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  • Black Engineer Awards

    In a landmark weekend that will pay tribute to African Americans in science, engineering, and technology at the 24th annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) STEM Global Competitiveness Conference ceremony will be hosted at the Baltimore Convention Center Feb. 18-20. The awards ceremony ...

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  • NAACP to Choose New Chair

    The NAACP will elect a new chairperson during a meeting of the Board of Directors in New York on Feb. 20. The 64-member body, which is the policymaking arm of the civil rights organization, will choose its new leader with a simple majority of votes. Hilary Shelton, vice president for advocacy ...

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  • Shani Brings Gold Home, Again

    Before 2008, it would have been a rare occurrence to find Black families cuddling before their televisions to watch the Winter Olympics. But many tuned into the 2010 Vancouver games and mostly for one reason—Shani Davis. The 27-year-old Texas native became the first African American to ...

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  • Top 10 Tips to Help Avoid Foreclosure and Scams in 2010

    A new public education campaign is helping homeowners find legitimate foreclosure assistance and avoid loan modification scams. At a time when many Americans are considering new resolutions and life changes, staying financially vigilant should remain a priority—especially for homeowners. ...

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  • States Given Leeway to Tally Prisoners in Census

    WASHINGTON (AP) – States are getting new leeway in tallying their prisoners in the 2010 census – a move that could reshape the American political map, increasing urban population numbers while reducing the figures for rural voting districts where inmates are incarcerated. The Census ...

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  • Military Mom Discharged for Ditching Deployment

    The Black, single military mom who refused to deploy to Afghanistan last November will not face a court martial after the Army instead chose to demote and discharge her. Spc. Alexis Hutchinson, 21, refused to join her unit overseas after her mother backed out of caring for the soldier’s ...

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  • Lil Wayne Sentencing Delayed Until March

    Sentencing on drug and weapon charges for Grammy Award-winning rap artist Lil Wayne has been delayed until the beginning of March so the performer can undergo dental work. Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter Jr., was scheduled to be sentenced on February 9, but a Manhattan judge agreed ...

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  • Michelle Obama Kicks Off Anti-Obesity Campaign

    First lady Michelle Obama joined her husband on February 9 to launch the “Let’s Move” campaign, a 90-day plan aimed at fighting the nation’s childhood obesity epidemic. “Let’s Move is a nationwide initiative that basically focuses on four key ...

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  • “Sleazy” Rumors Put N.Y. Gov. Paterson on Defensive

    New York Gov. David Paterson is fighting rumors which have been widely circulated around the New York state house and national media of his involvement in sex scandals and drug abuse. A January 30 New York Post report claims Paterson was caught by state police in a utility closet in the ...

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  • Former Va. Governor Among Latest Obama Critics

    Former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder offered harsh criticism on the Obama White House during the week of February 8, saying that if the president is to fulfill his dream of effecting change for America, he has to up the ante on his leadership skills—and fire some of his key players. ...

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