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Aretha Franklin makes history with posthumous Pulitzer win

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was...

Suspect in Louisiana church fires charged with hate crimes

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By MELINDA DESLATTE Associated Press OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — The white man suspected in the burnings of three African American churches in Louisiana will remain in jail, denied bond Monday by a judge, as state prosecutors added new charges declaring the arsons a hate crime. Twenty-one-year-old...

Grizzlies’ offensive explosion ends season on a high note

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By CLAY BAILEY Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jevon Carter scored a career-high 32 points, Justin Holiday added 22 and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Golden State Warriors 132-117 Wednesday night in the regular-season finale for both teams in a game featuring plenty of...

Black plaintiffs accept 2 new Mississippi Senate districts

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — African American residents who sued Mississippi say they are accepting legislators' plan to redraw two state Senate districts in a way that could increase black representation at the state Capitol. A lawsuit filed by black plaintiffs...

Democratic White House hopefuls tout agendas to black voters

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By ELANA SCHOR Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates on Friday touted their plans on criminal justice reform, the study of reparations and other racial equality issues, highlighting the critical role black voters will play in choosing the party's 2020 nominee. Speaking at...

Grizzlies take Game 1 of home-and-home series with Mavericks

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Dirk dunks as Wright helps Grizzlies beat Mavericks 122-112 By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki set a screen for a pick-and-roll a few seconds into what could be the second-to-last home game for the longtime star of the Dallas Mavericks. Once the...

Newly elected Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot: Victory means ‘a city reborn’

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By SARA BURNETT and HERBERT G. McCANN Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot's resounding victory was a clear call for change at City Hall and a historic repudiation of the old-style, insider politics that have long defined the nation's third-largest city. Lightfoot, a...

4 African Americans eliminated from Louisiana jury can seek damages

By KEVIN McGILL Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Four African Americans can move ahead with a lawsuit seeking damages from a Louisiana district attorney's office over the racial composition of juries, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Dee Drell in Alexandria ruled Monday...

Meharry Medical College working to inspire youth to pursue medical careers

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By TRAVIS LOLLER Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The number of African-American men entering medical school hasn't budged since the late 1970s, and Dr. James Hildreth wants to change that. Hildreth is president and CEO of Nashville's Meharry Medical College, the oldest historically black medical...

Mississippi plan seeks to increase black voting strength

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Senate on Tuesday adopted a plan to increase the black voting age population in one of its districts, bidding to satisfy a federal court order in a gerrymandering lawsuit. The plan goes to the...