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‘Activist lawyers’ seek special prosecutor in Slager case

‘Activist lawyers’ seek special prosecutor in Slager case

Group wants to make sure nothing goes wrong in case of former officer who shot, killed Scott BY NIGEL ROBERTS THE ROOT A video viewed by millions shows a White policeman fatally shooting a fleeing, unarmed Black man. But it’s not a slam-dunk, warns a Black lawyers group. There are legal scenarios in which full […]

Group seeks injunction to force Wal-Mart to rehire 2,200 workers

Group seeks injunction to force Wal-Mart to rehire 2,200 workers

BY ANDREW KHOURI LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS A union is seeking an injunction to force Wal-Mart to rehire 2,200 workers laid off when the retailer suddenly closed five stores last week for what it said were needed plumbing repairs. Among the shuttered stores is one in Pico Rivera, Calif., where workers have aggressively advocated for higher […]

Remembering the girls

Remembering the girls

On the one-year anniversary of the Boko Haram kidnappings of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria, Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, center, greets Saa, second from left, and Patience, right, survivors who escaped and want to ensure that their classmates are not forgotten on April 15 in Washington, D.C. Wilson said she’s working on a bill that would […]

Congress starts work on slashing trillions from budget

Congress starts work on slashing trillions from budget

Republicans envision repealing Obamacare BY KEVIN G. HALL AND WILLIAM DOUGLAS MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU/TNS WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators began narrowing differences Monday on competing budget resolutions, and although Republicans now control both chambers, experts see little likelihood of starting the next fiscal year with a funded federal government. The budget resolution being negotiated by members […]

Florida’s Finest – Meet Brian & Lynn

Florida’s Finest – Meet Brian & Lynn

Brian Sleepy is a global analyst in the United States Navy. Brian is an avid gym rat who loves traveling and staying in shape to look and feel good. His ambitions are to earn a college degree, remain positive, become successful, and to congregate with motivated and thriving individuals. Contact Brian at briansleepy619@gmail.com Credit: T […]

A peek inside the Roman’s Rome

A peek inside the Roman’s Rome

Touring Italian city  with natives an ideal way to sightsee, save BY ELEANOR HENDRICKS MCDANIEL SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER For many people, the best part of travel is getting to know the natives and how they live. Just look at all the insider travel guides and articles out there. So it was with this […]

Website celebrates the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth

Website celebrates the 100th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s birth

BY ADRIAN MCCOY PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/TNS A new website and multimedia archive dedicated to the late Billie Holiday — billieholiday.com — is a gateway to the legendary singer’s life and work. The site is a treasure trove for fans of Holiday’s music and also an excellent introduction for anyone not familiar with it. Holiday was born […]

What happened in that van?

What happened in that van?

Justice Department opens probe into death of Baltimore man in police custody BY DOUG DONOVAN AND MARK PUENTE BALTIMORE SUN/TNS Amid the public outcry over the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, the U.S. Department of Justice is opening an investigation into the incident. “The Department of Justice has been monitoring the developments in […]

African-American volunteers needed for Alzheimer’s study

African-American volunteers needed for Alzheimer’s study

Blacks in U.S. twice as likely as Whites to develop disease FROM FAMILY FEATURES More than five million Americans are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and scientists expect this number to triple by 2050. Experts say that African-Americans are two to three times more likely than White Americans to develop the disease. A groundbreaking study testing […]

New Toni Morrison book deals with skin color, child abuse

New Toni Morrison book deals with skin color, child abuse

BOOK REVIEW Review of “God Help the Child: A Novel.’’ By Toni Morrison.  Alfred A. Knopf. 178 pp.  $24.95. BY DR. GLENN C. ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER The 11th novel of Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison begins with Mrs. Bridewell’s lamentation that she knew something was wrong the moment she saw her baby. […]