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    Census Bureau Reports Massive Growth in Black Businesses

    While the results are not yet in on how well they are doing, the creation of Black-owned businesses surged upward on the eve of the economic recession. According to the latest data from the...

    Miss. Group Requests License Plate to Honor KKK Leader

    A Mississippi-based confederate group is requesting that the state issue specialty license plates commemorating a former Ku Klux Klan leader. Members of the organization, called The Mississippi Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, have...

    iPhone App Exists for Catholic Confessions

    Need to prepare for confessional or study the sacrament? Now, there’s an app for that. The mobile applications company Little iApps has teamed with two Catholic priests to create “Confession: A Roman Catholic App.” The app,...

    Alabama Shop Trades Guns for Sex Toys

    An Alabama sex toy shop has come up with a novel idea for Valentine’s Day: an initiative where people can trade in guns for gift cards. Sherri Williams, owner of Pleasures in Huntsville, Ala., told...

    Mubarak Finally Steps Down, Egypt Celebrates

    Egypt President Hosni Mubarak stepped down from office on Feb. 11, just a day after refusing to do so. His resignation comes after intense pressure internally and internationally for him to leave office. Egypt’s Vice...

    Sudan Divides, a New Nation is Born

    Election officials say the final results from last month's vote in Southern Sudan show that more than 98 percent of the ballots were cast for independence. The results mean that Southern Sudan will become the...

    Suspects in Shooting at Omega Psi Phi Frat House to Face Murder Charges

    Two men suspected of injuring 11 people and killing one at an Omega Psi Phi Fraternity house in Youngstown, Ohio, will face murder charges, according to Reuters. They have been denied bail. Braylon L. Rogers,...

    N.Y. Black Man Plans to Row Across Atlantic

    Veteran rower Victor Mooney wants to take another stab at an amazing challenge: rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. According to AOL News, the 45-year-old New York African American man announced that he would try to...

    USDA, Human Services Release Dietary Guidelines For Americans

    As many Americans take major steps to improve their diets and lead healthier lives, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released new dietary guidelines to keep...

    Black Woman Celebrates 65 Years of Service in Federal Government

    May Smith, a 85 year-old Black woman from Texas, will celebrate 65 years of service as a federal employee this year, one of the longest terms in U.S. government. In a news release, federal officials...

    Report: Central Heating May Be Linked to Obesity

    A group of British researchers believe warmer room temperatures are contributing to ballooning obesity rates. The analysts, mostly England-based scientists, reported in a Jan. 24 article in the journal Obesity Reviews that excessive exposure to...

    Newspaper Editor Ties Ex-Klansman to 1964 Killing

    After an extensive investigation, the editor of a small Louisiana newspaper has linked an ex-Klansman to the 1964 murder of a Black businessman. For the last four years, Stanley Nelson of The Concordia Sentinel...
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