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Rep. Ford steps into leadership circle

WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com)–It was an unlikely political challenge and the outcome was easily predictable. Third term Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) member Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) was defeated 177-29 Nov. 14 in his challenge to liberal Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) historic bid to become the first ever female party leader in Congress. But in ways not yet apparent on the national...

NAACP inks farm deal with Cuba

(FinalCall.com)--The NAACP has reached an agreement with the Cuban government to buy food products from Black farmers, accessing that country's $1.5 billion import agriculture market. The deal was announced Nov. 15 by NAACP President/CEO Kwiesi Mfume and John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, after meeting with Pedro Alvarez, director of ALIMPORT, Cuba's food import company. "This...

All We Need is Love Age is only a number for adoptive parents who care

WASHINGTON, D.C. (FinalCall.com)--When most couples in their late 50's are welcoming the empty nest and planning for retirement, Clifton and Alberta Muhammad wanted something different.  They had a big house and a lot of love, but their three sons were grown and gone.  So they decided to become foster parents. "We got a call one night from the social...

Judge delays Central Park 5 case

NEW YORK (FinalCall.com)–Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Charles Tejada announced that he would not rule on a motion to set aside the convictions of the Central Park 5 until Feb. 6, 2003. It was an announcement that did not sit well with an attorney of the young men falsely convicted of a 1989 rape. "Our position with the court from the...

Voices of hope and peace

CHARLENEM SANTA MONICA, Ca.(FinalCall.com)–Before addressing nearly 250 members of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel Nov. 14, Jean Zaru, Adi Dagan and Muna Shikaki explained to a small contingent of press how they were trussed together by devastating results of an over 35-year-old war that has impacted life, death, economics, and social well...

UN Report Controversy simmers beneath proposed UN ‘reform’ package

UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com)–The Fifth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, at Final Call press time, was set to resume discussions on the reform measures of the world body that were presented by Secretary General Kofi Annan. Mr. Annan addressed the General Assembly on Oct. 30 to explain his reform package that he submitted in September against a backdrop...

Illegal gun pipeline ran from small town to big city, prosecutors say

By Richard Muhammad CHICAGO (FinalCall.com)–It was a lucrative venture, in which guns purchased from a small town in Mississippi sold for up to 10 times their value on city streets. The alliance between a licensed White gun dealer and Black alleged gang members brought 83 firearms from Grenada, Miss., to Chicago, between 1995 and 1997, said prosecutors, following the Nov. 13...

Does Republican control of Congress make Black vote irrelevant?

McKinney: Democrats in 'valley of death'  WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com)–The aftermath of the stunning nationwide sweep for Republicans on Election Day 2002 may open the door for harsh government retrenchment, new legislative initiatives favoring the rich at the expense of the poor and middle class, little hope for relief in the federal court system, and even more political isolation of Blacks...

Adoption brings joy into the lives of children and families

National Adoption Information Clearinghouse WASHINGTON (FinalCall.com)–Mustafa Muhammad is a bright and curious nine-year-old. When he was just six, he began to look around at the people in his family. He looked at pictures of his grandparents, his cousins and other relatives and asked his mother, "Why don’t I look like everyone else?" His mother, Aishah, knew this day was coming,...

Get fit to live Exercising during Ramadan

Q: Is it okay to exercise during Ramadan? AM: There is nothing wrong with exercising during Ramadan, as long as you exercise during the earlier morning hours so you have time to drink some water before the sun comes up. Or you may choose to exercise after the sun goes down. I definitely wouldn’t recommend exercising at 8...