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No bullies at the polls

"Eligible Americans have a civic duty to vote, and government at the federal, state, and local level has a responsibility to protect voters from illegal interference and intimidation."

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  • Written by Marc Morial

‘F’ in Chicago

Emboldened educators in Chicago who are members of the American Federation of Teachers finally euphemistically said enough is enough and put their collective feet down on the streets by striking against the city of Chicago, and the so-called reform of national education favored by the White House and United States Department of Education.

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A starter plan to regain your health

This week, I am providing a few simple recipes for those of you who have requested or need some assistance in preparing for a lifestyle change. What you eat will determine whether your health teeters or improves dramatically. The following recipes will help you get started.

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Dr. King’s greedy children at it again

In his "I Have a Dream Speech" delivered at the 1963 March on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said he dreamed of the day his children would be judged not by the color of their skin but the content of their character. If Dr. King had known how Martin III, Dexter and Bernice would later fight over money generated by commercially exploiting his name, he might have omitted any reference to their character. When it comes to money, King's remaining children have no character.

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  • Written by George Curry

More access to dental care needed for poor children

As states wrangle with whether to pursue Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, they should look carefully at the serious implications for oral health, especially for poor and minority children if Medicaid services are not expanded as originally envisioned under the ACA.

Twelve years ago, as Surgeon General of the United States, I issued a report calling attention to the profound disparities in oral health care across the country.

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Update: Invaders’ community celebration

by John Burl Smith

The response to the Memphis Invaders documentary has been tremendous. One of the South Memphis communities – Trigg and Florida – where the youth group implemented a summer program called the Neighborhood Organizing Project (NOP) has taken ownership of the documentary and is fully invested in its success. Last weekend (9-2-12), that community came together in a commemorative celebration at Aunt Cora's Cafe, a community entertainment spot frequently visited by the Invaders during the turbulent 1960s and 70s.

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15 memorable quotes from the Democratic Convention

No. 15 – Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (Mo.):

"Congress is unable to do the work of the American people because too many politicians believe that compromise means capitulation. This must change, because just as bees cannot sting and make honey at the same time, members of Congress cannot simultaneously make passionate enemies and expect political progress."

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  • Written by George Curry

Un-conventional political wisdom

Now that both national party conventions have ended, it's time to reflect. Most of the analysis you have seen or heard has been pretty much what was expected. Most of the political pundits live in an echo chamber – they all talk with each other and travel in similar social circles. I found very little fresh, insightful analysis. And that is also the problem with both campaigns. They both have staffed up with recycled consultants, who all have similar worldviews that are out of synch with the public.

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