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West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American

The Target parking lot of the Buzz Westfall Shopping Center was filled with dozens and dozens of police vehicles and the area of West Florissant from Jennings to Ferguson was blocked off. Helicopters and tanks –as well as vehicles from a host of area departments – descended on West Florissant as looting and vandalism…

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Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

By Peter Grear

Our campaign has sought to educate our communities to the point that they would organize and mobilize for a massive voter turnout for the November General Election and beyond. 

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Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Study author Susan R. Fisk

“On the surface, risky situations may not appear to be particularly disadvantageous to women, but these findings suggest otherwise,” 

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Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

By Peter Grear

To properly understand where we are today, we must look to history, to Black Slavery.  Slavery has existed since the time of ancient civilizations and in its inception was based upon conquerors enslaving the conquered without regards to race.  

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Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Charlotte, NC (BlackPR.com)

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a business executive, was installed as the 2014-2018 International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA)

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Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

New York (BlackPR.com)

New York (BlackPR.com) -- Nielsen today announced that Andrew McCaskill has joined Nielsen as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. He will report to Chief Communications Officer Laura Nelson.

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Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Written by Peter Grear

With this article we will start detailing the ingredients of a revisable action plan that needs comments and revisions as we move toward the Tuesday, November 4, 2014 General Election.  

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Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Written by Peter Grear

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: I confess that I’m amazed. The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of North Carolina announced last week that they have launched theNorth Carolina Black Advisory Board (BRAB) 

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Working This Summer? Students Need to be Tax Savvy, Too

Written by Rowan University on 29 June 2010.

In these difficult financial times it is common for college students to engage in some part-time work while juggling regular semester coursework or, at a minimum, take that obligatory summer job.

Any level of paid remuneration will trigger a potential tax liability for the student, and in some cases involving unearned income, the parent may wind up paying the tax, according to Rick Marmon, an associate professor of accounting in the Rohrer College of Business at Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J. who holds advanced degrees in business, law and tax and is a certified public accountant, certified management accountant and licensed attorney.

There are a couple of planning considerations that anyone with working kids should know that will help make reporting a little less taxing in the new year, said Marmon, who teaches taxation courses in the undergraduate and graduate business programs.

First, children under the age of 24 who are full-time students at least some part of five months during the year are generally considered dependents of their parents. Dependents are not entitled to reduce their taxable income by their personal exemption ($3,650 for 2010), which means that once a child earns more than $5,700 (his/her standard deduction), he/she will have a tax liability.

One thing that a working youth should do is file a W-4 with his/her employer exempting him/her from tax withholding if his/her projected earnings are less than $5,700. There is little need to waste time and money filing a tax return when the child ultimately will get a refund of all taxes withheld during the year, Marmon said.

Second, if a child has unearned income exceeding $1,900, he/she will have to pay tax on the excess at his/her parent’s marginal tax rate. This provision was added to the Internal Revenue Code to prevent parents from reducing their taxes by putting their stocks and CDs in their childrens’ names. The “kiddie tax,” as it is known, applies to children under 18 years of age or under age 24 who are full-time students and whose earned income does not exceed half of their support (excluding scholarships).

Another issue involving working kids is the dreaded “self-employment tax.” If a child is engaged in some type of work that is considered self-employment income and he/she earns more than $433, he/she must pay a 15.3-percent self-employment tax in addition to any federal income tax required. Self-employment income includes any money earned that is not reported on a W-2 by an employer. For instance, that summer lawn business or odd-job business is subject to self-employment tax; however, babysitters have been held to be employees of the parents for whom they are working and are not subject to the tax.

In addition to the federal tax issues, most states require some form of reporting and/or tax obligation for student workers. Addition detail and instructions can be found in IRS Publication 929: Tax Rules for Children and Dependents.

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