Bettmann / Getty Images(GLENDORA, Miss.) — Bullet-Riddled Memorial to Emmett Till Prompts Talk of Still ‘So Much Hatred’ Vandals in Mississippi apparently shot up a memorial to Emmett Till, an African-American teen whose murder in 1955 became a touchstone of the civil rights movement.

The defacing of the memorial drew notice Oct. 15, when Facebook user Kevin Wilson Jr. posted an image of the damage to the marker of the site where the 14-year-old Till, accused of whistling at a white woman, was killed.

“I’m at the exact site where Emmett Till’s body was found floating in the Tallahatchie River 61 years ago. The site marker is filled with bullet holes. Clear evidence that we’ve still got a long way to go,” Wilson wrote in the post.

Till was a kid from Chicago visiting relatives in Mississippi when his body was found with a bullet hole in his head, barbed wire wrapped around his neck and a cotton gin fan weighing him down. His mutilated body was sent home to Chicago where his mother, Mamie Till Mobley insisted on an open-casket funeral. The shocking image of her son’s body heightened calls for racial justice and civil rights.

The vandalism of the memorial prompted some African-American leaders in Tallahatchie County to consider that work toward racial tolerance isn’t done.

“This child died in 1955 and people still have so much hatred,” Robert E. Huddleston, a state representative from the area and member of the local chapter of the NAACP, told ABC News. “Why do they feel the need to keep on killing him again and again?”

Huddleston said this is the second time this particular memorial had been defaced and that the original version of the marker is believed to have been dumped into the river.

He and Johnny B. Thomas, the African-American mayor of Glendora, Mississippi, said they will work to make sure the memorial is rebuilt.

“When I see hatred like this it makes me want to work that much harder to rebuild it, begin healing, and get members of the Caucasian community to join us in that effort to heal,” Thomas told ABC News. “When the descendants of those who perpetrated slavery here and Jim Crow laws stand up against this sort of vandalism it means so much more … When they join in rejecting this we can move forward.”

ABC News reached out to the Tallahatchie County Sheriff’s Office for information about any investigation into the vandalism but did not immediately receive a response.

Thomas, whose black father may have had some connection to some connection Till’s death and who is involved with tours of spots associated with the murder, said there is a long record of racial tension in the area and that those with family ties to the history of strife could help to promote healing.

Thomas said that people could donate toward Till memorials by contacting the Village of Glendora, Mississippi.

The Emmett Till Memorial Commission put up eight markers in Tallahatchie County in 2008, according to The Clarion Ledger, who noted that the sign near the river where Till’s was found has been a repeated target of vandals, along with other prominent civil rights markers in the region.

The paper noted that a sign marking the Emmett Till Memorial Highway, dedicated to him in 2006, was spray-painted with the letters “KKK.”

Huddleston said such memorials are important to mark the battle for civil rights, regardless of who may oppose them.

“What we are doing now is trying to raise money to replace the sign,” Huddleston said.

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Terry Wyatt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Scott Hamilton is facing a third bout with a brain tumor. A rep for the former Olympic figure skater confirmed to ABC News that Hamilton, 58, has “a recurrence of his benign brain tumor.”

Hamilton, who first opened up about his diagnosis to People magazine, was previously diagnosed with brain tumors in 2004 and 2010. He was also beat testicular cancer in 1997.

“I have a unique hobby of collecting life-threatening illness,” Hamilton quipped in the magazine interview. Of the brain tumor recurrence, he said, “It’s six years later, and it decided that it wanted an encore.”

Hamilton took home the gold medal in the 1984 Olympics after winning four consecutive U.S. championships and four consecutive world championships from 1981 to 1984.

The figure-skating star told the magazine that his recent diagnosis has understandably affected his entire family — his wife Tracie and their four children, who range in age from 8 to 15.

“When this one came back, six years ago, I told Tracie — she was devastated. This time, I go, ‘Well, here we go again.’ She’s like, ‘Really, it’s back? …Okay, we’ll just deal with it.’ And that was it,” Hamilton recalled, adding that he’s staying strong.

“My 12-year-old son … came to me, and he said, ‘Is your brain tumor back?’ And I go, ‘Yeah, it is! And here we go again.’ So I set the tone,” he added.

Hamilton told People that he only discovered his tumor during a routine checkup as he hasn’t yet faced symptoms from it. He’s currently working with his doctors to decide on the best treatment options.

“I’ll tell anybody that will listen: If you’re ever facing anything, get as many opinions as you possibly can,” he explained. “The more you truly understand what you’re up against, the better decision you’re going to make.”

Although the Olympic figure skater lost his mother to cancer, he’s hopeful that the outcome from his tumor will be different.

“Last round, in 2010, I told Tracie, ‘God doesn’t owe me a day. I’m good. Whatever’s next is next.’ The blessings keep coming because we allow them and we ask for them,” he said. “I’ve been blessed beyond my wildest imagination; I would never even think to dream the stuff that I’ve been able to do.”

In the midst of his fight Hamilton continues to point to his Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation, which aims to empower the community of those who have been afflicted with cancer, their families, oncologists and oncology nurses.

“I choose to truly — in everything that we do — celebrate life,” Hamilton added.

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Jamie Squire/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It’s a moment that made more than just the thousands of fans packed into Wrigley Field scream in excitement: The Chicago Cubs scored the victory that will take them to the World Series for the first time since 1945.

The team beat the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday by 5-0, winning the National League Championship Series in six games.

Not only did diehard fans in Chicago celebrate but baseball fans around the world — including celebrities — tipped their hat to the team.

Here are some of the celebs who paid tribute to the Cubs on social media:

Cubbies congrats on the WORLD SERIES!!! I definitely came back at the right time. #FlyTheW

— DWade (@DwyaneWade) October 23, 2016

Way to go @Cubs!! My Dad is the reason I’m a true Cubs fan. He’d be so proud! –mo

— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) October 23, 2016

Well I’m sorry for my Dodgers but can the Cubs PLEASE win the World Series now? Can we have ONE good thing this year?

— josh groban (@joshgroban) October 23, 2016

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! #GoCubsGo @Cubs

— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) October 23, 2016

It’s happening !!! No more next year baby, meet you in Chicago… Cubs are going to the World Series !!!

— Jeremy Piven (@jeremypiven) October 23, 2016

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Jamie Squire/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The drought is finally over for the Chicago Cubs.

After defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, the Cubs will advance to the World Series for the first time since the Truman administration in 1945.

The team will face off against the Cleveland Indians with Game 1 of the Series starting on Tuesday at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cubs have not won a championship in 108 years and the Indians last won a title in 1948.

“Even last year we knew we had the group to do it we matured we learned a lot,” Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta said after the historic win. “Our young players grew up extremely quick and that’s why we’re here.”

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Leigh Vogel/FilmMagic via Getty Images(MANDAN, N.D.) — At least 83 people were arrested for protesting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, according to authorities in North Dakota.

The Morton County Sheriff’s Department said 300 protesters trespassed on private property 3 miles west of State Highway 1806 along the pipeline right-of-way.

“Today’s situation clearly illustrates what we have been saying for weeks, that this protest is not peaceful or lawful,” Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier said in a statement. “It was obvious to our officers who responded that the protesters engaged in escalated unlawful tactics and behavior during this event. This protest was intentionally coordinated and planned by agitators with the specific intent to engage in illegal activities.”

Protesters have been demonstrating against construction of the 1,172-mile pipeline in support of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, which has said the project would affect water supply and culturally sacred sites on the North and South Dakota border.

Last week, actress Shailene Woodley was arrested for alleged criminal trespass and allegedly engaging in a riot during a protest of the pipeline.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, last month, but a North Dakota judge found there was not probable cause to support a riot charge.

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Ron Chapple Studios/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Cubs could do something they haven’t in 71 years: earn a spot in the World Series.

A win for the Cubs in Saturday night’s game six of the National League playoffs against the Los Angeles Dodgers would put the team into the annual championship series of Major League Baseball for the first time since 1945. It would also bring the Cubs one step closer to winning the World Series for the first time in 108 years.

Some fans began lining up for tickets on Friday, hoping for a chance to watch the potentially historic game at Wrigley Field.

One man, Dwight Matthews, said he camped out at the box office starting at 3 p.m. Friday trying to score tickets, which went on sale this morning.

“We’re all in line we all know what numbers we are,” Matthews, who is first in line, told ABC affiliate WLS-TV on Friday. “Number one!”

Another fan, Ronny Wolff, has a ticket to tonight’s game and was just a teenager when he attended the 1945 World Series when the Cubs lost. This time, at 86, Wolff is hoping to see his team win 71 years later under the lights of Wrigley Field.

“They have a super team. I’ve never seen so many good players on one team in my life,” he told WLS-TV.

Other fans are taking to social media to express their excitement about a possible win and their crippling fear of a loss.

Last time Cubs won World Series
Women could not vote
8,000 cars in the U.S.
Speed limit was usually 10 mph
Average wage was 22 cents an hr

— Scott Larson (@disfan59) October 22, 2016

Chicago police have already set up metal barriers along the streets and city officials warned residents, visitors and businesses to be prepared for enhanced security around the ballpark.

“People have celebrated before, and they’ve done it appropriately. And we have public safety and the plan in place to do that,” said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — Two white Minneapolis police officers involved in the shooting death of a black man last year have been cleared after an internal investigation, according to the Minneapolis police chief.

Jamar Clark, 24, was killed in November 2015 after a confrontation with the two officers. His death sparked weeks of protests in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau said at a news conference Friday that video confirmed he was not handcuffed when police responded to an alleged assault by Clark, and DNA showed he had grabbed an officer’s gun. She added that the use of deadly force was warranted and said she supported the actions of the two officers involved.

“These officers did not dictate the outcome of this incident,” she said Friday.

An attorney for the Clark family said they were disappointed with the decision, and a civil suit would be filed on behalf of the family in the coming weeks, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

In June, the Justice Department announced that an independent federal investigation into the shooting did not find sufficient evidence for federal criminal civil rights charges against the two Minneapolis police officers.

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Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber has an outside shot at playing in the World Series — if his team can make it that far.

ESPN reports that Schwarber was cleared by doctors to hit and will join the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League this weekend. The Arizona Fall League is generally a place for teams to get prospects and minor leaguers extra at bats.

The Cubs hold a 3-2 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series. The winner of that best-of-seven series will face the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

Schwarber is not expected to play in the field in the Arizona Fall League at this point, but will take some at-bats. He could potentially do the same as the designated hitter in four of seven World Series games.

Last year, Schwarber’s power allowed him to burst into the spotlight, hitting five postseason home runs.

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Monkey Business/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After losing his wedding band two months ago in a rushing river during an end-of-summer work outing, Matt Dooyema never thought he’d see his sentimental gold band again. All that changed on Monday, however, when he received a Facebook message that he admittedly almost deleted, but is so grateful he didn’t.

“I packed all my important stuff up — keys, cell phone and wallet– but I didn’t think to take my ring off,” Dooyema, of St. Cloud, Minn., told ABC News of the fateful day at Two Rivers Campground in Royalton. “I never take it off. I shower with it, sleep with it.

“My hands got wet and the river that day had quite a fast current and I didn’t brace myself and I fell and lost my tube,” he explained. “I chased after my tube and somewhere in that base area where you get into the river my ring must have flung off and fell amongst rocks.”

Dooyema realized the ring was missing about 10 minutes down the river when he and his colleagues reached the first sand bar.

“I looked down and I see my wedding ring is gone. I was crying,” he recalled. “We thought about trying to look for it but the current was too heavy to go against. I had to come to grips with the fact that I’d never see my ring again.”

When he received the Facebook message from a woman named Jennifer Ortloff regarding a ring, he wasn’t sure what to think at first.

“I clicked on it and it’s a woman named Jennifer Ortloff who said, ‘My family and I were recently vacationing in Royalton, Minnesota,’” Dooyema said of the message. “‘We just found a ring that we believe belongs to you. My little boy found the ring and he’s been adamant about getting it back to you.’

“I didn’t believe it,” he said after realizing it could be the perfect match.

He provided the detailed inscription that was engraved in his wedding band which included his wedding date, his initials and his wife’s initials. It had been those clues that helped Ortloff and her son, Matthew, narrow down the search results to find Dooyema on a Minnesota wedding registry site called the Minnesota Official Marriage System.

“We were going on a tube trip down the river and I thought I saw a shiny rock and I picked it up and it was a mens wedding band,” young Matthew, 8, said of spotting the ring two weeks after Dooyema had lost it. “I said, ‘I need to get that back to the owner.’”

Matthew’s mom said her son was so concerned about the ring the whole way down the river that he’d check on it at every stop.

Now they can both rest easy knowing it’s been returned to its rightful owner. Dooyema and Ortloff met on Tuesday to safely get the ring home.

“Shock is pretty much the prevalent emotion I feel,” said Dooyema. “Disbelief. I had it set in my mind that I’d never see this again, almost as a way to not beat myself up any more about it. I was in shock, but also have a general feeling of gratitude and some reinforcement in my belief in people. It is very serendipitous, but it comes back to the fact that people are generally good. There are good people in this world who are willing to go above and beyond what’s right.”

As for how little Matthew feels about finally finding the owner?

“It’s awesome,” he said.

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Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) — Two workers were killed on Friday when a water main break flooded the trench they were working in.

The Boston Fire Department used a large vacuum to help remove water the trench, which ABC affiliate WCVB says was estimated to be 12- to 15-feet deep. The BFD said that the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office and the Occupational Health Safety and Health Administration will investigate was caused the incident.

WCVB says the two victims were workers for Atlantic Drain Services.

The bodies of both victims were recovered on Friday night.

BFD Commissioner Joe Finn tweeted his thanks to the first responders and to Boston Water and Sewer workers, National Grid and Eversource crews and others who assisted in the recovery.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans told The Boston Globe that when the pipe burst, the workers “weren’t able to get themselves out of a hole.” Other workers, he said, were able to escape the trench.

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