amd_jamesearlray.jpgJames Earl Ray’s gun didn’t kill Martin Luther King, says brother
A disturbing new book is set to reopen old wounds before next month’s 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. James Earl Ray, who died in 1998 at age 70, had recanted after just three days the confession that saved him from the death penalty. Now his brother, John Larry Ray, 75, claims that new documents offer forensic proof James was not the murderer. (Continue Reading…)

Obama Republicans Carry Weight
Sen. Barack Obama is courting an unlikely constituency to try to deliver a knockout blow to Sen. Hillary Clinton today: Republicans and independents who supported President Bush. (Continue Reading…)

All-Black ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ Heats up Broadway
When Tennessee Williams wrote Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1955, segregation still reigned in the South, alcoholism was a shameful secret, and homosexuality was so taboo that references were censored from the 1958 movie starring Paul Newman and Burl Ives. Times have changed, and when a new revival opens on March 6 for a limited Broadway run, a stellar all-black cast—the first in the play’s history—will portray the rich southern plantation owners mired in Williams’s classic stew of greed, repression, and family dysfunction. But some things are eternal, as Debbie Allen, the director, pointed out on the first day of rehearsal. (Continue Reading…)

US Congress urges suspension of Haiti debt payments
Rep. Maxine Waters has sent a letter to US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, urging him to use his influence to expedite the cancellation of Haiti’s debts and to suspend further debt service payments from Haiti. (Continue Reading…)

Clinton, Obama Face Day of Reckoning
Barack Obama approached Tuesday’s voting in Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont as a chance to drive rival Hillary Rodham Clinton out of the Democratic presidential contest for good. Clinton looked at the same contests as a way to end Obama’s streak of 11 straight victories and keep her candidacy alive. (Continue Reading…)

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