President Obama declares ‘I don’t quit’
Declaring “I don’t quit,” President Barack Obama fought to recharge his embattled presidency with a State of the Union vow to get jobless millions back to work and stand on the side of Americans angry at Wall Street greed and Washington bickering. Defiant despite stinging setbacks, he said he would fight on for ambitious overhauls of health care, energy and education. “Change has not come fast enough,” Obama acknowledged Wednesday night before a politician-packed House chamber and a TV audience of millions. “As hard as it may be, as uncomfortable and contentious as the debates may be, it’s time to get serious about fixing the problems that are hampering our growth.” (Continue Reading…)

Sisterly advice helps Serena Williams into final
Andy Murray is only one victory away from doing what no British man has done in more than 70 years — win a Grand Slam singles title. Murray beat Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 Thursday night advance to Sunday’s Australian Open final. He’ll take on the winner of Friday night’s semifinal between three-time Australian Open winner Roger Federer and 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Serena Williams and Justine Henin won their semifinals over Chinese opponents to advance to Saturday’s final. Williams beat Li Na 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1) while Henin wasted little time beating Zheng Jie 6-1, 6-0. (Continue Reading…)

Jobless Black men are in crisis
The economic downturn has an unprecedented number of Americans agreeing that too many of us are unemployed and underemployed. As the numbers of unemployed rise, one population segment is more at risk than others: African-American males. As 2009 ended, the unemployment rate for black men was a staggering 17 percent, which is almost double the 9.5 percent rate for white males. National statistics show that fewer than 41 percent of black males graduate from high school, and fewer than 4 percent attend college. Low education has a proven effect on the likelihood that individuals, particularly males, will be arrested and/or jailed. African-Americans comprise 27 percent of Georgia’s population, but they are 68 percent of the state prison population. Conversely, high school and college graduates are more likely to occupy their time with career-track employment and positive community contributions. (Continue Reading…)

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