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Hillary Clinton: U.S. Must 'Face Hard Truths' On Race And Violence

06/18/2015 05:23 pm ET | Updated Jun 18, 2015

A day after nine people were shot and killed in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton urged the country to "face hard truths about race, violence, guns and division," including hateful rhetoric directed at immigrants.

"When I hear words of hatred and anger directed at any of our fellow human beings, I ask myself, what is motivating that?" she said in a speech at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials conference in Las Vegas. "Do the people who feel so much hatred and anger ever look in the mirror and realize that they too are fellow human beings?"

Clinton began her speech by addressing the shooting by a white gunman at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. She said it "broke her heart."

"We are with you and we will stand with you as we seek answers and take action. How many innocent people in our country -- from little children to churchgoers to movie theater attendees -- how many people do we need to see cut down before we act?" she said.

Division and the need for unity were underlying themes of much of her remarks, particularly the educational and economic disparities between whites and Latinos. Clinton reiterated a number of her campaign promises, such as universal pre-kindergarten, free community college for all, better health care and improved voting access. She implored immigrant parents to speak to their children in their native languages, regardless of cries for "English-only" education.

All of those issues came up before immigration, which is somewhat rare for a speech at a Latino-focused event. But polling has found that immigration is not the top issue for most Latino voters. Rather, many Latinos know an undocumented immigrant, making that issue more personal.

So when Clinton finally got to immigration, more than 20 minutes into her speech, she got some of the loudest applause of the day.

"If Congress continues to refuse to act, as president I will do everything possible under the law to go even further than what President Obama has attempted to achieve," she vowed, repeating a promise she made last month in Las Vegas to expand deportation relief to undocumented immigrants.

Later, she recounted hearing Dr. Martin Luther King speak in Chicago when she was young. She said he challenged the crowd "to stay engaged in the cause of justice, not to slumber while the world changed around us."

"Well, the world is still changing and it's up to us to shape that change, to build the future that we want," Clinton said.

Most of the 2016 presidential candidates are skipping the NALEO conference in Nevada, a state where Latinos make up 15 percent of the electorate. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who is challenging Clinton for the Democratic nomination, will speak at the conference on Friday. The only Republican to attend was retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

06/19/2015 10:10 PM EDT

Murdoch Owned New York Post Calls Removal Of Confederate Flag

The New York Post's editorial board joined the chorus opposing South Carolina continuing to fly the Confederate flag at the State Capitol after the shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, writing, "Time to take it down, folks."

The Post is owned by Rupert Murdoch, the current chief executive of 21st Century Fox and its property, the conservative Fox News.

More from the Post:

Yes, some white Southerners point to it as a symbol of regional pride. But it represented a bloody rebellion against the United States in defense of slavery.

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The Confederate flag isn’t quite as clear-cut; many no doubt honestly display it to honor ancestors or just the "rebel spirit." But at core it remains the emblem of those who fought to defend secession and slavery.

That flag has no place on any government institution.

06/19/2015 9:13 PM EDT

Reverend Makes Fervent Call To Take Down Confederate Flag

During a Friday night vigil for the victims in the shooting at a Charleston church, Rev. Nelson Rivers III of Charity Missionary Baptist Church offered support to the families of those killed, and made an impassioned call for the Confederate flag to be removed from the South Carolina State Capitol.

Reverend Calls For Confederate Flag To Come Down

During a Friday vigil for the victims of the Charleston church shooting, Rev. Nelson Rivers III passionately called for South Carolina to take the Confederate flag down from the state Capitol.See what else was said at the vigil http://www.buzzfeed.com/jimdalrympleii/charleston-shooter-failed-miserably-to-divide-city-mayor-say?bffbnews&utm_term=4ldqpho#4ldqpho

Posted by BuzzFeed News on Friday, June 19, 2015

(h/t BuzzFeed News)

06/19/2015 8:57 PM EDT

Lawmakers Moving Away Confederate Flag

On Friday night, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) tweeted, "We will have many conversations over the coming days and weeks, and the placement of the Confederate flag will certainly be one of those topics."

Also, South Carolina State Rep. Norman Brannon (R) told MSNBC that he would sponsor a bill that would "take down" the Confederate flag from state government buildings.

06/19/2015 7:54 PM EDT

Vigil Held For Charleston Church Victims

NBA Star Dwight Howard in attendance.

Pray for Charleston. Pray for our nation. Pray for peace. #breatheagain.

A photo posted by Dwight Howard (@dwighthoward) on

06/19/2015 7:25 PM EDT

Martin O'Malley Is 'Pissed,' Calls For Assault Weapons Ban

Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley didn't mince words in the wake of the massacre of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston.

"I'm pissed," the former Maryland governor said in a Friday email to supporters, in which he derided Congress for its inability to pass tighter gun control measures.

“I’m pissed that after an unthinkable tragedy like the one in South Carolina yesterday, instead of jumping to act, we sit back and wait for the appropriate moment to say what we’re all thinking: that this is not the America we want to be living in,” O'Malley wrote.

Read more here. -- Kim Bellware

06/19/2015 7:12 PM EDT

What It's Like To Be Black And Live Under A White Neighbor's Confederate Flag HuffPost's Dave

HuffPost's Dave Jamieson reports from Summerville, South Carolina, just outside Charleston: Annie Caddell proudly flies the Confederate flag in her front yard here in the Charleston suburbs. She maintains a cache of spare flags on her front porch, replacing the one on her white flagpole every few months, after it gets tattered. A visitor to her home -- if the "no trespassing" sign doesn't turn him back -- is greeted near the door by a green, imitation street sign that reads "Confederate Circle."

Caddell said she'll die before her stars and bars stop blowing in the wind.

"Would you let your family history die like that? I don’t think so," Caddell, who's "pushing 56," said. "That’s tantamount to treason in my family. You just don’t do that."

Her neighbors know to take her at her word. Read more here.

06/19/2015 7:06 PM EDT

Louisiana Gov. Orders Flags To Half-Staff

In a statement, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said, "Out of respect for those murdered in Charleston, I issued an Executive Order to fly flags over state buildings at half-staff."

06/19/2015 5:39 PM EDT

Roof Family: Shock, Grief Over Shooting

The family of suspected Charlotte church shooter Dylann Roof issued a statement on Friday night, expressing shock over the killings, and offering sympathies and condolences to families of victims.

The full statement:

Words cannot express our shock, grief and disbelief as to what happened that night,” the statement continues.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those killed this week. We have all been touched by the moving words from the victim's families offering God's forgiveness and love in the face of such horrible suffering.

06/19/2015 4:08 PM EDT

Rick Santorum: Charleston Shooting 'Clearly' Motivated By Race

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) didn't equivocate Friday when asked about the nature of an attack by a white gunman on a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

"It was clearly racially motivated. Clearly," Santorum told The Huffington Post at the Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference in Washington, D.C.

The presidential candidate took issue with news reports that said he blamed the attack on a broader assault against religious liberty. He explained that he didn't know all the facts when he was first asked about the shooting on Thursday morning.

Read the full story here.

-- Igor Bobic

06/19/2015 4:07 PM EDT

Justice Department To Expedite $29 Million Grant Funding To South Carolina For Victim Assistance

The Department of Justice will expedite a $29 million formula victim assistant grant funding to South Carolina, according to DOJ spokesman Kevin Lewis. Some of the grant funding can be used to help victims of the recent tragedy at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.

--Ryan Reilly

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A man visits a memorial with flowers outside the Emanuel AME Church June 19, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Dylan Roof, a resident of West Columbia, South Carolina, wants everyone to know he is not the man who confessed to shooting people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Roof, who spells his first name with only one \"n,\" took to Facebook Thursday and tried to clear up the confusion, saying he has been confused for Dylann Roof for years.

-- Amanda Terkel

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Dylan Roof, a resident of West Columbia, South Carolina, wants everyone to know he is not the man who confessed to shooting people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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The man accused of killing nine people at a Charleston, South Carolina, church confessed to the crime, unnamed law enforcement officials told CNN Friday.

MSNBC also reported that 21-year-old Dylann Roof, accused of the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday night, had confessed, citing unnamed law enforcement officers as their source.

When reached by The Huffington Post Friday morning, Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis declined to confirm a confession.

Read more here.

--Simon McCormack

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The man accused of killing nine people at a Charleston, South Carolina, church confessed to the crime, unnamed law enforcement officials told CNN...Read More"},{"id":"168","created":"06/19/2015 9:31 AM EDT","title":"Nikki Haley, Mark Sanford Weigh In On Confederate Flag Debate","tweet_link":"168_nikki-haley-mark-sanford-weigh-in-on-confederate-flag-debate","entry_text":"

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said she thinks the shooting of nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, could reignite the conversation over the Confederate flag that flies outside of her state's Capitol.

\"What we hope is that we do the things South Carolinians do, which is have the conversation, allow some thoughtful words to be exchanged, be kind about it, come together on what we're trying to achieve and how we're trying to do it,\" Haley told CBS on Friday. \"I think the state will start talking about that again, and we'll see where it goes.\"

Read more here.

--Paige Lavender

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said she thinks the shooting of nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, could reignite the conversation over the Confederate flag that flies outside of her state's Capitol.

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) called for Dylann Roof, the suspect in the shooting of nine people in a historic black church, to receive the death penalty.

“We will absolutely want him to have the death penalty,” Haley said during a Friday interview on NBC's \"Today,\" calling Roof \"a person filled with hate.\"

Read more here.

--Paige Lavender

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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) called for Dylann Roof, the suspect in the shooting of nine people in a historic black church, to receive the death penalty.

“We will absolutely want him to have the death penalty,” Haley said during a Frid...Read More"},{"id":"164","created":"06/19/2015 1:43 AM EDT","title":"Charleston Mourns The Dead At Emanuel AME: 'I Knew Every Single One Of Them' ","tweet_link":"164_charleston-mourns-the-dead-at-emanuel-ame-i-knew-every-single-one-of-them-","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Dave Jamieson and Sebastian Murdock report from Charleston: Andre McPherson has been coming to the Emanuel AME Church here off and on since 2003. His visit on Thursday night was his first in a couple of years, he said with a hint of guilt, but he felt he owed it to the church leaders and congregation to stop by.

In his more trying days when he was homeless, McPherson said, he often found himself at the doorstep of what's known as \"Mother Emanuel.\" The Charleston resident credits the historic African-American church with helping him get off of drugs.

\"This church helped me get me life together,\" McPherson, 44, said through tears. \"It helped me go back to my kids. It helped me get away from a certain street mentality. It helped me have pride.\"

McPherson was one of hundreds from Charleston and nearby towns who filed by the church doors on Thursday, paying respects to the nine who died after being shot inside the previous night. The suspected gunman, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, had apparently been welcomed as a stranger to the church's regular Wednesday evening Bible study session, spending an hour with the group before opening fire. One woman reportedly said he told her he was letting her go so she could tell the story of what happened.

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Dave Jamieson and Sebastian Murdock report from Charleston: Andre McPherson has been coming to the Emanuel AME C...Read More"},{"id":"162","created":"06/18/2015 10:32 PM EDT","title":"REPORT: Charleston Was The 4th Mass Shooting In A House Of Worship In The Last 15 Years","tweet_link":"162_report-charleston-was-the-4th-mass-shooting-in-a-house-of-worship-in-the-last-15-years","entry_text":"

#Charleston was 4th mass shooting in a house of worship in the last 15 years. Also deadliest. http://t.co/D7lPp4bC2J pic.twitter.com/RxT6Uc9dME

— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) June 19, 2015

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In an interview with The Washington Post, the shooting suspect's uncle, Carson Cowles, tried to grasp the aftermath of what happened when his nephew allegedly shot to death nine people at a Bible study session at Emanuel AME Church on Wednesday.

“The whole world is going to be looking at his family who raised this monster,” Cowles said.

Contrary to Roof's social media profile that show him sporting a Rhodesia apartheid flag, Cowles said the shy 21-year-old had no problems with black people.

Even as he described Roof as a quiet young man who kept out of trouble, Cowles shook with anger at the thought that his nephew could have carried out the crime with which he is accused.

“I’d be the executioner myself if they would allow it,” he said.

Read more from The Washington Post here.

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In an interview with The Washington Post, the shooting suspect's uncle, Carson Cowles, tried to grasp the aftermath of what happened when his nephew allegedly shot to death nine people at a Bible study session at Emanuel AME Church on Wednesday.

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HuffPost's Kim Bellware reports: A North Carolina florist running late for work on Thursday trailed a suspected murderer for 35 miles and was credited by police with helping catch Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old wanted in Wednesday night's shooting deaths of nine people in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Debbie Dills, a florist and minister who works in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, was driving to work along U.S. 74 when she spotted Roof in his black Hyundai Elantra heading west. Something about his car seemed familiar to her, she told ABC News.

“I saw the pictures of him with the bowl cut. I said, 'I've seen that car for some reason.’ I look over, and it's got a South Carolina tag on it,” Dills told the Shelby Star on Thursday afternoon. “I thought, 'Nah, that's not his car.' Then, I got closer and saw that haircut. I was nervous. I had the worst feeling. Is that him or not him?”

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Kim Bellware reports: A North Carolina florist running late for work on Thursday trailed a suspected murderer for 35 miles and was credited by police with helping catch Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old wanted in Wednesday night's Read More"},{"id":"156","created":"06/18/2015 8:04 PM EDT","title":"Shooting Suspect In Custody, New Mugshot Released","tweet_link":"156_shooting-suspect-in-custody-new-mugshot-released","entry_text":"

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Shooting Suspect Dylann Storm Roof is in custody at the Charleston County Sheriff's Office. His bond hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday. Earlier, Roof waived extradition in North Carolina, where he was captured, and was sent back to South Carolina. He also waived his right to counsel, reports the Associated Press.

Suspect Dylann Roof is in the jail and will have a bond hearing tomorrow at 2 p.m., per @ChasCoSheriff officials. #CharlestonShooting

— Stacy Jacobson (@StacyJacobsonTV) June 19, 2015

-- Kelly Chen

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Shooting Suspect Dylann Storm Roof is in custody at the Charleston County Sheriff's Office. His bond hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday. Earlier, Roof waived extradition in North Carolina, where he was captured, and was sent back to South Ca...Read More"},{"id":"154","created":"06/18/2015 7:52 PM EDT","title":"These Republicans Aren't Sure What Motivated A White Guy To Kill 9 Black Churchgoers, But It Wasn't Racism ","tweet_link":"154_these-republicans-arent-sure-what-motivated-a-white-guy-to-kill-9-black-churchgoers-but-it-wasnt-racism-","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Nick Wing reports: A barbaric act like Wednesday's massacre of nine strangers by a white gunman at the historic black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, shocks the conscience and makes it uncomfortable to face the painful truth about what happened.

This may help explain why some Republicans steered clear of the issue of race on Thursday in remarks about the killings. The politicians, including some 2016 presidential candidates, offered condolences to the victims, but resisted ascribing racial motivations to the gunman, even as information about suspected killer Dylann Roof mounts.

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Nick Wing reports: A barbaric act like Wednesday's massacre of nine strangers by a white gunman at the historic black Emanuel AM...Read More"},{"id":"152","created":"06/18/2015 7:30 PM EDT","title":"Suspect Returned To South Carolina ","tweet_link":"152_suspect-returned-to-south-carolina-","entry_text":"

Police have taken Dylann Roof, the suspect in the Charleston church shooting, to South Carolina after he waived extradition, Reuters reported. Roof was captured earlier Thursday in North Carolina.

-- Andrew Hart

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Police have taken Dylann Roof, the suspect in the Charleston church shooting, to South Carolina after he waived extradition, Reuters reported. Roof was captured earlier Thursday in North Carolina.

-- Andrew Hart

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Moments before a shooter opened fire on Tywanza Sanders' Bible study group in Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday night, Sanders shared a short video with his followers on Snapchat.

The brief clip, which Mashable confirmed as authentic with four of Sanders' friends, shows a group of people seated at table along with the caption, \"Bible study knowledge planter.\" As the camera pans around the room, a solitary white face is seen at the far end of the table.

CNN reports that man is Dylann Roof, the alleged shooter, who spent an hour seated in the prayer meeting before pulling out a gun and killing nine people.

Read more here.

-- Ryan Grenoble

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Moments before a shooter opened fire on Tywanza Sanders' Bible study group in Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday night, Sanders shared a short video with his followers on Snapchat.

The brief clip, which Read More"},{"id":"148","created":"06/18/2015 7:07 PM EDT","title":"How The Media Covered The Most Heinous Attack On A Black Church In U.S. History","tweet_link":"148_how-the-media-covered-the-most-heinous-attack-on-a-black-church-in-us-history","entry_text":"

For a window into the public reaction to the 1963 bombing, here are some of the front pages of local newspapers from across the country the day after the attack. Virtually all of the articles themselves are the same Associated Press or United Press International wire stories. But the headlines, photos and placement of the stories hint at the varying degrees of shock, grief, fear and indifference with which different communities reacted to the crime.

The Anniston Star, Anniston, Alabama.

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View more images here.

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\"The Rhodesian flag is important in terms of symbolism, for Rhodesia subscribed to white supremacy,\" Blessing-Miles Tendi, a lecturer in African history and politics at Oxford, explained in an email. \"A minority, racist, colonial white settler state subjugated a majority black population in the then Rhodesia for approximately a century.\"

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Dylann Roof, pictured in a photo uploaded to Facebook last month, is suspected of shooting nine people dead in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday night.

Despite its obscurity in American political discourse, Rhodesia is well-known to white racists. Rhodesian flag patches are often \"sold at National Alliance, Aryan Nation, and Ku Klux Klan events,” Todd Blodgett, who once co-owned a white nationalist record label, told The Wall Street Journal Thursday.

Read more from Nick Baumann here.

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\"The Rhodesian flag is important in terms of symbolism, for Rhodesia subscribed to white supremacy,\" Blessing-Miles Tendi, a lecturer in African history and politics at Oxford, explained in an email. \"A minority, racist, colonial white settler state su...Read More"},{"id":"144","created":"06/18/2015 6:41 PM EDT","title":"Friend: Shooting Suspect Expressed Need To Do Something About Blacks \"Taking Over The World\"","tweet_link":"144_friend-shooting-suspect-expressed-need-to-do-something-about-blacks-taking-over-the-world","entry_text":"

Friend: Suspected gunman in church shooting railed about Trayvon Martin case, black people "taking over the world": http://t.co/OyLyopllVN

— The Associated Press (@AP) June 18, 2015

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Friend: Suspected gunman in church shooting railed about Trayvon Martin case, black people "taking over the world": http://t.co/OyLyopllVN

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HuffPost's Gabriel Arana reports: For once, CNN anchor Don Lemon isn't making news for malapropisms or off-color questions.

During a live segment Thursday in Charleston, South Carolina, following the church massacre there, a black woman heckled Lemon and CNN co-host John Berman on camera, calling Lemon and President Barack Obama “Uncle Toms” -- a derogatory term for black people who are considered subservient to whites.

Read more here.

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HuffPost's Gabriel Arana reports: For once, CNN anchor Don Lemon isn't making news for malapropisms or off-color questions.

Durin...Read More"},{"id":"140","created":"06/18/2015 6:25 PM EDT","title":"This Map Shows Why The Charleston Shooting Wasn't Just \"Anti-Christian\"","tweet_link":"140_this-map-shows-why-the-charleston-shooting-wasnt-just-antichristian","entry_text":"

Following the mass shooting Wednesday night at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, some conservatives have suggested that the tragedy had less to do with race and more to do with a supposed anti-Christian vendetta. A closer look at the neighborhood, however, reveals the shakiness of that theory...

With respect to idea this wasn’t about race, gotta ask why this specific church w/ so many others around it? pic.twitter.com/K4CPqTT15o

— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) June 18, 2015

A glance at the neighborhood surrounding the AME Church -- which is the oldest African Methodist Episcopal church in the South, and was founded by former slave Denmark Vesey -- shows there are numerous other Christian houses of worship in the area. It's worth asking, then, why a gunman simply looking to target Christians would have chosen this particular church.

Read more here.

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Following the mass shooting Wednesday night at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, some conservatives have suggested that the tragedy had less to do with race and more to do with a supposed anti-Christian vendetta. A closer look at t...Read More"},{"id":"138","created":"06/18/2015 5:53 PM EDT","title":"Coates: Take Down The Confederate Flag","tweet_link":"138_coates-take-down-the-confederate-flag","entry_text":"

Ta Nehisi-Coates writes in The Atlantic that the confederate flag flying in front of the South Carolina Capitol represents everything Dylann Roof stands for:

Take down the flag. Take it down now.

Put it in a museum. Inscribe beneath it the years 1861-2015. Move forward. Abandon this charlatanism. Drive out this cult of death and chains. Save your lovely souls. Move forward. Do it now.

Read Coates' whole piece here.

--Braden Goyette

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Ta Nehisi-Coates writes in The Atlantic that the confederate flag flying in front of the South Carolina Capitol represents eve...Read More"},{"id":"136","created":"06/18/2015 5:37 PM EDT","title":"Family Says Suspect Espoused Racist Views","tweet_link":"136_family-says-suspect-espoused-racist-views","entry_text":"

Dylann Roof's family told The Wall Street Journal that he had espoused racist views and become a loner in the last couple of years. According to the Journal's report, Roof was a good student as a child, but stopped going to high school in 2010.

“He apparently told people that he was involved in groups, racist groups,” a woman who said she was the mother of Mr. Roof’s former stepmother told the Journal.

Roof was arrested on February 28 at a Columbia, SC mall, where he \"was wearing all black and rattling employees at two stores with unusual questions about staffing and operating hours.\" He was found with the powerful narcotic Suboxone at the time of his arrest. He was arrested again in April when he was spotted at the mall, violating a yearlong ban.

Read more here.

--Benjamin Hart

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Dylann Roof's family told The Wall Street Journal that he had espoused racist views and become a loner i...Read More"},{"id":"134","created":"06/18/2015 5:36 PM EDT","title":"Report: Dylann Roof Waives Extradition","tweet_link":"134_report-dylann-roof-waives-extradition","entry_text":"

The man suspected of killing nine people at a Charleston, South Caroline church Wednesday night and then fleeing north has reportedly waived extradition and is headed back to South Carolina, the Associated Press reports.

--Kim Bellware

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The man suspected of killing nine people at a Charleston, South Caroline church Wednesday night and then fleeing north has reportedly waived extradition and is headed back to South Carolina, Read More"},{"id":"132","created":"06/18/2015 5:35 PM EDT","title":"Hillary Clinton: U.S. Must 'Face Hard Truths' On Race And Violence","tweet_link":"132_hillary-clinton-us-must-face-hard-truths-on-race-and-violence","entry_text":"

A day after nine people were shot and killed in a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton urged the country to \"face hard truths about race, violence, guns and division,\" including hateful rhetoric directed at immigrants.

\"When I hear words of hatred and anger directed at any of our fellow human beings, I ask myself, what is motivating that?\" she said in a speech at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials conference in Las Vegas. \"Do the people who feel so much hatred and anger ever look in the mirror and realize that they too are fellow human beings?\"

Read the full story here.

-- Elise Foley

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A day after nine people were shot and killed in a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton urged the country to \"face hard truths about race, violence, guns and division,\" including hate...Read More"},{"id":"130","created":"06/18/2015 5:19 PM EDT","title":"Gov. Haley: Flags To Be At Half Mast For 9 Days","tweet_link":"130_gov-haley-flags-to-be-at-half-mast-for-9-days","entry_text":"

As our entire state comes together in prayer and to heal, we have directed that flags be lowered to half staff in memory...

Posted by Nikki Haley on Thursday, June 18, 2015

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.@CNN airing images from inside the church last night #CharlestonShoo...Read More"},{"id":"126","created":"06/18/2015 5:13 PM EDT","title":"Woman Describes How She Spotted Shooting Suspect","tweet_link":"126_woman-describes-how-she-spotted-shooting-suspect","entry_text":"

Debbie Dillis, a bookkeeper working in the North Carolina town where Dylann Roof was captured, told ABC News how she was able to tip off the police to his whereabouts.

NEW: Tipster called 911 after realizing driver with bowl haircut was church shooting suspect: http://t.co/ebjKvvix0f pic.twitter.com/ZUySET80JD

— ABC News (@ABC) June 18, 2015

She spotted the suspected shooter in the car next to her and recognized his bowl haircut, she told ABC News, as well as a tag on his car cited in a police report. She called her husband who contacted the authorities.

Read the whole story from ABC News.

--Andrew Hart

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Debbie Dillis, a bookkeeper working in the North Carolina town where Dylann Roof was captured, told ABC News how she was able to tip off the police to his whereabouts.

Read More"},{"id":"124","created":"06/18/2015 4:37 PM EDT","title":"Houses Of Worship Hit By Violence Offer Advice, Prayers For Charleston","tweet_link":"124_houses-of-worship-hit-by-violence-offer-advice-prayers-for-charleston","entry_text":"

In interviews with HuffPost on Thursday, officials from houses of worship that had been through trauma offered advice for their brothers and sisters in Charleston, warning that it would take time, prayer, introspection and action to get back to a feeling of normalcy -- if they every get back at all.

One of those officials, Amardeep Kaleka, is a member of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek. His father, Satwant Kaleka, was one of the founders of the temple and one of the six people killed when a white supremacist attacked the religious community in 2012. Reflecting on that moment and the news on Thursday, Kaleka cautioned that healing comes slowly.

\"In the immediate aftermath you are feeling grief, shock and trauma with major concerns of well-being. Normality is out the window, and nothing is ever going to be the same. We had a lot of soul searching, cried, and came together in vigils,\" he said.

Read the full story here.

-- Sam Stein and Paul Raushenbush

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In interviews with HuffPost on Thursday, officials from houses of worship that had been through trauma offered advice for their brothers and sisters in Charleston, warning that it would take time, prayer, introspection and action to get back to a feeli...Read More"},{"id":"122","created":"06/18/2015 4:36 PM EDT","title":"It's Actually Illegal To Remove The Confederate Flag From South Carolina's Statehouse","tweet_link":"122_its-actually-illegal-to-remove-the-confederate-flag-from-south-carolinas-statehouse","entry_text":"

The fact that the Confederate flag was waving high in the state capital of Columbia hours after suspected gunman Dylann Roof carried out what's believed to be a racially motivated attack sparked outrage.

But despite calls for the flag's removal, the Confederate flag's presence on the statehouse grounds remains legally protected under the 2000 South Carolina Heritage Act.

Read more here.

--Kim Bellware

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The fact that the Confederate flag was waving high in the state capital of Columbia hours after suspected gunman Dylann Roof carried out what's believed to be a Read More"},{"id":"120","created":"06/18/2015 4:34 PM EDT","title":"Watch Obama Address Homicidal Gun Violence Again, And Again, And Again...","tweet_link":"120_watch-obama-address-homicidal-gun-violence-again-and-again-and-again","entry_text":"

President Barack Obama found himself in a familiar, dark place on Thursday: addressing the nation about a shooting that had taken multiple lives.

It was the 14th time during his administration that he had been forced to issue a statement in response to such a mass killing, according to CBS’s Mark Knoller. And his frustration over having to repeatedly mark these morose occasions clearly weighed on him. The president spent a large part of his remarks bemoaning how the political system has completely failed to respond to gun violence.

Read more here.

-- Sam Stein and Amber Ferguson

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President Barack Obama found himself in a familiar, dark place on Thursday: addressing the nation about a shooting that had taken multiple lives.

It was the 14th time during his administration that he had been forced to issue a statement in respo...Read More"},{"id":"118","created":"06/18/2015 4:34 PM EDT","title":"PHOTOS: Dylann Roof Escorted From Police Dept.","tweet_link":"118_photos-dylann-roof-escorted-from-police-dept","entry_text":"

Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof was escorted from the Shelby Police Department in Shelby, N.C., Thursday, June 18, 2015. (Credit for all: AP Photo/Chuck Burton).

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Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof was escorted from the Shelby Police Department in Shelby, N.C., Thursday, June 18, 2015. (Credit for all: AP Photo/Chuck Burton).

"},{"id":"116","created":"06/18/2015 4:28 PM EDT","title":"Tip From Florist Led To Suspect's Arrest","tweet_link":"116_tip-from-florist-led-to-suspects-arrest","entry_text":"

A florist in the town of Shelby, NC gave the police a tip that led to Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof's arrest, reports the Shelby Star. Debbie Dills, who was running late for work, spotted Roof driving on Highway 74. She then called her boss, Todd Frady, for advice. Frady called the police, who apprehended Roof within minutes.

Read the full story at the Shelby Star.

--Benjamin Hart

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A florist in the town of Shelby, NC gave the police a tip that led to Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof's arrest, Read More"},{"id":"114","created":"06/18/2015 4:27 PM EDT","title":"Bernie Sanders Postpones Trip To Charleston","tweet_link":"114_bernie-sanders-postpones-trip-to-charleston","entry_text":"

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is postponing a planned trip to Charleston, he said in an email to supporters. Sanders encouraged his supporters to donate to the Emanual AME Church.

“The Charleston church killings are a tragic reminder of the ugly stain of racism that still taints our nation,\" Sanders said in a statement. \"This senseless violence fills me with outrage, disgust and a deep, deep sadness. The hateful killing of nine people praying inside a church is a horrific reminder that, while we have made significant progress in advancing civil rights in this country, we are far from eradicating racism. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and their congregation.”

-- Paige Lavender

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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is postponing a planned trip to Charleston, he said in an email to supporters. Sanders encouraged his supporters to donate to the Emanual AME Chu...Read More"},{"id":"112","created":"06/18/2015 4:19 PM EDT","title":"Roommate: Suspect 'Wanted To Start A Civil War'","tweet_link":"112_roommate-suspect-wanted-to-start-a-civil-war","entry_text":"

ABC News reports that Dalton Tyler, the roommate of suspect Dylann Roof, said that Roof had shown warning signs of his impending act of violence. Tyler claimed that Roof had been “planning something like that for six months.\" He also said that Roof was \"big into segregation and other stuff,\" and that he \"wanted to start a civil war. He said he was going to do something like that and then kill himself.”

Read more at ABC.

--Benjamin Hart

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ABC News reports that Dalton Tyler, the roommate of suspect Dylann Roof, said that Roof had shown warning signs of his impen...Read More"},{"id":"110","created":"06/18/2015 3:31 PM EDT","title":"Names And Ages Of Victims","tweet_link":"110_names-and-ages-of-victims","entry_text":"

Here are all victims with ages #chsnews pic.twitter.com/B7fDIBS7Pr

— William Joy (@WilliamLive5) June 18, 2015

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Here are all victims with ages #chsnews pic.twitter.com/B7fDIBS7Pr

— William Joy (@W...Read More"},{"id":"108","created":"06/18/2015 3:30 PM EDT","title":"Clinton Addresses Charleston Shooting","tweet_link":"108_clinton-addresses-charleston-shooting","entry_text":"

At #NALEO2015, @HillaryClinton: "Today we say to families of Mother Emanuel, you do not walk alone" #Charlestonshooting

— NBC Latino (@NBCLatino) June 18, 2015

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At #NALEO2015, @HillaryClinton: "Today we say to families of Mother Emanu...Read More"},{"id":"106","created":"06/18/2015 3:25 PM EDT","title":"Coroner: Some Victims Suffered Multiple Gunshot Wounds","tweet_link":"106_coroner-some-victims-suffered-multiple-gunshot-wounds","entry_text":"

Coroner says would be premature to speak about how many shots fired, but fair to say victims suffered multiple wounds #chsnews

— Melissa Boughton (@mboughtonPC) June 18, 2015

","short_text":"

Coroner says would be premature to speak about how many shots fired, but fair to say victims suffered multiple wounds #chsnews

...Read More"},{"id":"104","created":"06/18/2015 3:13 PM EDT","title":"Coroner: Victims Believed Shooter Was There To Join Bible Study","tweet_link":"104_coroner-victims-believed-shooter-was-there-to-join-bible-study","entry_text":"

#CharlestonCounty coroner on #CharlestonShooting victims and suspect: "They believed he wanted to join them in this #Bible study."

— The Post and Courier (@postandcourier) June 18, 2015

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#CharlestonCounty coroner on #CharlestonShooting v...Read More"},{"id":"102","created":"06/18/2015 3:12 PM EDT","title":"Emanuel AME's Long History Of Civil Rights Work","tweet_link":"102_emanuel-ames-long-history-of-civil-rights-work","entry_text":"

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where a shooting left nine people dead Wednesday night, has a history of civil rights activism and has long been one of the most prominent historic black churches in the South.

Called “Mother Emanuel,” the church -- home to one of oldest black Christian communities in the country -- was established in 1816 after black members of the city’s main Methodist church left because of racial discrimination. For nearly 200 years, it has been home to clergy who have gone on to become politicians, leaders of the abolition movement and civil rights crusaders. One of the shooting’s victims, church pastor Rev. Clementa Pinckney, was a Democratic state senator.

Throughout the church's history, it has hosted speakers including Booker T. Washington -- who brought a crowd of white supporters to its pews during a 1909 speech -- Martin Luther King Jr. and Wyatt T. Walker of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, led a march toward the church in 1969 to support the city’s striking hospital workers.

Read more here.

--Antonia Blumberg

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Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where a shooting left nine people dead Wednesday night, has a history of civil rights activism an...Read More"},{"id":"100","created":"06/18/2015 3:10 PM EDT","title":"Charleston County Coroner Addresses Media","tweet_link":"100_charleston-county-coroner-addresses-media","entry_text":"

Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten to speak any minute, identify victims of #CharlestonShooting #chsnews

— Melissa Boughton (@mboughtonPC) June 18, 2015

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Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten to speak any minute, identify victims of #CharlestonShooting Read More"},{"id":"98","created":"06/18/2015 3:07 PM EDT","title":"Statement From NAACP On Roof's Arrest","tweet_link":"98_statement-from-naacp-on-roofs-arrest","entry_text":"

NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks issued a statement on the arrest of Dylann Roof:

“We are as thankful for the apprehension of the alleged Charleston shooter as we are horrified by the blood curdling heinousness of this act. We appreciate the swift work of federal, state, and local authorities in apprehending the alleged shooter. We commend, encourage, and will continue to support the ongoing investigation and prosecution of the person responsible for the deaths of nine students of scripture in a beloved sanctuary. The NAACP family continues to pray for the family of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the late pastor, the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, and those who lost their lives in the Bible study. As we mourn their senseless deaths, we remain resolved to continue facing evil and fighting for justice in every corner of America.

Our century-old, ongoing work of confronting violence with nonviolence, hate with love, and racism with the highest ideas of our democracy yet continues. The mayor, police chief, and witnesses describe this shooting as a hate crime. The coward who murdered nine parishioners in a church set a new and depraved standard of inhumanity. We, as Americans, by our resolve, determination, and commitment, through our faith, will set an infinitely higher standard of humanity.”

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NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks issued a statement on the arrest of Dylann Roof:

“We are as thankful for the...Read More"},{"id":"96","created":"06/18/2015 3:00 PM EDT","title":"Cynthia Hurd's Brother Speaks Out","tweet_link":"96_cynthia-hurds-brother-speaks-out","entry_text":"

Former North Carolina state senator Malcolm Graham, brother of Cynthia Hurd, spoke to the Charlotte Observer about her death.

“She was the one who brought us closer,” Graham said. “It’s so senseless.”

His voice went silent and Graham began to weep. “She was just a beautiful person,” he said between sobs of grief. “She didn’t deserve it.”

Read more here.

--Braden Goyette

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Former North Carolina state senator Malcolm Graham, brother of Cynthia Hurd, spoke to the Charlotte Observer about her death.

“She was t...Read More"},{"id":"94","created":"06/18/2015 2:51 PM EDT","title":"South Carolina's History Of Black Church Burnings","tweet_link":"94_south-carolinas-history-of-black-church-burnings","entry_text":"

South Carolina is where the highest number of the 90s wave of black church burnings took place http://t.co/MVZyl9wT12 pic.twitter.com/tYgbhfQvfI

— Adam Serwer (@AdamSerwer) June 18, 2015

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South Carolina is where the highest number of the 90s wave of black church burnings took place http://t.co/MVZyl9wT12 ...Read More"},{"id":"92","created":"06/18/2015 2:49 PM EDT","title":"Michelle Obama Lights Candles For Victims","tweet_link":"92_michelle-obama-lights-candles-for-victims","entry_text":"

The Associated Press reports:

Michelle Obama and her elder daughter visited Milan's Duomo cathedral on Thursday, where an official traveling with her said they lit candles in memory of the victims of the shooting in South Carolina.

The first lady and her daughter Malia were seen by photographers entering the Gothic-inspired cathedral on the unannounced stop. Mrs. Obama was dressed in black with dark glasses, while Malia wore a white blouse with black trousers. Mrs. Obama made no comment and issued no statement.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

The Associated Press reports:

Michelle Obama and her elder daughter visited Milan's Duomo cathedral on Thursday, where an official traveling with her said they lit candles in memory of the victims of the shooting in South Carolina.

The firs...Read More"},{"id":"90","created":"06/18/2015 2:30 PM EDT","title":"Family Of Walter Scott Reacts To Shooting","tweet_link":"90_family-of-walter-scott-reacts-to-shooting","entry_text":"

The family of Walter Scott issues a statement on the Charleston shooting pic.twitter.com/FTF3X9ZyPg

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) June 18, 2015

Scott, a black man from North Charleston, was shot and killed in April by a white police officer who was indicted for his murder in June. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was murdered in Wednesday's shooting, had been an outspoken advocate for justice in the Scott case.

--Kate Palmer

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The family of Walter Scott issues a statement on the Charleston shooting pic.twitter.com/FTF3X9ZyPg

— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) Read More"},{"id":"88","created":"06/18/2015 2:14 PM EDT","title":"South Carolina Has Permissive Gun Laws. Here's Why That Won't Change.","tweet_link":"88_south-carolina-has-permissive-gun-laws-heres-why-that-wont-change","entry_text":"

President Barack Obama attempted to reignite a national debate about gun safety laws in his remarks Thursday. But South Carolina is unlikely to welcome stricter regulations:

South Carolina has permissive gun laws. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which supports tougher gun measures, ranked it the state with only the 34th strictest gun laws in 2014 and gave it an “F” for gun safety.

South Carolina is a “shall issue” state, meaning that state law enforcement officials must provide concealed-carry gun permits to applicants who pass a background check and fingerprint review. Some other states have “may issue” policies, meaning that law enforcement may use discretion in providing concealed-carry gun permits.

Read the full story here.

-- Daniel Marans

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President Barack Obama attempted to reignite a national debate about gun safety laws in his remarks Thursday. But South Carolina is unlikely to welcome stricter regulations:

South Carolina has permissive gun laws. The Law Center to Pr...Read More"},{"id":"86","created":"06/18/2015 1:47 PM EDT","title":"Shooting Suspect's Mugshot From Previous Arrest","tweet_link":"86_shooting-suspects-mugshot-from-previous-arrest","entry_text":"

mugshot of suspect 21 year-old Dylann Storm Roof from prior arrest this year pic.twitter.com/IoY2rqxccF

— Victoria Hansen (@VHansenABCNews4) June 18, 2015

Roof was reportedly out on bond over drug and trespassing charges filed earlier this year.

--Andy Campbell

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mugshot of suspect 21 year-old Dylann Storm Roof from prior arrest this year pic.twitter.com/IoY2rqxccF

— Victoria Hansen (@VHansenABCNews4) Read More"},{"id":"84","created":"06/18/2015 1:44 PM EDT","title":"Police Reports For Roof's Prior Arrests","tweet_link":"84_police-reports-for-roofs-prior-arrests","entry_text":"

Dylann Roof was arrested twice in Columbia, S.C., this year. Police reports: http://t.co/yIeYizwFVM & http://t.co/fDDyeceSdJ

— Thad Moore (@thadmoore) June 18, 2015

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Dylann Roof was arrested twice in Columbia, S.C., this year. Police reports: http://t.co/yIeYizwFVM & http://t...Read More"},{"id":"82","created":"06/18/2015 1:39 PM EDT","title":"PHOTO: Colleagues Mourn Next To State Sen. Pinckney's Desk","tweet_link":"82_photo-colleagues-mourn-next-to-state-sen-pinckneys-desk","entry_text":"

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State Senator Vincent Sheheen (D-Kershaw) gets emotional as he sits next to the draped desk of state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, Thursday, June 18, 2015, at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

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\nState Senator Vincent Sheheen (D-Kershaw) gets emotional as he sits next to the draped desk of state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, Thursday, June 18, 2015, at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

"},{"id":"80","created":"06/18/2015 1:18 PM EDT","title":"Outside Dylann Roof's Home","tweet_link":"80_outside-dylann-roofs-home","entry_text":"

Post and Courier reporter Cynthia Roldan is tweeting from outside Roof's home in Eastover:

A man inside #DylannRoof's home declined to speak, adding we should get off his property before he called deputies. pic.twitter.com/oolwWHdelc

— Cynthia Roldan (@CynthiaRoldan) June 18, 2015

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Post and Courier reporter Cynthia Roldan is tweeting from outside Roof's home in Eastover:

A man inside #DylannRoof'...Read More"},{"id":"78","created":"06/18/2015 1:09 PM EDT","title":"South Carolina Paper Slaps Gun Ad On Story About Charleston Shooting","tweet_link":"78_south-carolina-paper-slaps-gun-ad-on-story-about-charleston-shooting","entry_text":"

The Charleston Post and Courier has called it a “regrettable coincidence.” But to some gun-control advocates, it may in fact seem fitting.

On its front page Thursday morning, The Post and Courier ran a full-page story about Wednesday night's shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, that killed nine people. And right above the headline reading “Church attack kills 9,” some readers found a sticker advertising “Ladies' Night” at the ATP Gun Shop & Range in Summerville, South Carolina.

Read more here.

--Gabriel Arana

","short_text":"

The Charleston Post and Courier has called it a “regrettable coincidence.” But to some gun-control advocates, it may in fact seem fitting.

On its front page Thursday morning, The Post and Courier ran a full-page story about Wednesday night's ...Read More"},{"id":"76","created":"06/18/2015 1:00 PM EDT","title":"South Carolina State Library Names Employee Cynthia Hurd As One Of Those Killed","tweet_link":"76_south-carolina-state-library-names-employee-cynthia-hurd-as-one-of-those-killed","entry_text":"

South Carolina State Library releases statement on the death of librarian Cynthia Hurd. #CharlestonShooting pic.twitter.com/VD1yrbyC7m

— reported.ly (@reportedly) June 18, 2015

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South Carolina State Library releases statement on the death of librarian Cynthia Hurd. #CharlestonShooting Read More"},{"id":"74","created":"06/18/2015 12:51 PM EDT","title":"2 Victims Identified","tweet_link":"74_2-victims-identified","entry_text":"

The identities of two victims of Wednesday night's shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, have been confirmed.

Clementa Pinckney, the church's pastor, and Tywanza Sanders, a recent university graduate, died after they were shot by a gunman around 9 p.m. Wednesday during a prayer meeting inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Read more here.

--David Lohr

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The identities of two victims of Wednesday night's shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, have been confirmed.

Clementa Pinckney, the church's pastor, and Tywanza Sanders, a recent university graduate, died after they ...Read More"},{"id":"72","created":"06/18/2015 12:27 PM EDT","title":"Obama Reacts To Shooting","tweet_link":"72_obama-reacts-to-shooting","entry_text":"

"I’ve had to make statements like these too many times. Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times" —@POTUS

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 18, 2015

"To say our thoughts and prayers are with them...doesn’t say enough to convey the heartache & the sadness & the anger that we feel." —@POTUS

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 18, 2015

"Innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun." —@POTUS

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 18, 2015

"We as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries." —@POTUS

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 18, 2015

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"I’ve had to make statements like these too many times. Communities like this have had to endure tragedies like this too many times" —@POT...Read More"},{"id":"70","created":"06/18/2015 12:23 PM EDT","title":"Shooting Suspect Wore Pro-Apartheid Patch On Jacket","tweet_link":"70_shooting-suspect-wore-proapartheid-patch-on-jacket","entry_text":"

Judging from the patches affixed to the jacket he's wearing in his Facebook profile picture, suspected Charleston church shooter Dylann Storm Roof may have had racial motives for the crime.

In the photo, Roof stares directly at the camera, clad in a black jacket with two flags affixed above his right breast: an apartheid-era South African flag dating back to 1928 and a flag used to represent the unrecognized state of Rhodesia from 1968 through 1979, after the former British colony of South Rhodesia fractured and a white minority attempted to take control of the country.

Read the full story here.

-- Ryan Grenoble

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Judging from the patches affixed to the jacket he's wearing in his Facebook profile picture, suspected Charleston church shooter Read More"},{"id":"68","created":"06/18/2015 12:22 PM EDT","title":"Nancy Pelosi Responds","tweet_link":"68_nancy-pelosi-responds","entry_text":"

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) responded to the Charleston shooting, stating, \"It’s just such a shocking attack that was made in Charleston. When the news came forth about this, I thought maybe they were reporting on anniversary of something that had happened a long, long time ago. It wasn’t that of course, it was a new fresh reality. Words are totally inadequate.\"

Pelosi added, \"I’m pleased the Justice Department will be treating it as what it is, a hate crime.\"

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) responded to the Charleston shooting, stating, \"It’s just such a shocking attack that was made in Charleston. When the news came forth about this, I thought maybe they were reporting on anniversary of som...Read More"},{"id":"66","created":"06/18/2015 11:50 AM EDT","title":"South Carolina Senate Remembers Clementa Pinckney","tweet_link":"66_south-carolina-senate-remembers-clementa-pinckney","entry_text":"

The South Carolina Senate gathered today to remember to Sen. Clementa Pinckney, beginning with an evocative recording of Pinckney addressing the Senate about the murder of Walter Scott.

\"Today, the nation looks at South Carolina, and is looking at us to see if we will rise to be the body and to be the state that we really say that we are,\" Pinckney said in the video.

Pinckney told the Christian story of Jesus' resurrection. Thomas, one of Jesus' disciples, didn't believe that Jesus had been resurrected until he was able to put his fingers in the wounds of Jesus' crucifixion.

\"When we first heard on the television that a police officer had gunned down an unarmed African American in North Charleston by the name of Walter Scott [...] there were many who said there is no way that a police officer would ever shoot someone in the back six, seven, eight times.\"

\"When we were able to see the video we were able to see the gunshots and when we saw him fall to the ground and we saw the police officer come and handcuff him on the ground without even trying to resuscitate him, without seeing if he was really alive [...] to see him die face down in the ground as if he were game, I believe we were all like Thomas and we said, 'I believe.'\"

Pinckney closed his speech by calling for the South Carolina legislature \"to allow sunshine into this process,\" and mandate that police officers wear body cameras at all times. \"We pray that over time justice be done,\" he concluded.

After the video, senators from both sides of the aisle shared remembrances of their colleague, describing him as a devoted family man with a deep Christian faith. \"He was a quintessential Southern gentleman,\" Sen. John Courson said.

Sen Nikki Setzler said, \"What stood out more than his big frame and his booming voice was that astronomically large heart and the love he had for his fellow man.\"

Sen. Gerald Malloy called Pinckney as a \"brilliant\" preacher and a “sweet spirit” who will forever live in the Senate. \"Clementa lived the life we all aim to,\" Malloy said.

Sen. Kent Williams described Pinckney as a devoted family man, who always talked about his relatives and asked Williams to check on his grandmother. \"We can't even worship god in peace anymore. We can't be safe in churches anymore. What a sad day,\" he said.

-- Katie Sola

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The South Carolina Senate gathered today to remember to Sen. Clementa Pinckney, beginning with an evocative recording of Pinckney addressing the Senate about the murder of Walter Scott.

\"Today, the nation looks at South Carolina, and is looking ...Read More"},{"id":"64","created":"06/18/2015 11:40 AM EDT","title":"Boehner Responds: 'Shocked And Heartbroken'","tweet_link":"64_boehner-responds-shocked-and-heartbroken","entry_text":"

Boehner: "Shocked and heartbroken" by shooting in Charleston.

— Laura Barron-Lopez (@lbarronlopez)
June 18, 2015

.@SpeakerBoehner on Charleston shooting: "Anyone who would do something so unspeakable is pure evil."

— Laura Barron-Lopez (@lbarronlopez) June 18, 2015

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Boehner: "Shocked and heartbroken" by shooting in Charleston.

— Laura Barron-Lopez (@lbarronlopez) Ju...Read More"},{"id":"62","created":"06/18/2015 11:39 AM EDT","title":"Former Classmate: Suspect 'Made A Lot Of Racist Jokes'","tweet_link":"62_former-classmate-suspect-made-a-lot-of-racist-jokes","entry_text":"

John Mullins, former classmate of Roof's at White Knoll High School, told the Daily Beast that Roof \"made a lot of racist jokes\" but people never really took them seriously. \"You don't really think of it like that,\" Mullins said.

More from The Daily Beast here.

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John Mullins, former classmate of Roof's at White Knoll High School, told the Daily Beast that Roof \"made a lot of racist jokes\" but pe...Read More"},{"id":"60","created":"06/18/2015 11:37 AM EDT","title":"President Obama To Issue Statement","tweet_link":"60_president-obama-to-issue-statement","entry_text":"

President Barack Obama will give a statement at 11:45 a.m. on the shootings, the White House announced. He will make his remarks from the White House briefing room.

","short_text":"

President Barack Obama will give a statement at 11:45 a.m. on the shootings, the White House announced. He will make his remarks from the White House briefing room.

"},{"id":"58","created":"06/18/2015 11:36 AM EDT","title":"Charleston Church Shooting Photos Show Aftermath Of Deadly Crime","tweet_link":"58_charleston-church-shooting-photos-show-aftermath-of-deadly-crime","entry_text":"

Photos taken after Wednesday night's deadly shooting show the heartbreak and devastation of community members.

See the images here.

","short_text":"

Photos taken after Wednesday night's deadly shooting show the heartbreak and devastation of community members.

See the images Read More"},{"id":"56","created":"06/18/2015 11:24 AM EDT","title":"CBS, CNN, NBC: Suspect Arrested","tweet_link":"56_cbs-cnn-nbc-suspect-arrested","entry_text":"

#BREAKING: #CharlestonShooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof caught in Shelby, NC, law enforcement confirms to @CBSNews pic.twitter.com/wEnp2LuBPi

— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) June 18, 2015

#CharlestonShooting suspect taken into custody in North Carolina, according to senior law enforcement official. http://t.co/4Z8oXzQP3K

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 18, 2015

NBC News: Suspect in Charleston church shooting has been captured

— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) June 18, 2015

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#BREAKING: #CharlestonShooting suspect Dylann Storm Roof c...Read More"},{"id":"54","created":"06/18/2015 11:17 AM EDT","title":"Suspect Reportedly Received Gun As Birthday Gift","tweet_link":"54_suspect-reportedly-received-gun-as-birthday-gift","entry_text":"

Carson Cowles, Roof's uncle, told Reuters he recognized his nephew in the photograph released by police, and that Roof had received a gun from his father as a 21st birthday gift in April.

More on the shooting here.

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Carson Cowles, Roof's uncle, told Reuters he recognized his nephew in the photograph released by police, and that Roof had received a gun from his father as a ...Read More"},{"id":"52","created":"06/18/2015 11:05 AM EDT","title":"Everytown For Gun Safety Responds","tweet_link":"52_everytown-for-gun-safety-responds","entry_text":"

The following is from a press release sent by Everytown For Gun Safety:

EVERYTOWN, SOUTH CAROLINA MOMS RESPOND TO MASS SHOOTING IN CHARLESTON THAT KILLED NINE

Lucy McBath, Mother of Jordan Davis and Everytown Faith Outreach Leader, Calls for Action to Prevent Gun Violence

Previous Everytown Research on Mass Shootings: everytown.org/mass-shootings

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Everytown for Gun Safety and the South Carolina chapter leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown, are responding today to a Wednesday night mass shooting during a prayer meeting at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that killed nine worshippers and injured an unconfirmed number of others. Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was also a state senator, was among those killed. The alleged gunman has not yet been identified or apprehended, but he has been described as a white male in his early twenties.

STATEMENT FROM LUCY MCBATH, MOTHER OF SLAIN FLORIDA TEEN JORDAN DAVIS AND EVERYTOWN FAITH OUTREACH LEADER

“We send our thoughts and prayers to the Charleston and AME communities today. Last night’s events bring me to tears, but I know all too well that we also need far more than thoughts and prayers to ensure no other community is forced to endure this unthinkable tragedy. America is faced with a unique national crisis in which we cannot even go to church—a sacred place where we should feel safe to worship—without the threat of gun violence. Unbelievably easy access to guns in our country emboldens dangerous and ill-intentioned individuals to carry out unthinkable crimes. This crisis calls for solutions that will reduce our nation’s alarming rate of gun violence that kills 88 Americans every single day. Our work to prevent gun violence can both respect the Second Amendment and honor the Sixth Commandment: Thou shalt not kill.”

STATEMENT FROM SYLVIE DESSAU, VOLUNTEER CHAPTER LEADER FOR THE SOUTH CAROLINA CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION

“Our thoughts are with the families of the victims who were senselessly killed Wednesday night as they attended a prayer meeting. While the details are still unfolding, nine innocent lives were taken and others were injured as a result of last night’s horrific mass shooting. South Carolina needs to focus on keeping guns out of dangerous hands, which would help prevent future tragedies. It’s time we stand up for the safety of South Carolinians and work to reduce gun violence that continues to claim too many lives across the state.”

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The following is from a press release sent by Everytown For Gun Safety:

EVERYTOWN, SOUTH CAROLINA MOMS RESPOND TO MASS SHOOTING IN CHARLESTON THAT KILLED NINE

Lucy McBath, Mother of Jordan Davis and Everytown Fa...Read More"},{"id":"50","created":"06/18/2015 10:52 AM EDT","title":"Suspect Driving Black Hyundai","tweet_link":"50_suspect-driving-black-hyundai","entry_text":"

Suspect Dylann Roof of Lexington, SC. driving a black Hyundai with vehicle tag LGF330, per city of Charleston

— Christina Elmore (@celmorePC) June 18, 2015

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Suspect Dylann Roof of Lexington, SC. driving a black Hyundai with vehicle tag LGF330, per city of Charleston

— Christina Elmore (@celmorePC) Read More"},{"id":"48","created":"06/18/2015 10:48 AM EDT","title":"AME Church Clergy Gathering For Prayer Service In Wake Of Shooting","tweet_link":"48_ame-church-clergy-gathering-for-prayer-service-in-wake-of-shooting","entry_text":"

HuffPost's Carol Kuruvilla reports:

The day after a deadly shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the people of the city are coming together to pray.

Full story here.

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HuffPost's Carol Kuruvilla reports:

The day after a deadly shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the people of the city are coming together to pray.

Full ...Read More"},{"id":"46","created":"06/18/2015 10:47 AM EDT","title":"PHOTO: People Comfort Each Other Near Memorial","tweet_link":"46_photo-people-comfort-each-other-near-memorial","entry_text":"

\"charleston\"

In this image taken from video on Thursday, June 18, 2015, Martha Watson, left, and Tarsha Moseley embrace at a makeshift memorial near Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.

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In this image taken from video on Thursday, June 18, 2015, Martha Watson, left, and Tarsha Moseley embrace at a makeshift memorial near Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.

"},{"id":"44","created":"06/18/2015 10:41 AM EDT","title":"Suspect Appears To Wear Apartheid Flag on Jacket In Photo","tweet_link":"44_suspect-appears-to-wear-apartheid-flag-on-jacket-in-photo","entry_text":"

#CharlestonShooting suspect appears to be wearing South African Apartheid flag on his jacket: http://t.co/88E8u8Pbvt pic.twitter.com/zTh1ninUQI

— Deanna Pan (@DDpan) June 18, 2015

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#CharlestonShooting suspect appears to be wearing South African Apartheid flag on his jacket: Read More"},{"id":"42","created":"06/18/2015 10:18 AM EDT","title":"Suspect Identified","tweet_link":"42_suspect-identified","entry_text":"

The man suspected of opening fire into a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday night, killing nine people, has been identified as 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof, an FBI spokeswoman told The Post and Courier.

Denise Taiste, an FBI spokeswoman based in Columbia, named Roof on Thursday morning.

Full story here.

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The man suspected of opening fire into a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday night, killing nine people, has b...Read More"},{"id":"40","created":"06/18/2015 10:03 AM EDT","title":"NYPD Increases Security At Black Churches","tweet_link":"40_nypd-increases-security-at-black-churches","entry_text":"

Mayor Bill de Blasio said NYPD has increased security at black churches across the city as a precaution after #CharlestonShooting

— Wendy J. Biddlecombe (@WJBreports) June 18, 2015

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Mayor Bill de Blasio said NYPD has increased security at black churches across the city as a precaution after #CharlestonS...Read More"},{"id":"38","created":"06/18/2015 9:59 AM EDT","title":"The Capital Of South Carolina, In 2015","tweet_link":"38_the-capital-of-south-carolina-in-2015","entry_text":"

","short_text":""},{"id":"36","created":"06/18/2015 9:40 AM EDT","title":"Charleston Newspaper Puts Ad For Gun Shop On Front Page","tweet_link":"36_charleston-newspaper-puts-ad-for-gun-shop-on-front-page","entry_text":"

From Jonathan A. Neufeld:

Accentuating the irrationality of the Charleston news, the paper puts an ad for a gun shop on the front page today. pic.twitter.com/GyAW4EcKF1

— Jonathan A. Neufeld (@jneuf) June 18, 2015

Later, Neufeld shared this response from The Post and Courier:

P&C: "The front-page sticky note attached to some newspapers on the same day as this tragedy is a deeply regrettable coincidence."

— Jonathan A. Neufeld (@jneuf) June 18, 2015

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From Jonathan A. Neufeld:

Accentuating the irrationality of the Charleston news, the paper puts an ad for a gun shop on the front page today. pic.twi...Read More"},{"id":"34","created":"06/18/2015 9:32 AM EDT","title":"Shots Fired Into Memphis Church Same Night As Charleston Church Shooting","tweet_link":"34_shots-fired-into-memphis-church-same-night-as-charleston-church-shooting","entry_text":"

Shots were fired into a church in Memphis, Tennessee, WMC Action News 5 reports.

WMC-TV reporter Jerica Phillips said in tweets that the shooting happened on Wednesday night while church members were at choir rehearsal, and no one was injured:

#Breaking MPD on the scene at St Matthew MB Church in Orangemound where shots were fired inside the church last night pic.twitter.com/a0e920T5KF

— Jerica Phillips (@Jerica_Phillips) June 18, 2015

Deacon here at the church tells me they were at choir rehearsal when the shots were fired into the church. No one was injured.

— Jerica Phillips (@Jerica_Phillips) June 18, 2015

It's unclear if the shooting occurred before or after a gunman in Charleston, South Carolina opened fire at a historic black church on Wednesday night, killing nine people.

The Huffington Post was unable to make contact with the Memphis Police Department.

-- Hilary Hanson

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Shots were fired into a church in Memphis, Tennessee, WMC Action News 5 reports.

WMC-TV reporter Jerica Phillips said in tweets that the shooting happened on Wednesday night while church members were at choir rehearsal, and no one was injured:Read More"},{"id":"32","created":"06/18/2015 9:29 AM EDT","title":"Black Drape Covers Clementa Pinckney's Senate Desk","tweet_link":"32_black-drape-covers-clementa-pinckneys-senate-desk","entry_text":"

A black drape is placed over Senator Pinckney's Senate desk. #thestate #charlestonshooting pic.twitter.com/Hg5Fb4abQB

— Cassie Cope (@cassielcope) June 18, 2015

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A black drape is placed over Senator Pinckney's Senate desk. #thestate Read More"},{"id":"30","created":"06/18/2015 9:29 AM EDT","title":"Survivor: Church Gunman Said 'I Have To Do It'","tweet_link":"30_survivor-church-gunman-said-i-have-to-do-it","entry_text":"

Sylvia Johnson, a cousin of shooting victim Pastor Clementa Pinckney, told WIS News that the shooting suspect reportedly said \"I have to do it. You rape our women and you're taking over our country. And you have to go.\"

Johnson, who spoke with a survivor of the shooting, also said that the suspect reportedly reloaded five times during the shooting.

WATCH:

--Steven Hoffer

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Sylvia Johnson, a cousin of shooting victim Pastor Clementa Pinckney, told WIS News that the shooting suspect reportedly said \"I have...Read More"},{"id":"26","created":"06/18/2015 8:56 AM EDT","title":"Schools On Precautionary Lockdown","tweet_link":"26_schools-on-precautionary-lockdown","entry_text":"

CCSD officials say all schools on precautionary lockdown today. #chsnews

— CS Tyson (@SamInteractive) June 18, 2015

","short_text":"

CCSD officials say all schools on precautionary lockdown today. #chsnews

— CS Tyson (@SamInteractive) Read More"},{"id":"24","created":"06/18/2015 8:56 AM EDT","title":"Faithful Gather To Publicly Pray Blocks From Shooting","tweet_link":"24_faithful-gather-to-publicly-pray-blocks-from-shooting","entry_text":"

Shortly after 1:30 a.m. Thursday, a small crowd of faithful gathered on Calhoun Street, just blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church to pray and show support for the victims of the deadly shooting. South Carolina National Action Network president Elder James Johnson told WCBD's Matt Alba that Rev. Al Sharpton is on his way to Charleston.

People praying and singing for God's help in the middle of Calhoun St. in Charleston. 2 blocks from church shooting pic.twitter.com/Dhd9mFmq6v

— Matt Alba (@mattalbaWCBD) June 18, 2015

-- Andres Jauregui

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Shortly after 1:30 a.m. Thursday, a small crowd of faithful gathered on Calhoun Street, just blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church to pray and show support for the victims of the deadly shooting. South Carolina National Action Network ...Read More"},{"id":"22","created":"06/18/2015 8:55 AM EDT","title":"Jeb Bush Cancels Scheduled Charleston Events","tweet_link":"22_jeb-bush-cancels-scheduled-charleston-events","entry_text":"

Jeb Bush cancels events in Charleston due to church shooting http://t.co/bvQX04foeG

— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 18, 2015

Our thoughts and prayers are with the individuals and families affected by the tragic events in Charleston.

— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) June 18, 2015

","short_text":"

Jeb Bush cancels events in Charleston due to church shooting http://t.co/bvQX04foeG

— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) Read More"},{"id":"20","created":"06/18/2015 8:35 AM EDT","title":"Feds Launch Hate Crime Investigation","tweet_link":"20_feds-launch-hate-crime-investigation","entry_text":"

JUST IN: DOJ Civil Rights Division, FBI and US Attorney's Office launch hate crime investigation into Charleston church mass shooting - @ABC

— Nightline (@Nightline) June 18, 2015

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JUST IN: DOJ Civil Rights Division, FBI and US Attorney's Office launch hate crime investigation into Charleston church mass shooting - @ABC

&md...Read More"},{"id":"18","created":"06/18/2015 8:32 AM EDT","title":"Police Release Higher Quality Photos Of Suspect","tweet_link":"18_police-release-higher-quality-photos-of-suspect","entry_text":"

PLEASE RETWEET: Police release better quality pics of #CharlestonShooting suspect and car. http://t.co/iVMEQ4XWwf pic.twitter.com/ZweTRf9lMd

— WSOCTV (@wsoctv) June 18, 2015

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PLEASE RETWEET: Police release better quality pics of #CharlestonShooting suspect and car. Read More"},{"id":"16","created":"06/18/2015 8:17 AM EDT","title":"Police Chief: 'This Was A Hate Crime'","tweet_link":"16_police-chief-this-was-a-hate-crime","entry_text":"

When asked during the press conference if he thinks the shooting was a hate crime, Police Chief Mullen responded, \"There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this was a hate crime.\"

","short_text":"

When asked during the press conference if he thinks the shooting was a hate crime, Police Chief Mullen responded, \"There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this was a hate crime.\"

"},{"id":"14","created":"06/18/2015 8:13 AM EDT","title":"'We Don't Know Where This Individual Is'","tweet_link":"14_we-dont-know-where-this-individual-is","entry_text":"

Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen on the suspect's whereabouts: \"We don't know where this individual is ... everybody needs to be vigilant.\"

","short_text":"

Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen on the suspect's whereabouts: \"We don't know where this individual is ... everybody needs to be vigilant.\"

"},{"id":"12","created":"06/18/2015 7:49 AM EDT","title":"No Victims Will Be Named Yet","tweet_link":"12_no-victims-will-be-named-yet","entry_text":"

Per CNN, police are not going to name any victims until all family members are notified.

","short_text":"

Per CNN, police are not going to name any victims until all family members are notified.

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