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First Federal Bank, First Insurance Group to fund up to $10,000 of ‘Pay it Forward” ideas

| October 10, 2017
First Federal Bank, First Insurance Group to fund up to $10,000 of ‘Pay it Forward” ideas

DEFIANCE, Ohio—Have an idea to improve the community but not sure how to receive funding? First Federal Bank and First Insurance Group are now accepting submissions for their annual Pay it Forward Day. On Nov. 15, the bank and agency are scheduled to spend up to $10,000 to fund projects that help spread kindness in […]

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Spotlight on drummer Joe King

| October 10, 2017
Spotlight on drummer Joe King

By Jeanie Summerville What’s up, babies? As always, I hope all is well with you and yours and that, you’re still taking time out of your busy days to bring yourselves some well deserved joy, beauty, happiness and some form of peace of mind as we travel on our journey of love.  On that note, […]

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Drug overdose leading cause of accidental death inU.S.

| October 10, 2017
Drug overdose leading cause of accidental death inU.S.

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. In 2014, it surpassed both car accidents and gun violence in number of deaths. Those with loved ones who are using opiates or heroin need to be aware that opiates are the main contributors to this problem. With drug dealers across the […]

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Do you know the difference between ‘real’ black Republicans and sellouts?

| October 10, 2017
Do you know the difference between ‘real’ black Republicans and sellouts?

By Raynard Jackson (NNPA Newswire Columnist) One of my favorite movies of all-time is “Deep Cover,” starring Laurence Fishburne. The movie debuted in 1992. Fishburne plays Russell Stevens Jr., an undercover Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agent. During his initial interview with the DEA, Fishburne’s character was asked: “So, Officer Stevens, tell me, do you know […]

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What happens in this house…

| October 10, 2017
What happens in this house…

By the Rev. Dr. Lakeya Stewart Family secrets can be detrimental. “What happens in this house, stays in this house”, they said. These words were heard in many families.  Holding some personal information as confidential is one thing, but being told to keep silent about hurt and abuse that one experiences is another. For far […]

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On national day for Burundians, thousands live in exile

| October 10, 2017
On national day for Burundians, thousands live in exile

(GIN)—He was called the Lumumba of Burundi. From a royal Tutsi family, he dreamed of a nation free of colonial rule. After a brief sojourn in Belgium, Prince Rwagasore returned home to join the independence struggle. In 1961, he was sworn-in as prime minister. Two weeks after taking office, Prince Rwagasore was assassinated—his killer said […]

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U.S. opens new chapter in Sudan relations, lifting sanctions

| October 10, 2017
U.S. opens new chapter in Sudan relations, lifting sanctions

(GIN)—Sudan’s strained relations with the U.S., decades long, have suddenly taken a turn for the better. In a move that caught some diplomats and human rights defenders by surprise, the U.S. State Department announced the lifting of some of its toughest economic and trade sanctions against Sudan. The initiative was reportedly hammered out in the […]

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Liberian president leaves mixed legacy with ‘fragile gains’

| October 10, 2017
Liberian president leaves mixed legacy with ‘fragile gains’

(GIN)—Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf winds up her presidential career this month with a major record of achievements as Africa’s first female head of state. The economy is four times its size when she took office in 2005. The national debt has been wiped out, schools are being built and enrollment is up. The country […]

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Paula Autry chosen as new Lutheran Hospital CEO

| October 10, 2017
Paula Autry chosen as new Lutheran Hospital CEO

Leader with Fort Wayne connection set to start Nov. 6 FORT WAYNE—Paula Autry has been chosen to guide Lutheran Hospital into the future as its new chief executive officer. She has 30 years of experience in the field of healthcare. Autry comes to Lutheran after serving as CEO of Detroit Medical Center’s Sinai-Grace Hospital, a […]

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Observe Fire Prevention Week

| October 9, 2017
Observe Fire Prevention Week

Oct. 8 starts Fire Prevention Week, a national event to raise awareness of fire safety. This year, I’d like to thank local apartment property managers who are helping reduce the number of fires in Allen County by making their properties smoke-free. In addition to the health benefits, there are many other reasons to go smoke-free. […]

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