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Reality Check Recap: August 15, 2014

Posted August 15th, 2014 @ 9:57am

Here’s the latest from Ferguson, Missouri. Governor Jay Nixon says he supports the release of the name of the officer who killed Michael Brown. He thinks it’s the right thing to do. Governor Nixon says that the state’s highway patrol would be taking over security in Ferguson. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama called on police to be “open and transparent” as they investigate Michael Brown’s shooting death. He also implored both the cops and the protesters to “take a step back and think” about their actions and scolded the cops for using excessive force.



The World Health Organization says that the Ebola outbreak is “vastly” underestimated. At least 1,975 people in Nigeria, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been infected and 1,069 have died.



Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s when he died. His wife released a statement saying that his sobriety was intact and, quote, “he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly." Michael J. Fox, who famously struggles with Parkinson's, tweeted, "Stunned to learn Robin had PD. Pretty sure his support for our Fdn predated his diagnosis. A true friend; I wish him peace."



And a 30-year-old crack dealer in Florida was in a police chase a few weeks ago, and the cops saw him throwing handfuls of cocaine out the window. When he finally pulled over and the cops asked him about it, he said it must’ve been RAINING COCAINE. He was arrested.



And you know how you can get distressed jeans that look like you’ve worn them through a barbed wire? Now there are sneakers that come pre-muddied for you. Designer Kazuka Kuraishi, Ryan Gander, and Adidas Originals teamed up to create a pair of shoes that come with synthetic "mud" all over the sole and base of the otherwise all white sneakers. If you're looking for it, it's named the ridiculous Adidas x KZK ZXZ 750 RG 84-Lab. The idea behind them is reportedly to combine "performance sportswear" with "contemporary streetwear edge." That synthetic mud will cost you $215.


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