Race And Ethnicity

WASHINGTON - Former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod pleaded with officials to hear her out after she was ousted from the USDA during a racial firestorm in July, internal e-mails show.

RIGA, Latvia - The implosion of Latvia's economy has propelled an unlikely candidate to the front ahead of Saturday's national election: a left-leaning party rooted in the country's ethnic Russian minority.

ORLANDO, Fla. - The NFL received its highest grade ever for racial diversity hiring practices but is still behind on hiring women.

CHICAGO - The last time Chicago was left without a Daley at the helm, the next mayor was thrown out of office by voters angry because he couldn't keep snow off the streets.
Top ballot item: bid to legalize pot in California
No single election contest this fall combines the buzz and history-making potential of California's Proposition 19, which would make the state the first to legalize recreational use of marijuana.
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