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John Doar, ex-civil rights lawyer, dies at 92

John Doar

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Doar, a top Justice Department civil rights lawyer in the 1960s who was at the center of key battles to protect the rights of black voters and integrate universities in the South, died Tuesday at age 92.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said his son, Burke Doar.
Doar was a Justice Department civil rights lawyer from 1960 to 1967, serving in the final months of the administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower and then staying on during the presidencies of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He rose to the position of assistant attorney general in charge of the department's Civil Rights Division and challenged discriminatory policies in Southern states that curtailed minority access to the voting booth and state universities.

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Nashville lawyer lead counsel in cemetery lawsuit

 (AP) — A Nashville lawyer has been appointed lead attorney in a class action lawsuit against a Memphis cemetery accused of mishandling bodies.

Kathryn Barnett, managing partner of the Nashville office of Morgan & Morgan, is working with other law firms in handling the lawsuit against Galilee Memorial Gardens. A trial for the lawsuit has been set for October 2015.

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Dutch court won’t rule whether ‘Black Pete’ racist

Black Pete

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Netherlands' highest administrative court refused Wednesday to wade into the increasingly acrimonious national debate around "Black Pete," the sidekick to the Dutch equivalent of Santa Claus.

Opponents call Pete, who is often played by white people wearing black-face makeup and a frizzy Afro wig, a racist caricature. Most Dutch people insist he is a harmless fantasy figure.

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White House now turning to girls of color


WASHINGTON — The White House is planning to focus on improving the lives of girls and women of color, after months of complaints that they were left out of the "My Brother's Keeper" initiative for young men.

White House aides planned Wednesday to release a report on the work it has done to help minority women and girls. They also plan to meet with advocates Wednesday and create a Working Group on Challenges and Opportunities for Women and Girls of Color, an offshoot of White House Council on Women and Girls, which is chaired by White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.

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HBCU president makes controversial remarks on rape to female students


A video posted to YouTube of a speech by Lincoln University President Robert R. Jennings has incited controversy over what some people believe are insensitive comments about rape.

During the speech, Jennings speaks of recent incidents on the college’s campus where women made false rape accusations against male companions who had spurned them after their sexual encounters.

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