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  • Robert E. Lee’s great-great grandson OK with Confederate statues coming down

    The great-great grandson of Gen. Robert E. Lee condemned last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and said it might be “appropriate” for Confederate statues to be exhibited in a museum. “Eventually, someone is going to have to make a decision, and if that’s the local lawmaker, so be it. But we have to be able to have that conversation without all of the hatred and the violence. And if they choose to take those statues down, fine,” Robert E. Lee […]

  • No Powerball winners; jackpot climbs to $510 million

    Here we go again. After Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing yielded no jackpot winners, the prize climbed from $430 million to a gargantuan $510 million. The numbers drawn Wednesday were 9, 15, 43, 60, 64 and the Powerball was 4. The grand prize pool has been growing since June 10 — meaning there have been 19 straight drawings with no winner. The current jackpot would be the 8th largest U.S. lottery prize of all time. That includes jackpots from past Powerball […]

  • Heather Heyer memorial: Killing ‘just magnified her,’ mother says

      CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Heather Heyer once posted on Facebook an anonymous quote that resonated after her violent death: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention,” the quote, displayed on a purple background, reads. Her mother made that a call to action Wednesday in a memorial service for the 32-year-old Charlottesville paralegal, who was killed Saturday when a car hit her and other counterprotesters who opposed a “Unite the Right” rally of white nationalists. “They tried to kill my child to shut her […]

  • Former Presidents H.W. and W. Bush denounce racism in wake of Charlottesville

    WASHINGTON — Former Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush joined the chorus of lawmakers speaking out to condemn the racist violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. But the statement, coming one day after President Donald Trump was widely criticized for appearing to draw a moral equivalency between white supremacists and those protesting against them, did not directly address the President’s response. “America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms. As […]

  • Cedar Point unveils new ‘Steel Vengeance’ roller coaster

    SANDUSKY, Ohio — Cedar Point showed off its newest attraction on Wednesday. The coaster, called “Steel Vengeance,” replaces the “Mean Streak” in FrontierLand. It’s set to open in the spring of 2018. Cedar Point said Steel Vengeance is the tallest, fastest and longest hybrid roller coaster in the world. The coaster has a wooden frame laced with steel track. It stands more than 200 feet tall.

  • Obama’s Charlottesville tweet is now the most liked in Twitter history

    Former President Barack Obama’s tweet reacting to the attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, is the most liked tweet ever on the social network. Obama tweeted a quote from Nelson Mandela’s 1994 autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” Saturday that said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more […]

  • Here are the Confederate memorials that will be removed after Charlottesville

    More than 150 years after the Civil War ended, the Confederacy is memorialized with statues, monuments and historical markers across the United States. Some say they mark history and honor heritage. Others argue they are racist symbols of America’s dark legacy of slavery. A nationwide debate surrounding this issue has been underway since Dylann Roof killed nine African-Americans in a Charleston church in 2015, in an effort to “start a race war.” And it flared up again after white nationalists […]

  • Trump says both sides to blame amid Charlottesville backlash

    (CNN) — In a remarkable news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower, President Donald Trump blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday on both sides of the conflict, equating the white supremacists on one side with the “alt-left” on the other side. “I think there is blame on both sides,” he said. “What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, the alt-right, do they have any semblance of guilt?” Trump said. “What about the fact they […]

  • Twitter users are outing Charlottesville demonstrators

     (CNN) — An online crowdsourcing campaign is underway to identify demonstrators who attended white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. The campaign, led by a Twitter account, @YesYoureRacist, asks people on social media to identify white nationalists who appear in news photos of “Unite the Right” rallies. It’s been credited with outing a University of Nevada student, who acknowledges attending a rally in Charlottesville Friday night but maintains he is not a racist. “I did not expect the photo […]

  • Deadly rally accelerates removal of Confederate statues

    In Gainesville, Florida, workers hired by the Daughters of the Confederacy chipped away at a Confederate soldier’s statue, loaded it quietly on a truck and drove away with little fanfare. In Baltimore, Mayor Catherine Pugh said she’s ready to tear down all of her city’s Confederate statues, and the city council voted to have them destroyed. San Antonio lawmakers are looking ahead to removing a statue from a prominent downtown park. The deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, is […]