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Southside Youth Soccer League kicks off new season

The Southside Youth Soccer League is still looking for players to register for their 2013-14 season.  Practice starts this week at the Lakewood Sports Complex, so time is of the essence if you’d like your child on the team.

League recruiter Robert Oliphant thinks soccer is a good sports game to introduce not only to area kids but to their parents also. He sees how soccer develops team working skills, increases agility, speed, and ball handling coordination with every season.  Read more at

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Economic and job concerns dominate candidates forum at Mt. Zion

The room was packed at the Mount Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church this Tues., Oct. 1 where another open mic mayoral candidate forum was held.
Many concerned citizens waited patiently to ask questions of incumbent Mayor Bill Foster and opponent Rick Kriseman. The line was long that some people had to hold their place by sitting in chairs.  Read more at

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Annie’s Beauty Supply

Each time a customer enters into Annie’s Beauty Supply, they are greeted warmly and made to feel welcomed by proprietor Annie Tyrell. It’s precisely that demeanor that sets her store apart from others in the community.
Located at 2104 34th St. S. in St. Petersburg, Annie’s Beauty Supply had its grand opening at the end of June.  Read more at

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Obama's Health Care Plea: Frustrated Americans 'Definitely Shouldn't Give Up' On The Law

October 5, 2013 - Defending the shaky rollout of his health care law, President Barack Obama said frustrated Americans "definitely shouldn't give up" on the problem-plagued program now at the heart of his dispute with Republicans over reopening the federal government.

Obama said public interest far exceeded the government's expectations, causing technology glitches that thwarted millions of Americans when trying to use government-run health care websites.  Read more at

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You Might Hate Obamacare, But It's Saved These People's Lives

October 5, 2013 - Obamacare officially opened for enrollment at 8:17 a.m. this past Tuesday, despite glitches in the system and a government shutdown.

Two years ago, in October 2011, Blogger Miss M. Turner accidentally ended up starting the 'I am Obamacare' movement when she a posted a photo expressing just how much the Affordable Care Act will help her.  Read more at

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Miriam Carey's Sisters Question Police Actions In Deadly Washington, DC Chase

October 4, 2013 - A woman who was shot to death outside the U.S. Capitol after trying to ram her car through a White House barrier had been under the delusion the president was communicating with her, a federal law enforcement official said Friday.

The woman's family said she had been suffering from postpartum depression with psychosis.  Read more at

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Forbes Africa Turns 2, Celebrates With New Project, Supermodel Alek Wek (PHOTO)

October 4, 2013 - This October marks the second anniversary for Forbes Africa, and Forbes coupled the anniversary with the launch of two new magazines focusing on the continent: Forbes Woman Africa and Forbes Life Africa.

"Forbes Woman Africa follows the success of Forbes Africa," said founder and vice chairman of the ABN Group, Rakesh Wahi.  Read more at

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1 In 3 Black Males Will Go To Prison In Their Lifetime, Report Warns

October 4, 2013 - One in every three black males born today can expect to go to prison at some point in their life, compared with one in every six Latino males, and one in every 17 white males, if current incarceration trends continue.

These are among the many pieces of evidence cited by the Sentencing Project, a Washington, D.C.-based group that advocates for prison reform, in a report on the staggering racial disparities that permeate the American criminal justice system.  Read more at

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Breast Cancer Rates On The Rise In Black Women, And More Health News This Week

October 4, 2013 - An estimated 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 39,620 breast cancer deaths are expected to occur among U.S. women in 2013. And according to a report released this week by the American Cancer Society, an increasing number of them will be black women.

Read on to see just how much breast cancer incidence rates are converging among white and African-American women, plus more notes on the black health chart this week.  Read more at

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Star Jones Working On New 'Multi-Host' Talk Show

October 4, 2013 - Star Jones is working on a new talk show, she told Fishbowl NY on Friday.

The television personality sat down with Fishbowl NY's Diane Clehane, who reported on the new project. "I can’t say much, but I can tell you exclusively I shot the pilot on Sunday and it’s multi-host – the opportunity came to me when I was in the middle of a million things — and I’m more excited about this than I’ve been in long time," Jones said. "It’s right in my wheel house."  Read more at

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Big Boi's Wife, Sherlita M. Patton, Files For Divorce

October 3, 2013 - Following an 11 year marriage, the wife of Outkast member, Big Boi (born Antwon A. Patton) has reportedly filed for divorce.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sherlita M. Patton submitted a divorce complaint in Georgia’s Fulton County Superior Court on Wednesday citing that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” The former couple, who married in February 2002, have two children together, ages 18 and 12.  Read more at

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US Government Shutdown Has Out-sized Impact On African American Workers

October 6 2013 - Although the shutdown of the federal government that began Tuesday is affecting all Americans, a disproportionate portion of the 800,000 furloughed federal workers are African Americans, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Because government jobs have been more available to Blacks than private sector employment over the years, Blacks, who comprise 13.6 percent of the U.S. population, make up 17.7 percent of the federal workforce.  Read more at

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The New Ku Klux Klan in Photos

Oct. 7, 2013 - No group brings to mind images of hatred, violence and sheer ugliness more than the Ku Klux Klan. But is it possible that today's iteration of the KKK looks remarkably different than the iconic images of white men in white robes and white hoods, burning crosses and terrorizing black people (and those who were allies of blacks)? The answer, according to a new project by photojournalist Anthony Karen, is yes and no. Karen goes "under the hood" in parts of the Midwest, North Carolina and Louisiana to show us a glimpse of what the 2013 version of the Ku Klux Klan looks like. According to an interview with the Daily Mail, the New York-based Karen found today's members to be "no different than somebody living next door." These days, Karen says, members of the KKK are closer to us than we think, but rarely ever look like the historic images found in historic films like The Birth of a Nation. "You'd only know they were in the Klan if they decided to share that with you, had a distinguishing emblem on a T-shirt or a racially-themed tattoo," he says. Read more at

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Tameka, Usher Head Back To Court Amid Claims Co-Parenting Isn’t Working

October 7, 2013 - The war of the exes continues as Tameka Foster (pictured left) and her ex-hubby crooner, Usher (pictured), reportedly head back to court over co-parenting issues, according to TMZ.


Foster and Usher, who were married for two years and have two sons together, have publicly battled each other with their gloves off since their divorce proceedings began in 2009.  And after a nasty spectacle of plenty of mud slinging, Usher was awarded primary custody of their young sons last year.  Read more at

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Scholars of Color Working in Isolation

Oct. 7, 2013 -  Remember the name Maurice Green -- not the Olympic sprinter, but the energetic young scholar who founded the International Black Doctoral Network Association Inc. The newly minted group just completed its first convention in Philadelphia, drawing 400 black Ph.D.s and doctoral candidates from a wide variety of disciplines to network, present papers and hear inspiring speeches from such luminaries as philosopher Cornel West, economist Julianne Malveaux and sociologist William Julius Wilson. Green, a doctoral candidate at City University of New York, hopes that the conference, which received support from theKnight Foundation and BMe, will lead to the creation of a permanent organization in which black intellectuals can relate both to each other and to the larger community. Read more at

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Gun Violence's No. 1 Target: Black Children

Oct. 7, 2013 - In the weeks since the Washington Navy Yard shooting, the city of New Orleans reached a tragic milestone.

All told, 108 people have been murdered in the Crescent City so far this year. In September two black girls,one 11 years old and the other age 2, were shot and killed. And earlier this year a national organization advocating for stricter gun control told the story of a black 10-year-old New Orleans boy who has been shot and seriously injured twice in his short life. Read more at

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The Tragic Game of the Federal Shutdown

Oct. 7, 2013 - Americans are tired of playing the Republican Party's blistering game of high-stakes political brinksmanship, writes the New York Times' Charles M. Blow. He calls on the GOP House to end its futile feud with President Obama and get on with the business of governing the nation.

Speaker John Boehner barked Friday about the government shutdown: "This isn't some damn game."

The House leader was responding to an anonymous "senior administration official" who was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article, saying: "We are winning. ... It doesn't really matter to us' how long the shutdown lasts ‘because what matters is the end result.' " Read more at

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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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