Photo: Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives on the tenth day of his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 16, 2017. Jurors continued to deliberate on a verdict for a fifth day. (REUTERS/Tom Mihalek)
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The Supreme Court is taking up a case on gerrymandering and whether the Republican Party has unconstitutionally drawn districts to prevent Democrats from winning in Wisconsin. The case could affect the 2020 elections. The high court also ruled the federal government can’t refuse to grant trademark protections that some consider offensive, like the Washington Redskins.
Boyle Heights has become a flashpoint in the gentrification debate. Art galleries there have faced anger from the community, and now protesters are opposing a new upscale coffee house called Weird Wave Coffee Brewers. Two of the shop owners are white and one is Salvadorian. Photos by Saul Gonzalez
Mario Chavarria (center), Jackson Defa and John Schwarz are co-owners of Weird Wave Coffee Brewers.
In front of Weird Wave Coffee Brewers, protesters hold a sign that translates to "out."
A Latina woman named Peach Wolf supports Weird Wave Coffee Brewers
In 2002, photographer Tabitha Soren found 21 men who were on the brink of becoming professional athletes. They were members of Oakland A’s draft class. Soren followed their careers and lives for a decade. But the call to join the big leagues never came for most of the players. Age, injury, or not being good enough ended their childhood dreams. Soren compiled her photos in a new book called “Fantasy Life.”
After 52 hours of deliberation, the jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case ended in mistrial Saturday, after the jury found itself deadlocked. Cosby could face a new trial as soon as October. His defense team says he is vindicated. But prosecutors are calling for more women to step forward. The high-profile trial has brought up themes of celebrity, race, gender, and media attention.
On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to tell the state’s slaves that the Civil War was over. That was more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation officially ended slavery in America. Juneteenth became a day to celebrate freedom. Some call it the real Independence Day for America. Others have never heard of it. It’s still not a National holiday, which raises questions about America’s discomfort with its slave owning past.
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