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LOCAL RACE AND/OR POLITICS ROUNDUP

1.11.2008



LOUISIANA
$3 quadrillion dollars? Austin Powers would be proud.

Someone in Baker, Louisiana is either crazy or really, really mad. Katrina's victims ask for huge checks - Yahoo! News

"A whopping $3,014,170,389,176,410 is the dollar figure so far sought from some of the largest claims filed against the federal government over damage from the failure of levees and flood walls following the Aug. 29, 2005, hurricane. Of roughly 489,000 total claims, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it has received 247 for at least $1 billion apiece, including the one for $3 quadrillion.
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NEW YORK
White firefighters in Buffalo claimed discrimination in favor of black firefighters despite better scores. They won a lawsuit, but a huge thing is going on. The leader of the group got demoted and things are getting worse. Firefighters Claim Racism WKBW - TV Buffalo, New York Local News
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MASSACHUSETTS
There's racism in Massachusetts? Noooooo!!!!!

"More than a year after it convicted a black trash hauler of murder, a jury returned to court for an extraordinary hearing on whether racism influenced its verdict."

Jurors in a Cape Cod Murder Case Testify About Racial Remarks - New York Times

"The defendant in that trial, Christopher M. McCowen, is serving a life sentence for raping and killing Christa Worthington, a white fashion writer from a wealthy family, at her bungalow in Truro in 2002. But three jurors now say that others made racist remarks during the trial; if Judge Gary A. Nickerson of Barnstable Superior Court finds those contentions credible, he could order a new trial."

The best WTF??!! statement of the whole article = "One of those jurors remarked that the bruises on Ms. Worthington’s body, as seen in evidence photographs, were consistent with “if a big black man hit her,” Ms. Bohanna testified."
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