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AMOS LYNCH: A Lasting Legacy

By Kim Tolley Senior Contributing Writer Columbus Post Writer. Editor. Publisher. Businessman. Civil Rights Advocate. When writing about Amos Lynch, Sr., it feels as though one is not including enough information about his remarkable life and career no matter what the word count is. When Lynch founded the Columbus Post in the last weeks of 1995, he had long earned the moniker “Godfather” of Columbus. At an ...

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DA: It’s too early to know how woman died in Texas jail cell

By Michael Graczyk Wire Service Correspondent HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) -- The prosecutor in a Texas county where authorities say a woman hanged herself in a jail cell said that it is too soon to determine exactly how she died and that the ongoing case is being treated as thoroughly "as it would be in a murder investigation." Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said at a news conference Monday that a T ...

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Ohio revises forms, makes changes after gay marriage ruling

By Ann Sanner Wire Service Correspondent COLUMBUS (AP) -- Same-sex couples in Ohio can now hold their weddings in the Statehouse, file their state taxes jointly and list their spouses on death certificates following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month that legalized gay marriage across the country. The lead plaintiff in the case that led to the landmark ruling was Jim Obergefell of Cincinnati. He s ...

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Black women see job prospects improve

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Job prospects for Black women improved in June, as they recorded better employment numbers than the other major adult groups, the latest jobs report by the Labor Department shows. The jobless rate for Black women over 20 years old fell nearly a full percentage point last month, from 8.8 percent in May to 7.9 percent in June. The unemp ...

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Abortion Rights Issue Regains Momentum

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When she was five months pregnant, past the point where she could obtain a legal abortion, 23-year-old Kenlissia Jones of Albany, Ga. ordered prescription abortion pills from a Canadian website. When Jones started feeling pain, she was rushed to the hospital. En route, she delivered the fetus in the backseat of her neighbor’s car. The fetus d ...

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Black homeowners still hurting from Great Recession

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Most economists agree that the Great Recession, sparked by the housing market crash, officially ended in 2009, but the fallout from the crisis will continue to hurt Black families, especially Black homeowners, for decades to come, according to a new report commissioned by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “In 2007, median wea ...

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Obama becoming more outspoken on race

NEWS ANALYSIS By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When President Obama returns to Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. Friday to eulogize Rev. Clementa Pinckney, it will cap a period in which he has become increasingly outspoken on race, even uttering the N-word to make a point about the slow pace of progress in race relations. Commenting on the Charleston tragedy on June 18, Pr ...

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1ST SERVICE HELD AT BLACK CHURCH SINCE 9 SLAYINGS

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Members of a historic black church worshipped at their sanctuary Sunday for the first time since a gunman opened fire at a Bible study, killing nine people, and uniformed police officers stood among the congregation as a measure of added security. The service started with a message of love, recovery and healing, which will no doubt reverberate throughout churches across the country. ...

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Ex-NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal: ‘I identify as black’

By Kiley Armstrong Wire Service Correspondent NEW YORK (AP) -- The NAACP chapter president who resigned after her parents said she is white said Tuesday that she started identifying as black around age 5, when she drew self-portraits with a brown crayon, and she "takes exception" to the contention she tried to deceive people. Rachel Dolezal said on NBC's "Today" show that some of the discussion about her ha ...

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Suspect in church shooting had apartheid-era patches

By Meg Kinnard, Mitch Weiss and Jacob Jordan Wire Service Correspondents CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Dylann Storm Roof drove around with a Confederate flag on his license plate - not exactly an unusual sight in the South. But on his Facebook page, he wore a jacket with the flags of the former white-racist regimes of South Africa and Rhodesia. A picture began to emerge Thursday of the 21-year-old white man arres ...

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