Picture 980Body of missing NC girl found; 2 facing charges
When 5-year-old Shaniya Davis of North Carolina went missing, suspicion turned to a man described as her mother’s boyfriend. As he was let go, police targeted another man spotted on hotel surveillance footage holding the child. Then, authorities arrested the girl’s mother and accused her of offering her daughter for prostitution. The arrests offered a glimmer of hope Shaniya would be found alive, but searchers discovered the girl’s body Monday off a rural road, nearly a week after her mother reported her missing from a mobile home park. Hundreds of volunteers who helped look for Shaniya left the search area dejected, unable to bring her home to her father, 7-year-old brother and the dolls she so loved. “I still feel kind of sick to my stomach,” said Angela Jackson, 27, from nearby Sanford, who has a two-month-old daughter but searched for consecutive days. (Continue Reading…)

NAACP prods Obama on job losses
With unemployment among blacks at more than 15 percent, the N.A.A.C.P. will join several other groups on Tuesday to call on President Obama to do more to create jobs. The organizations — including the A.F.L.-C.I.O. and the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group— will make clear that they believe the president’s $787 billion stimulus program has not gone far enough to fight unemployment. (Continue Reading…)

Michelle Obama promotes mentor program in Denver
First lady Michelle Obama says there’s no secret to success. The first lady on Monday told about 80 Denver high school girls that successful women make mistakes, but they keep working. Dozens of successful women, including politicians, actresses and an astronaut, joined the first lady for a mentoring luncheon at the Colorado governor’s mansion. Obama and the other mentors are going to 11 area high schools for afternoon chats with students. (Continue Reading…)

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