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Eighth graders in Biloxi, Miss., will no longer be required to read “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about racial inequality and the civil rights movement that has been taught in countless classrooms and influenced generations of readers. Kenny Holloway, the vice president of the Biloxi School Board, told The Sun Herald there had been complaints about the book. “There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable, and we can teach the same...

The ACLU is calling the city of Dickinson's hurricane repair grant application unconstitutional because it asks applicants to not boycott Israel, according to a news release from the civil rights non-profit. The city posted on its website that grant applications are being accepted for money donated to the Dickinson Harvey Relief fund. The application allows residents to apply for funds to help in rebuilding a home or business impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Applicants must agree that they "...

Quentin Tarantino admitted knowing for decades about Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct, confessing in an interview published on Thursday to feeling ashamed that he did not stop working with the mogul. "I knew enough to do more than I did," the Oscar-winning filmmaker told the New York Times, citing several episodes involving prominent actresses. "There was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn't secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things."...

Samuel Hiller and three co-defendants used the money to cover personal expenses, including a family wedding, home renovations and jewelry. A New York City rabbi has been sentenced to prison for stealing $5 million in funding intended for disabled preschoolers. Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown and State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced Tuesday that Samuel Hiller will spend one to three years behind bars.

Hiller was assistant director of the now-defunct Island Child...

A noted Swiss investor and business-television commentator Marc Faber faced backlash Tuesday for comments in a newsletter thanking God that “white people populated America, and not the blacks.” CNBC and Fox Business Network said they will no longer book Faber on their shows, and he has been asked to step down from at least one company board.

In response to the criticism, Faber decried what he saw as threats to the freedom of speech. “If you have to live in a society where you cannot...

Last week, former child actor Corey Feldman (Stand by Me, The Goonies) tweeted that he’d been asked for a statement about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual-harassment and rape allegations. It makes sense, since he has spent years speaking out about sexual abuse in Hollywood—not of women, but of young men. He has long alleged that pedophilia is the worst problem in Hollywood and that it’s in part responsible for his best friend Corey Haim’s eventual death by drug overdose.

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A school resource officer in Kentucky who handcuffed young children acted unreasonably and violated the children’s constitutional rights, a federal judge ruled this week. Two children, ages 8 and 9, were handcuffed by Kevin Sumner, a school resource officer with Covington Independent Public Schools. They were cuffed behind their backs, and the cuffs were placed above their elbows because the restraints would have slipped off their wrists. Video of the handcuffing of the 8-year-old went viral...

The family of a Muslim Marines recruit who died at a military boot camp last year is suing the US government over allegations of Islamophobic hazing and abuse. The lawsuit, which asks for a $100m in compensation, accuses the government of “negligence on multiple levels of command” that led to 20-year-old Raheel Siddiqui's death. The Muslim American recruit, who was the son of Pakistani immigrants, fell from the third floor at the camp, and his death was ruled a suicide. He was allegedly the...

White nationalists briefly rallied on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, where violent clashes in August led to the death of a woman who was run down by a car. A few dozen white nationalists, led by so-called "alt-right" activist Richard Spencer and carrying torches gathered at Emancipation Park near a covered statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, the removal of which was blocked by a court pending the outcome of a legal challenge. Spencer posted a video on Twitter showing the...

As white supremacists prepared to descend on Charlottesville, Virginia, in August, the FBI warned about a new movement that was violent, growing, and racially motivated. Only it wasn’t white supremacists; it was “black identity extremists.” Amid a rancorous debate over whether the Trump administration has downplayed the threat posed by white supremacist groups, the FBI’s counterterrorism division has declared that black identity extremists pose a growing threat of premeditated violence...

The United States has formally notified the UN’s world heritage body Unesco that it is withdrawing its membership of the organisation, citing “continuing anti-Israel bias” and “mounting arrears”. The US would seek to “remain engaged ... as a non-member observer state in order to contribute US views, perspectives and expertise”, a state department statement added.

Unesco’s director general Irina Bokova said she had received formal notification of withdrawal from the US secretary of...

In August, two men were charged in the beating of a black man during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Va., in an assault that was captured on video and widely shared. On Monday, a local magistrate in Charlottesville issued an arrest warrant for the man who was beaten, accusing him of the same felony offense.

DeAndre Harris, 20, was beaten with a metal pipe and wooden boards by at least six men inside a parking garage on Aug. 12, and efforts to identify his assailants...

A Palestinian runner who has completed nine marathons in the last two years has been denied entry to the United States to run the Chicago marathon. Mohammad Alqadi, 27, is a Palestinian refugee from Jenin in the West Bank who now lives in France. He came to prominence after running numerous marathons while holding the Palestinian flag.

His application to visit the US was rejected on the grounds that he failed to meet requirements that he will "return to a foreign country after a...

A fireman from Franklin Township in Ohio has been suspended for posting on Facebook that he would rather save a dog than a “n*gger” during an emergency. According to WHIO, volunteer fireman Tyler Roysdon has been suspended over the racist Facebook post which has since been taken down. The report notes that Roysdon wrote that if he had to choose between saving a dog and an African American man from a burning building, he’d save the dog’s life because “one dog is more important than a million...

A man has been arrested on suspicion of committing a hate crime in New York after police say he beat and abused a mother and daughter, calling them "dirty Muslims." The women, who are Jewish, were leaving a subway station at New York's 67th Avenue when they came across a man police say was Dimitrios Zias, 40, who was drunk. "Go back to your f***ing country you dirty Muslims," Mr Zias is alleged to have said, before spitting in the 37-year-old daughter's face and punching her to the ground....