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John Burris Sues Chevron for Refinery Fire that Sickened Over 9,000

Bay Area attorneys John Burris, Matthew Kumin and Patrick Goggin joined forces to file a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of victims of the Chevron refinery explosion on Aug. 6. The resulting toxic plume released after a pipe failed in the troubled Crude Unit No. 4 covered areas in which thousands of residents live, work and play. More than 9,000 sought treatment after the fire. The toxic smoke rising from the d ...

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Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson Cut by Dolphins and Divorced by Reality Star Wife

Special to the NNPA from the Afro-American Newspaper Veteran National Football League (NFL) wide receiver Chad Johnson was released from the Miami Dolphins following his recent arrest for allegedly head-butting his new wife, Evelyn Lozada, during the evening of Aug. 11. The Associated Press reported Johnson was arrested in Broward County, Fla., charged with simple domestic battery, a misdemeanor charge, and ...

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SHOW ME THE MONEY: The Black Vote Again Being Taken For Granted

By Cloves Campbell NNPA Chairman There are less 100 days until voters throughout the country cast their votes for the next president of the United States of America as well as candidates for U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives, state legislatures and city councils. The campaign war chests for President Obama and Mitt Romney total almost $3 billion! However, as of this writing, not one dollar has been ...

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37th Ward Alderman Emma Mitts Sponsors “13th Annual Back To School Gospel Fest”

The summer of 2012 in Chicago has been seen its unfortunate share of violence against school-age students and adults in neighborhoods across the city. That’s why Alderman Emma Mitts, the 37th Ward Pastor’s Alliance, community and religious leaders, other local civic organizations and the Mid-Austin Steering Committee believe it’s vitally important to offer more positive, fun-filled activities in the communi ...

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Alderman Ervin and 28th Ward Holds Annual Parade And Picnic

Two-Time NBA Champion Isiah Thomas was Grand Marshall Parade Alderman Jason C. Ervin will hosted the 28th Ward Annual Back-to- School Parade and Picnic on Saturday, August 4th.  Two-Time NBA Champion and 12-time NBA All Star Isiah Thomas was this year’s Grand Marshall.  There was free school supplies given to 2,000 students at the picnic along with a Senior Appreciation Luncheon, both events were held in Ga ...

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“Executing Justice-Praise God For Justice”

FIRST WORDS… As we explore this new unit for the month of August, we are fortunate to see how God promised justice to his people.  We move to one of the most noted books of the Bible – Psalm.  It is evident that God supports and maintains His people so that all of our lives can be dedicated to offering and rendering Him the praise He is due. A PRAISE FOR JUSTICE (v. 1-2) As the lesson opens, between verses ...

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Why White People Are Hating On Chris

by Richard B. Muhammad Special to the NNPA from The Final Call Jokes about niggras, pimps, hoes, Bebe’s kids, baby mammas and baby daddies are fine but any jokes that hint at Black suffering are strictly off limits. Chris Rock is the latest Black comedian to discover that denigrating your own people brings riches, critical acclaim and praise for cutting edge and no holds barred work. Jokes about race and Am ...

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Rest in Peace Sherman Hemsley

Sherman Hemsley played characters known to be wise-cracking, “Weezy” loving, “honky” calling, boisterous fools which America and the entire world laughed with kindheartedly. Sherman Alexander Hemsley, Air Force veteran and actor, was born on Feb. 1, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father, William Hemsley, worked at a printing press while his mother worked at various factories during the war. As a ch ...

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Millions Of Ex-Offenders Given a Voting ‘Death Sentence”

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Nearly 6 million former prisoners –1 million of them Black – will not be able to vote in the November presidential election because of state laws that continue to punish them even after they have completed their sentences, according to a recent report by the Sentencing Project. The report said 5.85 million citizens who were formerly incarcer ...

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Black Economic Dysfunction

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Amazingly, Black folks in this country still don’t get it.  After all we have been through and after everything we have accomplished, prior to and after integration, our relative collective economic position in America has changed very little.  In some cases we have regressed in terms of ownership of land, from some 20 million acres of land (31,000 square miles) in 1910; and ...

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