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Mayor Ras Baraka unveils 45-day plan to reduce violence

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka unveiled details of the city’s 45-day plan to reduce crime and violence this week.

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Noted journalist Michael J. Feeney gone too soon

Media professional and former New York Association of Black Journalists President Michael J. Feeney dedicated his life to journalism, bringing diversity to newsrooms and touching the lives of many in the profession.

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Machete victim 'defended himself'

Headlines once again were plastered in local mainstream newspapers about the former City Hall aide and her son.

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Meet the 'Dreamers': Local students prepare for inspiring trip to Disney World

Eight local area high school students are preparing for the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine, March 3 through 6 at Walt Disney World.

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Noted journalist Michael J. Feeney dies at 32

Journalist and former New York Association of Black Journalists President Michael J. Feeney has died.

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US Attorney Paul Fishman conducts investigation into police shooting death of Jerame Reid

Thomas Eicher, the criminal division chief in the U.S. attorney’s office, recently wrote to community leader Walter Hudson, chair of National Awareness Alliance, updating the office on the status of the investigation of the police shooting of Jerame Reid.

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Rapist cop gets 263-year sentence

The former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of raping more than a dozen Black women is sentenced to 263 years in prison.

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City prepares to offer free tax services

As tax season begins, tax companies are once again targeting low-income filers with the so-called convenience of refund anticipation loans.

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Lurie Daniel Favors named general counsel for Center for Law and Social Justice

The Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College of the City of New York names Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq. as its general counsel.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and state courts announce Project Fast Track

Mayor de Blasio and the state courts this week announced Project Fast Track, a strategy to reduce gun violence in New York City through a targeted, system-wide focus on the limited number of individuals responsible for most gun violence.

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Jesse Jackson hosts 19th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is headed to the city for the 19th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit, Feb. 16 through Feb. 18, at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.

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Cuomo criticized at State of the State address

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces several new initiatives during his 2016 State of the State address in Albany on Wednesday ranging from improving conditions for the homeless to decreasing unemployment.

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New York Urban League offers Whitney M. Young Scholarship

The New York Urban League is inviting students to apply for the Whitney M. Young Scholarship, worth $3,500.

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MLK International Day of Action set for Newark

Monday, the People’s Organization for Progress hosted a press conference on its upcoming International Day of Action to honor the birthday of the immortal Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Bronx BP Ruben Diaz and Code/Interactive launch Code/Bronx

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Code/Interactive, a Bronx-based computer science education nonprofit, jointly launched the Code/Bronx initiative at Boricua College’s Melrose Campus to start a computer science program at every school in the borough.

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NAACP wants Tamir Rice grand jury transcripts; church group wants Cleveland boycott

Reports indicate the Cleveland chapter of the NAACP is requesting transcripts of witness testimony before the grand jury that did not indict the police officers for the 2014 fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

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Cuomo forces homeless into shelters during winter

“We’re living with the mistakes that past mayors have made, all the hand-outs to landlords that made this city unaffordable, but this mayor and this governor aren’t helping,” said homeless woman Sheila Turner.

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Family and activists mark one year since Jerame Reid shooting

Dec. 30 marks one year since the police shooting death of Jerame Reid in New Jersey. Civil rights activists and other groups rallied Monday, calling for federal intervention in the case.

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Year in Review 2015

We take a look back at the top stories of 2015

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Department of Public Safety created in Newark

The consolidation of several municipal agencies in Newark, N.J., will cut six positions down to two and save the Brick City almost $600,000.

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Albany State University marching band to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade

The Albany State University Marching Band is headed to Pasadena, Calif., to participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day.

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Officer who killed Amadou Diallo promoted

Once again the Rev. Al Sharpton was sharing the platform at the National Action Network with Kadiatou Diallo, mother of Amadou Diallo.

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Alabama State University signs agreement with Nigerian university

The historically Black Alabama State University expands its global partnerships by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Adekunie Ajasin University in Ondo State, Nigeria. The agreement calls for student and faculty exchange opportunities between the two universities.

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POP calling for international day of action on Martin Luther King’s birthday

The People’s Organization for Progress is calling for an international day of action in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Bronx Pathfinders participate in holiday volunteer project

Members of the Pathfinders youth ministries group from the Willis Avenue Seventh-day Adventist Church participated in a community service project last week.

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Chicago blues

As Spike Lee’s movie “Chi-raq” hit theaters last weekend, Chicago continued to be America’s newest epicenter of police mistreatment.

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Public housing crime up

Crime on the rise in NYCHA buildings despite city spending millions to improve safety

Reports indicate that even with the implementation of a program costing the city $210 million, crime is up in a number of New York Public Housing Authority developments.

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East Orange promotes first female fire captain in city’s history

Tasha Hayes-Smith, an East Orange firefighter since August of 1993, becomes the first female promoted to captain in the department’s history.

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Why I went to an HBCU

AmNews online editor Cyril Josh Barker discusses why he decided to go to an HBCU.

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Staten Island shift: Did Eric Garner case play a role in Dems' win?

A shift in political rule in Staten Island appears to be getting stronger with Tuesday’s election of McMahon to district attorney, who is a Democrat. His win brings consistency to every district attorney’s office in the city, with Democrats heading each one in all five boroughs.

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Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Corporation battling hunger this Thanksgiving

Irvington, N.J., Mayor Tony Vauss and Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Corporation Executive Director Deborah Simpkins announced INIC is giving away Thanksgiving baskets to Irvington residents with children.

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The Gathering for Justice celebrates 10th anniversary

The Gathering for Justice’s 10-year anniversary at the Justice Ball is taking place Monday, Nov. 9 at the Apollo Theater.

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Emotional farewell for slain NYPD officer

NYPD officer Randolph Holder was laid to rest as the city says goodbye to the fallen policeman, who was killed last week in East Harlem.

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Newark names appointees to Civilian Complaint Review Board

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council released the names of seven of the nine appointees to the Civilian Complaint Review Board.

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Bronx unemployment drops

Bronx job statistics continued to improve this month, according to the latest numbers from the New York State Department of Labor.

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State Sen. Kevin Parker joins NNEDV to highlight National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

State Sen. Kevin Parker is partnering with the National Network to End Domestic Violence to take part in a series of events during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Could ‘Bail Lab’ help reform city jail system?

Approximately 47,000 people are detained on bail in New York City every year, and a new city initiative aims to help reduce the number for low-risk individuals.

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United Palace House of Inspiration hosts ‘Gathering’ fall festival fellowship

The United Palace House of Inspiration is hosting the “Gathering,” a live concert featuring Kelly Price and Kenny Lattimore, Friday, Oct. 16, starting at 7 p.m., at the United Palace Theatre, located at 4140 Broadway at 175th Street in Manhattan.

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Ramapo College hosts 15th annual statewide ‘Diversity Issues in Higher Education’ conference

he 15th annual statewide “Diversity Issues in Higher Education” conference is being held at Ramapo College of New Jersey Friday, Nov. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 505 Ramapo Valley Road in Mahwah, N.J.

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Walter Scott family to receive $6.5M

The North Charleston, S.C., City Council voted to authorize a $6.5 million settlement to the family of Walter Scott.

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Families of victims of police brutality meet with feds

Representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s office met with the families of Kashad Ashford and Abdul Kamal, two families victimized by police brutality.

Community Storefront Program launches in Newark’s South Ward

South Ward Council Member John Sharpe James, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and others recently opened the Community Storefront Program at 790 Clinton Ave. in the South Ward’s Upper Clinton Hill neighborhood.

Jersey City launches new loan program to assist small businesses

Jersey City, N.J., Mayor Steven Fulop announced the launch of a new loan program aimed at securing financing for local businesses.

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Michelle Obama comes to Harlem

First lady Michelle Obama made her way to Harlem Tuesday, Sept. 29 to talk with young girls about the importance of education and her latest campaign to educate millions of girls worldwide.

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Bedford Central Community Corp. hosts 10th Annual Homebuyer Series

Bedford Central Community Development Corp. is starting its homebuyer course in October.

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John Henrik Clark 100th birthday celebrated at Medgar Evers College

In honor and memory of John Henrik Clark’s 100th birthday, Medgar Evers College, CUNY, wants to raise awareness about Clark’s numerous contributions, as well as introduce him in his own words.

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Newark Community Economic Development Corporation reduces application process from one year to 31 days

The Newark Community Economic Development Corporation and the city of Newark, N.J., announced an improved business licensing process.

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People’s Organization for Progress demands justice for NJ police shooting victims

Recent rallies held in New Jersey by the justice organization People’s Organization for Progress are demanding justice for several unarmed Black men who have been killed by police.

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Critical Condition: Bed-Stuy Vollies in need of lifesaving measures

Captain James “Rocky” Robinson’s mission was laid out in 1987.

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The rise and fall of Joe's Crab Shack

When Joe’s Crab Shack built their first New York City location in Harlem in 2013, the company promised jobs and a place where locals could go for good food.

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