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Jurors in the corruption trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich asked the judge for guidance on how to proceed if they can’t reach a unanimous verdict, the judge said during a hearing. U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel in Chicago read the panel’s note in a full courtroom today as Blagojevich and his brother […]

From the NY Times: COLUMBUS, Ohio — With the unemployment rate still stuck close to 10 percent, President Obama flew to this political swing state on Friday to tout his economic stimulus program, which he credited with its 10,000th road project.Mr. Obama said the country needed to invest more in infrastructure projects like the Columbus one […]

From HuffingtonPost.com: Yesterday in Venice, Louisiana, fishermen and local residents called a press conference to talk about the air. People complained of the oily smells when the wind is blowing off the water, and listed symptoms including headaches, nosebleeds, asthma attacks, cough, nausea, and vomiting. Those who had been out on the water said it […]

From CNN.com: (CNN) — War crimes prosecutors Thursday asked a court to order supermodel Naomi Campbell to give evidence in the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. Click here to view photos. They said Campbell received rough diamonds from Taylor, and claimed her testimony would prove that the former president “used rough diamonds for […]

From the Huffington Post: The Senate Republicans are refusing to allow a vote on the Merkley-Levin amendment, which would put a meaningful version of the Volcker Rule into law (splitting off proprietary trading from major banks). After weeks of dancing around, the Democrats finally have a signature issue on which to fight. Senator Carl Levin […]

From the Washington Post: Arizona took another hit Wednesday as Republicans cast a vote for the home of their 2012 convention. Phoenix made the short list but lost out to Tampa. Click here to view photos. It was little surprise to tourism officials in Arizona. Since the state passed the nation’s toughest immigration law three […]

From the New York Times: Blacks and Latinos were nine times as likely as whites to be stopped by the police in New York City in 2009, but no more likely to actually be arrested. Click here to view photos. The more than 575,000 stops of people in the city — a record number of […]

  From the Huffington Post: In one of the greatest domestic population shifts in American history, African Americans poured out of the South in the early 20th century. The so-called “Great Migration” brought millions of southern blacks to areas across the country, including hundreds of thousands who came to Chicago. The city’s South Side quickly […]

From the New York Times: There are enough signs that New York’s system of providing public defenders is failing poor people that a broad class-action suit challenging the system can move ahead, the state’s highest court ruled Thursday, setting the stage for a sweeping battle in the courts and perhaps the Legislature. The 4-to-3 ruling […]

HOUSTON – Black leaders called Tuesday for indictments against eight police officers accused of beating a teenage burglary suspect in an incident caught on surveillance video. Click here to view photos. Representatives of the NAACP’s Houston branch, the Nation of Islam and other groups said they have confidence in the legal system and will continue […]

PITTSBURGH — As a scholar, poet and abolitionist, George B. Vashon broke barriers in the 1800s: he was the first black to graduate from Oberlin College, the first black lawyer in New York state and the first black professor at Howard University. Click here to view photos. But in his home state of Pennsylvania, where […]

From the Chronicle of Higher Education: Many students graduate with manageable debt or no education loans, but almost 17 percent of graduates in 2008 borrowed $30,500 or more to get their bachelor’s degrees, according to a new analysis. Click here to view photos. A report released today by the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center, […]