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Employers In Washington D.C. Can’t Ask Job Applicants For Criminal History

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Reported by Andrew Scot Bolsinger Washington D.C. City Council, led by Councilman Kenyan McDuffie, has passed a law to ban the box on job applications that require applicants to disclose their criminal history. The effort, called the Fair Criminal Records Sentencing Act, which finally succeeded against years of opposition, is an effort to significantly lower recidivism among those re-entering society after an arrest and conviction. Earlier this month, McDuffie’s amendment…

Barneys and Macy’s “No Show” at City Council Hearing

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by Barry Burch Jr. Looks like Barneys and Macy’s are doing exactly what they want African-Americans to do: Not show up. In New York, 17 chief retail stores are being given this Friday as a deadline to provide information with regard to their handling of shoppers they suspect are stealing. On Wednesday, the City Council at a hearing received statements form Macy’s and Barneys New York, which deny singling out customers and…

Georgia City Now Requires Everyone to Own A Gun

Georgia City Now Requires Everyone to Own A Gun

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Just when you wonder if the world has truly gone crazy, you read about things like this. The Nelson, Georgia, City Council unanimously passed a measure requiring every household to have a gun and ammunition. Council members approved the Family Protection Ordinance — which requires every head of household to “to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition” — in a 5-0 vote on Monday night. However, residents of the small…

Martin Shooting Uncovers Sanford Florida’s Long History of Racial Tension

Martin Shooting Uncovers Sanford Florida’s Long History of Racial Tension

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    In Sanford, Fla., historic wrongs against the local black community go back a long way. The memory of those events is still fresh, and they are getting another airing in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, which protesters have called racially motivated. Modern Sanford is built on the shoulders of several historically black communities. Goldsborough, incorporated in 1891, was one of the earliest black towns in Florida….

City Willing To Pay Cold Hard Cash To Entice People To Move There

City Willing To Pay Cold Hard Cash To Entice People To Move There

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    A small northern Illinois town has a proactive new plan it hopes will attract new homeowners to build: $10,000 in cold, hard cash. Yorkville, Ill., a Kendall County city with a population of just more than 6,000, narrowly approved the plan, aimed at stimulating development on the city’s almost 9,000 vacant lots, during a City Council meeting this week, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The program, drawing funding from…

Ludacris Closing One Restaurant To Focus On Another Eatery In Atlanta Airport

Ludacris Closing One Restaurant To Focus On Another Eatery In Atlanta Airport

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    Grammy winning artist Ludacris is closing Straits Atlanta, a Midtown eatery he has operated for four years with partner Chris Yeo. Ludacris, whose real name is Chris Bridges, made the decision after winning a contract to open a restaurant — Chicken N Beer — at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport with Atlanta Restaurant Partners. The airport’s concession contracts were approved Tuesday in a marathon City Council meeting. The eatery was…