Map Shows States Where Juneteenth Is Recognized as a Public Holiday - Juneteenth National Independence Day was launched to celebrate the end of slavery in the U.S.—but not all citizens will enjoy a day off to mark the occasion. America’s newest federal holiday, named after a contraction of the date “June Nineteenth,” commemorates the events of June 19 in 1865. On that day, some 250,000 still-enslaved African Americans […]
Crime In The Neighborhood - It happened right in front of my house. Last Friday morning, at 3:30 a.m. to be exact, my nanny heard noises. She went to the window and saw two men climbing under her late model Toyota Tacoma truck. She found her key fob and immediately sounded the alarm, and the two men quickly drove off […]
News From Around the South, 6/10 to 6/17 - ALABAMA: Death of Juneteenth Bill in Alabama Legislature Sparks Accusations A bill that would have made Juneteenth a state holiday died in the Alabama Legislature, leading to accusations from the sponsor about the reasons why. HB 4, sponsored by Rep. Juandalynn Givan, D-Birmingham, would have made Juneteenth, commemorating the end of American slavery, a state holiday. […]
War and the Constitution - Can the president fight any war he wishes? Can Congress fund any war it chooses? Are there constitutional and legal requirements that must first be met before war is waged? Can the United States legally attack an ally? These questions should be front and center in a debate over the U.S. involvement in Ukraine. Sadly, […]
Volunteers are Racing to Save the Crumbling Mason-Dixon Line - I can no longer see Wayne Aubertin, but I can still hear him: his legs thwacking through the underbrush, his labored breath. “Come on!” he yells at no one in particular. A few minutes later I emerge into a clearing of young saplings and find the 58-year-old surveyor cross-legged in the leaves, folded over a […]