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City wants man to remove Black Lives Matter mural from fence

Apr. 10, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — City officials in West St. Paul are demanding a man remove a colorful Black Lives Matter mural from his fence because it violates code. Ryan Weyandt commissioned the mural for his wooden fence last summer, the Minneapolis Star Tribune...

For Black journalists, working Chauvin trial drains emotions

Apr. 10, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At the end of a stressful day, Sara Sidner seeks the friendly wag of a dog's tail. Shaquille Brewster turns to sports on TV, and Julia Jenae talks things out with colleagues. Each is covering one of the nation's biggest stories, the murder trial of...

Senate filibuster's racist past fuels arguments for its end

Apr. 10, 2021 09:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once obscure, the Senate filibuster is coming under fresh scrutiny not only because of the enormous power it gives a single senator to halt President Joe Biden’s agenda, but as a tool historically used for racism. Senators and those advocating for...

'Road to Freedom' highlights history that needs to be known

Apr. 10, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Road to Freedom, a new self-guided driving tour, showcases African American history in Virginia in the Civil War era and beyond. There’s nothing inherently new along Road to Freedom, which covers people and events prior to 1861, showing “the...

'Never forget': Town installs markers for lynching victims

Apr. 10, 2021 00:18 AM EDT

SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — An angry mob of about 50 white, masked men stormed the Shelbyville jail in the early morning of Jan. 15, 1911. They broke the locks to the cells and dragged out three Black inmates. Law enforcement failed to intervene despite persistent rumors...

California man convicted of racial assault on Black man

Apr. 09, 2021 23:32 PM EDT

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man was convicted Friday of attacking a Black man with a knife in a racially-motivated crime last July, federal authorities said. Ole Hougen, 44, of Santa Cruz, was found guilty of trying to injure someone with a dangerous...

Las Vegas officer now home after being shot at 2020 protest

Apr. 09, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas police officer who authorities say was shot in 2020 by a man trying to scare Black Live Matter protesters has returned home after a long stay at a rehab center. Shay Mikalonis, 30, was critically wounded on June 1 at the end of a Black...

Senate filibuster's racist past fuels arguments for its end

Apr. 09, 2021 19:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Once obscure, the Senate filibuster is coming under fresh scrutiny not only because of the enormous power it gives a single senator to halt President Joe Biden’s agenda, but as a tool historically used for racism. Senators and those advocating for...

Florida Senate committee advances 'anti-riot' measure

Apr. 09, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legislation that would increase penalties against violent protestors narrowly cleared a Florida Senate committee on Friday — after hours of passionate debate with deep racial overtones — and is another step closer to reaching the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis. ...

Plan would return beachfront taken from Black family in '20s

Apr. 09, 2021 19:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County plans to return prime beachfront property to descendants of a Black couple who built a seaside resort for African Americans but suffered racist harassment and were stripped of it by local city leaders a century ago, a county official said Friday. ...