Politics

Loretta Lynch was Sworn in Monday as U.S. Attorney General

The U.S. Senate approved her nomination on Thursday Loretta Elizabeth Lynch was sworn in Monday as the nation’s 83rd U.S. Attorney General and the first African-American woman to head the U.S. Justice Department (see today’s video). The U.S. Senate voted 56 to 43 on Thursday to confirm Lynch. When the vote was announced, ending the five-month delay, the gallery burst[Read More…]

Locked Behind Bars and Out of Reach of Social Security

[ilink url=”http://www.northstarnewstoday.com”]Return to the homepage and video channel at www.northstarnewstoday.com or just click here to see the complete issue and video channel.[/ilink]   By Frederick H. Lowe CHICAGO—In an unprecedented move, Chicago officials have agreed to pay $5.5 million in reparations to black men who spent decades in prison after police tortured them into confessing to crimes they didn’t commit.[Read More…]

Drought-Stricken California Gets Mandatory Water Reductions

California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr., who is trying to marshal his forces to control the state’s historic drought, on Wednesday issued an executive order to prevent wasteful water usage. The order includes the first-ever statewide mandatory water-use reductions. Gov. Brown also wants to streamline the state’s drought response and to invest in new technologies that will make California more[Read More…]

Texas Tech to Award a Honorary Degree to a Wrongfully Convicted Student

[ilink url=”http://www.northstarnewstoday.com”]Return to the homepage and video channel at www.northstarnewstoday.com or just click here to see the complete issue and video channel.[/ilink] By Frederick H. Lowe Texas Tech University’s Board of Regents has voted to award an honorary degree to Timothy Cole, a former business student who died in a Texas prison for the crime he didn’t commit. School officials[Read More…]

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Released to a Halfway House

Former U. S. Representative will serve his remaining time in half way house By Hazel Trice Edney (TriceEdneyWire.com)– Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill), who has been serving a 30-month prison sentence,  Thursday was released  to a halfway house in in Baltimore, where he will serve out the remainder of his sentence. Jackson reported to federal prison Oct. 29, 2013,[Read More…]

Brooklyn and Philadelphia DA’s Take Courageous Steps and Indict the Police

By Frederick H. Lowe The Brooklyn and Philadelphia District Attorneys, both African-American men, have gone where their white colleagues have feared or refused to go by indicting sworn police officers for misconduct and illegal shooting deaths of unarmed civilians. Ken Thompson, the Brooklyn or Kings County, N.Y., District Attorney, Wednesday announced a grand jury indictment of New York City Police[Read More…]

President Obama’s Ratings Are Up

President Barack Obama received a 50 percent job-approval rating, following his State of the Union address this month, but among African Americans, his ratings dropped three percentage points, according to a Gallup Politics survey. During his State of the Union address on Jan. 20th, President Obama delivered a populist message calling for free tuition at the nation’s junior colleges and[Read More…]

Infrastructure Needs, New Technology at Top of Agenda for Transportation Secretary Foxx

 The head of the DOT seeks a national focus on transportation systems By Burney Simpson WASHINGTON—The nation’s transportation infrastructure needs to be expanded in regions where the population is growing and repaired where it is wearing out, but intransigence on Capitol Hill makes it difficult to move forward on such huge projects, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said on Monday[Read More…]

New CBC Chair Declares ‘Black America Is In a State of Emergency’

Butterfield takes helm, vowing continued fight against police abuses and for criminal justice reforms By Joyce Jones (TriceEdneyWire.com) – U. S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), the 24th chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, is taking the reins of the CBC at a pivotal moment in Black history. Despite all of the progress that African-Americans have made since the group was[Read More…]