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Top Headlines: Atlanta Still Dealing With Cyber Attack, Woman Behind Brown vs Board of Education Dies, Attorney General Planning An Update In Alton Sterling Shooting Case …And More

(Atlanta, GA) – The city of Atlanta continues to struggle with a massive cyber attack. In a news briefing yesterday, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said response teams are working around the clock to fix the problem. The cyber attack hit city computer systems last week.3265415_1280x720The woman at the heart of a landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case that ended school segregation is dead. Linda Brown was just nine-years-old when her father tried to enroll her in an all-white elementary school near their home instead of an all-black school that was farther away. danvile_front.page_-1024x587She was not allowed to attend the school, so he sued the Topeka Board of Education over its segregation policies. “Brown vs. Board of Education” went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in 1954 unanimously ruled that having separate schools for black and white students was unconstitutional.Alton-Sterling-killed-by-Baton-Rouge-police-1000x532-1The Louisiana attorney general is planning an update today on the Alton Sterling shooting investigation. The 37-year-old African-American man was shot and killed two years ago after he allegedly reached for a gun during an altercation with two white police officers in Baton Rouge. The Louisiana attorney general has to decide whether to bring criminal charges against the officers involved in the shooting.

UPDATE: Louisiana’s attorney general has ruled out criminal charges against two white Baton Rouge police officers in the fatal shooting of a black man whose death fueled widespread protests.

Attorney General Jeff Landry’s announcement Tuesday comes nearly 11 months after the Justice Department ruled out federal criminal charges in Alton Sterling’s July 2016 death.

donald-trumps-alleged-affair-with-stormy-daniel-lasted-11-months-while-he-was-married-melania-was-pregnant-ftrPresident Trump maintains he never had an affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2006. So said White House spokesman Raj Shah in a briefing Monday. He also expressed skepticism on Daniels’ claim that she was pressured to remain silent and threatened by a man in a parking lot in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Daniels is suing President Trump’s lawyer for defamation. The day after her “60 Minutes” interview detailing the affair she says she had with Trump, Daniels filed a suit accusing lawyer Michael Cohen of portraying her as a liar. The new legal action is tagged onto Daniels’ previous suit to get out of an agreement to keep quiet about the alleged affair.  140529090640-01-census-0529-large-169The 2020 U.S. Census will include a question about citizenship status for the first time in decades. The Commerce Department announced the decision yesterday, even after critics warned that the move could result in a massive drop in response rate from immigrants fearing that they could be deported. In a statement, the Commerce Department said the data will, “permit more effective enforcement” of the Voting Rights Act.

 

 

 

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Heartbreaking Grief As Family Lays Slain Father Of Five To Rest

(SL) – After such a violent death, Alton Sterling looked peaceful as family members and friends said goodbye to the 37-year old  who was shot dead by two white police officers who pinned him down outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge where he was selling CDs.

Thousands of people attended the funeral at Southern University to remember the father of five whose slaying sparked a wave of protests across the country.  His aunt Sandra, still overwhelmed by his death ten days ago, had to be restrained by two men as she walked past her nephew’s body.

Sterling’s death was captured on cellphone video and circulated widely on the internet. His death, along with another fatal police shooting in Minnesota last week, sparked widespread outrage among many African-Americans over the treatment of blacks by police.

Among the mourners was Claire Carter, who came to Sterling’s visitation inside the basketball arena at Southern University, a historically black college in north Baton Rouge. She, like so many others, said she wanted aggressive policing to end.

Sterling’s encounter with police ‘went too far’ when officers tackled him and used a stun gun on him, she said. Police have said they found a gun in his pocket. But no gun is visible on the video.

Carter said she bought a rhythm and blues CD from Sterling about a year ago and took it out and played it again after his death.

Sterling’s funeral started with a gospel choir singing hymns, as many in the crowd of a couple thousand joined in.

Gary Chambers, a spokesman for the Sterling family and master of ceremonies for the funeral, said at the beginning that the event was intended to be a celebration of Sterling’s life – not an opportunity for demonstrations about his death.

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‘If you want to protest please leave now,’ he told the crowd, which included two senior advisers to President Barack Obama.

Sterling was selling CDs outside the store, as he had done for years, when he was killed by police responding to a call of a man threatening someone with a gun.