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  2014 Black History Month: Civil Rights in America

 The Afro-American Newspapers’ Character Education program is designed to promote positive character traits in our public school students. Each year, several corporate professionals and business leaders join our effort and share stories that illustrate how the building of their character not only helps them personally but also in the workplace. During Black History Month, the AFRO is delivered to public middle schools across the region including Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C. Each publication contains the testimonies of our corporate partners.  more More Arrow
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Opinion

- "Affluent Americans would do quite well. But for tens of millions of others, the Ryan plan is a path to more adversity."   Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Prioritiesmore More Arrow

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Anita Johnson, a community organizer with Citizen Action of Wisconsin.
Anita Johnson, a community organizer with Citizen Action of Wisconsin, spends her days beating the streets—knocking on doors, visiting senior citizen homes, addressing congregations and other groups about changes in election laws.more More Arrow

In this photo taken Monday, April, 21. 2014 four female students of government secondary school Chibok, who were abducted by gunmen and reunited with their families walk in Chibok, Nigeria. Nigerian parents say more than 200 girls and young women abducted from the Chibok school by Islamic militants remain missing one week later, despite a
CHIBOK, Nigeria (AP) — A week after Islamic extremists stormed a remote boarding school in northeast Nigeria, more than 200 girls and young women remain missing despite a "hot pursuit" by security forces and an independent search by desperate fathers who headed into a dangerous forest to find their daughters.more More Arrow

In this image taken from video dead bodies lie on the road near Bentiu South Sudan on Sunday April 20, 2014. U.N.'s top humanitarian official in south Sudan Toby Lanzer told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday April 23, 2014, that the ethnically targeted killings are
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunmen in South Sudan who targeted civilians including children and the elderly left "piles and piles" of bodies, many of them in a mosque and a hospital, the U.N.'s top humanitarian official in the country said Tuesday.more More Arrow

Children in Kawo Kano, Nigeria.
CHIBOK, Nigeria (AP) — Parents say 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, up significantly from the 85 reported by education officials.more More Arrow

Police tape surrounds the Federal Courthouse Monday, April 21, 2014, in Salt Lake City. A U.S. marshal shot and critically wounded a defendant on Monday in a new federal courthouse after the man rushed the witness stand with a pen at his trial in Salt Lake City, authorities said.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A defendant died after being shot by a U.S. marshal on Monday during an attack on a witness during a trial in a new federal courthouse in Salt Lake City, the FBI said.more More Arrow

This June 29, 2011 file photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett. Lockett is one of is one of two Oklahoma death row inmates scheduled to be executed who have sued state corrections officials to obtain details about the lethal drugs that will be used to execute them, including their source.  Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A sharply divided Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday stayed the execution of two death row inmates who have challenged the secrecy surrounding the source of the state's lethal injection drugs.more More Arrow

In a photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb appears in a photo at jail. McNabb has been released from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year. Records released by West Mesa Justice Court show the 37-year-old McNabb served his time Wednesday and was released Thursday morning. McNabb was arrested Dec. 15 on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. He pleaded guilty on March 27 and nine days of his sentence was suspended. Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was released Thursday from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year.more More Arrow

In this Thursday, May, 30 2013 file photo, Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade, Nigeria's top military spokesman speaks during an interview in Abuja, Nigeria, The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday, April 17, 2014 when their school principal denied the Nigerian military's report that almost all the pupils had been freed. The principal directly contradicted Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, the Defense Ministry spokesman. Photo/Jon Gambrell
Nigerian military sources told international media that eight of the 129 Nigerian schoolgirls from the Government Girls Secondary School who were abducted by gunmen in March remain missing.more More Arrow

In this photo taken on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, Kansas City police and agents from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms with canines investigated a shooting along southbound Interstate 435 in Kansas City, Mo. Police have connected 12 shootings targeting vehicles on Kansas City-area roads and highways since early March. Three drivers have been wounded by gunfire, though none of the wounds was considered life-threatening. Photo/The Kansas City Star, Jill Toyoshiba
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After nearly a month of reports of gunshots being fired at vehicles and more than 100 tips, authorities announced charges Friday against a Kansas City-area man suspected in connection with about a dozen highway shootings that wounded three people.more More Arrow

In this March 25, 2014, photo, U.S. first lady Michelle Obama delivers a speech at Chengdu No. 7 High School in Chengdu in the southwestern province of Sichuan, China. Obama's weeklong trip to China has included opportunities to try out tai-chi, walk the Great Wall and feed the pandas. That’s all to be expected from a first lady soaking up culture while traveling abroad. But at times, the first lady's words veered from soft subjects such as the value of education into more pointed messages about the importance of Internet freedom and respect for minorities. Photo/Andy Wong
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.more More Arrow
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Health

President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The president spoke about health care overhaul and the situation in Ukraine.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.more More Arrow

NEW YORK (AP) — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders.more More Arrow

Hand hygience. www.cdc.gov
Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md. has achieved the status of “Top Performer” from the Maryland Hospital Hand Hygiene Collaborative.more More Arrow

A report by Feeding America, a Chicago-based hunger relief non-profit organization, titled “Map the Meal Gap
Nearly 23 percent of Baltimore residents suffered inadequate access to food in 2012, according to a new report prepared by Feeding America, a Chicago-based hunger relief non-profit organization.more More Arrow