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    Ex-Detroit Mayor Jailed For Probation Violation

    Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to up to five years in prison on May 25 for violating terms of his probation, The Associated Press reported. According to officials, Kilpatrick is required to...

    Farewell, Facebook

    Since the latest changes to its privacy controls, Facebook has faced serious criticism from industry watchers and users. Among the site’s biggest critics are Canadian-based Web architects, Joseph Dee and Matthew Milan. They created quitfacebookday.com...

    Remembering Black Wall Street

    The day after 1921’s Decoration Day – now Memorial Day – stands as a dark day in Oklahoma and American history. A mere 58 years after emancipation, and 89 years ago, racial tensions in...

    American Missionary Back Home Following Conviction in Haiti for Kidnapping

    An Idaho woman returned to the United States on May 18 after she was convicted of trying to take nearly three dozen children out of Haiti in the aftermath of that county’s devastating January...

    Tea Party Senate Candidate Rand Paul Draws Fire over Civil Rights Criticism

    The Tea Party supported, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky has come under fire for comments he recently made about segregation and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. During the week of May...

    Teacher Hypothetically ‘Shoots’ President as Part of Math Lesson

    An Alabama math teacher who developed a hypothetical assassination plot against President Obama to teach angles and lines in a geometry class will not face charges, but may lose his job. In the lesson, students...

    Supreme Court: Sex Offenders Deemed “Dangerous” Can be Held Indefinitely

    Sex offenders considered sexually dangerous can now be held in prison indefinitely after their prison terms are completed, the Supreme Court ruled on May 17. According to the Associated Press, the Supreme Court in a...

    SCLC Leadership Dispute Boils Over

    The feud between two factions of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference came to a head during the week of May 17 over an alleged break-in at the group’s Atlanta headquarters. The Rev. Markel Hutchins, who...

    Official: Voter Intimidation Probe an Obama Vendetta

    WASHINGTON — An ongoing investigation into the Justice Department’s handling of a voter intimidation case involving a Black militant group is less a quest for justice and more a “witch hunt,” said one official. “It’s...

    Civil Rights Groups Sue Arizona

    The American Civil Liberties Union and a collection of other civil rights organizations on May 17 filed a class action lawsuit that counters Arizona’s imminent law targeting illegal immigration. The National Immigration Law Center, The...

    NAACP Unanimously Endorses Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

    The NAACP voted to unanimously endorse Elena Kagan, President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, at its quarterly meeting on May 15. “After a careful and thorough review of Elena Kagan’s record, we have unanimously...

    Synagogue Buys Philadelphia-Area Swim Club Once Accused of Racism

    The Philadelphia-area swim club which 56 Black and Latino children were barred from attending last year was sold at a bankruptcy auction on May 13 to a nearby synagogue, after legal bills racked up...

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