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As if rich white guys weren’t already eating better than everyone else…

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The U.S. Justice Department approved the merger between satellite radio companies Sirius and XM Monday, more than a year after the two companies first announced their deal.But for fans of Howard Stern, Opie & Anthony and other Sirius and XM on-air personalities, there are still many questions about how much a combined Sirius-XM service will cost and what programs they’ll be able to hear. Plus, Sirius and XM face one more regulatory hurdle before the deal can officially be completed.

 If it looks like a monopoly, smells like a monopoly, walks like a monopoly and talks like a monopoly…guess what? IT’S A MONOPOLY!

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Slum Lord King Pins D.C.’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has been fucking up at the expense of HUMAN BEINGS. No not at the expense of bubble gum, rats, roaches, teapots or the deficit! The lives and living conditions of people living in the District are being tampered with and overlooked….wtf is next?!

The District agency entrusted with protecting tenants has routinely overlooked decrepit and dangerous conditions at rent-controlled apartment buildings in recent years despite claims that landlords were letting buildings rot to force families out.At the same time, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs helped landlords profit once tenants had left — approving more than 200 requests to begin converting newly emptied rental buildings into condominiums worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The agency regularly failed to conduct even the most cursory investigations, which in dozens of cases would have revealed filthy conditions, questionable evictions and letters urging tenants to leave.”It’s a total abdication of DCRA’s responsibilities,” said Julie Becker, a lawyer with the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. “It’s not just betraying tenants. It’s betraying the law.” At a troubled Southeast apartment complex, tenants have reported no heat or gas, a falling ceiling, cracked walls, mice and a defective water heater in recent years. The owner says he’s made repairs in recent months, but wants tenants to leave so that he can sell the building.

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rezoning-harlem.jpgHarlem is going to get a makeover whether we like it or not. Rich NY socialites have been trying to takeover the Black Mecca since X and Garvey were trottin around…this just takes the cake. NYC’s planning commission recently announced plans to rezone the infamous 125th St. of HarlemWorld. Plans to “enhance” Harlem’s main street go into effect if the City Council approves the proposal on April 30th. Charlie Rangel is gunna have to use the muscle sooner or later, this is going too far. Tough times in NY….and shit just continues to get worse….no tellin whats going to happen to our 5% homies who are stationed in Harlem…

Critics charge the plan would price longtime residents out of the neighborhood by allowing market-rate housing to be developed and would replace an iconic African-American locale with chain stores, hotels, luxury housing and high-rises. The plan also could squeeze out 71 small neighborhood businesses, according to city estimates.”They want it to look like 86th St.,” said Bella Yarra, 35, who owns Yara International, an African fabric and arts store on E. 125th St. near Fifth Ave. “It’s not good for us small businesses.”Steve Johnson, 53, a lifelong Harlem resident, said the rezoning would “take away from the core of the community.”

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AP probe found traces of meds in water supplies of 41 million Americans

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A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.

To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe.

But the presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health.

From California to New Jersey
In the course of a five-month inquiry, the AP discovered that drugs have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas — from Southern California to Northern New Jersey, from Detroit to Louisville, Ky.

Water providers rarely disclose results of pharmaceutical screenings, unless pressed, the AP found. For example, the head of a group representing major California suppliers said the public “doesn’t know how to interpret the information” and might be unduly alarmed.

How do the drugs get into the water?

People take pills. Their bodies absorb some of the medication, but the rest of it passes through and is flushed down the toilet. The wastewater is treated before it is discharged into reservoirs, rivers or lakes. Then, some of the water is cleansed again at drinking water treatment plants and piped to consumers. But most treatments do not remove all drug residue.

And while researchers do not yet understand the exact risks from decades of persistent exposure to random combinations of low levels of pharmaceuticals, recent studies — which have gone virtually unnoticed by the general public — have found alarming effects on human cells and wildlife.

“We recognize it is a growing concern and we’re taking it very seriously,” said Benjamin H. Grumbles, assistant administrator for water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Members of the AP National Investigative Team reviewed hundreds of scientific reports, analyzed federal drinking water databases, visited environmental study sites and treatment plants and interviewed more than 230 officials, academics and scientists. They also surveyed the nation’s 50 largest cities and a dozen other major water providers, as well as smaller community water providers in all 50 states. (more…)

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It’s clearly been damn near 3wks since my last post and it hurts inside, it really does…but anyway I’ve got some old shit, some new stuff, and some things I’m putting up for archival purposes only…..

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(Courtesy of Hiphopdx.com)
Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto) is working to prevent further deaths from cosmetic surgery, following the death of Kanye West’s mother, Donda West late last year.

The legislation, which was announced Friday (Feb. 22), has been dubbed “the Donda West Law.” According to The Daily Bulletin, the law would require patients to receive clearance from a licensed doctor before having elective plastic surgery. This would ensure that individuals would be able to endure side effects from general anesthesia.

Most people who do cosmetic surgery are certified and do a good job, and they do require patients to have physicals,” said Carter on Friday. “But some do not, and as we have seen, it can cause problems, and that’s why we want to make this a requirement across the state.(more…)

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The Recognize! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture exhibit recently opened up at the National Portrait Gallery in the Smithsonian. The joint runs until Oct. 26th,2008 and features solid pieces that capture all aspects of Hip Hop from painting to poerty to film to graffiti. It’s a must see so get your ass to the Smithsonian ASAP to witness this…it’s at Eighth and F Streets, NW, Washington D.C., (above the Gallery Place–Chinatown Metrorail station -red, yellow, and green lines). Its open 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m. daily….and guess what, it’s FREE! Check out some clips from the exhibit after the jump…

**They’re also showing Wild Style! plus a convo with Charlie Ahearn the films creator this sunday Feb.24th @ 2pm in the McEvoy Auditorium. It’s free and open to the public, get there early tho, it’s first come first served.

borningthebronx.jpg **if you can’t make it to D.C. by October….check out the book Born in the Bronx: A Visual Record of the Early Days of Hip Hop by Johan Kugelberg with a forward from Afrika Bambaataa and commentary from the wonderful Jeff Chang (author of Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop…another classic) *** (more…)

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