Washington D.C. Sees Largest 15-Year Increase in Black Homeownership
Although African-American homeownership has been shown to have dropped to historic lows recently, Washington D.C. is seeing signs of hope. The real estate website Trulia reports that the city saw the biggest increase in Black home purchases between 1990 and 2015, up 9.6 percent. The nation’s capital was followed by Peabody, Mass and Fairfield County, Conn., both up 9.3 percent. Troy, Mich., Grand Rapids, Mich., and Akron, Ohio saw the biggest decreases, each down 13.1 percent, 10.1 percent and 9.1 percent, respectively.
Derek Jeter, Jeb Bush Close to Purchasing Miami Marlins
Derek Jeter and former Florida governor Jeb Bush have reportedly won an auction to purchase the Miami Marlins, pending Major League Baseball approval. The retired New York Yankees shortstop and 2016 presidential candidate are at the head of a group of investors interested in purchasing the franchise whose price tag is said to be $1.3 billion. The Marlins have not commented on where the group is in the sales process. The Marlins opened a new stadium in 2012, but attendance has been low compared to other franchises. However, they did celebrate a World Series wins in 1997 and 2003. If the new deal goes through it is unclear what changes will be made to the team’s front office or dugout or if manager Don Mattingly will be kept.
Officers: Man Removed from United Flight Swung Fists ‘Violently’
United Airlines has weathered a PR nightmare in the wake of the incident in which Kentucky physician David Dao was dragged off a plane at Chicago’s O’Hair International Airport. The viral video shows him being forcibly removed from the flight, which was said to be overbooked. But according to CNN, the Chicago Aviation Police officers who removed him say in their reports that Dao “started swinging his arms up and down violently,” according to Ofc. Mauricio Rodriguez. Another policeman Ofc. James Long logged something similar. “The subject started swinging his arms up and down with a closed fist,” he said. Dao struggled with the officers and when one lost his grip, he hit his mouth on an armrest. Dao was hospitalized with multiple injuries and his lawyers say his is planning to sue.
Ghana, Kenya, Malawi to Test New Malaria Vaccine
Three African countries have been chosen to test the world’s first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization announced Monday, according to the Associated Press. Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will begin using the drug with children next year. The WHO says, if used with existing measures could save tens of thousands of lives. Malaria remains one of the world’s most stubborn health challenges, infecting more than 200 million people every year and killing about half a million, most of them children in Africa. The three nations were chosen for the vaccine pilot because all have strong prevention and vaccination programs but continue to have high numbers of malaria cases, WHO said.