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September 27, 2013

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Teen sought in butcher knife slaying of mom, brother found in food court near Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas-area teenager who had been sought in the U.S. and along the Mexican border following the butcher knife slayings of his mother and younger brother last week was arrested Wednesday, sitting alone at an open-air food court near the Las Vegas Strip.

Henderson police said detectives got a tip that Adrian Navarro-Canales, 16, was seen in the same food court late Tuesday, no more than nine miles from his suburban apartment where the bloody bodies of his mother and brother were found in the bathroom on Friday.

Navarro-Canales offered no resistance when he was arrested by Henderson police about 10:30 a.m., police spokesman Keith Paul said in prepared statement.

A warrant issued Monday accuses Navarro-Canales of killing his mother, Elvira Canales-Gomez, and 9-year-old brother, Cesar Navarro.

Paul said Navarro-Canales was booked into the juvenile holding area at the Clark County Detention Center in downtown Las Vegas to await an initial court appearance. Authorities say he will be tried as an adult due to the seriousness of the crime.

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Schools ban Afros and other natural hairstyles for students, weighed down by history

“Why are you so sad?” a TV reporter asked the little girl with a bright pink bow in her hair.

“Because they didn’t like my dreads,” she sobbed, wiping her tears. “I think that they should let me have my dreads.”

With those words, second-grader Tiana Parker of Tulsa, Okla., found herself, at age 7, at the center of decades of debate over standards of black beauty, cultural pride and freedom of expression.

It was no isolated incident at the predominantly black Deborah Brown Community School, which in the face of outrage in late August apologized and rescinded language banning dreadlocks, Afros, mohawks and other “faddish” hairstyles it had called unacceptable and potential health hazards.

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