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Lawsuit alleges racial harassment at Maine company that makes COVID-19 swabs

A Maine-based company that makes COVID-19 test swabs is being sued for allegedly condoning or refusing to stop racial harassment against a Black former employee at a plant that opened during a pandemic production surge.

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Negro Leagues stats added to MLB records

Josh Gibson became Major League Baseball’s career leader with a .372 batting average, surpassing Ty Cobb’s .367, when Negro Leagues records for more than 2,300 players were incorporated Tuesday after a three-year research project.

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David Sanborn, jazz saxophonist, dies at 78

David Sanborn, the Grammy-winning saxophonist who played lively solos on such hits as David Bowie’s “Young Americans” and James Taylor’s “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” and enjoyed his own highly successful recording career as a performer of melodic, contemporary jazz, has died at age 78.

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Richmond Symphony appoints Eboni Boadi as chief development officer

Eboni Boadi has been named the chief development officer for the Richmond Symphony, the organization announced Wednesday.

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Musical ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ fueled by Alicia Keys’ music gets Tony nomination

Two Broadway shows celebrating the origins of sonic creativity — the musical “Hell’s Kitchen” fueled by Alicia Keys songs, and the play “Stereophonic” about a ’70s rock band at the edge of stardom — each earned a leading 13 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, a list that also saw a record number of women nominated for best director.

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Obstacles remain as women seek more leadership roles in America’s Black Church

Male pastors still predominate, though there’s no comprehensive gender breakdown

No woman had ever preached the keynote sermon at the Joint National Baptist Convention, a gathering of four historically Black Baptist denominations representing millions of people.

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Mayor Stoney drops Va. governor bid, will run for lieutenant governor

Mayor Levar Stoney announced Tuesday he is dropping his bid for Virginia governor in 2025, avoiding a nomination contest with U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, and will run for lieutenant governor instead.

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Mandisa, Grammy-winning singer and ‘American Idol’ alum, dies at 47

Mandisa, a contemporary Christian singer who appeared on “American Idol” and won a Grammy for her 2013 album “Overcomer,” has died. She was 47.

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Google fires more workers who protested its deal with Israel

Google recently fired at least 20 more workers in the aftermath of protests over technology the company is supplying the Israeli government amid the Gaza war, bringing the total number of terminated staff to more than 50, a group representing the workers said.

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President Biden signs $95B bill for war aid in Ukraine

Funds include $26B in aid for Israel, $1B in for Palestinians in Gaza

President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that he was immediately rushing badly needed weaponry to Ukraine as he signed into law a $95 billion war aid measure that also included assistance for Israel, Taiwan and other global hotspots.

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