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Bankrupt Johnson Publishing is set to auction off its Ebony photo archives, but it still faces $5 million defamation lawsuit over gym-mat death coverage

CHICAGO - An auction to sell off bankrupt Johnson Publishing's most valuable remaining asset - its historic Ebony photo archives - is set for Wednesday, seemingly the final poignant chapter for the Chicago-based publisher after 70 years in the magazine business.

But at least one unwanted legacy remains: a $5 million defamation lawsuit alleging Ebony falsely implicated two white Georgia high school students in the death of a black classmate.

A Chicago bankruptcy judge ruled this week that former Georgia FBI agent

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