Afro Briefs

  • PSC Approves Exelon Merger in Maryland

    Electric service to an overwhelming majority of Maryland consumers will now be controlled by one company, following the Maryland Public Service Commission’s recent approval of a merger between Exelon Corp., Pepco Holdings, Delmarva Power & Light Co. and Potomac Electric Power Co. (Pepco). ...

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  • U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down MD’s County Income Tax

    The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Maryland’s county income tax scheme is unconstitutional because it has the potential to subject Maryland residents’ out-of-state income to double taxation. The 5-4 ruling comes in the case Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Winne.  The case involved ...

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  • Off-Duty Cop Not Charged in Killing of 18-Year-Old

    St. Louis police Officer Jason Flanery will not be charged for the shooting of 18-year-old VonDerrit Myers, prosecutors announced this week. Unlike Michael Brown and other unarmed Black teens that were killed by police officers, Myers is a different story since he reportedly had a gun and shot ...

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  • Head Start Celebrates 50-Year Anniversary

    Head Start, the federal program that has given a boost to more than 30 million low-income children, reached its 50-year milestone this week. Launched in 1965, the program was designed to help break the cycle of poverty by providing preschool children of low-income families access to early ...

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  • National ‘Blue Alert’ System Created

    President Obama this week signed into law a new national alert system to help apprehend violent criminals who pose a proven or credible threat to law enforcement. “What this legislation is going to do is to initiate a Blue Alert System so that when we know there is an active threat against law ...

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  • Verizon to Purchase AOL in $4.4 Billion Deal

    Verizon has agreed to buy AOL Inc. in a $4.4 billion deal, the communications giant announced May 12. The deal allows both companies to merge their services, and will help boost Verizon’s efforts to launch a streaming mobile video service as well as increase its digital advertising platform. ...

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