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Youth homelessness organization gets $2.5M grant

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BOSTON (AP) — A Boston nonprofit that provides services for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth has received a $2.5 million grant, the largest in the organization’s more than 50-year history.

The five-year grant to Bridge Over Troubled Waters from the Liberty Mutual Foundation announced this week will help the nonprofit address some pre-existing infrastructure needs; expand housing that allows young people an opportunity to live independently as they build the financial resources to find an apartment; and boost outreach.

“We are so grateful to Liberty Mutual for its investment in our comprehensive approach to helping vulnerable young people experiencing homelessness,” CEO Elisabeth Jackson said in a statement.

Bridge Over Troubles Waters said homelessness among people between the ages of 14 and 24 is growing, and many of them are physically and sexually abused. As many as 80% have experienced trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder. Black and LGBTQ+ youth are more likely to experience homelessness.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters was founded in 1970 and serves more than 2,000 young people per year.

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Aurora teen killed in shooting with former police officer identified

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Police shoot man in Eaton during exchange of gunfire

The teenage boy killed by gunfire during an exchange with a former local police officer has been identified by his family.

Peyton Blitstein, 17, was shot during a Nov. 24 incident outside of an Aurora home.

The Aurora Police Department sent officers to the 4900 block of South Addison Way around 10:30 p.m. the night before Thanksgiving. The area is close to the intersection of South Gun Club Road and East Belleview Avenue.

Police said that the teen was killed following an exchange of gunfire with a 36-year-old man, a former Greenwood Village police officer. The officer was identified by Denver7 as Adam Holen, an officer since 2016 until a recent resignation at the beginning of November.

Holen was also shot but is expected to survive, police said.

In a doorbell camera video obtained by Denver7, the two parties argue over alleged careless driving through the neighborhood before shots were fired

An edited version of that video can be viewed below. The video may be disturbing to some.

A group of teens were going back and forth between parked cars during the confrontation. After shots were fired, Holen appears to briefly leave the scene as two people attempt to aid Blitstein.

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Mostly cloudy Tuesday with high temperatures in the 50s

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MONROE COUNTY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed that a 16-point deer harvested in Monroe County is an antlered doe. Finding a female deer with antlers is possibly rarer than one in 5,000.

Director of Conservation for the Quality Deer Management Association tells the Clarion Ledger that this can happen when the female deer have a hormonal imbalance. Too much testosterone can cause the doe to grow antlers.

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Three Hanukkah dessert recipes that skip the fryer

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Three Hanukkah dessert recipes that skip the fryer

By Melissa Clark, The New York Times

Every winter, I look forward to reveling in the fried food frenzy of latkes and jelly doughnuts called sufganiyot that is Hanukkah in my home. But, after a few grease-splattered days, I’ve had enough. Not of Hanukkah — that goes on for eight gelt-filled nights — but of frying. The question is, what else can I serve to celebrate the holiday?

This year, I plan to lean into the oil part of the story, specifically the olive oil that burned for eight days instead of just one, the miracle that the holiday commemorates. But along with using oil for frying, I’ll make some festive, holiday-worthy confections.

Olive oil is already traditional in many desserts, adding a slightly savory note to round out the sweetness. Here, I played with three classic recipes, blending olive oil into one, incorporating chocolate into another and leaving the third alone but for a tweak in the topping.

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