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Mayor Emanuel Surprises DePriest Elementary Golden Apple Award

By: Ellyn Fortino Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a surprise visit to Depriest Elementary School Thursday morning to deliver a Golden Apple Award honoring exceptional teaching to first-grade instructor Monique Blakes. Blakes is one out of three Chicago Public School teachers receiving the award, which recognizes outstanding educators. Seven more teachers throughout the state received the 2012 award. In addition to ...

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Student Loans Plus Limited Job Options Equals Trouble

By Akeya Dickson Washington Correspondent NNPA News Service WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When she graduated from the University of Iowa two years ago with a major in elementary education, Amber Newman envisioned standing in front of a class of bright, energetic youngsters and providing them with the solid educational base that would help them become successful in the upper grades as well as later in life. . But when ...

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The ‘No Sagging and Dragging Please Pull Up Your Pants’ City Council Resolution

(CHICAGO) - - -Today, 37th Ward Alderman Emma Mitts, who represents several diverse areas including Austin and Belmont-Cragin on the city’s west and northwest side, introduced a resolution in support of Chicago’s indecent exposure ordinance during the May 9, 2012 Chicago City Council meeting. This resolution is designed to address an issue confronting many urban neighborhoods: Low-Slung, Saggy Pants on Urba ...

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Social Security System Remains Solvent

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite misleading and incomplete media reports, Social Security remains solvent and will remain that way in the foreseeable future, according to several analyses. In its trustees’ report last week, it was disclosed that without any future adjustments, Social Security will be able to pay full benefits only until 2033 and about 75 percent of scheduled benefits after that. “Social Security ...

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EEOC Issues Job Guidelines that Limit Backgroung Checks

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief  WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued updated recommendations that urge employers not to misuse criminal background checks in filling job openings. By a vote of 4-1 last week, the commissioners noted that African-Americans and Latinos may find it more difficult to find employment because of the widespread use of background ch ...

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Drug Hot Spot Shut Down At Laramie and Adams, But Community Presence Still Needed

By ELLYN FORTINO Austin Talks Austin police successfully took down a drug hot spot at the corner of Adams and Laramie avenues last month, which resulted in 17 arrests, said police Cmdr. Barbara West (15th) at the district’s community stakeholder meeting Wednesday morning. The police are still “actively searching” for another suspect, who has a warrant out for his arrest, West said. West told the group, made ...

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YOUth CAN Project V.O.I.C.E Invades WGCI

By: Shaneka Smith   The collaborate efforts of AfterSchool Matters, DMI Youth CanProject V.O.I.C.E. and Studio 5090 provided 30 local teens from Michele Clarke, Christ the King, Chicago Academy for Advanced Technology and other Westside schools the opportunity to visit WGCI Studio through Project V.O.I.C.E program. Program instructors Clarence Clayton and Valencia Lake describe Project V.O.I.C.E as an ...

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Racial Profiling is on Steroids

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – “Well, who are they coming to get now?” That’s what Norman Murray thought as police officers ran in his direction with guns drawn. Murray, a native Washingtonian with a slim build and matted dreadlocks, looked around to see who the cops were chasing through his neighborhood in the Trinidad section of Northeast Washington, D.C. Then the offic ...

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America’s public Schools: Still Unequal and Unjust

Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist   Millions of children in America are denied the opportunity to receive a fair and high quality education. In March, the U.S. Department of Education released new information showing that children of color face harsher discipline, have less access to rigorous course offerings, and are more often taught by lower paid and less experienced teachers. Inequities in fundi ...

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Atlanta PD Looking Into tyler Perry’s Racial Profiling Claim

The Atlanta Police Department said it is now investigating into Tyler Perry’s recent claim that he was racially profiled by two Atlanta officers during a recent traffic stop. The police department told E! News that its office of professional standards is investigating whether the claims “can be substantiated, and whether any departmental policies or procedures were violated during the stop.” As previously r ...

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