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Headlines: Death of the Last Openly Racist Politician?

Who Will Call Jesse Helms a Racist?
Senator Jesse Helms died Friday at age 86. Richard Prince takes a look at the obituaries and other discussions surrounding the conservative politician's death, many of which have used euphemisms to get around the fact that Helms was "the last prominent unabashed white racist politician in this country."

Biracial Voters Take Pride in Obama's 'Milestone'
The presidential candidacy of Barack Obama, the son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya, has become a source of pride for biracial Americans. But some mixed-race families want Obama to speak more openly about his biracial experience.

Zimbabwe Sex Slave Reveals Her Ordeal
Asiatu, 21, says that she is being kept as a sex slave to ZANU-PF soldiers at one of 900 camps established to harass the public into voting in Zimbabwe's recent election. Asiatu says that if she runs away, her mother will be killed. She had hoped she would be set free once the elections were over, but now she says there seems to be no end in sight.

Community Struggles in Anonymity
The part of Los Angeles once referred to as South Central has faded from most Angelenos' "mental maps." When the name was changed to South Los Angeles five years ago in an attempt to separate the area from associations with the riots, it had the unintended side-affect of separating it entirely from the community at large.

Cincinnati Prepares for NAACP Convention
Over 8,000 delegates are anticipated to attend NAACP National Convention, which will be held from July 12-17. In addition, both Barack Obama and John McCain are expected to participate.

Flaws Are Revealed At Unforgiving Trials
The U.S. Olympic swim team is challenging the perceived limitations of age. The team, featuring 41-year-old Dara Torres and 15-year-old Elizabeth Beisel, is a diverse casting of talents, which has surprised many already with their successes.

Nadal Ends Federer's Reign at Wimbledon
Rafael Nadal is the first man to beat Roger Federer at Wimbledon since 2002. The two played a five-set match Sunday, in what turned out to be the longest singles final in Wimbledon's history. Nadal collapsed onto the grass, exhausted and ecstatic, after securing the victory.

'Save Our African American Treasures'
Psychologist Patricia Heaston has spent decades collecting articles left behind by past generations of African Americans. She recently brought in a few pieces to the inaugural event of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, where she learned that her collection was even more historically significant than she realized.

Another Signature Opening for Smith
Despite an onslaught of mixed to terrible reviews, Hancock dominated the box office over the 4th of July weekend, passing last weekend's big hit Wall-E. It is star Will Smith's fifth major grossing movie over a July 4th weekend.