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logo20.jpgl_60725a2f44fa52f4af038b8de83e9c7f.jpgEddie Murphy Rings in 2008
Looks like Eddie Murphy has made quick work of one New Year’s resolution. The Shrek star swapped vows with fiancée Tracey Edmonds Tuesday on the Pacific Island of Bora Bora, People magazine reports. (Continue Reading…)

AU Head Goes to Kenya Following Violence
The head of the African Union was traveling to Kenya on Wednesday for crisis talks as an explosion of ethnic violence followed the country’s disputed election, including a mob torching of a packed church that killed dozens. The killing of up to 50 ethnic Kikuyus in the Rift Valley city of Eldoret on Tuesday brought the death toll from four days of rioting to more than 275, raising fears of further unrest in what has been one of Africa’s most stable democracies. (Continue Reading…)

Historically Black College Struggles Financially
Despite two years of trying, Fisk University has not been able to turn any of the valuable art donated by painter Georgia O’Keeffe into cash. Although a legal fight over the latest $30 million proposal to share the 101-piece art collection with an Arkansas museum is scheduled for trial in February, leaders of the struggling historically black university acknowledge that it could be years before any money changes hands. (Continue Reading…)

Minorities less likely to get pain relief in U.S.
Despite increases in the overall use of opioid drugs to relieve severe pain, black and Hispanic patients remain significantly less likely than whites to receive these pain-relievers in emergency rooms, according to a new study released Tuesday in Journal of the American Medical Association. The study examined treatments for more than 150,000 pain-related visits to U.S. hospitals between 1993 and 2005. It found that 31 percent of whites received opioid drugs compared with only23 percent of blacks and 24 percent of Hispanics. About 28 percent of Asians received the drugs. (Continue Reading…)

Stark stats motivate black kids
A middle-aged white guy is inciting a black power movement from a quiet corner of the Smoky Hill High School cafeteria. Bill Richardson — the math teacher, not the presidential candidate — is a numbers man motivating a growing band of African-American boys with statistics they have memorized like their cellphone numbers. One in three will serve time in prison, projections show. They will score 13 percent lower than white students on their ACTs. And they’ll likely earn $20,000 less per year after graduation. (Continue Reading…)

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