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Colin Powell calls Trayvon Martin verdict ‘questionable’

Urges Obama to talk more about racial matters

WASHINGTON — Former secretary of state Colin Powell called the jury verdict that cleared the killer of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin ‘‘questionable’’ and urged President Obama to speak more on issues of race during an interview that aired Sunday.

The first black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the Martin verdict soon would be forgotten but said Obama — and all presidents — have a responsibility to discuss the nation’s history of racial injustice.

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