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We’re inundated by news stories every day and with a 24/7 news cycle, it’s nearly impossible to keep up. But thanks to GlobalGrind’s Think Tank, you’ll be quickly in the know, and then good to go.

From what’s going on in the Capitol to what’s happening oversees, we have it all.

Today we see that Jimmy McMillan, the “Rent Is To Damn High” guy is being evicted, while a teen stands up for what’s right.

Better than Fiction

Character: Jimmy McMillan

Plot Line: Jimmy McMillan, the man who ran for governor because the “Rent is Too Damn High” claims he’s being kicked out of his Manhattan apartment, because the rent is too damn low!

McMillan says he pays $872.96 for a rent-controlled ground-floor apartment on St. Marks Place in the East Village ― which he’s had since the late-1970s, when the rent was around $275.

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Inside the Capitol

Where: U.S.

Who: Employers

What Happened: Economists forecast that employers added only 117,000 jobs last month and that the unemployment rate was unchanged at 9.1 percent, according to a survey by FactSet.

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Hero of the Day

Who: Quera Pruitt

What Happened: A Minnesota student who claims she was left emotionally scarred by a racially-charged homecoming theme is taking her high school to court. 

Quera Pruitt claims in her lawsuit that her school’s ‘Wigger Day’ caused intense depression. Quera Pruitt, who graduated from Red Wing High School in 2010, is listed as a plaintiff in a class action lawsuit filed against the district.

The lawsuit says Sept. 30, 2009, was originally designated as ‘Tropical Day’ as part of the school’s homecoming celebration. 

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Numbers Game

Number: 1,470

Where: U.S.

What Happened: New tax data from the Internal Revenue service shows that in 2009, incomes fell, unemployment claims rose, and the U.S. economy shed nearly two million taxpayers.

And of the 235,413 taxpayers who earned $1 million or more in 2009, 1,470 of them paid no taxes.

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GlobalGrind’s Global Mind

Where: Syria

What Happened: The flashpoint Syrian city of Hama endured a fifth day under military siege Thursday, with a resident saying people were being “slaughtered like sheep” in the streets and families were burying their dead in home gardens or roadsides, rather than risk a trip to a cemetery.

Food supplies grew short and residents shared bread, while phones, electricity and Internet were cut off or severely hampered.

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Shame On You

Who: Westboro Baptist Church

Where: Kansas

What Happened: The Westboro Baptist Church, a radical religious group from Kansas, announced in a press release that it intends to picket the funerals of the victims of the Norway massacre. “Norway must repent or perish,” the document reads. “WBC will picket at the funerals of the Norway dead to warn the living: they died for your sins.”

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This Day In History

Year: 1962

What Happened: On August 5, 1962, movie actress Marilyn Monroe is found dead in her home in Los Angeles. She was discovered lying nude on her bed, face down, with a telephone in one hand. 

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