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Howard grad becomes California’s first female and first African American attorney general

Democrat Kamala Harris was sworn in as attorney general on Monday, becoming the first woman and first minority to hold California’s top law enforcement office.

She told hundreds of supporters that she will be an innovator who will be smart on crime as well as tough on crime.

“Being smart on crime is about doing more preventing and less reacting,” she said, promising to target chronic truancy and the underlying causes of criminal behavior as she did during two terms as San Francisco district attorney.

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[video] The President & First Lady explain Child Nutrition Bill



Bullet-points for the the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

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Missing a parent-teacher conference could mean jail time for Detroit residents

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy defended her plan to jail parents who repeatedly miss conferences with their children’s teachers during an appearance today on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Worthy said many people think she is looking to simply jail people for three days if they miss a parent-teacher conference, but she said her plan is not that strict. She is calling for the jail stay if a parent repeatedly misses conferences and isn’t in touch with teachers and school officials.

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Republican Sen. Graham plans to alter the Amendment that gave African Americans citizenship rights

The rationale of senators calling for hearings on the 14th Amendment is supposedly a concern about illegal immigration. According to Senator Graham and other Republican leaders, undocumented workers come to the U.S. and have babies — anchor babies, they say — in order to provide a basis for enabling the parent to remain in the country legally. It’s called “drop and leave,” Senator Graham said recently, seemingly unmindful of the internal illogic of this mysterious new term.

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23 year old pleads guilt to torching Black Church

A 23-year-old Springfield man pleaded guilty yesterday to torching a predominantly black church in November 2008, a crime that prosecutors said was motivated by racial hatred over Barack Obama’s election hours earlier.

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New Arizona Law bans teaching Ethnic Studies

A bill that aims to ban ethnic studies in Arizona schools was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jan Brewer, cheering critics who called such classes divisive and alarming others who said it’s yet another law targeting Latinos in the state.

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FAMU College of Law is most diverse in the nation

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Law was recognized by U.S. News & World Report for having the most diverse law school in the nation – for the second consecutive year.

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FAMU sues to get “sex tape” off the web

Florida A&M University was not amused when the name of its teams — the Rattlers — the FAMU logo and the school colors appeared in a video featuring what appeared to be eight students having an orgy.