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Sculptor crafting first women’s statue for Central Park

Nov. 21, 2019 9:39 AM EST

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A sculptor known for trying to redress history through her art is creating the first statue of real-life women for New York’s Central Park, where the only females so honored until now have been fictional characters. Meredith Bergmann’s vision for the sculpture, chosen...

Sculptor crafting first women’s statue for Central Park

Nov. 21, 2019 7:53 AM EST

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A sculptor known for trying to redress history through her art is creating the first statue of real-life women for New York’s Central Park, where the only females so honored until now have been fictional characters. Meredith Bergmann’s vision for the sculpture, chosen...

Virginia counties approve ‘Second Amendment Sanctuaries’

Nov. 21, 2019 7:44 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Local officials in a handful of Virginia counties have voted to honor and defend gun rights by declaring their counties to be “Second Amendment Sanctuaries.” The movement has spread in Virginia since the Nov. 5 election, when Democrats gained majority control of both the...

Uber discriminated against blind woman with dog, panel rules

Nov. 19, 2019 4:09 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A panel in Maine has ruled that Uber discriminated against a blind woman when a driver refused to give her a ride because she was traveling with her guide dog. The Portland Press Herald reports the Maine Human Rights Commission voted Monday that Uber discriminated against Patricia...

Baltimore museum to acquire only works by women in 2020

Nov. 18, 2019 4:37 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Museum of Art will add only artwork created by women to its permanent collection in 2020. Museum director Christopher Bedford announced the policy Thursday, saying something radical must be done to rectify centuries of imbalance. The Maryland museum acquired its first work by...

Florida governor appeals court rulings on voting

Nov. 15, 2019 9:45 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legal skirmishes over Florida elections were being fought on two fronts Friday, as a pair of federal court cases underscored the crucial role the state could play in next year's election. No detail is trivial, as Republicans and Democrats battle over the order of names on ballots...

Abrams’ group aims to reach Georgia voters who may be purged

Nov. 15, 2019 9:38 PM EST

Stacey Abrams’ voting rights organization is aiming to reach Georgia voters who could be purged from the state’s election rolls as soon as next month. Fair Fight Action is mobilizing hundreds of volunteers coming out of Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Atlanta to make calls to...

Taiwan opposition candidate backs Hong Kong full democracy

Nov. 14, 2019 7:38 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The China-friendly opposition candidate in Taiwan’s upcoming presidential election is urging Hong Kong to adopt universal suffrage as the best way of stemming months of anti-government protests. Han Kuo-yu of the Nationalist Party told reporters Thursday that Taiwan stood as an...

Artistic director envisions an inclusive, healing theatre

Nov. 9, 2019 10:01 AM EST

JUNEUA, Alaska (AP) — Leslie Ishii is glad to be in Juneau. Perseverance Theatre's new artistic director — her hiring was announced Oct. 26 — grew up in Seattle admiring the similarly rugged Pacific Northwest landscape. Plus, Ishii and the Last Frontier have crossed paths a lot over the...

John Legend lends support as Florida felons get vote rights

Nov. 8, 2019 5:15 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Singer John Legend was on hand to lend support Friday as 18 former felons were granted the right to vote in what Miami officials called a simple and streamlined process. The ceremony in a Miami-Dade County courtroom was meant to show that ex-felons can regain their voting rights, even if the...