DANVILLE, Va. — A federal judge ruled Friday that Virginia can stop issuing specialty license plates that show the Confederate flag, following a recent Supreme Court decision that said such a ban does not violate the First Amendment.
Date: 07/31/2015 | Nation & World
Candidates competing for the Snohomish County executive's job have been invited to a forum scheduled Tuesday by the local chapter of the NAACP.The event is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. as part of the...
Date: 07/27/2015 | Local News
"He acknowledged the truth, he gives [allegiance], the order has been given, his heart beats, he accepts, butterflies kick in. ... The target is given, the anticipation is over, a sense of relief."With this stream-of-consciousness narrative, an Islamic State...
Date: 07/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Dozens of angry counter-protesters followed Ku Klux Klan demonstrators as they left the South Carolina State House grounds an hour early Saturday after a loud and combative demonstration. Police in riot gear blocked off the entrance to a parking garage so the...
Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World
McALLEN, Texas — Hiram Ramirez didn’t expect problems when she went to get a birth certificate for her newborn daughter, Dulce.
Date: 07/19/2015 | Nation & World
Draft: n. a rough or preliminary sketch of a piece of writing.First, we want to assure you that this is the final version of this editorial. There was an earlier draft, but it was swiftly moved to the trash as we sharpened our writing and tightened our thinking. We believe...
Date: 07/19/2015 | Commentary
When President Obama arrived in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, a vulgar sight awaited him: About 10 demonstrators across the street from his downtown hotel waving Confederate battle flags as the motorcade pulled up.Such a greeting of the nation's first black president would...
Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists
PITTSBURGH — When Paulette Still left a career in banking to open Posy Flower Design and Event Decor, she expected to sacrifice a steady and hefty paycheck for the chance to be her own boss. She didn't expect the number of people who would challenge her entrepreneurship based...
Date: 07/16/2015 | Business Wire
In South Carolina these days, no one speaks his name.The 21-year-old man-boy, who allegedly murdered nine people and incited unity instead of the race war he hoped for, has been condemned to an eternal slog not toward fame but to ignominy.He is no one.
Date: 07/16/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Sequel to beloved ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ released decades later
Date: 07/15/2015 | Local News
It's the biggest literary surprise of the 21st century: On July 14, 55 years after the publication of "To Kill a Mockingbird," the reclusive 89-year-old Harper Lee will publish her second book."Go Set a Watchman" is not actually a new book — it...
Date: 07/12/2015 | Entertainment
The past may not be past, as William Faulkner once put it. But it sure seems to be leaving.As I watched the broadcast of the Confederate battle flag being brought down from its post on the South Carolina State House grounds Friday morning, my thoughts went to Gen. Robert E.
For most of my life, a flag representing white supremacist violence against black people flew at the capitol of my native state. It is a very big deal that this emblem of hatred and oppression is finally coming down.Gov. Nikki Haley was expansive after the state Legislature...
The Confederates launched a surprise attack, under cover of darkness.It was 8:30 Wednesday night, and the House was plodding toward its 20th hour of debate on a little-watched appropriations bill, when Rep. Ken Calvert of California, who had been leading the Republican side...
COLUMBIA, S.C. — For the first time since the civil rights movement, the Confederate flag was removed entirely from the South Carolina Statehouse, in a swift ceremony Friday before thousands of people who cheered as the Civil War-era banner was lowered from a 30-foot flagpole.
Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World
COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina's governor relegated the Confederate flag to the state's "relic room" on Thursday, more than 50 years after the rebel banner began flying at the Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement.
Date: 07/08/2015 | Nation & World
Politicians were tripping over themselves to call for the Confederate flag to be taken down in the wake of the Charleston shootings. But new polling has found Americans weren’t quite so decisive.In fact, for once, politicians might actually have gotten out ahead of public opinion.
Date: 07/03/2015 | Nation & World
As we celebrate our nation's birthday on the Fourth of July, perhaps we should do some reflecting about our nation, especially as we consider last month's murder of nine black citizens in South Carolina.Our forefathers declared, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men...
Date: 07/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists
CHARLESTON, S.C. — By all appearances Friday morning, as thousands lined the street waiting (and wilting) for hours in 90-degree heat to enter the funeral arena where President Obama was to deliver a eulogy for state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, racial unity seemed a comfortable fact...
Date: 06/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists
CHARLESTON, S.C. — One hundred fifty years too late, the Confederacy may finally be coming to an end. Finishing it off, however, will require more than getting rid of an offensive flag.Not that the astounding progress this week toward consigning the Confederate battle...
Date: 06/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Everything's relative when folks start debating what is and isn't acceptable conduct for the president of the United States: Recall that just a week into President Barack Obama's tenure, former White House chief of staff Andy Card insisted that Obama lacked proper respect for the...
Date: 06/28/2015 | Commentary
The Confederate battle flag, a blue cross with white stars on a field of red, is not a common sight in Washington state. It flies above private property or adorns T-shirts and bumperstickers. It likely will continue to do so. Those individuals who choose to fly the Confederate flag have...
Date: 06/26/2015 | Editorials
After a massacre like the one at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, our immediate reaction is to do something. Something, for politicians, means legislation. And for Democratic politicians, this means gun control.It's the all-purpose, go-to, knee-jerk...
Date: 06/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists
TONASKET — Court documents say a man accused of running over two people, killing one of them, after a confrontation in Okanogan County has ties to the militia movement.
Date: 06/25/2015 | Northwest
Only hours after the murders in Charleston, as if the horror itself wasn't enough, the reprehensible reactions from the right made me feel like rolling into a ball and crying. When the president said, "this type of violence doesn't happen in other countries," I...
Date: 06/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists
It is fitting, if late, that South Carolina's political leaders seem ready to evict the Confederate flag from the grounds of their state capitol in response to the vile shooting that left nine African-Americans dead in Charleston's Emanuel AME Church last week. In a Monday news...
Date: 06/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists
In a historic moment, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called late yesterday for removal of the Confederate Battle Flag from the Statehouse grounds.It was the right thing to do and, to many of us, long overdue.Whatever arguments have been offered in the past for...
Date: 06/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists
If American racism were a thing of the past, nine men and women who went to church last Wednesday evening would be alive.What happened in Charleston is not unfathomable or even ambiguous. It's a story much older than the nation, a story that began when the first Africans...
Date: 06/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Maybe it was white rage that provoked a young man to kill nine innocent worshipers as they prayed. Maybe it was mental illness or some other twisted motivation. The one thing about which there can be no debate is that he had a gun.The gun is what ties the unspeakable...
Date: 06/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Unspeakable, unimaginable, incomprehensible and unthinkable are the words we've heard and used to describe the horrific murders of nine African-Americans as they prayed in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, shot by a hate-filled racist on a genocidal purge.These are all...
Date: 06/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists
WASHINGTON — The murder of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday night appears to be a horrific -- and impossible to deny -- illustration of racism in America. Federal authorities are investigating it as a hate crime. The city’s mayor called the shooting “an unfathomable and...
Date: 06/19/2015 | Nation & World
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston on Wednesday night, killing nine people, including the pastor, in an assault that authorities described as a hate crime. The shooter remained at large Thursday...
Date: 06/17/2015 | Nation & World
MEDFORD, Ore. — Sitting in the living room of his home in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Rico Valentino listened as two white supremacists hatched a scheme. What was needed, they said, was a smaller group, a specific target and a specific plan. A bomb.
Date: 05/31/2015 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — An alliance of Asian American groups on Friday filed a federal complaint against Harvard University, saying that school and other Ivy League institutions are using racial quotas to admit students other than high-scoring Asians.
Date: 05/15/2015 | Nation & World
I'm thinking of Baltimore and recalling these words: "While no one condones looting, one can understand the pent-up feelings that may result from decades of repression and people who have had members of their family killed by that regime, for them to be taking their feelings out...
Date: 05/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists
MILLIKEN, Colo. — A barbecue restaurant in northern Colorado has dropped a much-criticized plan to give white customers a 10 percent discount and will offer the savings to all diners.
Date: 05/11/2015 | Business Wire
NEW YORK — The Al-Jazeera America news network ousted its chief executive Wednesday, with the little-watched network suffering key defections and a lawsuit charging an employee with anti-Semitism.
Date: 05/07/2015 | Nation & World
The first two steps toward uplifting young black men are simple: Stop killing them and stop locking them in prison for nonviolent offenses.Subsequent steps are harder, but no real progress can be made until the basics of life and liberty are dealt with. If anything positive...
Date: 05/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists
BALTIMORE — Thousands of protesters took to the streets Saturday in the largest Freddie Gray rally yet, and after hours of peaceful demonstrations, pockets of protesters smashed out police car windows and storefronts.
Date: 04/25/2015 | Nation & World
Lovick objects to Council chairman's joke at Tulalip event
Date: 04/14/2015 | Local News
I'm standing in the Starbucks line behind 10 other sleepyheads waiting to order my tall skinny cappuccino, otherwise known as a shot of coffee described as I wish to be.Absolutely no one is talking about race.In fact, no one is talking at all except to mumble an...
Date: 03/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Starbucks and its CEO Howard Schultz set themselves up for criticism.And the media obliged, as if its name had been misspelled on its...
Date: 03/20/2015 | Editorials
I understand why University of Oklahoma President David Boren chose to expel two students for singing a vile, racist ditty at a fraternity event. There is nothing funny about lyrics that make light of lynching and repeat the n-word. If students did that at a university that I...
Date: 03/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists
See, I keep telling you that old-fashioned racism is alive and well in this country. After the fraternity bus sing-along at the University of Oklahoma, do you hear me now?Frankly, the happy-go-lucky bigotry of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity brothers —...
Date: 03/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists
National leaders of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and University of Texas officials are investigating whether the racist chant used in Oklahoma has been sung by members of other chapters.The University of Texas said in a statement that it is trying to find out if...
Date: 03/12/2015 | Nation & World
OLATHE, Kan. — A man accused of fatally shooting three people at Jewish sites in Kansas declared “Heil Hitler!” and asked how many Jews he had killed after the attacks, a police officer testified Monday during a hearing in which the man’s apology to some survivors was rejected.
Date: 03/02/2015 | Nation & World
Eva Abram will pose a formidable question in a talk Saturday at the Mukilteo Library. Her program is titled: “Defeating Racism Today: What Does It Take?”
Date: 02/25/2015 | Local News
WASHINGTON — The United States is at a crossroads on matters of race relations and law enforcement, presenting “hard truths” that the public and police must confront, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday.
Date: 02/13/2015 | Nation & World
Officer Darren Sims was first to answer the 5 a.m. call about a man lying in the street, perhaps shot. Sims spotted him and, near his left shin, a 9-millimeter semi-automatic. Sims kicked the gun to the curb and pocketed it. The body sprang to life, thrashing and bellowing, "I'm...
Date: 02/08/2015 | Nation & World
PENDLETON, Ore. — Three members of an eastern Oregon white supremacist gang have been charged in connection with a murder plot and other crimes.
Date: 01/24/2015 | Northwest
BOISE, Idaho — Six rows of parking spaces is all that separates Boise State University’s glittering basketball arena from its arch-roofed football practice field.Only a few steps from one to the other. But a longer walk for President Barack Obama.
Date: 01/21/2015 | Nation & World
I like a feeding frenzy as much as the next shark. But I can't get a taste for Rep. Steve Scalise's blood.The Louisiana Republican, newly elected No. 3 in the House leadership, was recently discovered to have spoken to a group of white supremacists. Democrats see his offense...
Date: 01/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists
Recent events from Ferguson, Missouri, to Staten Island, New York, might prompt an observer to infer that American cops are racist and that a bigoted white populace tolerates unnecessary lethal force against minorities.One might also conclude that America has a hearty...
Date: 01/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists
PARIS — An infant Gypsy girl who died suddenly will now have a resting place after one mayor refused to allow her to be buried in his town south of Paris, where the parents live in a camp.The girl’s funeral will be held on Monday in a nearby town — 10 days after her death
Date: 01/04/2015 | Nation & World
Here's some advice for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise that also applies to the Republican Party in general: If you don't want to be associated in any way with white supremacists and neo-Nazis, then stay away from them.Do not give a speech to a racist organization founded...
Date: 01/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists
SEATTLE — A man accused of beating a cab driver and telling him to “go back to your own country” pleaded not guilty Monday in Seattle to charges of a hate crime and assault.The King County prosecutor’s office says the next court hearing for Jesse Alexander Fleming, 26, is Jan. 26.
Date: 12/29/2014 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — Across the United States, white Americans show subtle or "implicit" biases against blacks — biases they mostly don't even realize they have. This has been established through lots of research, but it's not perfectly uniform across the land. Whites in...
Date: 12/20/2014 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he’s a black man who has been mistaken for the valet and worries his daughters could face stereotypes.
Date: 12/18/2014 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he's a black man who has been mistaken for the valet and worries his daughters could face stereotypes.
Date: 12/17/2014 | Nation & World
WASHINGTON — Thousands of protesters marched across the country Saturday — to Congress in the nation’s capital, along iconic Fifth Avenue in New York and in front of Boston’s Statehouse — to call attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police and urge lawmakers to take...
Date: 12/13/2014 | Nation & World
EVERETT — Snohomish County has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and retaliation against three women who work at the Denney Juvenile Justice Center.That comes...
Date: 12/11/2014 | Local News
President Obama's observation that racism is "deeply rooted" in U.S. society is an understatement. Racism is as American as the Fourth of July, and ignoring this fact doesn't make it go away.These truths, to quote a familiar document, are self-evident. Obama made...
Date: 12/09/2014 | Opinion Columnists
The words, spoken about the Eric Garner travesty in New York, were righteous and powerful."When you look at what they did to this guy and putting him in a chokehold like that, it's inexcusable — absolutely inexcusable and brutal.""How this...
Date: 12/08/2014 | Opinion Columnists
‘I can't breathe."Those were Eric Garner's last words, and today they apply to me. The decision by a Staten Island grand jury to not indict the police officer who killed him takes my breath away.In the depressing reality series that should be called...
Date: 12/07/2014 | Opinion Columnists
Viewpoints: Why racial strife across the U.S. matters here
Date: 12/07/2014 | Commentary
After a week of Ferguson protests that have roiled the country, President Obama on Monday did what he generally does in times of crisis: He had a meeting.Actually, he had three of them, all behind closed doors. He met with his Cabinet. He met with civil rights leaders. He...
Date: 12/03/2014 | Opinion Columnists
The name Ferguson should become shorthand for dehumanization.No one should have been surprised that police officer Darren Wilson was not charged in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. I've written before, and likely will have to write again, about the tragically low...
Date: 11/30/2014 | Opinion Columnists
ST. LOUIS — Citing threats of violence, Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown Aug. 9, resigned from the police department Saturday.
Date: 11/29/2014 | Nation & World
In covering the violence engulfing Ferguson, Missouri, media routinely cite the following numbers to explain the frustration of the minority community there:Ferguson's population is two-thirds African-American, yet the mayor, five of the six city council members and nearly...
Date: 11/28/2014 | Opinion Columnists
For months, Ferguson, Missouri, made headlines following officer Darren Wilson's shooting of an unarmed Michael Brown as the nation waited for a decision as to whether Wilson would be indicted. How can we account for the fact that there is racial divide within the community...
Date: 11/28/2014 | Commentary
"Ninety-three percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We're talking about the exception here."— Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Nov. 23, 2014
Date: 11/26/2014 | Nation & World
FERGUSON, Mo. — Crews erected barricades Saturday around the building where a grand jury has been considering whether to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, even as a grand jury decision seemed unlikely this weekend.
Date: 11/22/2014 | Nation & World
Nearly 50 years ago, a series of events involving sex, official corruption and a most unlikely ending began unraveling in Washington. It was plot that makes anything seen on the fervid television series “Scandal” look tame.
Date: 11/16/2014 | Nation & World
FLEMINGTON, N.J. — A New Jersey man who said he was a member of “Hitler’s Order” has lost custody of his son after he argued the state made no effort to find a psychologist who was not Jewish.An appeals court labeled the man’s arguments “unpersuasive.”
Date: 11/08/2014 | Nation & World
SEATTLE — A group of African American workers is suing the companies hired to dig Sound Transit’s light rail tunnel between the University of Washington and Capitol Hill in Seattle, saying they were assigned demeaning tasks and quickly fired because of their race.
Date: 09/23/2014 | Northwest
WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said he walked out of a speech Wednesday night to a Christian organization after some audience members booed his comments in support of Israel and the Jewish people.
Date: 09/11/2014 | Nation & World
EVERETT — During her three years leading the Snohomish County Human Rights Commission, Meg Winch has helped the group define its role of educating the public and advising county officials.Proud as...
Date: 08/20/2014 | Local News
The Confederate flag I spotted last week could have been darn near anywhere. It could have been in Everett, rural Snohomish County or on Whidbey Island. But it wasn't. It was flying from a house along...
Date: 08/13/2014 | Local News
David ”Joey” Pedersen wanted to start a white supremacist revolution, so he came up with a plan to massacre Jews in the Pacific Northwest in hopes of inspiring copycats.
Date: 08/06/2014 | Northwest