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The night Mother Emanuel opened its door to evil

Written by ALLEN G. BREED
and TAMARA LUSH,
Associated Press
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 04:43

When Angela Brown saw the Facebook post about a shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, her mind immediately leapt to her aunt. Whenever the doors to Emanuel were open to its flock, Ethel Lance was there. 

"This was her home," said her niece, standing in the shadow of its soaring spire, tears streaming down her face. 

Clinton calls for ‘common-sense’ gun control, decries racism

Written by LISA LERER,
Associated Press writer
Sunday, 21 June 2015 18:01

Issuing an emotional plea following the South Carolina church shooting, Hillary Rodham Clinton called for “common-sense” gun reforms and a national reckoning with the persistent problem of “institutional racism.”

Days after nine black church members were gunned down in Charleston, Clinton said the country must take steps to keep guns from criminals and the mentally ill.

Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for president in 2012, called for the immediate removal of the Confederate battle flag from outside the South Carolina Statehouse, scrambling the 2016 GOP presidential contenders into staking a position on a contentious cultural issue.

Some still steered clear from the sensitive debate, even after the shooting deaths of nine people in a historic African-American church in Charleston further exposed the raw emotions about the flying the flag.

Common Cause wants special counsel on campaign finance violations in presidential race

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 15 June 2015 14:00

Common Cause on June 15 urged U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to appoint a special counsel to investigate possible criminal violations of campaign finance laws.

The watchdog nonprofit made the call as Jeb Bush officially announced his candidacy for president.

Politicians returning donations from white supremacist

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 22 June 2015 14:16

Republican presidential candidates, GOP lawmakers and the lone black Republican in the U.S. House are returning donations from the leader of a white supremacist group cited by Charleston church murder suspect Dylann Roof or giving the money to charity.

U.S. Rep. Mia Love of Utah, an African-American Republican woman who was elected to the House last year, said through a spokesman that she had returned $1,000 in donations from Earl Holt, leader of the Council of Conservative Citizens.

As same-sex marriage spreads, ranks of gay dads increase

Written by David Crary,
AP National writer
Sunday, 21 June 2015 07:28

Fatherhood has been exhilarating for Weston Clark, who put aside a teaching career to be a stay-at-home dad for a 4-year-old son and 17-month-old daughter adopted by him and his husband.

Yet Clark acknowledged some unease as he looks ahead to late August, when his son starts kindergarten in Salt Lake City.

World shocked at nation's enduring racism, gun violence

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 19 June 2015 10:05

China wasted little time returning such charges following the shooting at a historic black church in South Carolina that left nine people dead. Elsewhere, the attack renewed perceptions that Americans have too many guns and have yet to overcome racial tensions.

Study: Nazi propaganda made life-long impact on German children

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 15 June 2015 13:47

Anti-Semitic propaganda had a life-long effect on German children schooled during the Nazi period, leaving them far more likely to harbor negative views of Jews than those born earlier and later, according to a new study.

The findings indicate that attempts to influence public attitudes are most effective when they target young people, particularly if the message confirms existing beliefs, the authors said.

Anti-gay outcry over storytime pushes North Carolina teacher to resign

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 22 June 2015 09:54

After a third-grader tearfully recounted how another boy had called him "gay'' during gym class, teacher Omar Currie chose to raise the issue during story time by reading his students a fable about a prince who falls in love with another prince, ending with a happily-ever-after royal wedding.

That decision in April ignited a public outcry from some parents in the rural hamlet of Efland, North Carolina, resulting in Currie's resignation this week from a job he loved. The assistant principal who loaned Currie her copy of "King & King'' has also resigned, and outraged parents are pressuring administrators at the Orange County Schools to ban the book.

Delaware decriminalizes marijuana

Written by Randall Chase,
AP writer
Sunday, 21 June 2015 06:44

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has signed legislation decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Markell signed the bill earlier this week, shortly after it passed the Democrat-controlled Senate on a straight party-line vote.

Gunman kills 9 at historic black church in Charleston, S.C.

Written by The AP Thursday, 18 June 2015 06:15

A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people, including the pastor, in an assault authorities described as a hate crime.

Poll: Two-thirds expect Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage nationwide

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 15 June 2015 08:29

A new survey finds broad popular support for same-sex marriage in the United States and strong expectations that the U.S. Supreme Court will rule to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

The survey finds, overall, that 55 percent of Americans favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, while 37 oppose.