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How Chess Is Building Community for Ferguson Youth

How Chess Is Building Community for Ferguson Youth

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ten-year-old Tyson Stegall stared intently at the chess board as his opponent, grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez, pondered a move. The fourth-grader gave a little grimace, then a smile, when Ramirez finished him off with a checkmate. “He trapped me,” Tyson said. Tyson is among dozens of students from the Ferguson, Missouri, area […]

Supreme Court Upends All-White Jury Verdict and Death Sentence

Supreme Court Upends All-White Jury Verdict and Death Sentence

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court upended the conviction and death sentence of a Black Georgia man Monday because prosecutors violated the Constitution by excluding African-Americans from the all-White jury that determined his fate. The 7-1 ruling in favor of death row inmate Timothy Tyrone Foster came in a case in which defense lawyers obtained […]

Advocates Hail New Overtime Rules, Which Will Benefit 4M

Advocates Hail New Overtime Rules, Which Will Benefit 4M

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 4 million U.S. workers will become newly eligible for overtime pay under rules to be issued Wednesday by the Obama administration. The policy changes are intended to counter erosion in overtime protections, which date from the 1930s and require employers to pay 1 ½ times a worker’s regular salary for […]

WH: Transgender Pupils Must Have Proper Access to Restrooms

WH: Transgender Pupils Must Have Proper Access to Restrooms

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public schools must permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity, according to an Obama administration directive issued amid a court fight between the federal government and North Carolina. The guidance from leaders at the departments of Education and Justice says public schools are obligated […]

Mother’s Day: Bittersweet for Families in the Justice System

Mother’s Day: Bittersweet for Families in the Justice System

Mother’s Day is bittersweet for me—as it is for the thousands of other mothers around the country who have lost sons and daughters to our nation’s merciless criminal justice system. On Sunday, I will gather with my children and grandchildren for a late breakfast. They will give me flowers and, from the littlest, hand-drawn cards. And […]

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