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State Boulevard McDonald’s robber sought

| March 24, 2015 | Reply
State Boulevard McDonald’s robber sought

FORT WAYNE—Fort Wayne police detectives need the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect whose image was captured in surveillance photographs during a recent robbery. Michael Joyner At approximately 11 p.m., March 16, a black male subject entered the McDonald’s restaurant located at 3940 E. State Blvd., and committed an armed robbery. The suspect is described as […]

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Verizon survey reveals ‘15 Things You’ll Never Buy Again’

| March 24, 2015 | 1 Reply
Verizon survey reveals ‘15 Things You’ll Never Buy Again’

Courtesy of Verizon Wireless FORT WAYNE—A phone hasn’t been just a “phone” for quite some time.  Now, a recent survey conducted by Verizon has put a spotlight on the added functionality Americans are getting from their smartphones and other smart devices, and which once commonplace, everyday necessities are being relinquished to the history book as a […]

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‘Doctor Ben’ legendary scholar of Egypt, was dean of Harlem Street University

| March 24, 2015 | 1 Reply
‘Doctor Ben’ legendary scholar of Egypt, was dean of Harlem Street University

Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan joins ancestors at 96 By Todd Steven Burroughs Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan, known to the African world as “Dr. Ben,” believed that education belonged to any member of his race who wanted it. Perhaps that was because of the 20th century tradition of ad-hoc “street universities,” with step-ladder orators as varied as Malcolm […]

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Profiteers selling ‘conflict diamonds’ from Central African Republic, despite ban

| March 24, 2015 | 1 Reply
Profiteers selling ‘conflict diamonds’ from Central African Republic, despite ban

(GIN)–Since a coup d’etat and an extremely bloody aftermath, not much has improved in the Central African Republic and that suits the black market diamond merchants just fine. With news cameras turned away, their trade in “conflict diamonds” is proceeding at a gallop, despite a global ban. The diamond-trading ban was imposed by the Kimberley […]

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South Sudan frees hundreds of child fighters, including 9-year-old girl

| March 24, 2015 | Reply
South Sudan frees hundreds of child fighters, including 9-year-old girl

(GIN)–South Sudan’s Democratic Army Cobra Faction announced its third release of child soldiers as agreed in a pact with the government signed last May. Over the weekend, 654 children registered with the U.N. Children’s Fund (Unicef) were released—bringing the total freed by the militia group since January to 1,314. The children exchanged their weapons and […]

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Winners announce for free expression prize

| March 24, 2015 | Reply
Winners announce for free expression prize

(GIN)—At home she was subjected to death threats for defending women in northeastern Kenya who are vulnerable to rape, female circumcision and murder. This month, Amran Abdundi Amram was cheered as a hero as she collected the 2015 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award for Campaigning. The 15th annual freedom prize was presented this […]

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Sylvester ‘Billy’ Bland giving competitors the blues on pool table

| March 24, 2015
Sylvester ‘Billy’ Bland giving competitors the blues on pool table

FORT WAYNE—Want to hear the blues? Listen to Bobby “Blue” Bland. Challenge Sylvester “Billy” Bland to a game of eight-ball on the pool table and there’s a good chance you’ll be singing the blues after losing. Bland—Sylvester, that is—is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the city’s top pocket billiard (read “pool”) players when […]

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The Chicago reckoning

| March 24, 2015
The Chicago reckoning

By Jesse L. Jackson Sr. NNPA Columnist Why is Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a neck and neck run-off for re-election? He enjoys national press attention, advertises the endorsement of hometown favorite, President Obama, brandishes a $30 million-plus campaign war chest, largely funded by 100 or so major donors, and mobilizes wall-to-wall advertising and a […]

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‘Our Story: The Creation of an Identity for NE Indiana’

| March 24, 2015
‘Our Story: The Creation of an Identity for NE Indiana’

By Eric D. Hackley I’m speaking with Courtney Tritch, vice president of marketing for the NE Indiana Regional Partnership. The NE Indiana Regional Partnership was formed in 2006 to help build a globally competitive economy in a 10-county region in Northeast Indiana. It is a public-private partnership focused on generating business leads and building regional capacity […]

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Counting victims of police violence

| March 24, 2015
Counting victims of police violence

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)—As Eric Holder ended his tenure as U.S. Attorney General, he said, “The troubling reality is that we lack the ability right now to comprehensively track the number of incidents of either uses of force directed at police officers, or uses of force by police,” he said, at […]

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