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Black farmers get second wave of payments from bias suit

A second wave of payouts has begun streaming to Black farmers from the settlement of a lawsuit, commonly referred to as “Pigford II,” against the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Between 1983 and 1997, thousands of African American famers suffered rampant discrimination at USDA’s Farm Service Agency offices, which denied them loans solely because of their race, resulting in severe financial and real estate l ...

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Racial disparities in adoption raise concerns

Decades later, Rhonda Roorda still becomes emotional. “Sometimes I still feel the trauma of knowing ... I could have aged out of the foster care system,” said Roorda, an African American woman who was adopted by a white couple in 1971. “I could have fallen through the cracks.” As of 2010, an African American child in Michigan is more likely to be waiting for adoption than to become adopted, according to the ...

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Steve Harvey Foundation brings Detroit mentors, mentees together

The Steve Harvey Mentoring Initiative held a three-day mentoring program for 100 Detroit-area teenage boys Sept. 27 -29 at the Northwest Activities Center. Boys in grades 8-12 from single-mother households each wrote a 300-word essay about not having a father in their life. Applicants were selected based on the quality of the essay. ...

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Wayne County moves to one-step jury notification

The Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan, with jurisdiction over criminal, civil and family matters in Wayne County will change its prospective juror notification from a two-step to a one-step process this October. “The new combination questionnaire and summons will save time for jurors and money for taxpayers, while making juries in Wayne County more efficient and reflective of the county’s diversity,” a Thi ...

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Nigerian beauty captures Muslim-only pageant crown

In a contest that highlights religious values and Islamic fashions, 21-year-old Obabiya Aishah Ajibola of Nigeria was the tearful winner of the coveted prize. The beauty pageant for Muslims took place in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, prior to the Miss World competition, which was relocated to Bali after protests by hard-line Indonesian Muslim groups who found it offensive. ...

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Gruesome photos of Kenyan mall shootings spark debate

The shocking terror assault at a popular shopping center in Nairobi sent shivers around the world as global news media supplied minute-to-minute coverage of the deadly event. Some 68 people were killed and 170 injured in the attack by alleged Somali al-Shabab insurgents who, for four days, held hostages in a siege at the upscale mall. ...

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Nairobi attack exposes flawed U.S. terror policies

In the aftermath of the worst terror attack in East Africa in three years, foreign policy scholars here are urging the U.S. government to rethink its counter-terror policy in the region. Many are suggest the Somali al-Shabab militant organization, reportedly linked to Al Qaeda, may be stronger and better organized than previously thought. ...

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‘Obamacare’ sign ups begin amid government shutdown

The Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) became law amid desperate political acts to stop it from happening — including a Republican-led government shutdown, which could last for days, weeks or even longer. The Republican-led Congress allowed the closure of non-essential services of the U. S. Government beginning Oct. 1, in attempt to force the President to delay the effects of the health care law. The Presiden ...

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Detroit, Los Angeles hip hop connection

The long list of fall 2013 Detroit hip hop albums being released is a reminder that music remains an economic opportunity for artists in the city. Since the recorded music industry is based in Los Angeles, a historical perspective on the musical relationship between the Motor City and the City of Angels can help Detroit artists take advantage of the opportunities under the California sun. ...

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