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Food stamp benefits going down before the holidays

October 21 2013 - Millions of American families could face a sparse holiday table when food stamps benefits get reduced in November, and that could be just the start of deeper cuts to the program to feed poor families.

The modern-day food stamp plan, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is scheduled to scale back benefits for all recipients on Nov. 1 because a recession-era boost in benefits is expiring.  Read more at

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Bill Young remembered for his 43 years in Congress

October 18, 2013 - Senior U.S. House Republican Bill Young was being remembered as a defense hawk, with a passion for looking after the needs of men and women in uniform and those of his constituents back in Florida. Young died Friday at age 82, a week after announcing from his hospital bed that he wouldn't seek a 23rd term.  Read more at

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Jordan Davis’ Killer Pens ‘Shockingly Racist’ Letters From Jail

October 18, 2013 - Michael Dunn, 46, has written over 100 pages of correspondence while in a Florida jail awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis, letters which an attorney for Davis’ family call “shockingly racist,” reports

As previously reported by NewsOne, Dunn gunned down Davis at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida on November 23, 2012.  Read more at

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Detroit Pastor Resigns After Telling Congregation About Her Same-Sex Marriage

October 19, 2013 - Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams resigned from her position as pastor of Zion Progressive Baptist Church in Detroit, Mich., after revealing to her congregation that she was in a same-sex marriage.

In an exclusive interview with NewsOne, Bishop Abrams said she married Bishop Emeritus Diana Williams of the Imani Temple of the African-American Catholic Congregation in Washington, D.C., in Iowa back in March, but choose to keep it private until she was ready to share it with the public.  Read more at

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Surveillance Video Contradicts Dallas Cop’s Self-Defense Claim

October 19, 2013 - Surveillance video showing a Dallas police officer shooting a mentally ill man standing still about 20 feet away contradicts the assertion of an officer that the man threatened his safety by lunging at him with a knife.

Bobby Gerald Bennett remains hospitalized after being shot in the stomach Monday. The officer who shot him, Cardan Spencer, is on indefinite administrative leave pending a criminal investigation after a neighbor released surveillance video that captured the incident.  Read more at

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Skip Gates for President -- of Howard U

October 20, 2013 - The "Best Colleges" rankings from US News & World Report are usually an opportunity for many colleges and universities to go into PR overdrive to attract the best and brightest to their campuses. For other schools, it's an opportunity to take stock of their aspirational goals. For Howard University, the school's decline in the rankings -- 22 positions from 2012 and 46 positions from 2010 -- represents an obvious crisis. For one, Sidney A. Ribeau, the university's president since 2008, recently announced his retirement.  Read more at

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Obama Speaking On Obamacare Glitches

October 21, 2013 - President Barack Obama is expected to acknowledge that widespread problems with his health care law's rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the glitches.

Obama was scheduled to speak Monday from the Rose Garden, his first health care-focused event since the cascade of computer problems became apparent. The troublesome rollout of the health care exchanges has been a glaring embarrassment for Obama's signature legislative achievement.  Read more at

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Beverly Young: 'He couldn't take the pain anymore'

October 20, 2013 - Suspecting a blood clot, doctors wanted to operate on U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young but warned him it was highly risky and he might die.

So at 2 p.m. on Oct. 13, Young gathered his family around him at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and told them he did not want to have the surgery.  Read more at

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PolitiFact Florida: Mayor Foster scores higher on economic data than Kriseman

October 20, 2013 - St. Petersburg's mayoral candidates addressed the city's economic health during Tuesday's Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9 debate. But competing rhetoric left viewers with a tale of two cities.

Mayor Bill Foster said things are looking up, pointing to the city's unemployment rate. Challenger Rick Kriseman said small businesses and jobs have suffered since Foster took over.  Read more at

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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. 

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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. 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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