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Gavin Long’s last words

Gavin Long’s last words

The murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille were not unique. On average, one Black person is killed by police every day. But cameras were rolling and the sight of police” lynch-law” twice in 48 hours was too much for millions of people to bear. Revenge was not just contemplated, but carried out. Micah Johnson […]

Does the US military incubate abusive cops and disconnected shooters?

Does the US military incubate abusive cops and disconnected shooters?

Media spokespeople and politicians in both parties are working overtime to paint imaginary connections between the broad movement supported by millions of Americans to strip police of their traditional immunity and impunity for violent acts committed against civilians on the one hand, and the deranged, disconnected shooters of police in Texas and Louisiana. The real […]

Struggling to unite a fractured Baton Rouge

Struggling to unite a fractured Baton Rouge

The mayor and the city face huge divides and problems after the police shooting of Alton Sterling and the murder of three officers. BY NIGEL DUARA LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS BATON ROUGE, La. – From a distance, his tie looks to be a seamless monochrome. Up close, it reveals itself as a speckled pattern of ocher […]

Crime experts counter Trump’s fear talk

Crime experts counter Trump’s fear talk

BY JAMES ROSEN TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE WASHINGTON – As Richard Rosenfeld listened to Donald Trump accept the Republican presidential nomination on July 21, a couple of recent crime trends the candidate cited were immediately familiar. Trump told convention delegates and millions of Americans watching on TV that homicides in the nation’s 50 largest cities are […]

Mothers of the Moment

Mothers of the Moment

Women whose children died at the hands of police or because of gun violence give their testimonies and tell why they’re with Hillary Clinton. BY THOMAS FITZGERALD PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE When the lights came up revealing nine African-American women standing in a circle, as if in prayer, delegates and guests at the Democratic […]

The Game’s goal: Make the world a better place

The Game’s goal: Make the world a better place

BY LORRAINE ALI LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS LOS ANGELES – Compton rapper the Game was once a latch-key kid weaned on the unofficial rap anthem of South Los Angeles, N.W.A’s “F – tha Police.” “It was what we all knew in the ‘hood, it was in our DNA,” he said. Now 36 and a celebrity of […]

Who are the New Black Panthers?

Who are the New Black Panthers?

1960s activists say new group doesn’t  embody their ideals BY ERICA ERVANS LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights calls their organization a hate group, and founders of the Black Panthers call them impostors. They call themselves a “Black nationalist organization,” dedicated to the establishment of an “independently governed Black nation.” The New […]

Face your financial fears

Face your financial fears

Take action to save for retirement From Family Features Retirement is supposed to be a reward for decades of hard work, but if you haven’t planned well, the milestone may be a dark cloud on your horizon. In fact, new data shows that nearly 50 percent of Americans are most afraid of outliving their income […]

Simple swaps for serious flavor

Simple swaps for serious flavor

From Family Features From burgers to barbecued chicken, many of the best grilled foods are served with creamy condiments – often packing on calories and fat. Next time you’re ready to grill, experiment with new ways to create simple but robust flavors using fewer ingredients through simple swaps. Rice vinegars offer a healthy alternative to […]

‘Nobody’ puts focus on aggressive policing, flawed courts, mass incarceration

‘Nobody’ puts focus on aggressive policing, flawed courts, mass incarceration

BOOK REVIEW Review of “Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond’’ by Marc Lamont Hill.  Atria Books. 320 pages. $26. BY DR. GLENN ALTSCHULER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER On Feb. 26, 2012, George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, reported to a 911 dispatcher that a “real suspicious” […]