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  • Major issues associated with dangerous substances in kids toys

    Major issues associated with dangerous substances in kid's toysEARTH TALKFrom the Editors of E/The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: I have been alarmed at recent news about dangerous substances in kids' toys shipped to the U.S. from China, ...
  • Health insurance crisis hits hard on veterans;1.8 million veterans are uninsured and at risk

    Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) - The health crisis in America, which has left 47 million people without health insurance, is devastating veterans and their families. What does it say about America when the men and women who have risked their lives for ou...
  • Senate should pass Second Chance Act swiftly to give more ex-offenders, families new lease on life

    Senate should pass Second Chance Act swiftly to give more ex-offenders, families new lease on lifeBy Marc H. MorialAt a young age, Taneka Davis knew just how hard life could be. At just 15 years of age, she was thrown into a county jail in Pittsburgh amon...
  • An attempt foiled: 103 Black children almost sold to slavery

    I've just returned from Sudan, where I have learned more of the horrifying details about a modern day French Slave Trade of children in Africa. A non-governmental organization (NGO) called Zoe's Ark was busted trying to transport 103 childre...
  • Supreme court finally abolishes unfair sentencing

    Supreme court finally abolishes unfair sentencingBy Judge Greg MathisPassed in the mid-1980s, federal drug sentencing laws forced judges to deliver fixed sentences to individuals convicted of a drug-related offense, regardless of their direct role in the ...
  • A boost for people who get social security

    A boost for people who get social securityThe New Year ushers in many changes. One important change for most people who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments is a benefit increase in 2008....
  • Growing Concerns:A parenting question-and-answer column with Dr. Martha Erickson of the University of Minnesota

    Growing Concerns:A parenting question-and-answer column with Dr. Martha Erickson of the University of MinnesotaQuestion: I've recently started doing child care in my home for several young children and I've observed some sexual curiosity that I...
  • Supporting diversity

    Silvia Àlvarez, a graduate student from Guatemala, is the 2007 recipient of the University of Minnesota Women of Color Tapestry Award. The annual award is granted to individuals who help to create a thriving campus community where diversity is welcomed a...
  • Christmas Holiday Show

    Master musicians Gary Dennis Hines (standing at left), co-founder and director, Sounds of Blackness, song stylist and composer, Bernice Gregory (right); multi-instrumentalist and bandleader and recording artist, Jose James joined Al McFarlane and Converst...
  • Maximum Capacity:African Americans are in the middle of a prison population crisis

    By Paul Edward Hamilton -- ColumnistFactoid: The current rate of incarceration is growing three times faster than the population of the country at large."The math is simple; there are more inmates going in than are getting out and staying out, that&#...
  • Disillusioned with Iraq war, Black enlistment down by 58 percent

    By Askia Muhammad -- Special to the NNPA from the Final CallWASHINGTON (NNPA) - In the face of a huge drop in Black recruitment, the U.S. military is waging a losing battle on the home front - for new enlistees to don the uniform. Since fiscal year 2000, ...
  • Comcast invests in North Minneapolis, opens new technical training center

    Comcast invests in North Minneapolis, opens new technical training centerMinneapolis Mayor Rybak will join Comcast and community in renovation groundbreaking event on Dec. 18Comcast is beginning a full-scale restoration of a building located in North Minn...
  • Franklin Art Works presents solo art shows

    Franklin Art Works is presenting three concurrent solo shows premiering ambitious new works by New York artists Nicola Lòpez and g. bradley rhodes, and Shanghai-based Qiu Anxiong....
  • High-grade marijuana investigations net dramatic numbers

    Sheriff Rich Stanek announces dramatic results from recent Hennepin County Sheriff's Office marijuana investigations."We are seeing large increases in the number of local marijuana grow operations and the violent crime that comes along with thes...
  • The vicious African American weight loss cycle - Part one

    The vicious African American weight loss cycle - Part oneMakeisha Lee, Health and Nutritional AdvisorColumbus, OH (BlackNews.com) - Blacks are officially considered to be an endangered species due to obesity and terrifying related illness. Diets, surgerie...
  • House passes McCollums Mississippi River Legislation

    Washington, D.C. - Recently, in a show of overwhelming support for Congresswoman Betty McCollum's (D-MN) efforts to preserve the Mississippi River, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 326 - 79 to pass the America's Historical and Natural Le...
  • New Junior Achievement poll:Many teens plan to bust their budgets when playing Santa this year

    New Junior Achievement poll:Many teens plan to bust their budgets when playing Santa this yearMore than half would buy gifts that exceed their budget.Colorado Springs, Colo. - This holiday season, when teens are roasting chestnuts on a open fire, they mig...
  • Technology widens rich-poor gap

    By Philip EmeagwaliOil has made us billions and fueled our economic stability, but oil has also become the bane of our existence. For some, it is a curse that has caused poverty and corruption, but for others it is an essential source of untold wealth and...
  • Fishing for Love on the NetBook Review by Kam Williams

    Fishing for Love on the NetBook Review by Kam WilliamsJudging by all the lovey-dovey couples you see snuggling in the TV commercials promoting internet dating, it's easy to assume that finding your lifemate in the 21st Century is as simple as signing...
  • McClaurin to direct Urban Research, Outreach Center

    Dr. Irma McClaurin, last week joined the University of Minnesota leadership team as Associate Vice President for System Academic Administration and Executive Director of the new Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center in North Minneapolis. ...

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