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Rural Poor Hit Hardest by High Gas Prices; Sean Bell Task Force Makes Recommendations

by The News on June 9 2008, 7:05AM

Prices At the Pumps Top $4, Rural Drivers Hardest Hit Low income families in rural parts of the United States are feeling the record-level gas prices much harder than other Americans. With larger vehicles and lack of public transit, drivers…

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Justice Dept. Not Sold on Mortgage Crisis Task Force; Chicago Suburb Cuts Number of Barbershops

by The News on June 6 2008, 9:18AM

Immigration Agency to Reveal Some Death Data “The top U.S. immigration enforcement official told a congressional subcommittee yesterday that the Bush administration will disclose more information about foreigners who die in the sprawling network of federal detention centers around the…

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South Los Angeles Residents Struggle to Find Health Care; Construction Slump Hurts Latinos

by The News on June 5 2008, 6:50AM

South L.A. Residents Struggle to Find Health Care “For thousands of residents of South Los Angeles who had depended on the large county-run King-Harbor hospital, the past 10 months have been a grueling exercise in cobbling together medical care.” New…

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Obama Named the Nominee; H&R Block Sued For Racial Discrimination

by The News on June 4 2008, 7:59AM

Obama Clinches Democratic Nomination “With Senator Barack Obama crossing the threshold of delegates he needed to claim the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday evening, party leaders began to move on Wednesday to bring their lengthy primary battle to a close…

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US Has Floating Prisons to Detain Suspects; La. Outlaws Nooses

by The News on June 3 2008, 7:01AM

Does U.S. Have “Floating Prisons”? The United States is operating “floating prisons” to house those arrested in its war on terror, according to human rights lawyers, who claim there has been an attempt to conceal the numbers and whereabouts of…

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State Dept. Gives Grants Back to Palestinian Students; Immigration Prosecutions Reach Record Levels

by The News on June 2 2008, 7:46AM

Palestinian Students Granted Fulbrights Again After making a decision to withdraw the Fulbright scholarships for seven Palestinian students because of Israel’s ban on Palestinians’ leaving Gaza for study abroad, the U.S. State Department has reinstated the grants. New York Times….

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US Takes Away Fulbrights From Palestinian Students; Massachusetts Program to Offer Health Care to Undocumented Immigrants

by The News on May 30 2008, 9:13AM

Black Anti-Smoking Group Cool to Bill A bill to regulate tobacco products has lost the support of the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network, which said Thursday that the legislation failed to adequately protect the health of Black people because…

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Fear Mounts With Reports of Mosque Surveillance; It Pays to Hire Ex-Cons in Philly

by The News on May 29 2008, 7:16AM

After Obama’s Appearance, Portland Starts Dialogue on Race Portland is encouraging black and white residents to talk about race and the effects gentrification is having on their communities. New York Times. Hire Ex-Con in Philly, Get $10K Annual Tax Credit…

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Justices Rule on Retaliation Over Bias Claims; L.A.-Area Latino Leaders Face Development Dilemma

by The News on May 28 2008, 7:18AM

Supreme Court Protects Workers Retaliation Over Racial Bias Claims On Tuesday, both conservative and liberal justices alike ruled that employees are protected from retaliation when they complain about discrimination in the workplace, adopting a broad interpretation of workers’ rights under…

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ICE Arrests 900 California Immigrants; Next Wave of Black Leadership

by The News on May 27 2008, 8:18AM

De-emphasis on Race in Adoption Is Criticized Children of color in foster care are being ill-served by a federal law that plays down race and culture in adoptions, a report released on Tuesday said. New York Times. 900 Arrests in…

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Gov. Patrick Fails Immigrant Students; Myanmar Junta Allows Aid

by The News on May 23 2008, 8:25AM

Myanmar Junta Allows Aid “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Myanmar’s junta agreed Friday to allow all aid workers into the country but refused to let U.S., British and French warships dock with relief supplies.” Washington Post. Editorial: More Justice for…

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Congress Questions Homeland Security About Detainees; California’s Rural Gay Latinos Getting Married

by The News on May 22 2008, 7:31AM

New Orleans Still Not Katrina-Proof With the beginning of hurricane season (June 1) only weeks away, the government is shoring up levees and floodwalls, but completion of some of that work is years away. New Orleans officials say little has…

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NYPD Punishes Seven Officers Involved With Sean Bell Shooting; FBI Filed Complaints About Harsh Interrogation Tactics

by The News on May 21 2008, 10:32AM

Community Protests Lower East Side Rezoning Wing Lam, director of the Chinese Staff and Workers’ Association, along with the newly formed Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the LES, contended during the raucous meeting that the rezoning is part of Bloomberg’s…

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4 Philadelphia Officers Fired Beating Black Men; Nas Untitles “N-Word” Album

by The News on May 20 2008, 7:17AM

Nas ‘N-Word’ Album Now Untitled After creating controversy around his forthcoming album by naming it the N-word, hip hop artist, Nas, has changed it to an untitled project that will be released July 1 on Def Jam. Billboard. Yuri Kochiyama…

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ICE Builds More Family Detention Centers; NAACP Names Youngest President in History

by The News on May 19 2008, 7:10AM

NAACP Names Youngest President Ever The NAACP has chosen Ben Jealous, 35 as its youngest president in the civil rights organization’s 99-year history. CNN. Violence Against Immigrants in South Africa With rising food costs and unemployment, immigrants in South Africa,…

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House Committee to Probe Into Detainee Deaths; Black Voters Could Change Politics in the South

by The News on May 16 2008, 9:03AM

Tribe Leaders and Sheriff to Meet After Reservation Shootout Riverside County sheriff’s officials escorted by federal mediators will meet with tribal Chairman Robert Salgado at the tribe’s country club to try and reduce tensions between local law enforcement and the…

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Inglewood Police Kill Unarmed Black Teen; New Jersey Jail Pays for Renovations With Imported Inmates

by The News on May 15 2008, 7:28AM

Imported Inmates from Philly to Pay for New Jersey Jail Renovations Despite deplorable conditions, the Passaic County Jail in Paterson, New Jersey is negotiating to house 300 federal inmates from Philadelphia. The prison, known for its controversial record that includes…

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Some Immigrants Sedated for Deportation; Karen Bass to Lead California Assembly

by The News on May 14 2008, 7:51AM

Families Prepare for the Worst After Iowa Raids “Iowa workers without legal documentation went into hiding Monday and rushed to fill out paperwork for the care of their children and property in anticipation of being arrested, lawyers and immigration rights…

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300 Arrested in Raid on Immigrant Workers; China’s Worst Earthquake in Three Decades

by The News on May 13 2008, 4:51AM

ICE Raids Iowa Meat Plant, Arrests More Than 300 Workers On Monday, immigration agents raided the country’s largest kosher meat plant in its largest sweep to date. Planned for months, the raid on Postville, Iowa workers led to more than…

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MIssouri Voter ID Law Wants Proof of Citizenship; “Something Wrong” With NYPD

by The News on May 12 2008, 6:55AM

Missouri Lawmakers Want Voters to Prove Citizenship Following Arizona’s lead, Missouri want to take the recent Supreme Court ruling on Voter IDs a step further. The state’s lawmakers are introducing a constitutional amendment that would require voters to present proof…

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