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Wilson keeping up pressure to free Nigerian schoolgirls

Wilson keeping up pressure to free Nigerian schoolgirls

BY CHRIS ADAMS MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, who has pushed for months to pressure the Nigerian government to help free girls taken hostage by the Boko Haram organization, renewed her call on the day that country’s new president was scheduled to visit Congress. In a Tuesday afternoon news conference, Wilson […]

Capturing harmony and hate in South Carolina

Capturing harmony and hate in South Carolina

Courier photographer visits Emmanuel A.M.E. Church and attends KKK rally BY DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR. FLORIDA COURIER Last weekend, I took a road trip from my home in Daytona Beach to South Carolina to photograph the KKK rally in Columbia. For years, I’ve captured scenes of civil unrest in Florida and the nation’s capital, photographing […]

NO BULLETS, NO BOOKS

NO BULLETS, NO BOOKS

For more than a century, descendants of enslaved Africans could be punished or put to death for learning to read or arming themselves. The strategy: Keep Black America ‘dumb’ and defenseless. BY KARSCEAL TURNER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER From the beginning, America’s founders and their descendants in formal and informal leadership have been willing […]

Cutting  the deal

Cutting the deal

Obama’s worldview shows in Iran agreement BLOOMBERG NEWS /TNS WASHINGTON – The Iran nuclear deal is as much the product of Barack Obama’s worldview as any diplomatic accomplishment of his presidency. The agreement reflects Obama’s determination to follow through on a principle – scorned in 2007 as “naive” by his future secretary of state, Hillary […]

Obama outlines criminal justice reforms to NAACP

Obama outlines criminal justice reforms to NAACP

THOMAS FITZGERALD AND MARIA PANARITIS THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER /TNS PHILADELPHIA  – Putting non-violent offenders away for long mandatory sentences costs the United States $80 billion a year, enough to pay for universal prekindergarten for all 3- and 4-year-olds, or free tuition at every public college and university, President Barack Obama said Tuesday in a wide-ranging […]

Black pastors join fight against same-sex marriage

Black pastors join fight against same-sex marriage

Many evangelicals have expressed guilt and regret that they did not push harder against what they believe is a sin BY MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS HOUSTON — During an evening service titled “Stop, Look and Listen” in the spare fellowship hall of Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church, after dire Scripture readings about plagues and […]

TIME TO GET ‘STRAPPED’

TIME TO GET ‘STRAPPED’

A Black professional gun expert says Black-on-Black crime is a myth and urges African-Americans to be prepared to legally and properly defend themselves – no matter the threat. BY KARSCEAL TURNER SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER The summer of 2015 finds Black people living in a highly charged atmosphere reminiscent of the “long, hot summers” […]

Cosby admits to drugging women

Cosby admits to drugging women

Criminal, other civil actions may follow COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS PHILADELPHIA – Bill Cosby testified that he gave powerful sedatives to a 19-year-old woman in 1976 before the two had what he described as consensual sex, according to court filings unsealed Monday from a 2005 lawsuit. The 77-year-old comedian said under oath that he had […]

Republican candidates divided on Trump’s comments

Republican candidates divided on Trump’s comments

His Mexican immigrants rant sparks criticism as well as defense BY DAVID LAUTER TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU/TNS WASHINGTON — Weeks after Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants, he continues to dominate the Republican presidential campaign debate and to divide his rivals for the nomination. Initially, most Republican candidates tried to ignore him. But as major […]

A raise is coming

A raise is coming

Federal rules will boost overtime pay BY MICHAEL A. MEMOLI TRIBUNE WASHINGTON BUREAU /TNS WASHINGTON – Millions of Americans could see a boost in wages or reduced workload as a result of new federal regulations on overtime pay the Obama administration is unveiling this week. Under the regulations, private-sector workers who make up to $50,400 […]