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If you want Medicaid, you may have to work for it

If you want Medicaid, you may have to work for it

By Frederick H. Lowe States soon will be able to compel able-bodied, working-age adults to take jobs to receive Medicaid benefits under guidelines issued Thursday by Trump administration. “The policy responds to numerous state requests to test programs through Medicaid demonstration projects under which work or participation in other community engagement activities, including skills training, education, job search, volunteering or […]

January 12, 2018 · 0 comments ·
Senator Harris and Senator Booker join the powerful U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee

Senator Harris and Senator Booker join the powerful U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee

By Frederick H. Lowe Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) and Senator Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) yesterday were selected to join the Senate Judiciary Committee, a very powerful committee that plays a key role in considering U.S. Supreme Court, federal appeals court and district court nominations. Harris replaces former Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) who resigned from office on January 2 after several […]

January 9, 2018 · 0 comments ·
What could net neutrality’s end mean for you?

What could net neutrality’s end mean for you?

Posted by Stanford December 25, 2017 On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal its net neutrality rules, which critics say could make the internet more expensive and less accessible for Americans. Here, net neutrality experts Ryan Singel from the Stanford University Law School and Didi Kuo from the university’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies […]

January 9, 2018 · 0 comments ·
To fight the opioid epidemic, take drug makers to court ?

To fight the opioid epidemic, take drug makers to court ?

Litigation against drug manufacturers that produce and distribute opioids could be a promising option in the fight against the opioid addiction crisis, according to a new article. In the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, Rebecca Haffajee of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, along with Michelle Mello of Stanford University, analyze the history of […]

January 9, 2018 · 0 comments ·
In Memoriam 2017

In Memoriam 2017

NorthStar looks back and honors these extraordinary people we lost in 2017…. By Susan M. Miller 19 November Della Reese (b. July 6, 1931; Detroit, Michigan), 86, singer, actress and minister, began singing in church, was discovered at thirteen by gospel great Mahalia Jackson and sang with her group. From there, her bright and varied career led her to a […]

January 5, 2018 · 0 comments ·
Church service will celebrate Dr. King’s life

Church service will celebrate Dr. King’s life

By Frederick H. Lowe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life will be celebrated with speeches and personal remembrances by key staff  members who worked closely with him in Chicago. The celebration is scheduled for 4p.m. January 14 at Morgan Park United Methodist Church, 11030 S. Longwood Dr. in Chicago. James Earl Ray, a white assassin, murdered Dr. King on April […]

January 5, 2018 · 0 comments ·
South Africa’s national anthem is voted the world’s best

South Africa’s national anthem is voted the world’s best

By Frederick H. Lowe Celebrating the “Star-Spangled Banner,” the U.S. National Anthem, has divided the country with fewer people watching  NFL games because of protests by some black players who kneel on one knee during the song to protest police brutality. Moreover, many Americans don’t know the words. But South Africa’s national anthem, the rousing “God Bless Africa,” has been […]

January 5, 2018 · 0 comments ·
U.S. Senator-elect Doug Jones hires a black chief of staff

U.S. Senator-elect Doug Jones hires a black chief of staff

By Frederick H. Lowe U.S. Senator-elect Doug Jones of Alabama on Tuesday hired Dana Gresham, an African-American Washington, D.C. insider, as his chief of staff. Jones, who will be sworn in Wednesday will be the only Democratic U.S. Senator with a black chief of staff although two Republican U.S. Senators —- Tim Scott of South Carolina, and Jerry Moran of […]

January 2, 2018 · 0 comments ·
Mike Tyson breaks ground for a marijuana ranch

Mike Tyson breaks ground for a marijuana ranch

By Frederick H. Lowe Former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson and his business partners have broken ground on a 40-acre ranch in California City, California, to grow marijuana now that California has become the nation’s sixth and largest state to allow the legal sale of marijuana for recreational use. Sales of marijuana for recreational use became legal January 1. […]

January 2, 2018 · 0 comments ·
Deadly double police shooting ruled unjustified

Deadly double police shooting ruled unjustified

Chicago cop killed a college student and an innocent bystander By Frederick H. Lowe The Civilian Office of Police Accountability in Chicago has ruled the deadly police shootings of a college student and his downstairs neighbor two years ago this month were unjustified. COPA’s decision was issued December 22, nearly a year after the Cook County State’s Attorney ruled in […]

December 31, 2017 · 0 comments ·