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"We feel that a student's academic success is directly correlated to appropriate attire and appearance," the dress code reads.

I am extremely tired of being proven right in my assumptions when reading these stories. Read the entire list of hairstyles banned, you'll see someone in the meeting said "woah, hang on, let's throw something in there so it's not so blatantly racist. I know, let's add mohawk to the list."
When no dreadlocks, cornrows or twists are allowed, there's definitely a racial aspect to a dress code.
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What exactly made it necessary to make the +Google+​ app worse in order to execute the switch to communities/collections? Did +Matias Duarte​ retire thus negating the need for good design?
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" Let Nikki Haley, the governor of South Carolina, look out her window at the flag of treason that is flown proudly at her state capitol and think about these things, and speak of them, before she pronounces herself so puzzled at how something like this could happen in South Carolina, the home office of American sedition "
In which we confront the dark heart of America. Again.
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The morning of Johan's No-No, I was on a train to NYC when my Middle Sis called and asked if I wanted tix for that night's +New York Mets​ game. Long story short, no one could meet me at Citi Field to take advantage of the tix and I missed the most historic game I could have witnessed personally. Middle Sis looked out for me though, and brought back a couple souvenirs. Today I'm wearing that shirt so my boys from Queens can take two out of three in the Bronx and prove to everyone they're #TakingBackNewYork.

#LetsGoMets #YaGottaBelieve
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On repeat. All day. I regret nothing.
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Stop Trying to Make Other People Meet YOUR Defenition of Family

Once again, Connecticut has managed to surprise me. I thought we were past trying to tell other people how to live their lives; apparently I was mistaken.

Hartford's zoning board of appeals is upholding a ridiculous zoning law, apparently from 1901 (I can't be assed to look it up, the article has the pertinent deets,) defining who can, and can't, live in a single family, privately owned home. It does allow for an unlimited number of servants to live in the house. I'm sure you can tell the intent of this zoning law, but if you can't let me spell it out for you: "Ok, how do we keep the poor people out of our neighborhood?"

It's hard not to come to the conclusion that this family is being targeted because:

 a. The Poors are living in our neighborhood
 b. Mike McGarry has a friend who wants the house for his traditional family (his wife and their 2 prize winning Pomeranians)
 c. John Kennelly, who likely still has the word "coloreds" in his daily vocabulary, doesn't want the fourteen servants in his West End mansion getting any bright ideas.

Ok, look, snark aside, it is incredibly fucked up that in 2015 we still have busybodies who insist on telling other people how to live their lives. These folks have something exceedingly rare here; a family based, not on blood, but the iron-clad bond of true friendship. They are trusting each other with finances, with childrearing, with everything that it takes to be a family and run a household. How many friends do you have that you could trust like that? No, not them, stop, think, real hard. Not very many, eh?

I'm sure there's plenty of rich, single child couples that could have used all the leftover square footage for a playroom for Skylar, and a man cave for Daddy next to his office so he can take a break from his long hours working from home, and a gym for Mommy so she can train for her mid-life crisis marathons even in the winter. Those aren't the people who bought the house. The people who bought the house are an 11 member tribe who wanted to live under the same roof because they all love each other that much. And the neighbors, and the zoning board members, well, they don't feel that's a real family and they will, by god, be put out on the street in order to uphold the standards of this fine West End neighborhood.
HARTFORD — The city's Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday unanimously upheld a cease and desist order that could force a nontraditional family to dissolve or sell its West End home.
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In Florida there's an old law still on the books that says if two people live together they must be married. It's only selectively enforced against gay men.
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Last year when I went to Parris Island for my nephew's boot camp graduation, I took a bunch of shots of this clock & Christmas tree to see if I could have some fun with it later. This is still one of my favorite Auto Awesomes.
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+Google+​ I've had a phantom notification on mobile all day.
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Well lookie here what arrived a day early, +David Richins​. This thing is obscenely big.
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You'll fumble it plenty over the first few days but you get used to it real fast. 
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Hangouts for Chrome, Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. Happens every time PC goes to sleep or gets locked. Any chance you guys are looking at this already, +Google Chrome
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Thank you, +Vic Gundotra, for these amazing #AutoAwesome  creations

I finally made it out to Citi Field for the first time last night. Weather was perfect, the Mets beat the Marlins decisively (Colon & Familia were on point,) and I took a ton of photos & videos that allowed +Google+ to work its magic. The resulting Panos, Story, and video came out perfect and managed to highlight all the great memories made with my family last night. I know you're not at Google anymore, Vic, but I wanted to thank you directly and personally for all your hard work to give us these great tools to help get the most out of our photos and videos.
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Raise your hand if you've ever had regular operational training with a service pistol to engage a target with rapid fire at 30 yards.
 
I'll wait.

90 feet away. With the sun to his back. Yet not a single muzzle flash against that silhouette. But they kept firing until their mags were empty. I can guarantee you not one was aiming down his sight; that's how you get 4 out of 15 on target at 30 yards. By simply pointing your weapon in a general direction and snapping that trigger until nothing comes out.

At 30 yards, with nothing more than fire discipline and being aimed in, the two officers on station would have hit their mark, guaranteed with 2, maybe 3 rounds. With fire discipline, the other two officers late to the party would not have been confused by the sound of 30 rounds going downrange and decided to also empty their mags in the general direction of a man silhouetted against the setting sun, supposedly shooting without a single muzzle flash. Most importantly, with fire discipline, the increased distance and the lack of a backstop would keep you from firing indiscriminately in a general direction.

So, these officers either lacked or ignored training and emptied 4 magazines at a distance I can guaran-goddam-tee you not a one was trained to engage a target with more than 1 or 2 well aimed shots; yet the DA, after reading the report of the investigation conducted by the immediately predecessor to the sitting Chief of Police, decided no charges should be filed.

Wake the fuck up America. Your police departments are using brown people for target practice, and to appease you, should you disapprove, these murders are being investigated by the very departments that commit them, if at all, before the Hero Officer is exonerated. It's time for real oversight. It's time for every single police shooting to immediately go to a state panel convened by a cabinet level official for impartial review. It's time to review and revamp every single law enforcement firearms training program in this country. Its time police departments started acting like the civil servants that they are, rather than the paramilitary security force above the law they've been led to believe they are.

For the record, it takes just over two seconds to wildly yank a trigger 15 times; the same amount of time, incidentally, it takes to put a single well aimed shot downrange that won't miss its target at 30 yards.
On Friday, the San Francisco District Attorney's office announced that the four police officers--Nathan Chew, Richard Schiff, Roger Morse and Jason Sawyer--who killed 28-year-old Alex Nieto last March in Bernal Heights Park will not face charges. Although they fired 59 shots at Nieto, they did so "to protect themselves and other officers," says the DA office.
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Price is never just about what's on the plate. I had the Barnum Burger medium rare and let me tell you, ladies and gentlemen, when you eat one of these you'll wonder how other places are able to pass off what they serve as "hamburger". With nothing but two fresh slices of tomato and shredded iceberg, served on a very a lightly toasted English muffin, this sandwich easily outshines any place you can think of that's trying to spruce up ground beef for you. The fresh cut fries were a bit oversalted here and there, but not so much that it ruined it. Add the understated decor and the kraft paper with the logo rubber stamped in the middle and the $10 burger is a bargain. And the chocolate mousse is bonkers.
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reviewed 3 years ago
The sushi & sashimi for two is an incredible value and chock full of a good variety of fresh fish, expertly prepared and beautifully presented. I highly recommend it. Sadly we forgot to try the Victoria's Secret; maybe next time.
Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Excellent
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Of all the pizza places in Naugatuck I've tried, Adrianna's is best by an order of magnitude. Bottom of the pie is bone dry and perfectly cooked; very little oil or grease, even on the meat lover I usually order. Cheerful service and prompt delivery, along with quite fair prices make this a must have when in Naugatuck. Scored Decor a 3 because this is not a sit down restaurant and I find that the decor is largely irrelevant in this instance.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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