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AP sources: Ex-Gov. Patrick says he’ll make presidential bid

Nov. 14, 2019 12:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has told allies he will join the 2020 presidential race, according to two people familiar with his plans. An official announcement is expected before Friday, the filing deadline for the New Hampshire primary. Patrick’s move injects a new...

Watson: Mississippi should change multipart election system

Nov. 13, 2019 6:59 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s incoming secretary of state says he will work to change a Jim Crow-era election system that requires multiple steps for statewide races. “I’m definitely supportive of moving away from the current system,” Republican Michael Watson told the...

Buttigieg pledges $50B for HBCUs, as Maryland students rally

Nov. 13, 2019 5:05 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Students and alumni from Maryland’s four historically black colleges rallied Wednesday for resolution to a 13-year-old federal lawsuit over disparities in academic programs, prompting a presidential candidate to pledge to create a fund to increase HBCU spending by $50 billion...

College student seeks to have racist slur charge erased

Nov. 13, 2019 4:09 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A University of Connecticut student accused of saying a racist slur outside a campus apartment complex applied Wednesday for a probation program that could result in the charge being erased. Jarred Karal, of Plainville, applied for accelerated rehabilitation in Rockville Superior...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Nov. 13, 2019 3:53 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Poor condition of many state dams should worry every Pennsylvanian The York Dispatch Nov. 13 Infrastructure isn’t the most scintillating topic. For most folks, it probably rates somewhere between researching tax deductions...

Middle school to be latest to fly Black Lives Matter flag

Nov. 13, 2019 9:55 AM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont middle school is going to join a number of schools across the state by flying a Black Lives Matter flag. The Burlington School District reports that the city school board voted unanimously Tuesday to allow the flag to be flown at the Edmunds Middle School. The Burlington...

Artist sought for paintings of Atlanta child murder victims

Nov. 13, 2019 7:51 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The city of Atlanta is seeking an artist to create 30 drawings or paintings of the victims of the Atlanta child murders that terrorized the city in the 1970s and 1980s. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the exhibit honoring the victims, mostly black boys, will be displayed at...

Northwestern paper's apology sparks journalism debate

Nov. 12, 2019 8:22 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Student editors at the newspaper covering Northwestern University have faced two waves of criticism over their coverage of protests in response to an event featuring former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. First, student activists criticized them for publishing photos of protesters on the...

Reed takes office as Montgomery's first black mayor

Nov. 12, 2019 8:12 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed was sworn in Tuesday as the capital city's first African American leader. Reed took the oath of office after easily winning the mayoral runoff last month. He is the first black mayor of a city that was the first capital of the Confederacy and later the...

SPLC: Miller pushed racist immigration coverage in emails

Nov. 12, 2019 7:22 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — White House adviser Stephen Miller sent emails that "promoted white nationalist literature and racist propaganda" to conservative news site Breitbart, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Tuesday after releasing excerpts. The nonprofit's Hatewatch blog published portions of emails...