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Newly weds search for bone marrow donor

Newly weds search for bone marrow donor

OAKLAND, Calif. – Just when things were looking up for journalist Kevin Weston – he had just been offered a prestigious Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University and he and his partner, Lateefah Simon, had less than a year earlier become parents of a baby girl – he was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of blood cancer.

That was last August. The disease had compromised his immune system and became compounded by an infection to his throat.

Doctors gave Weston, 44, two weeks to live.

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  • Written by Viji Sundaram/New America Media
  • Category: News

Rosa Parks’ life merits a stamp

Rosa Parks’ life merits a stamp

Rosa Parks, the late legendary civil rights activist, is receiving a special honor this year to commemorate what would have been her 100th birthday.

According to USA Today, the U.S. postal service will be unveiling a stamp that features her image.

Parks became a household name when her act of civil disobedience (refusing to sit in the back of a bus during the segregation era) helped spawn the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955.

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Obama II

Obama II

WASHINGTON – Washington, D.C. wore a morning chill as an estimated one million people gathered to be a part of the 2013 Presidential inauguration and parade on Monday.

I was among them, layered with the necessary clothing to keep warm. I drew very little comfort from the fact that the temperature was twice as high as it had been for the historic first inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009.

The metro transportation system, city streets and security check points were congested with spectators eager for the day's events – all a part of Obama II.

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Obama calls America to action at Inaugural

Obama calls America to action at Inaugural

President Barack Obama on Monday delivered a progressive and stunning second inaugural speech centered around the notion of equality.

The historic address on the steps of the U.S. Capitol before thousands of onlookers came exactly 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, on the day the nation celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, and in the 50th year since the civil rights turning-point known as the "March on Washington."

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  • Written by Bankole Thompson
  • Category: News

Car talk: What’s good to know – before you owe?

Car talk: What’s good to know – before you owe?

A century ago, the prevalence of public transportation enabled many Americans to take a bus or trolley car to work, school, shopping or health care providers. Today, many communities lack these public services and consumers instead rely on a personal vehicle to manage their day to day concerns. Beyond mobility, owning a car has become a gateway to economic opportunity.

Buying a car is more than finding a car you like. Finding the best financing for that car is just as important. How consumers shop for vehicles and financing was the focus of a late 2012 survey sponsored by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL). Additional research on auto financing and sales is included in CRL's latest research report, The State of Lending in America and its Impact on U.S. Households, (http://www.responsiblelending.org/state-of-lending/).

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Gut-busting restaurant meals named 'dis-honorees'

Gut-busting restaurant meals named 'dis-honorees'

Shrimp pasta, steak and eggs, maybe a bacon cheddar double cheeseburger.

Sound good?

Those dishes, as prepared by restaurant chains, may look and taste good, but they're loaded with calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar -- enough to earn them the dubious distinction of being named Xtreme Eating "dis-honorees" on this year's list from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, known as the CSPI.

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  • Written by Saundra Young/CNN
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Gun control support dips but still strong

Gun control support dips but still strong

WASHINGTON – There is strong support from Americans for many of the proposals to curb gun violence that President Barack Obama announced Wednesday (Jan.16), but according to a new national poll, public support has slipped a bit when compared to surveys taken immediately after last month's mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.

A CNN/Time Magazine/ORC International poll also indicates that Americans generally favor stricter gun control and think that it is too easy to buy guns in this country, but they don't believe that stricter gun laws would reduce gun violence all by themselves.

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  • Written by CNN
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