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Shut off pause

Shut off pause

| August 9, 2014

By Shea Howell Special to the NNPA from The Michigan Citizen DETROIT—On July 21, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced a moratorium on water shut offs for 15 days. This announcement came after widespread outrage over their policy of aggressively shutting off the water to people who cannot afford to pay their bills. Mounting […]

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Spotlight on the Frost Media App!

Spotlight on the Frost Media App!

| August 8, 2014

By Jeanie Summerville Whatz up, babies? This week’s spotlight is a little different because instead of spotlighting a person or a group of people, I’m shining the light on a product that can benefit all of you. That’s right, I said it! And, I’m proud to say it again—can benefit all of You, in the […]

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No mercy: Police put banned chokehold on pregnant woman

No mercy: Police put banned chokehold on pregnant woman

| August 8, 2014

Woman choked over barbecuing onsidewalk By Jeremy Pasker Special to the NNPA from the New York Amsterdam News NEW YORK—The black community is in an uproar after a video surfaced showing a seven-months pregnant woman being held in an apparent chokehold by an NYPD officer. The Police Department said her family was grilling on the […]

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Rev Stewart Speaks!  Courage to the test!

Rev Stewart Speaks!  Courage to the test!

| August 7, 2014

By the Rev. Lakeya Stewart Song writer Bishop Larry Trotter wrote the words: “It’s only a test you’re going through, it’s gonna be over real soon. Keep the faith; don’t give up, for it’s only a test!” The song entitled, “It’s Only A Test” has been the title of many sermons. The phrase is often […]

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Democrats’ ‘smart butt white boys syndrome’

Democrats’ ‘smart butt white boys syndrome’

| August 7, 2014

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist In 1984, former UN Ambassador Andrew Young described the inner circle of Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale as “smart a– white boys” who thought they knew everything.  Obviously, they didn’t because Mondale lost the general election by a large margin to Ronald Reagan. Knowing that in a president’s second-term, […]

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The GOP: Chaos is their goal

The GOP: Chaos is their goal

| August 7, 2014

By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist Three events occurred in the tight confines of Capitol Hill last week that underscore the Republican Party’s extraordinary institutional decline and its responsibility for the Congress’ fully deserving its “do-nothing” label. First, early in the week, all but seven Republicans in the GOP—controlled House of Representatives voted to give […]

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To beef or not to beef… health is the question

To beef or not to beef… health is the question

| August 6, 2014

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 to 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 […]

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Feeding hungry school children the right move

Feeding hungry school children the right move

| August 5, 2014

By Brenda Robinson The new federal school free food program has some politicians and other Americans angry. This group, as they do with other social service/entitlement programs, contends families in need are pimping the system, and basically believe adults should and could provide for their own children. These critics believe the cliche, pull yourself up […]

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Drug offenders receive retroactive sentence reductions

| August 3, 2014

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—In a major move recently, the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted unanimously to moderate federal sentencing guidelines for drug offenses, and apply the guidelines retroactively. Consequently,  more than 46,000 currently incarcerated drug offenders—73 percent of whom are black or Latino—will now be eligible for a reduction in their sentences. […]

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Disabled Americans seek more consumer protection

| August 3, 2014

By Jazelle Hunt Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—In a popular TV advertisement, ordinary citizens loudly declare to the world, “It’s my money, and I need it now!” It seems like a reasonable request. But this instant-gratification, through a process called structured settlement factoring, may not be in a person’s best interest. As part of commemorating the […]

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