North Carolina must redraw districts

A jury in California awarded more than $4 million in punitive damages to a former leader of the Black Panthers who was injured after an Oakland councilwoman punched and pushed her during an argument over housing. The jury found Councilwoman Desley Brooks should pay $550,000 to Elaine Brown, who was injured after Brooks pushed her during a confrontation at a restaurant in 2015. The same jury last month found that Brooks was acting as a city employee and decided Oakland should pay Brown $3.8 million in damages. A federal judge in Tampa, Fla., sentenced a member of the Florida National Guard to five years in prison, saying she has to protect the public. Federal prosecutors said Brandon Russell is a dangerous neoNazi leader who had lethal bomb-making materials in his Florida apartment. His mother and grandmother called him a follower who liked to please his friends. Russell, 22, pleaded guilty in September to possession of an unregistered destructive device and improper storage of explosive materials.

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Federal judges now agree that North Carolina’s congressional district map drawn by Republicans is illegally gerrymandered, excessively partisan, and must quickly be redone. The three judges ruled late Tuesday that the boundaries violate the U.S....

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