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Mental Health Issues Create Problems for African-Americans in City Jails

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Researchers have discovered some disturbing statistics about substance abuse and mental health in our criminal justice system. Approximately two-thirds of the people involved in the U.S. criminal justice system suffer from substance abuse disorders.
This year, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse found that of the 2.3 million U.S. inmates, 1.5 million suffer from substance abuse addiction and another 458,000 inmates either had histories of substance abuse or were under the influence at the time they committing their crimes.

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Five Things You Should Know About Getting Approved for a Business Loan

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Myths and misconceptions about the reason banks decline loans and the rate at which this happens are as common today as ever. As a banker, it’s my goal to bring clarity to the process, and explain what it takes for a business to get a loan and why a loan application may be declined.
Let me share a few credit basics small business owners should know before applying for a loan that may make the loan review process easier to understand.

Why the 50 Cent-Floyd Mayweather Beef Is No Laughing Matter

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For the last several days, rapper 50 Cent and boxer Floyd Mayweather have engaged in the favorite pastime of any 21st-century celebrity with a Twitter account and an ego: feuding. While in the old days you might have had to stand on a street corner and shout insults at a nemesis face-to-face, with a few neighborhood friends to cheer you on, today Instagram, Twitter and every other form of social media make the entire world observers to celebrities doing modern-day versions of “the dozens.”
But the 50 Cent-Mayweather feud recently took an ugly turn, one that casts a spotlight on an issue that should be no laughing matter, particularly to two men who are admired by so many young black boys.

Fort Campbell monument to honor black paratroopers

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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — A monument honoring the first black paratroopers assigned to Fort Campbell 64 years ago is being dedicated there next month.
The post says the monument honors the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, which was reactivated in 1947 as the 3rd Battalion, 505th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. Fort Campbell said it became the first black unit in history to be a part of an American combat division.

Michael Brown’s Funeral Draws Thousands of Mourners

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As Michael Brown’s life was celebrated Monday during a packed ceremony at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, the audience and speakers never lost sight of the reason they were there: justice.

The Rev. Al Sharpton delivered an emotional eulogy, bringing out cheers and applause from the crowd who came to lay to rest the young man whose life was inexplicably cut short.