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Jay Z in Vanity Fair: ‘I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer’

October 1, 2013 - Jay Z will be the cover man for the upcoming November issue for Vanity Fair.

Mr. Carter previously appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair alongside other celebrities for a special Africa issue in 2007, but this will be the first time the Brooklyn emcee has rocked the legendary publication solo.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Michael Steele on shutdown: ‘We have elected a bunch of children to run our government’

October 2, 2013 - Look ma, no federal government! At some point the entire BS that is the government shutdown sinks in and we have to deal with reality: We have elected a bunch of children to run our government.

One reality that must not change about America and the free enterprise economy is that the root of America’s success has always sprung out of the hard labor of its entrepreneurs: the men and women who risk it all on a dream. Government doesn’t do that; government can’t do that.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Effects of shutdown on MacDill will be severe, DeThomas says

October 2, 2013 - Standing outside the gate of MacDill Air Force Base, Col. Scott DeThomas said the effect of the government shutdown will be severe on the 1,500 civilians forced to take unpaid time off, the military personnel who will have to pick up the slack and the local economy.  Read more at tbo.com.

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Pinellas tax collector to waive homeless ID fees

September 30, 2013 - On Tuesday, Pinellas County's tax collector started waiving a $6.25 processing fee for state ID cards for the homeless.

The move follows criticism of Tax Collector Diane Nelson's declaration in April that she would take a year to study a request to kill the fee from social service agencies who said it hampered homeless people's access to jobs, housing and more.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Mayoral candidate Kriseman lays out his plan for St. Petersburg

October 2, 2013 - St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Rick Kriseman unveiled his plans for the city Wednesday.

Kriseman spoke today at Seminole Park to outline his ideas and plans.

Kriseman, the 51-year-old old former state representative, is facing incumbent mayor Bill Foster in the Nov. 5 election.  Read more at baynews9.com.

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Looking for a job? New Largo Walmart hiring

October 1, 2013 - A hiring center has been opened to fill approximately 300 openings for the new Largo Walmart, which is scheduled to open this winter.

A temporary hiring center has opened in suites 209 and 211 of Newport Square Office Park, 4625 E. Bay Drive, in Clearwater.   Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Read more at baynews9.com.

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Schools participate in International Walk to School Day Oct. 9

International Walk to School day promotes bicycle and pedestrian safety and physical fitness for students. Schools throughout the district will arrange for groups of students to walk together to school in honor of the day. The Clearwater Police Department is volunteering to escort students at Leila G. Davis Elementary School beginning at 8 a.m. More than 30 elementary schools in the district plan to participate. If you would like a full list of participating schools, please send an email to parram@pcsb.org.

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Obamacare Launches Today -- What Happens Now?

October 1, 2013 - Obamacare is here.

Nearly 1,300 days after President Barack Obama signed his signature health care reform program into law, its most important feature finally takes effect. Americans are about to get their first hint of whether Obamacare will work for the 48 million people who lack health insurance and the millions more who buy coverage on their own.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Rev Run Is Going To Be A Grandfather

September 30, 2013 - Vanessa Simmons, the actress, entrepreneur and daughter of hip-hop pioneer Rev. Run, took to her personal Instagram account this afternoon to announce some big news.

She's expecting her first child, a little girl!  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Government Shuts Down As Congress Fails To Reach Spending Agreement

October 1, 2013 - With members of Congress still working to reach an agreement on spending, the U.S. government shut down at 12 a.m. ET on Tuesday.

Sylvia M. Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, ordered executive agencies to shut down just before midnight on Monday.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Financial Independence Is Getting Harder To Attain, Especially For African Americans (STUDY, INFOGRAPHIC)

September 30, 2013 - America's "Lost Generation" continues to flounder, according to a report released Monday by the Georgetown University Center on Education. And while three groups -- young men, high school graduates and African Americans -- continue to bear the brunt of The Great Recession's limiting access to jobs, experts say financial independence is taking longer to attain for young adults across the board.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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14 Caribbean nations sue European countries for slavery reparations

September 27, 2013 - Fourteen Caribbean nations are suing the governments of the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands for reparations over what the plaintiffs say is the lingering legacy of the Atlantic slave trade.

In a speech Friday at United Nations General Assembly, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves said the European nations must pay for their deeds.  Read more at aljazeera.com.

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Black Quarterbacks Leading More Teams in NFL

September 30, 2013 - "Sports" is one of the most race-neutral meritocracies in America. From the record-shattering feats of Jesse Owens to the transcendent accomplishments of Serena and Venus, there is no doubt that African Americans can excel at the highest levels in any sport if given a chance. Historically, that chance has rarely been given to aspiring black professional quarterbacks.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Ted Cruz, John Boehner Don’t Care If Shutdown Hurts You

October 1, 2013 - Earlier this morning, the usually well meaning Chris Matthews made an interesting observation about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), one of the key players in the now-official government shutdown. Matthews said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” “Ted Cruz is brilliant. I think President Obama may have met his match.” I immediately had to flip to something more mentally stimulating: last night’s edition of “The Real Housewives of Miami.” Ted Cruz is a lot of things — most of which I cannot repeat in this space — but brilliant is a stretch by far. Last week, another MSNBC host, Lawrence O’Donnell, spoke of members of the media being “blinded” by Ted Cruz’s resume.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Shooter’s Wife Filed Rape Complaint Against Slain La. Preacher Days Before He Was Killed [VIDEO]

September 30, 2013 - The wife of Woodrow Karey, 53, (pictured left) filed a rape complaint against Pastor Ronald Harris, Sr., 53, (pictured right) on September 25, two days before her husband walked into Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana and shot and killed him while he was preaching in front of the congregation, said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso.  Read more at newsone.com.

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81-Year-Old Has A Business That’s ‘Brooming’!

September 30, 2013 - Melvin Pickens (pictured) is 81 years young and blind, and even though he doesn’t need to work, he still can’t shake the strict work ethic he’s maintained for 63 years. The Little Rock, Ark., man has been selling brooms since 1950 and refuses to call it quits.

For decades, Pickens was a traveling broom salesman and managed to support his wife, who is now deceased, and his four children from his lucrative broom sales. Pickens would tirelessly sell his wares six days a week and did so with pride.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Black small businesses to feel sting of shutdown

October 1, 2013 - The last government shut down lasted 21 days from December 15, 1995 to January 6, 1996. This was the longest government shutdown to date.

Fast forward to today. Another government shutdown, but this time is different. The economy is just rebounding from the financial crisis and the Great Recession which decimated the economy. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Jennifer Hudson Spoofs ‘Scandal’ In New Obamacare PSA

September 30, 2013 - Looks like Jennifer Hudson has learned a few lessons from Olivia Pope in this new Funny or Die video to promote Obamacare.

In the “Scandalous” clip, Hudson’s character Lydia Cole, who refers to herself as a “covert scandal manager,” travels around the nation’s capitol to answer questions regarding the Affordable Care Act.  Read more at hellobeautiful.com.

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Pastors: Reducing Manatee gun violence means changing hearts

September 30, 2013 - The Rev. Larry Johnson of New Hope Holiness Church in Palmetto said Sunday it will take changing the hearts of men to drastically reduce gun violence in Manatee County and will not happen overnight.

"It's going to take work," Johnson said prior to a 4 p.m. Sunday church service attended by nearly 200 people at the 13 AV Dream Center, 922 24th St. E., Bradenton.

The service, led by St. Petersburg's powerful preaching pastor, the Rev. Louis Murphy Sr., was titled: "We Want To Preach the Hell Out Of This City."  Read more at bradenton.com.

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Shonda Rhimes: President Obama Appoints ‘Scandal’ Creator To Important Position

September 29, 2013 - President Barack Obama is appointing the woman behind the television series “Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” to the Kennedy Center’s board of trustees.

Shonda Rhimes is a Golden Globe winner and three-time Emmy nominee. Her show “Scandal” stars actress Kerry Washington, a major Obama supporter.  Read more at newsone.com.

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