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Obituaries: January 11-17 Edition

| January 12, 2017
Obituaries: January 11-17 Edition

Larry James Reese, 61 a native of Fort Wayne, Indi., went to the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 at Hospice Home. Born on Oct. 1, 1955, ,he was a son of the late Albert Reese, Sr. and Minnie Lee Reese-Stevenson. He accepted Christ at an early age at Jerusalem Baptist Church, and later moved […]

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Military unrest in Ivory Coast threatens stable nation

| January 11, 2017
Military unrest in Ivory Coast threatens stable nation

(GIN)—The relatively peaceful nation of Ivory Coast saw painful images of a recent past as military police launched a mutiny over low salaries and working conditions. Not long ago, the country was in chaos as former President Laurent Gbagbo rejected election returns that favored the opposition led by Alassane Ouattara. President Ouattara, who assumed office […]

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New Ghanaian leader slips up at swearing-in

| January 11, 2017
New Ghanaian leader slips up at swearing-in

(GIN)—Ghana’s new president Nana Akufo-Addo was prepared for smooth sailing at his inauguration last Saturday until he delivered a speech that set off alarm bells and caused howls among social media users. Prepared by speech writers, the new leader’s address contained word-for-word passages from speeches by former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. […]

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Ugandan senior offiials caught in ‘golden handshake’

| January 11, 2017
Ugandan senior offiials caught in ‘golden handshake’

(GIN)—Close to 50 government employees are facing a public grilling after recent revelations that they took home thousands of Ugandan shillings from a multi-million dollar oil tax settlement that was owed to the National Treasury. According to critics, this was a sign of the “resource curse,” in which free-flowing petro-dollars lead to corruption and unrest. […]

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To beef or not to beef—health is the question

| January 11, 2017
To beef or not to beef—health is the question

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Definition: Beef—Meat from a steer, cow or bull when fully grown are fattened  for food. Beef used as a slang means complain; grievance. When I was growing up, the disease tuberculosis was running rampant in our communities. There was a saying in those days, ‘TB or not TB, that is […]

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Beware of community thief

| January 10, 2017
Beware of community thief

FORT WAYNE—Fort Wayne police want to warn citizens of a theft that continues to be perpetrated by a male theft suspect. The suspect will approach victims under the pretense that he needs to use their phone, has been locked out of his house or is looking for his grandmother’s home. He also will indicate that […]

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Woman critically injured in Walmart accident

| January 10, 2017
Woman critically injured in Walmart accident

FORT WAYNE—At about 10:45 a.m., Dec. 28, Fort Wayne police responded to the report of a pedestrian being struck by a passenger vehicle in the parking lot of the Walmart located at 10105 Lima Road. Once on scene, officers found an unresponsive adult female down in the parking lot. She was transported to a local […]

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Former Fort Wayne Black Expo Chair Mel Smith passes on at 75

| January 6, 2017
Former Fort Wayne Black Expo Chair Mel Smith passes on at 75

SUWANEE, Georgia—A former Fort Wayne public figure passed on recently, leaving behind a legacy of service in his home city. Melvin “Mel” O’Neil Smith, 75, departed this life peacefully on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, in Suwanee, Georgia. Born April 13, 1941, the son of Herman and Ezel A. Smith, Melvin Smith was a long time resident […]

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Nigeria to shut down national airport, citing runway ‘overuse’

| January 5, 2017
Nigeria to shut down national airport, citing runway ‘overuse’

(GIN)—Aviation officials have ordered the shutdown of the nation’s nearly-new international airport at Abuja, the capital, after severe problems on the facility’s single runway were reported. The Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, named after Nigeria’s first president, offered direct flights to capitals of Africa and Europe. However, runway problems developed due to “overuse,” according to the […]

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Man wounded in Adams Street shooting

| January 5, 2017
Man wounded in Adams Street shooting

FORT WAYNE—At approximately 6:03 p.m., Dec. 29, the Fort Wayne Police Department responded to a report of a person shot on Adams Street just north of Drexel Avenue. Officers arrived and located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. The male was determined to be in critical condition on the scene, and was […]

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