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Million Man March to draw another million
Thursday, October 8, 2015
This weekend an estimated 1 million people will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March in our Nation’s Capitol. The theme “Justice or Else” is rallying people across the nation to meet Minister Louis Farrakhan Oct. 10 on the National Mall. The gathering seeks to bring attention to national issues such as poverty,
Black war veterans discuss fighting two battles
Thursday, October 1, 2015
RALEIGH – As a black soldier in Vietnam, U.S. Marine veteran Harlee Ballard said he fought more than one enemy. “I had more fear of them than I did for the people I was fighting in Vietnam,” Ballard said of the white military personnel with whom he served. He is not alone. It was these types of encounters that tainted the experiences of
Cosmetology school gives students other options
Thursday, October 1, 2015
RALEIGH – The Vernon Malone College and Career Academy Salon is simultaneously giving students a sense of purpose and clients refreshed looks. “I was at Enloe High School (before my junior year) and then I found out about this school at Enloe, and when I heard about it and the cosmetology program I thought ‘that’s a great
Weeks to face opponent for council seat
Thursday, October 1, 2015
RALEIGH – City councilman Eugene Weeks (District C) has been a fixture in Southeast Raleigh for the past five years. First elected in 2010, the incumbent’s campaign logo, “Keep Eugene Weeks,” says it all. Weeks will face Corey Demont Branch in October’s general election. Branch, the senior technical director at AT&T, is a
Organization helps loved ones of murder victims
Thursday, October 1, 2015
There have been 17 people killed in Durham this year as of June, and seven murders in Raleigh. The North Carolina Victim Assistance Network is a Raleigh-based 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 1986 that is dedicated to promoting the rights and needs of crime victims. The NCVAN educates citizens and public policy leaders about the devastating impact crime has on
Minority voting rights under attack
Thursday, September 24, 2015
RALEIGH – North Carolina voting laws are seen as some of the strictest in the country and are affecting minorities and the lower-middle class at high rates. N.C. NAACP leaders have repeatedly noted the landmark 2013 Shelby County v. Holder case of the U.S. Supreme Court that ruled sections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 unconstitutional. This
Durham city council race tight competition
Thursday, September 24, 2015
DURHAM – Three of the six Durham city council seats are up for election. The only incumbent running for one of these seats is Steve Schewel, who was first elected in 2011. Incumbents Diane Catotti and Eugene Brown will not be running for re-election. “I have given my very best efforts to my city council work during the past four years, and I
Panel advises mothers raising sons
Monday, September 21, 2015
DURHAM – Single mother Sharonda Frazier said she could use all the help she can get raising her teenage son, Antoine. Although he stays out of trouble at home and at school at Rogers Middle School, she said she worries that, as a mother, she is not doing enough for her 13-year-old eighth-grader. “He’s not a bad kid, but, as a single
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Joe’s hot dogs: something gained, something lost

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