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California-Based Loan Company Shut Down by Washington State Regulators
The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has taken swift action to stop an unlicensed mortgage loan modification company from continuing to harm Washington consumers. DFI issued a Temporary Cease and Desist Order against Home Credit Law Center, its President, attorney Brian R. Linnekens, and an employee … To read the whole story click here


Does the NAACP Remain Relevant?
Can you imagine Black Life in America if there was no NAACP? It seems that over time the group served a vital purpose for African Americans; but these days and across cultures, the NAACP is about as significant as "Members Only" jackets. At the NAACP's 101st convention, the head of the Kansas City branch got the organization's members to pass a meaningless resolution … For all the information click here


The Drug War: Growing the Green for Corporate, State Interests
"Protests in more than 20 Mexican cities against drug-related violence have been interrupted by news of the discovery of 59 bodies." Since President Felipe Calderon called on the military to combat drug cartels in 2006, an estimated 35,000 Mexicans have been killed … Though Mexicans live in constant panic, daily kidnappings, mass graves and shootouts in the streets are, in Drug War Newspeak, the best indicators of progress … To check the details click here


Ellis Marsalis, Father of Family Jazz Legacy, Comes to Portland
This weekend, the Soul'd Out Music Festival will conclude with a performance by pianist and jazz master Ellis Marsalis, the man responsible for the Marsalis family jazz legacy that includes sons Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. Last week, The Skanner News spoke with the pianist from his home in New Orleans … To read all about it click here


Don't Fall Prey to the 2011 Dirty Dozen Tax Scams
Hiding income in offshore accounts, identity theft, return preparer fraud, and filing false or misleading tax forms top the annual list of "dirty dozen" tax scams in 2011, the Internal Revenue Service announced last week. "Don't fall prey to these tax scams. They may look tempting, but these fraudulent deals end up hurting people who participate in them … To read the whole article click here


Red Cross Survey Finds Young Americans Want More Law Education
Four of five American youth believe that that the U.S. should better educate young people before they can vote and enlist in the military, according to a new survey by the American Red Cross. The Red Cross will offer an International Humanitarian Law workshop in Seattle. The workshop is free of charge, but registration is required … To check your facts click here



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