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Man who shot Ahmaud Arbery gets life sentence for hate crime

by Russ Bynum -- SAVANNAH, Ga. – The white man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery after chasing the 25-year-old Black man in a Georgia neighborhood was sentenced Monday to life in prison for committing a federal hate crime. Travis McMichael was sentenced by U.S. District Court...

IN MEMORIAM: Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ has died at 89

Nichelle Nichols, who broke barriers for Black women in Hollywood when she played communications officer Lt. Uhura on the original “Star Trek” television series, has died at the age of 89. Her son Kyle Johnson said Nichols died Saturday in Silver City, New Mexico. “Last night,...

Bill Russell, NBA great and Celtics legend, dies at 88

by Jimmy Golen --  BOSTON — Bill Russell, the NBA great who anchored a Boston Celtics dynasty that won 11 championships in 13 years — the last two as the first Black head coach in any major U.S. sport — and marched for civil rights...

How an AP reporter broke the Tuskegee syphilis story

By Allen G. Breed -- SOUTHPORT, N.C. — Jean Heller was toiling away on the floor of the Miami Beach Convention Center when an Associated Press colleague from the opposite end of the country walked into her workspace behind the event stage and handed...

102-year-old WWII veteran from segregated mail unit honored

by Jay Reeves -- MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Millions of letters and packages sent to U.S. troops had accumulated in warehouses in Europe by the time Allied troops were pushing toward the heart of Hitler’s Germany near the end of World War II. This wasn’t junk...

Rep. Torrey Harris charged with assault, theft

Democratic State Rep. Torrey Harris of Memphis faces charges of misdemeanor assault and felony theft following his arrest on Sunday. He is accused of assaulting an ex-boyfriend. Harris was elected to Tennessee’s House of Representatives in 2020, where he was one of the first two...

Teens charged after United Methodist Church leader is killed

by Adrian Sainz -- A 15-year-old boy was charged Tuesday with murder in the fatal shooting of a pastor and leader of the United Methodist Church during a carjacking in Memphis. The Rev. Autura Eason-Williams was shot Monday afternoon outside of her home, the Tennessee-Western Kentucky...

Billy Ray Turner sentenced on lesser charges in slaying of Lorenzen Wright

by Adrian Sainz -- Already serving life in prison after his first-degree murder conviction in the slaying of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, Billy Ray Turner was sentenced Friday on lesser charges of conspiracy and attempted murder in the 12-year-old case. Shelby County Criminal Court Judge...

Chauvin gets 21 years for violating George Floyd’s civil rights

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Derek Chauvin to 21 years in prison for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, telling the former Minneapolis police officer that what he did was “simply wrong” and “offensive.” U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson sharply criticized...

Biden tells Griner’s wife he’s working to get her home

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden spoke Wednesday with the wife of detained WNBA player Brittney Griner, who is on trial in Russia, to reassure her that he is working to win Griner’s freedom as soon as possible, the White House said. Biden’s conversation with Cherelle...