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A white nationalist killed a black coach 20 years ago. The horror changed his friend forever. | Indy Star

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s been 20 years, and Shawn Parrish still doesn’t understand. How could someone kill Ricky Byrdsong? “He was a great man,” Parrish said. “You don’t really think about knowing someone who gets murdered.” It was 4:30 in the morning on July 2, 1999 when Parrish was awakened by a phone call. It was the wife of Jamal Meeks, who had served with Parrish as an assistant coach on Byrdsong’s Northwestern basketball coaching staff. Coach Byrd had been shot, she said. Parrish lived within 15 minutes of the Byrdsong family in Skokie, Ill. He turned on the TV and […]

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F.B.I. Was Told That Militia in New Mexico Planned to Kill Obama and Clinton | The New York Times

Simon Romero, The New York Times CRUCES, N.M. — Before the F.B.I. arrested Larry Hopkins, the leader of the right-wing militia that detained migrant families in the New Mexico desert, he’d had so many run-ins with the law that his police record stretched across much of the United States. Oregon police arrested him in 2006 on charges of impersonating a police officer and a felony weapons offense. They had found him showing guns to teenagers in a gas-station parking lot while wearing a police-style uniform and a badge emblazoned with the words “Special Agent.” “Hopkins stated that he worked for […]

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