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After 5 days of escalating confrontations between protesters and local police, the Missouri Highway Patrol took charge in Ferguson last night. In a welcome change since Saturday’s police shooting of a young, black man, there were “no road blocks, no tear gas and no arrests.” But the shooting itself has not been explained, and long-term issues have yet to be resolved. They include the use of military-style tactics by local law enforcement, and a black community’s lack of trust in a white police force.

Also, Ukrainian artillery may have destroyed a Russian military convoy last night, and elephants may be extinct in Africa in the next 6 years.

Banner Image: Women light candles while attending a vigil to honor Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by an unnamed police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri, at the borough of Brooklyn in New York August 14, 2014. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Ukraine Government Says It "Destroyed" Part of Russian Convoy 6 MIN, 28 SEC

President Petro Poroshenko says his Ukrainian artillery destroyed a Russian military convoy last night as it was crossing the border. British reporters say they saw about 20 vehicles, but there’s no other confirmation of Poroshenko’s claim. James Marson is Deputy Moscow Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal.

James Marson, Wall Street Journal (@marson_jr)

Race and the Militarization of Policing in Ferguson, Missouri 33 MIN, 2 SEC

For four nights after an officer killed a young, black man in Ferguson, Missouri, confrontations escalated between police and protesters. Last night, the state Highway Patrol was in charge, led by Captain Ron Johnson, a native of Ferguson. Earlier, local police met one of the protesters’ demands, naming the officer who shot Michael brown as Darren Wilson. They said Brown had been stopped as a suspect in the robbery of a convenience store, but they have not released a complete account of the shooting. For the moment, a change of authority seems to have led to the restoration of order. How long will that last?

Maria Chappelle-Nadal, Missouri State Senator (@MariaChappelleN)
Russel Honore, retired US Army lieutenant general (@ltgrusselhonore)
Peniel Joseph, University of Texas at Austin (@PenielJoseph)
Andre Perry, Davenport University (@andreperryedu)

Wild Elephants Face Extinction by 2020 If Poaching Continues 10 MIN, 4 SEC

Every year, 33,000 African elephants die at the hands of poachers, feeding a Chinese market for ivory that’s worth billions of dollars. Now NBA superstar Yao Ming is part of the effort to stop what could lead to the extinction of elephants in just six years. Peter Knights is executive director for Wild Aid, an NGO devoted to stopping what’s called “Blood Ivory.” He partnered with Yao Ming on a documentary called The End of the Wild, released this month in China.

Peter Knights, Wild Aid
Nir Kalron, Maisha Consulting

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