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Thomas ‘Jet’ Jackson honored with building dedication

December 4, 2014 - Thomas “Jet” Jackson has been a staple in the St. Petersburg community for decades and Saturday he was honored for all of his hard work and dedication to the City of St. Petersburg.

Wildwood Recreation Center, located at 1000 28th St. S., is now officially named the Thomas “Jet” Jackson Recreation Center. Jackson has worked for the city for more than 50 years and was recognized for his diligent work throughout the community. Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

 

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Bobby Shmurda faces gun and drug charges

Dec. 18. 2014 - An up-and-coming rapper who performs under the name of Bobby Shmurda will face gun and drug trafficking charges when an arraignment is unsealed in court.

Ackquille Pollard was taken into custody shortly after he left a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday. His indictment will be made public on Thursday. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Obama grants clemency for drug offenders under new policy

Dec. 18, 2014 - President Barack Obama is cutting short prison time for eight drug convicts under a new policy designed to reduce harsh sentences under outdated guidelines.

The eight commutations are the first under a new administration policy designed to reduce the nation’s bulging prison population and grant leniency to nonviolent drug offenders sentenced to double-digit terms. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Russell Simmons and Bill O’Reilly debate black stereotypes

Dec. 18, 2014 - Things got awkward between Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons as they discussed racism and crime in the wake of Michael Brown and Eric Garner

During a recent segment on his show, O’Reilly accused Simmons of not acknowledging the “astronomical level [of] crime rate among young Black men–violent crime rate–[that] drives suspension and hostility on the part of the police.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Events

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A Christmas Carol

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota

Contact: website: www.vanwezel.org

A true Sarasota favorite! The Nebraska Theatre Caravan annually tours an original adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol across the nation. From Alaska to Virginia, this Victorian rendition of the beloved tale, complete with traditional Christmas carols and a spinning bed, has delighted thousands of audience members each year.

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Bitcoin St.Petersburg Bowl

Friday, December 26, 2014

Location: 1 Tropicana Dr. in St.Pete

Contact: website: www.stpetersburgbowl.com

ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, and the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl will hold the 2014 college football bowl game on Friday, Dec. 26, at 8 p.m. ET at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The game, which will once again air on ESPN, is in its first-year of its new conference affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the American Athletic Conference.

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Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Location: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Sarasota, FL

Contact: website: www.vanwezel.org

Moscow Ballet’s spectacular Great Russian Nutcracker is the must-see event this holiday season! Celebrate the beloved Christmas tradition with the whole family as forty world-class Russian artists bring this charming classic to life. The New York Times raves “Knock Out!” Experience Tchaikovsky’s master score this Christmas with the magic of larger than-life-puppets, growing Christmas tree and life-sized Matrushka Dolls!

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