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    Former Chicago Officer Jailed for Torture of 100 Black Men

    For years, a growing number of young Black men in Chicago complained of a White policeman who used various forms of physical abuse – burning, suffocating, shocking – to force crime confessions. That officer,...

    N.C. School Board Abolishes Integration Policy

    A Republican-controlled school board in Raleigh, N.C. has abolished a school zoning policy intended to encourage racially- and economically-mixed schools. The Wake County School Board saw new right-wing members elected in 2009 on the...

    Oldest Living African-American Dead at 113

    Mississippi Winn, a Louisiana woman believed to have been the oldest living African-American and the seventh-oldest living person in the world, died Jan. 14 at age 113. Gerontologists believe the vibrant former domestic worker, who...

    Pregnancy Rate Soars at Memphis High School

    The pregnancy rate among students at a Memphis high school has reached alarming proportions, as more than 90 girls at Frayser High School in predominantly Black Shelby County, Tenn. have already given birth this...

    “Potentially Dangerous” Bomb Found Along MLK Parade Route in Wash. State

    An FBI investigation is underway to find who left a backpack bomb along a planned route for a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade in Spokane, Wash. The bomb was defused without explosion on Jan....

    Christian Group Calls for U.S. Foreign Aid Reform

    Bread for the World, a Christian organization dedicated to ending world hunger, is calling on Congress to reform U.S. foreign assistance to developing countries, including Haiti and Liberia. The group recently launched the 2011...

    Two Birmingham, Ala. Officers Acquitted in Videotaped Beating

    A federal jury Jan. 18 found two former Birmingham, Ala. police officers not guilty of using unreasonable force and violating the civil rights of a Black suspect who they arrested. Barrett G. Dewitt, who is...

    AFRO Premieres Online Job Classifieds

    The AFRO American Newspapers has recently launched a job search engine on its website. As a supplement to the newspaper’s weekly print “Career Corner” employment section, the online employment classifieds will connect readers with...

    NAACP Receives $100,000 Grant from Coca-Cola Foundation for Health Program

    The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Coca-Cola Company, has awarded the NAACP $100,000 for Project H.E.L.P. (Healthy Eating, Lifestyle Change and Physical Activity), a program dedicated to promoting active and healthy living....

    Two Fla. Men Accused of Molesting Teens in Church

    Two Jacksonville, Fla. men have been charged with sexually assaulting children at their Jacksonville church, following an anonymous whistleblower’s tip. According to The Florida Times-Union newspaper, Paul Keith Groover, 56, and Darrell Vincent Moore, 45,...

    Chicago Man Convicted in 2009 Beating

    A Chicago man was found guilty on Jan. 10 of first-degree murder in the videotaped beating death of a high school honors student. Silvonus Shannon, 20, faces up to 60 years in prison for his...

    Officials: Magnetic North Shift “Not an Event”

    A shift of the magnetic north pole earlier this year generated widespread interest and some concern, but experts from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said regular, natural process is nothing to be worried about. The...

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