Blige’s center for women opens in NY
On a beautiful fall day in Yonkers, New York, just north of New York City, Mary J. Blige stepped onto the sidewalk on South Broadway. “I love you!” yelled one of the women in the crowd. Blige waved. “Hi. How are you doing?” For the people in the neighborhood, one of their own had come back. And she wasn’t just anyone, she was MJB — a real celebrity standing right there on South Broadway. Cellular phones and digital cameras were raised in the air to capture images of Blige in all of her blonde pixie-haired grace. The appearance wasn’t for a singing engagement or a CD signing. This was a dream being fulfilled, a symbol of her own struggles as a child and a young woman. It was the official ribbon-cutting for the Mary J. Blige Center for Women. (Continue Reading…)

Obama unhappy with criticism of his NYC date night
resident Barack Obama says only once since Jan. 20 has White House life annoyed him. It was the Saturday in May when, trying to be a good husband, he kept a campaign promise to take his wife, Michelle, to New York after the election for one of their “date nights” — dinner and a Broadway play. Conservative commentators and Republican officials criticized him for doing so. “People made it into a political issue,” Obama told The New York Times Magazine for an article about the Obamas’ marriage, appearing in the Nov. 1 issue. The article was posted on the Times’ Web site on Wednesday. (Continue Reading…)

Liberian study finds US rubber company polluting
Liberia’s government says waste products from the American-owned Firestone Rubber Plantation Company are polluting nearby creeks. Firestone spokesman Rufus Karmoh said Thursday that Firestone will continue to work with the country’s Environmental Protection Agency to address the recommendations in the government’s report. He declined to comment further. (Continue Reading…)

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