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Chokehold death continues to reverberate

Chokehold death continues to reverberate
NEW YORK – The Rev. Al Sharpton was in the middle of his speech recounting how Eric Garner, 43, had been killed in a chokehold by NYPD officer when Garner’s wife collapsed by his side on the stage of

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  • Written by Herb Boyd-Special to NNPA
  • Category: National

Biden, in Ohio, urges infrastructure, job training

Biden, in Ohio, urges infrastructure, job training
CINCINNATI (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that more investment in infrastructure and job training is needed to increase economic opportunities in the nation's cities.
 
Biden spoke at the National Urban League conference, where the theme is
“One Nation Underemployed.” Biden said the keys to putting more people in better-paying jobs and spurring economic growth in cities are workforce training to meet today's business needs and improving roads, bridges and other transportation.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: National

How to start getting fit for life

How to start getting fit for life
CHICAGO – Once you fully accept the fact that physical activity is one of the most powerful factors affecting your health, ability and longevity, where do you begin? Getting started, without a doubt, is the hardest part.
 
The first step, always, is to consult your health care professional. In most cases, your doctor will encourage you to get active, but be sure to bring up any specific concerns you have about exercising in relation to your health. 
 
Your doctor may caution against high impact activity, for example, if you have arthritis or other conditions affecting your joints. Make note of any activities to avoid in planning your new regimen.

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  • Written by Dawn Williams-Senior News/New America Media
  • Category: National

Poor teens’ health may benefit from top schools

Poor teens’ health may benefit from top schools
CHICAGO — Disadvantaged teens may get more than an academic boost by attending top-notch high schools — their health may also benefit, a study suggests.
 
Risky health behavior including binge-drinking, unsafe sex and use of hard drugs was less common among these kids, compared with peers who went to mostly worse schools. The teens were otherwise similar, all from low-income Los Angeles neighborhoods who applied to top public charter schools that admit students based on a lottery system.

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  • Written by Lindsey Tanner-AP Medical Writer
  • Category: National

Only 1 in 5 sexually experienced U.S. students ever tested for HIV

Only 1 in 5 sexually experienced U.S. students ever tested for HIV
Only 22 percent of sexually experienced U.S. high school students have ever been tested for HIV, even though young people account for a disproportionate share of new infections, researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will report at the 2014 International AIDS Conference.
 
Female and African-American students were more likely to be tested than male students and other racial/ethnic groups, but HIV testing among all groups of adolescents remains low, the CDC analysis found.
 

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: National

African-American leaders worry about low turnout in November

African-American leaders worry about low turnout in November
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Civil rights leaders at the NAACP annual convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday worried that dwindling African-American turnout in November could lead to the expansion of voter-identification laws that make it harder for that community to vote in subsequent contests.
 
In 2012, African Americans turned out at a higher rate than whites for what is believed to be the first time in American history and helped re-elect President Obama. But in the prior midterm election, in 2010, African Americans turned out at a much lower rate, and Republicans won control of the House of Representatives and many state and local offices.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: National

Reporter quits job following ‘fatherless’ young black men comments

Reporter quits job following ‘fatherless’ young black men comments
A New York area TV reporter has quit his job following comments he made on-air about “fatherless” young black men.
 
News 12’s Sean Bergin was reporting a story on the murder of a Jersey City police officer when he decided to go off-script after his news package aired.
 
The officer, Melvin Santiago, was allegedly killed by Lawrence Campbell, who had previous drug arrests on his record.

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  • Written by Todd Johnson-theGrio
  • Category: National