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Ferguson Is Burning Officer Who Killed Unarmed Teen Not Charged

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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer
Officer Darren Wilson will never face state charges or be seriously cross-examined for the murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
A grand jury returned a “No True Bill” on each of the five indictments that were presented to the grand jury, which consisted of nine white jurors and three black jurors, in August. St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch made the announcement on Monday, Nov. 24. Nine jurors were needed to determine whether Wilson was going to be indicted.
The grand jury decision resulted in violence by protestors. Several businesses were looted and burned and one highway was shutdown. There were 81 arrests reported.
”They determined that no probable cause exists to file any charge against Officer Wilson, and returned a ‘No True Bill’ on each of the five indictments,” McCulloch said.
It is not a matter of public record what the vote count was.
The grand jury had to decide whether probable cause existed  to warrant an indictment for first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree voluntary manslaughter, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter.


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Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday

Kansas Citians will join together to light the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Friday evening, November 28. The event begins at 5:30 p.m., at Crown Center Square.
Seth Sinovic, of Sporting K.C., is the featured celebrity at this year’s ceremony. Sinovic, who has been called Sporting’s “most durable player,” is a native of the Kansas City region.  He attended Rockhurst High school and played college soccer at Creighton university from 2006 to 2009.
The 100-foot-tall Mayor’s Christmas Tree, one of the nation’s tallest, is the centerpiece of the holiday celebration. The douglas fir is taller than both the White House Christmas Tree and the tree at Rockefeller Center in New York. There are about 7,200 white lights and more than 1,200 ornaments on the Mayor’s Christmas Tree.
The tree is a symbol of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund, which is dedicated to assisting the city’s less fortunate. Last year the fund helped over 7,000 Kansas City families. Donations are used to provide gift cards to qualified applicants, holiday parties and gifts for needy children and to support other local charities with their holiday efforts.
After the holidays, the wood from the Mayor’s Christmas Tree is made into commemorative ornaments, which are sold the following year to benefit the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund.
Donations are used to provide gift cards to qualified applicants, holiday parties and gifts for needy children and to support other local charities with their holiday efforts.Donation boxes are located inside the Crown Center Shops.
The Marine Color Guard will be on hand at the event. The Coterie Theater group will perform in addition to the Heartland Men’s Chorus. Fireworks immediately following the ceremony.
“The Mayor’s Christmas tree continues to serve as a symbol of the generosity Kansas Citians have for their neighbors. It represents over 100 years of helping families in need in our City,” said Mayor James. “Kansas Citians show a tremendous amount of support each year for this tradition and I am confident they will go above and beyond to provide a little holiday cheer to the families in our City who need it.”


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Obama Moves On Immigration; Republicans Threaten Action

President Obama Delivers Remarks On Executive Action Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday, Nov. 30, night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on “felons, not families.”
The moves, affecting mostly parents and young people, marked the most sweeping changes to the nation’s fractured immigration laws in nearly three decades and set off a fierce fight with Republicans over the limits of presidential powers.
In a televised address to the nation, President Obama defended the legality of his actions and challenged GOP lawmakers to focus their energy not on blocking his actions, but on approving long-stalled legislation to take its place.
“To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill,” President Obama said, flexing his presidential powers just two weeks after his political standing was challenged in the midterm elections.
As President Obama addressed the nation from the White House, immigration supporters with American flags draped over their shoulders marched on the street outside carrying signs that read, “Gracias, Presidente Obama.”


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