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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

Dems, GOP looking for black, minority turnout

Dems, GOP looking for black, minority turnout
BOSTON – With control of the House and Senate up for grabs, Democrats are looking to minority voters – especially black voters who heavily supported President Barack Obama – to turn out and help them forestall a Republican takeover of Congress this November.
 
Democrats are pushing hard and early to encourage black and Hispanic voters to show up in November, driven in part by fears of a drop-off since Obama won't be on the ballot. Republicans, meanwhile, are seeking to elevate their party's profile in minority communities to let voters know that the GOP is a viable option.

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  • Written by Jesse J. Holland-Associated Press
  • 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

Helen Prejean: The ‘whole death penalty system is botched’

Helen Prejean: The ‘whole death penalty system is botched’
(The recent botched executions of three death row inmates – Joseph R. Wood III in Arizona in mid-July, Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma in April and Dennis McGuire in Ohio in January – have brought the death penalty issue under intense scrutiny once again. Wood reportedly gasped for air some 600 times over the course of two hours after being injected. Longtime anti-death penalty crusader Sister Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking,” has been a spiritual adviser to many death row inmates in her home state of Louisiana. She shared her thoughts on the latest executions with NAM health editor Viji Sundaram.)
 
How do you respond to those who say the botched execution of convicted double murderer Joseph Wood does not amount to torture? 

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  • Written by Viji Sundaram-New America Media
  • 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

GOP chairman: Party competing for African-American votes

GOP chairman: Party competing for African-American votes
BOSTON – Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told a national convention of black journalists on Thursday that the GOP has been working to better compete for black and minority votes as it eyes the 2016 presidential race.
 
Priebus also said he's confident the party will take back the U.S. Senate from Democrat control and add more seats to its majority in the U.S. House in this year's midterm elections.

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  • Written by Philip Marcelo-Associated Press
  • Category: National

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