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ATL Parents Claim Chuck E. Cheese Violated Special Needs Daughter’s Rights

Oct. 7, 2013 - Mark Eschoe is a man who takes pride in taking care of his three children’s needs, no matter what they may be. One of those children is his daughter, Marley (pictured), who suffers from Lupus. In the first six months of this year, she suffered two strokes caused by brain aneurisms that left her wheelchair-bound. During her last stay at an Atlanta hospital, he sat by his daughter’s bed and watched her breath through tubes that kept her alive. It was a rare period of time when he felt his fatherly love could do nothing to help his ill daughter feel better. Read more at

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Gov. Rick Scott endorses St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster

September 30, 2013 - Florida's top Republican is endorsing Bill Foster's re-election bid.

"You look at what's happened with unemployment. It's come down," Scott said. "Look at all the development that's happening in St. Pete."  Read more at

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Josh Freeman signs with Minnesota, could compete for starting job

October 7, 2013 - Josh Freeman has a new team, Minnesota has a new young quarterback and Tampa Bay has moved on.

This was quite the eventful bye week for the Vikings and Buccaneers.

Freeman's agent, Erik Burkhardt, revealed the move in an exclamatory one-word tweet about his client Sunday night: "Vikings!!!" Burkhardt then confirmed in a phone interview that the 25-year-old agreed to a deal worth $3 million for the rest of the season.  Read more at

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Black Boys: The Death Toll Rises

October 4, 2013 - In a piece at Truthdig, Sonali Kolhatkar writes that Florida has a chance to redeem itself after George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Another man is on trial for taking the life of another black male teenager in a similar case, and hopefully the criminal-justice system will work this time, she writes.  Read more at

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Artist Gale Fulton Ross to showcase work at TBABJ’s Griot Drum Awards & Scholarship Banquet

The Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists is pleased to announce that artist Gale Fulton Ross will be a featured guest at its Eighth Annual Griot Drum Awards & Scholarship Banquet on Saturday, Oct. 12, at research giant Nielsen in Oldsmar.

Fulton Ross has developed a far-reaching reputation for creating compelling designs on canvas for more than four decades. Her internationally exhibited works have been praised by critics and coveted by collectors. She is an African-American artist living and working in Sarasota, who has an amazing story of her life. Her paintings are a unique blend of the black experience, ranging from high-profile commissioned work to the abstract.  Fulton Ross will be in attendance along with several of her original pieces, including her acclaimed “My Sojourner Truth.” Her work will be featured during the cocktail hour from 6 to 7 p.m.

WEDU’s documentary “Diamonds Along the Highway: Baby Artist: The Gale Fulton Ross Story’’ is a finalist for this year’s media awards.

A dinner and program will begin at 7 p.m., which will include a conversation with Dream Defenders Executive Director Phillip Agnew. The emcee will be Tampa Bay Times columnist and editor Ernest Hooper. TBABJ also will present thousands of dollars in college scholarships to students studying journalism, along with awards to area journalists and media outlets that have excelled in covering people of color.

Tickets for the event are $30 for TBABJ members, $35 for non-members, $10 for students and $300 for a table of eight. They can be purchased using the secure PayPal feature at  Sponsors for the event are Nielsen, Helios Education Foundation, Tucker/Hall, Tampa Bay Times, United Way Suncoast and Vistra Communications.  For more information, call 813-419-2490 or send an email to

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“Scandal’s” racially charged motto: “You have to be twice as good as them”

October 4, 2013 - As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve spent the last few days pushing through the first two seasons of “Scandal,” a television series during which — among many, many other ridiculous occurrences — a sitting U.S. President murders a cancer-stricken Supreme Court Justice with his bare hands. Such extended suspension of disbelief coupled with sleep deprivation had induced in me a near-fugue state that was, finally — thankfully — broken last night during the season premiere by the furious baritone of veteran actor Joe Morton.  Read more at

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Family, friends gather to remember pregnant woman killed

October 3, 2013 Family and friends said they came out to remember a woman who was taken way too soon.

Dozens of people showed up in front of Brianna Anderson’s apartment Thursday night, a day after she was shot and killed.

"Speak the word and you will be helped," one woman began to sing.

They came together in song and in tears with the flickering of candles.  Read more at

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Head Start programs in Hernando could close amid shutdown

October 4, 2013 - Hernando County's Head Start programs may not be open on Monday if the government shutdown isn't lifted.

Mid-Florida Community Services runs Head Start and because of the shutdown they're not getting their funding.

The centers provide preschool, child care and other services to children from low-income families and disabled children from families of all income levels. There are 924 kids on the rolls, including 264 at Hernando's Spring Hill and Brooksville sites.  Read more at

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Students get paid for good FCAT scores in Bradenton

October 3, 2013 - A Manatee County school is paying its students for making good grades.

On Thursday, during an awards ceremony at Team Success Charter School in Bradenton, students were given $20,000 in cash for earning high FCAT scores.

“We went from an F school to an A in two years,” said Fred Spence, CEO of Team Success.  “We just got a B++, and the future is just bright here at Team Success.”  Read more at

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Home returned to estate of slain lottery winner Shakespeare

October 4, 2013 - The million-dollar Polk County home of a slain lottery winner has been stripped from his convicted killer and returned to his estate.

Circuit Judge J. Dale Durrance ruled that Dorice “Dee Dee” Moore never paid Abraham Shakespeare.

A lawyer representing Shakespeare’s estate said the Lakeland home will be sold to benefit his two sons, the Ledger reported.  Read more at

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St. Petersburg's waiver of lien clears path for new women's shelter

October 3, 2013 - Every month, 150 women call the St. Petersburg Free Clinic seeking a safe shelter.

But the organization, which for years has operated a transitional housing program for women in crisis, has room for only 20.

Leaders hope that will change in the next few years. That's why this summer, the free clinic bought a plot of land near downtown, which it intends to turn into a shelter big enough to house twice as many women.  Read more at

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‘Orange is the New Black’: Danielle Brooks, star of hot Netflix series, is one sizzling black actress to watch

Oct. 4, 2013 - Actress Danielle Brooks turned more than a few heads with her Emmy Awards style. Her orange gown was absolutely stunning on the red carpet.

“I like to wear what feels good and looks good,” the thespian said. “I don’t get caught up with name brand stuff. Find colors that work well for your skin tone and take time to choose the proper under garments,” she added with a laugh. Read more at

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Obamacare Isn't Big Enough

Oct. 4, 2013 - It is long past time for Barack Obama to launch a rhetorical and public policy offensive, one that outlines economic priorities to promote job growth and end poverty. In 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt outlined the "four freedoms" that all Americans had the right to enjoy. Freedoms of speech and religion were combined with freedom from want and fear as the sacred rights of all citizens. 

Roosevelt's "four freedoms" still hold true today, although contemporary politicians and even many citizens have forgotten the tough lessons that came out of the Great Depression and World War II. The combined crises spurred the nation to enact Social Security and other New Deal reforms that Tea Party Republicans seek to eviscerate from our national policy and our collective memories. Read more at

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Celebrities Honored With W.E.B. Du Bois Medals at Harvard

Oct. 4, 2013 - Hollywood director Steven Spielberg was among several luminaries honored with Harvard's prestigious W.E.B. Du Bois medal this week during the launch of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.

The Root's editor-in-chief, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Glenn H. Hutchins, whose $15 million gift helped established the Hutchins Center, presided over the event Wednesday at Harvard's Sanders Theatre, the Harvard Crimson reports. The Hutchins Center will focus on nine initiatives devoted to African and African-American studies. Read more at

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Beverly Johnson: Brains and Beauty Mattered in the 1970s

Oct. 4, 2013 - Beverly Johnson, the "first black supermodel," tells Glamour in its November issue that brains and beauty mattered when she started in the fashion industry in the 1970s, according to the Daily Mail. Johnson, 60, recalls failing a typing test at a casting call in 1972 because she acted "like she couldn’t even type," but won the job because of her natural and wholesome looks. She landed on the cover of a magazine. Ms. Johnson went on to appear on 15 Glamour covers and made history as the first black woman to appear on the front of Vogue in August 1974. The New York native said that she received a lot advice from Naomi Sims at the beginning of her career. Read more at

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With Traditional GOP Allies Defecting, Big Business Takes Sides With Obama

October 2, 2013 - Having failed to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown, business leaders fear bigger problems ahead, and they’re taking sides with a Democratic president whose health care and regulatory agenda they have vigorously opposed.

President Barack Obama is embracing the business outreach, eager to employ groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Wall Street CEOs to portray House Republicans as out of touch even with their long-established corporate and financial patrons.  Read more at

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Jury Rejects Case Linking Company To Michael Jackson’s Death

October 2, 2013 - A jury cleared a concert promoter of negligence on Wednesday in a case that attempted to link the death of Michael Jackson to the company that promoted his ill-fated comeback shows.

The panel rejected a lawsuit brought by Jackson’s mother claiming AEG Live was negligent in hiring Conrad Murray, the doctor who killed Jackson with an overdose of a hospital anesthetic the singer used as a sleep aid.  Read more at

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Jada Pinkett Smith Publishes HS Pics Of She and Tupac

October 2, 2013 - Jada Pinkett Smith published several photos of she and the late Tupac Shakur on her Instagram page that reveal a softer side of the hardcore west coast rapper.

The Daily Mail describes how the two became inseparable after meeting at the Baltimore School for the Arts back in the 1980s. Both shared a love for the arts, with Tupac studying acting, poetry, jazz, and surprisingly ballet. In the photo above, a youthful Tupac is shown looking very dapper in from of a school locker with Jada.  Read more at

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Robin Quivers Is Back On Howard Stern Show After Long Cancer Battle

October 2, 2013 - After a year-long battle with cancer, Robin Quivers (pictured), the decades-long sidekick of shock jock Howard Stern, returned on Wednesday to her throne of racist tomfoolery over the Sirius XM airwaves, according to TMZ.


Quivers finally put the whispers to rest about her 17-month-long leave of absence from her in-studio duties as a radio personality on the popular show.  Read more at

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Jordan: I Could Have Beaten LeBron But Not Sure With Kobe

October 2, 2013 - In an upcoming promo for the basketball video game NBA 2K14 that was released on Tuesday, former NBA megastar Michael Jordan said during the “uncensored” taped interview that, in his prime, he would have been able to beat B-ball phenom LeBron James in a one-on-one game.  The iconic player, however, also admitted that there was one match-up he was not too sure about: playing against L.A. Laker Kobe Bryant , according to ESPN.  Read more at

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