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Obama says Economic Crisis is over in 2015 State of the Union Address
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Six Winter Workouts That Are Perfect for Syracuse Residents
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Memorial Services for Gospel Singer Andrae Crouch Scheduled to Begin Jan. 20
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Rochester Still Fifth Poorest City in the Nation; Holds Highest Child Poverty Rates, Report Finds
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AME Church Leaders Cite Black Economic Empowerment as 2015 Goal
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New Report Finds 'Staggering Inequality' of Incomes Once Decried by MLK
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New York Assembly Speaker Facing Conspiracy and Fraud Charges
New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver received millions of dollars in kickbacks from a 15-year scheme involving law firms, real estate developers, and medical referrals.   read story

Five Things Families with College Bound Students Should Consider
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Former New York State Governor Mario Cuomo Dies at 82
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Cuomo Speaks out in Support of Mayor Bill de Blasio after NYPD Officer Deaths
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Community Advocate Yahya Jihad Abdullah Dies
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Attorney General Ends Bank's Discriminatory Mortgage Practices
Getting a mortgage can be tough for a myriad of reasons. First, it's because you need to have a FICO of at least 500 to even be eligible for an FHA mortgage, never mind actually getting it. read story

City Council votes to spend $30K for Additional Red Light Camera Study
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City announces Black History Month Events
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Howard Eagle plans Run for City School Board
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Local Director presents Project Baldwin
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An Open Letter to Monroe County Republican Leaders: Bill Reilich must go
About a month ago, Republican leaders, elected officials, and petition passers received an anonymous letter outlining several issues that freedom-loving Republicans in the Rochester area have despised about our out-of-control county chairman, Bill Reilich.   read story

Straight No Chaser: Marion Barry will be Mayor for Life
Some columns have been harder to write than others. I have literally sat down more than once to write about, and reflect upon, my personal feelings regarding D.C.'s late, great, mayor for life, Marion Barry. Many tributes have been given, and many words of truth and comfort have found their way to social media as well. But, what I wanted to avoid was duplicating anyone else's experience with this icon, because I have had my own to reflect upon.    read story

Something to Think About: Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! I pray that you had a great beginning to the New Year. The New Year is a great time for new beginnings. It is also a time when some people may decide to make New Year’s resolutions, and then find they have been unable to keep them before January has ended.    read story

Straight No Chaser: Orchids and Onions, January 2015
Orchids: To the NEW Year! Hopefully, 2015 will usher in new strategies, new attitudes, more love, and acceptance from those who may not share our culture. If we could find the time to sit down, break bread, spend time with, and familiarize ourselves with people who may have different religious beliefs, and pigmentation unlike ours; we just might be on the way to finding peace on earth.    read story

Police Brutality against Black Males: Where is the Dialogue and Who Sets the Ground Rules?
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton has been quoted as calling for a “lot less rhetoric and a lot more dialogue (Democrat & Chronicle, December 24, 2014, page 8A),” in order to defuse the tension in the aftermath of racist, white-cop killings of black males; the failure of district attorneys to secure indictments; and the reported retaliatory killing of two NYC cops, one Hispanic and the other Asian.    read story

A Wave of Common Sense may be headed toward Buffalo: Breaching the cult-like policies of local police
Recent national controversy regarding police chokeholds may be doing former Buffalo Police Officer Cariol J. Horne a favor. At least it stands to make things easier for Ellicott District Councilman and President Pastor Darius Pridgen.    read story
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