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Nation’s law enforcement leaders issue new plan to prevent youth violence

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the wake of the beating murder of a 16-year-old Chicago honor student Derrion Albert and growing national concern about youth violence, America’s law enforcement leaders are calling upon the nation’s elected leaders to get serious about preventing youth violence. Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, an anti-crime organization led by 5,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and violence survivors, released a new plan detailing the best-proven approaches for reducing youth violence.
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Rally thanks Senator Franken, urges him to keep fighting for a Public Health Insurance Option

With the health care reform debate set to begin on the House and Senate floors next week, Minnesotans from across the Twin Cities rallied outside Senator Franken’s office today to thank him for pushing for real health care reform. The Senator’s staff was presented with a pair of boxing gloves to encourage him to keep fighting for real reform that includes a strong public health insurance plan.
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American Airlines to launch social networking site focused on sharing Black culture experiences from around the world

FORT WORTH, Texas – American Airlines announced today it is launching a first-of-its-kind social networking site, BlackAtlas.comSM, which combines the best features of a travel site with the power of social networking to create a dynamic online community for travelers to share experiences unique to the black community.
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After ruin in Iraq, a new Minnesota life begins

ROCHESTER, MN – Raad Ghareeb uses the phrase “below zero” quite a bit, but not in the way that Minnesotans employ it during our frozen winter months.

Rather, Raad deploys his personal tag line with a grin in sentences like: “When I started my new life in Minnesota, I started below zero,” and: “I had everything in Iraq, but when I lost everything after the war, I fell below zero.”

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Census states MN poverty steady; yet food bank usage is high

ST. PAUL, Minn. - New census numbers show poverty in Minnesota didn't increase dramatically, but that doesn't mean food shelves are seeing less traffic; in fact, just the opposite. Food pantries are reporting that people who never imagined they would need assistance are now counting on help.
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A Statement from ACORN’s outside Advisory Committee

ACORN’s Advisory Committee comprised of leaders from the philanthropic, labor, government, and business sectors, issued the following statement Tuesday morning: “Yesterday, former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger briefed the ACORN Advisory Committee on his plans for an independent review.
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New National Medical Association president talks about her vision for America

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - Dr. Willarda Edwards of Baltimore was recently elected as the 110th president of the National Medical Association, one of the country’s largest professional organizations of Black doctors. She is the 10th woman to hold this honor and has sat on the Board of Trustees of the organization for more than 17 years, serving in various capacities.
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President Obama extends Gulf Coast Rebuilding Office, pushes for improved long-term recovery following catastrophic disasters

Washington, D.C. – Signaling his continued commitment to Katrina-Rita recovery, President Barack Obama announced he will visit the Gulf Coast in mid-October and see first-hand the progress in the region.  President Obama also today signed an Executive Order extending the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Recovery and Rebuilding for six months.  The Office of the Gulf Coordinator was first established November 1, 2005.
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President Obama announces Recovery Act Funding for groundbreaking medical research

Bethesda, MD - In a visit to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus, President Barack Obama announced $5 billion in grant awards under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) to fund cutting-edge medical research in every state across America.  The more than 12,000 grant awards are expected to create tens of thousands of jobs over the next two years and are part of an overall $100 billion Recovery Act investment in science and technology to lay the foundation for the innovation economy of the future.
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Gap co-founder Don Fisher dies at 81

Don Fisher, who co-founded Gap, Inc. with his wife Doris in 1969, died Sunday of cancer in his San Francisco home at the age of 81. Along with founding the Gap, Don Fisher was one of the country’s most visionary education philanthropists. As a product of California’s public schools, Don believed deeply that all students were entitled to the same high quality public education that he was fortunate to receive.
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Booming sale of diamonds hard hit by falling economy

Booming sale of diamonds hard hit by falling economyFrom sales that topped $3-billion a year, diamond trading that fueled astounding rates of growth has taken a turn downward in the southern African country of Botswana. Wracked by the contraction in the global economy, diamond mines were shuttered in February for the first time in the country’s 40-year history of gemstone mining.
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