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What’s in our Shopping Carts?

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist With a current buying power of $1 trillion, manufacturers and marketers should be paying careful attention to the shopping patterns of African-American consumers. The latest report on Black consumers, Resilient, Receptive and Relevant: The African-American Consumer 2013 Report, illustrates how much of that spending breaks down:  Our annual retail spending makes up 87 ...

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Annual Woman Against Domestic Violence Rally

By: Jazmyne Walker WCW Staff Writer The pews at Hope Community Church, 5900 W. Iowa were filled with ladies in purple.  Balloons and purple banners decorated the sanctuary as residents and city officials came together for Ald. Deborah Graham’s annual Women Against Domestic Violence. October represents Domestic Violence Awareness Month and domestic violence prevention advocates provided Chicagoans with usefu ...

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Trailblazing Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic Opens New Facility

Trailblazing Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic Opens New Facility at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago Illinois VA Director is among those scheduled to celebrate John Marshall’s newly renovated space in downtown Chicago for its veterans legal assistance program. The veterans free legal clinic at The John Marshall Law School becomes the largest such facility in the U.S., with the inaugural ope ...

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A longtime police officer to be remembered

by John E. Davis Community activists and residents of Chicago’s West Side will gather to honor and to say farewell to Sgt. Robert McGaha, who died this week following a long illness. He was a dedicated Chicago police officer for 27 years. He served the department and the citizens of Chicago with distinction and dignity. He will be remembered for the positive impact he made on the lives of West Side resident ...

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Selecting the Right Type of Insurance

By: Linda Moore We understand why we need to buy life insurance — to help protect our families, businesses, and assets from the risk of dying. Often, the larger question is what type of life insurance is appropriate for our needs.  Regardless of the type you choose, life insurance death proceeds are paid to the beneficiary(ies) generally income-tax free. The two main categories of life insurance are Term an ...

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The Public Officials Award

Commissioner Debra Shore of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, has been presented with the Public Officials Award during the Water Environment Federation’s Celebration of Excellence Reception and Ceremony held at the McCormick Place Convention Center recently. The Public Officials Award is presented to an elected or appointed public official that has made a documented significan ...

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“Dream Big” We are all God’s Children

By: Pastor Ron Winston Zion Rock Missionary Baptist Church Greetings my brothers and sisters.   I Thank God in advance for you taking the time out of your schedule to receive this message on Thinking Big. Several months ago, the Lord laid it on my heart to teach the people on Thinking Big, Talking Big and Dreaming Big.  One writer said, if you’re going to think, why not think big! Every human creature God m ...

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Republican Antics Discourage Talented Workers

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist I keep hoping that I can stop writing about the federal government shutdown/lockout.  Hopefully, when you read this, it will all be over. But even when it’s over, it won’t be over. Case in point: I have a friend who works for the federal government.  What she and many of her colleagues are wondering, in addition to when the shutdown/lockout will end, is whether there wil ...

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An Open Letter to House Speaker Boehner

By Stephanie J. Jones NNPA Columnist Dear Speaker Boehner: It’s hard to know whether to feel pity or disgust for you as we watch you whine, bellow, threaten and renege your way through a government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis that you easily could end by behaving like the Speaker of the House, not the spokesman for the Tea Party Caucus.  Your inability and/or unwillingness to put the well-being of the ...

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Obama Signs Bill to Reopen Government and Avoid Default

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – President Barack Obama signed a bill into law early Thursday morning that ended the 16-day government shutdown and averted an impending financial crisis by raising the debt ceiling. After Obama and Democrats defeated repeated efforts over the past two weeks by House Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the president’s signature health car ...

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