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May 6, 2017 GMT

Trayvon Martin

honored with degree

Trayvon Martin is getting a college degree. The slain Florida teenager, killed in an encounter with community watch captain George Zimmerman five years ago, will be awarded a posthumous bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science from Florida Memorial University.

Martin’s parents, Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, will accept the degree on his behalf during the school’s spring commencement on May 13. Fulton is an alumnus of the school, a historically Black university in Miami Gardens, Fla., and houses the Trayvon Martin Foundation.

High court to host fete

for retiring justice

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Supreme Court is planning a farewell ceremony for retiring Justice Robert Rucker, who was named to the bench in 1999 by Democratic Gov. Frank O’Bannon and was only its second black justice ever.

Monday’s retirement celebration for Rucker in the court’s Statehouse courtroom will come four days before he retires after 26 years on the bench.

Rucker, 70, said in January he was retiring five years before reaching the court’s mandatory retirement age because he wanted to spend more time visiting his 17 grandchildren, traveling with his wife and exploring other interests.

Suit filed over school

suspensions in racist post

SAN FRANCISCO — A California school district suspended a high school student after racist images that included nooses drawn around the necks of a Black student and coach appeared on his social media site.

— Compiled from The Associated Press

But a federal lawsuit says the district went too far when it also disciplined students who indicated they “liked” the posts on the Instagram account. The suit — filed Monday in San Francisco on behalf of four students— accuses the Albany Unified School District of violating students’ free speech rights and says the district did not have the authority to suspend the students because the offensive posts were on a private account that had no connection with any official school activity or school account.

The racist posts on an Instagram account of a student at Albany High School surfaced in March, leading to protests by students and parents. Albany is an affluent community adjacent to Berkeley, a city that prides itself on its liberalism and political correctness.

S.C. State students seek new commencement speaker

ORANGEBURG, S.C. — An online petition to select a new commencement speaker for South Carolina State University is circulating after Gov. Henry McMaster was announced Wednesday to give this year’s spring address at the historically Nlack public college.

The Post and Courier reported the petition said graduating seniors and their families were being short-changed by the decision to invite a speaker who could not relate to the experience of attending a historically Black college. The petition has amassed more than 180 signatures as of Thursday night.

The petition states that the request for a new speaker isn’t predicated on race or a political stand, but petitioners have criticized McMaster for conservative politics and his membership at an all-white country club.