Family of the black wrestler who was forced to cut his dreadlocks speaks out:

The parents of the 16-year-old black varsity wrestler who was forced to cut his dreadlocks before a match have spoken out for the first time since the incident.

Charles and Rosa Johnson, speaking through their attorney, Dominic A. Speziali, said in a Monday statement that the conduct of the referee who forced their son, Andrew, to cut his hair “appears more egregious as additional information comes to light.”

They allege that the referee was late to the meet and didn’t question their son’s hair or the need for a head covering during the initial evaluation.
The referee did not immediately responded to CNN’s requests for comment Tuesday afternoon

The final days of Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, the 8-year-old migrant who died in US custody:

An 8-year-old migrant’s last days were a blur of border patrol stations and hospital visits in a location about 2,000 miles from his family’s home in Guatemala.

The boy’s death while in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection comes just weeks after a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died while being held by CBP. He was identified as Felipe Alonzo-Gomez by US Rep. Joaquin Castro, but CBP did not name him.
The children’s deaths have highlighted the life-and-death challenges that migrants face in attempting to come to the US and caused CBP to announce several policy changes around its care of children under 10 years old.
CBP released the following timeline based on the current understanding of Felipe’s final days and the hours leading up to his death late Christmas Eve. The dates and times below are in local time

Indonesia tsunami: Grim search for survivors continues as death toll reaches 430:

The desperate search continues Wednesday for survivors of a tsunami which struck parts of western Indonesia, as the country marks the 14-year anniversary of its 2004 Sumatra tragedy — one of the most devastating ever recorded.

At least 430 people were killed Saturday when the tsunami — sparked by landslides from an erupting volcano — swept through the Sunda Strait, leaving about 1,500 injured and almost 22,000 displaced in villages on the Java and Sumatra coasts, officials said Wednesday.
Dozens of people are still missing. The Indonesia Red Cross said Wednesday that it was sending emergency aid to the affected area, with 400 staff and volunteers supporting search and rescue efforts.

Pacers star Victor Oladipo surprises domestic violence survivor with car:

When Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo won the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award at the end of last season, he was given a Kia.

On Sunday, he gave the car to Renita Hills, a survivor of domestic violence.
“I’ve heard part of your story, and I think you’re an inspiration to so many people — and you’re a survivor,” Oladipo said in a video, which was shown on the center scoreboard at the Pacers home game against the Washington Wizards at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
“I love giving back to the community of Indianapolis. So, surprise! This car is actually for you.

‘Opioid overdose epidemic continues to worsen and evolve,’ CDC says:

Illegally manufactured fentanyl was the driving force behind a 45.2% increase in deaths involving synthetic opioids from 2016 to 2017, according to a new report published Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In all, there were 70,237 drug overdose deaths in 2017. Opioids were involved in 67.8%, or 47,600 of those deaths. Of those opioid-involved overdose deaths, 59.8% of them, or 28,466, were due to synthetic opioids.
“The opioid overdose epidemic continues to worsen and evolve because of the continuing increase in deaths involving synthetic opioids,” the authors wrote in the study.

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