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Obama takes Potomac Primary

Obama takes Potomac Primary

U. S. Sen. Barack Obama won big this week over Sen. Hillary Clinton in their contest to win the Democrat nomination to the presidency. In a clean sweep of Tuesday's Potomac Primary - Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia - Obama took his number of pledged delegates to 1,215 to Clinton's 1,189. "This movement won't stop until there's change in Washington. Tonight, we're on our way," declared Obama at a thunderous rally in Madison, Wis., where he moved ahead to campaign for votes in Wisconsin's Feb. 19 primary. Hawaii will also hold a primary that day.
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U of M Black Student Union to host lecture on Blacks in American comedy

U of M Black Student Union to host lecture on Blacks in American comedy

The University of Minnesota's Black Student Union continues its African Cultural History Month celebration with a lecture on Blacks in comedy from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 in room 12, Murphy Hall, 206 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis.
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Potomac primaries: Obama holds momentum

Potomac primaries: Obama holds momentum

Barack Obama's sweep of five caucuses last weekend, all by wide margins, hands the Illinois senator clear momentum heading into Tuesday's Potomac primary contests.

And there may be no relief in sight for his rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Rodham Clinton, until March 4, Super Tuesday Junior. Then, the two face off in two big-delegate states - Texas and Ohio - plus Vermont and Rhode Island.

Obama's momentum from gains on Super Tuesday and last weekend in addition to favorable demographics will give him a big advantage over Hillary Clinton in the Potomac primaries. Photo by studiotobechi.
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Public meetings address PFCs in drinking water

Public meetings address PFCs in drinking water

Six meetings will be held across Washington and Dakota counties on March 4, 2008 to communicate the impact of and response to discovery of perfluorochemicals found in drinking water. At the public meetings, officials will explain revised standards for PFCs in drinking water, and will give results of new sampling of water from area wells.
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Charges filed in death of 4-year-old

Charges filed in death of 4-year-old

Criminal charges have been filed in the death of 4-year-old Demond Keith Reed. Carla Cherisse Poole was charged with murder in the second degree (intentional) (felony).

According to the complaint, Reed was staying with Poole at 3118 Morgan Ave N. after his father was temporarily incarcerated. On Feb 6th Poole instructed her daughter to contact Reed's family and explain to them that he was missing. A family member came to the residence and called 911 and reported that Reed was missing. In initial interviews with police, Poole stated that a friend named "Shawna" had come to the house and had taken Reed without her consent.
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Scholars examine Caribbean impact on Black history

Scholars examine Caribbean impact on Black history

Professor Rex Nettleford, Vice Chancellor Emeritus, University of the West Indies (UWI), and Erica Williams Connell, daughter of Dr. Eric Williams, Former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago this Wednesday keynote the 2008 Caribbean Lecture Series being presented by Macalester College Caribbean Students Association in collaboration with Jamaica Minnesota Organization.
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Obama wins big over the weekend

Obama wins big over the weekend

Barack Obama dominated national politics this weekend in his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. He won decisive victories in Washington state, Louisiana, Nebraska, Maine, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to NPR, Obama won 57% of the Louisiana vote. Although it was reported that voter turn-out was significantly lower than in other states, 220,000 Louisiana democrats made their way to polls this past Saturday to show their support for the Illinois senator. New York Senator Hillary Clinton captured 36% of the vote (136,959 voters) for a total of 20 delegates. Newshour reported that Obama took the state despite President Bill Clinton asking Louisiana voters to remember the work Sen. Clinton has done for the state post Hurricane Katrina.
Photo credit: Getty Images
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Preventing youth violence: Juvenile Supervision Center provides assessment and services to low level offenders

Preventing youth violence: Juvenile Supervision Center provides assessment and services to low level offenders

Now in its fourth week, Mayor R.T. Rybak's Juvenile Supervision Center is operating "wonderfully," according to Lieutenant Bryan Schafer of Minneapolis. The center opened January 17, 2008, in Minneapolis City Hall, and was designed to service youth age 10 to 17 who are picked up by law enforcement for low-level offenses including curfew, truancy, and other crimes which are not typically serious enough to warrant booking in detention.
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Drama script-writing contest on HIV/AIDS in West African Communities in Minnesota

Drama script-writing contest on HIV/AIDS in West African Communities in Minnesota

The West African HIV/AIDS Collaborative (Sponsored by Minnesota Department of Health HIV & STD section) is launching a drama script-writing contest for a 20-minute drama piece, targeting the Liberian and/or Cameroonian communities with specific messages about HIV/AIDS. The first and second winning scripts will receive prices of $1000 and $500 respectively. Eligible entries will be approximately 20 minutes long (30 pages maximum) and aim to:
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Community Blueprint to End Poverty: Low-Income Fellows Program

Community Blueprint to End Poverty: Low-Income Fellows Program

The Low-Income Fellows Program is a key element of the Community Blueprint established both to ensure low-income participation and to increase low-income leadership around poverty issues. Community Action, in partnership with The Public Policy Project, a consulting group that specializes in leadership development and public policy training of low-income individuals, developed a program to increase the advocacy and leadership skills of participants, and ensure that low-income community members play a strong role in decisions being made that affect their quality of life.
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South Minneapolis Housing Home Improvement Fair

South Minneapolis Housing  Home Improvement Fair


On Saturday, March 8th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the South Minneapolis Housing & Home Improvement Fair will take place at South High School located at 3131 19th Avenue South. This year marks the fourteenth annual Housing Fair, which has become one of the most successful and well-attended neighborhood based events in Minneapolis drawing over 2,000 attendees annually.
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