July

Awards show honors Black artists

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although the Black Entertainment Television Awards doled out awards to some of the most celebrated performers on June 26, from Beyonce to Jennifer Hudson, it was the show’s tributes to living legends and recently departed giants that evoked the most emotion.

Two celebrations on 4th of July

The Fourth of July was really two celebrations of independence. Firecrackers, bottle rockets, sizzling grills, cold beer and kids running around with sparklers all reminded us of the day “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary …” But at the end of the day of the first revolution, 4 million African people — now African Americans — remained in chains.

July 7 LETTERS

The hard question Profits from moon vs. social progress Peace grannies carry on

July 7 WORLD NOTES

Bolivia: Regional leaders form Bank of the South; Algeria: U.S. Africa Command remains homeless; Afghanistan: Narcotics grow under U.S.-British occupation; Portugal: Small nation pioneers sustainable energy production

UN: Climate change fuels Sudan conflict

UNITED NATIONS — Environmental degradation is a root cause of Sudan’s conflicts, says a June 22 UN report. Without addressing this issue, a lasting peace is unlikely, the report says.

Black voters to figure prominently in 2008 race

There’s consensus among political experts that the location, moderator and audience at the June 28 Democratic presidential debate, held at Howard University, forced candidates to discuss solutions to issues concerning Blacks and other minority voters. A second forum for candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination will be broadcast by PBS in September from another historically Black campus, Morgan State University, in Baltimore.

Rally calls for new health care Rx for California

SAN FRANCISCO — Top elected officials including Mayor Gavin Newsom urged far-reaching health care reforms, as patients and families shared horror stories about their care June 28 on the steps of City Hall.

July 7 WHATS REALLY GOOD

Captain Irving makes history, Students confront Bush on torture, Let their voices be heard

CIA family jewels exposed

WASHINGTON — Call it the “family jewels” or the “skeletons in the closet,” the 702 pages of classified CIA files released June 26 expose the agency, once again, as deeply involved in assassinations, the Watergate conspiracy, a brainwashing project, training of provocateurs and terrorists, and spying on the American people.

Midnight thoughts on a lovelorn mockingbird

Every night, just after midnight, the mockingbird that resides in the holly tree outside our bedroom window begins to sing. He is so loud, his songs so varied and complex, he wakes me up. I lie there listening to his trills, chirps and long mellifluous melodies.

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