06-19-2018  5:31 am      •     
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On anniversary of James Byrd dragging death, activists recall several other crimes

As candidates from both parties line up to run and unseat President Barack Obama in 2012, some in the Black community are being forced to face the reality that race relations in America have not improved.  Others were never under that illusion.
"I truly thought things might evolve racially with Obama in office.  But I've watched even more racism spew from White folks, the Tea Party, and Republicans.  I've watched them attack Michelle Obama and even read about all of the assassination attempts against her husband. It's sad," Deborah Rogers, 60, told The Final Call.


LA Sentinel publisher nominates Cloves Campbell, Arizona Informant publisher

Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. the fiery chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, who gained a national reputation for challenging corporate America for fair advertising dollars over the past two years, has announced he will not seek re-election at the end of his tenure this week.


Reminiscent of Stanford Prison Experiment, critics say teacher crossed the line

Slavery as a topic needs no introduction to most Americans.  But it does need an introduction to children; and how the facts of Negro Slavery in America has been taught to school children has often been as fraught with tension and controversy as other spheres what used to be known as "race relations."
So, the foundation of this nation was built on the backs of enslaved workers, who were mostly Black, setting the tone for a racially sensitive American society.


One critic says the label is only used because of slavery's destruction of roots

One presidential candidate's perspective on race has ignited commentary and discussion about racial identity and its importance in the 2012 race.
When Bloomberg News interviewed Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, the conservative said he did not like to be labeled as "African-American"—instead, he said he preferred "American."
"I don't like people trying to label me.  African-American is socially acceptable for some people, but I am not some people," Cain said in the interview.


Voters in more than a dozen cities nationwide have passed referendums banning the cameras while nine states now prohibit them

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Josh Sutinen isn't old enough to vote and only got his driver's license last month, but he's already among the leaders in a growing national backlash against cameras that issue traffic tickets.


Their weapons had been rendered inoperable by federal agents and posed no risk to the public

SEATTLE (AP) -- Two ex-convicts planned an attack on a Seattle military recruiting station hoping that it would get attention from the media, authorities say, and even imagined the headlines: "Three Muslim Males Walk Into MEPS Building, Seattle, Washington, And Gun Down Everybody."


Riddick, 57, was one of 13 people who spoke at the meeting, and one of nearly 3,000 living victims of the program, which was shuttered in 1977, three years after the last sterilization was performed

The public hearing is part of a process unprecedented not just in North Carolina, but nationally. About a half dozen other states have joined North Carolina in apologizing for past eugenics programs, but none of the others have put together a plan to compensate victims of involuntary sterilization.


The economy needs to generate at least 125,000 jobs per month just to keep up with population growth

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week rose by the most in a month, signaling growing weakness in the job market.


Pounds often are packed on gradually over decades, and many people struggle to limit weight gain without realizing what's causing it

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Blame the potato chip. It's the biggest demon behind that pound-a-year weight creep that plagues many of us, a major diet study found. Bigger than soda, candy and ice cream.


The FDA pulled silicone implants off the market in 1992, saying manufacturers had not provided medical data showing their safety and effectiveness

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health officials say the latest data on silicone breast implants show they are relatively safe, despite frequent complications that lead about one in five women to have the implants removed within ten years.


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