Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jeff Jacoby Globe Columnist January 28, 2019 In the Arguable e-mail newsletter, columnist Jeff Jacoby offers his take on everything from politics to pet peeves to the passions of the day. Sign up here. Robert E. Lee’s bad name All of America observed the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday last week, but in two southern states, Alabama and Mississippi, the day was also commemorated as Robert E. Lee Day — a state holiday honoring the general who commanded the Army of Northern Virginia in the Civil War. It is hard to imagine a more grotesque juxtaposition: the man who symbolizes the struggle for black civil rights and racial equality given equal billing with the man who led the fight to keep black Americans chained in chattel slavery. Lee is honored with a holiday in several other southern states, too: Florida and Arkansas each have an … [Read more...] about Arguable with Jeff Jacoby: Robert E. Lee, American traitor
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Produced by Lourdes Aguiar Betty Jones and her friend Kathryn Crigler were brutally attacked on Labor Day in 1990 after answering a knock on the door at Crigler's Starkville, Miss., home. Jones, who opened the door, was stabbed immediately and died. Crigler, who was in a wheelchair, was in the rear of the home. The killer walked back to Crigler's room, raped her, strangled her and left her for dead. Crigler was able to crawl to a phone and call for help. She died two months later. Starkville detective Bill Lott says the crime scene "was as bad as anything Jack the Ripper ever did." "It's frustrating," Lott told "48 Hours" correspondent Richard Schlesinger this past summer of not yet having solved the crime. "Yeah, it's frustrating, no doubt about it." The case, which was unsolved for three decades, prompted Betty Jones' step-grandson, Jason B. Jones, to spotlight the case in a podcast. Jones, who was 10 at the time of the murders, launched his podcast in September 2017 as a way to … [Read more...] about Podcast spotlights Mississippi double murder – can new DNA technology solve the cold case?
Sonia Perez D. and Elliot Spagat, Associated Press Updated 11:09 pm CST, Tuesday, January 15, 2019 A Honduran migrant listens to her mobile phone while waiting to enter Guatemala, at the border crossing in Agua Caliente, Guatemala, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. The latest caravan of Honduran migrants hoping to reach the U.S. has crossed peacefully into Guatemala, under the watchful eyes of about 200 Guatemalan police and soldiers. less A Honduran migrant listens to her mobile phone while waiting to enter Guatemala, at the border crossing in Agua Caliente, Guatemala, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. The latest caravan of Honduran migrants hoping to ... more Photo: Moises Castillo, AP Photo: Moises Castillo, AP Image 1 of / 9 Caption Close Image 1 of 9 A Honduran migrant listens to her mobile … [Read more...] about New caravan of Honduran migrants makes first border crossing
Elliot Spagat and Delmer Martinez, Associated Press Updated 3:06 pm PST, Tuesday, January 15, 2019 FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2019, file photo, a man holds on to the border wall along the beach, in Tijuana, Mexico. The migrant caravan that was seized upon by U.S. President Donald Trump in the run-up to the 2018 election has quietly dwindled to a few hundred people, with many of them having crossed into the U.S. or put down roots in Mexico. less FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2019, file photo, a man holds on to the border wall along the beach, in Tijuana, Mexico. The migrant caravan that was seized upon by U.S. President Donald Trump in the run-up to the 2018 ... more Photo: Gregory Bull, AP Photo: Gregory Bull, AP Image 1 of / 12 Caption Close Image 1 of 12 FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2019, … [Read more...] about Last year’s Central American caravan dwindles, new one forms
A YOUNG soldier was run over and "seriously injured" after an argument in a nightclub after a New Year's Eve night out. West Yorkshire Police say the 21-year-old serviceman, named locally as Joshua Adams-Mitchell, was hit by a blue Mercedes outside the venue called TBC in Batley. The incident is being treated as a serious assault and police have arrested a 27-year-old man from nearby Dewsbury in connection with the horrific smash, which happened just after 4AM. Mr Adams-Mitchell is understood to have suffered damage to one lung, facial fractures and possible nerve damage to a leg which has left him unable to walk. Cops say the car initially sped off from the scene but was later recovered by officers. A 22-year-old woman, who wished to be anonymous, said she witnessed the terrifying collision while she was waiting for a cab after partying with friends in TBC. She said: "He was walking across the road and a dark coloured Mercedes flew past and hit him." Did you see the incident? Contact … [Read more...] about Soldier, 21, mowed down by Mercedes ‘going 50mph’ after row with group of men in nightclub on New Year’s Eve as man, 27, arrested