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Mark O’Mara: ‘Pushing and touching’ but no punching in Zimmerman domestic dispute

September 9, 2013 - George Zimmerman’s attorney says his client never threatened his estranged wife and her father with a gun even though Shellie Zimmerman reported that in a 911 call.

Mark O’Mara says that the dispute between George and Shellie Zimmerman at her father’s house was the result of heightened emotions from their ongoing divorce.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Rush Limbaugh: Obama’s Syria plan ‘Operation Shuck and Jive’

September 9, 2013 - During today’s edition of The Rush Limbaugh Show, the conservative radio show host called President Barack Obama’s Syria plan “Operation Shuck and Jive.”

“When it comes to Syria, have you ever heard Obama talk about regime change as an objective?” Limbaugh questioned listeners. “You have not.”  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Interracial Couple Fights for Right to Stay in Town

September 9, 2013 - In a town as small as Leith, N.D. (population: 16), Bobby and Sherrill Harper stick out like sore thumbs, Bobby especially. They are the town's only interracial couple, and Bobby is the only black man. But according to CNN, one Leith resident, Paul Craig Cobb, thinks Bobby is one black person too many.  Read more at theroot.com.

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Goliath Davis vows to help Rick Kriseman become St. Petersburg mayor

September 9, 2013 - Goliath Davis, one of the city's most influential African-Americans, pledged Monday to help Rick Kriseman unseat Mayor Bill Foster in the Nov. 5 election.

"I will do whatever is necessary to ensure that we don't have another four years of Bill Foster," said Davis, a former deputy mayor and police chief. "We've seen that movie. There's nothing that he has done to warrant a rewind of that sequel."  Read more at tampabay.com.

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St. Petersburg might want to consider history when choosing its next police chief

September 9, 2013 - I cannot vouch for Luke Williams. Never met the man.

And I have no history with Melanie Bevan, other than a few pleasantries exchanged at some forgettable public function.

So I do not know whether either of these assistant police chiefs is a can't-miss candidate to replace Chuck Harmon as St. Petersburg's top cop.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Execution rescheduled to accommodate Pam Bondi fundraiser

September 9, 2013 - There is no graver responsibility and act of state government than an execution.

In Florida this week, a campaign fundraiser takes precedence.

Attorney General Pam Bondi persuaded Gov. Rick Scott to postpone an execution scheduled for tonight because it conflicted with her re-election kick-off reception.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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National Parks Try to Appeal to Minorities

September 5, 2013 - Crystal Roberts, with a group called Travelistas in Nature, listened to a park ranger, Jon Preston, on the way to the beach.

But to the four women who hiked down to the sand one recent afternoon, there was an added element of strangeness: race.  Read more at nytimes.com.

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FAMU Alum Inducted Into USPS Black Heritage Stamp Series

September 4, 2013 - Florida A&M University (FAMU) alumna Althea Gibson (1927-2003) has been inducted into the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) Black Heritage Stamp Series. The stamp featuring the tennis icon was unveiled on Aug. 23 on the grounds of the U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y.

"We are delighted to honor Florida A&M graduate Althea Gibson as the 36th stamp and first female athlete in our Black Heritage Series,” said Stephen Seewoester, U.S. Postal Service spokesperson. “She was truly a pioneer in her sport and an inspiration to a future generation of African-American tennis players, such as Arthur Ashe and sisters Venus and Serena Williams."  Read more at wctv.tv.

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FAMU and FAU Collaborate on New Medical Scholars Program

September 4, 2013 - Florida A&M University (FAMU) has partnered with the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) to establish the FAMU/FAU Medical Scholars Program (MSP). Students admitted into the program will be offered a provisional acceptance to FAU’s College of Medicine provided that they successfully complete the MSP and satisfy requirements of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and FAU’s College of Medicine.  Read more at fau.edu.

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The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s Letter to U.S. Congress Members Re: Syria

September 5, 2013 - As-Salaam Alaikum. (Peace Be Unto You)

May this letter find you, staff and family in good health and spirit in spite of prevailing circumstances.

I am writing this letter out of a deep concern for the direction that the President and our Congress may take our Nation. There exists deep divisions within the Congress over whether this action should be taken, and if so, how far should America go in punishing the Assad Regime.  Read more at noi.org.

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George Zimmerman’s wife seeks life insurance policy

September 6, 2013 - George Zimmerman’s wife is asking in divorce papers that he pay for a permanent life insurance policy with her named as the beneficiary.

Shellie Zimmerman asked in the petition released Friday that a judge order George Zimmerman to pay the premiums on the policy.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Rev. Al Sharpton’s ‘Advancing the Dream: Live at the Apollo’ (SLIDESHOW)

September 7, 2013 - Reverend Al Sharpton and MSNBC presented “Advancing the Dream: Live from The Apollo” on Friday, September 6th at 8pm ET.

The live, star-studded, two-hour television event included interviews and discussions with a diverse group of successful individuals including Stevie Wonder, Magic Johnson, Condoleezza Rice, Tyler Perry, Lisa Price, Sallie Krawcheck, Cory Booker, and Ron Blaylock.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ On-Set Brawl Leads To Lawsuit

September 7, 2013 - Filming for the sixth season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” is currently under way, and according to sources there’s been reports of violence on set.

TMZ reports that a huge huge brawl between Kenya Moore’s assistant, Brandon DeShazer, and Phaedra Parks’ husband, Apollo Nida, broke out during production last night.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Tamar Shares An Aww-Moment With Baby Logan On The Cover Of Ebony!

September 7, 2013 - With a new album, successful daytime talk show and fan-favorite reality series, hubby-and-wife business duo Tamar and Vince are yanking out new products left and right! And honestly, we aren’t mad at them! Their latest promotional venture is on the cover of the latest issue of Ebony and it’s sure to make your heart melt.

Tamar graces the magazine’s September cover with a motherly glow and her new bundle of joy, Logan V. Herbert, in hand.  Read more at hellobeautiful.com.

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BLACK ENTERPRISE Publishes Exclusive Registry of African Americans on Corporate Boards

September 8, 2013 - BLACK ENTERPRISE (BE) has released its latest exclusive report on African American representation on the corporate boards of 250 of America’s largest publicly traded companies at BlackEnterprise.com. The media company identifies 177 African American directors at S&P 500 companies, including Starbucks, Walmart, ExxonMobil and Ralph Lauren, on the BLACK ENTERPRISE Registry of Corporate Directors. In addition, the report reveals 75 companies with no African American representation among their boards of directors.  Read more at unityfirst.com.

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New York Life Insurance’s African-American Market Unit to Assist 1,000 African-American Families On Their Path to Financial Freedom

September 8, 2013 - n celebration of  the 50th anniversary of “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legendary “I Have a Dream” speech, New York Life designated Wednesday, August 28 as Cirilo A. McSween Community Empowerment Day in honor of New York Life’s first African-American agent Mr. McSween was the treasurer of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference for Dr. King.  Read more at unityfirst.com.

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Building Better Baby Brains: Just Say No To FAS

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is our most preventable form of disability.  Despite a growing focus on the hazards of prescription painkillers for newborns, drinking during pregnancy remains the nation’s leading preventable cause of birth defects and developmental disorders in children. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) encompass a wide variety of neurobehavioral and central nervous system disabilities related to alcohol use during pregnancy, including, but not limited to, developmental delays, growth retardation speech disabilities, and poor social skills. The classic physical characteristics of FASD, such as small head size, wide-set eyes and a thin upper lip, are not always present.  Read more at ehealthforum.com.

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Crist courts Democrats for possible run for governor

September 8, 2013 - Crist said he is concerned about Scott’s commitment to education, considering he has cut $1 billion in his two-plus years on the job.

“Education is the key to our economy,” he said. He later noted that “we need common sense, instead of nonsense,” in Tallahassee.  Read more at ocala.com.

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TENTATIVE Ballot Mailing Schedule for November 5, 2013 Municipal Elections

Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark announces that ballot mailings for the November 5, 2013 Municipal Elections are tentatively scheduled as follows for registered voters residing in the municipalities of Belleair Beach, Clearwater, Kenneth City and St. Petersburg.

Clearwater, Kenneth City and St. Petersburg:

September 20 – Mail ballots to absent military and overseas voters who have requested ballots to date. State law requires ballots for absent military and overseas voters to be mailed at least 45 days prior to an election.

October 1 – Begin mailing ballots to domestic voters who have requested ballots to date. State law requires domestic ballots to be mailed between 35 and 28 days prior to an election.  Read more at

Additional mail ballot requests will be fulfilled as received. To request a mail ballot, visit www.votepinellas.com, call (727) 464-VOTE (8683), or email absentee@votepinellas.com.

Daily ballot requests and ballot mailing updates are posted to the Supervisor of Elections Web site, www.votepinellas.com, once mailings begin.

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David Fincher, Fox Set ‘Gone Girl’ Cast; Tyler Perry To Play Defense Attorney

September 5, 2013 - 20th Century Fox, New Regency and director David Fincher are firming up Gone Girl, the Gillian Flynn novel that will star Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and shoots this fall. Fincher has set Tyler Perry to play Tanner Bolt, the attorney who reps Affleck’s character after his wife disappears, and Neil Patrick Harris is near a deal to play Desi Collings, the wife’s former boyfriend. At the same time, Fincher has set Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Carrie Coon to round out the cast. Fincher is producing the pic with Pacific Standard’s Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea.  Read more at deadline.com.

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