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    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...

    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...

    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....

    Report Shows Discrepancy in Young Adult Sexual Claims

    Family doctors should consider screening young adults for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) even if they claim abstinence, researchers suggest in a new report released in the Pediatrics Journal early this month. After testing approximately 14,000...

    What’s Your Sign Now? Astronomer Unveils Revised Astrology Chart

    After all those years of checking your daily horoscope, you may have been following the wrong astrological sign, according to an astronomer at the Minnesota Planetarium Society. Parke Kunkle, a board member with the organization,...

    Black Pro-Lifers Fight N.Y. Pregnancy Center Bill

    Minister and pro-life activist Alveda King and other Black leaders held a rally at the Manhattan Bible Church Jan. 10 in protest of a proposed ordinance they say discriminates against pregnancy centers working to...

    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...

    Homeowners Urged to Take Action During Radon Awareness Month

    January is National Radon Gas Awareness Month, furthering awareness of radon, a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas found in many homes which is the cause of over 20,000 annual deaths in the United States,...

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