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Live Blog: Protests Continue on Second Night After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

It's been 24 hours since the world learned that a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, and demonstrations are expected to continue into the night. In Missouri, officials are taking steps to avoid more violence after last night's unrest left dozens of businesses burned and looted. Governor Jay Nixon said he's tripling the number of National Guardsmen in the St. Louis area tonight, bringing the total to about 2,200. Last night the events outside of Ferguson were mostly peaceful, and people are gathering again in cities across the country. Thousands are marching tonight in New York City, and they've already shut down several bridges and tunnels. We'll be live blogging all of tonight's developments here.


Q-Tip Kept the Crowd Chanting at NYC’s Ferguson Protest

There was a familiar face among the crowd gathered in Times Square last night, holding "Racism Kills" and "Demilitarize the Police" signs, following the Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. His head covered with a black hoodie, the rapper Q-Tip shifted his weight from foot to foot, like a boxer just waiting for the bell to ring. "How are you feeling?" I asked. "How are you feeling?" he asked back. "Pretty shitty," I said. "Yeah, pretty much," he agreed.

"It's like there's no value for black life at all." »

Cute Bunny Ban Could Be Coming to NYC

Bunnies are a cute and cuddly choice for a family pet, but New York City can be unkind to them. It turns out many owners don't love rabbits all that much and end up abandoning them to the raccoons in city parks, or to local animal shelters, which are struggling to find room for all these cottontails. The city council is now considering ending the sale or giveaway of pet bunnies in an effort to stem the sad, sad cycle. If the bill does go through, responsible bunny-owners won't have to give up their pets, and even if it does, there's always hope.

If You Want to Avoid Snow During Thanksgiving Travel, You Should Just Leave Now

If you haven't already left the city for Thanksgiving and are planning to do so and do not have access to a helicopter or some other form of special rich-person travel, GET OUT NOW. It's expected to get windy and rainy late Tuesday night, with snow falling heavy and fast on Wednesday morning, effectively crippling the holiday commute all along the Northeast corridor.


Why the Ferguson Prosecutor Waited Until 9:30 p.m. to Make the Grand Jury Announcement

When we learned yesterday that the Grand Jury had reached a decision regarding whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would be charged in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, it seemed strange that the prosecution would wait until almost 9:30 p.m. EST to make the announcement. Wouldn't announcing news — any news — in the dead of night after hours of making protestors wait make rioting more likely?


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