This British weatherman interrupted a live debate on crime with a point we all need to hear.

Alex Beresford just couldn’t stay silent while listening to a Good Morning Britain debate about knife crime in the UK. With an increase in knife attacks over the past few years, debates over how to handle knife crime in the United Kingdom are common. Similar to gang-related gun violence in the U.S., the majority of victims and perpetrators of such crimes are black youths living in urban areas. And also like gun violence debates in the U.S., such discussions are too often held without representation from the communities being debated. That fact compelled weatherman Alex Beresford to interject from off camera during a live Good Morning Britain debate on knife crime. Police Federation chair, John Apter, was in the middle …

A mom left her baby at the airport, so the whole plane turned around to get her daughter.

Creative Commons/ If you have children and are upset with yourself for not being the perfect parent,  take comfort in knowing  that at least your vulnerable parenting moment didn’t make international news, like one mother who was recently separated from her baby. Before we blame the mother involved, it’s important to remember that Moms and Dads are human beings, too, and they are bound to forget to pick their child up from soccer practice at some point or forget about a date that means everything to their young child every now and then, no matter how mindful and caring they strive to be. While traveling from Saudi Arabia to Malaysia, a mother realized she left her baby at the terminal …

The elite college admissions scandal exposes the inequities in our supposed ‘meritocracy.’

The FBI has uncovered the biggest college admissions cheating scandal in history—and it’s a doozy. Fifty people, including high-profile celebrities and CEOs, NCAA coaches, and college exam administrators, have been indicted in a multi-million dollar cheating scheme to get wealthy kids admitted into elite colleges. Among those charged in the case are actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, and coaches at Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and USC. The parents in the case apparently paid a college admissions consultant named William Singer to help their kids get into certain schools. In their arrangements with Singer, parents, coaches, testers, and others knowingly cheated in order to make that happen. In some cases, stand-ins took students’ SAT or ACT tests for them. In others, …

Senator Stephanie Flowers’ ‘stand your ground’ speech is fierce, raw, and sadly necessary.

Arkansas state senator Stephanie Flowers lit up the state legislature in a debate over “stand your ground” laws. Debates that involve guns tend to bring out people’s passions. But when you’re a mother of a black son debating a law that statistically makes it less likely for him to see justice if he’s killed, your passion may be stronger than most. State senator Stephanie Flowers shared her feelings in a legislative debate over Arkansas’ “stand your ground” laws, taking issue with the bill being rushed through without proper debate. “I’m the only person here of color,” she said. “I am a mother, too. And I care for my son as much as y’all care for y’all’s. But my son doesn’t …

George Washington told America that political parties were our ‘worst enemy.’ He was right.

President George Washington warned Americans of the dangers of partisanship in his 1796 farewell address — and he didn’t mince words. The entire address is worth a read, but Washington’s descriptions of “the Spirit of Party,” which he said “is seen in its greatest rankness” in freely elected democracies and “is truly their worst enemy,” are particularly intriguing. Check out a bit of what he said about partisanship: It serves always to distract the Public Councils and enfeeble the Public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the …

This family is the face of Venezuela’s historic humanitarian crisis.

Luis and Jude Vivas, with their son, Luis Jr. Editor’s note: If you want to help the Vivas family, you can contribute directly to their GoFundMe campaign here. The campaign has been verified by the GoFundMe team, with 100% of the proceeds going toward immediate food, medical and housing needs for the family. When I connect with Jude and Luis Vivas, the couple is resting inside a tiny motel room in  Cúcuta, Colombia. The width of the room barely holds a small, twin sized bed that is covered in the six backpacks they carried across the Venezuelan border with their young son, Luis Jr. “We are very tired,” Jude says, translating the words of her husband into English. “Tired of …

The Supreme Court just unanimously voted to stop the police from stealing your stuff for no reason.

via Wikimedia Commons In a landmark unanimous decision issued Wednesday, February 20, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled civil asset forfeiture unconstitutional because it violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against excessive fines and fees. Civil asset forfeiture allows local law enforcement agencies to seize people’s cars, cash, homes, and pretty much anything else that is suspected of being used to commit a crime. To get their property back, citizens have to prove it wasn’t obtained illegally, even in situations where no indictment was filed. A few examples of ridiculous government overreach provided by Harvard Law Review: Mary and Leon Adams resided in their West Philadelphia house for forty-six years when the police told them to vacate and initiated a civil …

Howand whyan ailing U.S. veteran is helping these Venezuelan refugees start a new life.

Luis and Jude Vivas, with their son, Luis Jr. Editor’s note: If you want to help the Vivas family, you can contribute directly to their GoFundMe campaign here. The campaign has been verified by the GoFundMe team, with 100% of the proceeds going toward immediate food, medical and housing needs for the family. When I connect with Jude and Luis Vivas, the couple is resting inside a tiny motel room in  Cúcuta, Colombia. The width of the room barely holds a small, twin sized bed that is covered in the six backpacks they carried across the Venezuelan border with their young son, Luis Jr. “We are very tired,” Jude says, translating the words of her husband into English. “Tired of …

KFC demoted an employee for wanting to pump at work. She just won a $1.5 million lawsuit against them.

Women have been re-entering the workforce after giving birth for decades now. You would think that employers would know how to treat new moms back on the job, but apparently some people still have a lot of learning to do. When Autumn Lampkins was hired to be an assistant manager at a Delaware Kentucky Fried Chicken just months after giving birth, she was told her new job wouldn’t interfere with her need to pump breastmilk. Instead, it did nothing but interfere. Lampkins claimed the KFC outlet gave her a hard time for wanting (and let’s face it, needing) to pump breast milk during her working hours. Lampkins filed a lawsuit against her former employer, stating she was demoted over it. …

A pregnant waitress was reduced to tears by an anonymous police officer’s stunning bill.

Courtney English via CBS Philly You rarely hear about a police officer making the news for doing his or her job. In the news, “if it bleeds it leads,” so most of the time we hear about officers there has been a terrible tragedy. That’s why this story out of New Jersey is so important. Courtney English, 23, is nearly eight months pregnant and works on her feet as a waitress at the Lamp Post Diner in Clementon, New Jersey. Although she is unmarried, her father says her boyfriend is supportive, and will play a part in the child’s life. However, making ends meet is a challenge for English and she intends to take six to eight weeks off work …

Disney will hold its first official Pride event this year because the Happiest Place on Earth is for everyone.

Photo by Tony Ranze/Getty Images This summer, the Happiest Place on Earth will get a lot more inclusive… and magical. Disney will host the theme park’s first-ever official Pride event at Disneyland Paris on June 1st, the first day of Pride Month. The Magical Pride Party, as it is known as, will welcome members of the LGBTQ community and friends, encouraging patrons to, according to their website, “Dress like a dream, feel fabulous and experience Walt Disney Studios Park like never before – loud, proud and alive with all the colours of the rainbow.” The first unofficial Magic Pride event took place in Paris in 2014, but now Disney has taken over due to its popularity. The Magic Pride Party …

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry just delivered a very personal and positive message to sex workers.

Photo by Toby Melville/Getty Images Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stopped by the charity One25 unannounced in Bristol where Markle and Prince Harry got to work helping pack lunches meant to be distributed to sex workers. As part of its larger set of initiatives, One25 provides 150 sex workers with food bags on a nightly basis. Markle Spontaneously asked for a magic marker and began to scrawl inspirational messages on the bananas. “Do you have a sharpie?” Markle says in a video of the day. “I have an idea.” “I’m in charge of the banana messaging,” Markle can be heard saying in a videoTweeted out by Kensington Palace, as she wrote supportive words such as “You are strong,””You are brave,” …