James D. Johnson
American politician
James D. Johnson
James Douglas Johnson, known as Justice Jim Johnson, was a former associate justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, a two-time candidate for governor of Arkansas in 1956 and 1966, and in 1968 an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate.
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How to Avoid Picking Up Prejudice from the Media
Huffington Post - 5 months
By Amanda Sharples, Elizabeth Page-Gould In 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, killing more than a thousand people and leaving tens of thousands homeless. That was terrible. But news media may have turned this natural disaster into a disaster for American race relations by repeatedly broadcasting images of black people who were often described as "looting" in the catastrophic wake of the storm. According to a study by James Johnson and colleagues, these types of images may lead white people to endorse harsh treatment of black evacuees (by, for example, not allowing them to seek refuge in another parish). Participants were not any less likely to help white evacuees, suggesting that racial stereotypes of blacks as criminals may have played a role. News media aren't the only problem. In another study, the researchers found that exposure to hyper-sexualized rap music (as compared to non-sexualized rap music or no music) led participants to feel less empathy for a y ...
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CultureZohn: A Very Burri Christmas
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Alberto Burri, courtesy Burri Foundation Alberto Burri, whose magnificent retrospective is in its last weeks at the Guggenheim was a man who made limonata out of limoni. Burri was born in 1915, and became a young fascist when Mussolini represented hope for the ailing Italian post WWI nation. He enlisted and served in campaigns in North Africa and Yugoslavia, eventually serving in the medical corps as a surgeon. Captured in Tunisia, he was sent to a POW camp in Texas. Burri, at left, during the war, 1935 , courtesy Burri Foundation Though the Italians were treated better than the Japanese interned in the U.S., he experienced deprivation and depression. During that time, he (and some fellow inmates) began painting as a way of trying to guard his humanity and of processing his disillusionment with politics and the devastation of war. He was entirely self-taught. POW camp in Hereford, Texas, courtesy Burri Foundation He returned to Italy in 1946 to wit ...
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Citadel Suspends Cadets Who Wore Pillowcases Resembling KKK Hoods
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The Citadel military college in South Carolina has completed an initial investigation into the students who wore pillowcases resembling Ku Klux Klan hoods in photos posted to social media last week. The school announced Wednesday that it has suspended eight cadets involved in the incident. The school explained that the eight students are temporarily suspended and will be allowed to take final exams, but they won't resume normal classes with the rest of the cadets until Jan. 13.  All eight cadets involved in the incident provided statements to the school during the course of the initial investigation. Once they return to classes in January, a formal administrative hearing will take place where the cadets will answer questions from department officials. Recommendations for any disciplinary action will be made to the college president, Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, at the conclusion of those hearings, most likely in late January or early February. Rosa called on the chairman of the C ...
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The Citadel Suspends Cadets For Wearing Pillowcases Resembling KKK Hoods
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Several cadets at The Citadel military college in South Carolina were suspended Thursday after photos surfaced on social media of them wearing white pillowcases on their heads that resembled Ku Klux Klan hoods, the president of the school announced in a post on his Facebook page. Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel, said in a Facebook post that after photos of the incident were brought to his attention, "suspension proceedings" began for the cadets known to be involved.  Rosa cited a photo that shows a man -- Rosa refers to him as "an upper class cadet" -- standing in front of seven other cadets with pillowcases over their heads. The pillowcases resemble pointed white hoods with eyeholes cut out of them. Citing "preliminary reports," Rosa wrote that the cadets were reportedly singing Christmas carols as part of a "Ghosts of Christmas Past" skit. "These images are not consistent with our core values of honor, duty and respect," he wrote. The Citadel Minority A ...
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Vanguards Jason Moran & The Bandwagon in Philly
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Jazz pianist-composer Jason Moran returns to the Kimmel Center for a one night only concert March 29 with The Bandwagon, his trio with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits. Moran was nominated for an Oscar for his score for the movie Selma. Moran is not only a prolific composer and is renowned as a pianist for both his technical artistry and vibrant improvisational skill. Composer-pianist Jason Moran (photo Christian Sahm) In a phone interview last week, Moran said the trio will be playing some material from his 2010 recording 'Ten' considered a defining modern jazz classic, but that at The Bandwagon concerts, the band leaves the play list open. "My band is always treading new ground. We always have a mixed bag. We just made some new music," Moran assured. "And we're still playing a lot of Fats Waller music." Moran's 2014 recording All Rise: A Joyful Elegy for Fats Waller, featuring vocalist Meshell Ndegeocello, is a vibrant re-working of Waller's most famous Wa ...
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Surrey Six case in court Monday - CBC.ca
Google News - over 3 years
CBC.ca Surrey Six case in court Monday CBC.ca The trial of three men accused of gunning down six people in a Surrey high-rise in 2007 is scheduled to begin Monday in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. Matthew James Johnson and Cody Rae Haevischer are charged with six counts of first-degree ... Victim's mother sacrifices to be at Surrey Six murder trialNews1130 Six years after six men were shot execution style in BC apartment, three men will ...National Post Families mourn Surrey Six shooting victimsCTV News Vancouver Sun -The Province -Victoria Times Colonist all 13 news articles »
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Fatal shooting was gang initiation, says man who called police
Brisbane Times - over 3 years
Chris Lane was murdered as a part of a gang initiation, according to James Johnson, the father of a boy who was also allegedly targeted by the three youths accused of killing Mr Lane.     
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Larry Bock: Power Players: Why We Need More Scientists as Public Policy Makers
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The answers to some of the biggest challenges facing us this century lie waiting to be discovered in the laboratories and institutions of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But we must remember, scientists do not operate in a vacuum in such endeavors. Increasingly, policy makers -- often working in the highest seats of government -- are playing an important role in the research discovery scenario, including deciding which projects to fund, and assuring that scientific discoveries and their resulting impacts are sound in safety, ethics and effectiveness for the public. Make no mistake about it, these power players -- ranging from Congressional representatives to executives with such top federal agencies as the Food and Drug Administration, NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institutes of Health -- are critical to how scientific developments and issues get shaped, interpreted, debated, supported and applied in the public arena. Wh ...
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Joanne Wallenstein: The Battle Over Affordable Housing Heats Up in Westchester
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Concerns about over development in Scarsdale could extend far beyond the shoehorning of oversized houses onto undersized lots or the destruction of heritage trees. If the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has it their way, villages like Scarsdale and Bronxville could find their local zoning ordinances under attack. These zoning ordinances ensure the unique character of these towns as they define minimum lot sizes, maximum height and bulk, residential vs. commercial zones and the siting of single-family vs. multi-family homes. Without these ordinances, apartment houses and town houses could spring up on 2-acre lots in Murray Hill, clogging residential streets with parked cars and straining the local infrastructure and educational system. County Executive Rob Astorino paid a visit to the Scarsdale Forum on Thursday night April 25 and presented his side of the county's battle with HUD to meet their obligations as stipulated in the 2009 Affordable Housing Sett ...
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Eric Boehlert: Fox News' Ugly, Selective War on Terror
The Huffington Post - almost 4 years
On August 5, 2012, just before 10:30 in the morning, Wade Michael Page pulled up outside the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisc., took out his semi-automatic handgun and started killing worshipers. An Army veteran and an avid bass player in a neo-Nazi rock band, Page killed two Sikhs outside the house of worship and then made his way inside. There, he reloaded and killed four more, including the president of the temple who was shot while trying to tackle Page. Three more were critically wounded in the massacre. When local police descended, Page opened fire and shot one officer nearly ten times. When the authorities returned fire and shot Page in the stomach, he took his 9mm pistol, pointed it at his own head, and pulled the trigger. According to acquaintances, the 40-year-old killer hated blacks, Indians, Native Americans and Hispanics (he called non-whites "dirt people"), and was interested in joining the Ku Klux Klan. Immersed in the world of white power music, Page's ban ...
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Man indicted for touching child
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Man indicted for touching child (AP) — A Forrest County grand jury has indicted a Hattiesburg business owner on a touching of a child for lustful purposes charge. The Hattiesburg American reports (http://hatne.ws/XhuD54) 49-year-old Curtis James Johnson was served his indictment in December after the grand jury returned it in November. Hattiesburg police spokesman Lt. Jon Traxler said the fondling incident allegedly took place at Johnson's Unetta Street gym.
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Branford Police Arrests for Nov. 13 to Nov. 14
Branford Patch - over 4 years
Jace Gloria, 27, of North Fort Street, Newark, NJ, was charged on Nov. 13 with second-degree criminal trespassing. The court date was set for Nov. 27. Arresting officer: David J. Atkinson. John Charles Hackley,42, of Shore Drive in Branford, was charged on Nov. 13 with second-degree criminal mischief and violation of a protective order. The court date was set for Nov. 13. Arresting officer: Sean M. Rubano. Kathleen S. Conley, 46, of Blake Street in New Haven, was charged on Nov. 14 with sixth-degree larceny. The court date was set for Nov. 14. Arresting officer: James Johnson. Carmelo Lantieri, 19, of North Main Street in Branford, was charged on Nov. 14 with possession of a controlled substance < 4 oz. of marijuana. The court date was set for Nov. 27. Arresting officer: John Alves. Paul F. Mitchell, 21, was charged with second-degree criminal trespassing, third-degree criminal mischief, violation of a restraining order, two counts of failure to appear and failure to pay ...
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Filip Noterdaeme: The Drama of the Gifted Duchamp
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Here is a gem of a show that, although small in scale, yields too many intellectual and aesthetic pleasures to be ignored. Duchamp champion and scholar Francis M. Naumann has orchestrated a family reunion of sorts where four out of the six Duchamp siblings partake as if in a rendezvous d'outre tombe. Three brothers -- Raymond, Jacques, and Marcel, and one sister, Suzanne -- light the lights while delighting in sophisticated puns and tender double entendres. As in a joyful family game, juxtapositions, ricochets, and allusions abound. Underneath the playful repartee, there is always the same mother who, according to the catalog, spent much of her free time drawing and painting, and whose own father, Emile-Frederick Nicolle (1830-1894), was a printmaker of considerable talent. The genealogy of art in the Duchamp family runs deep. This is precisely what makes this meticulously-focused exhibition so fascinating: It demonstrates how the Duchamp legacy was honed over at least t ...
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Friday: Everything’s coming up Selig
Roanoke.com - over 4 years
SO ALL FOUR DIVISION SERIES HAVE GONE THE DISTANCE. Can’t ask for much more than that if you’re a baseball fan — or Bud Selig, for that matter. And the 2-3 format made necessary by the compressed schedule this year has had an unintended positive: With only one travel day per series, the momentum and energy from each night does not get time to stagnate. It’s pick up your jaw and move on to the next day if you’re the Cardinals, Nationals, Orioles or Yankees. The next day is here. The Yanks and O’s settle things in Game 5 at 5 p.m. on TBS, with CC Sabathia opposing Jason Hammel. New York is a 2-to-1 favorite. Whoever wins might not want to drink too much champagne; their ALCS will open tomorrow night in the Bronx (if the Yanks win) or in Detroit (if the O’s prevail). The Tigers advanced last night with a 6-0 win over the A’s as Justin Verlander fired a four-hitter. The Cards and Nats get the prime time slot for Game 5, with Adam Wainwright taking the hill against Gio Gonzalez at 8:30 ...
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The Morning After: Too much passing and not enough shooting from Evans?
The Sacramento Bee - over 4 years
One complaint from Wednesday's preseason game was the kind you would have never heard last season - the Kings passed the ball too much. With the emphasis on ball movement in training camp the Kings were more than willing to share the ball. The Kings had 24 assists on 35 made shots. "We had a few a open looks but I think we decided to be unselfish the whole game," said Tyreke Evans. Here's some more from the game: Evans made one of his two three pointers. He'll be encouraged to take jump shots. "We've got to get him into that rhythm," said coach Keith Smart. "In practice what I did was whenever I saw him with an open jump shot and he didn't take it I would whistle a turnover because I want to encourage him to shoot the ball. Here's more from Smart on Evans' shooting: "Everyone's got this thing about what position is Tyreke going to play. Well if he doesn't make a jump shot I can play him at the five because it's going to be the same thing. His jump shot ...
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High Interest: Sept. 25
Blue Ridge Now - over 4 years
ASHEVILLE — W. James Johnson, an attorney with the Van Winkle Law Firm, will be speaking at the North Carolina Bar Association's Construction Law Section annual meeting Friday and Saturday in Concord. Johnson's presentation is titled "Damages: An Overview of Available Remedies" and will discuss issues related to types of damages, measure of damages and jury instruction in construction litigation cases. u Women and Money Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at First Baptist Church of Asheville, 5 Oak St. Asheville. Taught by local female finance professionals, this event will help women gain concrete tools for their financial lives in addition to inspiring confidence in their ability to take steps toward financial security. Jessica Chilton, president and founder of Spark Creative Wellness, is the keynote speaker. Several breakout sessions will be held during the morning part of the event before the keynote speech during lunch. Space is limited and pre- ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James D. Johnson
  • 2010
    Age 85
    The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office reported that Johnson was found dead at about 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2010, at his home off Beaverfork Lake with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.
    More Details Hide Details Rice said a rifle was found, and authorities had no reason to suspect foul play. He had been suffering with cancer. The Johnsons had three sons, Mark of Little Rock, John David of Fayetteville, and Joseph Daniel of Conway. Johnson's life story and death were remarkably similar to that of an unrepentant segregationist leader in Louisiana, William M. Rainach of Claiborne Parish, a state legislator and an unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate in his state's 1959 primary election.
  • 2007
    Age 82
    The Johnsons resided in Conway until their deaths, three years apart. Virginia was Jim Johnson's legal secretary for his entire law career. She died of cancer in 2007, and Johnson himself was stricken with the same disease.
    More Details Hide Details Ironically, their old intraparty rival, Faubus, also spent his last years in Conway. In the 1980s, Jim and Virginia Johnson supported the re-election of Governor Frank D. White, Arkansas' second Republican governor since Reconstruction. White, however, was unseated after one two-year term by Bill Clinton, with whom Johnson had a long-standing enmity. While he had been a student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Clinton was a campaign aide for Johnson's 1966 runoff opponent, Judge Frank Holt. Twelve years later, Clinton would win the governorship. In reference to Johnson's overtly racist views and dirty campaign tactics, Clinton once told Johnson, "You make me ashamed to be from Arkansas." Years later, Johnson replied that he was ashamed Arkansas had produced "a president of the United States who is a queer-mongering, whore-hopping adulterer; a baby-killing, draft-dodging, dope-tolerating, lying, two-faced, treasonous activist." He also appeared in Jerry Falwell’s The Clinton Chronicles and was a paid consultant for the Arkansas Project.
  • 1996
    Age 71
    Unlike fellow segregationist George Wallace of Alabama, Johnson, who sometimes refused to shake hands with black voters, was once endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan and campaigned against "mongrelization", never apologised. In 1996, he said: "I have to admit that I have not grown to the point where I am not uncomfortable when I see a mixed couple.
    More Details Hide Details It causes me discomfort. But I say in the same breath that when I see a drunk it causes me discomfort."
  • 1983
    Age 58
    In 1983 he did so and ran as the GOP nominee for Chief Justice in 1984, but lost by a 58-42% margin to Jack Holt, Jr., who was a nephew of Frank Holt, whom Johnson defeated for Governor in 1966.
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  • 1980
    Age 55
    In 1980, expressing alarm that Pulaski County Circuit Judge Richard Adkisson, who Johnson considered too liberal, would succeed Harris as Chief Justice, mounted a petition drive to get on the ballot as an Independent, but fell short of the required signatures.
    More Details Hide Details Adkisson won the Democratic Primary and was unopposed in the General Election. After his son, Mark, was appointed to Governor Frank White's cabinet, Johnson more vocally hinted he would switch parties.
  • 1976
    Age 51
    Johnson made three more bids for office. In 1976, he unsuccessfully challenged the re-election bid of Chief Justice Carelton Harris of the Arkansas Supreme Court, but lost with 44% of the vote.
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  • 1966
    Age 41
    In 1966, Johnson entered the Democratic gubernatorial primary and led the six-candidate field with 105,607 votes (25.1 percent).
    More Details Hide Details He went into a runoff election with fellow former Justice Frank Holt (1911-1983), who polled 92,711 votes (22.1 percent). Liberal former U.S. Representative Brooks Hays of Little Rock finished third with 64,814 (15.4 percent). Another former U.S. representative, Dale Alford, who had unseated Hays as a write-in candidate in 1958, ran fourth with 53,531 votes (12.7 percent). Prosecuting attorney Sam Boyce of Newport ran fifth with 49,744 (11.8 percent), and Raymond Rebasen finished last with 35,607 votes (8.5 percent). In the runoff primary, Johnson prevailed with 210,543 ballots (51.9 percent) to Holt's 195,442 votes (48.1 percent). However, Johnson then lost the general election, 257,203 votes (45.6 percent) to the moderate Republican Winthrop Rockefeller, who polled 306,324 ballots (54.4 percent). Rockefeller was a younger brother of New York Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, later a Vice President of the United States. Jim Johnson won majorities in forty counties to Rockefeller's thirty-five counties. Every major population center supported Rockefeller, who prevailed in the northwestern counties, in Little Rock, and in many eastern counties with large African American populations. Black voters provided Rockefeller's margin of victory.
  • 1958
    Age 33
    He was elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1958 and served until 1966, when he resigned to run again for governor.
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  • 1957
    Age 32
    Johnson was elected to the Arkansas State Senate and served until January 1957.
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  • 1956
    Age 31
    Another candidate in the primary was former Arkansas Attorney General Bruce Bennett of El Dorado, who was first elected in 1956, the year that Johnson challenged Faubus.
    More Details Hide Details Bennett, at the time a segregationist, himself unsuccessfully opposed Faubus in the 1960 gubernatorial primary.
    In 1956, he did not run again for the legislature because he challenged Governor Orval Faubus in the Democratic Party primary.
    More Details Hide Details Johnson accused the segregationist Faubus of working behind the scenes for racial integration. Johnson finished second in the pivotal Democratic primary with 83,856 votes (26.9 percent). Faubus then defeated the Republican Roy Mitchell to win a second consecutive two-year term as governor. Being a staunch and lifelong segregationist, Johnson also played a role in the Little Rock Nine crisis. He claimed to have hoaxed Governor Faubus into calling out the National Guard, supposedly to prevent a white mob from stopping the integration of Little Rock Central High School: "There wasn't any caravan. But we made Orval believe it. We said. 'They're lining up. They're coming in droves.'... The only weapon we had was to leave the impression that the sky was going to fall." He later claimed that Faubus asked him to raise a mob to justify his actions.
  • 1947
    Age 22
    During his legal career, his wife, Virginia Lillian Morris Johnson, a Conway native whom he married in 1947, served as his legal secretary.
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  • 1924
    Born on August 20, 1924.
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