March 30 (Reuters) – Indiana Republicans pledged on Monday
to clarify a new “religious freedom” law, while similar
proposals stalled in Georgia and North Carolina after businesses
and activists said such measures could be used to discriminate
Arkansas lawmakers, however, signalled they would move
forward with a similar law, even after Indiana was rebuked by
companies and executives including Wal-Mart Stores Inc,
Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook, and Eli Lilly and Co.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – A National Guardsman charged with plotting an attack on an Illinois military installation as part of a conspiracy to support Islamic State was due to appear in federal court on Monday for a hearing on whether he should remain in jail pending trial.
Chicago-area resident Hasan Edmonds, a 22-year-old Army National Guard Specialist, was arrested on Wednesday on federal charges.
By Fiona Ortiz
(Reuters) – Republican lawmakers in Indiana pledged on
Monday to clarify a religious freedom bill that was slammed by
businesses and activists for sending a message of discrimination
against gays after it was passed last week.
Companies ranging from pharmaceuticals to retailers said the
law – passed overwhelmingly by the Republican-controlled Indiana
General Assembly – was bad for business because it sent a
discriminatory message. San Francisco and Seattle banned
official city employee travel to Indiana.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Chicago Police Department, the second-largest in the country, uses excessive stop-and-frisk searches even though other cities have curbed the practice, according to an American Civil Liberties Union report published on Monday.
The ACLU said that its study of a four-month period last year showed “that African Americans are disproportionately subjected to stops when compared to their white counterparts. Black Chicagoans were subjected to 72 percent of all stops, yet constitute just 32 percent of the city’s population.”
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Cases of racism, hazing, nude photos, vandalism and a death have rocked U.S. college fraternities this week, with one of the country’s biggest groups pledging on Wednesday to root out discrimination and five frats shuttered over bad behaviour.
The 160-year-old Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity – with 15,000 student members – said it would try to wipe out racism and beef up its small minority membership through diversity training and swift punishment of inappropriate behaviour.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Cases of racism, hazing, nude photos and vandalism rocked U.S. college fraternities this week, with one of the country’s biggest groups pledging on Wednesday to root out discrimination and three colleges shuttering other frats over bad behavior.
The 160-year-old Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity – with 15,000 student members – said it would try to wipe out racism and beef up its small minority membership through diversity training and swift punishment of inappropriate behavior.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – The fraternity whose members were videotaped singing a racist chant pledged on Wednesday to root out discrimination and try to diversify membership in its hundreds of chapters across the country.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, which has 15,000 undergraduate members in 237 chapters, will appoint a diversity director and establish a hotline for members and non-members to report unacceptable behavior.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has opened a 10 percentage point lead in his re-election bid against Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, an opinion poll on Sunday showed, though his challenger received a hard-won labor union’s endorsement that could bring in campaign cash and volunteers.
The Chicago mayor’s race went to an unprecedented run-off when well-funded Emanuel, mayor since 2011, failed to clinch the 50 percent of the vote he needed for an outright win on Feb. 24.
(Reuters) – The violence that returned to Ferguson, Missouri, on Thursday threatens to trample a barely perceptible recovery as the town of 21,000 people struggles to rebuild after two spates of race-related unrest last year.
The shooting of two police officers and a subsequent manhunt in Ferguson on Thursday have relit tensions that erupted in the St. Louis suburb after the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white policeman Darren Wilson in August.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is struggling to round up support from labor unions as he seeks to unseat pro-business Mayor Rahm Emanuel, even though he bills himself as more progressive.
Garcia’s surprisingly strong showing in a first round of voting on Feb. 24 prompted some big unions to see him as a viable challenger to the well-funded Emanuel and to rethink their neutral stance in the race for mayor of the country’s financially troubled No. 3 city.