Richard Halicks

Senior editor for Enterprise

Richard Halicks the senior editor of the Enterprise team.

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‘Breakdown’ S05 Ep. 11: The verdict on Tex McIver
 The public is likely to see Tex McIver just one more time — at his sentencing hearing on May 23. After that, the 75-year-old man will disappear into the state prison system to live out his days. The final episode of this season of “Breakdown,” now available (podcast player below), takes you through the climax of the seven-week...

11:00 PM Thursday, Apr. 26, 2018

The public is likely to see Tex McIver just one more time — at his sentencing hearing on May 23. After that, the 75-year-old man will disappear into the state prison system to live out his days. The final episode of this season of “Breakdown,” now available (podcast player below), takes you through the climax of the seven-week...
Pollen season: The mighty oak and its microscopic misery
 It’s hard to look out upon an April day, with the sun shining and the dogwoods flowering, and not think the world is a wonderful, even magical place. But all that beauty distracts you from the truth: the promiscuous trees are out there having their weird, invisible sex. The oak, the ash, the elm. Yes, even the mulberry. They’re...

7:13 PM Friday, Apr. 13, 2018

It’s hard to look out upon an April day, with the sun shining and the dogwoods flowering, and not think the world is a wonderful, even magical place. But all that beauty distracts you from the truth: the promiscuous trees are out there having their weird, invisible sex. The oak, the ash, the elm. Yes, even the mulberry. They’re...
MLK50: King observances and programs in Atlanta on April 4
 All day: FedEx is paying for free admission for everyone on Wednesday at the National Museum of Civil and Human Rights downtown. Features the “Live the Legacy” series of images by documentary photographer Jim Alexander. Extended hours: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. All day: “Remembrance Week” at the King National Historic Park...

9:50 AM Wednesday, Apr. 04, 2018

All day: FedEx is paying for free admission for everyone on Wednesday at the National Museum of Civil and Human Rights downtown. Features the “Live the Legacy” series of images by documentary photographer Jim Alexander. Extended hours: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. All day: “Remembrance Week” at the King National Historic Park...
The day before King was killed
 On the day before, Top 40 listeners still couldn’t get enough of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” the No. 1 song for four weeks in a row. On the day before, two of the top-grossing movies of the year premiered: “2001: A Space Odyssey” (No. 1) and the very first “Planet of the...

4:01 AM Monday, Apr. 02, 2018

On the day before, Top 40 listeners still couldn’t get enough of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” the No. 1 song for four weeks in a row. On the day before, two of the top-grossing movies of the year premiered: “2001: A Space Odyssey” (No. 1) and the very first “Planet of the...
Canada enshrines civil rights hero on $10 bill; where’s the Tubman 20?
 Canada last week unveiled a new $10 bill bearing the image of Viola Desmond, an African-Canadian woman who was jailed after she refused to move out of the “whites only” section of a movie theater 71 years ago. South of the border, Americans started asking whatever happened to the proposal to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill...

6:07 PM Monday, Mar. 12, 2018

Canada last week unveiled a new $10 bill bearing the image of Viola Desmond, an African-Canadian woman who was jailed after she refused to move out of the “whites only” section of a movie theater 71 years ago. South of the border, Americans started asking whatever happened to the proposal to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill...
Camilla cemetery: ‘Black heaven, white heaven, integrated hell’ 
 A fence that segregated Camilla, Ga.’s cemetery, with blacks buried on one side and whites on the other, was taken down Thursday after 85 years. Ben Crump, a Tallahassee attorney who represented Camilla’s black mayor, said he found it stunning that the city had a segregated cemetery in 2018.  » Follow the AJC&rsquo...

8:05 PM Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

A fence that segregated Camilla, Ga.’s cemetery, with blacks buried on one side and whites on the other, was taken down Thursday after 85 years. Ben Crump, a Tallahassee attorney who represented Camilla’s black mayor, said he found it stunning that the city had a segregated cemetery in 2018.  » Follow the AJC&rsquo...
Fence separating white from black in Camilla cemetery is removed
 A fence that segregated Camilla, Ga.’s cemetery, with blacks buried on one side and whites on the other, was taken down Thursday after 85 years. Camilla Mayor Rufus Davis, the city’s first African-American mayor, said the symbolism of the removal was important, as far as it went. » Follow the AJC’s coverage of race...

3:36 PM Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

A fence that segregated Camilla, Ga.’s cemetery, with blacks buried on one side and whites on the other, was taken down Thursday after 85 years. Camilla Mayor Rufus Davis, the city’s first African-American mayor, said the symbolism of the removal was important, as far as it went. » Follow the AJC’s coverage of race...
Memphis sells parks out from under two Confederate statues
 Tennessee law is uncompromising when it comes to Confederate monuments and statues: the only way to rename or remove such a monument on public land is by an act of the Legislature or a two-thirds vote of the Tennessee Historical Commission. But as the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination drew near (on April 4), the...

7:31 PM Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017

Tennessee law is uncompromising when it comes to Confederate monuments and statues: the only way to rename or remove such a monument on public land is by an act of the Legislature or a two-thirds vote of the Tennessee Historical Commission. But as the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination drew near (on April 4), the...
Ta-Nehisi Coates quits Twitter after ‘most pointless feud ever’
 In what Salon.com is calling the “most pointless feud ever,” best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates this week deleted his Twitter account during an argument with Harvard philosophy professor Cornel West.   West, a leading black intellectual, has sniped at Coates before, particularly when it comes to Coates’ support...

1:47 PM Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

In what Salon.com is calling the “most pointless feud ever,” best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates this week deleted his Twitter account during an argument with Harvard philosophy professor Cornel West.   West, a leading black intellectual, has sniped at Coates before, particularly when it comes to Coates’ support...
The world’s busiest airport — at an absolute standstill
 The performance of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by a middle school chorus flowed softly and ironically through the atrium at Hartsfield-Jackson International late Monday morning. The big open space in the terminal was full of weary, unwashed faces; several people had simply pulled blankets over their heads. The departure board...

11:33 PM Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

The performance of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” by a middle school chorus flowed softly and ironically through the atrium at Hartsfield-Jackson International late Monday morning. The big open space in the terminal was full of weary, unwashed faces; several people had simply pulled blankets over their heads. The departure board...
9 notable nonfiction books on race published in 2017
 Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge Rutgers history professor was a National Book Award finalist for her “crisp and compulsively readable feat of research and storytelling (USA Today).” To get around Pennsylvania’s rule that any enslaved person be freed after six months...

1:21 PM Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge Rutgers history professor was a National Book Award finalist for her “crisp and compulsively readable feat of research and storytelling (USA Today).” To get around Pennsylvania’s rule that any enslaved person be freed after six months...