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Ex-prosecutor to lead investigation into Flint water

A former prosecutor and a retired head of the Detroit FBI will play key roles in an investigation into Flint’s lead-tainted water as part of the effort to seek answers while also preventing conflicts of interest,

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The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood donors

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Reducing the rate of recidivism

hopes initiative and justice unit will be the answer

“That’s why I’m such a believer,” said District Attorney Susan Hawk as she described the Reformative Justice Unit programs her office developed in 2015 as a remedy to reduce nonviolent crime and re-arrests in the county – especially for those who suffer from mental illness.

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Picking Up the Pieces: Tracy Morgan: Back from the edge, returning to stand-up

A gruesome highway accident followed by months of pain and rehab. That’s no laughing matter.

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Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, senior pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church, will be inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame by the Trumpet Foundation at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Friday.

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Queen of Creole Cuisine Leah Chase still cooking at 93

Leah Chase has spent her culinary life on the cutting edge of history, mixing fine dining with her southern Louisiana roots at her classic New Orleans restaurant, Dooky Chase’s.

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Keeping youth healthy, in school and learning

Brandon, a 6-year-old in the Houston Independent School District, had two working parents until his father was laid off. Brandon lost his health insurance when his father lost his job. Brandon’s mother quickly scrambled to try to enroll her son, who has asthma, in new coverage, but met some obstacles and didn’t know where to turn.

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King did not dream of winning the lottery

Evidently, neither you nor I had the Jan. 13 winning Powerball combination: 4, 8, 19, 27, 34, (10).

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Gospel of Action

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'" – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Unrepresented by our representatives ‘playing’ politics

Does it really matter who wins the presidency? How can it matter to Black folks, considering the way we “play” politics? We have no power, no leverage, and little or no influence in the political arena. Even worse, it seems we are reluctant to do what it takes to gain any political clout. So why do we care so much about the upcoming election?

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It’s all the rage: White anger is the new black

Have you heard? Apparently large numbers of American adults are “angry” about their own circumstances and about where they think the country is headed.

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Disposable Americans: Michigan poisons poor to save a few bucks

Flint, Michigan, is impoverished.

Chickenpox and shingles: What you need to know

Almost everyone gets chickenpox by adulthood.

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Increase in glaucoma cases projected for Blacks, Hispanics by 2050

Today, nearly 3 million people ages 40 and older have glaucoma, according to the Prevent Blindness “Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems” report.

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The Oscars Blackout - Black Hollywood reacts to lack of diversity among Oscar nominations

A year after host Neil Patrick Harris quipped that the Oscars were honoring Hollywood’s “best and Whitest,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled yet another all-White slate of acting nominees on Jan. 14, prompting a dismayed revival of the “OscarsSoWhite” hashtag.

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Houston schools vote to rename schools linked to Confederacy

Texas’ largest school district has joined the national debate over whether communities should cut their ties to the Confederacy by renaming buildings or removing monuments.

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Faith, Forgiveness: The importance of letting go of bitterness

Longtime legendary television journalist Merri Dee of Chicago knows what it’s like to overcome adversity. Having survived child abuse and homelessness as a teenager, she had no idea that the battle of her life was still ahead.

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Obama issues executive action on gun control

“Every single year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns – 30,000. Suicides. Domestic violence. Gang shootouts. Accidents

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New law aimed at reducing spread of HIV, hepatitis

Advocates are praising Congress’ recent softening of a longtime ban on federal dollars going to needle exchanges amid growing intravenous drug abuse that’s spreading hepatitis and HIV in many states.

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Mississippi lawmakers honor legacy of civil rights leader

Sunday marked the anniversary of the attack on Vernon Dahmer (DAY’-mur) Sr., who defied the White segregationist power structure by registering Black voters in the 1960s.

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