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Biden, Congressional colleagues pay homage to Louis Stokes

By Mark Gillispie  Wire Service Correspondent CLEVELAND (AP) -- Louis Stokes rose from an impoverished life in the projects of Cleveland to become one of the most influential and respected members of the U.S. House of Representatives, speakers said Tuesday at a funeral service commemorating his life. The retired 15-term Democratic congressman died at home of cancer last week at age 90. Vice President Joe Bi ...

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Bond praised

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Julian Bond, a founding member and communications director of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and immediate past board chairman of the NAACP, is being praised for his lifelong human rights contributions by people ranging from President Obama and his former civil rights colleagues to ordinary people who have benefited ...

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Ferguson – One Year Later

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) - It’s been one year since the murder of Michael Brown galvanized the Ferguson, Mo. community and forced the nation to face the horrors of police violence. And as the activist slogan asserts, the ensuing protests have become a movement, not just a moment. “One of the most powerful things about the movement is how it started. It started with peo ...

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Lynch remembered

By Kim Tolley Senior Contributing Writer Columbus Post With family, friends, community leaders, former employees and public officials in attendance, Columbus said goodbye to its “Godfather” Amos Lynch last weekend. Braving the heat and waving church fans, approximately 200 mourners at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church on the Near East Side listened to memories of Lynch, who died on July 24 at the age of ...

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AMOS LYNCH: A Lasting Legacy

By Kim Tolley Senior Contributing Writer Columbus Post Writer. Editor. Publisher. Businessman. Civil Rights Advocate. When writing about Amos Lynch, Sr., it feels as though one is not including enough information about his remarkable life and career no matter what the word count is. When Lynch founded the Columbus Post in the last weeks of 1995, he had long earned the moniker “Godfather” of Columbus. At an ...

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DA: It’s too early to know how woman died in Texas jail cell

By Michael Graczyk Wire Service Correspondent HEMPSTEAD, Texas (AP) -- The prosecutor in a Texas county where authorities say a woman hanged herself in a jail cell said that it is too soon to determine exactly how she died and that the ongoing case is being treated as thoroughly "as it would be in a murder investigation." Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said at a news conference Monday that a T ...

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Ohio revises forms, makes changes after gay marriage ruling

By Ann Sanner Wire Service Correspondent COLUMBUS (AP) -- Same-sex couples in Ohio can now hold their weddings in the Statehouse, file their state taxes jointly and list their spouses on death certificates following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month that legalized gay marriage across the country. The lead plaintiff in the case that led to the landmark ruling was Jim Obergefell of Cincinnati. He s ...

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Black women see job prospects improve

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Job prospects for Black women improved in June, as they recorded better employment numbers than the other major adult groups, the latest jobs report by the Labor Department shows. The jobless rate for Black women over 20 years old fell nearly a full percentage point last month, from 8.8 percent in May to 7.9 percent in June. The unemp ...

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Abortion Rights Issue Regains Momentum

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When she was five months pregnant, past the point where she could obtain a legal abortion, 23-year-old Kenlissia Jones of Albany, Ga. ordered prescription abortion pills from a Canadian website. When Jones started feeling pain, she was rushed to the hospital. En route, she delivered the fetus in the backseat of her neighbor’s car. The fetus d ...

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Black homeowners still hurting from Great Recession

By Freddie Allen NNPA Senior Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Most economists agree that the Great Recession, sparked by the housing market crash, officially ended in 2009, but the fallout from the crisis will continue to hurt Black families, especially Black homeowners, for decades to come, according to a new report commissioned by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “In 2007, median wea ...

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