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William C. Wedley, veteran and educator elected as 61st Illustrious Potentate

March 21, 2014 in Lifestyle, Local News, News, Top Stories

BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN

Journal Staff Writer

Serving with Integrity, the theme for the 61st annual Potentate Ball held on Saturday, March 15, reflects the past, as well as the office, just inherited by newly elected Illustrious Potentate of Mecca Temple 43, William C. Wedley.

The former active duty United States Air Force officer, and current Executive Officer of theUniversityofToledo’s Army ROTC Battalion, was introduced to the general public at the Premier Banquet Hall, located at4480 Heatherdowns Blvd…

Women Play Integral Role in Civil Rights Meeting with President Obama

February 22, 2014 in National News, News

The Toledo Journal Newswire

Washington, DC – Earlier this week President Barack Obama; Attorney General Eric Holder; senior advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett; and director of the Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Munoz; met with Black leaders of civil rights organizations at The White House to discuss jobs, income inequality, voter suppression, criminal justice reform and other issues that impact the Black community. Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener, Black Women’s Roundtable, participated in the meeting and issued the following comments about the conversation:…

Star Bright Inner Beauty Pageant crowns three

February 22, 2014 in Lifestyle, Local News, News, Top Stories

BY JURRY TAALIB-DEEN
Journal Staff Writer

Three Toledo girls were crowned as the 2013 Star Bright Inner Beauty Pageant winners. The second annual beauty pageant, for girls ages five to 13, was sponsored by the non-profit organization, Building Bridges Community Revitalization Corporation, out of Columbus, Ohio, and was held at Robinson Elementary School located at 1075 Horace, on February 15 and 16…

Attorney General DeWine Awards Nearly $1 Million in Rape Crisis Program Grant Funding

February 21, 2014 in News, State News

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that he has awarded 25 rape crisis centers in Ohio with a total of nearly $1 million in new grant funding.

“This is the first time that money from Ohio’s new Rape Crisis Program Trust Fund is being used, so these are additional resources that can now go towards helping survivors of sexual assault,” said Attorney General DeWine. “The funds will help strengthen and expand upon the services and support these agencies currently provide, which are essential in the recovery process after a traumatic assault.”…

Attorney General DeWine Releases February Sexual Assault Kit Testing Update

February 4, 2014 in News, State News

The Toledo Journal Newswire

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — In an effort to keep the public up-to-date on the progress of the Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Testing Initiative, Attorney General DeWine released the following status update today:

As of February 1, 2014:

Forensic scientists with the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) have received 5,523 previously untested rape kits from 121 law enforcement agencies in Ohio.