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Ferguson’s flashpoint sparks national outrage

Ferguson’s flashpoint sparks national outrage
LOS ANGELES – They were killed in Wisconsin, New York and California. Some were shot on the street. One was killed in a Wal-Mart. Another died after being placed in a chokehold. All died at the hands of police and all have been united by one thing: the killing of Michael Brown.
 
Details may differ, circumstances of their deaths may remain unknown, but the outrage that erupted after the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of the unarmed, black 18-year-old by a white officer in Ferguson, M0., has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings across the U.S.

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  • Written by Brian Melley-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Clinton says frayed trust led to Ferguson violence

Clinton says frayed trust led to Ferguson violence
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton broke nearly three weeks of silence Thursday on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old in Missouri, saying his death and the violent protests that followed resulted from frayed bonds of trust in a racially divided community.
 
The remarks by the former secretary of state during a speech to a technology group were her first about Michael Brown's Aug. 9 death in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

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  • Written by HAVEN DALEY-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Expelled black students’ parents sue Ohio district

Expelled black students’ parents sue Ohio district
CINCINNATI – The parents of four black students who allege their children were expelled over rap music videos and targeted because of race sued a suburban school district in federal court on Tuesday, charging violations of constitutional rights including free speech.
 
Attorney Robert Newman, representing the parents, said that the students were expelled from Colerain High School in Colerain Township, a 20-minute drive northwest of Cincinnati, for making rap music videos off campus and that black students were unfairly targeted. The parents' lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati against the Northwest Local School District, the Colerain Township Board of Trustees and some police officers.

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  • Written by Lisa Cornwell-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Christensen set to be U.S. first Black female governor

Christensen set to be U.S. first Black female governor
The United States has never had a Black female as the governor of a state-level jurisdiction but that could change in the November general election. U.S. Virgin Islands Del. Donna Christensen (D) is well on her way to becoming the governor of her territory. She and Basil Ottley Jr. won the crowded Aug. 2 Democratic Party primary for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively, and because of the strength of the party, will face minor opposition from the island’s other political parties in the Nov. 4 general election.
 
Christensen was delighted to win her latest political battle. “I am pleased to have the nomination of the Democratic Party and I invite all of my fellow Democrats to work together with me to ensure victory in November,” Christensen, 68, said. “We have a lot of work to do; our people expect that we will have a common vision and a plan to move our territory forward.”
Christensen has been the delegate from the Virgin Islands since 1997. Before her election to Congress, she practiced family medicine for 21 years and held other political offices in the territory.

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  • Written by James Wright-NNPA from The Afro-American Newspaper
  • Category: National

Emergency preparedness plans marginalize African Americans

Emergency preparedness plans marginalize African Americans
WASHINGTON – This September marks the 10th anniversary for National Preparedness Month. And when it comes to emergency situations, African-American communities tend to be among the most vulnerable and least prepared.
 
Henry Louis Taylor Jr., professor of urban and regional planning, and founding director of the Center for Urban Studies at the University at Buffalo, believes that emergency preparedness efforts sometimes reflect the marginalization of low-income and communities of color.

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  • Written by Jazelle Hunt-NNPA News Service
  • Category: National