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Review: Sidney Poitier documentary shows a constant striving

Sep. 21, 2022 19:02 PM EDT

Sidney Poitier was not expected to live. He was born two months premature to uneducated tomato farmers in the Caribbean. His father planned to use a shoe box as a makeshift coffin. Poitier's rise from that humble origin to become an Oscar-winning box office draw and civil rights...

4th defendant pleads guilty in white supremacist attack

Sep. 21, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A fourth defendant has pleaded guilty in federal court to a hate crime for beating a Black DJ unconscious at a bar in Washington state in 2018. Jason Stanley, of Boise, Idaho, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Wednesday. He is one of four men from...

Missouri Senate passes individual income tax cuts

Sep. 21, 2022 14:11 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missourians could get a break on state income taxes under a proposal approved by the Republican-led state Senate on Wednesday. Senators voted 24-4 to send the bill to the GOP-led House for consideration. The roughly $1 billion proposal...

Teens accused of carving race-motivated messages at school

Sep. 20, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two 17-year-olds in New Hampshire are accused of carving race-motivated messages inside a high school bathroom that identified and violated the civil rights of a Black student, the state attorney general's office said Tuesday. The civil complaints allege that...

In South Carolina, Harris urges students to vote in midterms

Sep. 20, 2022 15:14 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris visited two historically Black colleges in South Carolina to push for voter registration as she focuses on places and demographics that will be key to Democrats’ chances to hold on to Congress in the midterm elections. In remarks...

Car dealer denies racial discrimination allegations

Sep. 20, 2022 14:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Management at a Massachusetts car dealership accused in a lawsuit filed by the state of illegally charging Black and Hispanic customers more for remote starters, paint protection and other add-on products than it does for white customers is denying the allegations. ...

Judge orders ex-Kansas cop released for jail pending trial

Sep. 19, 2022 21:13 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas police detective accused of preying on Black women and girls for decades will be released from jail pending his trial on charges involving two accusers who say he repeatedly sexually abused them, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S Magistrate...

DOJ probes racism allegations in Kansas City police force

Sep. 19, 2022 18:50 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into allegations of discrimination against Black officers by the Kansas City Police Department that reportedly begins during hiring and extends to promotions and discipline. The federal agency...

2022 could be a political watershed for Massachusetts women

Sep. 19, 2022 00:16 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Just 20 years ago, Massachusetts voters had yet to elect a woman as governor, attorney general, U.S. senator or mayor of its largest city. This year, Democratic women won five of six statewide primary contests. 2022 is shaping up to be a watershed year for women...

Martinsville Seven marker unveiled

Sep. 18, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — On a rainy morning people gathered for the unveiling and dedication of a marker in front of the old Henry County Courthouse uptown recognizing the Martinsville Seven. “Here in 1949, six all-white, all-male juries convicted seven Black men of the rape of a...