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WASHINGTON — Facing rising fears of summer violence, President Joe Biden is embarking on a political high-wire act, trying to balance his strong backing for law enforcement with the police reform movement championed by many of his supporters.

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2020 was a landmark year for the Emmys, as the television academy awarded top honors to HBO's "Watchmen," a limited series that mashed up fantastical science-fiction elements with hot-button issues, foremost among them America's racist past — and present. The limited drama's success at the E…

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The U.S. government is ready to deploy booster shots if scientists and health officials determine they’re needed in the fight against COVID-19, White House pandemic response coordinator Jeff Zients said.

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ST. LOUIS — Washington University researchers on Monday released a study further suggesting that the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines offer months-long protection from the virus.

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Coricka White’s promotion to refinery manager at Domino Sugar’s Baltimore facility came at a hectic time in the nearly century-old plant’s history.

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Editor’s note: On July 5, 1852, anti-slavery crusader Frederick Douglass spoke at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Rochester, N.Y. Excerpts appear below. To read the entire text, go to www.flcourier.com.

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WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Washington ruled that Black Lives Matter can’t claim damages from former President Donald Trump over the removal of protesters from Lafayette Square last summer before his much-publicized walk from the White House to a nearby church.

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WASHINGTON — Republicans on Tuesday blocked Democrats’ signature election legislation, the For the People Act, a sweeping voting rights and government reform measure.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The teenager who pulled out her cellphone and began recording when she saw George Floyd being pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer was given a special citation by the Pulitzer Prizes on June 11 for her video that helped to launch a global movement to protest rac…

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Florida A&M University (FAMU) is mourning the death of Jim “Mudcat” Grant, who spent 14 seasons as a professional baseball player and was the first Black player in American League history to win 20 games.

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Hand sanitizer meant to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus might be hazardous to people’s health if applied in enclosed spaces or places with poor air circulation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday.

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FORT LAUDERDALE — Rapper Kodak Black, a convicted felon with a charitable streak, got an honor usually reserved for business leaders, social servants and others who generally don’t raise eyebrows.

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A Senate investigation into the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol found sweeping intelligence and law enforcement errors, including a lack of proper training and preparation for police who were unable to prevent protesters from breaching the building.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Mooney, a boundary-pushing comedian who was Richard Pryor’s longtime writing partner and whose sage, incisive musings on racism and American life made him a revered figure in stand-up, has died. He was 79.

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BY MATT O’BRIEN AND BARBARA ORTUTAY ASSOCIATED PRESS Former President Donald Trump won’t return to Facebook — at least not yet. Four months after Facebook suspended Trump’s accounts for inciting violence that led to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the company’s quasi-independent oversight bo…

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NOTE: This story has been updated from a commentary that appears in the May 1, 2021 issue of the Florida Courier.  DAYTONA BEACH – Despite the presence of the global pandemic, the year 2021 started out as a good year for those of us who live figuratively and literally in the shadow of Bethun…

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To keep his gubernatorial and presidential ambitions on track, former federal prosecutor and current Gov. Ron DeSantis stretches Florida’s secret grand jury system to its maximum point with a singular focus: to send one man, Robert Runcie, ‘back home to Chicago,’ according to Runcie’s defend…

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BY JUSTIN BACHMAN BLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS NASA conducted its first flight on another planet early Monday morning, a short hop for a small chopper named Ingenuity which demonstrated technology that could prove critical to the future of space exploration. The four-pound vehicle ascended to about 10…

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Black Floridians statewide were shocked when Broward County Public School Superintendent Robert Runcie, leader of America’s sixth largest school district, was arrested on April 22 on a single felony criminal charge that smacks of revenge and politics. BY THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF FORT LAUDER…

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BY ANA LEY THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT/TNS VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The now-viral footage that captured a small-town Virginia police officer pepper spraying a Black man during a routine traffic stop in December gave the public a rare glimpse inside the state’s historically secretive criminal justice sy…

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Minneapolis police chief’s comments lauded and criticized BY LIBOR JANY STAR TRIBUNE/TNS MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo’s unequivocal and historic testimony condemning ex-officer Derek Chauvin’s actions on the day George Floyd was killed revealed the latest crack in…

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Incidents inspire Asian Americans to fight back BY BRITTNY MEJIA LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS For some Asian Americans who have erred on the side of caution when confronted by racism, this year has changed everything. As the coronavirus pandemic worsened, then-President Donald Trump referred to the…

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BY MICHAEL WILNER AND FRANCESCA CHAMBERS MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU/TNS WASHINGTON — When White House aides were deciding where in Florida Vice President Kamala Harris should travel this week to promote coronavirus vaccines, they looked at the numbers. The federal government set up four mas…

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celebrate Women’s History Month with a little inspiration BY ALEX KLINE/MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE As March is now upon us, we celebrate Women’s History Month and commemorate the amazing ladies who took women from having no legal existence to being political leaders. The field is as vast as it is div…

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BY RONG-GONG LIN II AND SOUMYA KARLAMANGLA LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS A year into the pandemic, California and Florida have become common points of contrast as Americans grapple with the horrific human and economic tolls of trying to control COVID-19. Though the states took wildly different appro…

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‘Hurtful and wrong’ portrayals cited about children’s classics BY KATE FELDMAN NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/TNS Six Dr. Seuss books are being retired after decades of criticism over racist imagery in the illustrated children’s stories. Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the organization that carries on the autho…

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BY CHAO XIONG STAR TRIBUNE/TNS MINNEAPOLIS – The attorney for former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged in George Floyd’s death, faced skepticism Monday from Minnesota Court of Appeals judges as he argued that his client should not be charged with third-degree murder. T…

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BY KATIE WALSH TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE This week marks the last of Black History Month, before Women’s History Month kicks off in March. So, to send off one month and usher in another, check out some of the best films available to stream made by Black women. One of the very best film debuts of […]

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Georgia man chased and shot to death while jogging BY CHRISTIAN BOONE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION/TNS ATLANTA — Racism, alleges a new federal civil rights lawsuit, played a pivotal role in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery. The cover-up that followed was nearly as sinister, claims the com…

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BY ELIZABETH THOMPSON THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS/TNS WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas is renewing a 30-year congressional push to establish a commission that would study the impact of slavery and possible reparations for African Americans. Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat from Mi…

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Black history intelligence quotient BY ELI SANDERS The Seattle Times Black History Month began with historian Carter G. Woodson, who early in the last century came up with the idea for a “Negro History Week,” which he envisioned as a celebration of black history and achievement, as well as a…

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BY CHRISTINE FERNANDO ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO — Eighty historically Black colleges and universities will receive more than $650,000 in grants to preserve their campuses as part of a new initiative announced on Feb. 16. The funding for the HBCUs comes as leaders of the colleges and universit…

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Barack Obama was the first African-American president of the United States. Here’s a look at other firsts for American Blacks in politics and law American Blacks in Politics and Law – Timeline 1860s 1861 – Civil War begins. 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamatio…

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These debtors say Biden’s plan to tackle it isn’t enough BY ANNA ORSO THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER/TNS PHILADELPHIA – Lystra Small-Clouden does not want this story to be about her race. The 63-year-old mother of four from Horsham wants it to be about for-profit colleges that leave students buri…

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In 1910, they made up 14% of the U.S. farming population but today account for just 1.4%. BY ROSANA HEGEMAN ASSOCIATED PRESS BELLE PLAINE, KANSAS – After Gil Alexander’s death left no active Black farmers in a historic Kansas community once home to hundreds, Alexander’s nephew and his wife g…

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Pastors say they are leaving the denomination over racial insensitivity. BY DAVID CRARY ASSOCIATED PRESS As a student in college and seminary, then as a pastor in Texas, Dwight McKissic has been affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention for more than 45 years. Now he’s pondering whethe…