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Mississippi Could Drop Jim Crow-Era Statewide Voting Process

Mississippi Could Drop Jim Crow-Era Statewide Voting Process

By Emily Wagster Pettus | Jul 5
Mississippi just ditched its Confederate-themed state flag. Later this year, the state's voters will decide whether to dump a statewide election process that dates to the Jim Crow era.

LGBTQ Nightlife in NYC Faces a Long Road Ahead

LGBTQ Nightlife in NYC Faces a Long Road Ahead

By Matthew Wexler | Jul 5
"The outpouring of love and donations on the various platforms has been incredible. But we need continued support until we reopen," says Henrietta Hudson owner Lisa Cannistraci. "I'm not going to lose the bar. I'm not going to let it happen."

Kansas Newspaper's Post Equates Mask Mandate with Holocaust

Kansas Newspaper's Post Equates Mask Mandate with Holocaust

By John Hanna | Jul 5
A Kansas newspaper posted a cartoon on its Facebook page likening the Democratic governor's order requiring people to wear masks in public to the roundup and murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust.

Sex Workers Lack Food for Taking HIV Drugs During COVID-19

Sex Workers Lack Food for Taking HIV Drugs During COVID-19

By Ignatius Ssuuna | Jul 5
As the coronavirus spreads in Africa, it threatens in multiple ways those who earn their living on the streets — people like Mignonne, a 25-year-old sex worker with HIV.

1 of 2 Protesters Hit by Car on Closed Seattle Highway Dies

1 of 2 Protesters Hit by Car on Closed Seattle Highway Dies

By Martha Bellisle | Jul 5
A car drove onto a closed freeway early Saturday and struck two people in a crowd protesting against police brutality, killing one and critically injuring the other, authorities said.

US Holiday Fuels Worries About Skyrocketing Virus Cases

US Holiday Fuels Worries About Skyrocketing Virus Cases

By Tamara Lush, Kim Chandler and Kathleen Foody | Jul 5
The U.S. has dipped under 50,000 new daily infections for the first time in four days, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, but experts fear celebrations for the July 4th weekend will increase nation's surging coronavirus outbreak.

For Nation's Birthday, Trump Stokes the Divisions Within US

For Nation's Birthday, Trump Stokes the Divisions Within US

By Lynn Berry and Aamer Madhani | Jul 5
On a day meant for unity and celebration, President Trump vowed to "safeguard our values" from enemies within — leftists, looters, agitators, he said — in a Fourth of July speech packed with all the grievances and combativeness of his political rallies.

As Monuments Fall, Confederate Carving Has Size On Its Side

As Monuments Fall, Confederate Carving Has Size On Its Side

By Kate Brumback and Russ Bynum | Jul 4
Stone Mountain's supersized sculpture depicting Gen. Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson mounted on horseback has special protection enshrined in Georgia law.

NY Man Arrested for Displaying 7-foot 'Yard Dick' in Dispute with Local Officials

NY Man Arrested for Displaying 7-foot 'Yard Dick' in Dispute with Local Officials

Jul 4
Statues are being taken down throughout the country for political reasons. But what is surely the most unusual instance of a statue — in this case one of a seven-foot wooden penis — being taken down happened in upstate New York last month.

In Troubled Times: Independence Day in A Land of Confusion

In Troubled Times: Independence Day in A Land of Confusion

By Ted Anthony | Jul 4
On Independence Day, we Americans — if there is in fact a "we" in American life — celebrate the anniversary of a time when a lot of people, feeling really angry and scared, decided to do something about it.

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