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Civil Rights

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  • Obama 'deeply disappointed' with court ruling on Voting Rights Act

    Obama 'deeply disappointed' with court ruling on Voting Rights Act
    WASHINGTON — President Obama, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. and civil rights lawyers sharply criticized the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key part of the Voting Rights Act, calling it a blow to democracy and urging Congress to take...
  • Sen. Rand Paul loses effort to cut off aid to Egypt

    Sen. Rand Paul loses effort to cut off aid to Egypt
    WASHINGTON -- An effort by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to cut off $1.5 billion in U.S. aid to Egypt failed on a vote of 86-13 in the Senate on Wednesday, indicating continued broad support for the argument that the United States will have more leverage over...
  • PASSINGS: Lindy Boggs

    PASSINGS: Lindy Boggs
    Former Rep. Lindy Boggs, 97, a plantation-born Louisianian who used her soft-spoken grace to fight for civil rights during nearly 18 years in Congress after succeeding her late husband in the House, died Saturday of natural causes at her home in Chevy...
  • Elisabeth Coleman dies at 68; helped break journalism glass ceiling

    Elisabeth Coleman dies at 68; helped break journalism glass ceiling
    After graduating from Vassar College in 1966, Elisabeth Coleman sought a job in journalism "as an assistant to a smart man." She found such a position as a researcher at Newsweek magazine in New York. In those "Mad Men" days of suffocating sexism,...
  • Will D. Campbell dies at 88; maverick minister aided integration

    Will D. Campbell dies at 88; maverick minister aided integration
    The Rev. Will D. Campbell was a poor white boy from Mississippi who preached his first sermon from a pulpit stocked with a Bible from the Ku Klux Klan. But this son of the segregated South — a self-avowed "good ol' boy with crazy ideas" —...
  • Irwin Held dies at 87; longtime owner of Barney's Beanery

    Irwin Held dies at 87; longtime owner of Barney's Beanery
    Irwin Held, whose license-plate-festooned West Hollywood beer-and-burger spot drew praise from rock stars but protests from gay rights activists, has died. He was 87. Held died Monday in his Los Angeles home, family members said. He had a kidney...
  • PASSINGS: Julius Chambers

    PASSINGS: Julius Chambers
    Julius Chambers, a tenacious North Carolina civil rights lawyer whose house was bombed and office torched as a result of his advocacy, died Friday. The 76-year-old attorney, whose cases paved the way for public school integration in the Charlotte-...
  • Bipartisan privacy board hears conflicting reports on NSA programs

    Bipartisan privacy board hears conflicting reports on NSA programs
    WASHINGTON — A bipartisan board charged with protecting privacy and civil liberties heard a conflicting account Tuesday of how a national security program¬†that seeks to monitor foreign terrorists ended up collecting the phone records of most...
  • DOMA: For lesbian plaintiff, moral victory and a $363,053 tax refund

    DOMA: For lesbian plaintiff, moral victory and a $363,053 tax refund
    NEW YORK -- It wasn't just the $363,053 tax bill that drove Edith "Edie"  Windsor to take on the federal government four years ago. Windsor, heartbroken after the death of her longtime partner, Thea Spyer, was also angered by the fact that if Thea had...
  • Haynes Johnson dies at 81; won Pulitzer for civil rights coverage

    Haynes Johnson dies at 81; won Pulitzer for civil rights coverage
    Haynes Johnson, a Washington journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the civil rights movement and migrated from newspapers to television, books and teaching, died Friday at a hospital in Bethesda, Md., after suffering a heart attack. He...
  • PASSINGS: Margherita Hack

    PASSINGS: Margherita Hack
    Margherita Hack, 91, an astrophysicist who explained her research on the stars in plain language for the public and who championed civil rights in her native Italy, died Saturday in the Adriatic Sea town of Trieste, where she had headed an astronomical...