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After Cop Shooting, Panel Calls For Improvements In Baltimore PD

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Baltimore Officer William Torbit was accidentally shot and killed in January by uniformed police officers after responding to a fight at a nightclub, and now, a board reviewing his death has found that a lack of supervision and a disorganized response contributed to the chaotic situation, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Among 33 recommendations in a 169-page report, the board suggests that the department develop a plan for responding to such situations and enforce the dispatch system to track where officers are. The board is an independent panel appointed by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

Officer William Torbit Jr. was on duty in street clothes when he responded to a report of trouble at the Select Lounge Jan. 9. Investigators say Torbit likely fired the bullet that killed Sean Gamble as they struggled on the ground. Uniformed officers then fired on Torbit, not knowing that he was an officer.

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Twitter has struggled to attract new users. Its latest effort at rejuvenation is a new kind of timeline that predicts which older posts you might not want to miss and displays them on top.

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