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7:25 AM / Tuesday April 13, 2021

Week In Review

Governments delay access to public records during pandemic

March 18, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Keri Mitchell, executive editor of the Dallas Free Press, poses for a photo in south Dallas, Monday, March 8, 2021. Mitchell submitted records requests to the Dallas school district that took months to resolve because of the pandemic. The Dallas Independent School District suspended all records requests for seven months while its employees…

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‘Monumental day’: Indian Country reacts to Deb Haaland vote

March 18, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., listens during the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on her nomination to be Interior secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Some Republican senators labeled Haaland “radical” over her calls to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and address climate change, and said that could hurt rural America…

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Judge OKs 3rd-degree murder charge for ex-cop in Floyd death

March 12, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: In this image taken from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, and defendant former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin listen as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over jury selection, Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn., in the trial of Chauvin, who is accused in the May 25,…

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Vernon Jordan, activist, former Clinton adviser, dies at 85

March 5, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Vernon Jordan (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) By Jeff Martin And Errin Haines ASSOCIATED PRESS  ATLANTA — Vernon Jordan, who rose from humble beginnings in the segregated South to become a champion of civil rights before reinventing himself as a Washington insider and corporate influencer, has died at the age of 85. His niece, Ann…

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Water crisis continues in Mississippi, weeks after cold snap

March 5, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Mississippi Army National Guard Sgt. Chase Toussaint, right, and Staff Sgt. Matthew Riley, both with the Maneuver Area Training Equipment Site of Camp Shelby, fill 5-gallon water drums with non-potable water, Monday, March 1, 2021, at a Jackson, Miss., water distribution site on the New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church parking lot. Water…

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Supreme Court could put new limits on voting rights lawsuits

March 5, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: FILE – Maricopa County elections officials count ballots at the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office in Phoenix. Eight years after carving the heart out of a landmark voting rights law, the Supreme Court is looking at putting new limits on efforts to combat racial discrimination in voting. The justices are taking up a case…

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Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee to honor civil rights icons

March 5, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: President Barack Obama, center, walks as he holds hands with Amelia Boynton Robinson, who was beaten during “Bloody Sunday,” as they and the first family and others including Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga,, left of Obama, walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” a landmark…

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‘I am a child!’ Pepper spray reflects policing of Black kids

February 25, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Niya Shabazz, one of the organizers of Community Justice Initiative, speaks during a protest about her outrage after a police officer used pepper spray against a handcuffed 9-year-old Black girl in Rochester, N.Y. The case has spurred outrage as the latest example of law enforcement mistreatment of Black people, and one that shows…

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No charges against officers involved in Daniel Prude’s death

February 25, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Joe Prude, brother of Daniel Prude, right, and his son Armin, stand with a picture of Daniel Prude in Rochester, N.Y. Daniel Prude, 41, suffocated after police in Rochester put a “spit hood” over his head while he was being taken into custody. He died March 30, after he was taken off life…

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The Life & Legacy of Octavius V. Catto

February 22, 2021

Octavius Valentine Catto was born free on February 22, 1839, in Charleston, SC, to Sarah Isabella Cain and the Rev. William T. Catto, an ordained Presbyterian minister. His mother was a descendant of one of Charleston’s most distinguished mulatto families, and his father had been a slave millwright who gained his freedom. William Catto brought…

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