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Obama nominates Katherine Simonds Dhanani as first U.S. Ambassador to Somalia in 24 years

Obama nominates Katherine Simonds Dhanani as first U.S. Ambassador to Somalia in 24 yearsPresident Barack Obama has nominated the first U.S. ambassador to Somalia in 24 years. She is Katherine Simonds Dhanani, a Foreign Service veteran who has previously served in five other African countries in various capacities.
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Coalition creates unified Bloody Sunday march

Coalition creates unified Bloody Sunday marchWASHINGTON (NNPA) – A very public conflict between the Bridge Crossing Jubilee, Inc., the local group that has been commemorating the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery March for more than four decades, and the largely White-run The Faith & Politics Institute, a Washington-based group that had organized competing marches in Selma and Montgomery on the weekend commemorating the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," has been resolved with both groups agreeing to participate in a single march in Selma, a coalition of organizations has announced.
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Feds close investigation into Trayvon Martin death

Feds close investigation into Trayvon Martin deathWASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced Tuesday, February 24 that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida. Prosecutors from the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, officials from the FBI, and the Justice Department's Community Relations Service met today with Martin's family and their representatives to inform them of the findings of the investigation and the decision.
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KG returns: Minnesota Timberwolves, fans energized

KG returns: Minnesota Timberwolves, fans energizedIt seemed just like old times.

The atmosphere inside the Target Center was electric like it was back some 10 years ago when Kevin Garnett led Minnesota Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals. And though the Timberwolves are far removed from those days with the team dwelling at the bottom of the West, it didn't seem to matter to the sold-out crowd who came to see its favorite son return, power forward and future Hall of Famer, Kevin Garnett.
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Exclusive: Dean Smith's pardon letter for Wilmington Ten revealed

Exclusive: Dean Smith's pardon letter for Wilmington Ten revealedThis week, as the world mourns the passing of legendary UNC Tar Heel Head Basketball Coach Dean Smith, he is being remembered as a trailblazer not only for his championship winning hardwood strategy, but also for standing strong for social justice, and against racial discrimination.
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UNITED HANDS

UNITED HANDSMy forefathers held the links to the chain
My ancestors unlocked the pain
The next generations join hand and hand
We're united all over this land
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Gov. Kitzhaber: Your job is not yet done

Gov. Kitzhaber: Your job is not yet doneThis post was co-authored with Rob Smith, Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Federal officials close investigation into death of Trayvon Martin

Federal officials close investigation into death of Trayvon MartinWASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced Tuesday, February 24 that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida.  Prosecutors from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, officials from the FBI, and the Justice Department’s Community Relations Service met today with Martin’s family and their representatives to inform them of the findings of the investigation and the decision.
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Transit riders, faith and community groups call for expanded public transportation funding

Transit riders, faith and community groups call for expanded public transportation funding100 transit riders from ISAIAH, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, and other members of the Move MN coalition joined with state leaders, including Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith, State Senator Scott Dibble, Met Council Chair Adam Duininck, and State Representative Frank Hornstein in a rally outside the State Capitol, calling on the legislature to guarantee expanded public transportation as part of a comprehensive, multimodal transportation plan.
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Change in state purchasing policy creates more opportunities for veteran, minority, and woman-owned small businesses

Change in state purchasing policy creates more opportunities for veteran, minority, and woman-owned small businessesThe Minnesota Department of Administration announced recently that it will enhance the ability of certain small businesses to compete for state contracts. Starting February 1, when small businesses owned by women, minorities, people with physical disabilities, or veterans bid for state contracts, existing preferences will apply to a larger portion of the contract's value. This increase also applies to small businesses located in economically disadvantaged areas of the state.
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Sheriff Rich Stanek meets with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss countering violent extremism

Sheriff Rich Stanek meets with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss countering violent extremism(Washington D.C.) – Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek was among a group of delegates from Minnesota selected to meet with Vice President Joe Biden for a roundtable discussion at the White House Complex on Tuesday, February 17. The discussion was focused on innovative best practices to address the issue of violent extremism.
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