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Make Abortion More Available During the Pandemic — Not Less

It’s hardly new for anti-abortion politicians to seize on any excuse to try to restrict women’s bodily autonomy, but it is a new low to exploit a pandemic that’s already cost hundreds of American lives, and threatens many thousands more. In recent days, leaders in several states — including Texas, Ohio and Louisiana — have […]

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A Different Kind of Storm: New Orleans Facing Deadly Virus Outbreak

NEW ORLEANS — Yanti Turang, an emergency room nurse at a New Orleans hospital, walked out into the parking lot in full protective gear early this month to meet a woman with flulike symptoms who had just returned home after a layover in South Korea. The woman was immediately taken to an isolation room. Around […]

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How Are We Supposed to Vote During a Pandemic?

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it Tuesdays and Thursdays. Will New York postpone its primary? (Maybe.) Do polling places have hand sanitizer? (Don’t count on it.) And what happens if President Trump tries to cancel the election? (Probably not what you think.) As the coronavirus […]

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How Coronavirus Has Affected the 2020 Primary Campaign Calendar

As the coronavirus outbreak upends the presidential campaign, we’re keeping tabs on postponements and cancellations in the election calendar and on major changes for voting. The upheaval began Tuesday, March 10, as the Biden, Sanders and Trump campaigns started canceling rallies and converting forums and fund-raising events into online meetups. Louisiana then became the first […]

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Could the 2020 Election Be Postponed? Only With Great Difficulty. Here’s Why.

The coronavirus outbreak is inflicting new disruptions on the 2020 presidential campaign by the day, but few compare to Louisiana’s decision on Friday to reschedule its upcoming primary election. It was a highly unusual development in an American political campaign, though not an entirely unprecedented one. So how much disruption can voters expect in the […]

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Louisiana Becomes 1st State to Postpone Primary as the Coronavirus Crisis Continues

Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty Images) Two weeks ago, few U.S. citizens would have been able to predict the coronavirus would cause “cancel culture” to take on a literal meaning. No one would have expected the NBA to announce that its 2020 season would be suspended indefinitely, that President Donald Trump would be announcing travel bans […]

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The Supreme Court’s Fictional Middle Ground on Abortion

Following last week’s argument in a Louisiana abortion case, the consensus among attentive Supreme Court-watchers is that the outcome depends on Chief Justice John Roberts, who seemed not to share Justice Samuel Alito’s visceral dislike of abortion clinics and his deep suspicion of doctors who work in them. I agree. Further, many of these close […]

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A New Supreme Court Hears Its First Big Abortion Case

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday on a challenge to a Louisiana law that its opponents say would leave the state with only one doctor in a single clinic authorized to provide abortions. The arguments are the court’s first sustained consideration of abortion since President Trump’s appointments of two justices shifted the court […]

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The Heartbeat Bills Were Never the Real Threat to Abortion Rights

What if the heartbeat bills — those bans on abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy that made headlines last spring in states from Georgia to Missouri — were not the real story? What if the most serious threat to Roe v. Wade were far more subtle — and based on arguments similar […]

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An Abortion Clinic’s Fate Before a Transformed Supreme Court

SHREVEPORT, La. — Kathaleen Pittman, the director of the Hope Medical Group for Women, remembers when there were 11 abortion clinics in Louisiana. Now there are only three, hers among them. Soon, depending on how the Supreme Court rules in a case to be argued on Wednesday, there may be just one, in New Orleans, […]

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New Orleans Barber Uses His Shop To Empower Local Community

On the wall of barber Darrl Robert Jr.’s barbershop—nestled in the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana—hangs a framed 2017 Proclamation awarded to the entrepreneur by the Jefferson Parish for the work that he’s done in his local community. For Robert’s team and patrons alike, the award is a testament to the impactful change that he’s […]

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Louisiana Judge Who Shot Off N-Word Laced Text Messages After Her Affair Was Uncovered Resigns

Screenshot: WBRZ2 One day after Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards called for her resignation, District Judge Jessie LeBlanc submitted a letter announcing she’d be stepping down immediately. LeBlanc had been facing mounting pressure to resign after a local news station discovered that not only had she been having an affair with a chief deputy in […]

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To Save Louisiana’s Vanishing Coast, Build a Mini Mississippi Near Boston

HOLDEN, Mass. — We were standing on the levee of the Mississippi River, about an hour west of Boston. Of course, the actual Mississippi River is a half-continent away. We were in fact in a vast, warehouse-size laboratory above a scale model of a bend in the river in Louisiana, painstakingly recreated at 1/65th scale, […]

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Suspected White Supremacist Who Burned Black Churches Says It Had Nothing To Do With Race

Source: Louisiana State Prisons Holden Matthews burned three Black churches last year and now his defense team is claiming that it had nothing to do with race. According to NPR, Matthews pleaded guilty to federal charges of torching three historically Black churches in Louisiana over the course of ten days last March and April. The […]

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Suspect in Burning of Black Churches in Louisiana Changes Plea to Guilty

Holden MatthewsPhoto: St. Landry Parish Sheriff Dept. Last spring, over the course of 10 days, three black churches in Louisiana were burned down. It was a heinous act that evoked memories of a much darker time in our country’s history. NBC News reports that Holden Matthews, the man responsible, has now pleaded guilty. Matthews faces […]

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Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to Burning Down Three Black Churches

A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty on Monday to intentionally setting fires to three predominantly black Baptist churches in Louisiana over a 10-day period last year — crimes that set a rural Cajun community on edge. The man, Holden Matthews, the son of a local sheriff’s deputy, pleaded guilty to four federal criminal counts, including three […]

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Son of Sheriff’s Deputy Says He Burned Down 3 Black Churches to Boost His Black Metal Cred

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. The son of a sheriff’s deputy in Louisiana says he burned down three churches with predominantly African-American congregations last year to boost his credentials within Black Metal circles. Holden Matthews, 22, switched his plea to “guilty” on Monday to federal civil rights […]

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Overlooked No More: Joseph Bartholomew, Golf Course Architect

Since 1851, many remarkable black men and women did not receive obituaries in The New York Times. This month, with Overlooked, we’re adding their stories to our archives. As an African-American youngster — as young as 7 years old, some say — Joseph Bartholomew caddied in the afternoons at the private, whites-only Audubon Park Club […]

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New Black History: Louisiana’s Largest HBCU Launches Own CBD Line, Becoming First To Ever Do So

Ilera and Southern ribbon cutting ceremony.Photo: Ilera Holistic Healthcare The Southern University and A&M College has launched its own hemp-derived CBD product line, named ALAFIA. Considered the largest historically black university in Louisiana, the Baton Rouge-based school’s Agricultural Research and Extension Center — along with partner Ilera Holistic Healthcare — unveiled the lab tested and […]

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Family Asks FBI to Investigate Mysterious Death of Black Teen as a Hate Crime

Screenshot: JaQuarius Taylor (Facebook) Black people are paranoid. They are susceptible to conspiracy theories and unfounded suspicions. There are some black people who believe that the U.S. government would spray black neighborhoods with toxic chemicals; that doctors would use us as guinea pigs by giving us fake medicine; that there are cops who belong to […]

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