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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A commission assigned to research racist laws from Virginia's past recommended Thursday that dozens of them be repealed, including measures that resisted desegregation, prevented black voters from casting ballots and prohibited interracial marriage.

While most of the measures are outdated and “have no legal effect,” they are still enshrined in law, the nine-member commission of attorneys, judges, scholars and community leaders wrote in an interim report.

Don Rush

When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down school segegration in 1954, many black students found a hostile backlash at the previous all white schools they attended. In part 2  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush takes a look at what happened to those students and the efforts to renovate the old African American school in Hockessin that was part of the historic decision.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Frank E. Petersen Jr., the first black aviator and brigadier general in the Marine Corps, has died.
    
Frank E. Petersen III said his father died Tuesday at his home in Stevensville, on Maryland's Kent Island, of complications from lung cancer. He was 83.
    
The New York Times reported that Petersen enlisted in the Navy in 1950, two years after President Truman desegregated the armed forces.
    
The next year, Petersen entered the Naval Aviation Cadet Program, according to The Washington Post.
    

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has nominated a longtime Wilmington attorney to fill a vacancy on Delaware's Supreme Court.

Markell's office announced the nomination of Collins Seitz Jr. on Monday. The 57-year-old Seitz is the founding partner of Seitz, Ross, Aronstam & Moritz, specializing in corporate, commercial, and intellectual property cases. He previously was a managing partner of Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz, where he worked for more than three decades.