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Half of U.S. Public School Students Living in Poverty, Study Finds

A new study points up the links between poverty and school performance, as experts say punitive test score-based assessment programs miss the most crucial factor in student success: readiness to learn.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE



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With Auto Industry Recovery, UAW Comes Fighting Back

The United Auto Workers union has mounted significant efforts to do what seems the impossible: Organize two foreign-owned auto plants in the Deep South, the cradle of the nation’s right-to-work movement. Their success could mean a rebirth for a major player in organized labor.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Garry Wills Calls Out Moderate Republicans as Cowards

The award-winning historian draws comparisons between tea party Republicans and pre-Civil War secessionists—and criticizes the failure of Republicans to confront the extremism in their midst.

Posted on Oct 9, 2013 READ MORE



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Study Finds Modern Race Attitudes Parallel Old Slavery Zones

Researchers at the University of Rochester in New York have discovered links between geographic areas of the South where slavery and the plantation economy dominated, and modern attitudes toward African-Americans and political conservatism. And it’s somewhat hereditary, with new generations reflecting the racial and social attitudes of their parents, according to the new study.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE



DominusVobiscum

A Bomb Blast That Still Echoes, a Half-Century Later

The bombing deaths of four Birmingham girls on this day 50 years ago changed the nation’s outlook on civil rights. But did it lead to real change?

Posted on Sep 15, 2013 READ MORE



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America Does Not Share South Carolina’s Fondness for Gingrich

Amid all the excitement, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that America has known Newt Gingrich for three decades—and really doesn’t like him.

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Pete Muller

Violence Dampens Southern Sudan’s Celebration

It was just last month that Sudan’s southern half voted to secede from its northern neighbor, but bloody clashes between south Sudan’s army and fighters loyal to a renegade soldier have reportedly left almost 140 people dead, most of them civilians.

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AP / Pete Muller

South Sudan to Become World’s Newest Nation

While the outcome may have been a foregone conclusion, the official results are finally in: South Sudan has voted, with 99.57 percent in favor, to secede from the north.

Posted on Jan 30, 2011 READ MORE


Let’s Not Spin the Civil War

The Civil War is about to loom very large in the popular memory. We would do well to be candid about its causes and not allow the distortions of contemporary politics or long-standing myths to cloud our understanding of why the nation fell apart.

Posted on Dec 26, 2010 READ MORE



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From ‘Sons of Confederate Veterans’ to Children’s Ears

A Virginia fourth-grade textbook falsely claims that “Thousands of Southern blacks fought in the Confederate ranks” during the Civil War. The author of the book relied heavily on a pro-Confederacy group she found on the Internet.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE



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Civil Rights Activist Found Dead

Juanita Goggins, a trailblazing civil rights activist and the first black woman elected to South Carolina’s state Legislature, was found dead in her Columbia, S.C., home last week after dying there sometime last month. 

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 READ MORE


Helms, Jesse
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Jesse Helms Dead at 86

White separatist, U.S. senator, GOP darling and otherwise racist stalwart Jesse Helms died Friday after a bout with both metaphorical and actual heart problems. For his supporters and detractors, Helms’ persona as a race-baiting Southern politician defined many debates around civil rights in the 1960s.

Posted on Jul 4, 2008 READ MORE


Kentucky storm
AP photo / Jim Roshan

Survivors Sought After Deadly Storms

President Bush offered prayers and government assistance Wednesday to the Southern communities hit hardest by devastating storms Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. At least 50 people were killed, twice as many were injured and crews rushed to try to save others trapped in the rubble.

Posted on Feb 6, 2008 READ MORE


On Being ‘Black Enough’

Barack Obama, once dismissed as not “black enough,” seems to have been embraced by South Carolina, but his personal journey, one Americans are increasingly familiar with, cannot best be described by a single hue.

Posted on Jan 23, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Clinton
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Southern Black Voters Split Between Obama and Clinton

The subject of race has gotten major—some would say excessive—play in recent Democratic debates, but judging from this New York Times report, we can expect more on this matter from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in coming weeks. That’s because, as the paper put it, “If any election can prove that Southern blacks are not a monolithic voting bloc, it is this one.”

Posted on Jan 18, 2008 READ MORE


Disappointment Doesn’t Have to Be Normal

Is it foolish to think that a nation stained by centuries of slavery and racism is prepared to elect a black president? Rarely phrased so bluntly, that’s the central question posed by Barack Obama’s candidacy—especially for many African-American voters, whose doubts are informed by having seen many an oasis turn out to be a mirage.

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE


Dodging the ‘B’ Word

“That’s an excellent question” normally doesn’t make the list of utterances that can get a candidate in trouble on the campaign trail. But this presidential campaign isn’t what anyone would call normal.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


DNA Could Exonerate ‘Satanic Murderers’

Fifteen years ago, the “West Memphis Three” were convicted of the torture and murder of three Cub Scouts in Arkansas. New DNA evidence has bolstered the argument, laid out in two HBO documentaries and an upcoming movie, that the three teenagers convicted—one of whom was sentenced to death—were victims themselves of a community more concerned with their taste in music than evidence.

Posted on Nov 4, 2007 READ MORE


Thurmond and Sharpton
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Genealogists Uncover Al Sharpton-Strom Thurmond Connection

The Rev. Al Sharpton is descended from a slave once owned by Strom Thurmond’s family, according to genealogists working on behalf of The New York Daily News. Sharpton called the revelation “probably the most shocking thing in my life.”

Posted on Feb 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Virginia House Finally Regrets Slavery

Stopping short of a full-blown apology, Virginia’s House of Delegates voted unanimously on Friday to issue a statement of “profound regret” over the state’s role in the slave trade, “the historic wrongs visited upon native peoples” and “all other forms of discrimination and injustice….”

Posted on Feb 4, 2007 READ MORE


Ban Ki-Moon
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U.N.‘s Ban Is Heading to China

For his first outing as the United Nations’ newly elected secretary-general, South Korea’s Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon will visit China to discuss the situation in North Korea.

Posted on Oct 23, 2006 READ MORE


N. Korea Reports Nuclear Test

North Korea claimed it successfully tested a nuclear weapon last night, fulfilling a promise made last week.  Pyongyang had planned the underground test in response to what it called “U.S. hostility.”

  • Text of North Korea’s announcement

  • Posted on Oct 8, 2006 READ MORE


    That Must Be Some Tasty Fish

    The South Korean military fired warning shots at North Korean soldiers who may or may not have been attempting to fish at a stream in the demilitarized zone.  The incident illustrates a rise in tensions between the two nations as North Korea prepares to conduct its first test of an atomic weapon.

    Posted on Oct 7, 2006 READ MORE


    North Korea ‘Reserves Right’ to Preemptive Action

    In response to an ongoing military drill organized by South Korea and the U.S., Pyongyang has said it “reserves the right to undertake a preemptive action for self-defense against the enemy, at a crucial time it deems necessary to defend itself.”

    Posted on Aug 22, 2006 READ MORE


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    From E! Online

    ‘South Park’ Scientology/Tom Cruise Spoof Rejoins Lineup

    The Emmy-nominated episode that lampooned Tom Cruise and his Scientology beliefs will rejoin the rotation on Comedy Central, nearly four months after the network yanked it, reportedly under pressure from Cruise himself…. (more)

    Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Tom Cruise

    Emmys Stick It to Tom Cruise

    The “South Park” episode that mocked Tom Cruise’s affiliation with Scientology is up for an Emmy.

    Posted on Jul 6, 2006 READ MORE


    India Tops World for HIV/AIDS Cases

    With an estimated 5.7 million infections, India has surpassed previous global leader South Africa’s 5.5 million. Per capita, however, the rates are still worst in sub-Saharan Africa. (In Swaziland, a third of adults are infected. In India, only 0.9%.)

    Posted on May 30, 2006 READ MORE


    BellSouth: We Didn’t Give Data to NSA

    The phone company says that, despite the claims made in the USA Today story, it never provided phone records to the NSA.

    Posted on May 15, 2006 READ MORE


    South Carolina Bill Would Outlaw Sex Toys

    The S.C. bill doesn’t look likely to pass, but the scary thing is that such products are already illegal in several Southern states.
    Apparently in Texas, if you market a toy as a novelty, it’s legal. But if you demonstrate its use in sexual activity—it’s illegal. Put that in your Constitution and smoke it.

    Posted on Apr 24, 2006 READ MORE


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