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(From shine.com) Let’s face it, breaking up isn’t easy, but sometimes it’s necessary. So when the time is right, we’re calling all ladies to channel their inner strength and, as the saying goes, be cruel to be kind. It’s cut throat time — no ifs, ands or buts about it. But the question remains–how do […]

It’s often said that life, like the music industry, goes in cycles. So it is for Kevon Edmonds — singer, songwriter, producer and proud carrier of the R&B torch. His new album, Who Knew, marks another milestone in the career of a man who embodies the word artist: recording only the finest material, putting his […]

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The Virginia Small Business Financing Authority plans to issue $150 million in bonds for a cancer treatment facility at Hampton University that uses proton radiation to destroy cancers. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine announced Monday that he has authorized the bonds. Kaine says proceeds from the bonds will help finance construction and equipping of the Hampton […]

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From Nicholas D. Kristof at nytimes.com: Jasmine Caldwell was 14 and selling sex on the streets when an opportunity arose to escape her pimp: an undercover policeman picked her up. The cop could have rescued her from the pimp, who ran a string of 13 girls and took every cent they earned. If the cop […]

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President Barack Obama will name Mignon Clyburn as a commissioner to the Federal Communications Commission according to the White House. She is the daughter of House majority whip, Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina. Clyburn was the publisher and manager of the The Coastal Times, a weekly newspaper in Charleston and was a member of […]

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Cases of the H1N1 virus are now reported in more than 15 states, in every region of the U.S.  According to the London-based Guardian newspaper, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the virus an “international public health emergency.”While media focuses on the Mexican origins of the disease, few in our country are reporting on […]

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Prosecutors called the beating death of an illegal immigrant from Mexico a hate crime, and they urged an all-white jury in Pennsylvania coal country to punish two white teenagers for their roles in the attack. Instead, the jury found the teens not guilty of all serious charges, a decision that elicited cheers and claps from […]

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By Jesse Washington, Associated Press The swine flu virus has infected the immigration debate, with talk show comments like “fajita flu” and “illegal aliens are the carriers” drawing vehement protests from Hispanic advocates. The volatile immigration issue had cooled off on talk shows and in the blogosphere as the presidential election and economic crisis unfolded. […]

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No single factor explains why infant mortality rates are higher for blacks both nationally and in Virginia. Nationally, infant mortality among blacks in 2000 occurred at a rate of 14.1 deaths per 1,000 live births, according to the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, compared to the national average of 6.9 deaths. The state […]

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The NAACP has fought for a century to bring equal and civil rights to blacks, but the Rev. Jesse Jackson believes the organization’s current battle is to help the troubled U.S. economy and struggling domestic auto industry. “We must now save the entire industry from itself,” Jackson said as part of the keynote address Sunday […]