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March 23, 2018 GMT

Ex-Miss Kentucky gets probation in pot arrest

LIMA, Ohio — A former Miss Kentucky who tried to smuggle a small amount of marijuana into an Ohio prison for her boyfriend won’t have to spend time behind bars.

The Lima News reports 28-year-old Kia Hampton, of Louisville, Kentucky, received probation Wednesday during a hearing in Allen County in western Ohio. Authorities say Hampton was found with a marijuana-filled balloon at the Allen-Oakwood Correctional Institution in May 2017.

While prosecutors pushed for a prison sentence, the judge said Hampton seemed remorseful. She could have received three years in prison.

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Hampton was crowned Miss Kentucky in 2010 and became the first black woman to represent the state in the Miss USA pageant.

She told the judge Wednesday she wants a “fresh start” and attributed her behavior to “foolishness.”

Study finds lending loophole hurting D.C. minorities

America’s biggest bank is benefiting from a loophole in the Community Reinvestment Act, a landmark law designed to fight racial discrimination in lending.

An analysis by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting found JPMorgan Chase rarely lent to African Americans or Latinos in the Washington area, where a majority of residents are people of color.

Chase made more than 1,000 conventional home purchase loans in the area over two years. Only 23 of them went to Black borrowers and 35 to Latinos.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

But federal regulators aren’t checking to make sure Chase is following community lending law in D.C. because its office in the district isn’t technically a branch. The law kicks in only if a bank has a branch in a city that takes deposits.

Ex-Chicago police chief to challenge mayor who fired him

CHICAGO — Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced plans Wednesday to run for mayor against the man who fired him after the release of dashcam video showing a white police officer fatally shooting a Black teenager.

McCarthy’s announcement, which he made on his campaign website, pits him against Rahm Emanuel in the February 2019 election. Emanuel fired McCarthy in 2015 as an effort to restore public confidence in the police force and his administration, just days after the court-ordered release of the video showing Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times.

McCarthy was the police chief in Newark, N.J., after a long career in which he rose through the ranks of New York City’s police force. Emanuel chose him to run Chicago’s police department in 2011.

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In McCarthy’s first full year on the job, the number of homicides in Chicago climbed past the 500 mark. The total fell the next year and never reached 500 again during McCarthy’s tenure. After he left, the number climbed, including in 2016 when it skyrocketed to 762 — something McCarthy has noted frequently in recent weeks as he laid the groundwork for his campaign.

Group slams Israeli rabbi for comparing blacks to monkeys

JERUSALEM — The Anti-Defamation League is lashing out at one of Israel’s chief rabbis for comparing Black people to monkeys.

The New York City-based organization devoted to battling anti-Semitism and racism called Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef’s comments “racially charged” and “utterly unacceptable.”

Yosef, who represents Israel’s Sephardic Jews of Middle Eastern and North African descent, made the comment during his weekly sermon. His office said he was citing a passage from the Talmud when he used a derogatory term for a black person and then interchanged it with monkey.

Yosef has gotten into trouble before for suggesting secular women behave like animals because they dress immodestly.

His late father, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, also had a knack for citing obscure ancient texts that offended Israelis.