May 16, 2004

Justice Department To Investigate 1955 Emmett Till Murder
The Department of Justice and the Mississippi District Attorney's office for the 4th District today announced the opening of an investigation into the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, a 14-year old African-American Chicago resident who was kidnaped and murdered in August 1955 while visiting family in Money, Mississippi.
"The Emmett Till case stands at the heart of the American civil rights movement," said R. Alexander Acosta, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. "This brutal murder and grotesque miscarriage of justice outraged a nation and helped galvanize support for the modern American civil rights movement. We owe it to Emmett Till, and we owe it to ourselves, to see whether after all these years, some additional measure of justice remains possible."
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FAA Headquarters Buildings Named After Wright Brothers
Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta, following legislation signed into law by President George W. Bush on Friday, April 30, today announced that the two downtown office buildings that house the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will be named after the inventors of powered, sustained, controlled flight, Orville and Wilbur Wright [see also here and here]."

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