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Crump On Kendrick Johnson Case: ‘Real-life Murder Mystery’

October 14, 2013 - Today on the inaugural episode of “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, it was clear that the death of young teen Kendrick Johnson strongly resonated with listeners. Attorney Benjamin Crump, a civil rights advocate known for his representing Trayvon Martin‘s family, joined the show to discuss the tragedy.

As reported, Johnson’s body was found in an upright, rolled up wrestling mat at Georgia’s Valdosta High School in January. Initially, his death was ruled accidental, but an independent autopsy suggested that Johnson died of blunt force trauma to the head. After during that second autopsy, vital organs were found to be missing and his body had been stuffed with newspapers. His family wants answers.  Read more at

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Rep. Clyburn Slams Ben Carson’s Obamacare ‘Slavery’ Remark

October 14, 2013 - There’s no denying that President Barack Obama‘s Affordable Care Act has been met with resistance from the right. However, Dr. Ben Carson has taken an extreme view — the neurosurgeon believes that the healthcare initiative is the worst thing since slavery. U.S. House of Representatives Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn completely disagreed, and aired his views on “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin:

“I think that Dr. Carson is trying to find a way to endear himself to conservative voters. He has declared himself a candidate for President… That is the kind of manufactured controversy that has been engulfing this country for a long long time and I’m very disappointed…”  Read more at

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Kevin Jackson: ‘America Needs A White Republican President’

October 15, 2013 - In an article on his blog, The Black Sphere, Tea-Party activist Kevin Jackson opines that intra-racism has intensified in the United States since the election of President Barack Obama and, because of this, the nation needs a White, Republican president.  Read more at

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Chris Matthews Nails It: “It’s Hatred,” Not Politics Behind Strong GOP Opposition to President Obama

October 15, 2013 - Something I (as well as many other liberals) have been saying for years was plainlystated by Chris Matthews on the Rachel Maddow Show last night.  Matthews didn’t hold back when he said it was “hatred,” not politics, that’s fueling such intense opposition to President Obama.  Read more at

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St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster reluctant to tout himself

October 12, 2013 - Bill Foster rested his elbows on the dais and spun a pencil in his hand. He stared at the semicircle of CityCouncil members and knew he had lost.

It was Sept. 13 of last year, and he had just pitched a fee for fire service to cover a nearly $9 million budget shortfall. More than two dozen people, some angry and shouting, had objected. They called it unfair, a regressive tax. Their protests went on for 98 minutes.  Read more at

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Nearly 70 students withdraw from new charter school

October 13, 2013 - Children are leaving University Preparatory Academy, the charter school that promised to do better than their struggling neighborhood schools.

They are leaving in droves.

Since the school year began, 69 children have withdrawn from University Prep. They are returning to Maximo Elementary, Woodlawn Elementary, Bay Point Middle and other under-performing traditional public schools.  Read more at

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Digital Media Technology Pathway at Gibbs High receives $8,900 grant

The Digital Media Technology Pathway at Gibbs High School will be awarded an $8,900 grant Monday, Oct. 21 at 9:30am. The grant will be awarded to Digital Media Technology teacher Cassandra Cummings by the Pinellas Education Foundation. The pathway is a part of the Business, Economic, Technology, Academy (BETA) at Gibbs High School. The grant will further develop the pathway by funding the purchase of professional-grade video, photography, and audio equipment. Students will not only be able to further develop their technical skills in preparation for postsecondary careers, but they will also have the opportunity to earn Industry Certification in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premier Pro. The award ceremony will be held in the Grand Theater at Gibbs High School.

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Senegalese cuisine featured in Museum of Fine Arts demonstration, book-signing

October 15, 2013 - Yolele is a word used in Senegal to express joy and delight. So it's a good title for chef Pierre Thiam's cookbook that bears the subtitle, Recipes from the Heart of Senegal, which celebrates the cuisine of his homeland.

Thiam will be at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg on Oct. 24 to cook dishes from the book, food that won acclaim from diners at two restaurants he owned in New York. He's now a consultant and caterer as well as an award-winner cookbook writer.  Read more at

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Mortgage Investors Corp. lays off nearly 500, stops making new loans

October 14, 2013 - Mortgage Investors Corp. laid off nearly 500 workers, including 256 in its St. Petersburg headquarters, and stopped making new home loans in a stunning pullback Monday.

Bill Edwards, a well-known local businessman and chairman of MIC, blamed the near-shutdown on federal regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act that are going into effect Wednesday. His company, one of the biggest refinancers of home loans for veterans, doesn't have the technological capacity to comply, he said.  Read more at

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Amid churchgoers, an orphan pleads for a family

October 7, 2013 - As soon as they pulled into the church lot, Davion changed his mind.

"Miss! Hey, Miss!" he called to his caseworker, who was driving. "I don't want to do this anymore."

In the back seat, he hugged the Bible someone had given him at the foster home. "You're going to be great," Connie Going said.  Read more at

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‘MasterChef’ Star Commits Suicide

October 13, 2013 - ”MasterChef” star Josh Marks committed suicide Friday night and his mother says her son’s recent diagnosis of schizophrenia is what pushed him over the edge, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Marks was found dead around 6:45 p.m. in the 9700 block of South Peoria Street in Chicago’s Longwood Manor neighborhood. He was lying face up on the ground, unresponsive and bleeding from the head.  Read more at

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Sen. John McCain To Fox News: GOP To Blame For Gov’t Shutdown [VIDEO]

October 12, 2013 - Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) took a break from blaming “that one” — known to the rest of the country as President Barack Obama – for the nation’s many ills and directed his ire where it belongs: his own Republican Party.

Speaking with Fox anchor Martha MacCallum, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee criticized President Obama for not negotiating with House Republicans on reinstating death benefits to military families, instead accepting an offer from The Fisher House Foundation “to provide the families of the fallen with the benefits they so richly deserve,” said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement.  Read more at

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Dr. Ben Carson: ‘Obamacare Is Worst Thing Since Slavery’ [VIDEO]

October 11, 2013 - Dr. Ben Carson, the GOP’s favorite minority darling and former director of pediatric surgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, has compared President Barack Obama‘s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) with slavery, reports the Washington Post.  “You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” Carson said Friday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. “And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control.”  Read more at

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X-Men Producer Calls Kanye West A ‘Dumb N**ger’

October 13, 2013 - Hollywood fixture John Palermo, business-partner to A-Lister Hugh Jackman and X-Men Origins: Wolverine producer, exposed his bigotry and xenophobia on Facebook in a series of ignorant statements:  “There goes the neighborhood!!!” the Los Angeles native posted upon reading that Kim Kardashian and West had purchased a mansion in tony Bel-Air. “It looks like a Poor Persian Palace, where’s Kris Jenner when you need her?! #MoneyCantBuyADumbN****Class”.  Read more at

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‘American Promise’ doc focuses on the education of black boys

October 13, 2013 - It wasn’t easy – but Idris Brewster and Seun Summers made it through. The two teenagers made it through a difficult, challenge-filled journey tograduate high school.

And they made it through with cameras documenting their every move.

The two friends were the main characters in the documentary American Promise, which explores their lives in Brooklyn from kindergarten to high school graduation day.  Read more at

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DC crowd pushes through barriers to WWII memorial

October 13, 2013 - A crowd converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, pushing through barriers Sunday morning to protest the memorial’s closing under the government shutdown.

Republican Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz were among those who gathered Sunday morning, along with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, according to WTOP Radio. Cruz said President Barack Obama is using veterans as pawns in the shutdown.  Read more at

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Adrian Peterson On Playing After Son's Death: 'I'm Still Hurt And Feel The Pain Of Life'

October 13, 2013 - Just two days after the death of his two-year-old son, Adrian Peterson was back on the field for the Minnesota Vikings. No stranger to tragedy, the reigning NFL MVP shed some light on his decision to play in a text message sent to FOX Sports sideline reporter Laura Okmin.  Read more at

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Philly Stop And Frisk Video Shows How Bad This Tactic Can Be

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Pharrell Williams, Helen Lasichanh Say 'I Do' In Star Studded Ceremony

October 13, 2013 - Congratulations go out to Pharrell Williams and his model wife Helen Lasichanh, who tied the knot in Miami yesterday (Oct. 12).

The musician and his beautiful wife enjoyed music by pals Usher and Busta Rhymes, Us Weekly reports, and the Daily Mail adds that Justin Timberlake and Robin Thickewere also rumored to perform.  Read more at

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St. Petersburg mayoral debate set for Tuesday night

October 13, 2013 - Tickets are still available for Tuesday night's "Conversation with a Candidates" showcasing the St. Petersburg mayoral race.

Bay News 9 and the Tampa Bay Times will stage the debate at 7 p.m. in the Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College. Incumbent Bill Foster and challenger Rick Kriseman will answer a wide-range of questions from Bay News 9 anchor Al Ruechel and Times political editor Adam Smith.  Read more at

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