logo8.jpgClinton Adviser: Obama Drug Use Concern
A top adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign said that Democrats should give more thought to Sen. Barack Obama’s admissions of illegal drug use before they pick a presidential candidate. Obama’s campaign said the Clinton people were getting desperate. Clinton’s campaign tried to distance itself from the remarks Wednesday, and the adviser said later he regretted making them. (Continue Reading…)

Report: Feds Probing Sharpton Finances
Federal authorities have subpoenaed financial records and employees in an apparent probe of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s 2004 presidential bid, nonprofit civil rights group, and for-profit businesses, a newspaper reported Thursday. As many as 10 Sharpton associates were subpoenaed Wednesday to testify before a federal grand jury in Brooklyn Dec. 26, his lawyer told the Daily News. (Continue Reading…)

Mugabe wins party endorsement for Zimbabwe election
Zimbabwe’s veteran President Robert Mugabe was given the green light to seek a sixth term of office by his ZANU-PF party Friday as they rubber-stamped him as their candidate at next year’s elections. “I did not hear any dissenting voices,” said John Nkomo, the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) national chairman, after representatives of various party wings read declarations in favour of Mugabe. (Continue Reading…)

Winnie Mandela proposes ANC deal
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said current national president and African National Congress (ANC) leader Thabo Mbeki should head the party until elections. His ANC deputy, ex-Deputy President Jacob Zuma, should become presidential candidate in 2009, she said. (Continue Reading…)

Black students at NIU feel unsafe after threats
Members of the Black Student Union at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb say they feel unsafe on campus two days after a racial slur and a reference to the Virginia Tech shootings were found written on the bathroom wall inside a residence hall. The university, which was closed Monday as a security precaution, is scheduled to reopen Tuesday. The school’s Web site said “university police are satisfied that the anonymous message no longer represents an imminent threat to students, faculty or staff.” (Continue Reading…)

Jay-Z Gets $66M Site for Five-Star Hotel
Entertainment mogul Jay-Z has earmarked a Chelsea development site as the location for J Hotel, an upscale five-star 150,000-sf luxury hotel. The hotel will be the flagship for his new hospitality brand, which he intends to roll out in select cities following this New York City debut. J Hotel, in the heart of the gallery district between 10th and 11th avenues at 510 W. 22nd St., also known as 511 W. 21st St., will be a prominent new addition to the burgeoning High Line neighborhood, according to Eastern Consolidated, who exclusively represented the seller. An Eastern Consolidated spokesperson tells GlobeSt.com that they cannot disclose the identify of the seller at this time; however, they did note that the seller is a private locally based investor who has owned the property for a long time. (Continue Reading…)

Hope Is Spreading Among Obama’s Fans
Change. The word on which Sen. Barack Obama has staked his candidacy. A word that’s peppered in all of his speeches and plastered around any Obama event. A word that attracts and enthralls and, in some cases, challenges. Change? What’s going to change? Are voters going to change? Melissa Green, 45, a native South Carolinian, has continually thought about it. Months before Obama came to Columbia with Oprah Winfrey, Green’s son, 17-year-old Trenton, the senior class president of Lakewood High, pushed her to get to know Obama. Then she read Obama’s book, “The Audacity of Hope,” and started closely following his campaign. (Continue Reading…)

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