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  • Black Lives Matter and the Virginia shooting: Movement of the moment or battle …
    Black Lives Matter and the Virginia shooting: Movement of the moment or battle … Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The horrific murders in Virginia of the WDBJ7 reporter Alison Parker and her colleague Adam Ward, sounded the latest chapter in America's endless turmoil over race. This included the controversial American TV radio host, Glenn Beck who wrote on his Facebook page, "A small American town unfortunately knows that ALL LIVES MATTER. Who will be the first politician not to tweet about guns, but instead talk about the black on black violence and the violence that has come through racist movements like "black lives matter". More »

  • Events mark Emmett Till slaying 60 years later
    Events mark Emmett Till slaying 60 years later Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sixty years after a black Chicago teenager was killed for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi, relatives and civil rights activists are holding church services and movie screenings to remember Emmett Till. More »

  • Clinton to black activists: Look beyond 'changing hearts'
    Clinton to black activists: Look beyond 'changing hearts' Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton told activists from the "Black Lives Matter" movement they should promote specific policy changes rather than only focusing on "changing hearts." More »

  • George Zimmerman, 'Muslim-free' zone, Confederate flag: 3 divisive symbols, … Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Three of the biggest controversies causing heated debate across the United States have merged into one at a gun shop in Florida. George Zimmerman, whose acquittal after fatally shooting black teen Trayvon Martin in 2012 sparked the #BlackLivesMatters movement, is raffling off an original painting of the polemical Confederate flag emblem to raise money for himself and for Andrew Hallinan, who last month proclaimed his gun shop a “Muslim-free zone” after a Muslim man attacked two military sites in Chattanooga, Tenn. According to a blog post on the gun shop’s website, Mr. Zimmerman began painting an American flag, but changed his mind when he found out Mr. Hallinan was being sued by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). More »

  • Teen killer George Zimmerman selling Confederate flag art at 'Muslim-free' …
    Teen killer George Zimmerman selling Confederate flag art at 'Muslim-free' … Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    George Zimmerman – the man who was cleared of murdering unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin – is now selling Confederate flag artwork at a gun store declared a "Muslim-free zone" by its owner. The former Neighbourhood Watch volunteer has teamed up with the Florida Gun Supply to sell prints of the controversial flag in order to raise legal cost for the store's owner Andy Hallinan. Hallinan, described as a "true patriot" on the Florida Gun Supply website, is currently being investigated for potential federal civil rights violations after he declared his shop a "Muslim-free zone" in a video posted online in July. More »

  • Straight Outta Compton and the Social Burdens of Hip-Hop
    Straight Outta Compton and the Social Burdens of Hip-Hop Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    The N.W.A. biopic captures how racial politics and police violence fueled the legendary group’s rise. It’s also a reminder of how few mainstream rappers take on the same subjects in their music today. More »

  • Race in the US: Writing through the tears
    Race in the US: Writing through the tears Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    "My enslaved ancestors whisper to me during a summer bloated with the weight of black death; they are my co-authors." More »

  • Bush, Clinton court black voters at Urban League meeting
    Bush, Clinton court black voters at Urban League meeting Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush went into historically Democratic territory Friday to tell a predominantly African-American audience that the country's decades-long efforts to fight poverty are failing — and his record as Florida governor, especially in education, serves as a blueprint for a future presidency. More »

  • Bond revoked for man charged with shooting at Zimmerman Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of shooting at George Zimmerman during a traffic encounter has had his bond revoked and is heading to jail. More »

  • Ohio cop indicted on murder charge in traffic stop shooting
    Ohio cop indicted on murder charge in traffic stop shooting Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) — A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate was indicted Wednesday on a murder charge, with a prosecutor saying the officer "purposely killed him" and "should never have been a police officer." More »

  • Trevor Noah takes on racism, skips politics in standup gig
    Trevor Noah takes on racism, skips politics in standup gig Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — In an hour-long comedy set, Trevor Noah hit the kind of social satire notes to be expected of Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" heir. More »

  • Judge nixes suit by Zimmerman parents against Roseanne Barr Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — A judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by George Zimmerman's parents against Roseanne Barr after the comedian and actress put their address on her Twitter feed. More »

  • University of Cincinnati wants police review after shooting Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The University of Cincinnati plans an independent review of police department policies after one of its officers fatally shot a man whose car was missing a license plate. More »

  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker criticizes Iran nuclear deal
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker criticizes Iran nuclear deal Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told a sympathetic crowd of state lawmakers from around the country Thursday that he would trash the nuclear deal with Iran on his first day as president, striking a combative tone on how he would govern on a range of domestic and foreign policy issues. More »

  • Federal charges sought in Eric Garner's chokehold death
    Federal charges sought in Eric Garner's chokehold death Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The widow of Eric Garner and hundreds of protesters rallied outside a courthouse Saturday to call on federal prosecutors to indict the white police officer who put the black New York City man in a fatal chokehold a year ago. More »

  • Insight - A year after Ferguson, U.S. civil rights groups gather pace
    Insight - A year after Ferguson, U.S. civil rights groups gather pace Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    By Edward McAllister NEW YORK (Reuters) - Taurean Russell was preparing to coach high school football in St. Louis last Aug. 9 when his Twitter feed began flashing images of a black teenager lying facedown on the street of a nearby suburb, shot dead by police.     Within hours came photos of the dead 18-year-old's stepfather, stony-faced, holding a cardboard sign that read: "Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!"     "I've seen dead bodies on the street all my life," said Russell, 30. "Michael Brown's death was different. More »

  • Slain man's parents seek $4.8 million from Washington city
    Slain man's parents seek $4.8 million from Washington city Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The parents of a man shot dead after throwing rocks at police officers in Washington state have filed a claim seeking nearly $4.8 million from the city of Pasco. More »

  • Charleston suspect's life a troubled road to radicalization
    Charleston suspect's life a troubled road to radicalization Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    CHAPIN, S.C. (AP) — The people who know Dylann Storm Roof — the people who watched his progression from a sweet child to a disturbed man — are struggling with guilt. How could they have missed the signs? Could they have done something to prevent the deaths of nine innocents at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church? More »

  • 3 indicted in college student's death in Georgia jail Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Mathew Ajibade was arrested on a domestic violence charge in January and was later found dead, strapped to a chair in a county jail in Savannah, Georgia. A grand jury on Wednesday indicted two former jail employees and a health care worker in the college student's death, yet another in a list of fatal encounters between law enforcement and black men. More »

  • Clinton says Confederate flag has no place in US
    Clinton says Confederate flag has no place in US Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday the Confederate battle flag should not be displayed "anywhere," weighing in as South Carolina lawmakers seek to remove it from the grounds of their statehouse. More »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »