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Man Convicted in Loud Music Killing Gets Life Sentence

Man Convicted in Loud Music Killing Gets Life Sentence

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for fatally shooting a teenager in an argument over loud music outside a Jacksonville convenience store was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole. The life sentence imposed by Circuit Judge Russell Healey was mandatory for 47-year-old Michael Dunn after prosecutors decided not [...]
Georgia Residents are Battling – Just to Get on the BusRIVERDALE, Ga. — Standing off state Route 85, Jessica Jarrett waves a huge placard above her head to draw attention to a voter registration drive for the November elections. Cars, vans and trucks speed by on this Saturday morning last month. At this moment, no motorist stops at this office which houses Friends of Clayton [...]
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Will People of Color be Denied Vote in NC After Ruling?RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Same-day registration won’t be allowed during early voting in North Carolina and Election Day ballots cast in the wrong precinct won’t be counted this fall after the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a ruling that had set aside parts of a 2013 election law.  A majority on the nation’s highest [...]
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NC Voting Law Hurts People of Color, Federal Court RulesRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Parts of North Carolina’s new voting law, considered one of the toughest in the nation, were set aside for next month’s elections because they were likely to disenfranchise Black voters, a federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday.  In a 2-1 ruling, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals suspended provisions of [...]
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Are Individuals at Fault? No, Institutions Have Failed Us.“Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” – Martin Luther King Jr. This year is the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer and commemorations have occurred across the country, from Mississippi to New Orleans. I have been thinking about how far as a country we have come, and [...]
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No Sick Leave: How a Single Mom is Fighting for her FamilyI am one of the fortunate Central Floridians. I have several job opportunities, but recently I quit my job. At 1 a.m. on a recent day, I was admitted to the hospital with swelling and respiratory distress. I made a good decision to take care of myself. Many Floridians are just not that lucky nor [...]
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A Kentucky Social Club Keeps African Americans ‘Together’The building that was once the Black high school in Lynch, Kentucky, now houses the Eastern Kentucky Social Club. But the social club began far away from here, in Cleveland, Ohio, when a couple of Eastern Kentucky boys were missing home. For nearly 45 years, the Eastern Kentucky Social Club has provided a connection among [...]
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Low-Income Students Thrive With Meals at SchoolsAs Alabama children head back to school this month, many will be able to leave their lunch money at home. Nearly 143,000 children in more than 20 high-poverty school districts can eat free breakfast and lunch this fall thanks to the new Community Eligibility Provision - which is often referred to as community eligibility. This program is [...]
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Fla. Draws New Congressional Districts – Questions RemainTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature on Monday swiftly approved new maps that will alter several of the state’s congressional districts after a judge ruled the current districts were illegally drawn to benefit the GOP.  The changes would reshape the boundaries of seven of the state’s 27 congressional districts, but it’s not certain [...]
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South Carolina Residents Rally for Top CopLATTA, S.C. (AP) — When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as “questionable,” she feared her two decade career in law enforcement in this town was over. Then, this conservative, small town rebelled. The people of Latta, who voted overwhelmingly for a state amendment banning gay [...]
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