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Nadine Gordimer, novelist who took on apartheid, dies at 90

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Nadine Gordimer, the South African writer whose literary ambitions as a watchmaker’s daughter led her into the heart of apartheid to create a body of fiction that brought her a Nobel Prize, died Sunday in Johannesburg, Reuters reported. She was 90.

Debt settlement programs are misleading

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You’ve probably heard the advertisements on urban radio urging consumers with at least $10,000 in debt to call a number right away for a financial rescue. Promising to end debt troubles by getting creditors to somehow accept less money than what is owed can sound really appealing. In reality, however, consumers mired in debt may often find debt settlement programs to be costly, misleading, and far less helpful than the radio ad promises.
 
In the newest chapter in the research series titled The State of Lending, the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) finds that debt settlement is a risky strategy that can leave consumers more financially vulnerable and still laden with debt years after they enroll in such programs.
 
Regardless of how well consumers follow the instructions of their debt settlement firm, they may ultimately be unsuccessful because many creditors simply refuse to deal with debt settlement companies.

‘I was there, for that first issue’

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(This letter from Christopher Brooks, a former Memphian now living in Los Angeles, was written to The New Tri-State Defender President/Publisher Bernal E. Smith II. In it, Brooks, who helped birth The Tri-State Defender, bridges the gap between then and now.)
 
Dear Mr. Bernal E. Smith II,
 
Sir, first, you don’t know me, so please allow me a brief introduction. I was rambling through some of my old collections of documents, books, etc. I came across a November 10th, 2011 edition of the Tri-State with a front page, 2-column spread with a caption, “The ‘Defender’ at 60.” I remember that day (of the first edition) and have recalled it many times in that span between then and now.

No easy answers exist with immigration reform

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Twenty-thousand-eight-hundred-and-five unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras were caught entering the United States illegally in 2013. Of that number, 1,169 were repatriated. So far this year, 57,000 unaccompanied children from those same three countries have been caught coming across the border, and 1,500, at most, have been deported.
 
Given those odds, it might be worth the trip.
 
President Barack Obama’s public message that kids won’t be allowed to stay in the United States has at this point fallen on deaf Central American ears, and the kids keep arriving daily. He’s now asking Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to deal with the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the border.  But only a tiny fraction of that money would go where it’s desperately needed.