't bad enough, two brawls broke at Chicago's O'Hare Airport this week.

This time the combatants were Black women. Hair extensions and wigs littered the concourse as the two groups of women fought.

Once again, concerned white people stepped in to break up the fights.

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Holiday Inn's parent company has launched an investigation into a "shocking" viral video that shows a Black customer berating an autistic employee.

IHG hotels, which owns Holiday Inn, was disturbed by the video that was posted to Twitter.com on Sunday by Tariq Nasheed under the hashtag "Mayonnaise Meltdown."

"Why did you get mad and hit the compruter [sic]," the customer asked repeatedly.

The employee is seen punching himself in the face and hitting his head on a computer monitor after the customer pressed him about a reservation error.

"You've ruined my night, you've ruined my life, man," the employee said before walking away in tears.

The customer was later ejected from the hotel for harassing other employees.
 

IHG hotels called the treatment of the employee "unacceptable" and vowed to investigate the incident.

"We were shocked and saddened to see the video and the clearly unacceptable treatment of a longtime hotel colleague," Jacob Hawkins, a spokesperson for IHG Hotels & Resorts told Newsweek.

Hawkins said the Holiday Inn location where the incident took place is an independently owned franchise.

Still, he said every employee representing IHG Hotels & resorts "deserves to be treated with respect and dignity."

A Reddit user who identified himself as the employee said he quit his job and drank heavily after the video went viral.

He added that he suffers from bipolar disorder and schizo-affective disorders.

Empathetic Internet users donated over $123,000 to a GoFundMe created by a YouTube vlogger who identified the former employee as "Caleb C."

Twitter users were quick to criticize Tariq and the customer who filmed the video. A group of women attacked Tariq who referred to them as "non-FBA bed wenches."