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Saturday, August 29, 2015

NYTimes: Al Jazeera Journalists Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison in Egypt

"CAIRO — An Egyptian judge on Saturday handed down unexpectedly harsh verdicts in the trial of three journalists from the Al Jazeera English news channel, sentencing them to at least three years in prison on charges that human rights advocates have repeatedly dismissed as political in nature."

Monday, July 27, 2015

NYTimes: ‘Sea Slaves’: Forced Labor for Cheap Fish

"While forced labor exists throughout the world, nowhere is the problem more pronounced than here in the South China Sea, especially in the Thai fishing fleet, which faces an annual shortage of about 50,000 mariners, based on United Nations estimates. The shortfall is primarily filled by using migrants, mostly from Cambodia and Myanmar.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Obama announces re-establishment of U.S.-Cuba ties -

"Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama said Wednesday that it was past time for the U.S. to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba as he announced that the two countries were reopening their embassies after more than 50 years.

"When the United States shuttered our embassy in 1961, I don't think anyone thought it would be more than half a century before it reopened," he said in remarks from the White House Rose Garden.

Earlier Wednesday in Havana, a U.S. diplomat delivered a note from Obama to Cuban President Raul Castro restoring diplomatic ties."

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Was blaze at mostly black church a hate crime?

Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies - The New York Times

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the majority opinion in the 6-to-3 decision. The court’s three most conservative members — Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. — dissented.The case concerned a central part of the Affordable Care Act, Mr. Obama’s signature legislative achievement. The law created marketplaces, known as exchanges, to allow people who lack insurance to shop for individual health plans.

Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies - The New York Times

Monday, June 22, 2015

Nikki Haley calls for removal of Confederate flag -

"(CNN)South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the State House.

"Today we are here in a moment of unity in our state without ill will to say it is time to remove the flag from our capitol grounds," said Haley, a Republican and the state's first non-white governor, while flanked by a diverse group of South Carolina politicians.

"This flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state," she said."

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Dwayne Fisher, Dr. Nailah Roland are married |


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Marriage vows were exchanged May 29 by Florence, S.C., residents Dr. Nailah Roland and Dwayne Fisher, Jr. The afternoon ceremony at The Marina Inn at Grand Dunes, also in Florence, was conducted by the Rev. Judy Brown from Bethel Community Church, Tompkinsville. A reception followed in the inn's Nautilus Ballroom.
The bride is a daughter of Alsuna and Charles Roland of Livingston. The bridegroom is a son of Laura and Dwayne Fisher, Sr., from St. Reserve, La.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose Esther Gibson as the maid of honor and Geana Mangroo as the matron of honor. The bridesmaids were Kimberly Jones, Michelle Cordner, Nicole Russell, Tiffani Cordner, Ayanna Russell, Delayshia Carter and Deja Fisher. The junior bridesmaid was Amani Ballard. Makaiya Mangroo and Kilahni Mangroo were the flower girls.

The groom chose Ky Wilson as the best man. The ushers were Don Cherry Jr., Decardiay Fisher, Steve Stroud, Omari Roland, Joshua Cordner, Jeff Thibodaux, Lamar Carter and Terrance Bailey. The ringbearer was Jahsiah Mangroo.

Dr. Roland is a Curtis High School graduate and received a bachelor of science degree in molecular cell biology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. She graduated from the Medical University of the Americas, St. Kitts-Nevis, with a medical degree as a general practitioner. She is employed as an internal medicine physician at Carolinas Medical Alliance-Primary Care, Florence, S.C.
Mr. Fisher is a graduate of East St. John High School, Reserve, La. He received a bachelor of science degree in business management and marketing from Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, La. He is entertainment manager with JayR Management in Florence, S.C.
The newlyweds are planning a honeymoon trip to St. Marten.
Dwayne Fisher, Dr. Nailah Roland are married |