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Feds Indict 3 in Cross Burning Incident at African-American Home in Ark.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Hate still burns in certain corners of the country.

The Justice Department on Tuesday announced the indictment of three men on charges of burning a cross in the backyard of an African-American resident in Saldo, Ark.

James Bradley Branscum, Tony Branscum, both of Salado, Ark., and Curtis Coffee of Batesville, Ark., were indicted in connection with the Aug. 28 incident.

Man Celebrated Pres. Obama’s Election By Burning Down African-American Church

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By Glynnesha Taylor
ticklethewire.com

Not everyone rejoiced the day after President Obama was elected as the first African-American President.

In fact, Massachusetts resident Benjamin Haskell, 23, celebrated by burning down a yet to be completed, predominantly African-American church in Springfield, Mass., on Nov. 5, 2008, the morning after the election, authorities said.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to burning down the structure of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ that was 75 percent completed, the Justice Department said.

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State Cop Could Be Massachusetts’ First African American U.S. Marshal

It’s interesting that in the year 2009 they are just breaking a racial barrier in a law enforcement post.

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By Milton J. Valencia
Boston Globe
BOSTON — A 30-year veteran of the State Police who has spent much of his career in investigative units could be named the next US marshal for the District of Massachusetts, and would be the first African-American to hold the post.

Detective Lieutenant John Gibbons was nominated by US Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry to become the first permanent marshal the district has had since 2005. President Obama must send the nomination to the Senate Judiciary Committee for confirmation, but historically, a state’s senior senator makes the nomination.

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