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Freddie Gray death: blackface fundraiser planned for indicted police officers

Is this the year 2015? I’m starting to seriously wonder.

A former Baltimore police officer has said he plans to perform an Al Jolson routine in blackface to raise money for the six Baltimore officers who have been indicted in the death of Freddie Gray.

Bobby Berger, whose performances as Jolson created tension with the department in the 1980s, said on Wednesday that 610 tickets have been sold in eight days at $45 each for the 1 November fundraiser in Glen Burnie, Maryland

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At Gawker money controls journalism

It sent a message, he said, that his responsibility as executive editor was meaningless, and that “true power over editorial resides in the whims of the four cringing members of the managing partnership’s Fear and Money Caucus.”

As for the merits of the removed article, Mr. Craggs wrote, “This isn’t the place to debate the merits of that story, other than to say that I stand by the post.”

Source: 2 Gawker Editors Resign Over Article’s Removal

Tell the CFPB: Rein in student loan servicers!

41 million of us are feeling the pain of paying back student loans. None of us deserve higher loan payments or shoddy treatment from servicers.

Thankfully, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is in a position to create new rules to protect borrowers from harmful loan servicing practices. But many profitable servicing firms have been lobbying aggressively against any change in the status quo.

Source: Tell the CFPB: Rein in student loan servicers!