His Fence Says ‘Black Lives Matter.’ His City Says Paint Over It.

The colorful mural, adorned with hearts, a portrait of a local activist and the words “Black Lives Matter,” stands out at a busy intersection in West St. Paul, a community nestled against the Twin Cities. It is a cherished symbol for many Black residents, a site of reflection and pride. But the city says it […]

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Severe storms threaten the South with tornadoes and hurricane-force winds Friday night

The area under the threat of severe weather spans from southeastern Texas through the Florida Panhandle at the Gulf Coast to lower Michigan. The greatest threat will be in parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama which the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) labeled a level 4 out of 5, or “moderate risk.” […]

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Judge rules nude photos of ex-congresswoman Katie Hill, who resigned after sex scandal, are ‘matter of public concern’

A judge has tossed a lawsuit by former representative Katie Hill, ruling that her nude photos that were leaked to the media amid claims she had affairs with staffers were not revenge porn, but covered by the freedom of speech. Los Angeles Judge Yolanda Orozco sided with the Daily Mail as she ruled on Wednesday […]

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Phylicia Rashād on the legacy of the AKAs highlighted in ‘Twenty Pearls’

“When you pledge a fraternity or a sorority, you learn the names of the founders and the year in which it was founded,” she told CNN. “But the detailed history that’s in this documentary, we did not learn that as pledgees.” “Twenty Pearls” tells the story of the first Black sorority, which was founded in […]

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‘We’re so stupid following our politicians’: NBA legend Charles Barkley says Dems & GOP allied in dividing and conquering America

The political system is rigged to favor the powerful and keep everyone else at each other’s throats to protect the status quo, Charles Barkley said in fiery commentary on the divisiveness in the US. Barkley, an NBA star who became a sports analyst after retiring from basketball, unleashed a passionate attack on both political camps […]

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Reversing Trump, Biden Repeals Sanctions on Human Rights Prosecutor

In June, Mr. Trump signed an executive order authorizing sanctions on any personnel at the International Criminal Court who were investigating “allied personnel without that ally’s consent.” In 2019, the Trump administration revoked Ms. Bensouda’s travel visa for the United States. Mr. Trump’s moves were criticized by numerous governments, scholars and human rights groups. Ms. […]

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Latinx activists in an Illinois town oppose renaming Thomas Jefferson Middle School after the Obamas

A majority of residents in Waukegan say they don’t want the district’s Thomas Jefferson Middle School to keep its name. But they haven’t yet been able to agree on someone else to name the school after. One leading contender is Barack and Michelle Obama Middle School. For some in the community, though, that alternative doesn’t […]

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New York set to legalize recreational cannabis, after lawmakers pass & Cuomo vows to sign bill

New York’s state legislature has passed a bill legalizing the use of recreational cannabis for adults aged 21 and older, while ending most pot-related arrests in the state. Governor Andrew Cuomo has pledged to sign the measure. The legalization bill passed the state Senate 40-23 on Tuesday and was approved by the state assembly in […]

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Biden Administration Announces a Major Offshore Wind Plan

Much of the Biden plan involves harnessing the federal government to help states meet existing targets like those of New York and New Jersey. The Transportation Department, for example, announced $230 million funding for port authorities for the construction of storage areas and other projects to support wind development. The biggest pot of money, $3 […]

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