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Gene Interacts with Stress and Leads to Heart Disease in Some People

Gene Interacts with Stress and Leads to Heart Disease in Some People

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  DURHAM, N.C. – A new genetic finding from Duke Medicine suggests that some people who are prone to hostility, anxiety and depression might also be hard-wired to gain weight when exposed to chronic stress.

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Voter Suppression:  One More Round The Ground Game - Getting Out the Vote

Voter Suppression: One More Round The Ground Game - Getting Out the Vote

By Peter Grear

Educate, organize and mobilize -- Around 30 days and counting, this election season is in the home stretch.  The highest profile race is for US Senate between Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis.  

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Voter Suppression: JUDGES MATTER Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

Voter Suppression: JUDGES MATTER Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

by Peter Grear

As we draw nearer to D-day, November 4, 2014, the political parties, candidates and pressure groups are identifying their issues, slates and strategies to win.  My title to this week’s commentary makes a gross understatement, judges matter. 

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Standard Surveys Overestimate Black Progress in Education, Earnings

Written by University of Washington on Monday, 02 July 2012 16:33.

By many counts, the lives of African-Americans in the United States have progressed since the Civil Rights era. National surveys show narrowing over the past few decades of gaps between blacks and whites in education and employment. There’s a growing black middle class and a black president. The surveys also suggest a smaller racial gap in voting, and many credit a large turnout of black voters for President Barack Obama’s 2008 election.

College Courses Featuring Porn Become More Common

Written by Ruth Gibson on Monday, 02 July 2012 16:30.

At New York University, assignments for Anthropology of the Unconscious include discussing X-rated Japanese comic books. At Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine, students can take a class called, “Doing it, Getting it, Seeing it, Reading it,” which among other sexual topics, discusses the difference between “pornography and erotica.” And in a course offered at Wesleyan University, a secular liberal arts school in Connecticut, undergraduates taking “Pornography: Writings of Prostitutes,” are actually required to produce a work of pornography for their final project.

NC BioNetwork/BioAg Joins Nourishing North Carolina to Provide Fresh Produce, Physical Activity for the Community

Written by Featured Organization on Monday, 02 July 2012 16:29.

Communities in Lumberton, NC and across the state gain access to fresh produce
 Lumberton, N.C. – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has awarded Robeson Community College Greenzone a grant through Nourishing North Carolina, a statewide community garden effort making local, healthy food more accessible to people across the state. In June 2011, BCBSNC launched the program in partnership with the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA) to create or enhance community gardens in all 100 North Carolina counties.

Prison Abuse Cover Ups

Written by Richard B. Muhammad, Charlene Muhammad and Starla Muhammad, The Final Call on Monday, 02 July 2012 16:25.

America’s criminal justice system today amounts to tougher laws, longer sentences, harsher conditions and little oversight. Advocates say there is a combination of almost unlimited power and too little transparency. Problems range from depriving inmates of religious literature and denying religious practices to denial of medications and treatment as well as serious and possibly deadly beatings. Another issue cited is the use of dehumanizing isolations units, which keep inmates locked down for 24 hours a day with no human contact.

Federal Contracting with Blacks has Declined

Written by Ron Busby, NNPA on Monday, 25 June 2012 15:30.

The timing could not have been more perfect. While we were in the middle of finalizing plans for our second annual United States Black Chamber School of Chamber Management, Bloomberg News reported that federal contracting with African American and Hispanic-owned businesses declined in fiscal Year 2011 for the first time in a decade.  According to the Federal Procurement Data System, compared to fiscal year 2010, contracts to Black-owned firms dropped 8 percent to $7.12 billion and decreased 7 percent to $7.89 billion for Hispanic-owned businesses.

Watching What Your Kids Watch on TV

Written by Freddie Allen, NNPA Washington Correspondent on Monday, 25 June 2012 15:27.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – When 6-year-old Simaya Hammonds ditched Dora the Explorer for tween-fare found on the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon, her mom, Tahneezia Hammonds wasn’t surprised. The precocious first grader enjoys “Shake It Up” on the Disney Channel and “Victorious,” a show about students at a performing arts high school on Nickelodeon, is one of her favorites. “A.N.T. Farm,” a show about a group of gifted middle schoolers (A.N.T. is an acronym for “Advanced Natural Talents) attending a local high school made it into her Disney rotation.

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