**FILE** D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine (Courtesy photo)
Business

D.C. AG Racine Leads 38-State Coalition in Support of Marijuana Banking Bill

WASHINGTON INFORMER — An effort aimed at bringing billions of dollars of existing cash transactions into the regulated banking sector has resulted in a coalition of 38 attorneys general who are urging Congress to pass the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act, or SAFE Banking Act,  to allow legal marijuana-related businesses to access the banking system. […read more]

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Miss USA, Cheslie Kryst, (Photo: Courtesy biowikis.com)
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Black Women Dominate Miss USA Pageant

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The winner and finalists, which also included another woman of color in the top 5, was also a not-so-subtle reminder and rebuke of President Donald Trump, who once owned the pageant but sold it after he ran for office in 2015 and after he famously disparaged immigrants and individuals of color. […read more]

Jillian Jolly (second from left), a senior at Ramsay High School has announced that she will attend Yale University this fall on a full-ride, four-year scholarship. Jolly is shown here with her uncle, Frederic Bolling (left), Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring (second from right) and her mother, Jacqueline Harrell. (Photos by :Erica Wright Photos | The Birmingham Times)
Education

Meet the Ramsay HS student, en route to Yale, who earned more than $2M in scholarships

THE BIRMINGHAM TIMES — Ramsay High School senior Jillian Jolly, 18, has dreamed of attending Yale University since she was in kindergarten.“ I always heard that Yale was the school where smart people went. It was the top school, and I wanted to be there,’’ she said. Thirteen years later, her dream has become a reality: She has accepted a full-ride, four-year scholarship worth nearly $300,000. […read more]

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Commentary

16 States and Counting Sue Trump over ‘Vanity’ Wall

NNPA NEWSWIRE — “Trump is willing to manipulate the Office of the Presidency to engage in unconstitutional theater performed to convince his audience that he is committed to his ‘beautiful’ border wall. We’re suing President Trump to stop him from unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds lawfully set aside by Congress for the people of our states,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. […read more]

Health

Obamacare blitz: Can US persuade young ‘invincibles’ to buy health coverage?

[THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR] In Oregon, folk singers croon about the state’s health insurance exchange in artsy television ads. Connecticut is passing out “Get covered” sunscreen at the beach, and a Colorado poster features a young man with a “winner” medal, fists pumped, and the slogan Read More

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Op-Ed

One Week, Two Sides of Obama

By George E. Curry NNPA Columnist Over the span of one week, two different sides of President Obama emerged in different yet unforgettable terms. This first was political, involving Susan Rice’s decision to withdraw her name as a candidate for Secretary of State. The second Read More

Op-Ed

Child Watch: Dear God! When Will It Stop?

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist The horrendous news from Newtown, Conn. has pierced our hearts. A black-clad man in his 20s armed with two semi-automatic handguns, entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School and made an elementary school for kindergartners through fourth graders the scene Read More