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A Real way to save our Mortgages

By Harry C. Alford NNPA Columnist It is now five years since the great financial crisis of 2008, which saw housing markets plummet, the stock market swoon, and millions of Americans lose their jobs in the wake of the recession that ensued.  While many sectors have recovered – for example, the stock market has eclipsed pre-crisis levels and we are once again creating new jobs, albeit at too slow a rate – one ...

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Understanding Financial Aid Award Letters: Comparing College Costs

by Cary Yates Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward-Times According to the College Board, the average cost of college tuition and fees in 2012 ranged from $8,655 a year for in-state students attending a public, four-year college, to $29,056 a year for students attending a private, nonprofit four-year institution. Yet, a September 2012 survey showed that a school’s cost was the student’s fifth most im ...

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Early Failures Create a Promising Future

by R. Preston Clark Special to the NNPA from the San Diego Voice & Viewpoint Victor J. Glover sat in one of his engineering classes at Cal State-San Luis Obispo in the late 1990s. It wasn’t going well. Balancing a rigorous class schedule, along with athletic responsibilities in football and wrestling, this class wasn’t getting the time and energy it deserved. Glover failed that class. But sometimes, fai ...

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More than 40 million Households Pay More than 30 Percent for Housing

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist Each year the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University assesses the nation’s housing outlook.  The just-released The State of the Nation’s Housing in 2013 acknowledges that a housing recovery is underway; yet shares an array of findings that show only some Americans are a part of that recovery. The new and updated data reflect continued burdens on many househ ...

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Using his Business to Blend Chicago’s Wide Range of Culture

 Businessman and sole owner of The Silver Room, 1442 N. Milwaukee, Eric Williams chose to step outside of his residence and stir up Chicago’s melting pot.  The Silver Room is not only retail space for clothes and accessories but is utilized for visual and performing art, entertainment showcases, and now with a new in-store music bar, purchasing possibilities are endless. The store hosted an opening to intro ...

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Comcast Launches The X1 Platform for Xfinity In Illinois, NW Indiana, and SW Michigan

Comcast launched the X1 Platform from Xfinity in Illinois, NW Indiana, and SW Michigan.  Using cloud-enabled technologies, the X1 Platform offers a completely new TV experience that provides access to a massive library of live and on-demand video and a new, much more graphically pleasing guide, and apps that complement the service.  In addition, DVR-enabled X1 boxes allow customers to record four shows and ...

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Supreme Court Must Keep Affirmative Action Alive

By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “The enduring hope is that race should not matter; the reality is that too often it does.” - Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court As early as this week, in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the United States Supreme Court may issue a ruling that could seriously limit or altogether eliminate the use of affirmative action in university admissions. Whi ...

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Peace Corner Youth Center in the Austin Community an Open House for the Community

A youth facility that has been on the Westside of Chicago for years is growing and continuing to progress their services offered to the community.  The Peace Corner Youth Center, 5022 W. Madison, held an open house, Saturday June 15 to show the community their facility and to inform them on their current and future program available to youth. The open house started at 3:00 p.m. and while snacks were offered ...

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Oscar Johnson A Father to Many

By: Tony Collins As it is true for most professions, the passing of time comes with the introduction of new methods and techniques. It is just as nice to find a doctor who will perform house calls, as it is to find a barber who still uses a straight razor to give a shave. Master barber, Oscar Johnson has been cutting hair, professionally, for 50 years. He considers the use of the straight razor not as an ol ...

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CRIME PAYS – LITERALLY

By James Clingman NNPA Columnist A recent report by Jason Jenkins, Investment U Research, shows that private prisons are earning even more money via warehousing prisoners and by establishing Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT) with the land upon which their prisons are built.  Corrections Corporation of America and The GEO Group, the two largest private prison firms, own 75 percent of the for-profit prison ...

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