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A New Ride Starring Disney’s First Black Princess Replaces Ride Many Viewed As Racist

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A new attraction starring the first Black Disney princess is opening at the company's U.S. theme park resorts, and some Disney followers see it as a fitting replacement to a former ride based on a movie that contained racist tropes. The new theme park attraction updates Tiana's storyline from the 2009 animated film "The Princess and the Frog" and is opening this year in the space

President Joe Biden’s Son, Hunter Biden, Convicted Of All 3 Felonies In Gun Trial

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Hunter Biden was convicted Tuesday of all three felony charges related to the purchase of a revolver in 2018 when, prosecutors argued, the president's son lied on a mandatory gun-purchase form by saying he was not illegally using or addicted to drugs. Hunter Biden, 54, stared straight ahead and showed little emotion as the verdict was read after jury deliberations that lasted only three hours over

Colon Cancer Rates Are Rising In Young Americans insurance barriers are making screening harder

By Andrea Shin, University of California More than 53,000 Americans are projected to die from colorectal cancer this year. Although colorectal cancer is the second-most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States, it can be cured if caught early. Detecting a tumor as soon as possible can help you get treatment as soon as possible, giving you the best chance for survival. In my work as a gastroenterologist,

The Rev. James Lawson Jr., civil rights leader, dies at 95

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rev. James Lawson Jr., an apostle of nonviolent protest who schooled activists to withstand brutal reactions from white authorities as the Civil Rights Movement gained traction, has died, his family said Monday. He was 95. His family said Lawson died on Sunday after a short illness in Los Angeles, where he spent decades working as a pastor, labor movement organizer and university professor. Lawson was

10 Public School Units Receive Grant Funding to Advance Digital-Age Teaching and Learning

RALEIGH, NC - The State Board of Education approved 11 grant proposals for 10 public school units today that will fund effective digital learning practices in North Carolina's K-12 public schools. The state-funded competitive grant program under the state's Digital Learning Initiative supports the development and dissemination of local innovative digital learning models. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt said these grants are key to helping North Carolina's students

Howard University Revokes Diddy’s Honorary Degree 

NNPA Just days after Howard University announced it would revoke the honorary degree awarded to Sean "Diddy" Combs in 2014, additional details have emerged about the decision and the mounting legal issues facing the hip-hop mogul. On Friday, June 7, Howard University's Board of Trustees voted unanimously "to accept the return by Mr. Sean Combs of the honorary degree," as stated in their official release. The decision, linked to a

North Carolina Booms As A Top Tourist Destination

CAROLINA PUBLIC PRESS - The North Carolina tourism economy reached its highest level ever in 2023, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday, with travelers spending more than $35.6 billion on trips to and within the state. That's up almost 7% from the previous record in 2022, according to the governor's office. The state also rose to fifth in the nation for domestic visitation, behind California, Florida, Texas and New York.  Direct

Hospital Closure In NC City May Signal Trouble For Biden

WILLIAMSTON, N.C. (AP) - Weeds have punctured through the vacant parking lot of Martin General Hospital's emergency room. A makeshift blue tarp covering the hospital's sign is worn down from flapping in the wind. The hospital doors are locked, many in this county of 22,000 fear permanently. Some residents worry the hospital's sudden closure last August could cost them their life. "I know we all have to die, but it

Biden Campaign, DNC Engage Voters

Jordan Meadows Staff Writer At the Word Tabernacle Church in Rocky Mount on Thursday afternoon, the Biden-Harris reelection campaign joined local elected officials, community leaders, and advocates from across Eastern North Carolina for an event focused on rural and Black North Carolinian voters. Dr. Kimberly Hardy, the second vice chair of the NC Democratic Party, led the journey through 30 counties of Eastern North Carolina with a clear mission: to

Who Is Kamala Harris? Pt 3 of Series

Jordan Meadows, Staff Writer Harris's journey to the Senate began with a resounding victory in the November 2016 election, where she captured over 60% of the vote, carrying all but four counties in California - becoming the second Black woman and the first South Asian American to hold the position. Her campaign, endorsed by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, promised to protect immigrants from the divisive policies