A less-than-normal Black Friday?

A less-than-normal Black Friday?

Black Friday seemed a little less crazy this year. There were squabbles here and there, and elbows got thrown, but the Friday morning crowds appeared smaller than usual and less frenzied, in part because many Americans took advantage of stores’ earlier opening hours to do their shopping on Thanksgiving Day. That might be hard to […]

Protests around the nation over Ferguson decision

Protests around the nation over Ferguson decision

Protesters turned out in several U.S. cities on one of the busiest shopping days of the year Friday in response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Here’s a look at the protests, which are turning their attention to disrupting commerce, and […]

Polarizing views of Michael Brown

Polarizing views of Michael Brown

For some Americans on opposite sides of a national debate, Michael Brown has become a symbol, epitomizing their polarized views on who bears the blame for the toll of young black men killed by police officers. Brown was a gentle giant, in one version. A defiant troublemaker, in another. Yet as more details of the […]

For immigrants, state laws control their futures

For immigrants, state laws control their futures

If Christian Avila lived a few hundred miles to the west, he would have a driver’s license, qualify for in-state college tuition and a host of other opportunities available to young people granted legal status by President Barack Obama two years ago. But Avila lives in Phoenix, and the 24-year-old immigrant who was brought here […]

Black Friday was underway on Thursday

Black Friday was underway on Thursday

Black Friday was already well underway before many awoke this morning. The traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season has become a two-day affair, with more stores opening before people put down their turkey legs on Thanksgiving. There’s good reason for the creep; businesses know shoppers will only spend so much, and they want the […]

Thanksgiving: Eating, watching parades, shopping

Thanksgiving: Eating, watching parades, shopping

Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine were on the menu as friends and families gathered across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving. Here’s a look at how Americans prepared to celebrate Thanksgiving. ____ GIANTS IN THE SKY The nationally televised Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will include six new giant balloons including Thomas […]

Protests dwindle in Ferguson

Protests dwindle in Ferguson

The throngs of protesters who overran Ferguson after the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case dwindled to just a few small groups as people began cleaning up this battered community and seeking something closer to a normal routine. Scattered demonstrations continued Wednesday, including protesters who rushed into St. Louis City Hall screaming “Shame, […]

National Guard helps contain damage in Ferguson

National Guard helps contain damage in Ferguson

National Guard reinforcements helped contain the latest protests in Ferguson, preventing a second night of the chaos that led to arson and looting after a grand jury decided not to indict the white police officer who killed Michael Brown. Demonstrators returned Tuesday to the riot-scarred streets. But with hundreds of additional troops standing watch over […]

What next for Ferguson, Missouri?

What next for Ferguson, Missouri?

The police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown spoke publicly for the first time about the confrontation, and for the second straight night crowds poured into the streets of Ferguson to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict him. ___ THE LATEST Protesters burned a police car, heaved rocks and bottles at officers […]

More protests around the country on Ferguson

More protests around the country on Ferguson

People protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing that the racially charged case has inflamed tensions thousands of miles from the predominantly black St. Louis suburb. For many, the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson recalled other […]

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