The Race Card Project: Six-Word Essays
7:38 am
Wed August 14, 2013

A Postman's 1963 Walk For Justice, Cut Short On An Alabama Road

Civil rights activist William Moore made several one-man marches for racial equality. In April 1963, he was killed during a march from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Jackson, Miss.
Baltimore Sun

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 6:43 am

In April of 1963, a Baltimore mailman set off to deliver the most important letter in his life — one he wrote himself. William Lewis Moore decided to walk along Highway 11 from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Jackson, Miss., hoping to hand-deliver his letter to Gov. Ross Barnett. Moore wanted Barnett to fundamentally change Mississippi's racial hierarchy — something unthinkable for a Southern politician at the time.

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Crime
6:30 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Victim's Daughter Doesn't Want Mob Boss Bulger Brought To Tulsa

Boston Jail
Credit tehjoyof / Flickr.com

Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris says hasn't decided whether to bring convicted Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger to Oklahoma to stand trial on a Tulsa murder charge.

The daughter of the victim says she hopes Bulger is not brought back.

Bulger was convicted Monday in federal court in Boston of taking part in 11 murders — including the 1981 shooting death of Tulsa businessman Roger Wheeler. First-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges were filed against Bulger in the case in 2001.

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Movies
3:57 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

"August: Osage County" To Premiere At Toronto Film Fest

Film Crew At Work On "August: Osage County" In Pawhuska
Credit Vickie Madden Photography / Flickr.com

A feature film about the lives of Oklahoma woman will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:31 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

OKC’s Tab For Tapping Sardis Water Could Be $1 Billion

Sardis Lake
Credit Olliehigh / Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma City already depends on water from southeastern Oklahoma, but the 60-inch, 100-mile pipeline from Lake Atoka ain’t enough.

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State Capitol
11:19 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Oops: Fallin's Special Session Order Includes Typo

Gov. Mary Fallin's August 12, 2013 executive order. Democratic Senate Leader Sean Burrage called the special session "a waste of time and taxpayer dollars." In a news release, he said it will cost close to a $250,000 to fix a problem he says was created by the Republican majority.
Credit Provided (Photo Illustration by Brian Hardzinski) / Gov. Mary Fallin

Gov. Mary Fallin has reissued a call for a special legislative session to address changes in Oklahoma's civil justice system after she made reference to a part of the state constitution that doesn't exist.

Fallin issued an amended executive order on Tuesday that advised the Legislature not to violate Article 5, Section 57, which requires that each bill address only one subject.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court referenced that section of the Oklahoma Constitution when they overturned a 2009 civil justice bill two months ago.

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Native American
9:50 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Authorities Working To Bring Cherokee Girl, Father To South Carolina

Credit Cherokee Nation

A South Carolina sheriff says he is working with authorities to figure out how to bring a Cherokee girl from Oklahoma to her adoptive parents.

Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said Monday he is also working with state and federal authorities to bring biological father Dusten Brown to South Carolina to face charges.

The 3-year-old named Veronica has been living with Brown since 2011, but courts have finalized her adoption by a Charleston-area couple.

Brown was charged with custodial interference after he failed to appear at a scheduled meeting Aug. 4.

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Affordable Care Act
8:48 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Oklahoma's Federal Health Care Lawsuit Allowed To Continue

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Credit Oklahoma Attorney General's Office

A federal judge has denied part of the federal government's motion to dismiss Oklahoma's lawsuit challenging the new federal health care law.

U.S. District Judge Ronald White handed down the ruling Monday in Muskogee. The ruling grants parts of the government's request to dismiss the case but denies other parts.

White rejected the government's argument that Oklahoma lacked standing to challenge the law. The decision means that parts of the lawsuit, filed by OklahomaAttorney General Scott Pruitt in 2011, will continue to be litigated.

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Code Switch
8:03 am
Tue August 13, 2013

How Would You Kill The N-Word?

In 2007, the NAACP held a mock burial for the N-word to symbolize its campaign to stamp out the word's usage. But it's proved to be a hardy foe.
Carlos Osorio AP

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 9:10 am

We've decided to take a weekly look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology or just because it has an interesting story.

NOTE TO READERS: This is a post about one of the harshest racial slurs in American English. In the interest of forthrightness, we're going to use the slur throughout this essay. In other words, you'll see "nigger" used throughout the essay. We understand that the word is upsetting, so we wanted to offer people a chance to opt out now

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Special Session Called
5:20 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Fallin Ends Suspense And Calls Special Session

Oklahoma State Capital Building
Credit rutio / Flickr.com

Governor Mary Fallin finally ended the speculation that a special session would be called by issuing an executive order today for the Oklahoma Legislature to meet beginning Tuesday, September 3. The executive order calls on lawmakers to re-institute components of House Bill 1603, a comprehensive lawsuit reform package signed into law in 2009.

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Prison Overcrowding
4:20 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Lawmakers Want Prison Funding Discussed In Special Session

Prison Window
Credit Jelle Vancoppenolle / Flickr.com

Some Oklahoma lawmakers with state prison facilities in their districts are asking Gov. Mary Fallin to include corrections funding in any special legislative session she calls.

Nine state senators and 12 members of the House have signed a petition calling for corrections funding to be addressed if a special session is called by the governor.

Fallin is considering calling a special session to consider restoring laws overturned by the state Supreme Court that were designed to cut businesses' legal liability costs.

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