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May 8, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
When August Wilson's "Radio Golf" opens tonight on Broadway in a $2-million production, investors won't be relying solely on rave reviews to fill the Cort Theater's 1,000 seats. In an unusually aggressive move, the producers hired five marketing firms to promote the show about an African American businessman who wants to run for mayor of Pittsburgh. At the time of his death in October 2005, Wilson had won two Pulitzer Prizes and was one of America's most celebrated dramatists.
February 15, 1999
Re Earl Ofari Hutchinson's Feb. 8 commentary: As an African American political science student, I too was interested in the low numbers of African American politicians in California. I have a much different take on the shrinking numbers. When a disenfranchised group becomes part of the electoral process, its members are happy to see people who look like them and address their problems, which are simple and uniform. That is how the political machines got their power. Irish, Italians and [other]
July 18, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
A new poll shows that black Americans have grown more upbeat about their treatment in society after the reelection of President Obama. Earlier this summer, a record 47% said they were satisfied with how blacks were treated in the country - more than at any other time since Gallup started asking the question in 2001. However, Gallup cautioned that the question was asked before George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin - an event that could dim that rising optimism.
August 22, 2006 | Delthia Ricks, Newsday
Separate teams of gene hunters have homed in on key regions in the human genome to explain the higher-than-usual incidence of prostate cancer in black men and the elevated risk of premature birth among black women. The discoveries, being reported today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, add context to two medical mysteries that have long proved difficult to explain.
May 6, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Four years after settling a discrimination lawsuit for $46 million, Denny's apologized to 40 black sixth-graders and their chaperons who said they were denied service at a Florida restaurant. The group from Baltimore was on a field trip to Disney World when they stopped at the Denny's in Ocoee, Fla. They said they were not greeted or seated.
May 18, 1991 | From Associated Press
The Vatican has given the Baltimore archdiocese permission to make a case for sainthood for Elizabeth Lange, a Baltimore nun who founded the first order of black nuns. "We want to stress that this is a very preliminary stage of the process," said Father William Au, a spokesman for the archdiocese. "Right now, we want to make the public aware that Mother Lange is being considered for canonization so we can receive any documentation of her life that people might have," he said.
October 23, 1999 | Larry Stammer
A first-ever African American Catholic Festival of Evangelization, which Roman Catholic Church officials are calling a "new beginning" for revitalizing the faith of black Roman Catholics in Los Angeles, will take place in Los Angeles next week. The festival is an attempt to cope with changing demographics in the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese, said Father John Harfmann, director of the African American Catholic Center for Evangelization.
November 25, 1999 | From Associated Press
A restaurant operator has agreed to pay $15,000 for sensitivity training after adding a tip to the check of two black patrons and telling them: "You black people don't tip well." Hiromi Takarada, acting manager of Thai Toni Restaurant in Miami Beach, agreed to the training for himself and his employees, state Atty. Gen. Bob Butterworth said Wednesday. Butterworth sued the restaurant, seeking up to $10,000 for violation of the state's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.
February 17, 1996 | LESLEY WRIGHT
The attorney, the singer, the race-car driver and the cosmetologist describing their lives Friday to the fifth-grade class were playing a dual role. Along with demonstrating their skills, they were showing that African Americans can succeed in any field. Their addresses to Kristin Hale's class at Charles G. Emery Elementary School, part of a program to dramatize Black History Month, was organized by publicist Cynthia Busby, whose daughter Brittany is one of the 31 students in the class.
December 1, 1988 | Associated Press
NASA announced astronaut crews for future missions Wednesday, including the space agency's first black shuttle commander and two civilian astronauts. Air Force Col. Frederick D. Gregory, who piloted Challenger during a 1985 mission, will command Discovery on a Defense Department flight scheduled for liftoff next Aug. 10. He will be the first black to command a shuttle mission. Civilian scientists Ronald A. Parise and Samuel T.
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