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N.C. Woman Who Offered Daughter for Sex Released on Bond

The allegedly poverty-stricken North Carolina woman who was accused of giving her five-year-old daughter to a man for sex late last year was released from jail on February 21 after posting a $51,000 bond. The child, Shaniya Davis, was found...

Senate’s Jobs Bill

While the Jobs Bill passed by the Senate on Feb. 24 could potentially open over 1 million new jobs, Marc H. Morial, CEO and President of the National Urban League. views the bill as “timid.” “This bill simply does not...

High School Dropout Problem No Longer Being Ignored

On Feb. 25, representatives of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program, an initiative that provides structure and discipline to young adults who’ve dropped out of high school, held a roundtable discussion on Capitol Hill to discuss the issues plaguing...

Earthquake Cripples Chile

An 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile on the morning of February 27, destroying buildings, highways and killing 708 people according to Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. The earthquake is one of the largest ever recorded and was felt as far away as...

GOP, Dems Remain Gridlocked After Health Care Summit

President Obama’s bipartisan health care reform summit on February 25 failed to provoke any Republican converts, forcing Democrats to turn to a political process called reconciliation, which would sidestep the need for Republican support for the measure. The move would...

Elderly Haitians Receiving Makeshift Assistance

Among the hardest-hit victims of the Haitian earthquake in January were elderly residents of Port-au-Prince, but conditions are improving for individuals at one nursing home. HelpAge International took over management of the Municipal Nursing Home for the Haitian government and...

“Freaknik” Threatens to Return in 2010

The once-popular Black college spring break event “Freaknik” is nearing a possible return to Atlanta. “The Official Atlanta Freaknic Site” is claiming the return of the event from April 16 through April 18, but the city has not received a...

Jay-Z’s Casino Deal Questioned by Simmons and Feds

Rapper Jay-Z’s business dealings with a New York-based promotion company are under federal investigation over possible ethics violations. Aqueduct Entertainment Group was awarded a multi-million dollar contract in January to upgrade the Aqueduct Race Track and turn it into a...

Nation’s Health Ranked County-by-County in New Study

According to a study released by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which ranks the nation’s health county-by-county across the country, many of the counties with the worst health conditions also have high poverty rates, and many have high Black...

Study: Middle and Upper-class Minorities Adopting Broadband

Middle and upper-class African-Americans and Hispanics are narrowing the digital divide, according to a new study conducted by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. According to the report, 94 percent of Blacks and 98 percent of Hispanics who...

New York Governor Will Not Seek Election

After months of controversy and scathing criticism from his political colleagues, New York Gov. David Paterson announced Feb. 26 that he would not seek election later this year, according to a New York Times report. Paterson took the helm nearly...

White House Social Secretary to Step Down

White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers will step down from her post at the end of the month amid controversy surrounding the infamous White House crashers in December, according to a Washington Post report. The Post quoted unnamed White House...


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