Pa. Justices Mull Showing Jury Slow-Motion Video of Murder

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Source: The Legal Intelligencer Date: September 15, 2011 Byline: Gina Passarella Pa. Justices Mull Showing Jury Slow-Motion Video of Murder An attorney for Lewis M. Jordan, found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to death for the 2007 shooting of a Philadelphia police officer in a Dunkin Donuts, argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Wednesday that […]

Board Rejects Pardon for Black Mom Jailed for Sending Kids to White School District

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Source: Black Economic Development Date: September 4, 2011 Byline: admin Board Rejects Pardon for Black Mom Jailed for Sending Kids to White School District COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Parole Board on Friday unanimously recommended that Governor John Kasichnot pardon Kelley Williams-Bolar, of Akron, the Black mother who sent her children to a predominantly white school district. In January of this year […]

UK violence raises questions about American unrest

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Source: Boston.com (AP) Date: August 13, 2011 Byline: Jesse Washington UK violence raises questions about American unrest A black man killed by police. Mobs of looters. Cities charred and shaken. The riots in London mirror some of the worst uprisings in modern U.S. history. And there are more parallels: Stubborn poverty and high unemployment, services slashed […]

Somalis Starve as Shabab Militants Bar Escape From Famine

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Source: The New York Times Date: August 1, 2011 Byline: Jeffrey Gettleman Somalis Starve as Shabab Militants Bar Escape From Famine MOGADISHU, Somalia — The Shabab Islamist insurgent group, which controls much of southern Somalia, is blocking starving people from fleeing the country and setting up a cantonment camp where it is imprisoning displaced people who […]

National Constitution Center exhibit offers new views of George Washington

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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer Date: July 22, 2011 Byline: Joseph A. Slobodzian National Constitution Center exhibit offers new views of George Washington First, let’s clear this up: George Washington did not have wooden teeth. Actually, wooden teeth might have been more comfortable. You can see the real ones — an ingenious nightmare of 18th-century dentistry — at […]

Photographs of Lynching: London Exhibit

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Source: The Root Date: July 15, 2011 Byline: unsigned Photographs of Lynching: London Exhibit Without Sanctuary: Mementos of Lynching In the decades after the Civil War, segregationists practiced a uniquely American form of terrorism against black citizens. A wrenching exhibit in London reminds us that such executions were often treated as celebrations. Warning: These images are […]

One nation, divided in thought

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Source: Philadelphia Daily News Date: July 7, 2011 Byline: Stu Bykofsky One nation, divided in thought ON THE FOURTH of July we celebrate our independence from one state (Great Britain), followed by commitment to other states (13 Colonies). Our motto was, and is, E pluribus unum, “Out of many, one.” Recent interpretation of the motto, which was […]

VIDEO: Liberty and Philadelphia

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Source: C-SPAN Date: June 23, 2011 Byline: C-SPAN Video Liberty and Philadelphia History professors talked about perpetuating a legacy of liberty in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed. They responded to questions from members of the audience. The program “Cradle of Liberty” was held at the National Constitution Center […]