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Somali mother of stowaway teen weeps to learn of his risky flight

The mother of the 14-year-old boy who risked death to stow away in the wheel well of a plane bound for Hawaii wept upon learning of his life-threatening adventure. Ubah Mohamed Abdullahi, who lives in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, says it was the first news she had heard about her lost son for six years. Divorced from his father, she has not been in contact with the family since they moved to the U.S. in 2008 ...

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South African who fought toxic waste dumping wins major ‘green’ prize

South African activist Desmond D’Sa has been awarded the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize. D’Sa, a community leader and co-founder of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance in 1996, campaigned against toxic waste dumping in South Durban, a poor but highly industrialized area, finally successfully obtaining the closure of the chemical dump. ...

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Nigeria holds up release of highly acclaimed film by popular novelist

A new film based on the highly-praised novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi has run into “regulatory issues” from Nigerian censors who have delayed its release. “Half of a Yellow Sun” was set to open in Nigerian cinemas last week. A spokesman for the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board denied that the film, which looks at the 1967-70 war on Biafra, was “officially banned” but was being “review ...

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Angola a playground for accused sex trafficker

An army general close to Angola’s President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been red-listed on the Interpol wanted list by Brazilian police. He’s accused of trafficking women for the purposes of sexual exploitation. Bento dos Santos Kangamba, however, is not living in fear, but enjoying the good life among Angola’s newly-minted millionaires. There is no extradition treaty between Angola and Brazil, so the polit ...

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King High names George Ward head boys’ basketball coach

George Ward, who guided Southeastern High to the 2011 Detroit Public School League championship and two Class A state finalist berths in five seasons as boys’ basketball head coach, has been named to the same position at Martin Luther King High School. “I feel good,’’ Ward said just hours after accepting the Crusaders’ job. “I’m the eternal optimist. It’s a new challenge, but it’s going to be good. The peop ...

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PSL GIRLS’ SOFTBALL STANDINGS (through May 1)

King 17, Renaissance 4: Kenneth Ball pitched four innings with four strikeouts and two hits for Detroit King. Clemia Jackson had two doubles, three RBIs and scored one run. Avonte Maddox had a double, a triple, two RBI and scored three runs. Renaissance’s Rafael Galindez had two base hits and scored one run. Pershing 11, Central 1: David Crockett stole three bases and had a home run for Pershing. Mustafaa W ...

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Mumford senior Darius Jones, Renaissance senior Essence England named PSL Proud Strong Learners of the Week

Mumford right-hander Darius Jones struck out eight batters in six innings and went three-for-four with three RBI at the plate to lead an 11-9 victory against King. In addition, Jones was named the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week. Jones, a senior with a 3.6 grade point average, is primarily the Mustangs’ catcher and is in his fourth season in the varsity. ...

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Fast food facts

As far back as ancient Greece and Rome, inns and taverns generally served food to people who were traveling. Restaurants have been around for quite a while in some form or another, catering to people to dine when away from home. With the invention of cars, drive-ins became popular. By the time the car-hops brought their meals to them, it was usually cold and it took a long time. The McDonald brothers respon ...

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Homeless mom who left kids in car during interview faces 8 years

35-year-old Arizona mother, Shanesha Taylor went to a job interview, left her two young children in the car and was arrested and charged with felony child abuse. Taylor now faces eight years in prison, of which she’s plead not guilty, because of her attempt to escape poverty. It’s being reported that Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery will not drop felony child abuse charges against Shanesha, claiming ...

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States’ refusal to expand Medicaid: Deadly attack on the poor

We pledge allegiance to “One nation, under God.” When terrorists attack us, we unite as one to defend our nation and our countrymen and women. Yet, we allow the doctrine of the Confederacy — states’ rights — to divide us, even to the point of costing Americans their lives. Charlene Dill, a resident of Florida, was a 32-year-old mother of three. ...

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