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This combo of file photos from Washington show Supreme Court Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall  on Oct. 24, 1967; and Constance Baker Motley, nominated to be judge of the southern district of New York, at her confirmation hearing, on April 4, 1966. The NAACP's Legal Defense Fund launched a $40 million scholarship program on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, to create a new generation of civil rights lawyers. The Marshall-Motley Scholars Program, named for the legal defense fund's founder and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and his staff attorney Constance Baker Motley, who later became the first Black female federal judge. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi, left, and Henry Griffin)

Anonymous $40 million gift funding 50 civil rights lawyers

Jan. 18, 2021 10:25 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund launched a $40 million scholarship program on Monday to support a new generation of civil rights lawyers, dedicated to pursuing racial justice across the South. With that whopping gift from a single anonymous donor, the fund plans to put 50...

DC educator chosen as new Baton Rouge schools leader

Jan. 15, 2021 12:12 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An educator from Washington, D.C., has been chosen to lead public schools in Louisiana's capital. The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted 5-4 Thursday in favor of Sito Narcisse to replace Dr. Leslie Brown, who resigned in October due to health complications. The board chose...

Spencer Jensen, music teacher at the Legacy Preparatory Academy receives the COVID-19 vaccine at the Davis County Legacy Center Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Farmington, Utah. Utah began vaccinating teachers and school staff across the state. They are aiming to have all teachers and school staff vaccinated by the end of February. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Calls to reopen classrooms grow as teachers get vaccinated

Jan. 13, 2021 9:14 PM EST

State leaders around the U.S. are increasingly pushing for schools to reopen this winter — pressuring them, even — as teachers begin to gain access to the vaccine against the raging pandemic. Ohio's governor offered to give vaccinations to teachers at the start of February, provided their school...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2019 file photo, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., asks questions during a public impeachment hearing in Washington regarding President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. Stefanik has been removed from a panel at Harvard University for making comments that perpetuated Trump's baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, the school announced Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Harvard cuts ties with Rep. Stefanik over voter fraud claims

Jan. 12, 2021 12:00 PM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Republican member of Congress has been removed from a panel at Harvard University for making comments that perpetuated President Donald Trump's baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, the school announced Tuesday. U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York was removed from a senior...

Court: Private schools favored over public schools near NYC

Jan. 6, 2021 6:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Public schools in a highly segregated community near New York City were being overseen for years by a school board elected in violation of a law protecting fair voting rights, a federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday. The decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan...

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2011, file photo, Josh Brooks, then-University of Georgia assistant athletic director for internal operations, points out some of the renovations to the UGA Athletic Association's Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall in Athens, Ga. Brooks has been named Georgia’s full-time athletic director less than one week into his stint as the interim replacement for Greg McGarity. (David Manning/Athens Banner-Herald via AP, File)

Brooks named Georgia's full-time replacement for AD McGarity

Jan. 6, 2021 4:06 PM EST

University of Georgia President Jere Morehead says his committee's search for new leadership in the school's athletic department attracted “a number of prominent athletic directors very interested in the position.” Even so, Morehead on Wednesday said the best candidate, Josh Brooks, already was on...

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, left, hugs head coach Raheem Morris before an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

Falcons interview Rams' Holmes, Colts' Brown in GM search

Jan. 5, 2021 5:38 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have interviewed two directors of college scouting, Brad Holmes of the Los Angeles Rams and Morocco Brown of the Indianapolis Colts, for their general manager position. The Falcons announced Tuesday they conducted virtual interviews with Holmes and Brown. Atlanta is...

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 1987, file photo, Eastside High School Principal Joe Clark is pictured at a rally by student supporters in Paterson, N.J. Clark, the baseball bat and bullhorn-wielding principal whose unwavering commitment to his students and uncompromising disciplinary methods inspired the 1989 film “Lean on Me,” died at his Florida home on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, after a long battle with an unspecified illness, his family said in statement. He was 82. (AP Photo/Peter Cannata, File)

Principal Joe Clark, who inspired film 'Lean on Me,' dies

Dec. 30, 2020 6:48 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Joe Louis Clark, the baseball bat and bullhorn-wielding principal whose unwavering commitment to his students and uncompromising disciplinary methods inspired the 1989 film “Lean on Me,” died at his Florida home on Tuesday after a long battle with an unspecified...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 file photo, Jondavid Longo, Republican mayor of Slippery Rock, Pa., center, presides over a Boy Scouts flag retirement ceremony where worn out flags are cut up and burned in Slippery Rock. Longo says the 2020 election has changed politics in his town, surfacing resentments from voters on both sides. The lingering tensions now overshadow issues once considered local — such as funding the police and libraries. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

A divided nation asks: What's holding our country together?

Dec. 28, 2020 10:28 AM EST

Elections are meant to resolve arguments. This one inflamed them. Weeks after the votes have been counted and the winners declared, many Americans remain angry, defiant and despairing. Millions now harbor new grievances borne of President Donald Trump's baseless claims of election fraud. Many Democrats are...

Indiana players celebrate in the final seconds of an NCAA college football game against Wisconsin Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, in Madison, Wis.Indiana won 14-6. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

The Latest: Cincinnati increases capacity for AAC title game

Dec. 15, 2020 7:43 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Thanks to a variance granted by state of Ohio, Cincinnati has upped its crowd capacity to 5,831 for Saturday’s American Athletic Conference championship against Tulsa. Previously, the school said only 1,500 would be...