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Gay Marriage Bans in Ark. and Miss. Overturned

Gay Marriage Bans in Ark. and Miss. Overturned

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas and Mississippi became the latest two states Tuesday to have their gay marriage bans overturned by federal judges, but there are no rushes to the altar as both orders are on hold so the states can consider appeals. Like several states, Arkansas and Mississippi had voter-approved constitutional amendments pass [...]
U.S. is Returning to Segregation, Civil Rights Pioneer SaysNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Civil rights pioneer Ruby Bridges says America today looks a lot like the world she helped break apart 54 years ago: A nation with segregated schools and racial tension. “You almost feel like you’re back in the ’60s,” said Bridges, who is now 60 years old. “The conversation across the country, [...]
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A Veteran, 90, Breaks the Law by Feeding the HomelessFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Despite being charged with violating a new law by feeding the homeless in South Florida, 90-year-old Arnold Abbott said he’s not deterred and even went back out to serve more food at a public park. The faceoff in Fort Lauderdale over the ordinance restricting public feeding of the homeless has [...]
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How to Improve Ala.? Try Supporting Public TransitMaybe you’ve been trying to make plans with some friends when one of them suggests, “I could just take the bus,” leading to eye-rolling and sighs all around. “Must not be from around here,” everyone thinks at once. Or maybe you have wondered, while stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic, why there isn’t a fast train to [...]
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‘Ole Miss’ is Making Changes to Boost Diversity, InclusionOXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Ole Miss is enjoying its best football season in a half-century, and that’s bringing new attention to Mississippi’s flagship university. The Rebels haven’t played this well since 1962, which happens to be the same year troops stood up to mob violence to force the University of Mississippi, under federal court order, [...]
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Man Convicted in ‘Loud Music’ Killing Gets Life SentenceJACKSONVILLE, 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 [...]
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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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