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Lawsuits: Calif. Cops Failing to Protect Blacks

Several pending lawsuits allege northern California police have not taken seriously attacks on Black teens by Latino gang members. The racially-motivated violence resulted in the death of 14-year-old Vernon Eddins, who was shot in front of his Union City, Calif....

Wal-Mart Lays Off 11,200 Workers

Despite President Obama’s assurances that the economy is rebounding, residual effects of the ongoing recession have resulted in more job losses. Among the major firms cutting jobs is retail powerhouse Wal-Mart, which said Jan. 24 that it would lay off...

NAACP Supports Pittsburgh Teen in Police Beating

The Pittsburgh branch of the NAACP is calling for the firing of city police officers who allegedly beat Black teenager Jordan Miles during an arrest. The Pittsburgh branch is also calling for charges against Miles to be dropped. “He had...

State of the Union: Jobs No. 1 Priority

President Barack Obama, it seems, is the eternal optimist. Despite a year in which Republicans undercut his policies at every turn, the president renewed his call to bipartisanship very early on in his first State of the Union address Wednesday...

Legal Experts Question Reversal on Corporate Campaign Ads

Legal experts and campaign reform advocates are decrying the U.S. Supreme Court’s Jan. 21 decision that reversed a years-long ban on corporate campaign spending, a move that opens the door for a deluge of negative campaign ads that could...

Yele Haiti Vows Better Accounting

After admitting mistakes involving questionable financial practices, Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti charity foundation announced Jan. 22 that it has hired a new accounting firm to help manage its finances. The announcement was made just hours before a globally-broadcast charity concert...

Community Service Urged on MLK Holiday

The Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal organization which oversees the government’s public service efforts, has put out its annual call to citizens nationwide to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by volunteering and taking part...

Top Banks Answer to Financial Crisis Panel

 Several major bank executives finally admitted to missteps during the 2008 financial crisis during a January 13 hearing on Capitol Hill. “People are angry. They have a right to be,” Chairman Phil Angelides of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, or...

Top Banks Answer to Financial Crisis Panel

Several major bank executives finally admitted to missteps during the 2008 financial crisis during a January 13 hearing on Capitol Hill “People are angry. They have a right to be,” Chairman Phil Angelides of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission,...

Arenas Pleads Guilty to Felony Gun Charge

On January 15, Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas pleaded guilty  to a felony charge of carrying a firearm without a license in Washington, D.C. Arenas pleaded guilty in D.C. Superior Court as part of a deal which will guarantee him receiving a penalty...

Mom Charged For Ditching Duty

A Black single mother serving in the Army faces charges for failing to report to duty after she said she needed to watch her young son instead. The Army filed charges on January 13 against Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, a 21-year-old...

Conservative Icons Draw Fire over Haiti Statements

Two prominent conservatives came under fire over comments made about the massive earthquake that hit Haiti on January 12. The Rev. Pat Robertson, a televangelist known for controversy as much as being a devout Christian, was the first to weigh...

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