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April 9, 2012

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Malawi got its first female president. Vice President Joyce Banda, assumed power after the country’s President Bingu wa Mutharika on Thursday. Banda is the second woman president in Africa, NPR reports. Africa is A Country has a great sketch of Banda’s biography and political inclinations. Among her first official acts: firing the country’s top cop.


Crazy man/men went on a shooting spree in Tulsa, Oklahoma, shooting 5 blacks, killing 3. Police arrested two suspects, both white males, and are trying to determine whether racism was a motive in the killing spree. NPR reports that one suspect had written a racial slur in a Facebook post and blamed his father’s death on a black man.

The granddaddy of all 2012 racist screeds — “The Talk: Nonblack Version” was penned Friday, on Taki’s Magazine, by John Derbyshire. The National Review, for which he also wrote, announced Sunday that he was being fired. The New Yorker critiqued the announcement, implying that it was hypocritical, given the National Review’s politics and noting that nowhere did it lambaste Derbyshire as a racist.

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Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


Official portrait from his tenure as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Mitt Romney’s Dad Was on Welfare

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