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Former US Rep. William Gray, first Black majority whip and longtime Philly pastor, dies at 71

WILLIAM HERBERT GRAY, III (1941–2013) by Ron Todt PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. William H. Gray III, who rose to influential positions in Congress and was the first black to become majority whip, died Monday at 71. Gray passed away suddenly Monday while in London with one of his sons to attend the Wimbledon tennis championships, said William Epstein, a former aide to Gray.

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Gay pride parade march for NBA’s Jason Collins

NBA veteran Jason Collins, left, the first active player in one of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay, marches in Boston’s gay pride parade alongside U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, a college roommate, Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm) BOSTON (AP) — NBA veteran center Jason Collins, the first active athlete in one of the four U.S. major professional sports leagues to come out as being gay, marched Saturday for nearly three miles in Boston’s gay pride parade with U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, his onetime roommate at Stanford University.

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Veteran N.C. Congressman Watt gets Federal Housing Finance Agency nod

President Barack Obama announces his nominee for the Federal Housing Finance Agency, Rep. Mel Watt, D-N.C., Wednesday, May 1, in the State Dining of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) WASHINGTON (AP) —President Barack Obama on Wednesday tapped a veteran Democratic congressman to lead the Federal Housing Finance Agency and a top fundraiser and former lobbyist to head up the Federal Communications Commission.

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SC man who apologized for racist past dies

MADE AMENDS– In this March 4, 2009, file photo, Elwin Hope Wilson holds a framed photo he kept showing a mob he participated in during one of local civil rights “sit-ins” that took place in the early 1960s, in Rock Hill, S.C. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain) by Martha Waggoner Raleigh, N.C. (AP) –Elwin Wilson, the former Ku Klux Klan supporter who publicly apologized for years of violent racism, including the beating of John Lewis, a Black Freedom Rider who went on to become a Georgia congressman, has died. He was 76.

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Ex-Ill. lawmaker elected to succeed Jackson Jr.

NEW CONGRESWOMAN–Robin Kelly celebrates her special primary election win in Matteson, Ill., for Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District seat, once held by Jesse Jackson Jr. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File) by Sophia Tareen CHICAGO (AP) — Former Illinois state Rep. Robin Kelly, whose campaign received a $2 million boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, easily captured Tuesday’s special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.

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Alaska lawmaker apologizes for racial slur

REP. DON YOUNG, R-ALASKA (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File) by Jim Abrams WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Don Young, the gruff Republican veteran who represents the entire state of Alaska, apologized Friday for referring to Hispanic migrant workers as “wetbacks” in a radio interview.

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A boost for gay marriage: Justices question US law

PROTESTING–Marriage Equality supporters hold flags in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) by Kevin Coyne WASHINGTON (AP) — Concluding two days of intense debate, the Supreme Court signaled Wednesday it could give a boost to same-sex marriage by striking down the federal law that denies legally married gay spouses a wide range of benefits offered to other couples.

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Congress passes bill renewing anti-violence law

BILL PASSES–House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, to discuss the reintroduction of the Violence Against Women Act. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) by Jim Abrams Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday passed and sent to President Barack Obama a far-reaching extension of the Violence Against Women Act.

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Jesse Hill Jr., retired CEO of Atlanta Life Insurance Co., dies at 86

Atlanta business, government and civil rights leaders remember civil rights icon by Dion Rabouin Atlanta Daily World (Real Times News Service)–When Jesse Hill, Jr. the retired CEO of the Atlanta Life Insurance Co. and a legendary civil rights activist, passed away yesterday at the age of 86 the city of Atlanta mourned him. JESSE HILL JR. Leaders in civil rights, business and local as well as state government all had their lives impacted by the late business executive and community leader.