8 Things You Need To Know This AM — Aug 17 2015

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David Denson, a first baseman for Milwaukee Brewers minor league team the Helena Brewers, came out as gay, becoming the first active professional player to do so. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
The latest celebs to hop onstage with Taylor Swift were Julia Roberts, Joan Baez, and British girl group Little Mix — assuring that every generation in the audience was confused by at least one guest. (E! Online)
Civil rights activist and former NAACP chairman Julian Bond died on Saturday after a brief illness. President Obama called him a "hero. (Associated Press)
An organization called Courthouse Dogs has been training therapy dogs to comfort children who are testifying in court. (Upworthy)
Straight Outta Compton surpasses all expectations at the box office, earning $56.1 million and the #1 spot. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Victims of rape and genital mutilation find more than just safety and peace in the Kenyan village of Umoja, where no men are allowed to live. (The Guardian)
Despite the long-term risks to their mental health, many juveniles are still being kept in solitary confinement in jails across the country, supposedly for their own safety. (New York Times)
Wikipedia may have become a much more reliable source of information in recent years, but when it comes to controversial topics such as climate change or evolution, entries fluctuate from minute to minute, a new study finds. (Science Daily)

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