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1. Washington Post – A video showing two white police officers involved in a deadly altercation with a 37-year-old black man in Baton Rouge circulated across the Internet early Wednesday morning, prompting peaceful street protests in the city and anger elsewhere. The video showed two Baton Rouge police officers attempting to detain Alton Sterling after the officers responded to a call “from a complainant who stated that a black male who was selling music cd’s and wearing a red shirt threatened him with a gun” outside the Triple S Food Mart, a convenience store, a Facebook post by Baton Rouge Police Department said. Police said they responded about 12:35 a.m. Sterling was shot and killed while pinned down by the officers.

2. WCSC – Defense attorneys are asking for the federal case against the man suspected of shooting and killing nine black parishioners during bible study to be dropped, arguing it is unconstitutional. Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Dylann Roof, 22, of Columbia. In court documents filed Tuesday, attorneys argue the case should be left to State authorities, saying the federal government does not have the constitutional authority to prosecute him under the Commerce Clause and the 13th Amendment, which makes slavery illegal. They also argue the case violates the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment.

3. MediaIte – Michael McClanahan is the president of the Baton Rouge chapter of the NAACP. Today, he spoke at a press conference in response to the shooting of Alton Sterling, which was caught on camera by a bystander. He called for the police officers involved to be charged, but was also clear in his demands regarding what should happen to those at higher levels within the department. He referred to the “culture of the Baton Rouge Police Department,” saying he wanted to “root out the 1% of bad police officers that go around becoming the judge, the jury, and the executioner of innocent people, period, but more specifically, innocent black lives.” He called for the chief law enforcement officer, the mayor, to fire the chief of police.

4. NBC New York – Dr. Roscoe C. Brown Jr., the New York City veteran who flew with the legendary Tuskegee Airmen in World War II, has died at the age of 94. Brown died Saturday at a hospital in the Bornx after breaking his hip in a recent fall, his granddaughter Lisa Bodine said. Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered all flags to fly at half-staff until Saturday in Brown’s honor. Brown flew 68 combat missions for the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots in U.S. history. He was also a nine-time New York City Marathon runner and lifelong Jets and Mets fan.

5. CNN – Rapper Snoop Dogg will headline the Democratic National Convention’s “Unity Party” for donors in Philadelphia, according to a statement from the Senate Majority PAC sent to Billboard Tuesday. The event will take place at Philadelphia’s Electric Factory on July 28 and will also feature rock band Los Lobos. The Long Beach rapper, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton, is no stranger to political engagement and while he said he voted for President Barack Obama in 2012, he initially endorsed Libertarian Rep. Ron Paul during the Rep. presidential primary, citing the TX congressman’s support for legalizing marijuana.

6. AP – Baltimore prosecutors are facing mounting obstacles in their manslaughter case against the highest-ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, and his trial Thursday hasn’t even begun. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams ruled Tuesday that prosecutors can’t enter into evidence 4,000 pages of documents involving the training of Lt. Brian Rice, the fourth of six officers — three black, three white — to be tried in the young black man’s death.

7. LA Times – Ciara and Russell Wilson are married, the singer and the Seattle Seahawks quarterback confirmed Wednesday via social media. “We are The Wilsons!,” they both posted on Instagram and Twitter, captioning a picture of themselves celebrating, him in white tie and her in a lacy white Roberto Cavalli gown. The evening ceremony went down at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England, in front of family and friends.

8. Vulture – This November, the track of Smokey Robinson’s tears will surely be one of joy when the Motown legend receives the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. The New York Times reports that Robinson is set to be the eighth musician honored with the award, which in past years has been bestowed upon Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, and duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

9. Urban Daily – Verizon is creating opportunities for male minorities through their Innovative Learning program. In their latest initiative, the company is providing summer tech classes and year-round mentorship for young Black men in grades six through nine. The aim is “to inspire them to pursue STEM careers” and challenge minority stereotypes. Supporting the initiative is Ride Along 2 producer Will Packer, who believes “a core competency in technology” is essential to success in today’s world.

10. The Wrap – Michael Strahan’s “Good Morning America” gig will force him to step away from lucrative endorsement deals, TheWrap has confirmed. An ABC News spokesman said the company bans its employees from pitching products, and the former NFL player is no exception, meaning he’ll have to walk away from deals with Subway, Pizza Hut, Metamucil, Snickers, Dr. Pepper and Right Guard when the current contracts expire.