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BALTIMORE (AP) - A harshly critical Justice Department report says Baltimore police officers routinely discriminate against blacks, use excessive force and are not adequately disciplined for misconduct.

The report being issued Wednesday represents a damning indictment of how the city's police officers carry out the most fundamental of policing practices, including traffic stops and searches and responding to First Amendment expression.

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Discrimination against state employees was the subject of a closed door meeting yesterday between Governor Jack Markell and a coalition of Delaware leaders from the African American community.

They presented him with a report drawn from testimony by state employees that says there is rampant racism within state government.

The Wilmington News Journal says that the report makes six recommendations on how agencies deal with discrimination in the office.

Last year, the group took testimony from around a 100 state workers across Delaware.

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Dover Police Officer Thomas Webster IV may have been acquitted of assault charges against Lateef Dickerson but the City Council heard residents telling them they don’t want him back on the force.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that a number of those who spoke last night said his reinstatement would raise questions of trust between the community and the police department.

While Webster was found not guilty many in the African American community believe that the dashcam video which showed him kicking Dickerson in the jaw demonstrated the use of excessive force.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The Maryland State Department of Education says newly released data shows that more Maryland high school students are graduating than ever before.

The state says the dropout rate in the state has declined, while the graduation rate climbed to over 86 percent in 2014, four percentage points up from 2013's 82 percent graduation rate.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State education officials are holding a public hearing next week regarding the fate of a struggling charter school that serves mostly low-income black children in Wilmington.

Officials put the Maurice J. Moyer Academy on formal review two weeks ago, noting that the school turned in the lowest standardized test scores of any charter school in Delaware for the 2013-2014 school year.

The latest test results from Moyer were even worse than the previous year, when less than half of Moyer students demonstrated proficiency in reading and math.

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Senator Chris Coons has privately apologized to Delaware’s African American Community for voting against President Obama’s nominee to head up the civil rights division.

The Gannett Washingtion Bureau reports that two people who attended a recent meeting said that Coons agreed to reverse his March 5th vote against Debo Adegbile.

The nominee became controversial after defending Mumia Abu-Jamal who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer.