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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

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

"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 - CNNPolitics.com

"(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 | SILive.com

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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 | SILive.com

Friday, May 29, 2015

John Murphy, Congressman Convicted in Abscam Sting, Dies at 88 - NYTimes.com

"John M. Murphy, a former New York City congressman who served 18 years in the House before being caught taking a $50,000 cash payment in the Abscam sting operation in the late 1970s, died on Monday on Staten Island. He was 88.

His death, at a hospital there, was confirmed by his grandson John M. Murphy III.

Mr. Murphy, a Democrat from Staten Island, was one of seven members of Congress found guilty of taking illicit payoffs in the Abscam operation, which involved undercover agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation posing as Middle Eastern tycoons offering bribes in exchange for help with immigration and other matters. The F.B.I. videotaped the payoffs."

Saturday, May 23, 2015

NYTimes: U.S. Flies Over a Chinese Project at Sea, and Beijing Objects

"WASHINGTON — The United States and China on Friday escalated their dispute over contested territory in the South China Sea, after the Chinese repeatedly ordered an American military surveillance plane to abandon flights over areas where China has been building artificial islands."

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Cuomo: Oil spill in Hudson River after nuclear plant fire | Fox News Latino

"And New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the media on Sunday that "There is no doubt but that oil did escape from the transformer, there is no doubt that oil did go into the holding tank and exceeded the capacity of the holding tank, and there is no doubt that oil was discharged into the Hudson River. Exactly how much, we don't know."

The portion of the plant affected by the fire was shut down automatically, while the rest of the facility continued operating normally.

Plant authorities said Sunday that the installation remains partially shut down, but stable, after the problem, which did not affect its nuclear area.

Cuomo visited the plant on Saturday night and called the incident "not a major situation," but said that he takes nothing lightly when it comes to the Indian Point plant since it is located so close to New York, with its high population density.

He added that the transformer that caught fire was seriously damaged.

Cuomo, as reported by local media, also expressed his concern over the environmental effects of the incident, not due to radioactivity but rather to the chemicals used to put out the blaze.

According to the governor, the remains of the foam used to quell this kind of fire can pass through the sewer system and into the nearby Hudson River, which runs through New York City.

He assured the public that environmental protection authorities are working to avoid possible negative consequences of those chemicals. EFE"