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AM Click: Baltimore Protests Spread, Hillary Clinton Gets Competition And Malala’s Attackers Sentenced

A witness has suggested that Freddie Gray may have injured himself.

Baltimore Protests Spread To NY, DC

The streets of Baltimore were relatively calm on Wednesday night, but in other cities things got a bit hectic. More than 100 people marching in solidarity with those in Baltimore protesting the death of Freddie Gray were arrested in New York during a large protest that started in Union Square and spread across the city. Similar protests were held in Chicago, Denver, Washington, San Diego, Minneapolis, Boston and other cities. Tensions are mounting ahead of a preliminary report due Friday looking into how Gray suffered a fatal spinal cord injury in police custody and whether charges should be filed against officers. In an unexpected twist, a prisoner in the van with Gray says that the 25-year-old “intentionally tried to injure himself,” while a second witness told CNN that Gray was not buckled because he was too agitated.

Hillary Clinton Needs To Share The Stage

You didn’t think she was going to just cruise to the nomination all by herself, did you? As the Republican field of presidential candidates grows by the day, the seemingly inevitable Democratic nominee, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton got some competition on Wednesday when independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders announced he’ll be giving it a shot as well. Sanders warned that “people should not underestimate me” and promised to run a clean campaign. And, frankly, the competition’s a good thing, since last time Clinton was deemed the unbeatable front runner she got lapped by a guy named Barack Obama.

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Malala’s Attackers Sentenced

She won the Nobel Peace Prize and they are going to prison for life. Sometimes justice prevails, and on Wednesday, it appeared that it did when an anti-terror court in Pakistan sentenced 10 men involved in the 2012 shooting of Malala Yousafzai to life sentences. The men, who shot and abducted the then 15-year-old education activist, were members of that Taliban and in a sign of her strength and courage, Yousafzai told the UN in 2013, “I do not even hate the Taliban who shot me”, adding that even if she had a gun she would not shoot them. There is still much work to be done in Pakistan, where spending on education is just 2.5%, the lowest in the world, and positive attitudes toward female education have fallen over the past decade by nearly a third to 48%.

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