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Blackface photo not decisively linked to Virginia’s governor

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/22/19, 12:46 pm

Eastern Virginia Medical School said Wednesday that the investigation into whether Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, appears in a 1984 yearbook photo of a man in blackface was inconclusive. The law firm hired by the school said it could not “conclusively determine” the identities of the man wearing blackface or the man next to him in a Ku Klux Klan hood. Investigators also could not determine how the photo was placed in the yearbook but found no evidence it was a mistake or prank.

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Chicago picks first African American female mayor

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 4/03/19, 11:56 am

Chicago elected its first African American female mayor on Tuesday. Late results showed Lori Lightfoot, 56, winning in all of the city’s 50 wards against another African American female candidate, Toni Preckwinkle, the Cook County Board President and a longtime City Council member. Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor who has never been elected to public office before, will also be the first openly homosexual person to hold the office.

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California governor halts death penalty

by Harvest Prude
Posted 3/13/19, 11:05 am

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday that puts a moratorium on capital punishment, delaying the execution of 737 death row inmates. The order also closes the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison and effectively withdraws the state’s lethal injection protocol. The moratorium will last as long as Newsom is governor.

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