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Pinellas plan to pay starting teachers $40,000 might start bidding war

September 7, 2013 - Let the bidding war begin.

The Pinellas County school system reached an agreement with the teachers union this week to increase starting teacher pay to $40,000 a year, vaulting the district to the top of the Tampa Bay region and outpacing the national average.  Read more at

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Ben Jealous, President Of NAACP, To Step Down In January

September 8, 2013 - In a surprise move, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, 40, has announced that he is stepping down from the position in January, 2014, reports USA Today. “Leadership knows when to step up and when to step down,” Jealous said. “This day I can say with pride that I’m prepared to step down and make room for the next person who will lead this organization to its next chapter.”  Read more at

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Michael Bloomberg Blasts Bill De Blasio Over 'Racist' Campaign

September 7, 2013 - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, accusing him of running a "racist" campaign.

In an interview with New York Magazine published Saturday, Bloomberg said de Blasio is "using his family to gain support."  Read more at

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Gay Marriage Reflects The Constitution's 'Genius'

September 6, 2013 - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently officiated at a friend's same-sex wedding, told a Philadelphia audience Friday that growing acceptance of gay marriage reflects the "genius" of the U.S. Constitution.

Ginsburg said equality has always been central to the Constitution, even if society has only applied it to minorities – be they women, blacks or gays – over time.  Read more at

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Facebook Encourages HIV Testing Among Minority Men, And More Health News This Week

September 6, 2013 - Facebook's popularity may be on the decline (thanks to teenagers who reviled the social networking site's increasing adult presence earlier this year), but it's gained favor this week among health researchers who found that it could be a useful tool in persuading people at high risk of HIV/AIDS to get tested for the disease.  Read more at

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George Zimmerman, Shellie Zimmerman Divorce: Former Neighborhood Watchman's Wife Files To End Marriage

September 5, 2013 - Shellie Zimmerman, George Zimmerman's wife, has filed for divorce from the 29-year-old who was recently found not guilty for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. ABC News correspondent Matt Gutman originally reported the development.  Read more at

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Don Lemon Just Wants To Enjoy His New Haircut In Peace (PHOTOS)

September 5, 2013 - All Don Lemon wanted to do on Tuesday was show off his brand new haircut:

Too bad the world wasn't ready to let the CNN anchor's tweet be the end of the story. Twitter was agog, simply agog! It was so agog that Bossip compiled loads of reactions to what it called Lemon's "struggly high-top Boosie fade."  Read more at

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Oakland Schools, Organizations Band Together To Help Black Males Graduate

September 5, 2013 - By the time they enter kindergarten, 1 out of 4 African-American boys in California expect to never be successful, according to last year’s findings by the state’s Assembly. In response, schools and various organizations in Oakland are focusing their energies to reverse the fortunes of young Black boys and men in the state.  Read more at

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Could crime in Newark derail Cory Booker’s Senate campaign?

September 6, 2013 - Executing emergency measures to combat a surge in homicides under their leadership are not the kinds of details candidates wants to talk about while on the stomp. But with a spate of violent killings making daily headlines, will Newark’s recurring crime waves haunt Cory Booker’s senate bid and also threaten his legacy as mayor?  Read more at

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Wal-Mart workers protest in NY over job conditions

September 6, 2013 - Three people participating in a New York City protest against Wal-Mart have been taken into police custody.

About 20 employees, former employees and supporters gathered Thursday outside a Manhattan building where a member of the company’s board of directors has an office. They delivered a petition calling for improved working conditions and reinstatement of workers they say were fired for engaging in labor activities.  Read more at

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Black Democrats Wary of Syria Strike

September 6, 2013 - Saying they still are gathering information, several members of the Congressional Black Caucus apparently are not ready to rubber-stamp President Barack Obama's plan to strike Syria, according to the Hill.

Black Democrats were among the most consistently vocal opponents of the Iraq war a decade ago, and they're now among the most reluctant to endorse a U.S. attack on Bashar Assad's forces in response to the Syrian strongman's alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians.  Read more at

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LeBron James Adds Executive Producer To His Resume

September 3, 2013 - LeBron James has teamed with the man behind shows like “The Cosby Show,” “3rd Rock from the Sun” and “Roseanne” to create a new series for Starz.

According to the Associated Press, the Miami Heat star will executive produce the scripted half-hour show, tentatively titled Survivor’s Remorse, with producer Tom Werner. The comedy will take place in Philadelphia and explore “what truly happens when you make it out” of the hood.  Read more at

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Kanye West coming to the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa

September 6, 2013 - Brace yourself: Yeezus is coming to Tampa.

Kanye West announced a huge North American tour on Friday morning, and it'll include a stop at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Nov. 30. According to concert promoters AEG Live, tickets for most dates on the tour (though not necessarily Tampa) will go on sale Sept. 13.  Read more at

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Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Presents New Series: ‘The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross’

September 6, 2013 - This fall, noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking new six-part series  The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. premiering Tuesdays, October 22, 29 – November 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2013, 8-9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Written and presented by Professor Gates, the six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds.  Read more at

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Get ready for hot Krispy Kremes in St. Petersburg

September 4, 2013 - The words "hot" and "now" will soon have new meaning beyond the Florida weather. A Krispy Kreme Doughnuts store is opening at 9100 Fourth St. N within weeks. It's about a mile north of a Dunkin Donuts in the 7500 block.

Fans young and old of the 76-year-old business know when the "Hot Now" sign lights up freshly made doughnuts are just coming off the belt.  Read more at

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Mayor Bill Foster says talks with the Tampa Bay Rays aren't going well

September 4, 2013 - A deal to end the long-standing stadium impasse between the city and the Tampa Bay Rays could be falling apart.

Late Wednesday, Mayor Bill Foster updated the City Council about the ongoing negotiations to allow the team to look at stadium sites outside the city as long as St. Petersburg taxpayers are protected in the deal.  Read more at

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Lamar Odom Enters Rehab For Drug And Alcohol Abuse (REPORT)

September 4, 2013 - Lamar Odom has reportedly entered a rehab facility for drug and alcohol abuse, according to People.

Sources confirm that Odom's addiction issues have caused marital problems with his wife Khloe Kardashian, who has stood by his side over the past few months.  Read more at

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Maya Angelou Honorary Book Award: Poet And Author Receives Literarian Award

September 5, 2013 - The book world is finally honoring Maya Angelou.

The poet and author of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" will be this year's recipient of the Literarian Award, an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the literary community, the National Book Foundation announced Thursday. It is the first major literary prize for the 85-year-old Angelou, who has been celebrated everywhere from the Grammy Awards to the White House. She has received three Grammys for best spoken word album, a National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor.  Read more at

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15 Year-Old Jaylen Bledsoe Builds IT Company Now Worth $3.5M [VIDEO]

September 4, 2013 - How many people can say they earned their first million before being old enough to drive? Jaylen Bledsoe, 15, of Gazelwood, Mo., is among the lucky few.

The high school sophomore founded his own tech company, which specializes in web design and other IT services, Bledsoe Technologies, at the ripe age of 13 years old. In just over two years the tech titan managed to expand his small business — run by two people — into a global venture worth $3.5 million, employing 150 contracted workers.  Read more at

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Divided Senate Poses Deep Challenges In Syria Debacle

September 5, 2013 - A Senate panel’s deep divide over giving President Barack Obama the authority to use U.S. military force against Syria underscores the commander-in-chief’s challenge in persuading skeptical lawmakers and wary allies to back greater intervention in an intractable civil war.

The administration was pressing ahead Thursday with its full-scale sales job, holding another round of closed-door meetings for members of Congress about its intelligence on Syria. On another continent, Obama was certain to face questions from world leaders when he arrives in St. Petersburg, Russia, for an economic summit.  Read more at

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