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  • SCOTUS Finds 1987 Murder Trial Racially Biased

    In 1986, Timothy Foster was tried and convicted for the murder of an elderly White woman, Queen Madge White, 79, in Rome, Georgia. The prosecutor decided to dismiss all potential Black jurors. Known as a peremptory strike, using this power for racial reasons had been ruled unconstitutional only ...

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  • Protests Turn Violent Outside Trump Rally in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Protests outside a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico turned violent Tuesday night as demonstrators threw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, overturned trash cans and knocked down barricades. Police responded by firing pepper spray and ...

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  • JUSTICE

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department intends to seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the man charged with killing nine Black parishioners last year in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday. “The nature of the alleged crime and the ...

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  • Report: Educator Diversity Lags Behind Student Diversity

    A new report by the U.S. Department of Education shows that educator diversity is not keeping up with demographic changes among public school students. According to findings in “The State of Racial Diversity In the Educator Workforce,” elementary and secondary public school teachers and ...

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  • Secret Service Agent Shoots Armed Man Outside White House

    (Updated 5/21/2016) WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Secret Service officer shot a man with a gun who approached a checkpoint outside the White House and refused to drop his weapon, the Secret Service said. The White House was briefly placed on a security alert after the Friday afternoon shooting, ...

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  • Norton Pushes for Federal Dollars for Black Media

    The trade associations for Black-owned and Latino-owned newspapers are making a push to get more advertising dollars for their members from the federal government. On April 29, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) was joined by leaders of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, ...

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  • Alexander Becomes First Black Mayor of Norfolk

    Paul Fraim was mayor of Norfolk, Va. for twenty-two years. On May 3, Kenneth Alexander became the first Black man elected as mayor of Norfolk. Winning over half of the votes, Alexander’s landslide is historic. Not only is he the first new mayor of the city since 1994, he is also the first ...

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