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The month that changed America?

  • inundate: So one would imagine that publishers are already being inundated with pitches for books bringing together the events of the past few weeks, perhaps under the working titles of " Ten Days in June "," America's Liberal Spring "," The Summer of Love" or" June 2015: The month that changed America.
  • brandish: With it came an instant iconography: that Jenner portrait by the photographer Annie Leibovitz, the debate-transforming images of alleged killer Dylan Roof brandishing the Confederate battle flag, the pictures of the White House floodlit in the colours of the rainbow flag.
  • eulogy: In Charleston on Friday, when he delivered an expansive eulogy to Clementa Pinckney, he scaled old rhetorical heights.
  • ruminate: Ruminating on gun violence in the immediate aftermath of the Charleston massacre, Obama had the weary air of a president resigned to defeat.

Hustlers Convention: A lost classic

  • hustle: It was a full moon / In the middle of June / In the summer of fifty-nine / I was young and cool / And shot a bad game of pool / And hustled all the chumps I could find....
  • proverb: I defined RAP as Revolutionary Arts Proverbalisation because those raps were street proverbs, there was a lot of street wisdom in there.
  • figurative: The word rap means indictment, a rap sheet is how many convictions you have, if I rap on a door it's a sharp sound so the literal and figurative definitions of rap in American-English are there.

Will flag backlash strike Mississippi next?

  • supersede: A vast majority of Mississippians voted to keep the state's flag, and I don't believe the Mississippi Legislature will act to supersede the will of the people on this issue," he told a local television station.
  • parlour: At a tattoo parlour down the street, artist Travis Wade says he's probably drawn hundreds of Confederate flag tattoos- and he wouldn't be surprised if he sees an uptick in business from those willing to push back against the criticisms.
  • tombstone: A short walk away from the Jefferson Davis museum is a graveyard filled with tombstones of Confederate war veterans.
  • headstone: Fresh Confederate flags are scattered among the headstones, which bear the names and military ranks of those interred beneath the ground.

Race, rage and the American condition

  • disingenuous: They also make the portrayal of Roof as an outsider, at least according to New York University's Charlton McI lwain, seem " disingenuous".
  • striped: Riley, 72, is wearing a striped tie and a light-beige, cotton jacket ( " Charleston uniform", says one of his aides).
  • labour: Sheila Taylor, 62, now sells sweet-grass baskets, the kind slaves made when they laboured in the fields, on the same corner.
  • kind-hearted: At times he comes across as a kind-hearted plantation owner, a man overseeing a system that, while functioning, is deeply flawed.
  • platitude: McIlwain has studied race for years, and he tells me platitudes and kind gestures from those in power will only get us so far- especially if they come at the expense of structural change at institutions and in federal and state policies in the US..

Obama's evolving language on race

  • reticent: Barack Obama has tended to be reticent about race, and left others to attach racial meaning to his presidency.
  • demonstrative: His gag at this year's White House correspondent's dinner was that he needed to outsource his demonstrative side to an " anger translator ", played by the black comedian Keegan-Michael Key.
  • candour: So his comments on a podcast about the legacy of slavery and segregation are noteworthy for their candour and bluntness.
  • fluke: He adopted the same approach on the night that he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, which, by a fluke of scheduling and quantum leap of history, coincided with the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's " I Have a Dream " speech.
  • oblique: That night he made only an oblique reference to " a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that 'We Shall Overcome.

White man threatens Virginia churchgoers, spews racial slurs: media

  • slur: White man threatens Virginia churchgoers, spews racial slurs: media- Yahoo News.
  • slur: White man threatens Virginia churchgoers, spews racial slurs: media.
  • slur: Reuters)- Police arrested a white man who shouted racial slurs and threatened to kill black congregants gathered inside a church in Richmond, Virginia, on Thursday night, local broadcaster WRIC reported.
  • epithet: A video of the Richmond incident posted online by WRIC showed the man outside the church rapping on the window with an object and using a racial epithet as those inside frantically called for the doors to be locked.

White man arrested in slaying of nine blacks at South Carolina church

  • unscathed: Three others who were present survived the rampage unscathed, including a 5-year-old who, according to CNN, avoided being shot by playing dead.
  • emblazon: In a Facebook profile apparently belonging to Roof, a portrait showed him wearing a jacket emblazoned with the flags of apartheid-era South Africa and of the former Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, both formerly ruled by white minorities.
  • hollow: That grief rang hollow for some civil-rights activists, who noted that the state capital in Columbia still flies the Confederate flag, the rallying symbol of the pro-slavery South during the Civil War.

3 Los Angeles gangs indicted for uniting in conspiracy

  • unify: Arnold Gonz ales, 55, was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in unifying the Frogtown, Toonerville and Rascals gangs to divvy up drug profits and control crime in northeast Los Angeles.
  • disciple: Gonz ales, an alleged member of the Mexican Mafia that directs gang crime from prisons by sending coded messages to disciples outside, allegedly took control of the gangs in 2010 after other incarcerated gang leaders were convicted of racketeering and sent to federal prison.
  • remove: Grey and others conducted drug and gun deals at Homeboy Industries, a well-known organization that finds work for ex-gang members and removes tattoos, authorities said.

Charleston shooting opens old wounds

  • sear: Addie Mae Collins, Carol Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, and Cynthia Wesley are names seared into America's troubled racial narrative.
  • oration: Then there is the Mason Temple in Memphis, where King delivered his final speech, the " I 've been to the Mountaintop" oration in which he seemed to predict his violent death the following day.
  • relinquish: When in 1955 the black seamstress Rosa Parks was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, for refusing to relinquish her" whites only " seat at the front of a bus, local blacks thought a preacher should head up their bus boycott.
  • amalgam: Preachers by no means monopolised the leadership of the civil rights movement, an amalgam of often competing organisations.
  • minutia: Groups like SNCC were lead by students, while the NAACP at that time was headed up by Roy Wilkins, a professional activist who focused on the minutiae of the law rather than passages from the Bible.

NYC jail uncovers apparent escape plot involving bedsheets

  • sink: Ernest Murphy, awaiting trial on an attempted murder charge, had the sheets stashed under a sink in his cell at the Manhattan Detention Center, said Mark Peters, commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation.
  • contraband: Murphy, already jailed on allegations he participated in a gang assault where a man was slashed and shot, was arrested May 11 on a new charge of promoting prison contraband.
  • contraband: Peters and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. said the arrest came after a monthslong investigation into contraband smuggled inside and out of the jail, located next door to Manhattan Criminal Court and used mostly for holding prisoners ahead of court dates.
  • contraband: An undercover officer posed as an inmate wanting to smuggle contraband, and the probe included wiretaps.
  • contraband: We have all witnessed in recent weeks the serious consequences that can result when contraband is smuggled inside prison walls," Vance said.

Boston praised for releasing video in police killings

  • subdue: Authorities in Boston quickly released surveillance video in two recent shootings: After Boston police shot and killed a man who had shot an officer in the face during a traffic stop in March and again after deadly force was used earlier this month to subdue 26-year-old terror suspect police said lunged at them with a military-style knife.
  • tamp: The move comes as police departments and district attorneys look to balance the need to tamp down rumors and speculation that inflame community tensions with the need to protect the integrity of investigations and the jury selection process.
  • poison: This practice of poisoning the well of public opinion ( and the grand jury pool) is an old one," she said via email.

New York prison superintendent in spotlight after convicts escape

  • superintendent: New York prison superintendent in spotlight after convicts escape- Yahoo News.
  • superintendent: Reuters)- A daring escape by two convicted murderers from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, has thrust the prison's superintendent, Steven Racette, into the spotlight as officials examine conditions surrounding the June 6 breakout.
  • superintendent: The son of a prison superintendent, Racette has worked in the prison system since 1979, when he started as a correction officer trainee, rising through the ranks to superintendent in 2010.

FBI: Surveillance flights by the book, rarely track phones

  • orbit: The FBI would not openly answer some questions about its planes, which routinely orbit major U.S. cities and rural areas.
  • brief: Although the FBI has described the program as unclassified and not secret, it declined to disclose during an unclassified portion of a Capitol Hill briefing any details about how many planes it flies or how much the program costs.
  • regimen: However, there is still no formal oversight regimen for the program.
  • trick: These can trick pinpointed cellphones into revealing identification numbers of subscribers, including those not suspected of a crime.
  • grievous: Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, pressed for answers about the FBI's aerial surveillance program after The Washington Post reported in May that an FBI surveillance plane was used over Baltimore during rioting that erupted following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who sustained grievous injuries while in police custody.

House ready to repeal pieces of Obama health care law

  • slate: Thursday's votes were slated a day after top House and Senate Republicans briefed rank-and-file GOP lawmakers about their plans should the Supreme Court annul federal health care subsidies for millions.
  • void: A ruling voiding the subsidies would be a major blow to millions of people and to Obama's prized health care overhaul, which relies on the assistance to help make insurance affordable.
  • prize: A ruling voiding the subsidies would be a major blow to millions of people and to Obama's prized health care overhaul, which relies on the assistance to help make insurance affordable.
  • overhaul: A ruling voiding the subsidies would be a major blow to millions of people and to Obama's prized health care overhaul, which relies on the assistance to help make insurance affordable.
  • tired: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., accused Republicans of restaging " the same tired debates.

What's blamed for California's drought? Basically everything

  • infinite: Water conservation and being efficient can help be part of the solution, but they can't work miracles, and they can't accommodate infinite population growth.
  • inefficient: Conservation experts say California can handle growth by saving water now wasted on East Coast-style lawns, undetected leaks and inefficient appliances.
  • wrath: However, the Bakersfield Republican said she wasn't trying to say God's wrath over abortion caused California's drought.
  • exempt: The group says animal-agriculture is largely to blame for dwindling water supplies and exempt from water conservation efforts, although farmers have endured other government cuts to water from reservoirs and rivers.

USDA program promotes products such as plant-based bottles

  • modernize: The program was part of Obama's initiative to revitalize and modernize the rural economy, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
  • emit: Since 2009 the company said it has distributed more than 30 billion PlantBottle packages in nearly 40 countries, saving more than 30 million gallons of gas and eliminating 270,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, the equivalent to the amount emitted from burning more than 630,000 barrels of oil.
  • hybrid: The Coke bottle material is used by Ford Motor Co. in the interior fabric of its Fusion Energi hybrid electric/gas engine car.
  • combine: Closer to the farm, tractor maker John Deere uses panels made of half soy oil and half corn ethanol in body components of combines and small agricultural tractors once made solely with petroleum-based poly mers.

Congressional GOP plans to continue health law subsidies

  • fiasco: Secondly, we're creating a bridge to help the states deal with the fiasco.
  • quartet: Under the plan presented by a quartet of committee chairman to House Republicans and described by several legislators, if the courts voided the subsidies, the aid would continue anyway for the remainder of 2015.
  • void: Under the plan presented by a quartet of committee chairman to House Republicans and described by several legislators, if the courts voided the subsidies, the aid would continue anyway for the remainder of 2015.

Mini Hardtop adds 2 doors, keeps tight handling

  • diminutive: Until the current model year, diminutive Mini Cooper Hardtops had only two side doors, plus the hatchback liftgate at the back.
  • torque: The test vehicle was the Mini Cooper Hardtop 4 Door S with the 2-liter turbocharged and direct injection four-cylinder generating 189 horsepower and 207 foot-pounds of torque at a low 1,250 rpm.
  • evasive: Quick, evasive maneuvers around road obstacles even felt secure as there was little body motion in this low-to-the-pavement car.
  • bumper: From bumper to bumper, the Hardtop 4 Door is scarcely 13 feet long, so it's shorter than the Fit and the Fiat 500L.
  • mileage: This test car's mileage range, therefore, was just 318 miles, which is disappointing for a subcompact hatchback.

Meet the Supremes

  • stint: After a successful stint as the first female dean of Harvard Law School, she was briefly US solicitor general- the federal government's top representative at the US Supreme Court, before being nominated by President Barack Obama for the high court.
  • solicitor: After a successful stint as the first female dean of Harvard Law School, she was briefly US solicitor general- the federal government's top representative at the US Supreme Court, before being nominated by President Barack Obama for the high court.
  • nominate: After a successful stint as the first female dean of Harvard Law School, she was briefly US solicitor general- the federal government's top representative at the US Supreme Court, before being nominated by President Barack Obama for the high court.
  • unanimous: She is part of the court's left-leaning wing, but has been the author of many of recent unanimous or near unanimous decisions.
  • unanimous: She is part of the court's left-leaning wing, but has been the author of many of recent unanimous or near unanimous decisions.

Autopsy: Andrew Getty died of hemorrhage in LA mansion

  • hemorrhage: Autopsy: Andrew Getty died of hemorrhage in LA mansion- Yahoo News.
  • paraphernalia: Methamphetamine, prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia were found in the home.
  • overdose: His stepmother, actress Talitha Pol, who had lived her own jet-set life, died of a heroin overdose in 1971.

Prosecutors outline case against Phoenix man in Texas attack

  • apt: This is an individual who is apt to incite violenc e," prosecutor Kristen Brook said.
  • incite: This is an individual who is apt to incite violenc e," prosecutor Kristen Brook said.
  • aggravate: He has two aggravated drunken driving convictions in Arizona, including a 1998 case where he was found passed out with a beer bottle between his legs behind the wheel of a vehicle that was still running.

Correction: Nevada Ranchers-Grazing Dispute story

  • allotment: According to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, approximately 45 percent of the grazing allotment is privately owned, not a majority of the land.
  • graze: US won't enforce drought grazing restrictions in Nevada; avoiding confrontation with ranchers.
  • graze: Conservationists say it's another example of the government caving in to scofflaw ranchers like Cliven Bundy, who continues to graze his cattle illegally in southern Nevada after the Bureau of Land Management backed down from an armed standoff last year.
  • allotment: The Filippinis announced earlier this week on their Facebook page," Stand with Battle Mountain," that they intended to turn cattle out on the 100,000-acre North Buffalo allotment with a checkerboard ownership pattern, where approximately 45 percent of the land belongs to the ranchers and 55 percent is publicly owned, according to the BLM.
  • graze: There are no fences to keep the animals off U.S. land where grazing currently is prohibited.