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Congress Approves Cheaper Student Loan Rates

Congress Approves Cheaper Student Loan Rates

(Washington, D.C) Members of the House voted 392 to 31 to lower rates for undergraduates taking out government loans this school year to 3.86%.

That’s cheaper than the 6.8% interest rate that started

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  • Written by WREG
  • Category: News

NOLA 4 year old becomes Mensa’s newest member

NOLA 4 year old becomes Mensa’s newest member

Anala Beevers of New Orleans learned the alphabet at four months of age and learned numbers in Spanish by the time she was 18-months-old. Now, at 4-years-old, she is a MENSA's newest member, AOL reports.

MENSA, the international organization for the super smart, took notice and extended the young genius an invitation to join their exclusive club. The organization normally invites adults to the club, but Anala is truly an exception. She has an IQ of more than 145. Most of MENSA's members are in the top two percent; Anala is in the top one percent.

"She keeps us on our toes," says her father Landon, who said she needs her own reality TV show.

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Voting Rights Act backers meet with President Obama

Voting Rights Act backers meet with President Obama

WASHINGTON – The Voting Rights Act is down, but not out and civil rights leaders joined President Obama and Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. at the White House Monday to discuss renewed efforts in the fight against voter discrimination.

In a statement released after the meeting, Al Sharpton, civil rights activist and president of the National Action Network said: "Today the United States President and Attorney General met with a broad coalition of civil rights and voting rights leaders to assure us that they will continue to work with us to protect every American's right to vote."

Sharpton continued: "We had a great alarm when the Supreme Court ruled against Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act but after meeting with the President and the Attorney General we were assured that the Voting Rights Act may be wounded but it is not dead. It is not even critically wounded; it can and will be revived."

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  • Written by Freddie Allen/NNPA News Service
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For Jordan Davis’ parents, a bond with Trayvon’s family

For Jordan Davis’ parents, a bond with Trayvon’s family

Ron Davis and Lucia McBath sit across the table from their attorney, John Philips, in the restaurant downstairs from their New York hotel. They're in the city to do another in a series of television interviews booked sporadically since their 17-year-old son, Jordan Davis, was gunned down in a Jacksonville, Florida gas station parking lot last November 23rd, the day after Thanksgiving.

They order breakfast, and Davis recounts growing up in Queens, New York, though he was born in Harlem. He says his father was a boxing fan who once introduced him to Archie Moore. He smiles as he talks about meeting the late Angelo Dundee, who trained Muhammad Ali.

McBath, a Chicago native with a ready smile, raised Jordan on her own in his early years in Georgia, where the boy was born. The couple lived for about a year in Jacksonville and then near Atlanta after meeting in Texas, and later divorced. They share a connection to Delta airlines where she's a flight attendant and from which Davis recently retired, after 33 years in Delta sales. McBath was recently named a national spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

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Weiner scandal: African-American mayor for NYC?

Weiner scandal: African-American mayor for NYC?

When former congressman-turned-mayoral front-runner Anthony Weiner acknowledged during a press conference on Tuesday that his sexting scandal had lasted longer than voters had previously been led to believe, one thing was clear: His campaign for mayor was officially in trouble.

What was less clear is exactly who would benefit from his campaign's implosion besides the comedians and tabloids reveling in making sexually suggestive jokes at his expense.

But a new poll seems to indicate that there is one political beneficiary of Weiner's second fall from grace, and that beneficiary may surprise many. A Quinnipiac University poll out late Wednesday found Bill Thompson, the first African-American comptroller in New York City history and current candidate for mayor, to be the likely winner of a Democratic runoff. In New York City primaries, the two top vote-getters compete in a runoff if no candidate earns 40 percent of the vote.

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Spike Lee gets handsome support from director

Spike Lee gets handsome support from director

The "newest, hottest Spike Lee joint" has landed a generous A-list investor.

After filmmaking legend Spike Lee turned to Kickstarter to drum up $1.25 million for a new movie, fellow director Steven Soderbergh has opened up his wallet.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the "Magic Mike" and "Behind the Candelabra" helmer handed over $10,000 to Lee's project, in exchange for a princely prize of dinner with Lee and a courtside seat next to him at a future New York Knicks game.

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