Wednesday, January 28, 2015

First Drip (1/28/15): Friendship Nine vindicated, Ann Clark named superintendent, more

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 9:28 AM

Last month, the conviction of George Stinney Jr., a 14-year-old who was executed in 1944 for allegedly killing two white girls, was thrown out. Today, South Carolina makes another move to right the wrongs of the past and will toss out the convictions of the Friendship Nine. The student protesters were convicted of sitting at an all-white lunch counter in 1961 Rock Hill.

Char-Meck Schools has officially named Ann Clark superintendent through July 2016. Why doesn't the School Board just give her the job, you ask? Clark says she was planning to announce her retirement late last year, before the shit hit the fan with Heath Morrison. "I care too much about CMS to leave during such a critical time of leadership transition," she said in the CMS statement.

North Carolina's jobless rate fell to 5.5 percent in December, the lowest it's been since April 2008. But, says one analyst, that's probably because fewer people are looking for work. “The bottom line is, we haven’t created very many jobs in the big picture over the last seven years,” John Quinterno said. “In many ways what we’re seeing is people dialing down their expectations to accept a slower-growing economy that tolerates higher levels of joblessness.”

The Florida woman who was sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot at her allegedly abusive husband was released from prison yesterday to await a new trial. Similar to the case of George Zimmerman, Marissa Alexander argued she was immune to prosecution because of the Stand Your Ground law. The sentence she received garnered much criticism for being too harsh — especially since Zimmerman was acquitted after actually killing someone.

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