STUDY: Nearly Half of Black Men Arrested by Age 23

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NEW YORK – Nearly 50 percent of black men and 40 percent of white men are arrested at least once on non-traffic-related crimes by the time they turn 23, according to a new study. One of the authors of the study published this month in the journal “Crime & Delinquency” said the statistics could be […]

National Police Organization Opposes Obama Nominee To DOJ

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PHILADELPHIA- A national police organization and a Pennsylvania lawmaker are protesting President Barack Obama’s nomination of a civil rights attorney for a U.S. Department of Justice position, citing his legal work on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. In a letter to Obama, the National Fraternal Order of Police expressed “extreme disappointment, displeasure and vehement opposition” […]

NAACP: Equal Opportunity in the US Remains an Unrealized Goal

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BALTIMORE – The NAACP has released findings from its Opportunities & Diversity Report Card: Consumer Banking Industry.  Details in the report highlight key areas where the banking industry can improve to ensure their workforce, leadership and suppliers adequately reflect the demographics of the United States. Read the report here. “Equal opportunity for people of color in […]

World Mourns Mandela, Struggles to Find The Words

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WORLDWIDE – For most of the world, his name is synonymous with courage and perseverance. Leaders and citizens, athletes and artists remembered Nelson Mandela on Friday – though many struggled to find words big enough to describe the man who changed the face of South Africa and inspired a continent and a world: a colossus, […]

Nelson Mandela, Revered Statesman and Anti-Apartheid Leader, Dies at 95

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JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela was a master of forgiveness. South Africa’s first black president spent nearly one-third of his life as a prisoner of apartheid, the system of white racist rule that he described as evil, yet he sought to win over its defeated guardians in a relatively peaceful transition of power that inspired the […]

According to Survey More Than 1 in 10 US Kids Has ADHD

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ATLANTA – The number of U.S. children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues to rise but may be leveling off a bit, a new survey shows. More than 1 in 10 children has been diagnosed with it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which surveyed more than 95,000 parents in 2011. ADHD […]

HBCUs Struggling to Keep Up Due to Underfunding

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WASHINGTON – The president of the D.C.-based Thurgood Marshall College Fund said recently that historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) are feeling the effects of underfunding, but are getting serious about resolving those issues. In doing so, the 106 schools — which the University of the District of Columbia and Howard University — can help […]

Obama to Announce $100M in Education Grants

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is announcing $100 million in grants to help better prepare high school students to compete in the global economy. The White House says the Youth CareerConnect program will help schools train students for in-demand industries, including science, technology, engineering and math. The government will award up to 40 grants to […]

AP Sources: Obama to allow sale of Canceled Plans

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WASHINGTON – Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday. The decision was designed to ease the impact on millions of consumers who have received cancellation notices in recent […]

Not Good Enough: Math, Reading Scores Up Slightly

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WASHINGTON  – Sometimes the best isn’t good enough: Most American fourth and eighth graders still lack basic skills in math and science despite record high scores on a national exam. Yes, today’s students are doing better than those who came before them. But the improvements have come at a snail’s pace. The 2013 Nation’s Report […]