August 31, 2015

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Activist’s racial identity questioned, but does it matter?

Questions about the racial identity of a well-known activist in the “Black Lives Matter” movement have stirred controversy and drawn a blistering response. But the central question remains: Does his race matter? Shaun King, a blogger who identifies as black and rose to prominence in the aftermath of a police shooting last summer in Ferguson, Read More…

10 things to know, Wednesday, Aug. 12

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Cop who shot college football player fired from force Whether or not officer Brad Miller will face criminal charges for killing 19-year-old Christian Taylor will be up to a grand jury. 2. Clinton giving up server amid Read More…

After two tense nights, peaceful protests in Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. — Police outnumbered protesters along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson on Tuesday night, signaling the demonstrations around the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death could be starting to fade. The crowd of around 100 demonstrators was mostly calm and peaceful. Occasionally a few people would march or chant, but they spent most of several Read More…

10 things to know, Tuesday, Aug. 11

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Ferguson, Mo., again on edge Police arrest nearly two dozen people during a fourth consecutive night of demonstrations marking the anniversary of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. 2. Colorado mine spill alarms officials They are Read More…

Fourth night of Ferguson protests brings confrontations, arrests

FERGUSON, Mo. — Police arrested nearly two dozen people in Ferguson during a protest that stretched into early Tuesday marking the anniversary of the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, although there was no repeat of the violence that scarred weekend demonstrations. There were no shots fired and no burglaries, looting or property damage during Read More…

Ferguson, a year later: City’s changed in wake of Brown’s shooting death

FERGUSON, Mo. — A year ago, Ferguson, Mo., was a mostly quiet working-class suburban town. The uneasy relationship between its growing black population and its mostly white police force barely registered in local headlines. Everything changed on Aug. 9, 2014, when a white police officer named Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed Read More…

A year later, AP reporter recalls Ferguson

EDITOR’S NOTE — A year ago, most Americans had never heard of the St. Louis suburb called Ferguson. But after a white police officer fatally shot a black 18-year-old in the street, the name of the middle-class community became virtually a household word. From the first hours after Michael Brown’s death, Associated Press reporter Jim Read More…

Confederate memorials being targeted by vandals

ST. LOUIS — Vandals have targeted monuments dedicated to the leaders and soldiers of the Confederacy, painting the slogan “Black lives matter” on memorials in a half-dozen states where the landmarks stand tall in parks and outside government buildings. The graffiti reflects the racial tension that permeates post-Ferguson America, more than a week after a Read More…

Hillary making race relations major issue; will meet with community leaders near Ferguson

ST. LOUIS — Hillary Rodham Clinton is putting America’s struggle with race relations at the forefront of her presidential campaign, joining with church members near the epicenter of violent protests in Ferguson, Mo,, as the nation grapples with the deadly shootings of nine black church members in South Carolina. The leading Democratic presidential contender plans Read More…

For second straight year, national spelling bee ends in tie

OXON HILL, Md. — They couldn’t be rattled. They couldn’t be denied. Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar had worked too hard and come close too many times not to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. So they shared the title on Thursday, making history in two different ways. The bee hadn’t ended in a tie Read More…