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Congressman’s son, Fattah Jr., charged with fraud

Congressman’s son, Fattah Jr., charged with fraud
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The son of a Philadelphia congressman has been indicted on bank fraud, tax and theft charges, accused of stealing federal funds for city schools and using business loans to pay off mostly personal expenses, including more than $30,000 in gambling debts, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.
 
Chaka Fattah Jr., 31, surrendered at the federal courthouse and vowed to clear his name. He was scheduled for a court appearance later Tuesday.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: National

White students to no longer be majority at school

White students to no longer be majority at school
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. – The cheerful sign outside Jane Cornell's summer school classroom in Pennsylvania's wealthiest county reads "Welcome" and "Bienvenidos" in polished handwriting.
 
Inside, giggling grade-schoolers who mostly come from homes where Spanish is the primary language worked on storytelling with a tale about a crocodile going to the dentist. This poster and classroom at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center are a subtle representation of America's changing school demographics.

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  • Written by Kimberly Hefling and Jesse J. Holland-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Radio Host Fired For Racist Tirade Resurfaces In "Pro-White" Media

Radio Host Fired For Racist Tirade Resurfaces In
Radio host Anthony Cumia, who was fired from SiriusXM after a series of racially charged tweets, appeared on the "pro-white" Political Cesspool radio show hosted by white nationalist James Edwards. During the appearance, Cumia defended white males against diversity concerns, agreed that the black community has become like a "petulant" child, and praised Edwards for his views on race.
 
Cumia was part of SiriusXM's The Opie and Anthony Show until he was fired in early July after he went on a Twitter tirade against the black community following a street altercation. The shock jock claimed he was "taking pix in NYC & a black girl who was in frame punched me in the face." He added the "automatic jump to violence in that community is astounding. No discussion.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: National

Houston, weave have a problem: robbers steal pricey fake hair

Houston, weave have a problem: robbers steal pricey fake hair
Houston police say that a group of men in a truck who smashed into a beauty store and stole thousands of dollars worth of expensive weaves and wigs may have also done the same type of smash-and-grab at a cellphone store later the same morning.
 
Authorities told Click 2 Houston that the high-priced hair heist happened around 2 a.m. Wednesday at Beauty Sensation in Houston. The news station viewed surveillance video of reportedly the same group of men involved in the beauty-store robbery, smashing into a T-Mobile store around 4:30 the same morning.

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  • Written by Stephen A. Crockett Jr.-The Root
  • Category: National

Lincoln’s handwriting found on book about race

Lincoln’s handwriting found on book about race
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – For years, librarians at a small central Illinois library gossiped that a tattered book lying on one of its shelves justifying racism may have been in the hands of none other than Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator.
 
On Tuesday, state historians confirmed that theory by announcing Lincoln’s handwriting had been found inside the cover of the 700-page text, at the same time taking great pains to offer reassurance that the former president who ended slavery in the U.S. didn't subscribe to the theories at hand, but likely read the book to better educate himself about his opponents' line of thinking.

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  • Written by Kerry Lester-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Dems, GOP looking for black, minority turnout

Dems, GOP looking for black, minority turnout
BOSTON – With control of the House and Senate up for grabs, Democrats are looking to minority voters – especially black voters who heavily supported President Barack Obama – to turn out and help them forestall a Republican takeover of Congress this November.
 
Democrats are pushing hard and early to encourage black and Hispanic voters to show up in November, driven in part by fears of a drop-off since Obama won't be on the ballot. Republicans, meanwhile, are seeking to elevate their party's profile in minority communities to let voters know that the GOP is a viable option.

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  • Written by Jesse J. Holland-Associated Press
  • Category: National