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  • "One day if we blessed, we all gonna get old." So says Tommy Mickens. Decades ago, Mickens was one of the top drug lords in Queens, where he ran a multimillion-dollar cocaine enterprise. These days, after serving 20 years in prison, he's doing his best to give back and do something positive by helping seniors to exercise.

    "I always loved older people," he told Yahoo News. "I learned from older people, I wanted to find a way to help them. Help those who couldn't help themselves and bring it back to my community."

    Mary Mickens, Tommy's mother, died in 1993 following a stroke from which she never recovered. Back then, Tommy Mickens was on the wrong side of the law. "For the first month and a half [after her stroke] she begged me, like 'Get me out the nursing home.' I finally got her out. I moved her out of Queens, bought her a house down in Florida. In the nursing home, they didn't care about old people. They let them color, draw and watch TV, and just deteriorate."

    That image apparently

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  • This undated photo provided by her family via attorney Robert Allard shows Audrie Pot. (AP/Family photo provided by attorney Robert Allard)This undated photo provided by her family via attorney Robert Allard shows Audrie Pot. (AP/Family photo provided by attorney Robert Allard)

    The attorney for the family of Audrie Pott, the 15-year-old California girl who took her own life after an alleged sexual assault last September, told Yahoo News Friday that prosecutors will attempt to try the three accused teenage boys as adults.

    "This is not your typical juvenile crime," said Bob Allard, who is representing the Pott family. "We're talking about an orchestrated crime. Right up next to murder would be an assault like this. An adult-like crime with an adult-like mentality."

    Allard said he is advocating for a homicide charge on behalf of the family against the three alleged assailants who were schoolmates of Pott. The boys, all age 16, were arrested Thursday and charged with sexual battery. Their names were not released because they are minors.

    Yahoo News generally does not release the name of alleged sexual assault victims, but the Pott family wanted Audrie's name known.

    "This family has lost a sister and daughter to death," Allard said. "The penalty should be

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  • An 8-year-old followed Republican state Sen. Stacey Campfield around the Tennessee state Capitol in an effort to convince the lawmaker to drop a bill that would link children's academic performance to a family’s welfare benefits.

    The Tennessean reports that Aamira Fetuga, 8, confronted Campfield while he was on his way to vote. She presented Campfield with a petition signed by people opposed to his bill. Approximately 60 other protestors were also in attendance.

    The child asked, "Why do you want to cut benefits for people?” while on a Capitol escalator. Campfield responded that "as long as the parent shows up to school and goes to two parent-teacher conferences ... they're exempt." News cameras followed as the girl continued to ask questions. Campfield was heard to say, "I love it when people use children as props."

    The lawmaker did end up withdrawing the bill, which was on shaky ground already. On the Senate floor, he asked to have the bill examined by a committee over the summer.

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