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    Broadway to Pay Tribute to the Late Hinton Battle with Dimmed Lights Ceremony

    The Committee of Theatre Owners has announced that on March 12, 2024, at exactly 6:45 pm, all Broadway theaters in New York will dim their lights for one minute to pay tribute to the iconic performer. Read More
  • Chassity Coston, left, and Charity Wallace pose outside Harvard Yard at Harvard University, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, in Cambridge, Mass. With attacks on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives raging on, Black women looking to climb the work ladder are seeing a landscape that looks more hostile than ever. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Black Women Struggle to Find Their Way in a Job World Where Diversity Is Under Attack

    Claudine Gay’s resignation in January as Harvard’s first Black president was just the latest in a revolving door of Black women who have been especially and aggressively questioned or abandoned after achieving a career pinnacle. This has led some women to build networking groups or mentorship, even as some question whether it’s worth trying for top positions. For others, it has triggered an exodus to entrepreneurship and reinvention. Read More
  • An Alabama State Trooper checks the Edmund Pettus Bridge for explosives before the annual re-enactment of a key event in the civil rights movement in Selma, Ala., March 5, 2017. Vice President Kamala Harris and Attorney General Merrick Garland are among those marking the 59th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama. The events mark law enforcement officers’ March 7, 1965, attack against demonstrators on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. (Albert Cesare/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP, file)

    AG Merrick Garland Says Voting Rights are Under Attack at Bloody Sunday Service

    On the 59th anniversary of Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland says a dramatic increase in legislative measures are making it harder for millions of eligible voters to vote. Sunday's events mark law enforcement's March 7, 1965, attack against demonstrators on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Garland told parishioners at a church service that decisions by the Supreme Court and other courts have weakened the Voting Rights Read More
  • People walk through the parking lot of the Lummi Tribal Health Center advertising walk-in appointments for Suboxone, a medicine used to treat opioid dependence, on the Lummi Reservation, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, near Bellingham, Wash. A bill that would bring millions of dollars to tribes in Washington state to address the opioid crisis received unanimous support in the House, Friday, March 1, 2024. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson, File)

    Washington State Agrees $8 Million a Year for Tribes Hit By Opioid Deaths

    With Native Americans and Alaska Natives in Washington dying of opioid overdoses at five times the state average Washington lawmakers have agreed to allocate $8 milliona year to 29 federally recognized tribes in Washington from a half-billion-dollar settlement between the state and major opioid distributors. The funds will help tribes address the opioid crisis Read More
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NORTHWEST NEWS

Washington State Agrees $8 Million a Year for Tribes Hit By Opioid Deaths

With Native Americans and Alaska Natives in Washington dying of opioid overdoses at five times the state average Washington lawmakers have agreed to allocate milliona year to 29 federally recognized tribes in Washington from a half-billion-dollar settlement between the state and major opioid distributors. The funds will help tribes address the opioid crisis

Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump Receives Honorary Doctorate from Lewis & Clark College

Crump has represented the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Henrietta Lacks. 

Washington State House Overwhelmingly Passes Ban on Hog-tying by Police

The vote on Wednesday came nearly four years after Manuel Ellis, a 33-year-old Black man, died in Tacoma, Washington, facedown with his hands and feet cuffed together behind him.

NEWS BRIEFS

Senate Passes Emergency Housing Stability and Production Package with Bipartisan Support

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House Passes Oregon Drug Intervention Plan (ODIP)

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House of Representatives Addressed Oregon’s Addiction Crisis

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Oregon lawmakers voted to recriminalize drugs. The bill's future is now in the governor's hands

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History-rich Pac-12 marks the end of an era as the conference basketball tournaments take place

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East and Missouri host No. 11 Auburn

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Ole Miss takes on Georgia following Murrell's 21-point game

Ole Miss Rebels (20-9, 7-9 SEC) at Georgia Bulldogs (15-14, 5-11 SEC) Athens, Georgia; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Ole Miss visits the Georgia Bulldogs after Matthew Murrell scored 21 points in Ole Miss' 84-78 victory against the Missouri Tigers. The...

OPINION

Message from Commissioner Jesse Beason: February is 'Black History and Futures Month'

I am honored to join the Office of Sustainability and to co-sponsor a proclamation to mark “Black History and Futures Month” ...

Ending Unfair Contracts Harming Minority Businesses Will Aid Gov. Kotek’s Affordable Housing Goals

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February is American Heart Month

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Thrilling History of Black Excellence in Our National Parks

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Girl Scouts were told to stop bracelet-making fundraiser for kids in Gaza. Now they can't keep up

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Minnesota is poised to give school resource officers clearer authority to use force

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ENTERTAINMENT

Ned Blackhawk’s 'The Rediscovery of America' is a nominee for ,000 history prize

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Once doomed to cult status, the animated satire 'Clone High' finds a new life on Max

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Book Review: Thomas Mullen’s portrayal of a divided nation in 1943 draws parallels to today

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Eagles center Jason Kelce retires after 13 NFL seasons and 1 Super Bowl ring

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Apple gets fined nearly [scripts/homepage/home.php] billion by the EU for hindering music streaming competition

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Vice President Harris hosts Israeli war Cabinet member as the US pushes to get more aid into Gaza

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Thai court acquits former PM Yingluck Shinawatra on charges of mishandling government funds

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Israel escalates its criticism of a UN agency in Gaza. It says 450 of its workers are militants

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Holbrook Mohr the Associated Press

Hinds County Circuit Judge Tommie Green ruled Tuesday that a one-year statute of limitations elapsed between the time Stockett gave Ablene Cooper a copy of the book in January 2009 and the time of the lawsuit's filing in February of this year.

Cooper's lawyer, Edward Sanders, filed a motion for reconsideration on Wednesday, saying the clock should not have started ticking on the statute of limitations until Cooper read the book in the summer of 2010. Sanders argued that Cooper didn't read it sooner because Stockett said in a handwritten note that, despite the similarity in names, the character wasn't based on Cooper.

Sanders submitted to the court a copy of the handwritten letter along with his motion for reconsideration.

In the letter, Stockett says she only met Cooper a few times, but was thankful she worked for the writer's brother because his kids love her so much. The letter was sent to Cooper with a copy of "The Help," court records said.

"One of the main characters, and my favorite character, is an African American child carer named Aibileen," the letter said. "Although the spelling is different from yours, and the character was born in 1911, I felt I needed to reach out and tell you that the character isn't based on you in any way."

The letter goes on to say the book is "purely fiction" and inspired by Stockett's relationship with "Demetrie, who looked after us and we loved dearly." The letter is referring to Demetrie McLorn, the Stockett family's housekeeper, who died when the author was a teenager.

An affidavit that accompanies the letter said Cooper knows Stockett, has kept her child before, and had no reason not to trust her.

Stockett was not in court this week in Jackson - the same city where the book is set - when the lawsuit was dismissed.

Cooper was in court and was obviously upset by the ruling. She wiped away tears leaving the courtroom and launched into a tirade outside the courthouse.

"She's a liar. She did it. She knows she did it," Cooper screamed.

The judge did not make any determination on whether Cooper was the basis for the character, saying the statute of limitations trumped those matters.

Stockett's attorney, Fred Banks, did not immediately respond to a call Friday.

Besides arguing the statute of limitations had passed, Stockett's defense team has said in court papers that Cooper and the character are not that similar.

"`The Help' does not use Mrs. Ablene Cooper's name. It uses the name Aibileen Clark. It does not paint a picture of Mrs. Ablene Cooper, middle-aged in 2011. It paints the picture of Aibileen Clark, middle-aged in 1962," the lawyers said in court filings.

The lawsuit quotes passages from the book, including one in which Aibileen's character describes a cockroach: "He black. Blacker than me."

The lawsuit says Cooper found it upsetting and highly offensive to be portrayed as someone "who uses this kind of language and compares her skin color to a cockroach."

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