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Talking Circles of Hope and Healing for Kenyans on Feb. 17

Talking Circles of Hope and Healing for Kenyans on Feb. 17

Sunday, February 17, 4-6pm at St. Alphonsus Church - 7025 Halifax Ave. N, Brooklyn Center, MN. This is an opportunity to create awareness and reflect on self care and healing as a result of what Kenyans are experiencing due to the events taking place in Kenya. Everyone is welcome. Note: This is not a political discussion. Call (763) 561-5100 for directions. Sponsored by the Center for Victims of Torture. For more information about this event, call Dr. Patricia Shannon (612) 436-4806.
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Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association honors two Minneapolis Public Schools principals

Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association honors two Minneapolis Public Schools principals


The Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association (MESPA) honored Dr. Kathleen Alvig and Joan Franks, two Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) principals, during its annual three-day convention. The theme of this year's MESPA convention, held February 6-8 at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, was "Changes, Challenges, Connection."
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International forum examines discrimination in Minnesota, US

International forum examines discrimination in Minnesota, US

Minnesota's failure to deal fairly and equitably with people of color will receive international attention next week when a representative of St. Paul NAACP testifies before the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, in Geneva, Switzerland.
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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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