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Husband and Daughters Beg For Their Lives in Chilling 911 Calls Placed Moments Before Texas Mom Opened Fire

Originally posted 06/28/2016 09:35PM

On Tuesday, authorities released the 911 calls placed from inside the home where Texas mother Christy Sheats, 42, fatally shot her two daughters Madison, 17, and Taylor, 22.

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Dustin Lance Black on Orlando: It Is Time to Disarm Hate

Originally posted 06/21/2016 01:00PM

Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of 2008's Milk, was nearing the end of production on a new TV series when he heard the news. Forty-nine people had been killed, and dozens more wounded, during a shooting massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12. The series, called When We Rise (it will air on ABC in 2017), which Black has created, executive produced, and co-directed, is a chronicle of the gay rights movement in America.

The event in Orlando, of course, not only struck the LGBT community but the Latino community as well. In response to the tragedy – and the week of anger and grief that has followed – Black penned this tough, moving essay about what we, as fellow human beings, owe to all those who we have lost.

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Disarm Hate

For the last six months I've been in Vancouver filming When We Rise, an ABC miniseries on the history of the LGBT rights movement. That's what I was doing when I learned that 49 LGBT souls – the majority Latino – had been murdered in Orlando in a gay club, traditionally a place of refuge. That day, we were filming a scene re-creating the 2009 National Equality March on Washington. And so, between takes of Guy Pearce unfurling a massive banner that read "Equality Across America," we tuned in to learn the names of the sons, daughters, allies, and parents who were ripped from our arms by gunfire and hate.

In so many ways, When We Rise is a testament to how far we've come, a tribute to those who have dedicated their lives to bringing us this close to safety and equality. Orlando served as a terrible reminder of just how much more we have left to do. The shock, the hurt, the anger, and the heartbreak left me winded, as were so many other Americans who love our country. It also made it clear to me that if we are ever to overcome homophobia, we must create better understanding of who LGBT people truly are by confronting the three worst culprits of LGBT misinformation: science, the state, and religion.

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5 Teens Wounded in Brooklyn Playground Shooting, Police Searching for Gunman

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5 Teens Wounded in Brooklyn Playground Shooting, Police Searching for Gunman

Originally posted 06/14/2016 08:40AM

Five teenagers were shot and wounded at Harry Maze Playground in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday evening, according to multiple reports.

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Christina Grimmie's Brother Marcus Speaks at Candlelight Vigil: 'She's in a Better Place'

Originally posted 06/14/2016 12:00AM

Hundreds of mourners gathered for a candlelight vigil in Christina Grimmie's New Jersey hometown of Evesham Township on Monday.

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Blake Shelton Says He Is 'Stunned and Disgusted' by The Voice Alum Christina Grimmie's Death as More Stars Mourn the Singer

Originally posted 06/11/2016 06:15AM

Christina Grimmie's friends and fans took to social media early Saturday morning to mourn the late singer, who was shot dead Friday night after her concert in Orlando. She was 22.

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UpdatePosted 06/11/2016 02:55AM

Who Is Christina Grimmie? The YouTube Star Who Rose to Fame on the Voice

Originally posted 06/11/2016 02:30AM

Christina Grimmie, who was shot and killed at her Orlando, Florida concert on Friday, may be best known for making the final three on season six of the Voice, but before she was representing Team Adam Levine, the 22-year-old singer made her name on YouTube.

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UpdatePosted 06/11/2016 02:25AM

Voice Alum Christina Grimmie Dies After Being Shot at Orlando Concert, Rep Confirms

Originally posted 06/11/2016 01:35AM

Christina Grimmie has died after being shot at her Orlando, Florida, concert late Friday.

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Colorado Woman Who Cut Baby from Pregnant Woman's Womb Sentenced to 100 Years in Prison

Colorado Woman Who Cut Baby from Pregnant Woman's Womb Sentenced to 100 Years in Prison

Originally posted 04/29/2016 09:50PM

A Colorado woman who was convicted of slicing open another woman and stealing her unborn child was sentenced to 100 years in prison on Friday, CNN reports.

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Suspect Dressed in Hedgehog Onesie Shot and Detained After Posing Bomb Threat at Baltimore News Station

Suspect Dressed in Hedgehog Onesie Shot and Detained After Posing Bomb Threat at Baltimore News Station

Originally posted 04/28/2016 09:10PM

Baltimore police have detained the suspect of a bomb threat at one of the city's news stations, PEOPLE confirms.

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Martin Sheen Producing New O.J. Simpson Docu-Series, Hard Evidence: O.J. Is Innocent

Originally posted 03/31/2016 09:35AM

There's more of O.J. Simpson's story coming to the small screen.

A new six-part docu-series about the former football star's famed 1994 murder trial from executive producer Martin Sheen has been picked up by Investigation Discovery, reports The Hollywood Reporter and Variety.

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