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Who is Burning America’s Black Churches, And Why?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The count of black churches in the South that have been torched is not the six that have been burned since the massacre of nine blacks at Charleston's Emmanuel AME Church, but 37. The church burnings occurred in a period of not two weeks but over 18 months. That was only the tip of the church burning iceberg. In a six-year period between 1991 and 1996, the ATF investigated more than 150 churches that had been torched in both the South and the North. 

Fendi, Dior, Chanel Gowns Shimmer Down Runway in Paris Couture Week

Marie-Louise Gumuchian

Floaty floor-length gowns, intricate detailing and "haute fourrure" or "high fur" mark this week's Paris Haute Couture shows, where some of fashion's best-known names present some of the world's most expensive clothes. On Monday, Christian Dior models strutted in flowing white dresses, tight-waisted coats with ankle-length puffy skirts and oversized capes in a specially built structure at the Musee Rodin.

Greece Seeks EU Loan Deal to Avert Collapse

Barbara Lewis and Alastair Macdonald

A race to save Greece from bankruptcy and keep it in the euro gathered pace on Wednesday when Athens formally applied for a three-year loan and European authorities launched an accelerated review of the request. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called in a speech to the European Parliament for a fair deal, acknowledging Greece's historic responsibility for its plight.

U.S. and Iran: Longtime Enemies Who Hope to Make a Deal

Louis Charbonneau

It's always awkward to defend your enemies. But that's the position U.S. President Barack Obama's administration has found itself in with Iran as it pushes for an historic accord that would end a 12-year nuclear standoff. Tehran and Washington, which have called each other the "Great Satan" and a member of the "Axis of Evil" during 36 years of hostility, are more used to exchanging insults than defending each other. 

Why Are So Many Republicans Running for President?

David Greenberg

While it’s tempting to ridicule this colorful cast of characters, these candidates — with the profound exception of real-estate mogul Donald Trump — aren’t fools chasing free airtime. All but three are former or current senators or governors who, in a smaller group, would be considered viable contenders. If all these candidates hang in there for eight to 12 months, GOP voters will find that every vote counts.

Cabbies: Uber Is Killing Our Business

Sunita Sohrabji

Indian American taxi driver Makhan Singh, owner of Fremont-based Jet Cab, told India-West he has seen his income drop by almost 50 percent since Uber started picking up fares in Fremont a year ago. “I am losing about $1,500 per month to Uber,” stated Singh, who has two daughters, one who started kindergarten this year. “Business is very slow,” he said, adding that many of his long-time “regulars” are now using Uber for their airport runs.

How the Supreme Court Obamacare Ruling Helps Millions of Americans

Viji Sundaram

In a 6-3 ruling handed down by the high court Thursday, the justices said that the 8.7 million people like Richardson who are currently receiving subsides to make heath insurance affordable on the exchange will continue receiving it no matter where they live. The ruling was a resounding affirmation of Congress’ intention of subsidizing insurance coverage under ACA.

It’s Time to Take Down the Confederate Flag

Earl Ofari Hutchinson

A year ago Romney, Bush, and Haley would not have dared say the flag must go. In fact, Haley vigorously defended the flag waving proudly at the state house during her reelection bid in 2014 and flatly stated before that the flag should stay. The hideous Charleston church massacre and the loud clamor again by civil rights activists and a wide swath of the public to dump the flag explains their sharp reversal. 

Why Doesn’t South Carolina Have a Hate Crime Law, Given Its Past?

Daniel Rivero and Collier Meyerson

“I do believe this was a hate crime,” Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen told reporters. The comments were applauded by observers glad to see authorities not mincing words when talking about the mass shooting. The FBI and the Department of Justice quickly announced that they have opened up a hate crime investigation for the shooting. The only issue is: South Carolina is one of only five states in the nation that doesn’t have a hate crime law on its books.

The Complicated Nature of Sexual Assault in Professional Sports

Rebekah Frank

The list of athletes who have been accused of assaulting women is, sadly, long. Senator Claire McCaskill, during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in July 2014, brought up a report that said that more than 20 percent of NCAA member institutions give oversight to athletic departments in sexual assault allegations involving student-athletes. In the same report it stated that 13 student-athletes accused of sexual assault in the previous year simply transferred schools and continued to play at other universities.  


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