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Two black leaders at St. Petersburg Police Department retire

October 19, 2013 - For the past three decades, activists and leaders in the city's African-American community knew exactly who to call if they had an issue with crime or public safety.

Cedric Gordon or Al White. Sometimes both.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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University Prep takes applications for local board

October 21, 2013 - University Prep, which opened in Midtown this school year, is taking steps toward establishing the local advisory board described in its contract.

The charter school has created an application posted here on its website under "Additional Documents." Applicants who want to be considered at an Oct. 30 meeting of the school's governing board - which is supposed to have oversight from afar - should send in applications by Oct. 25.

Applicants with questions can call 727-286-3185.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Longtime Pinellas Congressman C.W. Bill Young is 'gravely ill'

October 17, 2013 - A week after U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young surprised the Tampa Bay area with his plans to retire, an aide confirmed Thursday that the nation's longest-serving Republican congressman has become "gravely ill."

"Rep. C. W. Bill Young's condition turned for the worse over night and he is gravely ill," read a family statement. "His doctors say his prognosis is guarded."  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Rick Scott's fundraising haul: $18.5M and climbing

October 13, 2013 - Gov. Rick Scott already has raised a whopping $18.5 million in pursuit of a second term.

Scott's political committee, Let's Get to Work, is a magnet for big-money donations from a variety of special interests seeking favors or an audience with the governor's office. Scott's incumbency and reliably pro-business positions make him a safe bet for donors.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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2 Convicted Killers Mistakenly Released In Florida

October 17, 2013 - Two convicted killers serving life in a Florida prison were mistakenly freed in the last three weeks after forged court documents reduced their sentences, authorities said. Relatives picked up one inmate while the other was given a bus ticket and dropped off at a bus station.

Now a manhunt is on for Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker, both 34, who were released separately from the Carrabelle prison in the Panhandle. Jenkins was let out Sept. 27; Walker was freed Oct. 8.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Maya Angelou Accepts Mailer Center Lifetime Achievement Award

October 18, 2013 - Her body weak, her voice rich and strong, Maya Angelou sang, lectured and reminisced as she accepted a lifetime achievement award Thursday night from the Norman Mailer Center.

The 85-year-old author, poet, dancer and actress was honored during a benefit gala at the New York Public Library, the annual gathering organized by the Mailer Center and writers colony . Seated in a wheelchair, she was a vivid presence in dark glasses and a sparkling black dress as she marveled that a girl from a segregated Arkansas village could grow up to become a literary star.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Deal Reached To Avoid Federal Default And Open Government

October 16, 2013 - Senate leaders announced last-minute agreement Wednesday to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government after a partial, 16-day shutdown. Congress raced to pass the measure by day’s end.

The Dow Jones industrial average soared on the news that the threat of default was fading, flirting with a 200-point gain in morning trading.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Which HBCU Has The Best Homecoming? Vote For Your Favorite!

October 16, 2013 - Nothing beats homecoming weekend at a historically black college or university, but whose school has the best?

Is it the Marching 100 down in Tallahassee, that good ol’ Bison pride in D.C., or the notorious “Spelhouse”?  Read more at newsone.com.

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Kenan Thompson: Black Comediennes Not ‘Ready’ For SNL

October 17, 2013 - The sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live has been on the air longer than many of the current cast members have been alive. However, in the 38 years SNL has been broadcast, there have only been four Black women to be a part of the cast.

In a recent interview with TV Guide, actor/comedian Kenan Thompson blamed the lack of Black female comedians on the show on Black female comedians rather than his boss Lorne Michaels.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Dying Middle-Class Neighborhoods Being Replaced By A Segregated Society: Study

October 16, 2013 - The divide between rich and poor isn’t just growing in America’s bank accounts. It’s also splitting apart its neighborhoods, cutting the country in two, according to a new study.

This growing physical separation of the rich and poor is hastening the decline of middle-class neighborhoods and could make income inequality even worse.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Cory Booker wins US Senate election in New Jersey

October 16, 2013 - The high-profile mayor of New Jersey’s largest city won a special election Wednesday to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate, giving the rising Democratic star a bigger political stage after defeating a conservative Republican who is a former small-town mayor.

Cory Booker, 44, will become the first black senator from New Jersey and heads to Washington with an unusual political resume.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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John Boehner admits ‘we just didn’t win’ budget fight

October 16, 2013 - Congress raced Wednesday to approve a bipartisan deal to avert a U.S. default and reopen the federal government, a move intended to end a prolonged fiscal crisis that battered Republican approval ratings and threatened the global economy with a new recession.

Republicans were left with little to show for their fight — in political terms, the final agreement was almost entirely along lines President Barack Obama had set when the impasse began last month. It includes nothing for Republicans demanding to eradicate or scale back Obama’s signature health care overhaul.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Harry Belafonte Sues Martin Luther King Jr.’s Family

October 15, 2013 - Harry Belafonte filed a lawsuit against the estate of Martin Luther King Jr for the rights to sell documents from the late civil rights leader in an auction.

In the suit, filed in a Manhattan federal court this week, the 86-year-old claims he was prepared to auction off the items in 2008 however the King’s estate “astonishingly” blocked it. He insists that Coretta Scott King gave him a number of items before she passed in 2006 and he has the right to do with them as he pleases.  Read more at hellobeautiful.com.

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Pinellas officials: Charter school jeopardized student safety, misled district about buses

October 16, 2013 - A brand new charter school beset with management issues, staff defections and student withdrawals also jeopardized student safety this year while keeping key information from the Pinellas school system, district officials say.

Against the district's orders and without its knowledge, University Preparatory Academy hired an unauthorized private bus company to transport students to and from the school — a decision made worse when one of the company's buses crashed in September with more than a dozen of the school's students aboard. Three children were injured.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Foster to present new plan for moving forward on St. Petersburg Pier

October 17, 2013 -  It's back to square one for the St. Petersburg Pier.

On Thursday, Mayor Bill Foster will present a plan to City Council to restart the process of selecting a new design.

This time around there will not be an international design competition like the one that generated the failed Lens design last time.  Read more at baynews9.com.

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Gospel Icon Andrae Crouch Rushed To Hospital After Falling Ill

October 15, 2013 - Legendary gospel star Andrae Crouch (pictured) was rushed to a hospital Sunday after falling ill in his shower at his Los Angeles home, reports TMZ.

The 71-year-old eight-time, Grammy Award-winning performer, songwriter, producer and pastor was taking a shower when he was reportedly overcome by its heat. Crouch, who suffers from diabetes, immediately yelled for his twin sister and assistant to help him get out of the shower as he felt faint.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Bishop T.D. Jakes Slams ‘Preachers Of L.A.’

October 16, 2013 - Bishop T.D. Jakes recently took to his pulpit at the The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas to denounce the sanctified rachetness of Oxygen‘s new docu-series Preachers of L.A, reports the Christian Post.

Bishop Jakes wanted to make it clear to his congregants that they didn’t have to worry about their offerings going to his suits, houses or cars, because he’s always had his own money.  Read more at newsone.com.

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The Images Of Black Women In Media Still 'Only Scratch The Surface,' Essence Study Finds

October 15, 2013 - Character's like Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope on "Scandal", and Nicole Beharie's Lt. Abbie Mills on "Sleepy Hollow" are a breath of fresh air for many black women, according to a recent study.

It's not often that you see images of black women in the media that deviate from the stereotypical archetypes like the ones identified in a recent study by Essence magazine. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Cory Booker's Senate Campaign Has Been Bumpier Than Anticipated

October 15, 2013 - Cory Booker's path to Wednesday's U.S. Senate election has been bumpier than anticipated.

Even Republicans had expected Booker, a Democrat in a Democratic-leaning state, to cruise to victory by a wide margin over little-known Republican Steve Lonegan in the special election to replace former Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died in June.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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The Florida State Conference NAACP calls Scott’s Voter Purge method disastrous

Governor Rick Scott’s plans to renew the purge of alleged noncitizens from Florida’s voter roll is not only disastrous, but egregious considering the 2012 purge of noncitizens proved to be less than 200 in the entire State.  Soon after the U.S. Supreme Court's Shelby County v. Holder ruling struck down a key enforcement provision of the Voting Rights Act (invalidating a lawsuit that was brought to stop new searches for noncitizens), Scott immediately renewed his call for a purge.

The Florida State Conference NAACP questions this move by Governor Scott, citing several concerns from elections officials in the 67 Florida counties that included errors and inaccuracies within the system.   The NAACP believes that the reinstatement of the new purge will cast another dark shadow on Florida, and the disenfranchisement of voters noting that the purge will target and disproportionately affect Florida's most vulnerable groups--Hispanics, Haitians and other minority groups.   

Although the NAACP agrees that non US citizens do not have a right to cast a ballot; it is this organization’s mission to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.   The NAACP questions the reliability of the SAVE (System Alien Verification for Entitlements) database program, noting that the Immigration Policy Center has major concerns with this program being the sole source for verifying Florida’s ineligible voters.  Thus, it is the Florida State Conference NAACP’s responsibility to ensure that multiple reliable systems are in place that protects the rights of voters and guarantees accurate documentation before the removal of ineligible voters. 

The Florida NAACP supports the 67 Supervisors of Elections and their offices as they continue to perform the duties that they were elected to do; that is to ensure that every citizen of Florida who has the right to register to vote are able to register and that their rights  are protected when they cast a ballot.  The Florida State Conference NAACP will continue to scrutinize this process with due diligence and will seek to eliminate any action that may cause harm to its citizens. 

For questions or additional information, please contact Adora Obi Nweze at (305) 915-4701.

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