San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency, known as MUNI, received a gift recently from technology giant Google. Google recently pledged $6.8 million over two years to provide free bus transportation for San Francisco’s low- and moderate-income youths.
Sometimes, life gives us an experience that we end up regretting for the rest of our lives. A student from Indiana University is going to be thinking about…
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A spokesperson for the Houston branch of the NAACP says HISD trustees did not handle the situation correctly, when they indefinitely “tabled” a decision to reconsider the closure of Dodson Elementary School.
The closure itself has been a hotly debated issue for several weeks now.
A Baltimore high school principal has pleaded guilty to stealing $2 million dollars from needy kids, reports the Baltimore Sun. Frederick Douglass High School Principal Antonio h**t is…
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By: Krystle Crossman Students all over the country dread the SATs, the MCATs, and any other standardized test that the schools feel that they need to take in order to be successful. But are these tests really helping our students? Many teachers say that no, they are not helping. They feel that they have taken […]
The Houston Independent School District Board of Education on Thursday authorized the sale of the campus housing the district’s High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice.
Trustees voted unanimously to accept a $60 million bid made by St. Thomas High School.
The bid from St. Thomas was one of two the district received on Nov. 1. The other bid was from E.L.K. Mountain Limited for $49,272,914.
During the 2012 school bond campaign, HISD promised to build a new High School for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice using land sale proceeds and/or any surplus bond dollars.
The existing campus is located at 4701 Dickson. The location of the new campus has yet to be determined.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2013
Denver, CO (BlackNews.com) – The sold-out coffee-table book, A Defining Moment: Barack Obama The Historic Journey to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by Patricia Duncan, will be released on November 1, 2013 as a complete, full-color reprint in eBook format.
A Defining Moment is an unprecedented collection of photographs and speeches documenting the historic journey of America’s first African American president to his new home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. It offers insight into the two-year campaign that promised change, and reminds us of the inspirational battle cry of our nation, “Yes We Can”. A Defining Moment will remain invaluable to the reader, and historically relevant, long after the President has left office.
* Nominated for NAACP Image Award 2012 in the category of Outstanding Works of A Debut Author.
* Placed in the Library of Congress, June 2013
“Everyone will enjoy reading this book because, not only does it document one of the most historic events in our nation’s history, it celebrates Ms. Duncan’s artistic talent.” — Elbra Wedgeworth, President/Chair of the Board, Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee.
A Defining Moment, introductory price $4.44, for a limited time only.
The Social Security Administration announced that beneficiaries will receive a 1.5% cost of living adjustment (COLA) beginning in January. The increase—slightly lower than last year’s 1.7% COLA—will benefit the 57 million people with Social Security retirement benefits, as well as the 8 million people receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Officials say Tuesday’s election proceeded smoothly despite controversy surrounding the newly implemented voter ID law, but some worry that could change in coming elections with increased voter turnout.
The state Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday over whether same-sex couples legally married in other states can be granted divorces in Texas.
More than 2 million Texans are eligible for tax credits to purchase health coverage in the federal insurance marketplace, the most of any state, according to a new report from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
|OIG Loses Another Medicaid Fraud Court Battle
by Becca Aaronson
The health commission’s Office of Inspector General, which says Texas has misspent hundreds of millions of dollars on Medicaid orthodontic and dental fraud, has now lost its first three court battles against accused providers
According to a new analysis by the Deltek report, the federal government is showing a 74% increase from the $92 billion spent in 2013 from the top 20 contracting opportunities. US Federal Contractor Registration is the world’s largest third party registration firm that has helped thousands of businesses complete their SAM registration and bid on available government contracts and awards.
Orlando, FL (PRWEB) – Even as the federal government dusts itself off from the recent shutdown federal agencies are already gearing up for one of the biggest contracting growths in over a decade. According to Federal Times on Oct. 21st, 2013, the federal government is showing a 74% increase
OfficeMax and Office Depot said their merger officially closed on Tuesday, just days after securing regulatory approval for the blending of the nation’s second- and third-largest office supply retailers.
Naperville-based OfficeMax and Office Depot, headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., received clearance to merge from the Federal Trade Commission on Friday. It was the last big hurdle in the companies’ effort to merge. Shareholders approved the deal in July.
The current CEOs of both companies will share the top job at the combined company until a replacement can be named. The companies said the late timing and uncertainty of FTC approval made it difficult to make a final decision. The CEOs of both Office Depot and OfficeMax have taken themselves out of the running to keep the job long-term.
The companies will also keep their dual headquarters until the last details can be ironed out.
The combined company will keep the Office Depot name and trade under that company’s current ticker, ODP, on the New York Stock Exchange.
Together, the two companies had sales of $17 billion in the year that ended in September and have about 66,000 employees.
|Women with higher levels of pesticides in their blood are also more likely to have endometriosis, according to a new study published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.More
Enlargephoto by: Roy Luck
Gas flare in La Porte, Tx, March 15th, 2012
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|Starbucks is the latest big company to announce an aggressive push to hire veterans returning to the civilian work force.More
The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced an emergency asset freeze to halt a Ponzi scheme involving U.S. and New Zealand-based companies peddling sham investment opportunities ranging from a bank trading program to kidney dialysis clinics.
The SEC alleges that Christopher A.T. Pedras, who has residences in Turlock, Calif., and New Zealand, misled his initial investors into believing they were investing in a profitable trading platform in which his company served as an intermediary between global banks. When Pedras and his companies encountered difficulty paying the promised 4 to 8 percent monthly returns, they began steering investors to a different investment program to purportedly increase the value of their investment by 80 percent by funding kidney dialysis clinics in New Zealand. Pedras’s business partner Sylvester M. Gray II and lead sales representative Alicia Bryan helped him solicit investors for both programs, and the money was never invested as promised. Earlier investors were paid supposed returns with funds received from newer investors, and Pedras stole more than $2 million and spent another $1.2 million on sales agents.
News, Community, Action
SAT NOV 02, 2013 AT 07:55 AM PDT
An article in Saturday’s New York Times Business section digs down into the numbers to demonstrate something people need to know in order to understand just how much the 1 percent run things. James B. Stewart looked at the income tax rates the richest among us paid in 2009, arguably the worst year for our economy since the Depression. Here’s what he found.According to IRS data, the top 400 taxpayers (i.e., the top sliver of the top 1 percent), had an average adjusted gross income (AGI) of $202 million. That year, the top federal rate was 35 percent (it’s now 39.6 percent). And what percentage did they pay to the federal government in income taxes: less than 20 percent (!)
|Proposed Rules Could Increase Use of Pepper Spray on Youths
by Brandi Grissom
County probation chiefs want new authority to use pepper spray, saying proposed rules would provide more local control over how their facilities are operated.
When: Thursday – October 4, 2012 @ 6:00 PM
Where: Fifth Ward Baptist Church, Carl Walker Community Center, 4300 Noble St. @ Waco
Hosted by the Fifth Ward Super Neighborhood Council, Kashmere Garden Super Neighborhood Council, Pleasantville Super Neighborhood Council, and Northeast Concerned Citizens.
We cannot overemphasize how much we need to see the faces of neighbors, family, friends, business owners, etc. from our community. This forum provides everyone an opportunity to learn and ask questions about how these dollars are to be used to benefit our communities!
Several local leaders and representatives from major bond organizations will be on the panel, including:
Bruce Austin and Margaret Ford-Fisher—HCCS – $425 Million in Bond Dollars
Mayor Annise Parker – City of Houston – $410 Million in Bond Dollars
Phase I: “2012 Bond Election Workshop”
Master of Ceremonies: Attorney J. Goodwill Pierre, Vice-President of the National Bar Association
Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Jerry Davis, District B Council Member (unable to attend)
Keynote Speaker: Representative Sylvester Turner
Senator John Whitmire (unable to attend)
SECURITY provided by: Sheriff Adrian Garcia
EVENT SUPPORTER: Harris County Democratic Chair, Lane Lewis
Panel Discussion: Issues of the Upcoming 2012 “Bond” Elections
|Attorney J. Goodwill Pierre, Vice-President of the National Bar Association and Debbie Allen, Precinct Captain (167, 373, 528)|
|The Upcoming 2012 “Bond” Election Workshop|
|Sunday, September 30, 20122:00 pm – 4:00 PM|
|Pleasantville United Methodist Church
1403 Demaree Lane (corner of Tilgham and Demaree Lane)
Houston TX 77029
Take: I-10 East Freeway, exit McCarty right on McCarty (DonChili), left on Market ),(Valero), right on Pleasantville Drive (Citgo), right at stop sign on Tilgham, church is on your left.
|To discuss the issues of the upcoming “bonds” election
|Street-side parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.|
POINT OF CONTACT:
|Debbie Allen, Precinct Captain, (167, 373, 528)
Texas Women For Obama, Chapter Member
Democracy for Houston, Member
Harris County Silver Democrats, Board Member
Harris County Chapter of the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, Screening and Endorsement Chair
PHASE II Bond Workshop:
|The Breakfast Klub
October 9, 2012
GOTV:Conducted by NAACP
Refreshments provided by: The Legacy Clinic
The 713: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER 3
“ONE IN A MILLION” Student Leadership Conference
Miller Outdoor Theatre (near the Medical Center)
Contact: Monica Fontenot-Poindexter
(713) 870-6047 or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Holman Street Baptist Church
Manson B. Johnson, Shepherd-Teacher
As a Part of the Shepherd’s Message
“We Can Overcome….”
“FREEDOM ON MY MIND” Movie
Viewing will be held on
Sunday, February 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm at
Holman Street Baptist Church
3501 Holman, 77004
713-741-8451 x 21
FREE!! and OPEN to the PUBLIC!
Sponsored by the “Fellowship of God’s Children”
You are welcome to join us and make this a Black History Moment a Time to Remember.