Month

February 2012

All posts published in February 2012

110 posts

And the winner is…

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The Oscars, where the award season ends, where history is made and where Hollywood’s most praised are left feeling like a nervous kid waiting to hear his or her name called after, “And the winner is.”

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In defense of affirmative action

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For 40 years, competitive colleges and universities in the United States have taken race into account in order to increase their enrollment of African-Americans (and, to a lesser extent, other minorities).

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Politics as Usual

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Nearly four years ago a new norm was instilled into our society as we elected the nation’s first president of color. Fast-forward to today and the successful outcome in 2008 may be out of reach for President Barack Obama if young people continue their nonch... More »

Mandela, 93, leaves hospital after surgery

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JOHANNESBURG — Former President Nelson Mandela was released from the hospital Sunday after an overnight stay for minor diagnostic surgery to determine the cause of an abdominal complaint, a spokesman for the country’s current leader said.More »

Oil prices fall after 7-day surge

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NEW YORK — Oil prices took a breather on Monday, falling slightly as investors booked some profits after a seven-day surge. Retail gasoline prices continued to climb, adding five cents over the weekend for a national average of $3.70 per ga... More »

NC considers public agency for water power

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RALEIGH, N.C. — State and civic leaders waging a yearslong fight over the hydroelectricity produced by North Carolina’s Yadkin River say a public power agency could attract jobs to the region rather than channel profits to current operator ... More »

Israel inks $1.6 billion arms deal with Azerbaijan

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JERUSALEM — Israeli defense officials on Sunday confirmed $1.6 billion in deals to sell drones as well as anti-aircraft and missile defense systems to Azerbaijan, bringing sophisticated Israeli technology to the doorstep of archenemy Iran.<... More »