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Man Attacked by Scorpion While Reaching for Bananas at Walmart

Last week, a man shopping at a Pittsburgh-area Walmart reached into a box of bananas, only to have a scorpion latch onto his hand with its pincers. “I yanked my arm out and flung it, and this scorpion flopped to the ground,” the man, who was shopping with his two-year-old and three-year-old children, told KDKA. “I was standing there in disbelief looking and there was another shopper there and people started to converge, and sure enough it was a scorpion.” Read more.

Mississippi Appoints First Black Clerk of Highest Court

Mississippi Supreme Court Clerk Kathy Gillis has tapped Muriel B. Ellis to succeed her once she retires June 30, thus making Ellis the first African-American clerk of the Mississippi Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. “It will be an honor to serve as the clerk of the Supreme Court,” said the 53-year-old Ellis, Fox News 25 reports. Read more.

Rush Limbaugh Says ‘Black Uncle Tom Voters’ Boosted Thad Cochran To Primary Win

Rush Limbaugh reacted to Senator Thad Cochran’s primary win in Mississippi by calling his supporters “black Uncle Tom voters” on Wednesday. “I wonder what the campaign slogan was in Mississippi the past couple days, Uncle Toms For Thad?” Limbaugh asked on Wednesday. “Cause I thought it was the worst thing you could do as an African-American, is vote for a Republican.” Read more.

Freedom Summer by the Numbers

Those familiar with Freedom Summer know that it was pivotal in putting pressure on the segregated Deep South and setting the tone for legislative change. But exactly how transformative was the summer of 1964? From the number of arrests to the number of African Americans who registered, The Root breaks down the statistics of Freedom Summer’s effect. Read more.

Town Watch Ousts Veteran Member After Learning He’s a KKK Grand Dragon

William Walters seemed like a typical civic-minded resident of Tacony in Northeast Philadelphia. He’d served as a Republican committeeman for a decade and had been on the neighborhood watch for five years. Until neighbors found out about his enthusiasm for thisother organization. Walters, it turns out, has also been an active member of the Ku Klux Klan for more than three decades. Not just an active member, but a Grand Dragon of the “East Coast Knights of the True Invisible Empire,” according to Philadelphia magazine. Read more.