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Nov 28th


New Miss Black USA says she's no 'Pageant Girl'

New Miss Black USA says she's no 'Pageant Girl'WASHINGTON (NNPA) - Even after they announced her name and proclaimed Miss Pennsylvania as the new Miss Black USA, Shayna Rudd didn't realize that she had just won. It wasn't until her pageant roommate Miss Black Alabama squeezed her hand really, really tight that it finally sunk in that she was the 2009 title holder.

''It was really surprising because all of the ladies were so fabulous,'' Rudd says about her big win at the University of District of Columbia Theater on Aug. 3. ''I have gotten to the point of the competition where I wasn't worried about winning. I was just worried about doing my very best because it was my last pageant. So, I just wanted to have a good time.''


Dennis F. Hightower confirmed as Deputy Secretary of Commerce

Dennis F. Hightower confirmed as Deputy Secretary of CommerceWASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Senate last week confirmed Dennis F. Hightower as Deputy Secretary of Commerce by unanimous consent. Hightower, a seasoned business executive with a 40-year career in the public and private sectors, takes over general management of the Department of Commerce, an organization with nearly 38,000 employees and an operating budget of over $17 billion.

North Carolina legislature passes historic Racial Justice Act: Becomes first state in South to allow death row inmates to challenge racial fairness of their sentencing

WASHINGTON, DC --The NAACP announced last week that the North Carolina State Legislature passed the North Carolina Racial Justice Act.  This Act, the first of its kind, will allow inmates sentenced to death, to challenge the racial fairness of their sentencing.

Independence Day Message by The Prime Minister of Jamaica, The Hon. Bruce Golding

My fellow Jamaicans, here at home and wherever in the world you may
be. We mark the 47th anniversary of our independence at a time when
Jamaica, like every other country, is feeling the effects of the
global economic crisis. Our economy has come under severe pressure and
I know that many Jamaicans are experiencing additional hardship in
their daily lives.


Klobuchar statement on confirmation of Todd Jones as U.S. Attorney for Minnesota

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar released the following statement on the Senate confirmation of B. Todd Jones as U.S. Attorney for Minnesota.  In March, Klobuchar recommended Jones for the position.  Jones is one of only five new U.S. Attorneys confirmed by the Senate this Congress.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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