logo11.jpgRacial Graffiti Deters Family From Buying House
A man and his girlfriend were supposed to move into a house in Port Richmond this weekend. Instead, vandals broke into the house and scrawled racist graffiti all over the walls. Eventually, they’ll fix the broken windows and wipe the messages of racial hatred from the walls and floors of the Port Richmond house, but it will never be home to Shawn Jenkins and his family. He said he just doesn’t want to live anywhere near this kind of hatred. (Continue Reading…)

African Tribunal Rules in Favor of White Zimbabwe Farmer
A regional African tribunal has ordered Zimbabwe’s government to stop its eviction of a white farmer from his land. The ruling by the Southern African Development Community draws Zimbabwe’s neighbors into Zimbabwe’s controversial land redistribution debate. The three-person tribunal in Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, unanimously ruled Thursday in favor of Zimbabwean farmer Mike Campbell. (Continue Reading…)

Rep. Julia Carson of Indiana Dies at 69
Rep. Julia Carson, who rose from a childhood of poverty and segregation to become the first black and first woman to represent Indianapolis in Congress, died Saturday. She was 69. Carson died of lung cancer at her home, where she had spent the past several weeks, family spokeswoman Vanessa Summers said. Carson had persevered through major heart surgery and years of health problems before revealing her lung cancer last month, saying she would not seek election in 2008 to a seventh term. Carson had been away from Washington since late September, when she was hospitalized with a leg infection. (Continue Reading…)

UN: Congo Groups Recruiting Children
Rival factions in Congo are forcibly recruiting hundreds of children and sending them to fight on the front lines of an escalating conflict in the east of the country, the United Nations said Friday. Armed groups active in Congo’s North Kivu province, which borders Rwanda and Uganda, “appear to be deliberately targeting schools and other gathering places where children are particularly exposed” to recruit the youngsters for combat, the U.N. said. (Continue Reading…)

Shotgun attack deters black mayor from re-election
The first black mayor in this North Louisiana town says he will not run for a second term, partly because somebody fired a shotgun into his house early this year. “If I had any intentions of running again, that just killed my ambitions right away,” Mayor Ernest Lampkins said Friday. “That was a cowardly act. It bothered me that someone would shoot in my house and endanger my wife and kid.” All three were at home when someone shot out two windows of the house early Jan. 8, but nobody was hit. (Continue Reading…)

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