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US military relaxes hairstyle policy

US military relaxes hairstyle policy
After much outrage and criticism from service members and lawmakers, the United States military has responded by relaxing its restrictive hairstyle requirements that seemingly targeted popular black hairstyles, the New York Times reports.
 
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, Marcia L. Fudge, that all military branches, with the exception of the Marine Corps, would broaden their criteria of acceptable hairstyles to include cornrows, braids and twists.

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Nurturing independence in young children – parenting’s critical component

Nurturing independence in young children – parenting’s critical component
When a baby is first born, he is totally dependent on his parents to take care of his every need. But parents are also responsible for establishing the foundation for future learning and adaptability. Nurturing independence in young children is a critical component of parenting. It promotes later self-sufficiency and self-reliance, and the process should begin during the earliest years of life. 
 
Certainly, during the first few months after a child is born, there are no outward signs of independence, yet a baby is already developing the skills that will support later independence. 

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Police, protesters again clash outside St. Louis

Police, protesters again clash outside St. Louis
FERGUSON, Mo. — Police in riot gear fired tear gas into a crowd of protesters in a St. Louis suburb where an unarmed black teenager had been fatally shot by police over the weekend, as tension rose even amid calls for collective calm.
 
Between two nights of unrest, a community forum hosted by the local NAACP chapter Monday night drew hundreds to a sweltering church in Ferguson, the nearly 70 percent black St. Louis County suburb where an unarmed 18-year-old, Michael Brown, was shot multiple times by a police officer.

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African-Americans suffer because shortage of organ donors

African-Americans suffer because shortage of organ donors
WASHINGTON – At the start of 2002, Everett Lee, 57 at the time, considered himself “healthier than all get out.” So when he found himself winded with the smallest tasks, he knew something was wrong.
 
He scheduled a physical with his doctor as soon as possible, including blood work, EKG, and x-ray.
 
“[My doctor] said, ‘the blood has to go to the lab, I’ll give you a call back Friday.’ Well, he didn’t call Friday,” Lee says. “He called me Saturday morning at 9 a.m. – and you know that’s a bad sign – and said, ‘Everett you need to go to the hospital, right now.’”

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Study: African-American homeownership increasingly less stable, more risky

Study: African-American homeownership increasingly less stable, more risky
While historical barriers that excluded Black America from the homeowner market for decades have crumbled, there are signs that emerging types of racial inequality are making homeownership an increasingly risky investment for African-American home seekers. A new study from sociologists at Rice University and Cornell University found that African-Americans are 45 percent more likely than whites to switch from owning their homes to renting them.
 
The study, “Emerging Forms of Racial Inequality in Homeownership Exit, 1968-2009,” examines racial inequality in transitions out of homeownership over the last four decades. The authors used longitudinal household data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics for the period 1968 to 2009, with a study sample of 6,994 non-Hispanic whites and 3,158 black homeowners.

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