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Chicago Celebrates JRW Homecoming BY: CARLOS FREYTES, JR. The City of Chicago held a victory celebration for Jackie Robinson West, the Little League Team that defied the odds again and again, winning the American side of the Little League World Series playoffs.  Though they eventually fell to the impressive team from Seoul, South Korea, Jackie Robinson West will be remembered for its resilience against form ...

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Don’t Shoot “Hands Up!”

Behind Ferguson’s Unrest: Hundreds of protesters march down South Florissant Rd. in Ferguson, Mo. protesting police brutality by their department Monday morning. Michael Brown an 18 year-old unarmed black teen was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer two weeks ago. Failed Federal Policy and the Black-White Housing Gap Half of Ferguson Homes Underwater On the surface, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., was ...

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Mental Illness is Our Dirty Litle Secret

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist I’m tired, my sisterfriend says.  I don’t know how much longer I can hold on.  As I hear her I have a couple of choices.  One is to tell her to get with her pastor and pray; the other is to tell her to get real with her illness.  Running her to her pastor takes her to a familiar place. Pushing her to help takes her out of her comfort zone.  When my beloved brothers and si ...

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Black Families Becoming More Aware of Autism

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As Camille Proctor watched her one year-old son, she knew something wasn’t right. He played with others and enjoyed affection, but he never spoke. He also walked on his toes. His pediatrician assured Proctor that was son was probably just developmentally delayed. At 15 months old, she learned that wasn’t the case – he was officially diagnosed ...

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The Curie Condors will Play in the 2014 IHSA state playoffs

Kansas recruit Cliff Alexander and his nationally-ranked Curie boys’ basketball team may have an 0-25 record and been stripped of its Chicago Public League title, but they will still enter Illinois’ 4A state tournament as one of its top seeds. In one of the more bizarre prep basketball rulings you’ll see, the Illinois High School Association cleared Curie to play in its first playoff game on Tuesday night. ...

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Obama on Defensive over Healthcare Glitches

By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Under unrelenting attacks –including from Democratic supporters – President Obama and White House officials continue to struggle as they try to blunt criticism that that President Obama stretched the truth in describing coverage options for consumers who already had health insurance before the roll out of healthcare.gov and the individual ma ...

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Who Stole My Identity? Identity Theft is More Common than You Think

by Jeffrey L. Boney Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward-Times Identity theft is a term used to describe all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person’s personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain. There is nothing like going to apply for a loan, attempting to buy a home or opening a checking account, and having a represent ...

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Time to Reform Horse and Buggy Debt Collector Laws

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist An adage advises that one man’s pain is another man’s gain. As consumers nationwide struggle to recover financially from the Great Recession, this adage is also a truism. Across the country, creditors and debt collectors are taking advantage of archaic laws to extract payments that satisfy court judgments for consumer debts. Depending upon a given state’s exemption laws, g ...

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Obama’s Showdown with ‘Teapublicans’ is Just Beginning

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Believe it or not, President Obama’s decision to finally stand up to Teapublicans – a Republican Party hijacked by Right-wing Tea Party zealots – in the latest standoff over the Affordable Care Act and the debt ceiling was the easy part. Next comes the real fireworks over the budget. And, judging from the past, the Democrats are  likely to wave the white flag of surrender, ...

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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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