Georgia Teacher Kept Out Of School After Husband Returns From West Africa Trip

An unidentified Newton County, Ga., high school teacher was mandated by the district to remain home as an Ebola precautionary measure, upon learning from a student that her husband had just returned from a trip to West Africa, according to WSB-TV.

The school district wasted no time in taking all of the necessary precautions to safeguard the student and employee population of the school against even the slightest possibility that the teacher's husband could have contracted the virulent illness that has thus far claimed the lives of more than 4,900 primarily in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia.

Newton County Schools spokesperson Sherri Davis-Viniard added that the teacher's classroom was properly decontaminated from top to bottom just as a precaution. Reportedly, the teacher will not be allowed back at the school, until the district receives medical clearance that she is safe to interact with pupils and staff members at the high school.

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Black Girls Code Looks To Get Our Youth Involved In Tech

Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code, joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to talk about getting Black youth involved in technology and coding. Bryant's organization provides pre-teen girls of color the opportunity to learn in-demand skills in technology and computer programming at a time when they are naturally thinking about what they want to be when they grow up.

Listen to Bryant explain how Black Girls Code helps to introduce tech, coding and computer science to young women of color below.

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First Lady Launches 2 Graduation Video Contests

WASHINGTON (AP) — High school and college students are competing for Michelle Obama to come to their schools to share her wisdom about moving on to higher education and adulthood.

The first lady announced on Thursday two video contests as part of her Reach Higher initiative, which encourages students to take their studies and training past secondary school.

To enter the first, high school students, teachers and administrators create a video that urges students to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

The second contest— the Near-Peer Mentoring College Challenge— asks college officials and student groups to submit a video that shows peer-mentoring and college-immersion programs offered on their campuses for incoming students, especially those from underserved communities.

Mrs. Obama will speak at the winners' commencement ceremonies in the spring.

Contestants must upload their video to YouTube or Vimeo. They can also post their efforts on social media and using #ReachHigher.

The first lady's Reach Higher initiative encourages high school students to attend a four-year university, community college or a professional training program.

The initiative supports President Barack Obama's “North Star” goal to make America once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

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We Should Talk More About Bill Cosby’s Rape Allegations

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I'm not entirely sure I believe comedian Hannibal Buress when he says he didn't think making an onstage joke about Bill Cosby's (pictured) history of rape allegations would generate widespread reaction. We live in an age where anything can spark widespread reaction even if only for a millisecond. Certainly bringing up rape about one of the most-famous and beloved celebrities ever could do the trick.

RELATED: Comedian Hannibal Buress: Bill Cosby Is A Rapist

In his now-infamous set at the Trocadero Theater in Philadelphia, Buress said this of Cosby, “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the '80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!' Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.”

Responding to the viral story, Buress told Howard Stern in terms of the backlash and overall attention, “It was unexpected. It wasn't my intention to make it part of a big discussion. It was just something I was doing at that venue, right there.”

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Halloween ‘Lynching’ Display Ordered Removed From Home On Army Base

At first there was the offensive Ray Rice costume this Halloween season, now someone has hung a Black family in effigy outside of his or her home on the Fort Campbell U.S. Army base, which straddles the borders of Kentucky and Tennessee, according to a report at ClarksvilleNow.

Base officials ordered the removal of the display, which reportedly showed a Black family hanging from a tree. An illegible sign was attached to what appears to be the Father figure, while a small child clung to his ankles.

ClarksvilleNow reports:

Brendalyn Carpenter with [the Fort Campbell] Public Affairs said they received a report of a Halloween decoration that was “offensive in nature” and contacted authorities to investigate. The occupant was informed of the concerns made by the community and removed the display.

Carpenter said it was her understanding that the display was not intended to be offensive, but authorities deemed it could be interpreted as such. She said the occupant did extend an apology about the decorations.

“Displays of an offensive nature are not reflective of Army values and the family-friendly environment provided for employees and residents of the Fort Campbell community,” Carpenter said.

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13-Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot Nine Times For Laughing At Neighbor

Kobe Jones (pictured), 13, was killed Friday afternoon by his neighbor, who allegedly shot him nine times in a fit of anger, according to ABC 7.

The slain child had allegedly laughed at him because his home was burglarized.

According to police investigators, the 30-year-old unnamed man and his girlfriend had returned to his Gary, Indiana home to discover that he had been robbed. In an effort to find the culprit, the man then reportedly walked up and down his block, knocking on doors to inquire as to whom would have broken into his home.

At one point, the man then decided to publicly showcase his rage by creating a scene outside of his home by yelling to no end and drawing a crowd. When Jones, along with other neighbors, observed the man's antics, he allegedly began laughing at him and that was when the neighbor reportedly targeted the boy, pulled out a handgun and shot the child repeatedly.

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Schoolyard Bullies Chant ‘Ebola,’ Beat African Students

While reportedly chanting, “Ebola,” schoolyard bullies on Friday attacked two brothers, who immigrated to New York City from Senegal about a month ago, according to NBC 4 New York.

The 11- and- 13-year-old victims, in sixth and eighth grade, respectively, were beaten and verbally abused by other students at lunchtime in the schoolyard at Intermediate School 318 in the Tremont section of the Bronx in New York City, the African Advisory Council says, according to the news station.

The father, Ousame Drame (pictured right with sons), said his sons were ostracized and treated like cancers in the weeks leading up to the attack. The harassment began just days after news broke that the first case of Ebola had been diagnosed in the United States. He said students began whispering “Ebola” in the presence of his sons and some bullies ordered other students not to talk to the boys, who only speak French, he told the news station.

“If they go to the gym, they don't want them touching the ball – ‘Oh, you have Ebola, don't play with us,'” Drame said.

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Schoolyard Bullies Chant ‘Ebola,’ Beat African Students

While reportedly chanting, “Ebola,” schoolyard bullies on Friday attacked two brothers, who immigrated to New York City from Senegal about a month ago, according to NBC 4 New York.

The 11- and- 13-year-old victims, in sixth and eighth grade, respectively, were beaten and verbally abused by other students at lunchtime in the schoolyard at Intermediate School 318 in the Tremont section of the Bronx in New York City, the African Advisory Council says, according to the news station.

The father, Ousame Drame (pictured right with sons), said his sons were ostracized and treated like cancers in the weeks leading up to the attack. The harassment began just days after news broke that the first case of Ebola had been diagnosed in the United States. He said students began whispering “Ebola” in the presence of his sons and some bullies ordered other students not to talk to the boys, who only speak French, he told the news station.

“If they go to the gym, they don't want them touching the ball – ‘Oh, you have Ebola, don't play with us,'” Drame said.

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Not Guilty Pleas Entered For Indiana Serial Killer

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A judge has entered informal not guilty pleas on behalf of a former Marine who is charged in the strangulation deaths of two women found in northwestern Indiana and is suspected of killing five others.

Darren Vann entered the courtroom Wednesday wearing handcuffs and shackles for his initial hearing in the strangulation deaths of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy and 35-year-old Anith Jones.

The 43-year-old Vann had refused to speak during an initial hearing in the Hardy case a week ago and was cited for contempt.

On Wednesday, the convicted sex offender from Gary responded to Lake County Magistrate Judge Kathleen Sullivan's questions, uttering “yes, ma'am” and “no ma'am.”

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Not Guilty Pleas Entered For Indiana Serial Killer

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A judge has entered informal not guilty pleas on behalf of a former Marine who is charged in the strangulation deaths of two women found in northwestern Indiana and is suspected of killing five others.

Darren Vann entered the courtroom Wednesday wearing handcuffs and shackles for his initial hearing in the strangulation deaths of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy and 35-year-old Anith Jones.

The 43-year-old Vann had refused to speak during an initial hearing in the Hardy case a week ago and was cited for contempt.

On Wednesday, the convicted sex offender from Gary responded to Lake County Magistrate Judge Kathleen Sullivan's questions, uttering “yes, ma'am” and “no ma'am.”

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