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Port of Tampa increases exports equaling more jobs

October 13, 2013 - The Port of Tampa went from shipping 6.1 million tons of cargo to 7.8 million tons of cargo in just two years.
"It's been a 27 percent increase from 2010 to this past year," said Wade Elliott, the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at the Tampa Port Authority.  Read more at

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National Action: Urge the State to Drop the Case!

Have you heard the good news out of Florida? The Appeals Court threw out the guilty verdict in the Marissa Alexander case, citing a “fundamental error” in the jury instructions which unjustly required Marissa to prove her innocence, depriving her of a fair trial.

In mid-October, State Prosecutor Angela Corey will decide whether to drop the case or set a new trial date. We say drop the case!  Read more here.

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Detroit city treasurer says CFO jokingly asked if he could ‘shoot someone in a hoodie’

Oct. 11, 2013 - Detroit city official wrote a letter to the city’s mayor and a handful of other top appointees accusing her superior of making racially insensitive remarks at work and cited one instance where he jokingly asked if he could “shoot someone in a hoodie.”

The allegations were made by City Treasurer Cheryl Johnson, who is black, about the actions of Chief Financial Officer Jim Bonsall. Read more at

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‘Captain Phillips’ star Barkhad Abdi and director defend depiction of Somali pirates

Oct. 11, 2013 - Fate steered a climactic course forCaptain Phillips’ Barkhad Abdi.

The Somali actor, who immigrated to Minneapolis with his family years ago, earned the lead role in a movie with Tom Hanks as his first acting job ever, and might even score an Oscar nomination in the process.

What he may not have prescribed, life undoubtedly chose as his path, and Abdi suggests the timing couldn’t have been better. Read more at

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Kwame Kilpatrick, ex-Detroit mayor, sentenced to 28 years in jail

Oct. 11, 2013 - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison for corruption, the apparent last step after a series of scandals destroyed his political career and helped steer a crisis-laden city even deeper into trouble.

Kilpatrick, who served as mayor from 2002 until fall 2008, fattened his bank account by tens of thousands of dollars, traveled the country in private planes and even strong-armed his campaign fundraiser for stacks of cash hidden in her bra, according to evidence at trial. Read more at

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Maya Moore leads Minnesota Lynx to WNBA Title

Oct. 11, 2013 -  Maya Moore scored 23 points, and Rebekkah Brunson had 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 86-77 on Thursday to win their second WNBA title in three years.

Tiffany Hayes finished with 20 points and Alex Bentley had 18 for Atlanta, which was swept in the best-of-5 finals for the third time in four years. Read more at

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Black dolls show off natural looks in new, custom collection

Oct. 11, 2013 - “My goal is to have a doll line that is available to young girls all over the world – anywhere from California to Africa – anywhere that young girls need to have dolls that look like them,” says Karen Byrd, creator of Natural Girls United.

The new ethnic doll collection features a vast array of customized black dolls with natural hair done as an Afro, braided, kinky, curly, twisted, highlighted, wrapped, and crowned. Read more at

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Obama signs bill to pay military death benefits

Oct. 11, 2013 - Families of fallen troops will be assured of receiving death benefits under legislation President Barack Obamasigned Thursday amid a national firestorm after the Pentagon suspended the roughly $100,000 payments during the partial government shutdown. Obama signed the bill into law after it won final passage in the Senate earlier in the day. But his chief spokesman, Jay Carney, had said the measure was unnecessary because a military charity had stepped in to continue the payments. Carney also had declined to say whether Obama would sign the bill, which reinstates benefits for surviving family members, including funeral and burial expenses, and death gratuity payments. Read more at

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Rape charges dropped against former Temple football player

Oct. 11, 2013 - All charges have been dropped against a freshman member of Temple University's football team who was accused of rape. Attorneys for 20-year-old Praise Martin-Oguike said the charges were dismissed as jury selection was to begin Monday. The woman told police Martin-Oguike assaulted her in May 2012 in his dorm room. Martin-Oguike, who was kicked out of Temple and now attends a New Jersey community college, said the encounter was consensual. Read more at

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Benjamin Crump Takes Kendrick Johnson Case

Oct. 11, 2013 - In the months since the body of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was found rolled up in a mat in the gymnasium of Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Ga., nothing has seemed to add up.

The initial explanation that investigators gave to Johnson's parents, Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson, was that their son died in a freak accident: "falling headfirst into an upright mat and becoming trapped," CBS News reports. When they asked for his buried body to be exhumed, they found even more pieces of the puzzle in a second autopsy report: His organs were found missing, replaced with newspaper. Read more at

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Natural Girls United Gives Dolls Amazing Hair Makeovers

October 9, 2013 - If you've ever tried to find a black doll at your local toy store, you may have noticedthey usually come with tamed, straightened hairstyles. But one California mom, fed-up with that status quo, started a business making dolls with a fabulously diverse spectrum of natural hairdos -- and her products are proving to be pretty popular.

Karen Byrd, founder of Natural Girls United, customizes dolls to give them natural hairstyles not typically seen on those sold in stores. As a child, Byrd remembers wondering why she didn't resemble her straight-haired, white dolls.  Read more at

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Lee Thompson Young Suffered From Bipolar Disorder Before Suicide, Coroner's Report Reveals (REPORT)

October 9, 2013 - Lee Thompson Young, the star of such beloved shows as "The Famous Jett Jackson" and "Rizzoli & Isles," suffered from bipolar disorder and depression prior to his suicide two months ago, reveals a recently released coroner's report.  Read more at

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The Cartoon That Captures Everything That's Wrong With The Government Shutdown

October 9, 2013 - As the government shutdown reaches its ninth day, Americans have been left with news of one meeting after another as it seems the budget deadlock will never end.

Although last week's reports of no end in sight were dismal, this week a bipartisan meeting between House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi may shine a glimmer of hope towards a resolution.  Read more at

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Florida Senate Panel Approves 'Stand Your Ground' Revisions

October 10, 2013 - If you hear the pitter patter of tiny feet, it's Florida finally taking baby steps to amend its controversial 'Stand Your Ground' law.

Tuesday a Senate panel voted 7 to 2 approving revisions to the state's self-defense law, which removed the duty to retreat from the "Castle Doctrine," granting residents the right to use deadly force in their home.  Read more at

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State Obamacare Markets Attract Tens Of Thousands Of Customers

October 10, 2013 - Tens of thousands of uninsured people have begun to sign up for health coverage through online Obamacare private insurance marketplaces in California and New York, officials said on Tuesday, while problems still plagued the federal online system.

California and New York are two of the biggest markets for signing up millions of uninsured Americans under President Barack Obama's healthcare law. State officials said the data they provided on Tuesday was an early indicator of strong demand for new insurance plans that will take effect in 2014.  Read more at

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Charity To Pay Military Death Benefits

October 9, 2013 - The Obama administration, scrambling to tamp down a controversy over suspended death benefits for the families of fallen troops, announced Wednesday that a charity would pick up the costs of the payments during the government shutdown.

“The Fisher House Foundation will provide the families of the fallen with the benefits they so richly deserve,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement, adding that the Pentagon would reimburse the foundation after the shutdown ended.  Read more at

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Ben Carson joins Fox News team

October 10, 2013 - Dr. Ben Carson, the celebrated neurosurgeon, has become something of a conservative star in the past year.

He became a beloved figure on the right after he assailed President Barack Obama‘s health care reform legislation just a few feet away from the Commander-in-Chief at a National Prayer Breakfast.  Read more at

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Tampa police officer fired, arrested for welfare fraud

October 10, 2013 - Tampa police fired and arrested another of their own on Thursday. This time, the charges involve a longtime police sergeant accused of using a convict’s food stamp card.

Police arrested - and Chief Jane Castor fired - Sgt. La Joyce Houston, a 16-year veteran of the force. Houston, 47, is charged with two counts of welfare fraud and one count of grand theft. She was released from the Hillsborough County Orient Road Jail after posting bail set at $6,000, records show.  Read more at

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Florida Head Start grateful to philanthropists

October 9, 2013 - The Florida Head Start Association and families who use the programs are very grateful for the $10 million donation made to the National Head Start Association by John and Laura Arnold, enabling Head Start locations to reopen.

Florida’s Head Start programs were hit hard by the government shutdown. Within the first few days, over 370 children were affected when their Head Start location closed.  Read more at

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Trayvon Martin Day Canceled At Pittsburgh High School After Parents Complain

October 8, 2013 - Carrick High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania planned to have a Trayvon Martin Day during homecoming week but canceled after parents voiced concern, reports CBS Pittsburgh.

“I am a little worried about that with the different people, how they’re going to react,” said parent Jennifer Kagle.  Read more at

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