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WHERE ARE THE BLACK COPS?

WHERE ARE THE BLACK COPS?

In cities statewide, there are relatively few African-American police officers on duty anywhere. Experts say that scarcity contributes to racial tensions and higher incarceration. BY JOHN LANTIGUA FLORIDA CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING The majority of Florida police departments have significantly lower percentages of Blacks in their law enforcement ranks than they have Blacks in the […]

EL HAJJ MALIK EL-SHABAZZ / MAY 19, 1925 – FEB. 21, 1965

EL HAJJ MALIK EL-SHABAZZ / MAY 19, 1925 – FEB. 21, 1965

Happy birthday to our ‘Black shining prince’ Black activist Malcolm X, seen here with a portrait of his mentor Elijah Muhammad, would have celebrated his 90th birthday on Wednesday, May 19, had he lived. Assassins murdered him in 1965. Click here for related No Chaser column. (FLORIDA COURIER FILES)

Study cites sharp rise in suicide by Black children

Study cites sharp rise in suicide by Black children

COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS For the first time, a national scientific study has found a higher suicide rate for Blacks than for Whites of any age group. Suicide rates are almost always lower among Blacks than among Whites of any age. The study, published in medical journal JAMA Pediatrics on Monday, and summarized in a […]

‘Hero mom’ shares story of struggle, survival

‘Hero mom’ shares story of struggle, survival

Baltimore mother’s berating of son in public yields job offers, scholarship fund, chats with celebs BY JOHN-JOHN  WILLIAMS IV BALTIMORE SUN/TNS Weeks ago, Toya Graham was a recently unemployed single mother of six and grandmother of one struggling to scrape by in West Baltimore. Today, she’s the beneficiary of a growing GoFundMe page, and a […]

Freddie Gray among many suspects with no medical care from police

Freddie Gray among many suspects with no medical care from police

BY MARK PUENTE AND MEREDITH COHN THE BALTIMORE SUN/TNS When Baltimore State’s Attorney Maryliyn Mosby charged six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, she said they had ignored Gray’s pleas for medical care during his arrest and a 45-minute transport van ride. Records obtained by The Baltimore Sun show that city police often […]

REJECTED

REJECTED

The U.S. House of Representatives votes to end the Obama administration’s domestic phone spying program; Senate Democrats blocked a broad trade bill considered to be a centerpiece of the Obama legacy. COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS WASHINGTON – This week, President Obama couldn’t win for losing. On Tuesday, Obama’s bid for a sweeping Pacific trade deal […]

HARRIET TUBMAN / ‘WOMEN ON 20s’

HARRIET TUBMAN / ‘WOMEN ON 20s’

All about the Tubmans, baby An online grassroots campaign by the organization “Women on 20s” selected abolitionist and Underground Railroad ‘conductor’ Harriet Tubman as the overwhelming choice to replace Andrew Jackson’s portrait on U.S. paper currency. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew, appointed by President Obama in 2013, can make the change on his own […]

Stress of Baltimore unrest could linger for a while

Stress of Baltimore unrest could linger for a while

BY ANDREA K. MCDANIELS BALTIMORE SUN/TNS BALTIMORE — As rioters looted a CVS and other businesses at Pennsylvania and North avenues last month, Lekisha McCray’s two youngest children huddled in terror listening to it all from their apartment across the street. Windows shattered and people cursed and screamed, frightening the 3- and 5-year-olds so badly […]

HIS LIFE’S MISSION

HIS LIFE’S MISSION

President Obama launches ‘My Brother’s Keeper Alliance,’ a nonprofit organization focusing on improving the lives of Black and Brown men and boys. BY CHRISTI PARSONS AND MICHAEL A. MEMOLI TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU / TNS WASHINGTON – On Monday, President Obama launched a private-sector program to promote opportunities for men and boys of color, decrying the […]

Reunited after 50 years

Reunited after 50 years

Were others separated at St. Louis hospital? BY NANCY CAMBRIA ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH / TNS ST. LOUIS –  Homer G. Phillips Hospital was the crown jewel of The Ville neighborhood of St. Louis, heralded in the history books as the training ground for hundreds of African-American doctors at a time when few hospitals would hire […]