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Disney Dreamers Academy deadline approaching
Monday, October 16, 2017
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – High School students participating in the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence will experience a once-in-a-lifetime career-inspiring weekend, but there’s only a few weeks left for students to apply at DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. Applications close on Oct. 31 for the innovative,
 
Cost, ineffectiveness of NC death penalty drives decline
Friday, October 13, 2017
RALEIGH – The human and financial cost of the death penalty is taking its toll on the punishment. Death sentences have declined by 90 percent in North Carolina since the 1990s, and data and feedback from district attorneys suggest capital punishment has had its day in the Tar Heel State. There've been five death sentences in the last five years,
 
2 groups brace for affirmative action challenge
Friday, October 13, 2017
Two organizations are interpreting a U.S. Department of Justice letter as “proof” that the department is hell-bent on challenging affirmative action. The letter was a response to their Freedom of Information Act request for information about departmental plans to investigate admissions policies and practices at Harvard University. The two
 
Gov. Cooper vetoes bill to eliminate 2018 judicial primaries
Monday, October 9, 2017
RALEIGH — North Carolina’s governor vetoed Republican-backed legislation that would have eliminated 2018 judicial primaries, among other electoral changes. Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, said Monday the legislation would erode voters’ ability to choose judges. The bill would eliminate primaries for 2018 judicial races ranging from the state
 
Judge: Black Lives Matter canít be sued
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
BATON ROUGE, La. — Black Lives Matter is a social movement, like the tea party or the civil rights movement, and therefore can’t be sued, a federal judge ruled last week. A police officer anonymously sued Black Lives Matter and DeRay Mckesson, a prominent activist in the movement, after being injured by a rock thrown during a protest over a
 
Black women often killed by familiar face
Friday, September 29, 2017
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the news is sobering for black women. A new study by the Violence Policy Center, “When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2015 Homicide Data,” says 9 of 10 black women murdered by men are killed by someone they know. 2015 is the most recent statistics available from the FBI Homicide Report.
 
Report: Black men still make less than whites
Friday, September 15, 2017
The Brookings Institute, a leading think tank based in Washington, D.C., released a study last month on the lack of economic mobility among blacks, particularly males. Richard V. Reeves, a senior fellow for economic studies and the co-director of the Brookings’ Center for Children and Families, worked on the study, “The Century Gap: Low
 

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The Confederacy was a con job on whites

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Brandon Parker: overlooked no more

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People skills primed Pittsboro Elementaryís Poston

PITTSBORO — It’s Chris Poston’s people skills that are enabling students to