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Southern Baptists vote to probe leaders' sex abuse response

Jun. 16, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to create a task force to oversee an independent investigation into the denomination's handling of sexual abuse. Separately, the convention approved its...

Newspaper carrier confronted by sheriff files $5M tort claim

Jun. 16, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Black newspaper carrier confronted by Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer has filed a legal claim seeking at least $5 million in damages. Attorneys representing Sedrick Altheimer submitted the tort claim against the county on Tuesday, contending...

Reward offered after Breonna Taylor mural vandalized

Jun. 16, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A mural of Breonna Taylor in her hometown has been vandalized, and a reward is being offered to help find those responsible for the damage. The newly unveiled mural on an outdoor basketball court in Louisville was damaged by two people on a...

N Carolina county passes plan to address racism, disparities

Jun. 16, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina county has adopted a plan aimed at reducing racism and racial disparities in multiple areas, ranging from higher death rates among Black babies to higher arrest rates among minority adults. The Buncombe County Board of...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jun. 16, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

Rome News-Tribune. Jun 12, 2021. Editorial: It’s time to give the open container experiment a try It’s been put up for a vote twice and failed to pass twice, but it’s really time for the City Commission to give a limited open container ordinance...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jun. 16, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

Charlotte Observer. June 15, 2021. Editorial: Severe flooding is destroying NC towns, ruining lives. These bills would change that North Carolina is in urgent need of flood prevention legislation. Increasingly, rural communities are bearing the brunt...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 16, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. June 12, 2021. Editorial: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis errs in restricting race studies in schools At a time when Americans are crying out for an honest appraisal and greater understanding of the role race plays in our nation’s...

Black scholar Earl Lewis on the Floyd murder and reparations

Jun. 16, 2021 12:05 PM EDT

Reparations, Earl Lewis says, are not about the past. Rather, they are very much about the present, says the founding director of the University of Michigan Center for Social Solutions. Earlier this year, he notes, Evanston, Illinois, became the first U.S. city to pay...

School investigates use of antisemitic imagery in yearbook

Jun. 16, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

SEEKONK, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts middle school is investigating after antisemitic imagery and other inappropriate words and drawings were found drawn in student yearbooks, schools officials said. The eighth-grade students at Hurley Middle School in Seekonk “drew...

German platoon ordered from Lithuania amid misconduct probe

Jun. 16, 2021 09:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Defense Ministry said Wednesday it has ordered a platoon stationed in Lithuania as part of a NATO mission to return home immediately amid allegations of serious misconduct. The ministry said the allegations include sexual harassment, insults with...