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Social Support Key for Religious Conversions in Prison

Written by University of Alabama at Birmingham on Friday, 01 May 2009 15:43.

 It is not uncommon for prison inmates to experience religious conversions. Now a new University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) study, out in the April issue of the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, suggests that inmates who have positive social support networks are more likely to maintain their religious conversions. 

Marketing and Social Networking: When Measuring Influence, Quality Connections Top Quantity

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 24 April 2009 14:04.

Taylor has 483 friends on Facebook. Cameron has 832 connections on LinkedIn. And Paige boasts more than 1000 followers on her Twitter page. Are these three online devotees more popular than the average social networker? Possibly so, but marketing professor Zsolt Katona, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and a team of researchers found that as the number of one’s online contacts increases, the average influential power of that networking individual decreases.

American Violet: The true story of Regina Kelly

Written by ACLU on Friday, 17 April 2009 15:08.

American Violet Hearne Tulia“American Violet,” a film based on the racially charged drug war scandal that rocked the town of Hearne, Texas, several years ago, explores the devastating impact of America’s “war on drugs”. Directed by Tim Disney and written by Bill Haney, the film stars Alfre Woodard, Will Patton and Tim Blake Nelson. As recounted in the film, the ACLU filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 15 African American residents of Hearne who were indicted in November 2000 on drug charges after being rounded up in a series of unlawful paramilitary drug “sweeps.”

Managing Money by Managing Materialism in Kids

Written by Binghamton University on Friday, 10 April 2009 14:25.

materialism in kidsMary Muscari, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University and author of "Let Kids be Kids: Rescuing Childhood," offers tips for managing materialism in your kids. According to market researchers Packaged Facts, families with 3- to 12-year-olds spend $53.8 billion annually on items for their children -- $17.6 billion more than parents spent in 1997.

Suburbs Must Coordinate to Serve Growing Poor Population

Written by University of Illinois at Chicago on Thursday, 09 April 2009 11:43.

Suburbs Must Coordinate to Serve Growing Poor PopulationChicago's suburbs cannot meet their populations' growing need for social services like food pantries, emergency assistance, health care and homeless shelters through the current decentralized system, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Minority Firefighters Being Attacked by Lawsuit

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 26 March 2009 17:50.

discrimination firefightersJacksonville, Fla. – The International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters (IABPFF) has taken issue with a lawsuit currently pending in the United States Supreme Court, Ricci vs. De Stefano, and will be filing an amicus brief, joined by several other prominent organizations and individuals, representing minority firefighters being attacked by the suit. 

Tips for Help in Foreclosure Prevention

Written by Oklahoma State University, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources on Thursday, 26 March 2009 17:38.

Foreclosure PreventionIf you are looking for help in foreclosure prevention be sure you call on the right source. Sissy Osteen, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension resource management specialist, said to be sure the agency you are getting counsel from is on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s list of approved agencies.

Sadiqa Basiri Saleem Honored for Work Educating Afghani Women

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 26 March 2009 13:31.

Sadiqa Basiri SaleemSadiqa Basiri Saleem knows few women in her war-torn homeland of Afghanistan have enjoyed the educational opportunities she has had in her life. Since 2002, she's worked diligently to change that. Now the Mount Holyoke College senior has been honored with a Rising Voices Award in recognition of her ongoing work to provide an education to the women and girls in Afghanistan.

4TH Annual NC Black Summit to Focus on Strengthening Community During Harsh Economy

Written by Featured Organization on Wednesday, 18 March 2009 17:24.

As the country struggles, many North Carolinians find themselves buckling under the weight. The Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials, (Alliance), will convene the 4th Annual NC Black Summit to determine strategies to lighten the burden for North Carolina’s Black community. The 2009 Black Summit titled “Focus on Solutions,” will be held April 23-25 in downtown Raleigh.

The Danger Behind the Decline of Newspapers

Written by Saint Joseph's University on Tuesday, 17 March 2009 19:48.

Considering all the layoffs, downsizes and cutbacks reported these days, it's not surprising that the news itself is being cut back. According to Joe Samuel Starnes, visiting assistant professor of English at Saint Joseph's University, "You don't have to look far to see struggling businesses, but newspapers have been going down for a while because of the loss of advertising revenue and readership."

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