Recent SAIC exhibit ‘Exploring Black Girlhood: Through the Artist’s Eyes’ shows off the artistry of Black girls — and the progress of a Chicago nonprofit
The Tillet sisters have been busy as of late winning awards, but their nonprofit A Long Walk Home continues to center Black girls and women in their own narratives with the Girl/Friends Leadership Institute. The 18th cohort came together this summer, the first one since the pandemic began.chicagotribune.com
Freed from prison, Mississippi man sues district attorney
A Mississippi man freed after nearly 23 years in prison filed a lawsuit Friday against the district attorney who prosecuted him six times in the killings of four people at a small-town furniture store. Curtis Flowers was released in December 2019, about six months after the U.S. Supreme Court tossed out the conviction and death sentence from his sixth trial, which took place in 2010. Justices said prosecutors showed an unconstitutional pattern of excluding African American jurors in the trials of Flowers, who is Black.news.yahoo.com
Second man faces attempted murder charge after attack against on-duty Chicago detective, police say
An 18-year-old man was arrested Tuesday and is the second person to be charged in connection to a brutal February attack on a Chicago police detective working on a homicide investigation, officials said.chicagotribune.com
The process behind Valentine's Day flower deliveries, arrangements
The process behind Valentine's Day flower deliveries, arrangements Flowers are a Valentine's Day tradition, and while they come in many colors, the people who grow and deliver them have their eye on plenty of green. This year, Americans celebrating the holiday plan to spend an average of $196 on gifts. But as Nancy Chen reports, getting millions of fresh bouquets from growers to grateful recipients requires a monumental effort.cbsnews.com
The case against Curtis Flowers
The Mississippi prosecutor whose murder conviction of Curtis Flowers was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court says he doesn't understand the Court's decision. Three of Evans's convictions of Flowers were overturned on appeal due to prosecutorial misconduct. Basically, what he is doing is accusing me like he was accused, before he was put on the Supreme Court." Asked why he continued to prosecute Flowers, Evans replies, "Because I knew he was guilty. Flowers says Evans's actions in his case raise possibilities of more prosecutorial misconduct.cbsnews.com
Feds: Florida officers protected cocaine shipment for cash
Miami-Dade County officers Roderick Flowers and Keith Edwards Jr. are charged federally with conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine. Hernandez met several times with the DEA source, laundering more than $100,000 and investing in cocaine shipments, the DEA alleges. By September, the source told Hernandez he needed protection to move a shipment of cocaine between two spots in South Florida and asked if his officers would do it, records show. The DEA says Flowers met with the source at Hernandez's office in Sept. 9. The source met with another undercover agent, who gave him 10 kilograms of sham cocaine in a suitcase.
Tips to making your own backyard habitat
There are many ways to stay busy at home without making a permanent dent in the couch, like making a backyard habitat! This past spring, News4Jax explained how to become a backyard naturalist during the pandemic and now we’re going to dig a little deeper. Florida Fish and Wildlife experts suggest that making your yard into a backyard habitat takes it to the next level by supporting local wildlife. “Florida-native plants provide beautiful textures, dimensions and color to your landscape while also benefiting local wildlife such as pollinators and birds," said Amanda Herrera-Hernandez , business development coordinator at Liberty Landscape Supply. Another key step to remember would be to provide the elements of good habitat essential to all wildlife, like food, water, shelter and space to raise young.
No 7th trial for Mississippi man freed from prison in 2019
The U.S. Supreme Court threw out the most recent conviction in June 2019, citing racial bias in jury selection. In June 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court tossed out the conviction and death sentence from Flowers sixth trial, which took place in 2010. Justices said prosecutors showed an unconstitutional pattern of excluding African American jurors in the trials of Flowers, who is Black. The Supreme Court ruling came after American Public Medias In the Dark investigated the case. Evans stepped aside from the case after State Attorney General Lynn Fitch took office in January.
Mississippi man granted bond after being tried for same killings six times
A Mississippi man who has been tried six times for the same murders is enjoying his first night of freedom in more than two decades. Flowers was charged with the 1996 murders of four people who were killed during a robbery at a furniture store. "Oh, what a blessing," Flowers' sister, Charita Baskin, said. At a bond hearing Monday, Circuit Judge Joseph Loper strongly criticized the prosecution. Curtis Flowers flanked by sister Priscilla Ward, right, exits the Winston Choctaw Regional Correctional Facility in Louisville, Mississippi, Monday, December 16, 2019.cbsnews.com
Judge sets bail for Curtis Flowers black man tried six times for same murders after Supreme Court reversed case detailed in podcast
This Aug. 3, 2017 photo provided by Mississippi Department of Corrections shows Curtis Flowers, who's murder case has gone to trial six times. The 49-year-old Flowers, a black man, has been in prison for more than 22 years, much of that time on death row. The store is less than one mile from the Montgomery County Courthouse, where Flowers' bail hearing was conducted. The podcast also detailed how the prosecutor in the case, Doug Evans, repeatedly sought to keep blacks off juries considering Flowers' fate. The Supreme Court held in the 1986 case Batson v. Kentucky that purposeful racial discrimination in the selection of a jury is unlawful.cnbc.com
Mississippi man freed months after court rules racial bias
Ghoston, 26, told The Associated Press that she had seen her father only once since he was imprisoned: about 10 years ago, and even then she could only talk to him through a reinforced window. She said they wrote letters to each other and spoke on the phone every few weeks, and that he talked about meeting her 2-year-old daughter, who calls him "Paw-Paw."chicagotribune.com
Former Trinity, FSU star J.C. Flowers signs with Pirates
The slot value for Flowers 124th overall selection in the draft was $460,000. But Flowers was drafted as a pitcher by the Pirates and he was exceptional on the mound in college. In 23 appearances and 26.2 innings pitched, Flowers had 13 saves as the Seminoles reached the College World Series. In all, 18 players with ties to the area were taken in the MLB draft. Only three of those 18 players remain unsigned.