Since a white supremacist killed nine people at an African-American church in Charleston, S.C., on June 17, 2015, mass shootings (when four or more people are killed) have occurred every 47 days on average. Before the 1999 Columbine High School shootings, the pace was roughly once every six months.
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Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the National Rifle Association, tried unsuccessfully to get the nonprofit organization to buy him a $6 million lakefront mansion last year. LaPierre and his wife said they needed the 10,000-square-foot, French-style estate in a gated community near Dallas for security reasons, after the backlash over the Parkland, Fla., school shootings.
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Gymnast Simone Biles, 22, became the first woman to successfully complete a triple-twisting double somersault in competition en route to winning her record-tying sixth U.S. championship. Only two men have pulled off the move in competition.
The homeownership rate among African-Americans was 40.6 percent in June, which is 33 points lower than the white homeownership rate. Black homeownership is at its lowest rate since 1960, largely because people lost so many homes to the predatory lending policies that led to the 2008 financial collapse.
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