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YAZOO CITY, Miss. — A white father and son in Mississippi have each been sentenced to four years in prison for convictions related to chasing and shooting at two Black teenagers who were riding all-terrain vehicles on a country road.

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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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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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TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Hundreds of girls abducted from their school in northwestern Nigeria last week have been released, a government official said Tuesday. “The girls have been released,” Zamfara State Commissioner for Security and Home Affairs Abubakar Dauran told dpa, referring to 317 chil…

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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 THE FLORIDA COURIER STAFF After a hard-fought election, Joe Biden, 77, will become the 46th president of the United States. On Saturday, he picked up enough electoral college votes from Pennsylvania and Nevada to keep President Donald Trump from a second term. Senator Kamala Harris, 56, o…

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BY KATE LINTHICUM AND JULIA BARAJAS LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS MEXICO CITY — After a string of gruesome killings of women, feminist activists here began wondering: What if we all just disappeared? Mexico is about to find out. Women across the country are being urged to skip work next Monday, stay…

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Katherine Johnson, the legendary NASA mathematician, dies at 101 BY MIKE HOLTZCLAW DAILY PRESS/TNS NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Katherine Johnson, the NASA Langley Research Center mathematician who went from “hidden” to hero in her late 90s, died on Feb. 24 at the age of 101. In the early days of the…

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BY KATE FELDMAN NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/TNS Katherine Johnson, a trailblazing NASA mathematician whose story was told in the “Hidden Figures” book and movie, died Monday morning. She was 101. Johnson, a Black woman from West Virginia, was hired at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in …

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BY JOSH ROTTENBERG LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS LOS ANGELES — In a surprise upset and a historic milestone, director Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” — a darkly comic class satire about two families, one rich and one poor, whose lives become entangled — won best picture Sunday night at the 92nd Academy Aw…

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Researchers try to clear up information on the origin and cause of the virus. BY DYLAN BOUSCHER AND LISA M. KRIEGER THE MERCURY NEWS/TNS MYTH: The coronavirus is new. FACTS: While this strain of virus — 2019-nCoV — is new, it comes from an ancient family of coronaviruses that were first iden…

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BY JEFF BARKER THE BALTIMORE SUN/TNS BALTIMORE – Kweisi Mfume took a major step toward reclaiming the Baltimore-area U.S. House seat he held for 10 years, capturing the Democratic nomination to succeed his longtime friend, the powerful Elijah Cummings. The former NAACP leader, 71, topped a f…

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Trump’s extended travel ban takes effect on Feb. 21 TRICE EDNEY NEWSWIRE/GIN She’s your pediatrician. He’s your surgeon. She’s a civil engineer. He has a doctorate. She’s an Emmy Award winner. He was a Chicago Bear. They’re Nigerian-Americans who have set down roots in Dallas, Chicago, Balti…

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BY JAWEED KALEEM LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS OSWIECIM, Poland – It was 3 p.m. on Jan. 27, 1945, when the 322nd Rifle Division of the Soviet army entered Auschwitz, unaware of the inhumanity at the concentration camp where Nazis had killed more than 1.1 million people, the vast majority of them Jew…

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Sports fans in the United States and around the world – plus people who are not necessarily sports-oriented – are mourning the sudden death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant at the age of 41. BY BARRINGTON M. SALMON TRICE EDNEY NEWSWIRE Two years removed from retirement after 20 years in the NBA, th…

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BY LISA M. KRIEGER THE MERCURY NEWS/TNS SAN JOSE, Calif. – Residents at the epicenter of China’s mysterious viral outbreak are quarantined. But their mailed shipments are not. Does that pose a risk? It’s a legitimate question because we import so many products from China. But U.S. health off…

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Tectonic plates grinding against each other is the reason for the recent tremor in the Caribbean, which was felt in Florida. BY JIM WYSS MIAMI HERALD/TNS MIAMI — The casual observer could be forgiven for thinking the Caribbean is shaking itself apart. Tuesday’s massive 7.7 magnitude earthqua…

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BY GEORGE VARGA SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE/TNS Alicia Keys is wasting no time promoting her upcoming seventh studio album, “Alicia,” which will be released March 20. On Tuesday morning, the 15-time Grammy Award winner announced her “Alicia — The World Tour” 2020 concert trek, which opens June 5…

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“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’” Here is the entire text of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech delivered on Aug. 28, 1963, […]

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Celebrating the legacy of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. BY STACEY HOLLENBECK MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his mark on history during the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Motivated by his faith, King fought against the oppression of his…

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BY ANDREAS BUTLER FLORIDA COURIER There are plenty of events across Florida for residents seeking to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events include concerts, parades, breakfasts, festivals and more in cities statewide.  Dr. Martin Luther King was born in Atlanta o…

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BY JOHN M. DONNELLY CQ-ROLL CALL/TNS WASHINGTON – The defense authorization bill that President Donald Trump is expected to sign into law soon would require the Defense Department to report to Congress on efforts to rid official military documents of “racially or ethnically insensitive” term…

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BY THERESA BRAINE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS/TNS Out of 90 contestants, Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa took the crown for Miss Universe 2019, with Madison Anderson, Miss Puerto Rico, coming in as first runner-up.  In 2018, South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters crowned Catriona Gray of the Philippine…

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BY REX CRUM MERCURY NEWS/TNS If you use your Visa credit card to pay at the pump for your gas, you might want to take a closer look at your next card statement just in case something appears off.  That’s because Visa has issued a security alert saying that groups of hackers have been able […]

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BY AMINA KHAN LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS LOS ANGELES — A provocative study that linked police killings of unarmed Black people with health problems in Black infants has been retracted due to problems with the data used in the analysis.  A preliminary effort to repeat the analysis with corrected d…

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Campers protest ordinance that would limit access to historically Black recreation spot. PENNY DICKERSON /FLORIDA COURIER Peri Francis-Betsch addresses county commissioners at the Nov. 18 meeting in Nassau County where a pending ordinance threatens a long-term legacy of beach camping. BY PEN…

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Bill would protect people who wear natural hairstyles BY STEVEN LEMONGELLO ORLANDO SENTINEL/TNS ORLANDO – People who wear African American hairstyles, including natural, dreadlocks, twists, cornrows and braids, would be protected from discrimination in schools and at work under a bill propos…

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The Democrats and corporate media don’t really oppose what Donald Trump is doing in Syria or anywhere else.  Trump says that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed by the United States military. Baghdadi was the founder of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which is also known as ISIS…

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BY STACY M. BROWNNNPA NEWSWIRE The 43rd stamp in the United States Postal Service’s Black Heritage series honors Gwen Ifill, one of America’s most esteemed journalists.  The stamp features a photo of Ifill taken in 2008 by photographer Robert Severi and designed by Derry Noyes, according to …

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Zuckerberg threatened with Facebook breakup BY JIM SAKSA CQ-ROLL CALL/TNS WASHINGTON – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced a threat to break up his company as a congressional hearing opened on the social media giant’s proposal to establish a cryptocurrency, Libra.  The cryptocurrency proposal…

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BY DAVE G. HOUSERTRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE Travel trends come and go — from eco travel to medical tourism, spiritual travel to tornado tourism. One of the latest trends appears to be all about stripping things down to the basics. And I mean that literally. The “nakation” — aka clothing-optional t…

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BY GARY ROBBINSTHE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE/TNS SAN DIEGO – Jessica Meir and Christina Koch made history on Friday, becoming the first all-female team of astronauts to perform a spacewalk. Meir and Koch floated out of the International Space Station shortly before 5 a.m. PDT for a roughly 5.5…

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BY NAJJA PARKERTHE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION/TNS A poor diet and lack of exercise can lead to diabetes. But your height could also be a factor, according to a new report. Researchers from the German Institute of Human Nutrition recently conducted a study, published in the Diabetologia jou…

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BY NIZAR MANEK AND MIKAEL HOLTERBLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end almost two decades of conflict with neighboring Eritrea. Abiy was honored for his “efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particula…

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BY LOLLY BOWEANCHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS CHICAGO – Nearly a year after kicking off a rock star-style book tour that sold out stadiums across the country, former first lady Michelle Obama has announced the publication of her second book, officials said. But instead of focusing on her own unique jou…

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UNITED NATIONS – President Donald Trump used his third address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday to urge world leaders to strengthen their borders and focus on nationalism, not the international efforts that the global body has championed for decades. “The future does not bel…

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‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge  will enthrall casual observers and diehard fans  BY BRIAN R. MCDANIEL SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER  It wasn’t a long time ago in a galaxy far away. It is the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – a new attraction located at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios.  Star Wars: Gala…

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Americans are loathe to think of themselves as being propagandized. The idea is inconsistent with notions of exceptional goodness and superiority that are constantly evoked in this country.  But government propaganda does not work in a vacuum. It is bolstered by the corporate media and that …

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Our latest tryst in Afghanistan has lasted over 19 years.  It is long overdue for us to face one solid fact: No one conquers and rules Afghanistan. This area of the world is a continuous state of war, havoc and mass confusion. There is no one religion that rules, no conquering nation that re…

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SAFARI LODGES IN THE SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK OFFER GUESTS A UNIQUE WAY TO EXPERIENCE WILDLIFE IN AFRICA BY ANNE Z. COOKE TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE  MFUWE, Zambia – Alex Stewart, waiting on the steps of Bilimungwe Lodge, deep in the Zambian bush, likes nothing better than surprising first-time…

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BY TYRONE BEASONLOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Racism is a threat to the fabric of the country, Democratic presidential candidates suggested Thursday at a debate in Houston. The discussion on race took a personal turn when former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, who is Latino, s…

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BY MIKE COHEN AND PAUL VECCHIATTOBLOOMBERG NEWS/TNS CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The murder of a number of women in South Africa over recent weeks has ignited outrage, street protests and a media storm. The extent of the scourge of gender-based violence was put on stark display in the latest cr…

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BY STACY M. BROWNNNPA NEWSWIRE CORRESPONDENT Serena Williams lost her bid for what would have been her sixth U.S. Open Singles title. It was the second straight year that Williams lost in the finals.  But, with 23 Grand Slam tournament titles and a .850 career winning percentage, her legacy …

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The Bahamas is beginning a long road to recovery from Dorian’s destruction in what Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis called “one of the greatest national crises  in our country’s history.” COMPILED FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The extent of Hurricane Dorian’s destruction…

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BY ROBYN DIXONLOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS Robert Mugabe, who as Zimbabwe’s first post-independence leader ruinously took his country down a path of economic and democratic destruction before being driven from power, has died, it was confirmed Friday. He was 95. One of the last of Africa’s “Big Men…

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MIAMI HERALD/TNS NASSAU, Bahamas – After flying over the devastated islands on Tuesday, Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Minnis called the storm’s aftermath “one of the greatest national crises in our country’s history.” At least seven people have died and many more have been reported missing …

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African Americans differ only slightly from Latino Americans in their attitudes towards immigration and are in some ways more opposed than Hispanics to Donald Trump’s policies at the southern border. A comprehensive release of Gallup Polls conducted on immigration since 2006 confirms that th…

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BY LISA FITCH OUR WEEKLY NEWS LOS ANGELES NNPA NEWSWIRE More than 2,000 Black-owned eateries are featured on the new internet-based restaurant locator eatblackowned.com, which launched June 21 intending to support Black-owned restaurants.  “There’s only one thing that everyone in this world …