No fear? Condom use drops among Minnesota teens: 2013 could bring record high for STDs
Monday, 02 December 2013 13:05
John Michaelson, Minnesota News Connection
The teen birth rate is down in Minnesota, but another important concern about adolescent sexual health is emerging. Jill Farris with Teenwise Minnesota said condom use by teens has plateaued nationwide - and statewide, it's actually on the decline.
Minneapolis Mayor-elect Betsy Hodges announced that she has selected John Stiles to serve as her chief of staff when her term begins on January 2, 2014.
Stiles currently serves as Mayor R.T. Rybak's communications director. Stiles has also served as campaign manager for Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, as communications director for the Minnesota DFL Party, and as principal aide to Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter.
Friday, 29 November 2013 12:51
Abeni Hill, Editorial Intern
The African American Leadership Forum’s Health and Wellness Workgroup recently held a health luncheon at which Vanne Owens Hayes spoke about dementia and Alzheimer’s and how they affect the African-American community.
President honors ‘True Champions’ with Medal of Freedom
Friday, 29 November 2013 11:49
Freddie Allen, NNPA Washington Correspondent
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – During what he called one of his “favorite events every year,” President Obama presented 16 outstanding individuals, including four African Americans, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
President John F. Kennedy created the Presidential Medal of Freedom 50 years ago to honor exceptional people for their courage and contributions to society during their careers.
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN), in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, today said, "Violence in all forms – emotional, physical, and financial – is a real fear for women of all ages, races, sexualities, and nationalities. It is unacceptable that one in three women worldwide will be the victim of violence in their lifetime. I am proud of my efforts in Congress to keep women safe, but we must do more. I will continue to fight for the rights and safety of all women in the fourth district, in Minnesota, and around the world."
The Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul 's "Images of Africa: An African Film Series" features 27 films and exceptional filmmaking
Monday, 25 November 2013 12:25
Jim Brunzell III, The Optimistic Pessimist
After a few successful years of exploring different countries (2010's "In Search of Asia" and 2011 with "Latin Festival") the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul has turned their attention to Africa bringing us, "Images of Africa," which features 27 films. The screenings started on Friday, November 15 and run through Thursday, November 21 at St. Anthony Main Theatre and also Mixed Blood Theater.
Ladan Yusuf and CrossingBarriers: 'It is okay to talk about racism'
Monday, 25 November 2013 12:21
Sarah Lahm, TC Daily Planet
When Ladan Yusuf came to the United States from Somalia at the age of 13, she could not read or write English proficiently. By the time she was in the eleventh grade, at a public high school in northern Virginia, she was in an AP English class with native English speakers. Yusuf credits the strong English Language Learner (ELL) programs of the public schools she went to for her quick rise.