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Racism: Problem of the 20th Century Moves On

As I slid my key into the front door of my parents’ Hampton, Va. apartment, I heard screeching car wheels slide to a halt about 15 yards behind me. A policeman walked toward me, with his gun pointed in my … Continue reading

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2020 U.S. Open Could Have a California Flair

Making plans for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, anyone? So is the United States Tennis Association (USTA) but not just at its usual Flushing Meadows, NY site or its usual late August starting date. In an interview with Inside Tennis … Continue reading

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Les Payne: Consummate Journalist, Fearless Ally, Unswerving Friend – Part III

Part III While tennis great Arthur Ashe broke racial barriers in South Africa in 1973 by becoming the first black to compete in a pro event there, Les Payne moved along “The Heroin Trail” investigation that year, tracing the flow … Continue reading

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Les Payne: Consummate Journalist, Fearless Ally, Unswerving Friend – Part II

Part II Les Payne proved to be a quick study as Newsday’s beat reporter, covering the town of Babylon, N.Y. He also drew high praise from editors and several fellow reporters for volunteering to tackle riskier assignments during his first … Continue reading

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Les Payne: Consummate Journalist, Fearless Ally, Unswerving Friend – Part I

Part I In the summer of 1970, I landed my “dream” job just by being in the right place at the right time, with a recommendation from the right friend. How else could an untrained young black man back then … Continue reading

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