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5 W.Va., Ky., Tenn. counties off drug areas list

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five counties in West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee have been removed from a federal list of high-traffic drug areas.
A Federal Register notice filed Monday says a threat assessment indicated the counties no longer met criteria for high-trafficking drug areas.
The notice says Mason County in West Virginia, Cumberland and Clinton counties in Kentucky, and Clay and White counties in Tennessee have been removed from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program list.
The program makes federal resources available to local and state police that face growing illicit drug markets. It was established through the Office of National Drug Control Policy in 1988.
An Appalachia list was established in 1998 to combat trafficking in 68 Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia counties.

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This Week’s DVD Releases


“Reno 911!: The Complete Series”

“Shalom Sesame: The Beloved Jewish Children’s Classic”

“Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Series 13 [Original U.K. Broadcast Order]”

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The importance of voting and the responsibility of African-American women

sister reach

The importance of voting and the responsibility that black women have was the focus recently during an outreach event held in advance of the Nov. 4th election.

“We have a responsibility as black women, as the African-American community, to get out here and be responsible and know what’s going on in our government on the local and the state level, as well as the national level,” said Cherisse Scott, SisterReach founder and CEO.

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Too stressed to be blessed


Black folks lead the nation in church-going, praise-dancing, shouting, call-and-response, and “whoopin.” We like to “get our church on” and feel good while doing so. We do our holy dances and run down the aisles to lay our money at the feet of preachers, some of whom “anoint” it, by stepping on it, before they spend it. During a 2 to 3-hour period on Sundays, black churchgoers display their finest clothing, which in many cases pretentiously shrouds our misery, pain, anger, contempt, double-lives, and any number of issues we face during the other six days of the week.

For some, church service is a release, an ecstatic elixir for what ails us – at least for a few hours. It is a time for us to exchange pleasantries with others: “How are you this morning?” “Fine, just fine” is the usual reply, despite knowing all along that we are stressed out about something. We have all the sayings down pat. “Too anointed to be disappointed;” “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good” (That one is quite true); and “I’m too blessed to be stressed,” just to name a few. But what is really behind the masks that we wear? What is beneath the fine clothes and the forced smiles?

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The black athlete – When does one become ‘black enough?’

Black Enough

Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson published a revealing article a month ago on ThePlayersTribune.com in which he discussed being a bully in grade school. Wilson evidently concluded that it would be beneficial to tarnish his squeaky-clean image so more fans and players could relate to him. But now it’s been reported that unnamed “sources” within the Seahawks locker room claim some players don’t consider Wilson “Black enough.”

It seems like just yesterday that Barack Obama, was questioned about not being “Black enough” while running for president in 2008. In fact, he showed up late for a speech to the National Association of Black Journalists and jokingly asked was that Black enough for them. Former Miami Dolphins lineman, Jonathan Martin was deemed not “Black enough” by his African-American teammates a year ago, when being bullied and called the N-word by Richie Incognito, a White teammate. A year earlier, Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, whose father boasted that he and his wife had reared their son to be colorblind, faced similar charges.

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