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Wages Up for Black Men, Down for Black Women

By Freddie  Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent                 The Black-White income gap narrowed in 2013 with Black men who worked full-time, year-round experiencing the greatest gain in earnings among all adult workers, according to the current population reports on income and poverty released by the Census Bureau. The median income for Blacks rose $793, an ...

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City/Suburban clergy coalition backs Sen. Durbin

Snubs GOP ‘ice cream politics’ by Chinta Strausberg Contributing Writer               Fed up with the misinformation that the community was getting over the re-election of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Bishop Simon Gordon Monday held an informational forum at his church, Triedstone Full Gospel Baptist Church, 1415 W. 104th St., where they officially endorsed his re-elec ...

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Abuse is an Ugly Word:

Abuse is an Ugly Word: Ray Rice’s Contract is Terminated By Mary L. Datcher               Janay and Ray Rice Since the release of TMZ’s video showing the angry punch that knocked out his fiancée at the time and now wife, Janay Rice shattered the glass that the NFL maintained protecting its players over the years. Played all over the world, the footage shows the Baltimore R ...

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Community and Religious Leaders: Pray for Peace

by Naimah Latif Contributing Writer             Photo by: Pamela Jones Last Friday during lunchtime, a cross section of community leaders and activists gathered under the Picasso on Daley Plaza to address issues of violence. Through collective prayer, music, and motivational speeches, they sought to stir up a spirit of action among the lunchtime crowd. Pastor John Hannah and Pa ...

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Antonio Smith: 9 Year old laid to Rest

Antonio Smith: 9 Year old laid to Rest By: Mary L. Datcher                     The parents of Antonio Smith laid his 9-year old body to rest this past Saturday at Evening Star Baptist Church on the South Side of Chicago. Antonio was shot and killed over a week ago in the Greater Crossing neighborhood better known as ‘Pocket Town’ when his body was found in t ...

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Our Champions, Our Young Men:

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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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 and the individual ma ...

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