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Relief slowly makes its way to typhoon-battered Philippines

Relief slowly makes its way to typhoon-battered PhilippinesDOHA, Qatar, Nov 13 2013 (Al Jazeera) - Relief operations in typhoon-devastated parts of the Philippines picked up pace Wednesday, but still only minimal amounts of water, food and medical supplies were making it to increasingly desperate survivors in the hardest-hit places.
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For future success, focus on Minnesota children's first 8 years

For future success, focus on Minnesota children's first 8 yearsIn Minnesota, 1 in 3 children are in poverty or low-income

The first eight years of a child's life are the most critical in determining if the child will go on to success, and a new report says that's why investments are needed. According to Stephanie Hogenson, outreach specialist for the Children's Defense Fund Minnesota, the strategy must focus on all aspects of a child's well-being.
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Subtle racism damages health

Subtle racism damages healthWASHINGTON (NNPA) – "My office says my name, Rachel, on the door. I am the only one who sits in it. People constantly walk in, see me, and say, 'Oh, I'm sorry...I'm looking for Rachel.' I'm half black."
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MN employment improves, but racial gap remains

MN employment improves, but racial gap remainsWhile Minnesota officially has recovered jobs lost over the Great Recession and the unemployment rate continues to trend down, the state is still struggling with a major employment gap among races.
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Asian American and Pacific Islander community holds summit in Minneapolis

Asian American and Pacific Islander community holds summit in MinneapolisIn collaboration with Asian Media Access, Hawman and Company, Project Sweetie Pie, Strategies and University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), the Twin Cities Regional Center (TCRC) has held the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Summit on Oct. 29. 

The summit hosted seven professional workshops, with more than 60 participants. All presentations were interwoven with each other; largely focusing on transit oriented development, from how small businesses can grow with transit to health impacts.
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REACTIONS | 12 Years a Slave

REACTIONS | 12 Years a SlaveLast week I had the opportunity to attend the screening of the most brutal, gut wrenching, and emotionally overwhelming film I’ve ever seen in my 53 years. 12 Years a Slave is British director Steve McQueen’s adaptation of a memoir by the same name, written 160 years ago by Solomon Northup. Northup was a freeman who lived in New York. He was tricked, drugged, kidnapped, taken to New Orleans, and made a slave.

Northup’s story is one-of-a-kind because it is told by the victim of the slave condition himself. This first-person perspective makes the condition impossible to sanitize. One woman in the theatre could be heard weeping through half the movie. Whites and Blacks alike were in tears by the time the viewing was over.
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Opportunity: Using our growing diversity as our biggest strength

Opportunity: Using our growing diversity as our biggest strengthInside H. Jackson Brown’s Life’s Little Instruction Book, he says that “nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.” These little words of wisdom can help us understand the compounding negative impact of poverty, discrimination, institutional bias, and lack of opportunity that exists among communities of color. We now understand that the “achievement gap,” “wealth gap,” “income gap,” and “housing gap” may stem from a foundational “opportunity gap.”
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Curtain comes down on deadly war in Eastern Congo

Curtain comes down on deadly war in Eastern CongoNov. 5 (GIN) – Thousands of women dressed in white marched down the central boulevard in Kinshasa this week, singing the praises of President Joseph Kabila and the army, according to media on the scene.
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Coleman wins in St. Paul, Hodges presumptive Mayor of Minneapolis; Warsame, Yang, and Cano make City Council history

Coleman wins in St. Paul, Hodges presumptive Mayor of Minneapolis; Warsame, Yang, and Cano make City Council historyFRIDAY, NOV. 8 – Nov. 5, 2013 will be remembered as a day of history and infamy in Minnesota elections – Minneapolis in particular.

For the first time in a major election, voters took to the polls faced with a ranked choice voting ballot and an absurd number of candidates – 35 to be exact – vying to become Minneapolis’ next mayor. The combination meant a 17-inch long ballot for voters and days of tabulations for city elections officials. At the time of press, while it is presumed that Betsy Hodges will be named the city’s mayor elect, the results were not yet official after a staggering 15 rounds of ballot counting and Hodges was about 10,000 votes shy of being named the victor even though her closest challenger, Mark Andrew already conceded.
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Abdi Warsame becomes first African-born Minneapolis City Council member

Abdi Warsame becomes first African-born Minneapolis City Council memberAbdi Warsame (Nov. 5) became the first person born in Africa to become a Minneapolis City Council member. He beat incumbent Robert Lilligren handily to win the Ward 6 seat. Born in Somalia and raised in London, he is the executive director of the Riverside Tenants Association. The association advocates for the residents who live in the high rises in Cedar-Riverside area, home to many Somali-Americans.
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Obama selects 3 African Americans to Manage Key U.S. Security and Counter-Terrorism Operations

Obama selects 3 African Americans to Manage Key U.S. Security and Counter-Terrorism OperationsFor the first time in history, three African Americans selected by President Barack Obama could simultaneously manage high-level federal operations that shape national and global law enforcement policies while also protecting America against terrorists.
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