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Mary Sanchez: When fear rules, constitutional rights get trampled

The last U.S. Supreme Court case heard before the inauguration of Donald Trump as president harkened back to a horrendous episode of overreach after the Sept. 11 attacks. More than 760 immigrant men, mostly Muslim, were rounded up and held for months in detention centers, often under cruel conditions. None was ever charged with links to terrorism. It’s a cautionary tale for the new administration.

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Teen writes about living at home with the crack addict her mother married

"I sat outside my home and listened to my sister scream for help," wrote Kayla Perez, 21, of Overland Park, who is the author of the first story in a new book, "Welcome to My Neighborhood." It is framed as a children's book, similar to Golden Books, but the stories are true, dire and grim. They're written by teenagers in the Youth Ambassador program, including Perez, who penned her story when she was 17 years old and living under the same roof as a crack addict her mother had married. The book, a pro bono project of the advertising and marketing company VML, will be introduced to Kansas City civic leaders at a dinner Tuesday. The Youth Ambassador program promotes youth development and addresses social and academic challenges for underserved teenagers.
Tammy Ljungblad The Kansas City Star
Teen writes about living at home with the crack addict her mother married 1:47

Teen writes about living at home with the crack addict her mother married

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Lewis Diuguid talks about his friendship with 'To Kill a Mockingbird' author Harper Lee

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D.C. official: Estimated turnout for Women's March in D.C. at 500,000