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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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Obama Signs Bill to Reopen Government and Avoid Default

By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-Chief WASHINGTON (NNPA) – President Barack Obama signed a bill into law early Thursday morning that ended the 16-day government shutdown and averted an impending financial crisis by raising the debt ceiling. After Obama and Democrats defeated repeated efforts over the past two weeks by House Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the president’s signature health car ...

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Yes, Mental Illness Affects ‘Us’

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist On Monday, Sept. 16 the news was shocking: A contract employee who worked at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., later identified as Aaron Alexis, killed 12 innocent people in the facility before he was killed by police. For many African Americans, our first thought was: “I hope it wasn’t one of us.” On Oct. 3, there was another disturbing incident in the nation’s capital: A ...

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Five Chicago Business Leaders Honored “Living Legends/Passing the Torch” Award

The Black United Fund of Illinois honored five extraordinary Chicago entrepreneurs at its 13th Annual “Living Legends/Passing the Torch©” Awards Benefit on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at The DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago. With the 2013 theme The Year of the Ancestors, the organization honored posthumously Cleophas Barnes for passing the torch to his daughter, Dr. Kyra Barnes, a dentis ...

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Five Chicago Business Leaders Honored “Living Legends/Passing the Torch”Award

The Black United Fund of Illinois honored five extraordinary Chicago entrepreneurs at its 13th Annual “Living Legends/Passing the Torch©” Awards Benefit on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at The DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago. With the 2013 theme The Year of the Ancestors, the organization honored posthumously Cleophas Barnes for passing the torch to his daughter, Dr. Kyra Barnes, a dentis ...

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Ald. Deborah Graham Responds to Tribune Article

-Ald. Deborah Graham (29th Ward) issued the following statement today in response to recent reporting from the Chicago Tribune regarding economic development concerns in the Austin community. The Chicago Tribune reported this past weekend on a store opening gone wrong in the 29th Ward. I am in the process of exploring what actions I can take as alderman, working with the City of Chicago, to correct some of ...

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A Place for Chicago’s Underground Hip-Hop

There is a home for Chicago’s underground hip-hop heads and a place where lyrical skills are put to the test; it’s free and open to the public.  606 Hip-Hop Open Mic Night is held every Tuesday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Subterranean Lounge, 2011 W. North Ave., in Wicker Park. Artists from different parts of the city, and sometimes the country, come out to see what others can do as well as challenging th ...

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