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News From Around the Web: March 6 Edition

March 6th, 2012

In today’s top news, U.S. blood banks are in severe need of African-American donors, Super Tuesday raises the stakes for Republican presidential nominee hopefuls and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says it’s legal to kill Americans plotting terrorism abroad.

U.S. blood banks are in severe need of African-American donors. [BET]

Super Tuesday has arrived. [BET]

Attorney General Eric Holder says it’s legal to kill Americans plotting terrorism abroad. [Telegraph]

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says time is running out for Iran. [CNN]

Study: Violent crime has spiked in Haiti’s cities. [AP]

Colleges and employers request applicant’s Facebook passwords. [MSNBC]

Study: Black and Latino students far more likely to be suspended than whites. [MSNBC]

Black families overrepresented among U.S. homeless. [ICPH]

Former U.S. service members suing over sexual assaults at prestigious Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. [TODAY]

U.S. pledges aid to Congo after 200 killed in Blast. [AFP]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 29

February 29th, 2012

In today’s top news, Google’s privacy policy is set to change tomorrow, March 1, Mitt Romney wins primary elections in Michigan and Arizona, and Ohio will prosecute school shooting suspect T.J. Lane as an adult.

Google’s privacy policy is set to change March 1. [BET]

Mitt Romney wins primaries in Michigan and Arizona. [MSNBC]

Ohio to prosecute school shooting suspect as an adult. [ABC]

Slaves who built the U.S. Capitol were honored by lawmakers. [LATimes]

Stroke deaths down in African-American children with sickle cell. [BET]

Autism not diagnosed as early in minority children. [AP]

Wendy Williams tells Chris Brown and Rihanna to back off romantic revival. [BET]

Pentagon admits it dumped 9/11 remains in a landfill. [MSNBC]

Syrian army continues assaults on civilians as the U.N. prepares a humanitarian resolution. [Reuters]

Uganda attracts $3 billion in oil investment. [EastAfrican]

Iran now accepting gold for oil in light of E.U. sanctions. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Jan. 4. Edition

January 4th, 2012

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In today’s top news, Mitt Romney came out on top in Iowa, Dennis Rodman is making a topless comeback to basketball and Michael Jackson’s doctor gets stripped of his medical license.

Mitt Romney takes victory in the Iowa caucuses. [BET]

Chicago’s chief of police is suspended for excessive use of force in a low-income area. [CNN]

Dennis Rodman to lead topless female basketball team. [BET]

Sickle cell keeps Steelers player Ryan Clark out of upcoming playoff game. [CNN]

Judge rules that a Black church is the rightful owner of a KKK shop. [BET]

BP and Halliburton still pointing fingers over the 2010 oil spill. [CNN]

Lawsuit alleges inequality among Maryland’s higher education funding. [FOX]

Dr. Conrad Murray is stripped of his medical license. [BET]

Children of late rapper Eazy-E to star in N.W.A. biopic. [BET]

Man crosses U.S. border with nothing but a copy of his passport on his iPad. [BBC]

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Health: Black Churches Could Spell Relief for Sickle-Cell Patients

December 26th, 2008

Black churches could spell relief for sickle-cell patients. Black churches could be the most effective way to spark blood donations for children with sickle-cell disease, a new study shows. As it stands now, blood donations are only trickling in, but a program known as the Sickle Cell Sabbath Program, if sustained, has the potential to draw in substantially more donors, according to Dr. Michael R. DeBaun of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and his colleagues. “One in 400 African American newborns has sickle cell disease, in which the red blood cells take on a crescent form that makes it impossible for them to flow through the smallest blood vessels,” Reuters Health reports. The symptoms are pain, organ damage, infections and stroke. But victims can experience relief with monthly transfusions, as long as the donor is matched closely enough. While African American donors are more likely to have red blood cell types that are compatible with those of sickle cell patients, Blacks represent just 6.5 percent of all blood donors – compared to 13 percent of the general population, according to DeBaun. But during a church service about a decade ago, health workers presented a five-minute forum on sickle-cell disease and the importance of blood donation. Between 2003 and 2006, 13 African American churches participating in the program held a total of 34 blood drives. A total of 699 people donated blood, 60 percent of whom were first-time donors. Over the same time period, first-time donors accounted for just 12.2 percent of the blood donor pool for the entire St. Louis metropolitan area. “Despite the high proportion of first-time donors, the total number of donors is low when compared to congregation size,” DeBaun and his team write. However, they propose that continuing the Sickle Cell Sabbath Program could eventually bring in more blood donors from the African American community.

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