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By Knight-Ridder News Service | November 7, 1991
She has long, beautiful hair, a perfect figure and clothes to die for.Sound like Barbie? Almost: Meet Shani -- the newest Mattel invention for little girls.Shani is an 11 1/2 -inch doll with black features, including a broader nose and fuller lips. Her name means "marvelous" in Swahili, and Shani (SHAW-nee) already is earning that description among kids and retailers; early sales have been strong.But not everyone is enthralled. To some, Shani is reviving unresolved debates about what defines beauty -- especially for black women.
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Lionel Foster | January 10, 2013
The civil rights movement was full of dynamic and evocative images. Today, even many of us born after its iconic moments were captured on film can describe Martin Luther King Jr.'s outstretched arm pointing a sea of people toward a future decades beyond the short span of his life, or German shepherds in Birmingham ripping into black skin, as if we had watched these events live. But 50 years after the March on Washington, one local institution is helping audiences revisit this period in American history and examine details that were largely overlooked.
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By Jonathan Alter | April 22, 1994
WHAT IF they gave a war and nobody cared? The astonishing level of brutality in Rwanda is getting considerable attention, but this is the exception that proves the rule.Last fall in Rwanda and neighboring Burundi, as many as 100,000 (by vague estimates) died in fighting following a coup, and it merited mostly news briefs in the American press.In Liberia, 150,000 were killed in 1989-90. In Angola, the death toll exceeds 100,000, twice the number of Americans killed in Vietnam.In Ethiopia, the figures after 17 years of civil war are in the hundreds of thousands, not counting starvation.
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By Jonathan Alter | April 22, 1994
WHAT IF they gave a war and nobody cared? The astonishing level of brutality in Rwanda is getting considerable attention, but this is the exception that proves the rule.Last fall in Rwanda and neighboring Burundi, as many as 100,000 (by vague estimates) died in fighting following a coup, and it merited mostly news briefs in the American press.In Liberia, 150,000 were killed in 1989-90. In Angola, the death toll exceeds 100,000, twice the number of Americans killed in Vietnam.In Ethiopia, the figures after 17 years of civil war are in the hundreds of thousands, not counting starvation.
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Lionel Foster | January 10, 2013
The civil rights movement was full of dynamic and evocative images. Today, even many of us born after its iconic moments were captured on film can describe Martin Luther King Jr.'s outstretched arm pointing a sea of people toward a future decades beyond the short span of his life, or German shepherds in Birmingham ripping into black skin, as if we had watched these events live. But 50 years after the March on Washington, one local institution is helping audiences revisit this period in American history and examine details that were largely overlooked.
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By Roxanne C. Smith | May 8, 1992
ONE DAY not long ago I stopped by the neighborhood market on my way home from classes. I go there frequently enough to be recognized by the store's Korean owners, who greet me cheerfully.That day the young woman who handles the sole register called out, "Hi, miss," as she sometimes does. I smiled and returned her greeting. I then went through the store's cramped aisles, selected the few items I needed and returned to the register. I saw that the clerk's cheerful demeanor had changed drastically.
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December 20, 2000
Do you know? How do polar bears find food in the snow? Answer: Polar bears have a good sense of smell. They can smell food from very far away, and can even sniff out seals hiding in the snow. Learn more! Visit Magnet, the polar bear at the Baltimore Zoo. Read "Snow Bear" by Jean Craighead George. 1. Polar bears are good swimmers. They can swim for hours and can travel as many as 43 miles a day. 2. The polar bear's thick white fur is made of clear, hollow hairs that reflect light and help heat the bear's black skin.
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December 19, 2001
The huge polar bear is the largest land carnivore (meat-eater) in the world. Its coat, which varies in color from white to yellow, helps it blend in with the snow. Woolly underhair and a thick layer of fat under its skin keep the polar bear warm in the chilly Arctic. Furry feet help the bear from slipping on ice as it hunts and plays in the snow. what's for DINNER? Polar bears hunt seals, walruses and small mammals. do you KNOW? How do polar bears find food in the snow? Answer: Polar bears have a good sense of smell.
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May 16, 1994
The state's NAACP chapters are concerned about the possibility that the American Bar Association may rate Alexander Williams Jr. "unqualified" for a federal district court vacancy in Maryland. Mr. Williams is the two-term state's attorney in Prince George's County. President Clinton nominated him last year. Because an ABA committee has yet to rate Mr. Williams, no Senate confirmation hearings have been held. Meanwhile, rumors circulate the committee has decided Mr. Williams is not qualified, or is leaning in that direction.
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By Anita Gold and Anita Gold,Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service | June 4, 1995
Q: How can I find out more about Nippon marked china?A: Write the International Nippon Collectors' Club c/o Phil Fernkes, 112 Oak Ave. North, Owatonna, Minn. 55060. It offers an annual membership and informative bimonthly newsletter for $20. Or call (507) 451-4960 for information.Q: I have a bunch of original McDonald's stir rods from years ago. How can I find out more about them, and where can I take them to sell?A: Send a photocopy of the stirrers (which may be rare) to McDonald Collector, P.O. Box 83, Winnetka, Ill. 60093, enclosing a self-addressed stamped envelope for a reply or cash offer.
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By Roxanne C. Smith | May 8, 1992
ONE DAY not long ago I stopped by the neighborhood market on my way home from classes. I go there frequently enough to be recognized by the store's Korean owners, who greet me cheerfully.That day the young woman who handles the sole register called out, "Hi, miss," as she sometimes does. I smiled and returned her greeting. I then went through the store's cramped aisles, selected the few items I needed and returned to the register. I saw that the clerk's cheerful demeanor had changed drastically.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | November 7, 1991
She has long, beautiful hair, a perfect figure and clothes to die for.Sound like Barbie? Almost: Meet Shani -- the newest Mattel invention for little girls.Shani is an 11 1/2 -inch doll with black features, including a broader nose and fuller lips. Her name means "marvelous" in Swahili, and Shani (SHAW-nee) already is earning that description among kids and retailers; early sales have been strong.But not everyone is enthralled. To some, Shani is reviving unresolved debates about what defines beauty -- especially for black women.
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By TANIKA WHITE and TANIKA WHITE,SUN REPORTER | February 5, 2006
With the support of a makeup artist and Iman, African-American women are getting more options for foundations, skin care The self-described "groupies" gathered in a dark room of a Northwest Washington hotel, eagerly awaiting the man some had traveled from Philadelphia or New York to see. The celebrity was handsome as a Hollywood hunk, charismatic as a pop music star. But these women couldn't care less whether he had any singing talent or an ability to cry on cue. He was Sam Fine, makeup artist to such stars as Vanessa Williams, Janet Jackson, Tyra Banks, Mary J. Blige, Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey and Iman.
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