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March Madness: College athletes win right to unionize

The Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled in favor of the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) in determining that the scholarship football players at private Northwestern University had the right to form a union. Courageous leadership by Kain Colter of Northwestern and CAPA founder Ramogi Huma led to this victory. Now everyone is crying in their beer because ...

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Douglass earns prep basketball awards

Although Frederick Douglass Academy’s boys’ basketball squad didn’t win the Class B State Championship, the Hurricanes did reap rewards during their successful 2013-14 season. Darrell Davis was named Class B Player of the Year and Head Coach Nkwane Young was named Class B Coach of the Year by the Michigan Associated Press. Davis, a six-foot, five-inch senior guard, averaged 24.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.2 as ...

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Cody standout bound for Duquesne

Although she only played half a season, Tyra Jones was an impact player for the Cody Comets girls’ basketball squad. Her play was so impressive, the six-foot, one-inch senior guard landed a four-year, full-ride scholarship to play basketball at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Penn. Jones had offers to play at Oakland University, Detroit Mercy, Virginia Commonwealth, Kentucky, Arizona, Texas El-Paso and W ...

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Grand Rapids resident aims to bring Black-owned businesses out of the shadows

An ambitious and energetic entrepreneur, Jamiel Robinson looks at areas like Eastown, East Hills and the Wealthy Street district and wants the same for the Southtown area and other minority neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. He envisions vibrant business districts catering to the city’s African American residents, where they can shop, eat, work and live in thriving urban communities. ...

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Food policies at work in Detroit

Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health have found healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables cost an average of $1.50 more per day than unhealthy diets that consist primarily of processed foods and refined grains. This trend is easy to see in many Detroit communities where food stores often lack the resources to stock healthier food options, or perceive that residents in the communities where they ...

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Uganda gives teens a turn at the news

Teenagers in Uganda are the stars of a new TV news show that producers hope will draw other young people to programs of in-depth social commentary. The rappers cover everything from entertainment news, sports to politics. Arnold Aganze, director, writer, actor and social worker from the Democratic Republic of Congo, says their medium, music, lets them say things other journalists might not. ...

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Doctors group sounds alarm over Ebola outbreak

The deadly Ebola virus, once limited to central and east Africa, has erupted in the West African nation of Guinea. The latest official statistics put the toll at 86 suspected cases and 59 deaths. “This is a rare disease,” cautioned Dr. Esther Sterk, tropical medicine advisor to Doctors without Borders. “Epidemics are limited, but they create panic every time because Ebola is fatal in 25-90 percent of cases. ...

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Reprisals expected for deadly attack on Mombasa church

As Kenyans grieve for the victims of a shocking attack on a Sunday church service March 23 in the city of Likoni, Mombasa, plans are afoot to raise the stakes of war in neighboring Somalia. Six people died in the attack including the mother of an 18-month-old boy who shielded the child with her body. Police have linked the shootings by at least two gunmen to the Somali al-Shabab group. The attackers escaped ...

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