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Bill Russell finally accepts Basketball Hall of Fame ring

Nov. 15, 2019 5:30 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Bill Russell finally accepted his Basketball Hall of Fame ring. The 11-time NBA champion, five-time MVP, Olympic gold medalist and two-time NCAA champ said on Twitter on Friday that he was presented with his Hall of Fame ring in a private ceremony. The 85-year-old Boston Celtics...

Will you get dementia? Many may not understand their risk

Nov. 15, 2019 3:42 PM EST

Many older American adults may inaccurately estimate their chances for developing dementia and do useless things to prevent it, new research suggests. Almost half of adults surveyed believed they were likely to develop dementia. The results suggest many didn’t understand the connection between physical...

City of Lawrence joins coalition erecting lynching memorial

Nov. 15, 2019 3:40 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The city of Lawrence has joined a community coalition to memorialize the lynching of three black men near downtown in 1882. The Lawrence chapter of the NAACP is working with the Equal Justice Initiative to erect a historical marker with information about the lynching, The Lawrence...

Ex-Gov. Deval Patrick launches ‘Hail Mary’ bid for president

Nov. 14, 2019 7:46 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Deval Patrick launched what he acknowledged to be a “Hail Mary” bid on Thursday for the Democratic presidential nomination, testing whether voters sifting through an already crowded field are open to hearing from new candidates less than three months before the primary...

Mo’Nique sues Netflix for discrimination in show offer

Nov. 14, 2019 6:22 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mo’Nique sued Netflix on Thursday for race and sex discrimination in its offer for a proposed comedy special, accusing the streaming service of giving her a lowball offer that was part of a larger company tendency to underpay black women. The comedian and Oscar-winning actress...

Activist sues for St. Louis police data on racial profiling

Nov. 14, 2019 5:24 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A self-described advocate for police accountability is suing St. Louis for the release of police stop records that he believes could prove certain officers target black motorists but that he says the police department has refused to supply. Black drivers in Missouri are 91% more likely...

Police: No indication restaurant staff heard racial comment

Nov. 14, 2019 4:41 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Police looking into an incident at a Chicago-area Buffalo Wild Wings found no indication that workers heard a white patron mention the race of a group of black customers when he asked that they not be seated next to him, but investigators said the employees had heard him make racist comments...

Disney Plus adds disclaimer about racist movie stereotypes

Nov. 14, 2019 3:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Disney’s new streaming service has added a disclaimer to "Dumbo," “Peter Pan” and other classics because they depict racist stereotypes, underscoring a challenge media companies face when they resurrect older movies in modern times. The move comes as Disney Plus seems...

Charlottesville suit seeks to link online talk to violence

Nov. 14, 2019 3:41 PM EST

The white nationalist rally that took a deadly turn in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the summer of 2017 shocked Americans with its front-row view of hatred on the rise. But weeks before the violence, organizers were making preparations for the gathering in a corner of the internet. Using a private server on a...

Robert Mathis, Erik Williams selected for Black College Hall

Nov. 14, 2019 12:19 PM EST

Robert Mathis of Alabama A&M, Erik Williams of Central State University and coach Joe Taylor have been selected for induction into the Black College Football Hall of Fame. Quarterback Earl Harvey of North Carolina Central, defensive back James Hunter of Grambling State and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference...