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Buffalo shooting's wounds need a strong salve, residents say

May. 22, 2022 12:45 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Shenaya Ann Washington and a close friend cleared a small patch of grass at the base of a utility pole on Riley Street. They dug a hole there and planted a red rose bush seedling. Next to it, they leaned 10 prayer candles against the pole. Washington said she...

Deal could end desegregation case in Alabama school system

May. 22, 2022 09:56 AM EDT

LaFAYETTE, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge will consider an agreement between the Justice Department, civil rights attorneys and school officials in an east Alabama county that could end more than 50 years of federal desegregation oversight of the system. A consent decree between...

Retired judge gets formal apology for 1963 attack

May. 22, 2022 01:17 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Retired Judge Calvin Johnson can still smell the tear gas. He was 16 years old, marching with other Black teenagers to integrate their high school in Iberville Parish, when a mob of White lawmen and civilians attacked with billy clubs, fire hoses, cattle prods...

Buffalo shooting victim laid to rest; city marks 1 week

May. 21, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Roberta Drury, a 32-year-old woman who was the youngest of the 10 Black people killed at a Buffalo supermarket, was remembered at her funeral Saturday for "that smile that could light up a room,” as the city marked one week since the shooting with sorrowful moments of...

Interstatedaydream wins Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico

May. 20, 2022 19:43 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Interstatedaydream's owner and trainer decided to skip the Kentucky Oaks two weeks ago. That paid dividends at the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Friday. With jockey Florent Geroux aboard, the well-rested filly was able to hold off race favorite...

Handling of Buffalo suspect spurs talk of uneven restraint

May. 20, 2022 17:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When police confronted the white man suspected of killing 10 Black people at a Buffalo supermarket, he was the very poster boy for armed and dangerous, carrying an AR-15-style rifle and cloaked in body armor and hatred. Yet officers talked to Payton Gendron,...

Racist photo leads to punishment for Florida students

May. 20, 2022 15:57 PM EDT

PALM CITY, Fla. (AP) — A half-dozen Florida students posed for a photo outside a middle school while holding large letters that spelled out a racial slur, school officials said. The school will follow its code of student conduct in responding to the pupils' action, Martin County...

Buffalo families begin to eulogize victims of racist attack

May. 20, 2022 12:14 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The first of several funerals for 10 Black people massacred at a Buffalo supermarket was planned for Friday, one day after victims' families called on the nation to confront the threat of white supremacist violence. A private service was scheduled Friday...

'How dare you!': Grief, anger from Buffalo victims' kin

May. 20, 2022 08:41 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Relatives of the 10 Black people massacred in a Buffalo supermarket pleaded with the nation Thursday to confront and stop racist violence, their agony pouring out in the tears of a 12-year-old child, hours after the white man accused in the killings silently faced a murder...

Report finds falling student achievement in K-12 schools

May. 19, 2022 18:08 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's public schools, which have long enjoyed a reputation for academic excellence, have experienced a yearslong trend of declining student performance exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a critical state report released Thursday. A...