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Headlines: Pillay Appointed UN Human Rights Chief

Leaving the Bench to Stand Up
Navanethem Pillay, the first woman of color to be appointed to the South African High Court, faces new challenges now that she has been named the UN's new chief of human rights. Despite criticism that she is not qualified for the position, she says she is used to it, citing that she was not allowed to sign a contract without her husbands consent for years even though she has a law degree. "The first time I entered a judge's chambers was when I entered my own."

House Passes Broader Plan to Fights AIDS
The House approved a bill Thursday to finance a five-year, $48 billion plan to fight AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. The legislation will provide funds to AIDS-devastated nations in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and other areas worldwide. The bill also puts an end to American policy that disallows people who are HIV-positive to get U.S. visas.

Obstacles Linger for Obama
Despite the monumental coverage Obama has received abroad, he is struggling to turn this coverage into a substantial lead over John McCain, who is using the opportunity to make Obama look elitist and arrogant. "I'd love to give a speech in Germany ... but I'd much prefer to do it as president of the United States, rather than as a candidate for the office of presidency."

Robust Again, New Orleans' Dining Scene Is Up for Taste Tests
New Orleans' daily newspaper, the Times-Picayune, printed formal restaurant reviews Friday for the first time since Hurricane Katrina caused every restaurant in the city to shut down years ago. Critics, chefs, and New Orleans natives alike believe that food has played a central role in the recovery of the city and its culture.

NABJ Launches Media Institute
The National Association of Black Journalists has just launched the NABJ Media Institute. Their goal is to offer "professional-development opportunities, educational programs, conferences, workshops, entrepreneurial guidance, as well as Web seminars ... for journalist of color." The NABJ plans to release more details at the UNITY convention.

The New Tavis Smiley, Beware!
As auditions begin to select Tavis Smiley's replacement on "The Tom Joyner Morning Show", TheRoot.com examines Mr. Smiley's rise and fall from in popularity. Whoever does take his place shouldn't expect to be the leader of the black community from behind a microphone.

Entertainment
Saxophonist Johnny Griffin Dies at 80
Johnny Griffin, a jazz tenor-saxophonist from Chicago's South Side who has been based in Europe since the sixties, died today at his home in Mauprevoir, France. Griffin, one of the most talented bebop musicians of his generation, was known for his speed, control, and harmonic acuity. He played his last concert Monday.

'Harlem Shuffle' Co-writer was Part of the Soul Duo 'Bob and Earl'
Earl Lee Nelson, the Earl of 'Bob and Earl' who are best known for their R&B hit "Harlem Shuffle", died on July 12th at the age of 79. He has been suffering from Alzheimer's disease when he died at his home in Los Angeles.

Sports
Reality Stars
The Dallas Cowboys are scheduled to star in a reality TV show this summer. The show, Hard Knocks, gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at life in an NFL training camp. Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo and his relationship with Jessica Simpson is merely one subplot.

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