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Millions of ex-offenders given a voting ‘death sentence’

by Freddie Allen
NNPA News Service

WASHINGTON – Nearly 6 million former prisoners –1 million of them African Americans – will not be able to vote in the November presidential election because of state laws that continue to punish them even after they have completed their sentences, according to a recent report by the Sentencing Project.

The report said 5.85 million citizens who were formerly incarcerated will be prevented from voting.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service
  • Category: News

Voter ID support strongest in those with negative attitudes toward African Americans

Voter ID support strongest in those with negative attitudes toward African Americans

Support for voter identification laws is strongest among Americans who harbor negative sentiments toward African Americans is a key relevation in a new National Agenda Opinion Poll by the University of Delaware's Center for Political Communication.

Voter ID laws require individuals to show government issued identification when they vote.

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Special Report: Youth and sexual risk

Special Report: Youth and sexual risk

The number of African-American high school students engaging in sexual risk behaviors for HIV has declined dramatically in 20 years, significantly reducing the disparities in risk between African-American youth and youth of other racial or ethnic groups, according to a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Among students overall, however, behavior change has stalled during the last 10 years studied, the report said.

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Mind games: The mental connection to physical fitness

by Vernon Warrick
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

When the average person asks me a question about physical fitness, it's normally something like, "I'm ready to get in shape, so what should I do?"

My natural inclination is usually to find out what they have been doing up to that point, and the responses are always generally the same: "I've stopped eating everything that I know is bad." Or, "I've gone cold turkey except for rain water and cabbage, plus I do X amount of miles, sit-ups, etc. every day."

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When rap lyrics become evidence

When rap lyrics become evidence

by Erik Nielson
New America Media

Torrence Hatch, the Baton Rouge, La., rapper better known to fans as Lil Boosie, faced the trial of his life in May. Charged with first-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of Terry Boyd, Boosie stood accused of paying his friend Mike "Marlo Mike" Loudon $2,800 to carry out the hit. A conviction would have put him behind bars for good.

But local prosecutors had very little with which to work. With no physical evidence tying Boosie to the crime, they built their case on a prior confession from Marlo Mike – a statement he later recanted at trial – and, more important, Boosie's rap lyrics.

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Rep. Jackson’s medical leave stirs questions

Rep. Jackson’s medical leave stirs questions

Much of Chicago and a goodly portion of the nation's capital are grappling with questions of why Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) has been out on medical leave for a month with no explanation of where he is and what he's suffering from.

Most of the colleagues with whom he serves in the House of Representatives who've been asked said they have no idea of what the problem might be.

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