Pinckney became, at 23, the youngest African-American then elected to the South Carolina Legislature. In 2000, he was elected to the state Senate.
President Barack Obama has expressed anger, sadness and heartache at the church shooting that left nine dead in Charleston, South Carolina.
The Seattle Police Department has launched the “Safe Place” program to help combat sexual orientation hate crimes.
A man accused of beating a cab driver and telling him to “go back to your own country” pleaded not guilty Monday in Seattle to charges of a hate crime and assault.
A 49-year-old Federal Way man now faces a federal hate-crime charge in an attack on a Sikh cabbie last October.