University of Maryland Fatal Stabbing Investigated by FBI as Possible Hate Crime

Maryland authorities have asked the FBI to help them investigate whether the fatal stabbing of a black student at a college campus over the weekend was a hate crime.

The tragedy comes as civil rights groups expressed great concern over what they said was a rise of bias incidents across the nation's schools.

Richard Wilbur Collins III, 23, was killed early Saturday while visiting friends at the University of Maryland's College Park campus. Collins, a senior at Bowie State University, was just days away from his graduation.

He'd finished the ROTC program in college and had been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. army on Thursday, according to officials.

The victim was stabbed to death by 22-year-old suspect old Sean Christopher Urbanski, a white student at the University of Maryland, in what was first described as a "totally unprovoked" attack, authorities said.

University of Maryland Police Chief David Mitchell said Sunday evening at a press conference that he asked the FBI's field office in Baltimore to aid in the investigation after it was discovered that Urbanski belonged to a Facebook group, "Alt-Reich: Nation," which featured bigoted posts.

"Suffice it to say that it's despicable," Mitchell said. "It shows extreme bias against women, Latinos, members of the Jewish faith and especially African Americans."

Mitchell said local police and the FBI will probe whether hate or bias was a motive in the murder. He said he had not seen specific postings from Urbanski on the website yet.

"We are here to evaluate that as an ongoing concern with respect to whether or not this was a hate crime," Gordon Johnson, special agent in charge of the FBI field office in Baltimore, said at the press conference.

Urbanski has been charged with first and second-degree murder and first-degree assault and is being held in a county jail, officials said.

He was ordered to remain in jail without bond at a court hearing Monday afternoon, according to a clerk at the Prince George's County District Court.

Collins and two friends were near a bus stop on campus at around 3 a.m. Saturday when they were approached by the suspect, official have said.

The suspect approached the group and yelled at Collins, "Step left, step left, if you know what's good for you," Mitchell said.

A puzzled Collins looked at the suspect and said, "no," according to Mitchell.

"It was then that Sean Urbanski stabbed the victim in his chest," he said.

Collins was set to walk the graduation stage on Tuesday — at the same campus where he was killed. Bowie University uses the nearby University of Maryland campus for its graduation ceremony, Mitchell said.

Guess Why Trump’s White House Easter Egg Roll Was Mostly White Kids

Yesterday, the White House’s held the annual Easter Egg Roll and while Trump’s gaffes inevitably took the spotlight away from the focus of the event – the children – and placed it back on our attention-obsessed narcissist-in-chief, it wasn’t long before it was noticed that an important tradition had been abandoned.

After the event had concluded, shrewd observers noticed something very disturbing but was perhaps to be expected from the AmericaFirst White Supremacy House.

The attendees were almost overwhelmingly white children. The reason? Donald and Melania chose not to invite the local DC public school children that traditionally are invited to the White House Easter Roll.

In an interview with The New York Daily News, Assistant Superintendent for the D.C. Arlington Public School District Linda Erdos said that:

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Ten Things White People Need To Quit Saying

While I’ve never been especially fond of political correctness for its own sake, I’ve encountered enough well-meaning white people embarrassing themselves to know that a brief tutorial can’t hurt. For those who insist that they could never say anything racist because they are not racists, I present a quick reminder: Just because you didn’t intend for something to sound racist, doesn’t mean it isn’t, and just because you don’t think you’re a racist, doesn’t mean you’re not. I refer you to the Washington Redskins and every idiot who insists that Native Americans should be “honored” to be so warmly insulted. Newsflash: Determining whether this team’s name is racist is not up to anyone but Native Americans. If you are not Native American, your opinion on the issue is at best irrelevant. I know it’s hard for some to accept, but white people don’t get to determine what is and isn’t racist.

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Girl, 2, defends her choice of doll to cashier

When 2-year-old Sophia was told she could pick out a prize for finishing her potty training, she knew just what she wanted.

She and her mother, Brandi Benner, visited a Target near their South Carolina home, where Sophia spent 20 minutes looking at all the dolls in the toy aisle. "She kept going back to the doctor doll, because in her mind, she is already a doctor," Benner said. "She loves giving checkups, and if you come in the house, she'll tell you that's the first thing you need."

Nick and I told Sophia that after 1 whole month of going poop on the potty, she could pick out a special prize at Target. She, of course, picked a new doll. The obsession is real. While we were checking out, the cashier asked Sophia if she was going to a birthday party. We both gave her a blank stare. She then pointed to the doll and asked Sophia if she picked her out for a friend. Sophia continued to stare blankly and I let the cashier know that she was a prize for Sophia being fully potty trained. The woman gave me a puzzled look and turned to Sophia and asked, "Are you sure this is the doll you want, honey?" Sophia finally found her voice and said, "Yes, please!" The cashier replied, "But she doesn't look like you. We have lots of other dolls that look more like you." I immediately became angry, but before I could say anything, Sophia responded with, "Yes, she does. She's a doctor like I'm a doctor. And I'm a pretty girl and she's a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?" Thankfully the cashier decided to drop the issue and just answer, "Oh, that's nice." This experience just confirmed my belief that we aren't born with the idea that color matters. Skin comes in different colors just like hair and eyes and every shade is beautiful. #itswhatsontheinsidethatcounts #allskinisbeautiful #teachlove #teachdiversity #thenextgenerationiswatching

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Saginaw, Michigan - Civil Rights Hero

On this day in 1965, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. led more than 3,000 demonstrators in the historic week-long march from Selma, Alabama to the state Capitol in Montgomery to raise awareness of the struggle African Americans faced in exercising their right to vote.

One of those demonstrators was 'JIM LETHERER from SAGINAW, MICHIGAN'. A civil rights activist and amputee, Letherer marched the full 53-mile distance on one leg. He lost his leg to cancer at a young age and was told growing up that he would never live a “normal” life. That motivated Letherer to support equal rights for everyone regardless of race, beliefs or abilities, and he spent the rest of his life fighting for civil rights.

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Struggling Mom Is Surprised On Behalf Of Daughter

In 2014, a young mom named Natalie Koltes was about to be evicted from her Las Vegas home of three years. She was trying her hardest to make ends meet, but could no longer afford to pay rent. The building management continued giving her extra chances, but time was running out.

But there was someone else whose survival Natalie was more concerned with than her own — her nine-year-old daughter, Ariel.

Ariel would watch her worried mom pack and then unpack their belongings, constantly questioning their fate. She feared they would be thrown out onto the streets with nowhere else to go.

“Her mind right now is on her mom and how are they gonna make rent,” FOX5 reporter Stefanie Jay says. “No 9-year-old should ever, ever have to worry about something like that.”

One day, Ariel decided to do something big… without telling Natalie about it. She snuck a letter to the mailman and sent it off to the FOX5 Surprise Squad behind her mother’s back.

Natalie had no idea what to expect when a news crew showed up to tell her about her daughter’s letter… and what this incredible group of strangers were planning to do with it.

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Louisiana sheriff's deputy killed on rape investigation had been honored for saving life

A deputy from the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office was fatally shot late Saturday night while conducting an investigation into an alleged rape, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office and Louisiana State Police said.

Today, a news release confirmed the identity of the slain deputy as Sgt. Shawn Anderson.

"Sgt. Shawn Anderson died following a struggle in which shots were fired," a statement from the department read. "He and another deputy had responded to a business as part of a rape investigation. »

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One-Armed Basketball Star Is Viral Sensation


Towering at 6'3", Trashaun Willis averages roughly 15 points a game on the basketball court.


The 14-year-old became an internet sensation after a video of him surfaced in which he made an amazing dunk in the middle of a game without a left arm.

Willis has been without it his entire life. Born with amniotic band syndrome, Willis' limb was prevented from growing.

"I knew I could do things if I really put my mind to it," Willis told NBC News. "I was born without an arm, but it doesn't make me any different from anyone else."

Towering at 6'3", Trashaun Willis averages roughly 15 points a game on the basketball court.

The 14-year-old became an internet sensation after a video of him surfaced in which he made an amazing dunk in the middle of a game without a left arm.

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Homeless Sisters Run For Gold at Brooklyn Track Club


The Sheppard sisters are running sensations, but it's what the three young girls are running from that makes them extraordinary.


Tai, 12, Rainn, 11, and Brooke, 9, run hurdles, distance, and high jump, respectively.

When the girls' half-brother was fatally shot, their family fell on hard times and was evicted from their home. They have lived in a homeless shelter in Brooklyn, New York's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood since September of 2015.

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Arkansas Gov. Backs Separate Martin Luther King, Robert E. Lee Days


The Republican governor has been pushing to separate the joint celebration after critics said it was an insult to the memory of Martin Luther King.

arkansas-gov.jpg Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson endorsed a measure on Wednesday to have the state honor civil rights leader Martin Luther King and Confederate General Robert E. Lee on separate days, rather than together, but said passing it would be an uphill battle.

The Republican governor has been pushing to separate the joint celebration, in effect since 1985, after critics said it was an insult to the memory of King, who battled to end racial segregation, to share a day with a man who fought to preserve slavery.

“It gives us a chance to show respect for one another,” Hutchinson told a news conference.

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An entire Manhattan village owned by black people was destroyed to build Central Park

When Reverend Christopher Rush laid the cornerstone of the First African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in 1853, he placed in it a time capsule, a box that contained a bible, a hymn book, and copies of two New York papers, The Tribune and The Sun. These were mementos for future New Yorkers.

Prominent abolitionist Albro Lyons and Mary Joseph Lyons were residents of Seneca Village.

Rush, who escaped slavery and became the second ordained bishop of the AME Zion Church, also delivered the church’s first sermon. He read in part from the First Epistle of Peter, an address to the oppressed and persecuted, assuring the congregation that “although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials,” salvation would reward those who kept the faith.

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A 7-Year-Old Wrote to Google to Ask for a Job — Here’s the CEO’s Response


Don't ask, don't get, right? On that principle, seven-year-old Chloe Bridgewater, who lives in Hereford, UK, wrote a letter to Google asking for a job.

"After seeing images of Google offices with their bean bags, go-karts and slides, my 7-year-old daughter decided to write to Google to see if they would give her a job," Andy Bridgewater wrote on LinkedIn.


Bridgewater provided CNBC with the original letter, addressed to "google boss":

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Yale Renames Calhoun College Over Ties to Slavery and White Supremacy. The move prompted a Fox News personality to quit his position at the university.



Yale University announced over the weekend it will rename its Calhoun College due to its namesake having ties to slave ownership and white supremacy. This reverses Yale President Peter Salovey’s previous announcement that the name would remain, despite student protests calling for a change.

Calhoun College was named after John C. Calhoun, who served as the seventh Vice President of the United States.

“The decision to change a college’s name is not one we take lightly, but John C. Calhoun’s legacy as a white supremacist and a national leader who passionately promoted slavery as a ‘positive good’ fundamentally conflicts with Yale’s mission and values,” Salovey said.

Students and staff alike celebrated the news over the weekend, the Washington Post reported.

“The minute that the announcement came out, people stuck their heads out of the window and yelled, ‘Wahoo!’ ” said sociology professor Julia Adams.

Lindsey Hogg, a senior, called the decision a victory for the school.

“No matter how you look at this, it’s a win,” she said. “Yale did the right thing, finally.”

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Russia Considers Returning Snowden to U.S. to ‘Curry Favor’ With Trump: Official


U.S. intelligence has collected information that Russia is considering turning over Edward Snowden as a "gift" to President Donald Trump — who has called the NSA leaker a "spy" and a "traitor" who deserves to be executed.


That's according to a senior U.S. official who has analyzed a series of highly sensitive intelligence reports detailing Russian deliberations and who says a Snowden handover is one of various ploys to "curry favor" with Trump. A second source in the intelligence community confirms the intelligence about the Russian conversations and notes it has been gathered since the inauguration.

Snowden's ACLU lawyer, Ben Wizner, told NBC News they are unaware of any plans that would send him back to the United States.

"Team Snowden has received no such signals and has no new reason for concern," Wizner said.

Snowden responded to NBC's report on Twitter and said it shows that he did not work with the Russian government.

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Boyfriend Buys Chicken-Nugget Bouquet for Girlfriend Who Hates Flowers


What do you get your girlfriend who hates flowers? Chicken nuggets, of course.

At least that's what one college student in Manila, Philippines, did for his girlfriend to celebrate their one-month anniversary.



Rico Villanueva's girlfriend Annika Aguinaldo shared photos of her chicken-nugget bouquet on Twitter.

"I told him I didn't like flowers, so he got me a bouquet of chicken nuggets, and I pretty much became the happiest girl on the planet," her caption read.

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