New Federal pot rule sparks latest clash over states' rights
1/10/2018 2:14:50 AM

By Sudhin Thanawala The decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to rescind an Obama-era policy on federal marijuana enforcement sparked an outcry from Republicans and Democrats. They argue that Sessions is trampling on the rights of states that have decided to legalize pot for medical or recreational use, or both. Pot remains illegal under federal law, and Sessions' new direction lets federal prosecutors in states where marijuana is legal decide how aggressively to enforce that law. Here's a look at how states have broken with the federal government on pot and the...

Where many found jobs: Construction and health care
1/10/2018 2:14:36 AM

Construction boosted strong hiring in December, with builders and contractors expanding to keep up with heavy demand for homes. The sector accelerated hiring to 30,000 jobs during the month. For the full year, construction added 210,000 jobs, up from 155,000 in 2016. Health care and manufacturing also posted strong gains of 31,000 and 25,000 jobs, respectively, in December. Driving the manufacturing gains were makers of durable goods, including machinery and fabricated metal products. By contrast, retailers shed 20,300 jobs last month as general merchandise stores, including...

Former NFL player raises money for space heaters, coats for students
1/10/2018 2:14:13 AM

By Lauren Victoria Burke Thousands of people stepped up to help former NFL linebacker Aaron Maybin raise money for students in Baltimore’s public schools after his tweets showing students wearing jackets and winter hats inside a classroom went viral. The former NFL player has continued to raise awareness about the issue by promoting a clothing drive and other initiatives to support the students. A senior at Coppin State University named Samierra Jones set up a “GoFundMe” account to support Maybin’s effort. The GoFundMe page says that, “Baltimore City...

Black caucus chair criticizes judicial appointment
1/10/2018 2:13:45 AM

By Brian Witte The chair of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland is criticizing Gov. Larry Hogan's appointment of Worcester County's state's attorney to be a circuit court judge because the prosecutor's office is part of a federal racial discrimination lawsuit. But the governor's spokeswoman says the appointee is no longer specifically named in the case and was recommended by a state commission. Del. Cheryl Glenn, a Baltimore Democrat, said Thursday the caucus will discuss Beau Oglesby's appointment next week. The caucus had been scheduled to take up the...

King’s lasting impact on equity in education
1/10/2018 2:12:56 AM

By Stacy M. Brown Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s influence on the Civil Rights Movement is indisputable, but his fight for equity in education remains a mystery to some. That fight began with his own education. “He clearly had an advanced, refined educational foundation from Booker T. Washington High School, Morehouse College, Crozer Theological Seminary, and Boston University,” said Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., the founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “His education in his speeches and sermons and writings were apparent and he wanted us all to have that type...

MLK’s unheralded victories recorded in the Black press
1/10/2018 2:11:38 AM

By Stacy M. Brown Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will always be remembered as a social activist and Baptist minister whose role was integral in the Civil Rights Movement. Publicly and privately, King fought for equality, justice and human rights for African Americans and others who suffered from racism, segregation and other injustices. His sermons, including the “Drum Major Instinct,” and his speeches like, “I Have a Dream,” are as important as they are legendary. But, those closest to King recalled some of his more unheralded feats. They also recalled...

African-American unemployment hit record low in December
1/10/2018 2:10:55 AM

By Christopher Rugaber Years of steady hiring and economic growth have delivered a cumulative benefit for at least one group that hasn't always shared in America's prosperity. The unemployment rate for African-Americans fell to 6.8 percent in December, the lowest level since the government began tracking such data in 1972. The reasons range from a greater number of black Americans with college degrees to a growing need for employers in a tight job market to widen the pool of people they hire from. “The African American unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent, the lowest...

Black students hit hard by for-profit college debt
1/10/2018 2:10:14 AM

By Charlene Crowell Communications Deputy Director, Center for Responsible Lending Mounting student debt is a nagging problem for most families these days. As the cost of higher education rises, borrowing to cover those costs often becomes a family concern across multiple generations including the student, parents, and even grandparents or other relatives. Today’s 21st Century jobs usually demand higher education and specialized skills to earn one’s way into the middle class. In households where educational loans are inevitable, it becomes an important family decision to...

National health officials predict the flu vaccine may only be about 32 percent effective this year.
1/10/2018 2:08:40 AM

Packed emergency rooms, deaths as flu hits California hard The flu has hit California so hard this season, pharmacies have run out of medicine to treat it, emergency rooms are packed and the death toll is rising. State health officials say that 27 people younger than 65 have died of the flu in California since October. That's compared to three the same time last year, The Los Angeles Times reports . According to health officials, there's no region of the state where people were being spared from the flu. At UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, the emergency room saw more...

Five tips to stress-free homeownership from the experts
1/3/2018 9:41:45 AM

Five tips to stress-free homeownership from the experts By Christopher G. Cox For most people, the decision to purchase a home is the single biggest financial commitment they will make in a lifetime of decision-making. The decision to buy a home, especially a first home, involves so many competing factors, that it can cause high levels of stress and anxiety. As stress-inducing as a home purchase can be, there are things that a prospective homeowner can do to minimize potential headaches. Ruth Hudspeth, branch manager for Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, says the number...