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Three black police officers from the Baltimore police department have been charged in the death of Freddie Gray.
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Three Black Baltimore Cops among Those Charged with Freddie Gray’s Death

What is the role of black police officers? By Frederick H. Lowe Three African-American police officers in Baltimore have been charged with a range of crimes related to the death of Freddie Gray, a 25 year-old man who suffered a severe neck injury after police arrested him and transported him in a paddy wagon. Gray’s death has been ruled a […]

Ben E. King  died last week of natural causes.
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Iconic R&B Singer, Prolific Songwriter Ben E. King Dies

Ben E. King, who was best known for recording “Stand By Me,” Spanish Harlem,” and for a time The Drifters lead singer, died of natural causes Thursday in New Jersey. Mr. King, who lived in Teaneck, was 76. In addition to “Stand by Me” and “Spanish Harlem,” Mr. King’s other hit recordings included “Supernatural Thing,” “Don’t Play That Song,” “I […]

Surgeon Dr. Levi Watkins performed the first
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Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., the first heart surgeon to implant an automatic heart defibrillator into a human patient, died April 11 from  a heart attack in Baltimore. Dr. Watkins was 70. His death was announced by Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, where in 1970 he became the  school’s first African-American medical intern. He later […]

Former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke coordinated the capture and arrest of the Boston Srangler.
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Former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke Coordinated the Arrest of the Boston Strangler

Brooke died Saturday By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, the first popularly elected African American to serve in the U.S. Senate since Reconstruction, died Saturday at his home in Coral Gables, Fla. Sen. Brooke, a Republican, who served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1967 to 1979, was 95 years old. Before Brooke was elected to […]