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A less violent America is plea from Trayvon Martin’s parents

by J. Coyden Palmer
NNPA News Service

CHICAGO – As Chicago dealt with yet another deadly weekend of violence – 10 people killed and nearly three dozen injured – the parents of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin were in town to talk about the impact of gun violence on communities.

Speaking at the national headquarters for the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton choked back tears as they told their story of being the parents of a murdered teen.

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  • Written by NNPA News Service
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Back in jail, Trayvon Martin’s killer awaits revoked-bond appeal

Back in jail, Trayvon Martin’s killer awaits revoked-bond appeal

WASHINGTON – After having his bond revoked by a judge who wonders whether he was deliberately misled by George Zimmerman and his wife, the admitted killer of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin remains confined to his cell in the Polk County Correctional Facility in Sanford, Fla. this week facing serious credibility issues that could impact the outcome of his future trial.

Acting on a motion by state prosecutors, Seminole County Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester revoked Zimmerman's $150,000 bond last Friday (June 1) and ordered him returned to police custody within 48 hours.

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  • Written by George Curry
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Sham food program nets conviction for former SCLC chair

Sham food program nets conviction for former SCLC chair

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Former Southern Christian Leadership Conference Board Chairman Raleigh Trammell has been convicted on all 51 felony charges filed against him in Dayton, Ohio in connection with a sham home-delivery food program loosely modeled after the successful meals on wheels federal program. He remains free on $10,000 bail and is scheduled to be sentenced June 27.

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Haiti hopes gold find means boom times ahead

Haiti hopes gold find means boom times ahead

by Monique Clesca

A significant discovery of gold and other precious metals in Haiti's Northeastern mountain range has given residents hope that once mining gets under way in about five years, the revenues will offer the resources needed to transform a country beset by poverty and ravaged by earthquakes and disease into an emerging island economy.

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New evidence in FAMU drum major’s death

New evidence in FAMU drum major’s death

Robert Championby Latoya Burgess

In recent weeks, Florida medical examiners have deemed the official cause of death for Florida A&M University (FAMU) drum major, Robert Champion, as "hemorrhagic shock due to force blunt trauma."

This comes after the 26-year-old was brutally beaten during a hazing incident last fall when fellow bandmates sought to "initiate" Champion into the band.

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Debate surfaces on heals of task force finding

by Dianne Anderson

Since only African-American men are dying from prostate cancer earlier and at twice the rate over every other racial group, medical professionals might as well now throw out what many health officials believe is the best test for detecting prostate cancer in African-American men.

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AFRICA BRIEFS: African immigrants edgy after violence in Israel

AFRICA BRIEFS: African immigrants edgy after violence in Israel

An early morning arson attack Tuesday (June 5) on the home of African asylum seekers from Eritrea has marked an upsurge in hostilities towards Africans by Israeli citizens.

Dozens of foreigners, including families with children, lived in the building where the fire broke out on Jaffa Road, one of the city's central arteries. Four residents suffered burns and smoke inhalation. Graffiti in Hebrew sprayed on the building read: "Get out of the neighborhood."

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