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D.C. residents dispute harassment of African-American politicians

by James Wright
NNPA News Service

While the mayor of the District, the chairman of the D.C. Council and a former D.C. Council member have been prosecuted or are under investigation by federal authorities, some D.C. residents don't believe they're being targeted because of their race.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is a subject of a federal investigation into his 2010 mayoral campaign activities.


Do political differences reflect in wireless usage?

(PRNewswire) – Validas, a world leader in mobile intelligence, has unleashed a study linking politics and wireless data consumption habits.

Using VERA, Validas' patented "Big Data" analytics engine, the company isolated the average data consumption per wireless user across the 50 states (including Washington, D.C.) using a sample size of over 10,000 wireless bills.


Kindle Fire beware – the Galaxy Tab 7.7 has arrived

by Cornelius A. Fortune
Real Times News Service

Having owned a Kindle Fire for nearly half year, I've come to the realization that with all its advances, by and large, it's an e-reader +, not a tablet. Don't get fooled with that phrasing. And neither is Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet. One thing distinguishes the Kindle Fire and the Nook from Android tablets – they only share a small portion of that marketplace. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 is the real deal.


New Ford Escape gets push from multicultural campaign

(PRNewswire) – Have you ever heard the saying "You're acting brand new?" If not, you'll soon learn exactly what that means courtesy of a new multicultural advertising campaign for the all-new 2013 Ford Escape.

The campaign, called "Brand New," includes a 30-second television commercial that debuted last week during the season finale of "The Game," which aired on BET.


Children’s book helps answer questions on skin color and tolerance

(PRNewswire-iReach) – "Unexpected" writer and publisher Mayma Raphael hopes her debut children's book, "I Love The Skin I'm In!," will help many other parents answer the questions that young children have about skin color and difference, after her own daughter's questions inspired her to write the book.


Dial 9-1-1 for strokes

Most African Americans say they'd call 9-1-1 if stroke symptoms occurred —but few do, according to research reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

In a survey of 253 African Americans in Washington, D.C., 89 percent said they'd call 9-1-1 at the first sign of a stroke. Yet, only 12 percent of 100 stroke patients surveyed in the predominantly African American of Columbia called 9-1-1 right away when faced with symptoms.


Soccer star Cobi Jones plays for a cause at E3

cobijones-Bby Cornelius Fortune
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

The E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) in Los Angeles wasn't just about showcasing jaw-dropping demos and new product announcements; it was a launch pad for an important cause: combating HIV/AIDS globally. Cobi Jones, a World Cup qualifier and soccer star, came out to support the (RED)RUSH TO ZERO campaign whose goal is to deliver an AIDS free generation by 2015.


A less violent America is plea from Trayvon Martin’s parents

by J. Coyden Palmer
NNPA News Service

CHICAGO – As Chicago dealt with yet another deadly weekend of violence – 10 people killed and nearly three dozen injured – the parents of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin were in town to talk about the impact of gun violence on communities.

Speaking at the national headquarters for the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton choked back tears as they told their story of being the parents of a murdered teen.


Back in jail, Trayvon Martin’s killer awaits revoked-bond appeal

Zimmerman-new-mug-shotWASHINGTON – After having his bond revoked by a judge who wonders whether he was deliberately misled by George Zimmerman and his wife, the admitted killer of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin remains confined to his cell in the Polk County Correctional Facility in Sanford, Fla. this week facing serious credibility issues that could impact the outcome of his future trial.

Acting on a motion by state prosecutors, Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester revoked Zimmerman's $150,000 bond last Friday (June 1) and ordered him returned to police custody within 48 hours.


Sham food program nets conviction for former SCLC chair

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Former Southern Christian Leadership Conference Board Chairman Raleigh Trammell has been convicted on all 51 felony charges filed against him in Dayton, Ohio in connection with a sham home-delivery food program loosely modeled after the successful meals on wheels federal program. He remains free on $10,000 bail and is scheduled to be sentenced June 27.


Haiti hopes gold find means boom times ahead

haiti goldbarsby Monique Clesca

A significant discovery of gold and other precious metals in Haiti's Northeastern mountain range has given residents hope that once mining gets under way in about five years, the revenues will offer the resources needed to transform a country beset by poverty and ravaged by earthquakes and disease into an emerging island economy.


New evidence in FAMU drum major’s death

robert-championRobert Championby Latoya Burgess

In recent weeks, Florida medical examiners have deemed the official cause of death for Florida A&M University (FAMU) drum major, Robert Champion, as "hemorrhagic shock due to force blunt trauma."

This comes after the 26-year-old was brutally beaten during a hazing incident last fall when fellow bandmates sought to "initiate" Champion into the band.


Debate surfaces on heals of task force finding

by Dianne Anderson

Since only African-American men are dying from prostate cancer earlier and at twice the rate over every other racial group, medical professionals might as well now throw out what many health officials believe is the best test for detecting prostate cancer in African-American men.