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President Barack Obama has promised justice for whoever detonated as many as three bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, wounding 144 people and killing three, including an 8-year-old boy waiting for his father at the finish line.

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Amidst commemoration of a string of civil rights anniversaries this year, including the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, the National Urban League has concluded that there’s been little economic progress since that day.

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ValerieThe Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia plans to move into its proposed renovated home early next year.The total pricetag is 13 million, including 10 million for the project and $3 million in reserve to maintain the facility, which is expected to attract national visitors to Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy.

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IntegratedIn 1963, more than a quarter-million people gathered in Washington, D.C. for the historic Great March for Jobs and Freedom. This was a watershed moment in American history, giving unprecedented voice to the hardships facing Blacks as they sought a fair shot at an elusive dream. In 2013, America witnessed the second inauguration of our first Black president. Much has changed in 50 years.

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DLThe president of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, Harry Alford, has announced newspaper publisher and businesswoman Dorothy R. Leavell has been installed as the new chairperson of the nation's leading minority business organization.  She will preside over the group's 18-member board of directors and help the trade organization expand its mission of strengthening minority-owned businesses, job creation and increase trade and economic opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.

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ObamaPresident Barack Obama, standing before an audience of thousands of Israeli people in Jerusalem last week, drew from Black history in America in order to connect.

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WFInstead of being the traditional ticket to success, many of our nation’s troubled schools hinder opportunity for upward mobility, especially for students of color, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told Black publishers in a private meeting last week.

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WFLike its White counterpart, Black newspapers must adjust to a rapidly changing digital age. But unlike White newspapers, the Black Press continues to play a valuable and unique role in the African American community, panelists said at a panel last week at the National Press Club.

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WFWhite House adviser Valerie Jarrett has been named the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation’s “Newsmaker of the Year.”

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WFShortly after my election as Texas’s 50th Attorney General, we launched a transition team and began carefully studying which issues had to be prioritized by my new administration. Almost immediately, we determined that cracking down on waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicaid program would be a top priority. At the time, just the sheer size and expense of the taxpayer-funded program – which pays for health care for economically disadvantaged Texans – told us that identifying and preventing Medicaid fraud had to be a top priority for the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).

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