Black residents of Ferguson, Missouri, the working-class city in northern St. Louis county where an unarmed black teenager was shot dead by police officers on Saturday, say the town has been a "powder keg" of racial imbalance for decades. "They treat us like second class all the way down the line," one black resident told the LA Times. A black city alderman said the ensuing protests are "a boiling over of tensions that had been going on for a long while."
Here's a by-the-numbers look at who lives in Ferguson, who's in charge, who gets stopped by police, and more.
For ages, people have looked to the heavens to understand the strange doings of their earthly leaders. In that spirit, we divined the star sign of every member of Congress and then contacted Nick Dagan Best, a Montreal-based astrologer and the author of URANU.S.A.—"a graphic nonfiction astrology novel"—who has studied Washington's "astrological dynamic" past and present. (For instance, an infamous 1856 incident in which a congressman severely beat Sen. Charles Sumner on the Senate floor can be explained by Mars being in retrograde, a time of heightened tension.)
Pluto, which has retained its astrological power despite being delisted as a planet, is in Capricorn right now and will be until 2023. That means we can expect big things from Capricorn Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, says Best. Younger senators with air signs are also rising. Best likes the prospects of Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar and Republicans Marco Rubio and Mike Lee, all Geminis. Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Tammy Baldwin are also primed to have lasting impact. "It's not just that they're Aquarians," Best says. "They're the rightkind of Aquarians."
What about Barack Obama, one of only four Leos to ever occupy the White House? "The typical Leo failing is that they really want to make everybody happy," Best explains. "That becomes kind of an obsession." But he foresees bright times for the president if he hangs tough through the midterms. "In 2015, people are going to be saying his name and chanting the slogans again." Beat that, Nate Silver.
Most common zodiac sign for…
House members: Gemini
Congressional Democrats: Libra
Congressional Republicans: Gemini
All presidents: Aquarius
All Americans: Cancer
Congressional birthday data originally scraped from Wikipedia and then verified independently.
The first remains removed from the cemetery at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida, in September 2013.
Researchers from the University of South Florida have positively identified the remains of a 14-year-oldboy who died at the notorious Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys more than 70 years ago.
George Owen Smith's remains were unearthed as part of the effort to find, exhume, and identify dozens of children who died at the northern Florida school. The school, opened in 1900, was closed by the state in 2011 after a Department of Justice investigation found "systemic, egregious, and dangerous practices." Even though school officials deny it, former students claim the school's staff would routinely abuse students, including allegations of sexual abuse and murder. At least 96 children died at the the school between 1914 and 1973, according to records, with 7 of those deaths listed as the result of escape attempts.
It's unclear how Smith died. According to the USF researchers, he was sent to the school in 1940 at the age of 14. In December 1940 his mother asked the school how he was doing and was told they didn't know where he was. A month later the family was told Smith was found dead under a house after escaping from the school. When the family came to the school to get his body, they were showed a freshly-covered grave without any marking. Now, 73 years later, Smith's body was the first to be identified as part of the USF project. The researchers plan to continue excavating the unmarked graves until next summer.
While most boys at Dozier had it bad, the situation was probably worse for black students. Five African-American former students returned to the school in 2013 to recount their experience on "the black side" of the school, where work was harder, and the threat of abuse was ever present. "It was kind of like slavery," one of the men told photographer Nina Berman. Read more about their journey and see Berman's photographs in this Mother Jones story.
"To go inside of it was...a feeling like you're there again,” says former student Richard Huntly. "You're under the spell of the Florida School for Boys." Nina Berman