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Jul 31, 2015

Ohio shooting stokes debate over U.S. campus police forces

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For all that was shocking about a university police officer shooting a man at point blank range during a routine traffic stop near the University of Cincinnati campus this month, one thing was not.

Campus police across the United States, including Ohio’s University of Cincinnati, now frequently patrol off campus with weapons, in regular contact with the ordinary, non-student population.

Jul 17, 2015

Four Marines slain in Chattanooga united in pride in serving

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three of the Marines killed on Thursday in Chattanooga, Tennessee were battle-hardened veterans who survived tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. The fourth was relatively new to the Marine Corps, fresh out of boot camp.

Even though their service records varied and they hailed from different states, the four were apparently united in taking pride in their country and their service.

Jul 17, 2015

Insight – A year after Ferguson, U.S. civil rights groups gather pace

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Taurean Russell was preparing to coach high school football in St. Louis last Aug. 9 when his Twitter feed began flashing images of a black teenager lying facedown on the street of a nearby suburb, shot dead by police.

    Within hours came photos of the dead 18-year-old’s stepfather, stony-faced, holding a cardboard sign that read: “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!”

Jul 17, 2015

A year after Ferguson, U.S. civil rights groups gather pace

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Taurean Russell was preparing to coach high school football in St. Louis last Aug. 9 when his Twitter feed began flashing images of a black teenager lying facedown on the street of a nearby suburb, shot dead by police.

    Within hours came photos of the dead 18-year-old’s stepfather, stony-faced, holding a cardboard sign that read: “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!”

Jul 14, 2015

Family of New York chokehold victim renews calls to charge officer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – One day after settling a $5.9 million wrongful death case with New York City, the family of Eric Garner will use a press conference on Tuesday to renew calls to criminally charge the police officer who put him in a fatal chokehold last July.

A grand jury in December declined to indict the white officer, Daniel Pantaleo, who placed the 43-year-old black man in the chokehold, a maneuver banned by the New York City Police Department. A video that a bystander took of the incident sparked protests across the country over police treatment of minority groups.

Jul 7, 2015

Bill Cosby’s moralizing comes back to haunt him

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bill Cosby’s forthright views on black parenting came back to haunt him this week when a U.S. judge called the comedian a “public moralist” who had lost the right of personal privacy in a 2005 civil sexual assault case.

The career of the once beloved comedian from TV’s “The Cosby Show” is in tatters after more than 40 women came forward in the past year to accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them in incidents dating back decades.

Jul 2, 2015

For New York Puerto Ricans, debt crisis begins to hit home

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Before this week, Harriet Richardson’s retirement dream was still intact: work a few more years in the United States before heading back to find a quiet, ocean-front house in her native Puerto Rico. Now she’s not so sure.

Over a plate of fried plantains and rice at El Nuevo Bohio restaurant, a lunch spot popular with Puerto Ricans in New York’s Bronx borough, Richardson, a corrections officer, said Puerto Rico’s debt crisis may derail her plan.

Jun 24, 2015

At rural South Carolina flag factory, sadness and pride

LANE, SOUTH CAROLINA, June 24 (Reuters) – When Margaree
Mitchum sees the stars and stripes waving atop a flagpole, she
feels more than ordinary patriotism.

“I look at a flag differently now,” she said Tuesday at the
Valley Forge Flag factory in Lane, South Carolina, where she has
worked for 14 years. “When I started to sew, and I saw them
flying, it filled my heart because I’d had my hands on them,”
she said.

Jun 23, 2015

Major U.S. flag makers to stop making Confederate flags

, June 23 (Reuters) – Prominent U.S. flag
makers said on Tuesday they will stop manufacturing and selling
Confederate battle flags in the wake of last week’s attack on
worshipers at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Reggie VandenBosch, vice president of sales at the privately
owned Valley Forge Flag, said the Pennsylvania-based company
came to the decision as pressure grew on South Carolina to
remove the banner from outside the State House in Columbia.

Jun 23, 2015

Exclusive: Major U.S. flag maker to stop making Confederate flags

By Edward McAllister

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) – One of the most prominent U.S. flag makers said on Tuesday it will stop manufacturing and selling Confederate flags in the wake of last week’s attack on worshipers at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Reggie VandenBosch, vice president of sales at the privately owned Valley Forge Flag, said the Pennsylvania-based company came to the decision amid growing controversy over the Confederate flag, which currently flies outside the South Carolina state capitol in Columbia.