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Free Genarlow Wilson: the $1 Million Man Speaks to ABC

June 26, 2007 — -- Genarlow Wilson, a 21-year-old man from Georgia, still sits in jail today despite the fact that earlier this month a judge declaredhis 10-year felony sentence a "grave miscarriage of justice" and ordered him freed. Wilson has already served two years of his sentence for receiving consensual oral sex from a 15-year-old girl when he was17. A bond hearing is set for July 5, but Wilson's attorney B.J. Bernstein argues on a Web site she set up for Wilson that the hearing would be
By Genarlow Wilson
• ABC News

Outrage After Teen Gets 10 Years for Oral Sex With Girl

Feb. 7, 2006 — -- A wild New Year's Eve two years ago has landed a Georgia teen in prison for 10 years on charges of child molestation in a case that has state legislators reworking the strict law that put him behind bars. Genarlow Wilson and a group of friends had the kind of bash no parent would want their teenager to attend. Crime scene investigators combing the room in a Days Inn in the small town of Douglasville, Ga., found evidence of drinking, as well as condoms and wrappers littered all
By Genarlow Wilson
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Free Genarlow Wilson: the $1 Million Man Speaks to ABC

June 26, 2007 — -- Genarlow Wilson, a 21-year-old man from Georgia, still sits in jail today despite the fact that earlier this month a judge declaredhis 10-year felony sentence a "grave miscarriage of justice" and ordered him freed. Wilson has already served two years of his sentence for receiving consensual oral sex from a 15-year-old girl when he was17. A bond hearing is set for July 5, but Wilson's attorney B.J. Bernstein argues on a Web site she set up for Wilson that the hearing would be
By Genarlow Wilson
• ABC News

Outrage After Teen Gets 10 Years for Oral Sex With Girl

Feb. 7, 2006 — -- A wild New Year's Eve two years ago has landed a Georgia teen in prison for 10 years on charges of child molestation in a case that has state legislators reworking the strict law that put him behind bars. Genarlow Wilson and a group of friends had the kind of bash no parent would want their teenager to attend. Crime scene investigators combing the room in a Days Inn in the small town of Douglasville, Ga., found evidence of drinking, as well as condoms and wrappers littered all
By Genarlow Wilson
• ABC News

At first, Matil heard 'gibberish' in class — before going on to become dux of her school

Matil Haddad has gone from hearing "gibberish" in class to getting the highest ATAR in her high school and being one of the top 20 students in the Northern Territory. She came to Alice Springs as a Syrian refugee four years ago, at the age of 14. At the time, she was the only person in her family who could speak English. "I was sort of thrown into this new world, and it was like 'OK, now go be an adult', and I was not ready; it was hard," she said. Being one of the only Arab families in Alic
By Youssef Saudie
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Single Sisters Stage Wedding Photo Shoot With Dad Who Has Alzheimer’s

Sarah and Becca Duncan said their father may not live until their weddings. — -- Twin sisters Sarah and Becca Duncan aren't engaged, but the two decided to take wedding photos with their father who has Alzheimer's. Scott Duncan was diagnosed with the disease in 2012 and has recently been moved to a 24-hour nursing facility due to his deteriorating health. That's why the 23-year-old Grapevine, Texas, siblings took the photos, dressed up in floor-length wedding gowns right on their neighbor's f
By Elizabeth Sehon
• ABC News

11-year-old boy gives flowers to King Soopers employees

The day after the mass shooting at a King Soopers in Boulder, Colorado, Jody Witmer had to explain to her 11-year-old son, JJ, that a gunman had killed 10 people, including three employees. JJ said he felt incredibly sad for the victims and couldn't imagine how King Soopers workers across the state were feeling having to return to work the next day. To brighten their day, JJ asked his mother if they could distribute flowers at supermarket locations in Brighton, where they live and which is abo
By Whitney Tesi
• ABC News

What to know about suit challenging alleged 'racist' education system in NYC

A wide-ranging lawsuit claims New York City's education system is racist in design and operation — effectively separating largely white and Asian students from Black and Latino students through a discriminatory testing processes for its gifted and talented (G&T) programs and curriculum. Unlike other lawsuits that have demanded equal access to education, IntegrateNYC v. The State of New York, filed by students and advocates against the state and city, along with other defendants, takes the debate a step further.
By Hyeyoon (Alyssa) Choi
• ABC News

Black woman speaks out after Chicago police officer attempts to tackle her in park

"I knew if he got me on the floor, I would be dead," Nikkita Brown said. A Black woman said she was walking out of a closed park in Chicago, adhering to police instructions, when a white police officer attempted to tackle her, allegedly unprovoked. On Aug. 28, Nikkita Brown said the officer drove up to her as she was walking her dog in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago and told her to leave the area immediately. Brown agreed, but the officer insisted on driving behind her as she walked out of the park, and eventually got out of his vehicle to follow her on foot, she told ABC News in an exclusive interview airing Thursday on "Good Morning America."
By Hyeyoon (Alyssa) Choi
• ABC News

Why some US Blacks and Latinos remain COVID-19 'vaccine deliberate'

Much has been made about people of color being hesitant to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Numbers have shown that Black and Latino vaccination rates are lagging behind those of white people in America. About 40% of Black people and 45% of Latinos have been at least partially vaccinated as of Aug. 16, compared to 50% of white people, according to the latest data by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
By Hyeyoon (Alyssa) Choi
• ABC News

Family of man allegedly killed over loud music by security guard asks for justice

Ben Crump called on the Shelby County DA and Kroger to take responsibility. A Black man on his way to visit his niece and nephew was fatally shot by a security guard in Memphis, Tennessee, Saturday evening over an argument about loud music, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by ABC News. Alvin Motley Jr., who was described by his family at a press conference Tuesday as disabled, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was at a Kroger fuel center with his girlfriend, Pia Foster, when he and the security guard, Gregory Livingston, got into a verbal altercation over the volume of music coming from their car, according to police.
By Hyeyoon (Alyssa) Choi
• ABC News

Democratic debate in Detroit, near Flint, brings attention to water issues, inequality

As the 2020 Democratic candidates continue to discuss climate change in the run-up to the primary, the debate in Detroit this week will bring attention to a topic crucial in the state of Michigan: water. Just as 2016 saw candidates visiting the city of Flint, which hosted a 2016 debate and is nationally known for a water crisis that began five years ago, the lead-up to the debate in nearby Detroit has seen at least three candidates make stops in Flint. The decisions that exposed thousands of F
By Jackie Filson
• ABC News

'Terrible state of affairs': Border restrictions cause nursing shortage for remote communities

At least 18 remote communities across the Northern Territory are experiencing a shortage of nursing services due to COVID-19 international and interstate border restrictions. The "movement" of nurses into remote areas has "been limited over time", according to John Wakerman from the Menzies School of Health Research. "We're actually decreasing access to primary care in those areas because of these pressures." He said this added to the already "under-resourced system" and there should be more
By Youssef Saudie
• ABC News

How colonial-era debt helped shape Haiti's poverty and political unrest

When Haiti won its independence nearly 200 years ago, it came at a hefty price -- an estimated $21 billion today. The country spent the next century paying off the debt to its former slave owners, France. It's a financial conundrum that those experts and historians say have helped keep some formerly colonized countries impoverished: the demand by former slave owners and colonizers for pay in exchange for independence.
By Hyeyoon (Alyssa) Choi
• ABC News

Alice Springs Muslims able to celebrate Eid al-Adha festivities

For most Muslims across Australia, COVID-19 lockdowns have put an end to large celebrations of Eid al-Adha — the Feast of the Sacrifice — but that is not the case in Alice Springs. In the nation's red centre, people have been able to freely honour the occasion with family and friends. More than 100 Muslims have been able to visit Alice Springs' Afghan Mosque to celebrate one of Islam's holiest events that, this year, runs from July 19 to July 23. The Mosque's Imam Hamdullah bin Ataullah expla
By Youssef Saudie
• ABC News

His uncles were country singers, but Arrernte man Chris Wallace wanted to rock

Starting with a ukulele in the community of Santa Teresa was the beginning of lead member of Southeast Desert Metal Chris Wallace's passion for pursuing metal music. Mr Wallace comes from a family of artists with many of his uncles playing country music, but he was drawn to metal bands like AC/DC, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath. "I just wanted to be like one of those guys and [looking back] it really did pay off," Mr Wallace said. Arrernte band Southeast Desert Metal has gained national attent
By Youssef Saudie
• ABC News

Undocumented farmworkers push Congress for protections amid historic heat

Sebastian Francisco Perez, a 38-year-old undocumented farmworker from Guatemala, was working at a tree farm in Oregon on June 26 when he died during the record-breaking heat wave that swept across the region. "He had dreams of starting a family with his wife, Maria, who is in Guatemala right now. ... He was only here for two months without papers, trying to save up money to start fertility treatments," said Reyna Lopez, the executive director of PCUN, a farmworker union based in Oregon.
By Hyeyoon (Alyssa) Choi
• ABC News

Christmas Island conditions a 'ticking time bomb', refugee advocates say, but no COVID cases to date

Immigration detention centres on Christmas Island pose a similar COVID outbreak risk as aged care facilities and should be closed, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) says. In a new report released on Wednesday, AHRC commissioner Edward Santow said it would be much safer not to use Christmas Island as an immigration detention facility. "People in immigration detention are disproportionately likely to have pre-existing health conditions and that makes those people particularly vulnera
By Youssef Saudie
• ABC News