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Lafayette theater shooter had history of 'erratic behavior,' court documents say

John Russell "Rusty" Houser -- the gunman in Thursday's movie theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana -- earned a law degree, operated taverns, ran for public office and loved political debate. He was something of a public figure in Columbus, Georgia.

Two women killed in Louisiana theater shooting

One co-owned a gift and toy shop. Another was a college student who also worked at a women's clothing store and planned to start radiology school in the coming days.

Troubled man kills 2, himself at a Lafayette, Louisiana, movie theater

John Russell Houser apparently penned anti-government, anti-media blog posts. He was subject to a 2008 restraining order in which his then-wife and daughter were "fearful of him," police said. He spent time that year and the next getting treated for ...

Bill Cosby’s public moralizing was his undoing

For decades, Bill Cosby cast himself as America’s dad and then as America’s granddad, a moralist with tough talk for young people about acting responsibly. It was that image that proved to be his undoing.

NNPA Celebrates 75th Year Informer’s Rolark Barnes Elected as Chairman

The black press boasts a long and colorful history and has weathered a host of storms since 1827 when “Freedom’s Journal” became the country’s first black-owned newspaper.

For Black Homeowners, the Great Recession Is Not Over

Most economists agree that the Great Recession, sparked by the housing market crash, officially ended in 2009, but the fallout from the crisis will continue to hurt black families, especially black homeowners, for decades to come, according to a new ...

The Confederate Flag Debate!

Chanting “bring it down, bring it down,’’ hundreds gathered in Tuesday’s sweltering heat demanding the removal of the Confederate battle flag from outside South Carolina’s Statehouse.

White Mob Attack and Brutal Double Stabbing in Chicago

Four have been charged with attempted murder in a vicious May 30 double stabbing attack on a Black man and woman at a park in the largely Irish neighborhood known as Canaryville on Chicago’s Southside.

The Many Faces of Rachel Dolezal

Since news first broke last week that the now former head of the Spokane NAACP chapter in Washington portrayed herself as Black — even though she was born white — people have not stopped talking about her.

Georgia’s Permit Rules Keep Ex-Cons Jobless

Some 50,000 blacks in Georgia are barred by law from working in 20 occupations that require a professional license because of their prior criminal convictions.

Community Efforts Urged to Curb Mass Incarceration

The Black community should take a larger role in curbing mass incarceration and be less reliant on public officials to slow prison growth, says Rev. Hebert Brown III, community organizer and leader of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore.

Friends, Family Honor Slain Journalist

Thirty. That is the number of journalists killed on the job so far in 2015, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists,

#CHIRAQ: More Than Just a Nickname, a Shameful and Tragic Reality for Many

On Monday, May 18, Rahm Emanuel stood on stage at The Chicago Theatre, a landmark located on State Street in the famed Loop, to take the oath of office beginning his second term as mayor.

Activists Take To Streets As Baltimore Records 100th Homicide of Year

One day after the 100th homicide in Baltimore was recorded, a group held a rally calling for people to get involved in stopping the violence wracking the city.

Number of Americans on assistance may be leveling off

The once-increasing number of Americans getting some kind of public assistance from the U.S. government may be slowing down, according to new information from the U.S. Census Bureau.