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Trayvon’s Mom: I will have to forgive George Zimmerman

Trayvon’s Mom: I will have to forgive George Zimmerman

In an interview with the New York Times' Charles M. Blow that led the columnist to characterize her as "a tower of grace and a well of good will, a woman who misses her son desperately and is trying to make the best of an awful situation, the kind who perseveres through faith and is in search of forgiveness and peace," Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, spoke about preparing for Monday, when George Zimmerman will go on trial for killing her son.

The piece is a poignant reminder that Trayvon, commonly referred to as "an unarmed Florida teen," was also someone's son – and that someone has a lot at stake when it comes to what could be the most divisive American criminal case in decades.

On why she's collecting the things people give her in tribute to Trayvon:

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Marijuana busts weighted against African Americans, says ACLU

Marijuana busts weighted against African Americans, says ACLU

The basic math points to the problem.

African Americans in Tennessee make up 17 percent of the population but 46 percent of the marijuana-possession arrests.

That's according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which says a new report shows wide racial disparities in marijuana arrest rates nationwide.

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  • Written by CNN and staff reports
  • Category: News

A life derailed – one man’s effort to get up after going down

A life derailed – one man’s effort to get up after going down

Getting arrested for marijuana possession cost 31-year-old Nick Smith of Austin, Texas his driver's license. For the past three years, he's had to ride the bus to work.

It takes him 45 minutes to get there. Driving would take 15.

Recently, Smith got an occupational license that lets him drive to work. It cost him $250 and a court appearance to get it.

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  • Category: News

Special election complicates Cory Booker’s U.S. Senate campaign

Special election complicates Cory Booker’s U.S. Senate campaign

Cory Booker's long-awaited move to the national stage has just gotten a bit harder.

In the wake of the death of longtime New Jersey senator Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced on Tuesday his state will hold a special election in October to tap a new senator, with each party holding primaries to pick their candidates in August.

Now, Booker will have to run in two elections instead of one: this October's contest and then another one next year for the full six-year term. But more importantly, in a blue state where the winner of the Democratic primary will be a heavy favorite to be elected both in October 2013 and November 2014, Booker could be forced into an intense intra-party contest.

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Former Miss America steps into House race

Former Miss America steps into House race

Erika Harold, who won the 2003 Miss America pageant, announced Tuesday she's mounting a Republican primary challenge to Rep. Rodney Davis in Illinois.

She's the second former holder of the Miss America crown to publicly eye a spot on Capitol Hill – in May, the 2000 winner Heather French Henry said she was considering jumping into the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, which could see her pitted against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.

Making her announcement in a video Tuesday, Harold said she was "blessed to have had some incredible opportunities," including her year-long tenure as Miss America, along with her degree from Harvard Law School, which her website says she financed thanks to scholarships from her pageant win.

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How to behave on an airplane

How to behave on an airplane

Longtime fliers know that look: It's coming from the flight attendant who has already labeled you a Difficult Passenger.

Maybe you're taking up too much space in the overhead bins or want to visit the bathroom while people are still boarding. Or you won't shut off your cell phone the first time he or she asks. Or maybe you're not doing anything at all.

As 109 high school seniors and chaperones learned Monday morning, flight attendants have the power to remove passengers from a flight if they're not following directions – or if they think you're not.

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  • Written by Katia Hetter/CNN
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Accountability urged by Black Mayors president

Accountability urged by Black Mayors president

ATLANTA – Sacramento, Calif. Mayor Kevin Johnson, the newly-elected president of the National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM), told his colleagues that if they don't improve the lives of their constituents, they don't deserve to remain in office.

"We got these good seats, we've been elected and we get honored and esteemed everywhere we go," Johnson said at a luncheon here at the group's 39th annual convention.

"It's not just for us. It's for the communities that we represent. Our obligation is to bring more and more people along. Because if we don't do that, then we're not fit for the seats that we hold."

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  • Written by George Curry
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