Deadline extended for black firefighter applicants

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CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has extended a key deadline for black firefighter applicants who recently won a discrimination lawsuit against the city of Chicago.

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge has extended a key deadline for black firefighter applicants who recently won a discrimination lawsuit against the city of Chicago.

Under a court order entered in August, the city must hire 111 of the applicants and provide $30 million in back pay to about 6,000 others.

The court order stems from a firefighting entrance exam given in 1995 that was later found to be discriminatory against black candidates.

The city asked members of the class-action suit to mail in cards if they were still interested in being considered for a job.

But attorneys for the class say the cards had stale dates on them.

A judge has ordered that the cards be resent and the deadline for their return delayed.

A jobs lottery is set for Oct. 21.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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