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Jason Van Dyke found guilty of second-degree murder in death of black teen Laquan McDonald

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, left, is led away in handcuffs after his guilty verdict in his trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald in Chicago on Friday.
Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, left, is led away in handcuffs after his guilty verdict in his trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald in Chicago on Friday. Pool/Getty Images

A jury on Friday found Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, the Chicago Tribune reported. Van Dyke had pleaded not guilty to the charges, claiming he shot McDonald in self-defense.

He was also found guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm.

Sen. Susan Collins will vote for Kavanaugh’s nomination, making him all-but-certain for confirmation

Sen. Susan Collins
Sen. Susan Collins AP

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced on Friday afternoon that she will vote for Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, assuring that he will be confirmed to the Supreme Court, despite allegations of sexual assault.

“I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court,” Collins said.

Dead animals — and their gruesome stories — are the stars of this bizarre museum exhibit

An exhibit of a hedgehog stuck in a McFlurry container at the Natural History Museum Rotterdam
An exhibit of a hedgehog stuck in a McFlurry container at the Natural History Museum Rotterdam Stephanie Vermillion/Mic

At the Natural History Museum Rotterdam, museum-goers can visit a sparrow who knocked over 23,000 dominoes, a weasel who collided with a transformer at the world’s largest machine and other animal corpses with absurd, darkly hilarious — and sometimes straight-up tragic — stories behind their deaths.

Zeal & Ardor are blending black metal and traditional songs black people sang during slavery

Zeal and Ardor
Zeal and Ardor Mic

Black metal bands are infamous for embracing neo-Nazi ideologies. In the 1980s, the satanic subgenre of metal emerged, and by the 1990s, a neo-fascist scene, the “national socialist black metal,” had evolved out of the genre and spread throughout Europe. For instance, Norwegian bands like Burzum and Mayhem were known for church burnings, committing murder and supporting neo-Nazism.

But now there’s a new wave of black metal that’s renouncing white supremacy and incorporating, instead, the African-American musical roots of rock ‘n’ roll.

A year after the first Harvey Weinstein exposé, what’s the status of the criminal cases against him?

Harvey Weinstein leaves State Supreme Court in New York City in July.
Harvey Weinstein leaves State Supreme Court in New York City in July. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Friday marks a year since the New York Times published Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s bombshell report alleging that Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein had a decades-long pattern of leveraging his position in the industry to systemically harass and intimidate female employees and actresses.