Former officer’s trial in George Floyd’s death gets underway

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI (Associated Press) The former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd went on trial Monday, with prosecutors promptly showing the jury the video of Derek Chauvinpressing his knee on the Black man’s neck for several minutes as onlookers yelled at Chauvin to get off and Floyd gasped that he couldn’t breathe. In opening statements, prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told the jury that the number to remember was

North Carolina to Open COVID Vaccines to All Adults April 7

BY BRYAN ANDERSON Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — All North Carolinians who are at least 16 years old will qualify for a COVID-19 vaccine April 7, state health officials and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday. Meanwhile, essential workers not yet vaccinated can get their shot starting March 31. The bumped up distribution timeline comes as lack of demand has prompted some counties to already administer doses to the

#SheLeads – Women Making History as Heads of State

By Dr. Joy Martinez, Staff Writer Women are making history as heads of state. The first woman to be democratically elected as prime minister of a country was Sirimavo Bandaranaike of Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka), when she led her party to victory at the 1960 general election. The first woman to serve as president of a country was Isabel Martínez de Perón of Argentina, who as vice-president succeeded to the

Are you a victim of Smishing?

By Terrell Headen, Special to The Carolinian Have you received a text from a company you do business with, such as your bank, UPS, a mobile provider, or a tech service like Netflix or PayPal claiming your account has expired or been locked, that there’s been some suspicious activity or you missed a delivery and you need to provide personal information or click on a link to reactivate it? That

Colorado Shooting Victims Included Store Workers, Officer

BY Jennifer Peltz, Corey Williams and Heather Hollingsworth (AP) Three were gunned down while putting in a day’s work at a Colorado supermarket. Another was a police officer who raced in to try to rescue them and others from the attack that left 10 dead.  A picture of the victims of Monday’s shooting began to emerge as the suspect in the killings remained hospitalizedTuesday but was expected to be booked into

China, Russia Officials Meet In Show Of Unity Against EU, US

BEIJING (AP) — The foreign ministers of China and Russia affirmed their countries’ close ties at a meeting Tuesday, amid intense criticism and new Western sanctions against them over human rights.  Wang Yi and Sergei Lavrov rejected outside sniping at their authoritarian political systems and said they were working to further global progress on issues from climate change to the coronavirus pandemic.  At their initial meeting in the southern Chinese

Civil Rights Trail From NC to MS

From the port where enslaved Africans entered America to the home where Medgar Evers was murdered, a new guidebook helps readers explore for themselves the history, the landmarks and the watershed moments of the Black American struggle for equality and justice. In “Moon U.S. Civil Rights Trail: A Traveler’s Guide to the People, Places and Events that Made the Movement,” author Deborah D. Douglas explores destinations like Selma, Alabama, and

BIPOC is Minimizing Blackness

By Dr. Joy Martinez, Staff Writer Black people in America have been called by many names - African American, Negro, colored and the unspeakable word that rhymes with bigger. In the last year, as protests against police brutality and racism have flooded the streets and social media, another term has been ascribed to the population: BIPOC. The term seems to have been first used in a 2013 Tweet, but is

Minorities underrepresented in service academy nominations

By Pat Eaton-Robb (AP) Minority students are significantly underrepresented when it comes to getting nominations from members of Congress to attend the nation’s military service academies, according to an analysis released Wednesday.  The study by the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School included nearly 25 years of admissions nomination data from the Military Academy at West Point, the Naval Academy and the

Georgia massage parlor shootings leave 8 dead; man captured

By Kate Brumback, AP Shootings at two massage parlors in Atlanta and one in the suburbs Tuesday evening left eight people dead, many of them women of Asian descent, authorities said. A 21-year-old man suspected in the shootings was taken into custody in southwest Georgia hours later after a manhunt, police said. The attacks began around 5 p.m., when five people were shot at Youngs Asian Massage Parlor in a