President Barack Obama Wednesday kicked off the groundbreaking of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, explicitly linking his own family to the history of African-Americans and invoking the rhetoric of the civil rights movement.

?I want my daughters to see the shackles that bound slaves? voyage across the ocean and the shards of glass that flew from the 16th Street Baptist Church, and understand that injustice and evil exist in the world,? Obama said at the event. ?But I also want them to hear Louis Armstrong?s horn and learn about the Negro League and read the poems of Phillis Wheatley.?

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He did not, however, explicitly reflect on the fact that he was presiding over the construction of a national museum dedicated to African-American history as the first African-American president.

Obama said the museum ?should stand as proof that the most important things in life rarely come quickly or easily; it should remind us that although we have yet to reach the mountaintop, we cannot stop climbing.?

Obama reminded the crowd of the history that had led them to that point, connecting it to the location of the new museum ? expected to open in 2015 at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue on the National Mall.

?It was on this ground long ago that lives were once traded, where hundreds of thousands once marched for jobs and for freedom. It was here that the pillars of democracy were built, often by black hands,? Obama said. ?And it is on this spot, alongside the monuments to those who gave birth to this nation and those who worked so hard to perfect it, that generations will remember the sometimes difficult, often inspirational but always central role that African Americans have played in the life of our country.?

First lady Michelle Obama, also at the event, sat beside John Lewis, the Georgia congressman who as a young civil rights activist worked with Martin Luther King Jr. Former first lady Laura Bush, a member of the museum?s advisory council, was also at the event.

?This is an idea whose time has come,? said Lewis, who spent much of his congressional career introducing bills to create the museum before George W. Bush signed legislation in 2003 approving the $500 million project.

Obama had some brushes with discussions of race early in his presidency but has largely steered clear of discussing his race and racial dynamics in modern America. His off-the-cuff comment that the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. was a reminder that ?race remains a factor in this society? escalated into a major national debate in the summer of 2009 that ended with a ?beer summit? at the White House.

He did, though, pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. last fall at the dedication of the Washington memorial to the civil rights leader. In January, Obama said that Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich?s suggestion that Obama was a ?food stamp president? were ?tapping into some of our worst instincts,? though the president didn?t say what instincts those were.

The museum will be a place where the struggles of the civil rights movement will be memorialized long after the witnesses to the upheaval have died, Obama said.

?The time will come when few people remember drinking from a colored water fountain, or boarding a segregated bus or hearing in person Dr. King?s voice boom down from the Lincoln Memorial,? he said. ?That?s why what we built here won?t just be an achievement for our time, it will be a monument for all time. It will do more than simply keep those memories alive.?


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[unable to retrieve full-text content]At present, the market of Los Angeles Real Estate is seeing an upsurge in properties for sale, offering buyers any wider choice. Real estate brokers in Los Angeles report that the pleasant environment and job market situation …


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If the trio of slabs ZTE announced earlier this week weren’t enough for you, sit tight, the outfit just announced it’s bringing a total of eight new phones to Barcelona next week. The new handsets will reportedly flaunt multi-core processors, LTE radios and the latest versions of the Android and Windows Phone platforms. This announcement both echos and one-ups the recently announced Mimosa X, which gets its dual-core chops from an NVIDIA Tegra 2, but boasts only HSPA+, rather than the promised LTE. ZTE says it hopes the new devices will help it become one of the world’s top three handset providers by the year 2015. Seem far off? Don’t worry, at least the phones will be here by Monday. Read on for ZTE’s official press statement.

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While cancer research has come a long way in helping identify ways in which people can prevent certain types of cancer, cancer researchers are still looking for new, effective cancer prevention strategies.

Cancer researchers at Penn Medicine are testing to see if women who are at higher-than-average risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetimes may be able to reduce their risk with exercise.?
Research has already proven that female athletes have reduced estrogen levels as a result of exercise.?? There is also evidence that lower estrogen levels can reduce breast cancer risk over a woman?s lifetime.? The hypothesis of the study is that if estrogen levels can be reduced through exercise, the risk of a future breast cancer diagnosis may be lower as well.

The Women in Steady Exercise Research (WISER) Sister project at Penn, is a five-year study for women at elevated risk of developing breast cancer. The study examines the effects of exercise on estrogen levels. Women in the WISER Sister study are asked to exercise a certain amount each week for about five months.? Their estrogen levels are measured before they start exercising and again during their final months of exercise in order to measure the amount of hormonal change.???

The research team is trying to learn how much exercise is necessary to reduce estrogen levels, as most women do not have hours each day to devote to exercise.? They are also exploring whether estrogen levels in the at-risk population respond differently than those in the average population.? If the researchers can prove this hypothesis, women at increased risk of developing breast cancer may have an alternative to conventional and often invasive prevention techniques.? The results of the study may provide those women with some additional time to carefully weigh their options before having to make any potentially difficult decisions.??

Even if enough data are gathered to prove the? hypothesis, it?s important to know that exercise is beneficial to ?EVERY BODY.?? Exercise can help prevent the onset of a number of different chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension, and can be used as a means of treating countless others.? Women who exercise may be both physically and mentally healthier than those who do not.? Exercise also promotes synergy between the body and mind, and may give women the self-assurance and confidence they need to be mentally resilient and physically fit if they do face cancer.?

And women who use exercise to prevent cancer might experience an added benefit that everyone can wish for?the ability to fit into that smaller pair of jeans.

Watch Kathyrn Schmitz Ph.D., MPH, discuss more about the study.


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Decades after President Theodore Roosevelt triggered a Teddy bear craze, the black bear nearly went extinct.

But as Nashville Public Radio reported, the shy creature has made such a comeback in some areas of the country, officials are debating whether to allow hunting seasons to manage their numbers. ?

In Tennessee, there were several hundred black bears in the 1970s; now there are 4,000 to 5,000, including many who have ventured out of the forest and onto people?s properties.

Cute, yes. Cuddly, not so much.

“We are receiving complaints from the public that say they don’t want the bears there, that we need to do something to get rid of them,” Daryl Ratajczak, the chief of wildlife for Tennessee’s agency that oversees hunting, told WPLN News. “And we understand their feelings.”

Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland have also been debating how to manage the growing black bear population. Bears do, after all, tug at human heart strings. ????

When New Jersey officials decided to launch a fall bear hunt to cull the bear population, animal rights activists appealed to the courts and went toe-to-toe with hunters as they checked in their kills, according to

In New Jersey, more than 260 black bears were hunted on the first day of a controversial, state-sponsored culling.

“I can tell you that 20 years ago, I never saw a bear in the woods. Now, I would say I see them more than I see deer or squirrel,” John Noon, 50, told the Star-Ledger. “And when you have 800-pound bears ? bigger than Alaskan grizzly bears ? roaming around, and you have an overpopulation of large-size bears in residential areas, that needs to be managed.”

If New Jersey state biologists determine that there are still many black bears in northwestern New Jersey, they may give a green light to a hunt next year.

Nationwide, 28 states allow bear hunting, according to the Humane Society. Nineteen require a bear hunting license. ???

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We already had a strong hunch that it was coming to US Cellular, thanks to the FCC, but now it’s official: Samsung’s iconic Galaxy S II is finally making its way to the regional carrier in the coming weeks for $230 on a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate. This version of the GSII offers the same 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos CPU found in the original version, as well as a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display. Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), an eight megapixel rear camera and 16GB internal storage also are confirmed, though we think it’s highly likely this unit will feature the same specs as the rest of the series. Check out the full press release below for all the details released so far, and we’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear an official release date or any other deep dark secrets.

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[unable to retrieve full-text content]AP – Respected American journalist Marie Colvin, who spent decades reporting on conflicts from Sri Lanka to Syria, focusing on the suffering of women and children in wartime, died in a fierce shelling attack Wednesday in Syria.


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