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Actor takes the stand, denies ‘hoax’

Nearly three years after Jussie Smollett reported to police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack, the ex-“Empire” actor took the witness stand Monday at his trial to defend himself against charges of staging a hoax.  Smollett began testifying about his account of what happened in January 2019 in an attempt to refute damaging […]

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Emmett Till’s murder case closed after Justice reopened it in 2017

The Justice Department is closing its investigation into the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, whose abduction and vicious assault united the civil rights movement, the department announced Monday. Till’s surviving family members were informed of the decision in Chicago by Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, chief of the department’s Civil Rights Division. Till, a Black 14-year-old, […]

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Actor takes the stand, denies ‘hoax’

Nearly three years after Jussie Smollett reported to police that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack, the ex-“Empire” actor took the witness stand Monday at his trial to defend himself against charges of staging a hoax.  Smollett began testifying about his account of what happened in January 2019 in an attempt to refute damaging […]

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New York mandates vaccine for private sector; COVID travel rules start

A vaccine mandate for private-sector workers across New York City will take effect this month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. The expansion of de Blasio’s “Key to NYC” vaccination program, effective Dec. 27, will cover 184,000 businesses, he said. Vaccinations are already required for hospital and nursing home workers – and city employees including teachers, […]

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For Democrats, Republicans to put politics aside

Sen. Bob Dole This is Sen. Dole’s final op-ed. He began drafting it, with pen and paper, in October and finished it on Nov. 23. He died on Sunday. Dwight Eisenhower said that America is best described by the word freedom. It’s an all-purpose sort of word, one that we salute like the flag on […]

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NASA astronaut class of 2021: New space explorers announced

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. –  NASA announced its latest class of astronauts Monday, a group of 10 men and women who will train for missions covering the expanse from low-Earth orbit to the moon. Flanked by T-38 Talon jets to be used over their two-year training course at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, NASA officials introduced the 2021 class of six […]

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