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Classes aim to hook African Americans on African foods

Classes aim to hook African Americans on African foods
BIRMINGHAM— Rickey Dorsey knows he doesn't have the best diet, and his plump belly proves it.
 
"I'm definitely used to a lot of fried food and sweets," the U.S. man said. "And sweet tea."
 
Dorsey, 53, is trying to change that. He is among about 500 people across the country who have participated in a program to learn about cooking fresh foods based on traditional African cuisine.

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  • Written by Jay Reeves-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Alums of nation’s oldest historically black private college fight for its survival

Alums of nation’s oldest historically black private college fight for its survival
 
CINCINNATI — Alumni of the country's oldest historically black private university are committing money and other support to help their alma mater's fight for survival amid the risk of accreditation loss and financial deficits and low enrollment.
 
The alumni association of southwestern Ohio's Wilberforce University, founded in 1856, says graduates have committed to raise $2 million in cash donations, including $400,000 pledged at last weekend's alumni conference.

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  • Written by Lisa Cornwell-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Teen’s complaint seeks schooling during pregnancy

Teen’s complaint seeks schooling during pregnancy
ATLANTA (AP) – An east-Georgia teen says in a civil rights complaint that she should have been allowed to complete her schoolwork from home while she was pregnant and on doctor-ordered bed rest.
 
Eighteen-year-old Mikelia Seals was a junior at Washington-Wilkes Comprehensive High School when her doctor ordered bed rest seven months into her pregnancy, according to the complaint. It says a guidance counselor told Seals the school did not have a program letting her take classes from home, and that the principal later told her the school has a homebound program but pregnancy was not an eligible condition.

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

De Blasio vows to improve NYPD-community relations

De Blasio vows to improve NYPD-community relations
NEW YORK — Mayor Bill de Blasio, facing his first significant test in trying to improve relations between police and minority communities, said Monday that he believes the troubles stem from racial tension that defined his predecessor's 12 years in office.
 
He did not specifically say he thought race played a role in the recent death of a black, asthmatic father of six who died after being put in apparent chokehold by a white officer, an encounter that was caught on video. He did say that more trust was needed between police and residents.

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  • Written by Jonathan Lemire-Associated Press
  • 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

Obama practically weepy at Malia going to college

Obama practically weepy at Malia going to college
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is practically weepy at the thought of his daughter Malia going off to college, a milestone many months away that is already on his mind.
 
Malia barely reached up to her father's shoulders when they moved to the White House nearly six years ago with her mother, little sister and grandmother. At 16, she stands nearly as tall as her 6-foot-1 dad and is visiting college campuses in preparation for that bittersweet day in the fall of 2016 when she trades her White House bedroom for a dorm.
She has been seen touring the University of California at Berkeley and the Palo Alto, California, campus of Stanford, where another president's daughter, Chelsea Clinton, attended college.

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  • Written by Darlene Superville-Associated Press
  • 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