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No jail for student in FAMU hazing death

One of the students who allegedly held Robert Champion in a bear hug during a hazing initiation was sentenced Monday (Oct. 22) to six months of community control, two years of supervised probation and 200 hours of community service for his role in the Florida A&M University band member's death.

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  • Written by Mallory Simon
  • Category: News

Domestic Violence: What’s love got to do with it?

WASHINGTON– When Brittny Henderson was 16, she thought she was in love. The target of her affection was popular and on the football team. She was young and excited. "It was really wonderful at first," Henderson said. "It was normal."

They spent every waking moment together. In the morning he would pick her up for school, text her all day and come to her house after football practice. When he left her house at night, he would call her and they would talk before bed.

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  • Written by Maya Rhodan
  • Category: News

Debate III: Romney supports many of Obama’s foreign policy positions

Debate III: Romney supports many of Obama’s foreign policy positions

WASHINGTON – What was billed as the third and final debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney on Monday night often featured the former Massachusetts governor agreeing with actions taken by the president on foreign policy.

Unlike his acerbic performance in the earlier debates, Romney agreed with at least a half-dozen actions taken by Obama, including instituting economic sanctions against Iran, wanting Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down, increasing the use of drones, implementing a troop surge in Afghanistan, and supporting the killing of Osama bin Laden.

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  • Written by George Curry
  • Category: News

Presidential debate: Unasked and Unanswered

Presidential debate: Unasked and Unanswered

As Barack Obama and Mitt Romney squared off in the second presidential debate Tuesday night (Oct. 16), New America Media editors posed 10 questions that have largely gone unasked – and unanswered – in their campaigns.

1. U.S.-Mexico Border

Mitt Romney has pledged to finish the wall on the border with Mexico. What will that mean for U.S. relations with the country that gave his grandfather sanctuary as a polygamist?

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  • Written by New America Media
  • Category: News

Group seeks to make free condoms more accessible

Group seeks to make free condoms more accessible

LAS VEGAS – No one should ever accuse organizers of Condom Nation, a project of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, of thinking small. A year ago, they came up with the idea of traveling around the nation and dispensing 1 million free condoms in 25 cities. So far, it has visited 45 cities and distributed 4 million condoms.

"We did a testing tour in 2009," said James Vellequette, director of Condom Nation. "We decided we were going to emulate that and by driving around the country giving away condoms."

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  • Written by George Curry
  • Category: News

Presidential debate: winner ‘debatable’

Presidential debate: winner ‘debatable’

Pre-debate round-table projections, stomp speech talking points, party-driven dueling pundits – the first presidential debate of 2012 captivated millions in one of the most highly anticipated campaign events in decades.

President Barack Obama, the Democratic Party incumbent, and Republican Party challenger Mitt Romney traded verbal jabs on the economy, jobs and other domestic issues on Wednesday night (Oct. 3).

With big-time debates come debate-viewing parties. Much like a spirited sports-oriented gathering, debate-watching parties give Democrats and Republicans a place to gather and root for their teams. Memphis was no exception.

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  • Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell
  • Category: News

Former Gambian freed through Jesse Jackson’s appeal

WASHINGTON – Amadou Scatred Janneh, one of two Gambians with dual American citizenship released from prison as a result of a mission by Jesse Jackson, has always had something to prove to the world.

After graduating from high school in The Gambia in West Africa, he left for the United States to prove that he had a first-rate mind that would allow him to fulfill his dreams – all he wanted was an opportunity to succeed.

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  • Written by George Curry
  • Category: News

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