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Man Who Harassed Woman for Wearing a Puerto Rico Shirt Has Been Charged With Felony Hate Crimes

And the officer who sat by and did nothing has resigned.

The man who went viral for harassing a woman over her Puerto Rico shirt has been arrested on two hate crime charges. Originally, he was charged with only misdemeanor disorderly conduct and misdemeanor assault, but both were upgraded to hate crimes, making them felonies.

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La Borinqueña Returns in Her Second Graphic Novel, a Beacon of Hope for a Beleaguered Puerto Rico

La Borinqueña made her first appearance back in January of last year, when writer Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez created a Puerto Rican superhero in response to the humanitarian crisis affecting the 3 million Puerto Ricans with American citizenship on the island. Post Hurricane Maria, Marisol Rios de la Luz continues to resonate and returns with an all-new graphic novel.

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So, That Double-Digit “Official” Death Toll in Puerto Rico Post-Maria Is Actually Four Digits

The initial official death toll in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria was 64. Further study brought the count up to between 4-500. Now, a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine asserts that there have easily been over 4,600 deaths in the wake of the devastating storm. So, how has this number gone up so significantly? And how is such a huge discrepancy, not to mention such glaring inaction and a lack of transparency, allowed to happen?

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Thinking About a Puerto Rico Trip? Airbnb Is Donating Its Cut of All Puerto Rico Bookings to Relief Efforts

Have you been thinking about taking a trip to Puerto Rico? Well, Airbnb definitely wants to encourage your travel dreams. While they've already been contributing to Puerto Rico relief post-Hurricane Maria, providing places for people to stay as hotels recovered, now they're doubling down on their support, donating their cut of Puerto Rico bookings in their entirety to relief efforts.

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Puerto Rico Recovering From Sudden Island-Wide Blackout Seven Months After Hurricane Maria

Lest you think that Puerto Rico doesn't continue to struggle after the devastating effects of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, this recent news should clear up that misconception. The island is currently in the process of recovering from a sudden island-wide blackout that left Puerto Ricans much in the same situation as they were back in September in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane.

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Samantha Bee Shines a Spotlight on Puerto Rico in New Special Filmed on the Island

It's complicated.

Six months after Hurricane Maria, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee delivers a special filmed in Puerto Rico, giving a platform to the Puerto Ricans themselves to talk about their recovery.

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DC Comics Teams Up With La Borinqueña Creator on Comics Anthology in Support of Puerto Rico

I was thrilled to write about Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez's La Borinqueña when she first came on the comics scene last year. Now, in the interest of helping Puerto Rico rebuild after the effects of Hurricane Maria (not to mention the financial stress the island has been under thanks to the United States' economic policies), La Borinqueña is getting by with a little help from her friends in the DC Universe.

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Why Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story Remake Is an Important Opportunity

If you love musical theater, then it's likely that West Side Story is a big part of that love. If you love musical theater, and you're Puerto Rican (like me!), West Side Story has a particularly special significance as one of the first times you ever heard anyone talking about Puerto Ricans this much outside your own house. So, I was thrilled to learn that the classic Broadway show, which became a classic film, is now being remade for screen.

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Carmen Yulín Cruz Praises Americans’ Big Hearts, Warns Trump’s Tax Plan Will Hurt Puerto Rico on The Late Show

It's been just over two months since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, and the island is still undergoing a massive recovery effort. San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who's become a popular spokesperson for the island as she's led her city through recovery, was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to update us on Puerto Rico's progress, thank the American people for their generosity, and warn that certain U.S. government actions and policies are harmful to Puerto Rico's recovery.

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It’s Giving Tuesday! Some Suggestions for Putting Your Money Where Your Values Are.

Today is Giving Tuesday, the day after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Sunday and Monday where we forget about being capitalist consumers for five minutes and remember that there are amazing causes that need our help. Here at TMS, there are many issues about which we're passionate, and we love supporting the organizations entirely devoted to helping those causes and communities.

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Things We Saw Today: Yet Another Reason We Love the Avatar: The Last Airbender Series

YouTuber Just Write offers a lovely look at yet another reason we love the animated Avatar: The Last Airbender series: its meaningful, satisfying backstories that drive the plot.

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Trump’s Negligence Is Still Hurting Puerto Rico, So Hundreds Marched to Demand Action

Today (Sunday), hundreds of protesters marched through Washington, D.C. and gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to demand action on behalf of Puerto Rico.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Take Hamilton to Puerto Rico, Reprising His Lead Role

"In the eye of a hurricane, there is quiet/for just a moment/a yellow sky..."

Of all the places Hamilton will play as it tours the world, few will be quite as meaningful as this. Lin-Manuel Miranda has announced that he will be returning to the title role and bringing a production to Puerto Rico.

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Scarlett Johansson Assembles the Avengers (and Other Celebrity Friends) to Benefit Puerto Rico Disaster Relief

Imagine Captain America as the narrator of Our Town. It's kinda perfect, right? Well, I don't know if that's the role Chris Evans will be reading, but what I do know is that Scarlett Johansson is gathering her Avengers buddies, as well as some other celebrity friends, for a staged reading of Our Town, which will benefit Puerto Rico's disaster relief effort.

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“Almost Like Praying” Bathroom Demo Shows Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Brilliance, but the Finished Version’s Better, Obvi

Demos are fascinating in that they give us a glimpse into the creative process of musicians we love. We all know what a brilliant songsmith Lin-Manuel Miranda is, and so it's really cool to hear how "Almost Like Praying," a song that not only manages to make music from the names of places on the Puerto Rican map, but that eventually combined the talents of 21 other amazing Latinx, got its start.

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Trump Decides Helping the U.S. Through a Natural Disaster is Too Hard, Blames Puerto Rico For Its Own Suffering

It has only been three weeks since Hurricane Maria made landfall on the U.S. island commonwealth of Puerto Rico completing the devastation started by Hurricane Irma before it. Yet the U.S's so-called President has already grown impatient with how slow relief is going to be in coming to the island, and he's ready to take his toys and go home. While people die.

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Things We Saw Today: All the Last Jedi Teasers We Can Find to Tide Us Over Till Tomorrow’s Trailer

Get ready. Trailer tomorrow. #TheLastJedi — Star Wars (@starwars) October 8, 2017 Psst, have you heard the news? A full trailer for The Last Jedi is scheduled to air tomorrow during Monday Night Football. Tickets for the movie go on presale tomorrow, too! To help take our minds off the anticipation, the internet is overloading […]

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Things We Saw Today: Lin-Manuel Miranda Gathers Jennifer Lopez, Rita Moreno, Gina Rodriguez and Others In a Song for Puerto Rico

Today's biggest news has basically been hot garbage. Thankfully (and pretty much as usual), Lin-Manuel Miranda is here to provide us with a little bit of hope through music.

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Stephen Colbert and Nick Kroll’s #PuberMe Raised $1,000,000 for Puerto Rico With a Final Lin-Manuel Miranda Video

The campaign for Puerto Rico hurricane relief raised $1,000,00 with a grand finale from Lin-Manuel Miranda who shared a perfectly awkward teenage video.

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Things We Saw Today: Why Yes, Gal Gadot IS Just Like Wonder Woman In Real Life

Gal Gadot is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend and we are very excited.

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