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Headlines: More Sad Stats on Black America, AIDS

U.S. Blacks, If a Nation, Would Rank High on AIDS
The advocacy group Black AIDS Institute released a report, saying that if black America was its own country, it would be number 16 on the list of countries with the highest amount of people living with AIDS. 600,000 African Americans currently have AIDS, and as many as 30,000 are being infected each year.

AIDS-Related Deaths Decline 10% in 2007
The United Nations says the number of new AIDS infections, as well as the number of deaths has dropped significantly over the last year. There were 2.7 million new HIV cases in 2007, which is down from the 3 million in 2001. The UN has attributed this trend to increasing AIDS awareness, prevention tactics, and access to treatment.

McCain Charge Against Obama Lacks Evidence
John McCain has launched a renewed attempt to discredit Barack Obama's trip through Europe and the Middle East. McCain alleges Obama canceled a visit to a military hospital because he could not take reporters with him. Critics of the ad claim that there is "no evidence that the charge is true."

IOC Will Allow Iraq to Join the Games
The International Olympic Committee has decided to allow Iraq to participate in the 2008 Beijing Olympics after all. The decision was made after last-minute conversations between Iraq and the IOC, in which the country promised to allow for the independence of their national Olympics panel — the reason for their initial ban from the games.

Black Like Mommy, White Like Me
Monique Fields has a three-year-old daughter who believes she more closely resembles her white father than her black mother. Fields describes how she must help her daughter find her way through a race-conscious world, embracing both of sides of her family, and of herself.

Keeping Him Healthy
An increasing amount of research seems to support the theory that black men suffer from many more health risks than their white counterparts. In fact, black men are up to 50 percent more likely to die from heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and cancer.

Entertainment
A Racist Next Door
Following the trend of movies such as Crash and L.A. Confidential, the upcoming thriller, Lakeview Terrace, draws attention to the Los Angeles Police Department and race relations. However this film has an added twist: the racist police officer is black. Samuel L. Jackson stars.

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