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Health Insurance Website Stumbles on Launch

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Last week, President Barack Obama said what many people who visited healthcare.gov to browse and buy affordable health insurance already knew: The website, tied so heavily to the success of the Affordable Care Act, wasn’t working properly. “And there’s no sugarcoating it,” said President Obama during a speech on the Affordable Care Act on Oc ...

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A Misguided Big Mac Attack

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Two weeks ago, I was sent a video of a Hispanic woman interrupting a speech by Jeff Stratton, president of McDonald’s USA. He was giving a speech at the Union League Club of Chicago.  Nancy Salgado, the Hispanic woman in question, became Exhibit A for what’s gone wrong in today’s workforce: rudeness and what the Bible calls slothfulness. Salgado is a 26-year-old cashier at ...

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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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The Light Café is not Your Average Café

By: Jazmyne Walker Restaurant WCW Staff Writer In a familiar west side area of Chicago, The Light Café peacefully sits at 4015 W. Harrison Ave.  The Light Café opened in 2011 and, since then, has been known to serve more than just pastries and coffee.  They serve breakfast and lunch with a side of inspiration for the community, by the community. “We are more than a restaurant [but] a ray of hope in the comm ...

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Ayanna Gregory Pays Homage to Father, Trailblazing Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory

by Ariel Medley Special to the NNPA from The Afro-American Newspaper  “Daughter of the Struggle”, a one woman play about her life as one of 10 children growing up with Dick Gregory as her father, told through a series of recollections and songs. (Courtesy Photo) Ayanna Gregory, daughter of comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, embraced her father on stage at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts C ...

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Credit CARD Act Saves Consumers Billions

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist With 71 percent of consumers having at least one credit card, new research findings from two different sources show that the Credit CARD Act, enacted in 2009, is working. The only difference between the reports is just how much consumers are benefitting. According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the total cost of credit declined by two percentage points ...

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The Federal Shutdown is Very Personal

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist In the interest of full disclosure, I work for the largest labor union in the federal sector:  the American Federation of Government Employees.  But I am not writing on their behalf or because I was told to do so. This is personal. Federal employees are largely invisible. Actually, we take them for granted.  With certain exceptions such as TSA and the VA, most of us thin ...

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Affordable Health Care is Here to Stay

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Nearly 6 in 10 uninsured Americans will be able to get coverage for $100 or less.” - President Barack Obama We fought and won a battle three years ago to improve access to affordable health care for every American and finally it’s here. Last Tuesday,  a key component of the Affordable Care Act took effect when the new Health Insurance Marketplace opened for business, allowi ...

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The Grand Re-Opening of the McDonald’s on Madison and Lavergne

By: Jazmyne Walker WCW Staff Writer The McDonald’s restaurant at 5015 W. Madison Street has been restored, refurbished and revamped.  State and local officials, lawmakers, and residents attended the unveiling of the remodeled business Friday, Sept 6 followed by the grand re-opening on Sept 7. The over $2 million establishment is the first McDonald’s on the west side to get this change.  The original McDonal ...

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Crimes Against Black Humanity

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist We talk a lot about criminal justice and crime in the streets, especially among Black people.  Mass incarceration of Black men, disparate sentencing, private prisons, legal slavery inside prisons based on the 13th Amendment, and all the other plagues that beset us vis-à-vis our criminal justice system and prison industrial complex, dominate our conversations.  But, there is ...

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