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Mar 01st


After ruin in Iraq, a new Minnesota life begins

ROCHESTER, MN – Raad Ghareeb uses the phrase “below zero” quite a bit, but not in the way that Minnesotans employ it during our frozen winter months.

Rather, Raad deploys his personal tag line with a grin in sentences like: “When I started my new life in Minnesota, I started below zero,” and: “I had everything in Iraq, but when I lost everything after the war, I fell below zero.”


Census states MN poverty steady; yet food bank usage is high

ST. PAUL, Minn. - New census numbers show poverty in Minnesota didn't increase dramatically, but that doesn't mean food shelves are seeing less traffic; in fact, just the opposite. Food pantries are reporting that people who never imagined they would need assistance are now counting on help.

A Statement from ACORN’s outside Advisory Committee

ACORN’s Advisory Committee comprised of leaders from the philanthropic, labor, government, and business sectors, issued the following statement Tuesday morning: “Yesterday, former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger briefed the ACORN Advisory Committee on his plans for an independent review.

New National Medical Association president talks about her vision for America

WASHINGTON (NNPA) - Dr. Willarda Edwards of Baltimore was recently elected as the 110th president of the National Medical Association, one of the country’s largest professional organizations of Black doctors. She is the 10th woman to hold this honor and has sat on the Board of Trustees of the organization for more than 17 years, serving in various capacities.

President Obama extends Gulf Coast Rebuilding Office, pushes for improved long-term recovery following catastrophic disasters

Washington, D.C. – Signaling his continued commitment to Katrina-Rita recovery, President Barack Obama announced he will visit the Gulf Coast in mid-October and see first-hand the progress in the region.  President Obama also today signed an Executive Order extending the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Recovery and Rebuilding for six months.  The Office of the Gulf Coordinator was first established November 1, 2005.

President Obama announces Recovery Act Funding for groundbreaking medical research

Bethesda, MD - In a visit to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus, President Barack Obama announced $5 billion in grant awards under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) to fund cutting-edge medical research in every state across America.  The more than 12,000 grant awards are expected to create tens of thousands of jobs over the next two years and are part of an overall $100 billion Recovery Act investment in science and technology to lay the foundation for the innovation economy of the future.

Gap co-founder Don Fisher dies at 81

Don Fisher, who co-founded Gap, Inc. with his wife Doris in 1969, died Sunday of cancer in his San Francisco home at the age of 81. Along with founding the Gap, Don Fisher was one of the country’s most visionary education philanthropists. As a product of California’s public schools, Don believed deeply that all students were entitled to the same high quality public education that he was fortunate to receive.

Booming sale of diamonds hard hit by falling economy

Booming sale of diamonds hard hit by falling economyFrom sales that topped $3-billion a year, diamond trading that fueled astounding rates of growth has taken a turn downward in the southern African country of Botswana. Wracked by the contraction in the global economy, diamond mines were shuttered in February for the first time in the country’s 40-year history of gemstone mining.

Luda, by word of mouf

Luda, by word of mouf Christopher Brian Bridges was born on September 11, 1977 in Champaign, Illinois where he began rapping at the age of 9 and formed his first musical group a few years later. While in his teens, his family moved to Atlanta where he attended Banneker High School before majoring in music management at Georgia State University.

NAACP continues support of Van Jones

The NAACP is calling for civility in the national discourse on safe, clean communities and sustainable sources of domestic energy. It is time to end the personal attacks on administration officials as a distraction to crucial discussion on our nation and our world's environmental conditions.

Dr. Julianne Malveaux says President Obama is doing the right thing by encouraging students to stay in school

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Applauding President Obama for his leadership in education, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, one of the nation’s foremost educators and economists, said today that President Barack Obama should be lauded, not attacked, for his decision to address the nation’s students . The president, she added, should not have to post his address in advance in an effort to appease critics who are using children as their “political hobby horse.”
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