A NJ town decided that crime made one neighborhood--home to many black and Latino families--irredeemable, and set out to destroy it. The residents fought back, and the case is headed to the Supreme Court. read more
President Barack Obama has announced the formation of five so-called Promise Zones in impoverished areas across the country. The Choctaw Nation made the list, along with communities in San Antonio, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and southeastern Kentucky. read more
Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sargent Ty Carter was celebrated by the President in the East Room of the White House for “acts of valor” – the best phrase the military has to describe the mental toughness and personal bravery that rising above the horrors of war requires. read more
When President Obama offered his most detailed remarks yet on the Trayvon Martin shooting Friday, he spoke of the unique concerns of African-Americans about the case based on a long history of discrimination that he had at times experienced himself. He called for a nonviolent response to the verdict, for calm introspection on all sides, and for a renewed dedication to reducing gun violence in general. read more
Police Chief Cecil Smith drew a mix of high-fives and heckles as he walked down the main thoroughfare of Goldsboro, a historic black neighborhood at the heart of this Florida town. Passersby honked as he strode passed shuttered storefronts and dive bars. Eyes rolled as he made his way by a barbecue joint and a tattered old pool hall. Older women offered smiles while much younger ones turned away. “I’m praying for you!” one woman yelled out. read more
Dr. Jonas Salk didn’t miss a beat when Edward R. Murrow asked him, in a 1955 television interview, who owned the patent on the polio vaccine.
“Well, the people ,” Salk replied. “There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?” read more