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How to change your image

body image
Why do we care about how we look? Since the beginning of time, we as
women have concerned ourselves with our appearance and how physically attractive we are. However, in these modern times the normal concern of caring about how we present ourselves has turned into an obsession for far too many women. In today’s media, “thin-is-in.” 
 
Unfortunately several of us measure our body image on how we stack up against those bodies that have been cut and pasted into magazines or against our peers. When we view our body image poorly, that not only decreases general life satisfaction and happiness, but it can also cause severe eating disorders. Making a targeted effort to improve body image for ourselves and loved ones would be a smart, even life-altering thing to do.

Lincoln’s handwriting found on book about race

lincoln
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois – For years, librarians at a small central Illinois library gossiped that a tattered book lying on one of its shelves justifying racism may have been in the hands of none other than Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator.
 
On Tuesday, state historians confirmed that theory by announcing Lincoln’s handwriting had been found inside the cover of the 700-page text, at the same time taking great pains to offer reassurance that the former president who ended slavery in the U.S. didn't subscribe to the theories at hand, but likely read the book to better educate himself about his opponents' line of thinking.

Obama seeks ‘long term’ partnership with Africa

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the federal government and private U.S. companies are investing $33 billion in Africa – $12 billion in new commitments – as part of an overall plan for his administration to strengthen its relation with the world’s second-largest continent.
 
Speaking to nearly 50 African heads of state and top officials at the U.S.-Africa Summit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the nation’s capital, Obama said: “As president, I’ve made it clear that the United States is determined to be a partner in Africa’s success – a good partner, an equal partner, and a partner for the long term.

Memphis cotton warehouse sued in federal court

workplace suit
(AP) – Three former employees of a cotton warehouse in Memphis have filed a federal lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in the workplace.
 
Lawyers for former Atkinson Cotton Warehouse workers Vashone Ford, Untonia Harris and Marrio Mangrum filed a complaint Monday in U.S. District Court.

Be careful about cashing out

money matters
Since the recession, Americans have been keeping their jobs longer. In 2012, the average tenure for U.S. workers was 4.6 years, up from 3.7 years in 2002. Even so, there’s a good chance you may move on to a new job in the not-too-distant future, and when you do you could face a decision about how to handle any funds you have accumulated in your employer-sponsored retirement plan.
 
Typically, you have four choices, depending on the situation: