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A group of black police officers in Philadelphia want a federal judge to shut down an Internet discussion forum on which officers have allegedly posted hundreds of racist comments. The Guardian Civic League on Monday filed a request for an injunction ...


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Until a few years ago, the memory of three African American soldiers was buried beneath the sandy, desert in New Mexico, their remains left behind by the military and to the mercy of looters. With some investigating and modern forensics, government archaeologists excavated the remains and identified them as ...


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Club President: Minority group's expulsion was not racial

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The U.S. Department of Justice is reviewing the case of a suburban Philadelphia swim club that has been accused of racial discrimination. ... After the incident, Club President John Duesler said in a statement that "there was concern that a lot of kids would change the complexion … and the atmosphere of the club." He denies race was a factor ...


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Stimulus dollars lift hopes for teen jobs around the nation

As summer heats up and yields thousands of unemployed teenagers anxious for a break from school and looking for something to do, Black leaders and state governments are hoping that President Obama's investment in youth initiatives will help put them to work – boosting the economy and away from crime. . . .

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For 73 years before his killing by a white police officer, Bernard Monroe led a life in this northern Louisiana town as peaceful as they come -- five kids with his wife of five decades, all raised in the same house, supported by the same job.
The black man's shooting death is attracting far more attention than he ever did, raising racial tensions between the black community and Homer's police department. The Rev. Al Sharpton, who helped organize a massive 2007 civil rights demonstration in Jena after six black teenagers were charged with attempted murder in the beating of a white classmate, led a peaceful march Friday afternoon in Homer to protest the killing. "No justice, no peace!'' demonstrators chanted. "We shall overcome!'' . . .

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HOMER, La. (AP) -- For 73 years before his killing by a white police officer, Bernard Monroe led a life in this northern Louisiana town as peaceful as they come -- five kids with his wife of five decades, all raised in the same house, supported by the same job.
The black man's shooting death is attracting far more attention than he ever did, raising racial tensions between the black community and Homer's police department.  The Rev. Al Sharpton, who helped organize a massive 2007 civil rights demonstration in Jena after six black teenagers were charged with attempted murder in the beating of a white classmate, led a peaceful march Friday afternoon in Homer to protest the killing. . . .

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 federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a judge's ruling that the Little Rock School District has met terms of a long-standing desegregation order. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis ruled that a lawyer representing a group of Black students did not present evidence to support challenges to how the district's desegregation was evaluated. Known as the Joshua Intervenors, a group of Black parents and students contested the district's efforts to be released from federal monitoring. . . .

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Unhappy with the Obama administration's decision not to attend an April meeting of the Durban Review Conference, which is connected to an international race gathering, activists plan to hold a Harlem rally to protest the action and urge the U.S. to participate in the important meeting. "We want to get the message to President Barack Obama and his administration that we are demanding U.S. participation in Durban II" . . .

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DALLAS (NNPA) - District Attorney Craig Watkins stood with the victims of sexual abuse recently shaking hands and meeting the people that will be affected a new bill that will allow for criminal records to indicate past offenses through DNA testing, even after the statute of limitations has expired. . . .

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"One in every 37 adults in this country is either behind bars or under the direct control of the corrections system — on parole or on probation. Here in Minnesota, it's one out of every 26 adults. In terms of the entire country, that means 7.3 million people are under the control of the correction system," Davis said.

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