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Dallas Police Officer Arrested After Shooting her Neighbor in His Apartment

Bothan Shem Jean (Image: Instagram)

Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was arrested last night, and charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of her unarmed neighbor, Botham Shem Jean. Authorities say Guyger entered Jean’s apartment, thinking it was her own, and eventually shot and killed him.

Though the motive in the shooting remains unclear, Guyger is white and Jean was black, which has stirred speculation of a racial motive. The officer was released after posting $300,000 bond.

Guyger was involved in another shooting last year, in which she shot a suspect who had taken her Taser from her during a struggle.


Hurricane Florence Gains Strength, Churns Toward the East Coast

Hurricane Florence is set to hit the East Coast this week with two other storms forming not far behind it in the Atlantic. 

CNN reports, “Florence, which was upgraded from a tropical storm to a hurricane on Sunday, was in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,400 miles from East Coast. It was moving west close to 7 mph, about 720 miles from Bermuda.”

The National Hurricane Center said all indications show that Florence will be a dangerous Category 4 hurricane, with computer models agreeing its on track to hit the Carolinas. In the Pacific, Hurricane Olivia is expected to hit the Hawaiian Islands by mid-week.


Netflix’s ‘The After Party’ Under Fire for Mocking Epileptics

Netflix’s recent original film “The After Party” depicts an up and coming young rapper dealing with the obstacle of a career-ruining viral video.

The video shows the protagonist vomiting and then having a seizure on stage, falling and writhing on the ground. He is dubbed “Seizure Boy,” resulting in people posting videos and photos of them reenacting the moment with the hashtag “#SEEZJAHBOY.”

The movie, released on August 24, was met with concerns and complaints by members of the epilepsy community and a statement by the President and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation, Philip Gattone.

CMN’s Hailey Nagma has the full story.


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Last But Not Least: How Parents are Striving to Change the Greek Life Hazing Culture

Fraternity hazing charges and deaths have been on the rise in recent years, leading to heightened parental concern, as they strive to bring about change and justice.

Many of the parents who have lost children to hazing have formed the Anti-Hazing Coalition in order to strengthen hazing laws, and eventually prevent it altogether. They aim to pass laws that would make hazing a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Alex Mauriello has a roundup of where the movement stands. 


Wednesday’s Morning Scoop was made possible by Natalia KolenkoHailey NagmaAlex Mauriello, and the CMN Staff. Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. College can be really difficult at times, so if you know someone who is struggling or has mentioned suicidal thoughts, don’t hesitate to help. 

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