Afro Briefs

  • Accrediting Body Places Norfolk State on Probation

    After a year of being on “warning” status, Norfolk State University has been placed on probation by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges. In July 2013, the accrediting agency placed the Virginia-based historically Black institution on ...

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  • Report Shows Racial Gap in Black Doctorates

    The number of African Americans who earned doctorates in 2013 was not on par with Black representation in the U.S. population though it did increase from the previous year’s, according to the results of a recent study. The National Science Foundation recently released its annual ...

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  • St. Louis Officer to be Disciplined over Wilson Name Tag

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis city police officer faces disciplinary action for wearing a tag on his sleeve bearing the last name of the former Ferguson officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1uIk2vQ) he ...

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  • Man Arrested after Portland Shooting, 2 Sought

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 22-year-old man arrested in connection with a shooting outside an alternative high school in Portland had ties to a gang, as did two of the victims, police said Saturday. Sgt. Pete Simpson said Lonzo Murphy is a “person of interest” in the Friday shooting, ...

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  • 2 Women in Mississippi Plead Guilty in Hate Crimes

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two women have pleaded guilty in connection with a series of attacks on African-Americans in Mississippi that included running over and killing a man. The Clarion-Ledger reports (http://on.thec-l.com/1xegWpe) that Shelbie Brooke Richards and Sarah Adelia Graves each ...

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  • Effigies of Blacks Found Hanging by Nooses at UC Berkeley

      BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Three cardboard cutouts of Black people were found hanging by nooses Saturday on the Berkeley campus of the University of California. School spokeswoman Amy Hamaoui said police are trying to determine who hanged the effigies that were found at two prominent campus ...

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  • Female Philadelphia Firefighter Being Laid to Rest

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A funeral is set for the first female firefighter in Philadelphia to die in the line of duty. Services were scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday in Philadelphia for Joyce Craig, who died Tuesday fighting a house fire. She became trapped in the basement of a burning home where an ...

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  • Atlanta Homeless Shootings Suspect Charged in 3rd Slaying

    ATLANTA (AP) — A suspect has been arrested and charged in the deaths of two homeless men shot as they slept on the streets of Atlanta and the separate slaying of a female hairstylist in the nearby city of Decatur, police said Friday. Aeman Lovel Presley has been arrested on two counts of murder ...

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  • Pulitzer-Winning Photojournalist Dies in Liberia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Photojournalist Michel du Cille, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who recently captured compelling images of Ebola patients and their caretakers, died in Liberia while on assignment for The Washington Post. He was 58. Executive Editor Martin Baron sent a statement to the ...

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  • Six-Year-Old Arrested For Misbehaving at School

    A six-year-old boy was recently arrested for misbehaving at a Georgia elementary school. According to Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA, Lakaisha Reid said her son Patrick, a special needs student, was arrested for being disruptive at Pine Ridge Elementary School in Stone Mountain, Ga., east of ...

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