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Feb 28th


McCollum supports Obama’s Afghan strategy

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) today expressed support for President Obama’s plan to achieve U.S. objectives in Afghanistan, following the speech he delivered at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Obama administration kicks off Mortgage Modification Conversion Drive

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today kick off a nationwide campaign to help borrowers who are currently in the trial phase of their modified mortgages under the Obama Administration’s Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) convert to permanent modifications.

Kenyan youth get training for war in Somalia

Kenyan youth get training for war in Somalia(GIN) – Kenyan officials have confirmed that Kenyan youth of Somali origin are secretly being recruited and trained to fight on behalf of the Transitional Federation Government of Somalia, in another sign of the regionalization of troubles in the African Horn.

Walmart line cutting case ends with misdemeanor guilty plea

Walmart line cutting case ends with misdemeanor guilty plea(NNPA) - A woman who faced up to 15 years in jail for an altercation which began when she allegedly cut the line at a Missouri Walmart has pled guilty to misdemeanor charges. Heather Ellis went on trial November 18, for two felony charges of assault in Kennett, Mo. But just a few hours after the case went to the jury on November 20, Ellis accepted a plea deal.

Anti-war heroine Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) discusses Afghanistan

(NNPA) - US Rep. Barbara Lee, D-CA, gained international acclaim for being the only member in Congress who courageously and extraordinarily voted against the authorization of the use of force following the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Former Minnesota resident US helps Okwa Omot get out of prison in Ethiopia

Okwa Omot is now sleeping safely in a warm bed at his home in Washington, D.C. That is something of a miracle considering that only two week ago – and for 107 days before that – he was sleeping on freezing cold concrete floors in Ethiopian prisons, accused of treason and threatened with execution.

To honor the Great American Smokeout and Lung Cancer Awareness Month, smokers quit for a Day for Life

(NNPA) - Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.  The death toll from smoking exceeds that from HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, motor vehicle collisions, suicide, and even homicide.  In fact, 90 percent of lung cancers, the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, are caused by tobacco. Unfortunately lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among African American men and women. Mortality rates for lung cancer are highest among African American males.

Superintendent candidates narrowed to three

The Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Board of Education narrowed the field of candidates for the next superintendent to the following three individuals who will be introduced to the SPPS staff, families and community at day-long visits this week:

Obama: America just two steps away from health insurance reform

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - When the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, banged the gavel and declared, "The bill is passed,” health care reform that President Obama and Democratic leaders have pushed for so fervently over the past year came one step closer to reality on Saturday, November 7. The Senate is next.

Saint Paul Public Schools Board Member resigns early

Tom Goldstein, Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Board of Education Director, today resigned from the Board of Education  effective Nov. 11, 2009. Given the critical superintendent decision facing the Board this month, the SPPS Board plans to act on the appointment of Board Member Elect Jean O'Connell to fill the remainder of Mr. Goldstein's term to so she can fully participate in superintendent selection process.  On. Nov. 11, the Board also plans to act on the early appointment of Board Member Elect Vallay Varro.

New website gives Black youth a voice

New website gives Black youth a voice(Chicago, IL—November 10, 2009) The Black Youth Project (BYP) announced today the launch of its new website — — to provide a place on the web where young black people can speak for themselves.  This first-of-its kind online resource explores the attitudes, actions and decision making of black youth by including their lives, ideas and voices. The purpose of the BYP website is to generate new media information, blogs, art, conversations, webinars, data, research, policies and movements that will expand the human and social capital of young black youth, facilitating their empowerment through highlighting their voices and experiences.
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