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Memorial for man lynched 115 years ago unveiled in Tennessee

Sep. 25, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — More than 115 years after an angry mob lynched Ed Johnson from the Walnut Street Bridge, area residents got their first look Sept. 19 at the memorial to the innocent man and his two courageous attorneys. As the overcast afternoon brought...

Supporters of NC man freed from prison demand Cooper pardon

Sep. 24, 2021 20:13 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Dozens of people supporting a North Carolina man who served more than two decades behind bars for a murder he said he didn't commit gathered Friday outside the Executive Mansion as they urged the governor to formally pardon him. Dontae Sharpe and...

US Rep. Karen Bass planning to run for Los Angeles mayor

Sep. 24, 2021 19:11 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, a prominent figure in national Democratic politics who was on President Joe Biden's short list when he was considering a vice presidential pick, is planning to run for Los Angeles mayor, a person familiar with her plans said Friday. ...

Haitians see history of racist policies in migrant treatment

Sep. 24, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

The images — men on horseback with long reins, corralling Haitian asylum seekers trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico — provoked an outcry. But to many Haitians and Black Americans, they're merely confirmation of a deeply held belief: U.S. immigration policies,...

Government: Dylann Roof's death sentence should stand

Sep. 24, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

Attorneys for the federal government have opposed Dylann Roof's request for a new appellate hearing, arguing that the South Carolina man was properly convicted and sentenced for the 2015 racist slayings of nine members of a Black congregation. In court documents filed...

Utah company helping Xavier start genetic counseling program

Sep. 24, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A genetic testing company based in Salt Lake City is helping a historically Black and Catholic university in New Orleans create a genetic counseling program. The donation from Myriad Genetics will support initial development and launch of the program,...

Civil rights complaint targets Idaho health care rationing

Sep. 24, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An advocacy group for older adults has filed a civil rights complaint against Idaho over the state's “crisis standards of care” guidelines for hospitals that are overwhelmed by patients amid the coronavirus pandemic. The group Justice in Aging...

Oregon school board ban on anti-racist, LGBT signs draws ire

Sep. 24, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

NEWBERG, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon school board has banned educators from displaying Black Lives Matter and gay pride symbols, prompting a torrent of recriminations and threats to boycott the town and its businesses. Newberg, a town of 25,000 residents situated 25 miles (40...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Sep. 24, 2021 15:39 PM EDT

Hartford Courant. September 19, 2021. Editorial: In Guilford, making white people afraid and bashing ‘critical race theory’ proves a winning political strategy School board primaries rarely get much attention, but this year’s Republican Board...

Charges urged for Missouri cops who let dog bite Black man

Sep. 24, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

WOODSON TERRACE, Mo. (AP) — St. Louis-area racial injustice activists on Friday called for the firing and prosecution of three white police officers after cellphone video showed them allowing a police dog to repeatedly bite a Black man during an arrest. St. Louis County...