• We Still Must Get the Every Student Succeeds Act Right

    By Wade HendersonWire Service Correspondent
    (NNPA) — In late March, President Trump signed a resolution to invalidate a regulation designed to help implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This move will create tremendous confusion among states that are currently in the middle of putting the new law in place in time for the 2017-2018 school year.Even more egregious is that congressional Republicans attempted to rewrite or ignore the intention, history and plain text of the law to e
  • Bearing Witness to Executions: Last Breaths and Lasting Impressions

    Only a few people ever watch death sentences carried out in the name of the state. Here, five witnesses recall their experiences in the nation’s death houses.
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  • Remember the Chibok Girls

    By Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.)Guest Contributing Writer
    (NNPA) — Three years ago, Boko Haram terrorists burst into dormitory rooms at the Government Secondary School in the northern Nigerian town of Chibok and kidnapped nearly 300 girls simply because they dared to get an education. In the days leading up to anniversary of their kidnapping, there were plenty of headlines devoted to the “Chibok girls,” as these now young women are famously known. On April 14, 2017
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  • Big Birder: Noah Strycker on Where to Spot Rare Species

    The renowned birder recommends Ecuador and Uganda, as well as Cape May in New Jersey. His favorite place is the Malheur refuge in Oregon.
  • Retired Miners Lament Trump’s Silence on Imperiled Health Plan

    Coal company bankruptcies have left coverage for retirees, many with chronic ailments, in federal hands. Unless Congress acts this month, benefits will end.
  • America’s Current Civil Rights climate the most dangerous in decades, activists, lawmakers say

    By Jane KennedyWire Service Correspondent
    (TriceEdneyWire.com) — In a wide-ranging discussion on Capitol Hill among lawmakers, activists, policy experts and former Obama administration officials about the state of civil rights in the Trump administration, the consensus was unanimous that the current climate for civil rights is the most dangerous that has been experienced in decades.
    The April 6 event was hosted by Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), ranking member of the House Committee
  • When Solar Panels Became Job Killers

    A policy change in China hurt workers in Ohio, revealing the trade challenges facing President Trump.
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  • The New Sun Kings: How China Came to Dominate Solar Power

    As trade tensions with the United States escalate, China’s growing capabilities are making it a global rival in high-tech businesses of the future.
  • Request for Proposals

    The Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services (FCDJFS) is releasing a Request for Proposals for Out-of-School Youth Services under the Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program (CCMEP).
    All documents related to this RFP will be posted athttp://jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/vendor-information/current-request-for-proposal.cfm.
  • U.S. blasts Syria base with cruise missiles

    By Lolita C. BaldorWire Service Correspondent
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria Thursday night in retaliation for this week’s gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians, U.S. officials said. It was the first direct American assault on the Syrian government and Donald Trump’s most dramatic military order since becoming president.
    The strikes hit the government-controlled Shayrat air base in central Syria, where U.S. officia
  • Dr. Bernice King Tells Gathering to “Rise Above” Anger and Animus

    Dr. Bernice King addresses the Stateswomen for Justice Luncheon and Issues Forum. (Photo by Roy Lewis/Trice Edney News Wire)By Barrington M. SalmonWire Service Correspondent
    (TriceEdneyWire.com) — The Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King, at the close of Women’s History Month, electrified an audience of men and women at the National Press Club, challenging them to rise above bickering with people with whom they may have political and cultural disagreements and find common ground – includin
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  • In Ohio County That Backed Trump, Word of Housing Cuts Stirs Fear

    Some people in Trumbull County say they will suffer if home-repair, rental-assistance and other programs are eliminated as President Trump has sought.
  • Black Caucus members give mixed reviews on meeting with Trump

    Black Caucus members give mixed reviews on meeting with Trump
    By Jane KennedyWire Service Correspondent
    (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Throughout his bid for the White House, then-candidate Donald J. Trump had an annoying habit of treating all African-Americans as a homogeneous group of people living in communities mired in crime, poverty and hopelessness. When asking for Black voters’ support, almost always before a rally crowd in which there were very few people of color, he would ask, &ld
  • Omarosa shocks, angers some NNPA Publishers as she abruptly leaves ‘Black Press Week’ Breakfast

    NNPA President Ben Chavis discusses prospective interview with Manigault during heated exchange. (Photo by Shevry Lassiter)Chairman calls meeting a ‘lost opportunity for the president’ and ‘waste of time’ for NNPA
    By Hazel Trice Edney(TriceEdneyWire.com) – Omarosa Manigault, President Donald Trump’s director of communications for public liaison, walked out of a breakfast meeting she had requested to attend, hosted by the National Newspaper Publishers Associati
  • The Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services (FCDJFS)

    The Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services (FCDJFS) is releasing Requests for Proposals for a Quality Early Learning Media Campaign in Franklin County.
    An electronic copy of the RFPs and submission requirements can be obtained athttp://jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/vendor-information/current-request-for-proposal.cfm the week of March 27, 2017.
  • Joni Sledge, member of Sister Sledge, dies at 60

    Joni Sledge (right) died on March 10. This photograph of sisters Kim Sledge (left), Debbie Sledge, Joni Sledge and Kathy Sledge (inset), are members of music group Sister Sledge. (File Photo)By Nekesa Mumbi Moody
    Wire Service Correspondent
    NEW YORK (AP) – Joni Sledge, who with her sisters recorded the enduring dance anthem “We Are Family,” has died, the band’s representative said Saturday.
    She was 60.
    Sledge was found dead in her home by a friend in Phoenix, Arizona, last
  • Public Hearing Announcement

    The Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (FCDJFS) will conduct a Public Hearing for the Franklin County Title XX County Profiles for the period of Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2019.  The hearing will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 2 p.m., at the FCDJFS Northland Village Center located at 1721 Northland Park Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43229
    This public hearing is NOT related to publicly funded child care.
    Copies of FCDJFS’ proposed Title XX County Profiles are pos
  • G.O.P.’s Health Care Tightrope Winds Through the Blue-Collar Midwest

    Undoing and replacing the Affordable Care Act means bridging a vast gulf between the expectations of many working-class Trump voters and party orthodoxy.
  • Chuck Berry’s music helped define the modern teenager

    (AP) – Rock n’ roll was more than a new kind of music, but a new story to tell, one for kids with transistor radios in their hands and money in their pockets, beginning to raise questions their parents never had the luxury to ask.
    Along with James Dean and J.D. Salinger and a handful of others in the 1950s, Chuck Berry, who was 90 when he died Saturday at his suburban St. Louis home, helped define the modern teenager. While Elvis Presley gave rock n’ roll its libidinous, hip-sh
  • With E.P.A. Cuts, States Would Lose Help in Emergencies

    Much of the agency’s state-level work would be eliminated or sharply reduced by President Trump’s proposed budget, which cuts the E.P.A. more than any other agency.
  • 2 of a Farmer’s 3 Children Overdosed. What of the Third — and the Land?

    Opioid addiction is ravaging America’s farmland, tearing at communities and posing a new threat to families that have worked the same soil for generations.
  • Public Notice

    The Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services (FCDJFS) is releasing Requests for Proposals for Youth Summer Employment and Camp Programs in Franklin County.
    An electronic copy of the RFPs and submission requirements can be obtained at http://jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/vendor-information/requst-for-proposal.cfm the week of March 6, 2017.
  • Democrats elect Perez party chairman on second ballot

    By Bill BarrowWire Service Correspondent
    ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as their new national chairman on Saturday over a liberal Minnesota congressman after a divisive campaign that reflected the depths of the party’s electoral failures as well as the energy from resistance to President Donald Trump.
    Perez, the first Latino to hold the post, edged Rep. Keith Ellison on the second round of voting by Democratic National Committee members gathered in
  • First Black Crew Member to Join International Space Station

    By Shantella Y. Sherman
    (NNPA Contributing Writer)
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected astronaut Jeanette Epps to join the crew of the International Space Station in 2018. Epps will become the first Black crewmember to represent the U.S. on the station.
    The journey will mark the first time Epps has traveled to orbit, allowing her to follow in the footsteps of the women who, she said, inspired her to become an astronaut. 
    While other Black astronauts have fl
  • In Ohio, a Warrior Against Slavery

    John Parker, a former slave, was a daring conductor on the Underground Railroad. His home in Ripley, Ohio, helps to tell his story.
  • Debate on Sessions Nomination explodes over Coretta Scott King letter

    Coretta Scott KingBy Lauren Victoria Burke
    NNPA Newswire ContributorThe United States Senate debate over Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (D-Ala.) boiled over into confusion and accusations on Tuesday, February 7, as Senate Democrats carried their opposition into an all-night long protest.
    But at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recited the words of a letter authored by Coretta Scott King, the late widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that’s
  • Baldwin Documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” Receives Oscar Nod

    Last week the National Museum of African American History and Culture premiered the Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro,” which features commentary by James Baldwin. The film is a tribute to the staggering contribution of one of America’s greatest men of letters. Director Raoul Peck spent ten years completing the film. The documentary was inspired by one of Baldwin’s unfinished manuscripts regarding his friendships and views on three of his friends: Medgar Ev
  • Emmett Till’s accuser admits it was all a lie

    By Stacy Brown
    The Washington Informer
    More than six decades after the horrific, racially-motivated murder of Emmett Till, the White woman who accused the Chicago teenager of verbally and physically accosting her in Money, Miss., in 1955, has admitted she lied, according to a new book.
    Till had allegedly whistled at and groped Carolyn Bryant, a 21-year-old White woman, while at a country store in the small town.
    After the encounter, Roy Bryant, Carolyn’s husband, and J.W. Milam tracked you
  • The Audacity of Hype

    By Jim Drinkard and
    Calvin Woodward
    Wire Service Correspondents
    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the Washington week that wasn’t, President Donald Trump’s new administration whirred like a “fine-tuned machine,” piling on big-league accomplishments at a pace never before seen.
    Immigration agents newly empowered by Trump’s call to secure borders sent hordes of bad foreigners back home, validating a president who won the most lopsided Electoral College victory since Ronald R
  • A Small Ohio Town Clamors to Curb Aggressive Policing

    When a black man ended up face down on the ground after a New Year’s celebration, residents of a predominantly white village were outraged.
  • Bacon Shortage? Calm Down. It’s Fake News.

    Despite gullible headlines, and people taking advantage of any excuse to share bacon pictures, there’s no reason to panic.
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  • The Latest: Trump fires acting attorney general

    Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates(AP) — President Donald Trump has fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she announced she would not defend his controversial immigration order.
    He is naming Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to serve in her place.
    The White House press office says in a statement Monday that Yates “has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the Un
  • Trump order on refugees, Muslims sparks confusion, worry

    By Alicia A. CaldwellWire Service CorrespondentWASHINGTON (AP) — Confusion, worry and outrage grew Saturday as President Donald Trump’s crackdown on refugees and citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries took effect. Airlines blocked people traveling to the United States, legal challenges were underway and doubts abounded about whether the order would make America safer.
    The immediate fallout from Trump’s order meant that an untold number of foreign-born U.S. residents now
  • U.S. health officials cancel climate conference; don’t say why

    By Mike StobbeWire Service Correspondent
    NEW YORK (AP) — The government’s top public health agency has canceled a conference next month on climate change and health but isn’t saying why publicly.
    But a co-sponsor said he was told by the CDC that it was worried how the conference would be viewed by the Trump administration
    The incoming administration did not ask or order that the meeting be canceled, said Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Ass
  • Trump announces ‘major’ voter fraud investigation

    By Julie Pace and Jonathan LemireWire Service Correspondents
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday that he is ordering a “major investigation” into voter fraud, revisiting unsubstantiated claims he’s made repeatedly about a rigged voting system.
    The investigation, he said, will look at those registered to vote in more than one state, “those who are illegal and … even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time).
  • Trump Backers Like His First Draft of a New America

    Voters who cast ballots for Mr. Trump cheered as they saw a new conservative era in government taking shape, even if they were a little leery of him.
  • Hundreds of thousands of women around the world decry Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Wearing pink, pointy-eared “pussyhats” to mock the new president, hundreds of thousands of women took to the streets in the nation’s capital and cities around the world Saturday to send Donald Trump an emphatic message that they won’t let his agenda go unchallenged over the next four years.
    “We march today for the moral core of this nation, against which our new president is waging a war,” actress America Ferrera told the Washington cro
  • King Day highlights transition from Obama to Trump

    By Bill Barrow
    Wire Service Correspondent
    ATLANTA (AP) – As Americans celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leaders and activists are trying to reconcile the transition from the nation’s first black president to a president-elect still struggling to connect with most non-white voters.
    In more than one venue Monday, speakers and attendees expressed reservations about President-elect Donald Trump and his incoming administration, some even raising the specter of t
  • Obama speech marks unofficial countdown for Black Americans

    By Errin Haines Whack
    Wire Service Correspondent
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) – LaKeitha Carlos was at home in Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon and decided to check the flights to Chicago, just in case.
    A last-minute ticket was only $194.
    Carlos took a moment to reflect on how, eight years earlier, she had worked as an organizer in Atlanta to get Barack Obama elected president, marking her start in politics. The wife and mother only briefly considered her choice: Should she drop everything to see the pre
  • U.S. Veteran arrested in airport shooting; 5 dead, 8 wounded

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An Army veteran who landed at the Fort Lauderdale airport with a gun in his checked luggage opened fire in the baggage claim area Friday, killing five people and wounding eight before throwing his weapon down and lying spread-eagle on the ground, authorities and witnesses said.
    The gunman – identified by authorities as 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, who served in Iraq with the National Guard but was demoted and discharged last year for unsatisfactory perfo
  • UPDATE — FBI: Airport gunman traveled to Florida for massacre

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Iraq war veteran accused of killing five travelers and wounding six others at a busy international airport in Florida appears to have traveled there specifically to carry out the attack, authorities said Saturday, but they don’t know yet why he chose his target and have not yet ruled out terrorism.
    Authorities said during a news conference that they had interviewed roughly 175 people, including a lengthy interrogation with the cooperative suspect, 26-
  • Ford, Criticized by Trump, Cancels Plans to Build Mexican Plant

    The company said on Tuesday that it would instead invest $700 million to increase production in Michigan.
  • Our Story — Big Picture

    Since opening in 1975 on Mt. Vernon Avenue, Nelson Crawley has operated his Crawley’s Custom Picture Framing & Art Gallery. After 42 years, he is retiring and selling the property and business. Long-time active in the local faith community, Rev. Crawley says he will continue to come to work until the right buyer is sent his way who will carry on the tradition and craft of picture framing. (Staff Photo)
  • Ohio State offense falls flat in blowout loss to Clemson

    By Bob BaumWire Service Correspondent
    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Ohio State made it to the College Football Playoff without winning the Big Ten championship, and on Saturday night did very little to show it deserved to be there.
    The Buckeyes’ 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl ranks as the most celebrated pratfall in a big game for one of college football’s most prestigious programs in many, many years.
    Ohio State (11-2), which entered the game a slight favorite over th
  • Rangel: Trump presidency like ‘a bad dream’

    NEW YORK (AP) – U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel thought he would be wrapping up his 46-year career in Congress on a note of triumph, leaving office at the same time as a history-making fellow Democrat, President Barack Obama, with the country in the hands of longtime friend Hillary Clinton.
    Instead, the gravelly-voiced New Yorker said he is exiting to “a nightmare,” the ascendancy of Donald Trump.
    “I keep waking up thinking that it’s a dream, bad dream,” he told The
  • Ohio’s high court dismisses media lawsuit over bodycam video

    By Andrew Welsh-HugginsWire Service Correspondent
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Supreme Court dismissed a public information lawsuit Tuesday without ruling on its argument that video from police body cameras are public record and should be released on request.
    In not taking up the issue, the court noted that the video had already been released – two days after news organizations requested the footage in the July 19, 2015, traffic stop and fatal shooting of a black motorist by a whit
  • ‘Obamacare’ holding its own

    By Ricardo Alonso-ZaldivarWire Service Correspondent
    WASHINGTON (AP) — “Obamacare” seems to be holding its own. The administration said Wednesday that 6.4 million people have enrolled for subsidized private coverage through HealthCare.gov, ahead of last year’s pace.
    Despite rising premiums, dwindling insurers, and the Republican vow to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, about 400,000 more people signed up through Monday than for a comparable period in
  • An Anti-Semitic ‘Troll Storm’ in Montana

    These hate crimes and incidents of harassment were reported in the last week.

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