logo1.jpgUK: Black Role Models to Be Recruited
Hazel Blears said four prominent figures, including entrepreneur Tim Campbell, will hunt for 20 men, such as doctors, lawyers and businessmen. She said the Black Boys’ National Role Models programme would be an “antidote to a culture of low aspiration”. It follows a report warning that black boys are too influenced by rap stars. {continue reading…}

Officer Arraigned in Bronx Shooting
A New York City Police officer pleaded not guilty today to a charge of first degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of an unarmed building porter after a car accident in May, when the officer was off duty. {continue reading…}

Creflo Dollar Refuses to Answer Questions on Finances
One of six Christian ministries under investigation by a Senate committee is rebuffing inquiries into its spending, challenging the panel’s watchdog role over religious groups, The Associated Press has learned. A lawyer for preacher Creflo Dollar of World Changers Church International in College Park, Ga., has asked Sen. Charles Grassley to either refer the matter to the IRS or get a subpoena, according to a letter from Dollar’s attorney obtained Wednesday by the AP. {continue reading…}

Bay Area Rapper Spice 1 Shot In Car
Bay Area rap star Spice 1 was recovering in an East Bay hospital Thursday from a gunshot wound suffered when he was shot as he slept in his car parked in the driveway of his parents’ home, according to Hayward Police. Hayward Police Lt. Reid Lindblom said Robert L. Green Jr. — who goes by the name of Spice 1 — was in critical condition after Monday’s shooting with a chest wound. {continue reading…}

Fall in S Africa’s violent crime
The BBC Johannesburg correspondent says South Africa’s reputation has long been tarnished by the high levels of crime. The latest statistics suggest that the authorities are achieving their reduction targets of at least 7%. But there is still concern about the high number of robberies, as thefts from shops, factories and small businesses are up nearly 30%. {continue reading…}

West, Winehouse lead Grammy nominations
Kanye West earned eight nominations Thursday, including album of the year and rap album of the year for his “Graduation,” leading the competition for the 50th annual Grammy Awards. Amy Winehouse earned nominations in the big three categories — album, song and record of British retro soul singer Amy Winehouse also made out well, earning six nods, including nominations for album of the year (“Back to Black”), song of the year, record of the year and best new artist.
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Bush unveils sub-prime assistance
The move is aimed at shielding homeowners from the impact of rising mortgage payments which it is feared could lead to a fresh wave of defaults. Mr Bush said the measures could help more than a million individuals. He described the housing downturn as a “serious challenge” but insisted that the economy remained “resilient”. {continue reading…}

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