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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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Below-the-belt attacks on the Obamas

| March 24, 2015
Below-the-belt attacks on the Obamas

Many Republicans flirt with tradition of treason By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist No United States president has been more disrespected than Barack Obama–and his family. The hatred for the nation’s first African American president is so deep that all but seven Republicans in the U.S. Senate were willing to write a letter to Iran […]

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Churches urged to engage in non-partisan effort to get out vote

| March 23, 2015 | Reply
Churches urged to engage in non-partisan effort to get out vote

Dear Community Partners: Not just a difference, but we can make the difference. As a city of churches, we, Fort Wayne have the power to make the 2015 elections count—for our children, our community and our church. It is our legacy! We must not waste this opportunity to give voice to our needs and concerns. […]

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Record number of former workers without benefits

| March 23, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–With no federal unemployment insurance and rapidly disappearing state coverage, the percentage of people benefiting from unemployment insurance is at its lowest level in more than three decades, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank focused on low- and […]

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Increased black home ownership would slice wealth gap

| March 23, 2015

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA)–Researchers studying the effects of public policy on the racial wealth gap estimated that the median wealth of black households would rise 451 percent if blacks owned homes at the same rates as whites. “With policies that advance the rate of black and Latino homeownership to the […]

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