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John Boehner admits ‘we just didn’t win’ budget fight

October 16, 2013 - Congress raced Wednesday to approve a bipartisan deal to avert a U.S. default and reopen the federal government, a move intended to end a prolonged fiscal crisis that battered Republican approval ratings and threatened the global economy with a new recession.

Republicans were left with little to show for their fight — in political terms, the final agreement was almost entirely along lines President Barack Obama had set when the impasse began last month. It includes nothing for Republicans demanding to eradicate or scale back Obama’s signature health care overhaul.  Read more at

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Harry Belafonte Sues Martin Luther King Jr.’s Family

October 15, 2013 - Harry Belafonte filed a lawsuit against the estate of Martin Luther King Jr for the rights to sell documents from the late civil rights leader in an auction.

In the suit, filed in a Manhattan federal court this week, the 86-year-old claims he was prepared to auction off the items in 2008 however the King’s estate “astonishingly” blocked it. He insists that Coretta Scott King gave him a number of items before she passed in 2006 and he has the right to do with them as he pleases.  Read more at

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Pinellas officials: Charter school jeopardized student safety, misled district about buses

October 16, 2013 - A brand new charter school beset with management issues, staff defections and student withdrawals also jeopardized student safety this year while keeping key information from the Pinellas school system, district officials say.

Against the district's orders and without its knowledge, University Preparatory Academy hired an unauthorized private bus company to transport students to and from the school — a decision made worse when one of the company's buses crashed in September with more than a dozen of the school's students aboard. Three children were injured.  Read more at

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Foster to present new plan for moving forward on St. Petersburg Pier

October 17, 2013 -  It's back to square one for the St. Petersburg Pier.

On Thursday, Mayor Bill Foster will present a plan to City Council to restart the process of selecting a new design.

This time around there will not be an international design competition like the one that generated the failed Lens design last time.  Read more at

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Gospel Icon Andrae Crouch Rushed To Hospital After Falling Ill

October 15, 2013 - Legendary gospel star Andrae Crouch (pictured) was rushed to a hospital Sunday after falling ill in his shower at his Los Angeles home, reports TMZ.

The 71-year-old eight-time, Grammy Award-winning performer, songwriter, producer and pastor was taking a shower when he was reportedly overcome by its heat. Crouch, who suffers from diabetes, immediately yelled for his twin sister and assistant to help him get out of the shower as he felt faint.  Read more at

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Bishop T.D. Jakes Slams ‘Preachers Of L.A.’

October 16, 2013 - Bishop T.D. Jakes recently took to his pulpit at the The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas to denounce the sanctified rachetness of Oxygen‘s new docu-series Preachers of L.A, reports the Christian Post.

Bishop Jakes wanted to make it clear to his congregants that they didn’t have to worry about their offerings going to his suits, houses or cars, because he’s always had his own money.  Read more at

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The Images Of Black Women In Media Still 'Only Scratch The Surface,' Essence Study Finds

October 15, 2013 - Character's like Kerry Washington's Olivia Pope on "Scandal", and Nicole Beharie's Lt. Abbie Mills on "Sleepy Hollow" are a breath of fresh air for many black women, according to a recent study.

It's not often that you see images of black women in the media that deviate from the stereotypical archetypes like the ones identified in a recent study by Essence magazine. Read more at

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Cory Booker's Senate Campaign Has Been Bumpier Than Anticipated

October 15, 2013 - Cory Booker's path to Wednesday's U.S. Senate election has been bumpier than anticipated.

Even Republicans had expected Booker, a Democrat in a Democratic-leaning state, to cruise to victory by a wide margin over little-known Republican Steve Lonegan in the special election to replace former Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died in June.  Read more at

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The Florida State Conference NAACP calls Scott’s Voter Purge method disastrous

Governor Rick Scott’s plans to renew the purge of alleged noncitizens from Florida’s voter roll is not only disastrous, but egregious considering the 2012 purge of noncitizens proved to be less than 200 in the entire State.  Soon after the U.S. Supreme Court's Shelby County v. Holder ruling struck down a key enforcement provision of the Voting Rights Act (invalidating a lawsuit that was brought to stop new searches for noncitizens), Scott immediately renewed his call for a purge.

The Florida State Conference NAACP questions this move by Governor Scott, citing several concerns from elections officials in the 67 Florida counties that included errors and inaccuracies within the system.   The NAACP believes that the reinstatement of the new purge will cast another dark shadow on Florida, and the disenfranchisement of voters noting that the purge will target and disproportionately affect Florida's most vulnerable groups--Hispanics, Haitians and other minority groups.   

Although the NAACP agrees that non US citizens do not have a right to cast a ballot; it is this organization’s mission to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.   The NAACP questions the reliability of the SAVE (System Alien Verification for Entitlements) database program, noting that the Immigration Policy Center has major concerns with this program being the sole source for verifying Florida’s ineligible voters.  Thus, it is the Florida State Conference NAACP’s responsibility to ensure that multiple reliable systems are in place that protects the rights of voters and guarantees accurate documentation before the removal of ineligible voters. 

The Florida NAACP supports the 67 Supervisors of Elections and their offices as they continue to perform the duties that they were elected to do; that is to ensure that every citizen of Florida who has the right to register to vote are able to register and that their rights  are protected when they cast a ballot.  The Florida State Conference NAACP will continue to scrutinize this process with due diligence and will seek to eliminate any action that may cause harm to its citizens. 

For questions or additional information, please contact Adora Obi Nweze at (305) 915-4701.

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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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