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  • Mass Shootings Are Preventable
    Mass Shootings Are Preventable Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Major Nidal Malik Hasan of Fort Hood is of Palestinian descent. Aaron Alexis, who killed at the Washington Navy Yard, was black. Gun massacres are regularly followed by another uniquely American ritual: a cacophony of voices exonerating American gun laws for American gun violence. More »

  • Obama's Charleston eulogy: His defining moment on race? Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    In an announcement that could signal a defining moment of Barack Obama's presidency, the White House said Monday that the president will deliver the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine victims of a mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., last Wednesday. The president first addressed the Charleston shooting on Thursday, when he highlighted the country's problem with gun violence. "We as a country at some point will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence doesn’t happen in other advanced countries,” Mr. Obama said. More »

  • After killings, Obama toughens tone on US racism
    After killings, Obama toughens tone on US racism Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    For a frustrated President Barack Obama, last week's slaughter of nine black churchgoers proves once again that the United States has yet to exorcise its racist demons. More »

  • The White-Supremacist Group That Inspired a Racist Manifesto
    The White-Supremacist Group That Inspired a Racist Manifesto Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Dylann Roof’s turn to a radical belief in white supremacy was a recent development, according to his friends and acquaintances. In a manifesto uncovered over the weekend, an author widely believed to be Roof wrote that he began Googling after the murder of Trayvon Martin. “The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens,” he wrote. More »

  • White supremacist leader donated to Republican presidential campaigns Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    The leader of a white supremacist group – whose website may have been visited by Dylann Roof, the man charged with shooting nine people in a Charleston, S.C. church last week – has donated $65,000 to in recent years to Republican candidates such as Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Rick Santorum, federal records show. Earl Holt III is listed as the president of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), an activist organization cited by the author of a manifesto-style text posted on The Last Rodesian, a website registered under Roof’s name. More »

  • Latest on church shooting: Solidarity after Emanuel massacre
  • Church shooting site to re-open; FBI reviews manifesto
    Church shooting site to re-open; FBI reviews manifesto Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A small group of parishioners was allowed inside the bullet-scarred Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church on Saturday, getting a firsthand glimpse of the room where nine people from their congregation were slain. More »

  • Dylann Roof racist manifesto: What's known about his motives Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Dozens of photos and a white supremacist manifesto have surfaced on a website called "The Last Rhodesian," registered under the name Dylann Roof, The New York Times reported. The so-called explanation describes what may be the motivation for the attack at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that took place on Wednesday: "I have no choice. "I chose Charleston because it is most historic city in my state, and at one time had the highest ratio of blacks to Whites in the country. More »

  • Race a 'deep fault line' in America - Clinton Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    By Amanda Becker and Robin Respaut WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said on Saturday the deadly mass shooting at a historic black church in South Carolina is a violent reminder of continued institutionalized racism in the United States. "It's tempting to dismiss a tragedy like this as an isolated incident, to believe that in today's America bigotry is largely behind us, that institutionalized racism no longer exists," Clinton said. "But despite our best efforts and our highest hopes, America's long struggle with race is far from finished." "Race remains a deep fault line in America," Clinton added. More »

  • White supremacist manifesto and pictures of Charleston suspect found online
    White supremacist manifesto and pictures of Charleston suspect found online Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    The unsigned writings on the site says that the Trayvon Martin case was the trigger for Roof becoming “racially aware”. More »

  • Should Charleston church shooting be called terrorism? Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    After all, the suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, wore racist symbols, announced he was there “to shoot black people” before opening fire, and apparently targeted the historic congregation because it was black. For many black Americans and others, however, the attack was by definition an act of “terrorism,” a word that connotes acts against the American way of life itself – an attack against the country. Recommended: Infographic Race equality in America: How far have we come? More »

  • Friend says church shooting suspect ranted about race
    Friend says church shooting suspect ranted about race Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — In recent weeks, Dylann Storm Roof reconnected with a childhood buddy he hadn't seen in five years and started railing about the Trayvon Martin case, about black people "taking over the world" and about the need for someone to do something about it for the sake of "the white race," the friend said Thursday. More »

  • 10 Things to Know for Friday
    10 Things to Know for Friday Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: More »

  • Prosecutor upgrades charge against Zimmerman's shooter
    Prosecutor upgrades charge against Zimmerman's shooter Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A prosecutor on Thursday upgraded to attempted murder the most serious charge against a man accused of shooting into George Zimmerman's vehicle while they were driving down a busy road last month. More »

  • Ex-officer suing town over racial profiling investigation Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former police officer in an affluent Orlando suburb filed a federal lawsuit against the town Thursday after charges that he conducted racially based traffic stops were later dropped. More »

  • Stereotype-busting 'Dope' moves to beat of a new generation
    Stereotype-busting 'Dope' moves to beat of a new generation Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    CANNES, France (AP) — "Dope" began in the ears of Rick Famuyiwa. More »

  • As Rachel Dolezal resigns, a renewed US debate on what it means to be black Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    When Mark Naison became one of the first white professors in the budding field of African-American studies 45 years ago, some of his black peers disapproved, he says. “I’m a white guy who is part of the black community,” says Professor Naison, who has taught at Fordham University in New York since 1970. More »

  • B.B. King kin enlist new lawyer to probe estate suspicions
    B.B. King kin enlist new lawyer to probe estate suspicions Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two of B.B. King's daughters said Friday they have enlisted a lawyer involved in the Trayvon Martin case in Florida and the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, to review their suspicions that the blues icon's longtime business manager looted his accounts and hastened his death in Las Vegas. More »

  • Man wants charges filed against officer who kicked him Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida banker who is shown on a video being kicked repeatedly by an Orlando police officer while he is sitting passively on a street curb asked on Wednesday that criminal charges to be filed against the officers involved. More »

  • The New True Crime
    The New True Crime Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    In the summer of 1841, police found the body of Mary Cecelia Rogers floating in the Hudson River. Hence the nickname the media gave her: “The Beautiful Cigar Girl.” Her case remains officially unsolved, but at the time it drew national attention and inspired the writer Edgar Allan Poe to do some investigating of his own. A true crime prototype, Marie Roget featured many of the hallmarks the genre retains to this day: the thrill of amateur sleuthing, the female victim, the gruesome and vivid descriptions. More »

  • Nevada man not guilty in killing of unarmed trespasser
    Nevada man not guilty in killing of unarmed trespasser Sat, May 30, 2015

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Accused of murder for confronting two unarmed trespassers with a deadly barrage of gunfire, Wayne Burgarello walked out of a Nevada courthouse a free man after the jury found him not guilty of all charges in the latest of a series of cases nationally testing the boundaries of stand-your-ground self-defense laws. More »

  • Man not guilty of murder in killing of unarmed trespasser
    Man not guilty of murder in killing of unarmed trespasser Sat, May 30, 2015

    A Nevada man who was accused of murder after confronting two unarmed trespassers with a deadly barrage of gunfire at a vacant duplex he owns was found not guilty Friday of all charges in the latest case ... More »

  • Verdict in at murder trial for Nevada trespasser killing
    Verdict in at murder trial for Nevada trespasser killing Sat, May 30, 2015

    A jury has reached a verdict in the Nevada murder trial of a man who shot two unarmed trespassers in the latest case to test the boundaries of so-called stand-your-ground laws. Washoe District Court officials ... More »

  • Jury begins deliberations in Nevada trespasser killing
    Jury begins deliberations in Nevada trespasser killing Sat, May 30, 2015

    A jury on Friday began deliberating the fate of a 74-year-old Nevada man accused of murder in the shooting of two unarmed trespassers in the latest case to test the boundaries of so-called stand-your-ground ... More »

  • Zimmerman shooter will try a Stand Your Ground defense Fri, May 29, 2015

    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — An attorney for a Florida man charged with shooting at George Zimmerman said Friday that he planned to use a "Stand Your Ground" defense — the same legal strategy considered but ultimately not used by lawyers for the former neighborhood watch leader who was acquitted in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. More »

  • Prosecutor: Man who killed trespasser sought confrontation
    Prosecutor: Man who killed trespasser sought confrontation Fri, May 29, 2015

    A Nevada prosecutor on Friday urged jurors to convict a 74-year-old man of first-degree murder, saying he was seeking out a deadly confrontation when he shot two unarmed trespassers in a vacant duplex ... More »

  • Prosecutors want Zimmerman shooter monitored Fri, May 29, 2015

    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors in Florida want a man charged with shooting at George Zimmerman to wear a monitoring device while he is out on bond. More »

  • 'This Is Straight Murder': A Troubling Acquittal in Cleveland
    'This Is Straight Murder': A Troubling Acquittal in Cleveland Sun, May 24, 2015

    On November 29, 2012, police officers and witnesses heard what appeared to be gunshots coming from a car driving near a police station in Cleveland. Thirteen police officers then fired 137 rounds of ammunition at the vehicle, whose occupants Cleveland police suspected were armed. After the other officers stopped firing, 31-year-old Michael Brelo climbed on top of the hood of the suspect’s car and fired 15 more rounds at close range. More »

  • Shooter was fixated on George Zimmerman, police report says
    Shooter was fixated on George Zimmerman, police report says Tue, May 19, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man charged with shooting at George Zimmerman last week had "a fixation" on the former neighborhood watch leader and had recently been admitted to a mental institution, according to a police report made public Tuesday. More »

  • Obama's Missing Police-Reform Proposal
    Obama's Missing Police-Reform Proposal Mon, May 18, 2015

    President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing released its final, 116-page report on Monday after six months of work. The study included dozens of recommendations for local law-enforcement agencies and the Justice Department aimed at repairing the mistrust between police officers and citizens that has deepened to the point of crisis in communities across the county. The mindset guiding police officers should be that of a “guardian,” not a warrior, the panel concluded, and called for better training, more communication and transparency, more community involvement, and better reporting of excessive force incidents. More »

  • George Zimmerman awaits police probe in shooting on road
    George Zimmerman awaits police probe in shooting on road Wed, May 13, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman had moved away from Florida, but is now sticking around as police investigate his role in a confrontation with a man who shot at him as they were driving. More »

  • George Zimmerman's fresh start hampered by new investigation
    George Zimmerman's fresh start hampered by new investigation Tue, May 12, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman had moved out of Florida recently, hoping for a fresh start. More »

  • George Zimmerman Hurt As Shot Fired At Truck
    George Zimmerman Hurt As Shot Fired At Truck Tue, May 12, 2015

    George Zimmerman, the man cleared of shooting dead unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, has been injured in a dispute involving a firearm in Florida. A police spokeswoman told journalists that the former neighbourhood watch volunteer had flagged down an officer following the incident. "At this time the investigation has proven that George Zimmerman was not the shooter. The alleged gunman, Matthew Apperson, also reported the incident to police. More »

  • 10 Things to Know for Tuesday
    10 Things to Know for Tuesday Tue, May 12, 2015

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: More »

  • Latest Zimmerman dust-up linked to prior road rage incident
    Latest Zimmerman dust-up linked to prior road rage incident Tue, May 12, 2015

    LAKE MARY, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who has had a series of run-ins with girlfriends, his ex-wife and random strangers since killing an unarmed black teenager, narrowly missed getting shot Monday after a mysterious dispute. More »