In the years after the Civil War and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment that freed slaves, Congress debated the status of the black population. While freed slaves were not granted the right to vote until the Fifteenth Amendment, they would each be counted as whole people rather than five slaves being counted as three people, as outlined in the Constitution.

Adriana: My resolution for the year is to highlight more stories from underrepresented groups, especially transgender women of color.

Don: I wish everyone to be more happy and peaceful in the coming year.

Joe: I wish that all mankind inherits the gifts of love, friendship, good health and unity of country.

Our choice for news of the year should be no surprise since it has taken more column inches in this paper than any other story. Mazzoni Center seems to have gone from one turmoil to another. That story didn’t start this year, but this year saw continual upheavals, staff changes, resignation of board members and its new executive director quitting.

In journalism school, students learn that there are two sides to every story. But the real question is, are there two equal sides?

This week, we tell the story of a local couple who fell in love and decided to celebrate their union by inviting their friends and family to a destination wedding at a spectacular beachfront resort in Cancun.

Kevin Hart’s refusal to apologize for anti-LGBTQ tweets and jokes years ago cost him a job hosting the Oscars. The furor continues, with commentaries and opinion pieces demanding Hart apologize. The cycle of build-up-tear-down-rehabilitate celebrities is not complete without the requisite tearful atonement. Then, chastised celebrity disappears for a period of time and re-emerges to rebuild his/her damaged brand.

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