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Breaking the school-to-prison pipeline

WASHINGTON – In schools today, black students get suspended at a rate that is more than triple the rate of their white classmates. As the uneven enforcement of zero tolerance policies disconnect minor

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  • Written by Freddie Allen/NNPA
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Powell: ‘I’m still a Republican’

Powell: ‘I’m still a Republican’

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday he's still a member of the Republican Party, despite voting for President Barack Obama in the last two elections and being very critical of the GOP of late.

"I think the Republican Party right now is having an identity problem – and I'm still a Republican," Powell said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "But in recent years there's been a significant shift to the right, and we've seen what that shift has produced: two losing presidential campaigns."

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  • Written by Greg Clary/CNN
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Finding ‘Mr. Right’ harder than it looks

Finding ‘Mr. Right’ harder than it looks

Finding Mr. Right is harder than it seems for professional women of color. What is the secret to finding true love?

"The Relationship Plan" – an interactive seminar created by entrepreneur Shannon O'Brien – shares the secret for women to find and nurture their true soul mate.

Twenty-three years ago, Newsweek magazine caused an uproar among single working women when it published a controversial article predicting that professional women over the age of 30 had a 3 in 100 chance of getting married.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service
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Obama to swear-in on 3 historic bibles

Obama to swear-in on 3 historic bibles

What do the 16th president, a civil rights leader, and Michelle Obama's grandmother have in common? Their Bibles will be used in the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) made the announcement on Wednesday that Obama will take the oath of office on the Robinson family Bible on Sunday and on the Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr. Bibles on Monday.

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  • Written by Conor Finnegan/CNN
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Finding and funding African Americans in science

Finding and funding African Americans in science

In many ways, Raynard Kington – a prominent African-American medical professional and scientist – sees himself as incredibly privileged.

After attaining his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan, Kington later completed his M.B.A at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and served in various capacities at the National Institutes of Health, including deputy director. Board certified in internal medicine, public health and preventive medicine, Kington has been president of Grinnell College in Iowa since 2010.

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  • Written by Jimmie Briggs/The Root
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A ‘classic flu epidemic’

A ‘classic flu epidemic’

ATLANTA – The spread of the flu across the United States appears to have slowed in portions of five states in the South and Southeast, a federal official told CNN early Friday, even as a National Institutes of Health director warned of the onset of "a classic flu epidemic."

The news came hours before the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was due to release its flu advisory report for December 30 to January 5, which according to the official with knowledge of the findings will also show the number of flu-related deaths for children climbed by two last week.

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  • Written by Elizabeth Cohen/CNN
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Atlanta pastor, Evers’ widow to speak at inauguration

Atlanta pastor, Evers’ widow to speak at inauguration

The widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers and an Atlanta pastor will deliver the invocation and benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration January 21, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Tuesday.

The committee said in a statement that the president was involved in selecting Myrlie Evers-Williams to deliver the invocation and the Rev. Louie Giglio, pastor of the Passion City Church, to deliver the benediction.

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  • Written by Eric Marrapodi/CNN Belief Blog Editor
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FCC: prison call rates at all-time high

FCC: prison call rates at all-time high

Experiencing life while a loved one is imprisoned can strain your emotions and relationships, but it shouldn't strain your pocketbook.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) found that the cost of phone calls from incarcerated friends and family members is at an all-time high, and they are committed to changing that. In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the FCC brought the issue to light, finding that most inmate calls are nearly 15 times more expensive than regular phone calls.

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  • Written by Candace Bagwell/New America Media
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