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Helen Prejean: The ‘whole death penalty system is botched’

Helen Prejean: The ‘whole death penalty system is botched’
(The recent botched executions of three death row inmates – Joseph R. Wood III in Arizona in mid-July, Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma in April and Dennis McGuire in Ohio in January – have brought the death penalty issue under intense scrutiny once again. Wood reportedly gasped for air some 600 times over the course of two hours after being injected. Longtime anti-death penalty crusader Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking,” has been a spiritual adviser to many death row inmates in her home state of Louisiana. She shared her thoughts on the latest executions with NAM health editor Viji Sundaram.)
 
How do you respond to those who say the botched execution of convicted double murderer Joseph Wood does not amount to torture? 

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  • Written by Viji Sundaram-New America Media
  • Category: National

Radio Host Fired For Racist Tirade Resurfaces In "Pro-White" Media

Radio Host Fired For Racist Tirade Resurfaces In
Radio host Anthony Cumia, who was fired from SiriusXM after a series of racially charged tweets, appeared on the "pro-white" Political Cesspool radio show hosted by white nationalist James Edwards. During the appearance, Cumia defended white males against diversity concerns, agreed that the black community has become like a "petulant" child, and praised Edwards for his views on race.
 
Cumia was part of SiriusXM's The Opie and Anthony Show until he was fired in early July after he went on a Twitter tirade against the black community following a street altercation. The shock jock claimed he was "taking pix in NYC & a black girl who was in frame punched me in the face." He added the "automatic jump to violence in that community is astounding. No discussion.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: National

GOP chairman: Party competing for African-American votes

GOP chairman: Party competing for African-American votes
BOSTON – Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told a national convention of black journalists on Thursday that the GOP has been working to better compete for black and minority votes as it eyes the 2016 presidential race.
 
Priebus also said he's confident the party will take back the U.S. Senate from Democrat control and add more seats to its majority in the U.S. House in this year's midterm elections.

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  • Written by Philip Marcelo-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Houston, weave have a problem: robbers steal pricey fake hair

Houston, weave have a problem: robbers steal pricey fake hair
Houston police say that a group of men in a truck who smashed into a beauty store and stole thousands of dollars worth of expensive weaves and wigs may have also done the same type of smash-and-grab at a cellphone store later the same morning.
 
Authorities told Click 2 Houston that the high-priced hair heist happened around 2 a.m. Wednesday at Beauty Sensation in Houston. The news station viewed surveillance video of reportedly the same group of men involved in the beauty-store robbery, smashing into a T-Mobile store around 4:30 the same morning.

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  • Written by Stephen A. Crockett Jr.-The Root
  • Category: National

Alums of nation’s oldest historically black private college fight for its survival

Alums of nation’s oldest historically black private college fight for its survival
 
CINCINNATI — Alumni of the country's oldest historically black private university are committing money and other support to help their alma mater's fight for survival amid the risk of accreditation loss and financial deficits and low enrollment.
 
The alumni association of southwestern Ohio's Wilberforce University, founded in 1856, says graduates have committed to raise $2 million in cash donations, including $400,000 pledged at last weekend's alumni conference.

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

Dems, GOP looking for black, minority turnout

Dems, GOP looking for black, minority turnout
BOSTON – With control of the House and Senate up for grabs, Democrats are looking to minority voters – especially black voters who heavily supported President Barack Obama – to turn out and help them forestall a Republican takeover of Congress this November.
 
Democrats are pushing hard and early to encourage black and Hispanic voters to show up in November, driven in part by fears of a drop-off since Obama won't be on the ballot. Republicans, meanwhile, are seeking to elevate their party's profile in minority communities to let voters know that the GOP is a viable option.

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  • Written by Jesse J. Holland-Associated Press
  • Category: National

De Blasio vows to improve NYPD-community relations

De Blasio vows to improve NYPD-community relations
NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio, facing his first significant test in trying to improve relations between police and minority communities, said Monday that he believes the troubles stem from racial tension that defined his predecessor's 12 years in office.
 
He did not specifically say he thought race played a role in the recent death of a black, asthmatic father of six who died after being put in apparent chokehold by a white officer, an encounter that was caught on video. He did say that more trust was needed between police and residents.

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  • Written by Jonathan Lemire-Associated Press
  • Category: National