For generations of black Americans, The Defender, influential and tough, was a force: “You knew it didn’t happen if it wasn’t in The Defender.”
Monica DaveyThe Chicago Defender, the legendary black newspaper, is ending print editions this week. It's hard to even start to describe the significance of this institution. "You knew it didn’t happen if it wasn’t in The Defender."
Timmothy has been missing since age 6, after his mother apparently killed herself and left a note saying he was safe but “you will never find him.”
Monica DaveyIt seemed like a joyful story about a long-missing child who was finally found. It didn’t turn out that way. And the family of Timmothy Pitzen, who vanished in 2011 when he was 6, has to go on waiting, hoping.
A proposed law would make California the first state to automatically seal from public view the criminal records of people with misdemeanor or lower-level felony convictions.
Monica DaveyPeople say their rap sheets are getting in the way of jobs and housing. Now California is thinking about automatically sealing those records for millions of people. From Timothy Williams.
In Missouri, where Democrats’ fortunes have been dwindling for years, party members are trying to figure out how to win back voters.
Monica DaveyThis is essential reading AND listening today: Can you be against abortion and be a Democrat in politics at this point? The story, in words and on The Daily, is told from Missouri, but it applies all over. @stavernise is the best.
The trial is part of a reckoning over how the Chicago police treats black residents and how Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who will not run for re-election, handled the case.
Monica Davey4 years after the death of Laquan McDonald, the Chicago police officer who shot him 16 times is going on trial, @mitchksmith reports. The video left its mark on this city, and has set off a painful, prolonged reckoning.
Last week, we visited the city to find further signs of recovery as Detroit moves out from under budgetary oversight.
Monica Davey1. I went to Detroit to see the city’s progress as it comes out from under state budget oversight. What I found in neighborhoods like Brush Park was a city in fast-forward. Tons of construction, renovation.
Gun owners who favor increased restrictions can be an overlooked group. Some have grown more vocal, marching and testifying in favor of limits.
Monica DaveySome gun owners are voicing their support for new gun control laws. "I’m an ardent advocate for the Second Amendment, and none of those gun safety measures threaten any of those things that I believe in.” @jessbidgood@stavernise