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2014 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid.
- DETROIT – It's rare to use "fun to drive" and "hybrid" in the same sentence. But Volkswagen has managed to create a hybrid in the form of its Jetta compact sedan that had a lot of spirit during a week-long test drive.more More Arrow


Dr. Teleka Patrick. Photo/Family Photo via Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group.
- KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — An autopsy has determined that a body found in an Indiana lake is that of a Michigan doctor missing since December.more More Arrow


Desmond Key talks about the auto accident that involved 10 year-old David Harris Thursday, April 3, 2014. Harris was hit by a car crossing Morang street on Detroit's east side, Wednesday, April 2,2 014. The driver stopped and was attacked by onlookers. Photo/Detroit Free Press, Kirthmon F.Dozier
- DETROIT (AP) — A teenager and two men were charged Tuesday in the brutal beating of a suburban Detroit man after he accidentally hit a child who stepped off the curb into the path of his truck.more More Arrow


An original floor plan for the proposed new residence of Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory is seen, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Smyrna, Ga. The Roman Catholic archbishop of Atlanta seems to have gotten the pope's message about living modestly. Just days ago, Pope Francis removed a German bishop for his lavish spending on a new residence. Now, Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory has bowed to criticism from local Catholics and apologized for buying a $2.2 million mansion for his own use. Gregory offered to sell the spacious home, if that is what local church representatives want. The archbishop says he failed to consider the project's cost on his own
- SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) — Trying to appease angry parishioners, the archbishop of Atlanta said Saturday that he will sell a $2.2 million mansion just three months after he moved in.more More Arrow


David Napier, owner of The Old City Bar in Richmond’s former slave-trading district, is president of the Shockoe Bottom Neighborhood Association, is photographed in his bar in Richmond, Va., Wednesday April 3, 2014. The association has backed an economic development proposal that includes a baseball stadium. Some opponents argue the national pastime shouldn’t be played were slaves were jailed, bought and sold. Napier says the development can enhance the city’s oldest neighborhood and also pay homage to the hundreds of thousands of slaves that were traded in the streets of the Bottom in the decades leading to the Civil War.
- RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A proposal to build a ballpark in the slave-trading center of the former capital of the Confederacy has stirred opposition from African-Americans and others who contend it is "sacred ground" and no place to play baseball.more More Arrow


This photo provided by Boulder County Sheriff's Department Daniel Ortiz is shown. Ortiz, along with Russell Britton and Moises Mendez are charged with felony first-degree murder, robbery and aggravated motor-vehicle theft in the death of 25-year-old Nathaniel Tallman. Tallman was shot dead trying to sell marijuana the old-fashioned, illegal way. While no one expected the state's first-in-the-nation recreational sales would eliminate the need for dangerous underground sales overnight, the violence has raised concerns among police, prosecutors and pot advocates that a black market for marijuana is alive and well in Colorado. Photo/Boulder County Sheriff's Department
- DENVER (AP) — A 25-year-old is shot dead trying to sell marijuana the old-fashioned, illegal way. Two men from Texas set up a warehouse to grow more than they would ever need. And three people buying pot in a grocery store parking lot are robbed at gunpoint.more More Arrow


Domestic Violence in Front of Kids.
- People who commit domestic violence in front of a child will face more time in prison, under a bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly.more More Arrow


U.S. Army released a new appearance and grooming parameter which included three hairstyles that are now “unauthorized”: multiple large braids, headbands other than plain devices, and twists.
- A new Army regulation outlining how female soldiers should wear their hair has caused an uproar among Black female soldiers, who claim that it is “racially biased” against Black women and their hair.more More Arrow


This Wednesday, April 26, 2006 file photo shows different brands and dosages of Fentanyl patches, marked with warnings about non-precribed uses in St. Louis. Fentanyl is a narcotic that is typically administered to people in chronic pain, including end-stage cancer patients. It is also used as an anesthetic. It is considered 80 times more powerful than morphine and can kill by inhibiting breathing.
- POINT PLEASANT, N.J. (AP) — On an icy night in January, a man entered a grocery store here, walked past the displays of cake mix and paper towels, and went into the bathroom, where he injected himself with heroin.more More Arrow


McDaniel College in Westminster
- WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) — McDaniel College in Westminster says it's prohibiting parties for the rest of 2014 at a fraternity and sorority that held a "CMT versus BET" event promoting racial and cultural stereotypes.more More Arrow


In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 file photo, South African president Jacob Zuma, front, stands before a guard of honor at Parliament before the yearly State of the Nation address in Cape Town, South Africa. Zuma says that he has done nothing wrong despite a scandal surrounding costly state upgrades to his private home that have ignited a debate about alleged corruption ahead of May 7 elections. At back left is deputy president, Kgalema Motlanthe. Photo/Mike Hutchings, Pool
- A scandal surrounding more than $20 million in state spending on the South African president's private home has ignited a debate about moral leadership and alleged corruption ahead of May elections, even prompting satirical songs based on smash hits such as "Gangnam Style."more More Arrow


10-year-old Taniyah Thomas, fatally shot in an apparent home invasion.
- The mother of a 10-year-old southwestern Pennsylvania girl who was fatally shot in an apparent home invasion attempt is awaiting trial on charges she sold crack cocaine to an undercover informant.more More Arrow


Calvin and Zatera Spencer of Portsmouth, Va.
- A Virginia couple is averaging more than $1 million a week in lottery winnings.more More Arrow


This Aug. 28, 2013 file photo shows National Urban League President Marc Morial speaking at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
- The wealth gap between African Americans and Whites has expanded in recent years and is not likely to narrow without significant reductions in Black unemployment and changes in a system that favors the wealthy over poor and middle class Americans, according the National Urban League’s 38th annual State of Black America report entitled “One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America.”more More Arrow


Rep. John R. Lewis
- Rep. John R. Lewis will deliver the commencement address May 16 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s spring 2014 graduation exercises.more More Arrow


African American child in school.
- NEW YORK (AP) — In every region of America, White and Asian children are far better positioned for success than Black, Latino and American Indian children, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge this racial gap.more More Arrow


In this Aug. 26, 2008, file photo, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta exits the St. Clair County Courthouse in Belleville, Ill. Gregory apologized Monday, March 31, 2014, for building a $2.2 million mansion for himself, a decision criticized by local Catholics who cited the example of austerity set by the new pope. Photo/Belleville News-Democrat, Derik Holtmann
- ATLANTA (AP) — Archbishop seems to have gotten the pope's message about modest living.more More Arrow


In this Dec. 3, 2013 file photo, Adofo Muhammad, center, principal of Bedford Academy High School, teaches 10th and 11th graders in his Global Studies class in the Brooklyn Borough of New York. New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday, March 26, 2014, by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California at Los Angeles.
- NEW YORK (AP) — New York State has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many Black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no White classmates, according to a report released Wednesday.more More Arrow


In this Jan. 22, 2010 file photo, Jordan Miles, then an 18-year-old high school student, talks about his hopes to go to college to study crime scene investigation at his home in Pittsburgh. Three white officers accused in a federal civil rights lawsuit of beating Miles falsely arrested him but didn't use excessive force, a jury found Monday, March 31, 2014, awarding him $119,000 in damages.
- PITTSBURGH (AP) — Three White officers accused in a federal civil rights lawsuit of beating a Black art student falsely arrested him but didn't use excessive force, a jury found Monday, awarding him $119,000 in damages.more More Arrow


Nicole Jarrett, PhD, is a senior policy analyst with the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center.
- Has America’s criminal justice system inadvertently become a storehouse for people with behavioral health problems?more More Arrow


Paris High School senior Joquan Wallace.
- All Paris High School senior Joquan Wallace wanted was to go to the restroom. He got his teacher’s permission to leave class and decided to go to one some distance away because he wanted more privacy. A school police officer apparently followed him and later questioned Wallace about going to the restroom, authorities said.more More Arrow


Dr. E. Faye Williams is National Chair of the National Congress of Black Women.
- Washington, DC-- TriceEdney I remember my first exposure to a dog whistle. It was an interesting little tool that was often used maliciously by the young boys in my neighborhood. On an otherwise tranquil afternoon when, as the old folks said, "Nothing was stirring", it wasn’t unusual for the boys to choose that time to blow their dog whistles.more More Arrow


Shanesha Taylor. Photo/MCSO(Maricopa County Sheriff’s office)
- [UPDATED March 29, 2014] More than $45,000 has accumulated in a fund to aid a 35 year-old Scottsdale, Ariz. woman who remains in a Maricopa County, Ariz. jail on child abuse charges for leaving her children in a locked car during a March 21. more More Arrow


This March 26, 2014 photo shows St. Paul’s School, founded in 1888 in Lawrenceville, Va., to serve young African-American women and men. The school, affiliated with the Episcopal Church, is up for sale and sealed bids will be opened April 9. The school closed last year but alumni hope it can be resurrected by the sale. The campus and its buildings are valued at $12.5 million. Photo/Mandana Marsh
- LAWRENCEVILLE, Va. (AP) — The St. Paul's College campus and the 35 buildings on its roller-coaster grounds are for sale in hopes it can continue to educate young Black men and women in this rural communitymore More Arrow


Glenn Ford, (left) in his mugshot when he was arrested; (right) present day after his release.
- For 30 years, Glenn Ford never experienced the cold feel of a glass on his lips as he took a drink of water. He never ate with silverware, opened his own door or made decisions about his movements.more More Arrow


In an Orange County courtroom , Georgia Baskin, left, mother, bows her head as her son, Jeffrey Baskin reaches over to comfort her Friday, March 28, 2014, after Jessie Basking was sentenced to a year in jail for the beating death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion. Baskin pleaded no contest to manslaughter in November. He is one of several FAMU band members who have pleaded to charges in connection with the hazing death of Robert Champion. Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Red Huber
- ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida A&M band member has become the first person to be sentenced to jail time for his role in the hazing death of a drum major.more More Arrow


Mary Jones, now 74.
- Mary Jones was in her early 40s when she went to prison. She was 74 when she was released from the Central Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, Cal., a suburb of Los Angeles, on March 24, after doing 32 years for first-degree murder.more More Arrow


This undated photo made by the U.S. Navy and provided by the family of Mark Mayo shows military policeman Mark Mayo, who was killed Monday, March 24, 2014 when a civilian approached a destroyer docked at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., and disarmed a sailor on watch. The civilian then shot Mayo when he came to help. Photo/U.S. Navy
- NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The sailor who was slain during a shootout aboard a guided-missile destroyer at a Virginia base saved another sailor's life by jumping between her and a civilian gunman who was trying to board the ship, Navy officials said Wednesday.more More Arrow


This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Anthony Doyle. Attorneys for Doyle, who is was sentenced to death for Thursday, March 27, 2014, for the fatal beating a food delivery person, Hyun Mi Cho, are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to stop his punishment. Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice
- HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas has executed a Dallas-area man convicted in the robbery and slaying of a woman attacked while delivering food to his parents' home 11 years ago.more More Arrow


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) doctoral candidate Ryan Shapiro.
Photo Credit/Stephanie Crumley www.sparrowmedia.net
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) doctoral candidate Ryan Shapiro filed a lawsuit in a Washington, D.C. federal court March 25 against several U.S. intelligence agencies for their failure to cough up documents related to world-renowned anti-apartheid activist and former South African President Nelson Mandela.more More Arrow