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Almost every Black officer at this Tennessee police department says they’ve experienced discrimination

Almost all the 15 Black officers at the police department in Knoxville, Tennessee, have felt discriminated against, according to an external review of the department. And none of them thinks the promotional process is fair, either.  The recently released review was conducted by 21CP Solutions, a consulting firm that specializes in improving policing. It was commissioned …


CNN didn’t report that Uganda’s president said it would be ‘disgusting’ to support Ukraine

Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the son of Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, came out as an early supporter of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, tweeting in February that the “majority of mankind (that are non-white) support Russia’s stand in Ukraine.” In March, Uganda was among 17 African countries that abstained from voting on a United Nations resolution condemning the …


GOP senator targets TikTok influencer with anti-transgender taunt

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is the latest conservative — and perhaps the most high-profile one — to target a 25-year-old TikTok influencer in what appears to be an anti-transgender vitriol campaign. In a tweet shared Monday night, the Republican lawmaker embedded a TikTok video created by transgender woman Dylan Mulvaney and wrote, “Dylan Mulvaney, Joe …


Drought is causing massive barge backups on the Mississippi River 

The Morning Meeting with Al Tompkins is a daily Poynter briefing of story ideas worth considering and other timely context for journalists, written by senior faculty Al Tompkins. Consider this, one river barge carries as many as 15 rail cars and 38 tractor-trailers. And drought has caused the Mississippi River to drop so low that …