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The stories are almost comical: Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, registered to vote on Nov. 4. The entire starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys football team, signed up to go the polls -- in Nevada.
But no one in either presidential campaign is laughing. Not publicly, anyway.
Republicans, led by John McCain, are alleging widespread voter fraud. The Democrats and Barack Obama say the controversy is preposterous and is just political mudslinging.
In the middle is the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN, a grass-roots community group that has led liberal causes since it formed in 1970. This year, ACORN hired more than 13,000 part-time workers and sent them out in 21 states to sign up voters in minority and poor neighborhoods.....

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LAS VEGAS (AP)  It is not the jury of O.J. Simpson's dreams, but neither does it shape up to be his nightmare.
The all-White jury that on Monday will begin judging him and a co-defendant on robbery and kidnapping charges was culled from an initial pool of 500 who answered questionnaires, and the remaining dozens who were later quizzed in the courtroom.
Prosecutors removed two prospective African-American jurors with their challenges....

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(AP) Rachel Lerman is the embodiment of melting-pot citizenry: Born in 1967 in Boston to a blonde, blue-eyed, Roman Catholic White woman and a Black man from Nigeria, she was placed in foster care and shortly thereafter adopted by a White couple and raised Jewish.

After college, she met Alex Diaz-Asper, a Catholic born in Miami of immigrant parents from Spain and Cuba. At 33, she married him, then settled down in Washington, D.C., in Adams Morgan, a "multi-culti" neighborhood where folks can find Ghana on a map or, at the very least, a Ghanaian eatery around the corner. ...

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More than ever, graduating college seniors are signing up to spend two years in America's poorest communities as part of Teach for America, the nonprofit organization that recruits and trains top college students for teaching jobs.
The group saw applications jump by more than a third this year from about 18,000 to nearly 25,000.
Of those, about 3,700 are expected to step up to the blackboard as new teachers this fall. That's up more than 25 percent from the 2,900 who did so last year.
Several factors appear to be behind the trend....


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NEW YORK (AP) -- Hundreds of angry people marched through Harlem after the Rev. Al Sharpton promised to "close this city down" to protest the acquittals of three police detectives in the 50-shot barrage that killed a groom on his wedding day and wounded two friends.
"We strategically know how to stop the city so people stand still and realize that you do not have the right to shoot down unarmed, innocent civilians," Sharpton told an overflow crowd of several hundred people Saturday at his National Action Network office in the historically black Manhattan neighborhood. "This city is going to deal with the blood of Sean Bell."...

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- NCAA president Myles Brand lobbied Saturday for equality on campuses for…

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Of Fortune 500 companies, only four leaders are African American

It's getting lonelier at the top for Black CEOs. Only four Blacks will be left running Fortune 500 companies after Stan O'Neal's abrupt retirement from the top spot at Merrill Lynch & Co. last week and the announcement Monday from Time Warner Inc.'s Dick Parsons that he will retire at the end of the year. That leaves Aylwin Lewis at Sears Holding Corp., Kenneth Chenault at American ....

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Dolphins come in to play while Sarah, 12, and David Louis Henderson, 9, enjoy surfing at the beach in Oceanside, Calif

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DOUGLAS, Ga. -- Under the threat of a thunderstorm, about 2,000 marchers took to the streets in Douglas County on Saturday in support of a man being held in prison for having consensual oral sex when he was a teenager, despite a judge's ruling that he should be freed.
The group, led by the NAACP, marched from Douglasville High School to the county courthouse, chanting "Free Genarlow Wilson" and singing....

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