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African-American homeownership increasingly less stable, more risky

African-American homeownership increasingly less stable, more riskyHOUSTON – (July 22, 2014) – While historical barriers that excluded Black America from the homeowner market for decades have crumbled, there are signs that emerging types of racial inequality are making homeownership an increasingly risky investment for African-American home seekers. A new study from sociologists at Rice University and Cornell University found that African-Americans are 45 percent more likely than whites to switch from owning their homes to renting them.
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Moment of silence for air crash victims at opening of AIDS CONFAB

Moment of silence for air crash victims at opening of AIDS CONFABJul. 21 (GIN) - The AIDS activist community shared a moment of silence this week in remembrance of the six leaders in AIDS research who perished last week in an aircraft explosion. Among the dead was Joep Lange, a leading expert in the field of medicinal AIDS therapy and once called "the father of AIDS research in developing countries.
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Minnesota expands expungement relief

Minnesota expands expungement reliefAs a defense attorney, one of the most common questions I get is: "how long will this be on my record?" It is easy to see why people are so concerned about their records. Background checks are increasingly common. You may be asked to submit to a record check to secure a job, housing, a loan, or government benefits. Computers and the internet have made it much easier and cheaper to find records – even very old records.
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Metropolitan Council may fall short on opportunity for racial equity in Southwest Light Rail Project

Metropolitan Council may fall short on opportunity for racial equity in Southwest Light Rail ProjectThe Metropolitan Council and the City of Minneapolis announced this week they have reached a deal on the Southwest Light Rail project.
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Rep. Hortman endorses Chamblis for Brooklyn Park City Council

Rep. Hortman endorses Chamblis for Brooklyn Park City CouncilRep. Melissa Hortman (36B), a five term member of Minnesota's House, endorsed Reva Chamblis for Brooklyn Park's open East District City council seat.
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Voting rights on the line — and people lining up to defend them

Voting rights on the line — and people lining up to defend themFifty years after the Freedom Summer work to defend Voting Rights, and 49 years after the passage fo the Voting Rights Act, threats to voting are emerging across the country. An interfaith group, including veterans of the 1960s civil rights struggle, convened June 22 at Shiloh Temple International Ministries in North Minneapolis. They commemorated the Freedom Summer anniversary of the deaths of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Mickey Schwerner and issued a call to action to the U.S. Congress to reinstate key provisions of the Voting Rights Act.
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Business associations plan to boost spending among Blacks

Business associations plan to boost spending among BlacksWASHINGTON (NNPA) – The U.S. Black Chambers (USBC) and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers (NABHOOD) are formally partnering to make sure that a significant portion of the $40 billion African Americans spend each year on travel and tourism remains in Black hands.
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Locked Up, Locked Out

Locked Up, Locked OutTakeAction Minnesota hosted a community conversation on July 12 with the Minneapolis Urban League called Locked Up, Locked Out to give a personal voice to the everyday challenges faced by individuals with a past criminal record.
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Fires of the 60's vs. the deity of daddy part VI: Black Panther worldview

Fires of the 60's vs. the deity of daddy part VI: Black Panther worldviewThe "fires" had lapped away at the core of my innocence, and it was beginning to show in my expression, sudden isolation and anger, and the militant clothing I wore. Yet, he still called me "angel" or "sweetie pie."
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Concussions a greater problem for Black youth

Concussions a greater problem for Black youthWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite the flurry of news about NFL lawsuits over concussions, the problem affects far more athletes at the high school and junior high school level, according to the federal government statistics.
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U.S. political views not rigidly defined

U.S. political views not rigidly definedWASHINGTON (NNPA) – Politically, the nation is less sharply divided collection of red and blue states, and more a rainbow patchwork of political ideologies, according to the Pew Center.
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