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The strange death of Lennon Lacy: Another lynching mistaken for suicide?

December 5, 2014 - The August hanging death of a black teen in a small North Carolina town was quickly ruled a suicide, but the conclusion is being challenged by the victim's family and an independent pathologist hired by the N.C. NAACP. The incident is the latest in a disturbing series of hangings of black men that have some wondering whether lynchings have continued into the post-civil rights era.

INSTITUTE INDEX: The government program that's equipping police like an occupying military force

August 15, 2014 - A federal program to transfer Defense Department gear to local law enforcement has led to police even in small communities looking like an occupying military force. It's now under scrutiny because of shocking scenes of police violence that unfolded this week in Missouri following an officer's deadly shooting of an unarmed black teen -- and it's also caused problems across the South.

Minority union at Volkswagen, for now

July 28, 2014 - After losing a union election at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant, the UAW has formed a local there that it say has an informal "consensus" with the company to deal with it as a members' union when it signs up a "meaningful" share of the workforce. What does that mean, exactly?