Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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Butina sentenced on spying charges

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/26/19, 01:51 pm

Maria Butina, a Russian who admitted to secretly working for the Kremlin to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups, was sentenced Friday to 18 months in prison. Butina, who has been jailed since her arrest in July 2018, pleaded guilty in December to a single charge of conspiracy to act as an unregistered foreign agent and asked for credit for timed served. But U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan imposed a sentence that would require her to spend an additional nine months behind bars before being deported.

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Texas executes man for racist killing

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/25/19, 11:36 am

The state of Texas executed John William King, 44, on Wednesday for orchestrating one of the most gruesome racially motivated crimes in U.S. history. King, who was white and a self-avowed racist, was convicted of the 1998 dragging death of James Byrd Jr., an African American man, in Jasper, Texas. The killing attracted national attention to the East Texas town, which was branded with a racist stigma it has struggled to shake off ever since.

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Supreme Court hears census citizenship case

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/23/19, 12:16 pm

The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case about a proposed citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. census. After the Census Bureau announced plans to ask all U.S. residents about the status of their citizenship in the once-a-decade national population survey, 18 states and the District of Columbia challenged the move, claiming that fewer immigrants would complete the survey for fear of revealing their illegal status to authorities.

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