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    Blacks Trail Whites in Science on “Nation’s Report Card”

    Black students significantly trail White students in science subjects, according to a recent national exam. The test, called the National Assessment of Educational Progress or the “Nation’s Report Card,” quizzes the basic, proficient and advanced...

    Washington D.C. Holds One-Night Homeless Count

    Impassioned volunteers scoured metropolitan Washington, D.C. during the week of Jan. 24 in an attempt to count the city’s homeless. Government officials and homeless service leaders joined in on the count to collect needed data...

    Star to Go Supernova, Earth May See Two Suns

    Science fiction may be coming to life as a red super-giant star is expected to go supernova, and light from the blast may reach Earth before 2012. Betelguese, the second largest star in the Orion...

    Study: More Elderly May be Living in Poverty

    The nation may have more elderly persons living in poverty than previously estimated, according to a census study released this month. The Supplemental Poverty Measure, which incorporates a new federal definition of poverty, revealed that...

    Funeral Services Scheduled for Brother of Ravens’ Ed Reed

    Funeral services were scheduled for Jan. 29 for Brian Reed, the brother of Baltimore Ravens star Ed Reed, whose body was recovered Jan. 26 from the Mississippi River in what authorities are calling an...

    Ugandan Gay Rights Advocate David Kato Beaten to Death

    Violence erupted in Mukono, Uganda at the funeral of gay rights advocate David Kato, two days after the Ugandan activist was beaten to death with a hammer Jan. 26. The religious rite was punctuated by...

    House Votes to Eliminate Presidential Campaign Fund

    The Republican-controlled House on Jan. 26 voted to end federal subsidies for presidential candidates and national political conventions. Conservatives praised the decision as a critical cost-cutting measure, while liberals claimed such a move would...

    “Baby Doc” Duvalier Claims Return Prompted by Concern for Haiti

    Jean Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, in his first public comments after returning to Haiti following 25 years of exile in France, said his return should be taken as a sign of solidarity with the...

    Body Found Bears Similar Tattoos to Reed’s Brother

    Louisiana authorities have tentatively identified a body recovered from the Mississippi River today as that of Baltimore Ravens star Ed Reed’s brother, who has been missing for more than three weeks. While an autopsy scheduled...

    Where’s the Beef?

    A Montgomery, Ala., law firm is suing popular fast food eatery Taco Bell, claiming the company uses false advertising when referring to its “seasoned ground beef” and “seasoned beef” on commercials and product labels. The...

    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,...

    “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....
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