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Nonprofit grants propel prosecutor push on racial injustice

Sep. 26, 2021 11:25 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When Deborah Gonzalez took office in January as the district attorney for the Western Judicial District of Georgia, she noticed that too few defendants, especially Black defendants, qualified for a program that promised treatment for addiction or mental health and not...

Alabama café customers learn Black history while ordering

Sep. 26, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Catrice Hixon named her new Opelika coffee shop Melanin Café, and she wants people to understand the significance of it. “Melanin is the pigmentation in everybody’s skin,” she said. “The difference with that is the amount of melanin. It’s...

Alumni of Black school in Mississippi fight for its history

Sep. 26, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — As with many Black schools in the Jim Crow South, references to Gulfport’s 33rd Avenue School in archives and books are scarce. The school’s graduations and football games made the local newspaper, but almost never with photographs. Trophies,...

Alabama city's planning commission OKs renaming street

Sep. 25, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A city planning commission in Alabama's capital city has unanimously passed a recommendation to rename one of its streets for a civil rights lawyer. The recommendation to rename Jeff Davis Avenue to Fred D. Gray Avenue was passed Thursday during...

Govt offices in Kosovo targeted as tensions soar with Serbia

Sep. 25, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A public building in Kosovo was set on fire and another was hit by grenades that did not explode in what government officials described Saturday as criminal acts related to ethnic Serbs protesting a symbolic move on license plates. Serbian media...

Biden risks losing support from Democrats amid DC gridlock

Sep. 25, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden is losing support among critical groups in his political base as some of his core campaign promises falter, raising concerns among Democrats that the voters who put him in office may feel less enthusiastic about returning to the polls in next year's...

Petito case renews call to spotlight missing people of color

Sep. 25, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — In the three months since 62-year-old Navajo rug weaver Ella Mae Begay vanished, the haunting unanswered questions sometimes threaten to overwhelm her niece. Seraphine Warren has organized searches of the vast Navajo Nation landscape near her...

Memorial for man lynched 115 years ago unveiled in Tennessee

Sep. 25, 2021 09:57 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...

Neo-Nazis are still on Facebook. And they’re making money

Sep. 25, 2021 08:36 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — It’s the premier martial arts group in Europe for right-wing extremists. German authorities have twice banned their signature tournament. But Kampf der Nibelungen, or Battle of the Nibelungs, still thrives on Facebook, where organizers maintain multiple pages, as well as...

Nationalizing her governor run? 'You bet I am,' Sanders says

Sep. 25, 2021 01:40 AM EDT

CABOT, Ark. (AP) — She's toured the state in an RV emblazoned with her name, launched a TV ad that's airing during Arkansas Razorbacks football games and spoken to packed rooms at restaurants. Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders' introduction as a candidate for governor hasn't...