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Sotomayor sworn in; becomes High Court’s first Hispanic Justice

Sotomayor sworn in; becomes High Court’s first Hispanic JusticeWASHINGTON (NNPA) - During a brief ceremony August 8, at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Sonia Sotomayor became its first Hispanic justice and only the third woman in the court's 220-year history.
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Obama administration officials discuss educating communities on emerging opportunities in the clean energy economy

WASHINGTON - Members of President Obama’s Green Cabinet and the community engagement campaign, Green the Block, met in Washington today to discuss ways to ensure that opportunities from the new green economy are available to a broad cross section of the American people.
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President Obama names Medal of Freedom recipients

WASHINGTON – President Obama today named 16 recipients of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom.   America’s highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom is awarded to individuals who make an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
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Senator Klobuchar announces funding to bolster security of Metro Transit System

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar announced that Minnesota will receive over $1.3 million for Metro Transit to hire additional law enforcement officers. The funding, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will save or create police officer jobs and help ensure the security of the Metro Transit system.
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Clinton to visit Nigeria as tensions in North heat up

(GIN) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be visiting the oil-rich nation of Nigeria from Aug 10-12 where a religious uprising is said to be spreading in the northern mostly Muslim states.
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U.S. to pay for one million homes in Angola

(GIN) – Angola, Africa’s top oil-exporting country, plans to build about one million homes for its poor people in the next five years with financial support from Unites States. US ambassador to Angola Dan Mozena was quoted as saying that the US will loan the southern African country $400 million for the construction of the one million homes.
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Recession pushing more women to become primary breadwinners

In Minnesota and across the country, far more men have lost jobs during the recession than women, a situation that has reversed the role of 'family breadwinner' in some homes. Dr. Ira Wolfe, an expert on workforce trends and author of "The Perfect Labor Storm," says this trend began even before the economy went bust. "That shift already happened to occur. "
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Black Boys of Distinction hosts “Project I Can 2” July 31 to August 1

One year after launching the Black Boys of Distinction mentorship program to change the negative statistics of black male youth, Pastor Tommy Quick is organizing the Project I Can 2 Symposium to continue to raise awareness about the importance of community-wide participation to help save black boys.
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“Criminal” investigation into Michael Jackson’s death focuses on drug Propofol

“Criminal” investigation into Michael Jackson’s death focuses on drug Propofol(Taylor Media Services) Was Michael Jackson a homicide victim? His sister LaToya says he was and his father Joe Jackson is suspicious. Also suspicious is the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) with reports emerging last week that the probe into the “King of Pop’s” death has now become a criminal investigation. Several media sources, led by TMZ.com, say the LAPD is treating the 50-year-old singer’s death as a homicide.
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Italy elects its first Black mayor; but she is a member of a right-wing party

Italy elects its first Black mayor; but she is a member of a right-wing party(Taylor Media Services) A small Italian town has elected the first Black mayor in the country’s history. She is Sandy Cane - the product of an Italian mother and a Black American father who met one another in Italy during World War II. However, what makes Cane especially unique is that she is a member of Lega Nord - a right-wing political party which critics have called racist and xenophobic.
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Black fraternity inducts Bill Clinton as member

(Taylor Media Services) Despite last year’s bruising battle for the Democratic Party presidential nomination which left many Blacks angry with his wife Hillary, former President Bill Clinton still appears to maintain his popularity with African Americans. That was demonstrated last weekend when the historically Black fraternity Phi Beta Sigma inducted Clinton as an honorary member.
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