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News From Around the Web: May 11 Edition

May 11th, 2012

In today’s top news, FAMU’s band director has stepped down amid the hazing death controversy, Mitt Romney says he’s “fine” with gay couples adopting children and the U.S. Department of Justice is suing an Arizona sheriff for racial profiling and discrimination against Latinos.

FAMU’s band director has stepped down amid hazing controversy. [CNN]

Mitt Romney says he’s “fine” with gay couples adopting children. [National Journal]

U.S. Department of Justice is suing an Arizona sheriff for racial profiling and discrimination against Latinos. [Reuters]

A Black female U.S. Army pioneer says she was mistreated because of her gender. [NYT]

A Florida teacher faces dismissal after disciplining students with a dog collar. [AP]

Kanye West raps about marrying Kim Kardashian. [BET]

Chris Brown and Rihanna feud over lyrics of new song. [BET]

Study shows Black boys at risk for self-harm. [WBLT]

Egypt holds its first televised presidential debate. [MSNBC]

A Nelson Mandela inspired fashion line will debut in the U.S. soon. [BET]

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News From Around the Web: May 9 Edition

May 9th, 2012

In today’s top news, Obama says he supports same-sex marriage, closing arguments begin in Jennifer Hudson family murder trial and a group of white supremacists are accused of planning a race war in Florida.

Obama says he supports same-sex marriage. [BET]

Closing arguments begin in Jennifer Hudson family murder trial. [BET]

A group of white supremacists are accused of planning a race war in Florida. [MSNBC]

SEC charges ex-Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in investment scheme. [MLive]

Former Bad Boy rapper G-Dep is sentenced to 15 years in prison for a 1993 murder. [BET]

Former Miss USA Kenya Moore is rumored to be joining the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. [BET]

Cornell suspends a fraternity over Trayvon Martin racist harassment incident. [Ithaca Independent]

Facebook looks out for the emotional needs of America’s veterans and service members. [MSNBC]

A U.K. man has found himself accused of a massacre in the Central African Republic. [BBC]

Sudan accused of more border attacks on South Sudan. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: April 10 Edition

April 10th, 2012

In today’s top news, the special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case has decided not to use a grand jury, a Michigan road sign is hacked to display “Trayvon a N—-r” and police say both  Tulsa shooting suspects confessed to their crimes.

The special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case has decided not to use a grand jury. [BET]

A Michigan road sign is hacked to display “Trayvon a N—-r.” [MSNBC]

Police say Tulsa shooting suspects confessed to crimes. [Reuters]

Think Like a Man producer is confident that the film will be No. 1 at the box office on April 20. [BET]

A Washington seventh grader took control of his school bus after the driver collapsed. [MSNBC]

Study: Blacks and Latinos less likely to be prescribed antidepressants. [UofM]

Rapper Eve says she is close to releasing her first new album in 10 years. [BET]

Early dental x-rays for children may be linked to brain tumors. [ABC]

Mali coup leader rejects assistance from foreign troops. [BBC]

Syria has begun withdrawing troops from cities in accordance with the U.N.-backed peace plan. [AJE]

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Health: Black Legislators Host Mental Health Conference; Laws Are Needed to Restrict Smoking Parents

October 3rd, 2008

Black legislators host mental health conference. The National Black Caucus of State Legislators is hosting its 15th Annual Mental Health Conference to address the more pertinent mental health issues on both state and federal levels facing Black Americans today. The goal of the conference is to educate state legislators, healthcare professionals, community leaders and the public about mental illness and what can be done to reduce the cultural stigmas and barriers that prevent access in the African-American community. The conference for the first time is being broadcast live from Indianapolis via satellite to Miami and Detroit. The conference is also available live through the Internet at www.nbcsl.org. “We are experiencing a mental health crisis across all communities today,” said Rep. Calvin Smyre (GA), NBCSL President. “The cultural barriers and stigmas associated with mental illness in the African-American community make it an even more difficult illness to overcome. …We must provide the leadership to gain an understanding of these issues and then become a voice for those affected.” Topics for this year’s event include “Mental Health and African Americans in the Military,” “Barriers and Cultural Stigmas,” and “The Black Family.” No access to appropriate mental healthcare, mistrust of medical health professionals, and the misdiagnoses of illnesses top the list of issues that complicate overcoming mental illness According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 25 percent of African Americans are uninsured, compared to 16 percent of the overall U.S. population.

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Laws are needed to restrict smoking parents.

Parents who smoke cigarettes around their kids in cars and homes should beware – second-hand smoke may trigger symptoms of nicotine dependence in children. The findings are published in the September edition of the journal Addictive Behaviors in a joint study from nine Canadian institutions. “Increased exposure to second-hand smoke, both in cars and homes, was associated with an increased likelihood of children reporting nicotine dependence symptoms, even though these children had never smoked,” says Dr. Jennifer O’Loughlin, senior author of the study, a professor at the Université de Montréal’s Department of Social and Preventive Medicine. As a result, there needs to be laws that stop parents from being allowed to smoke in their cars when they are driving with children, suggest the researchers from and a researcher at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal.

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