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Rev. Joseph Lowery’s Wife Suffers “Irreversible Damage” From Stroke [VIDEO]

September 22, 2013 - Just three weeks after Rev. Joseph Lowery (pictured right) led the chant “Fired up! Read to go!” at the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, his wife Evelyn Lowery (pictured left) has suffered “irreversible damage” from a stroke, reports the AJC.com.  Read more at newsone.com.

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3 reasons why there really may be a government shutdown this time

September 23, 2013 - You’ve heard it all before: President Obama accusing Republicans of threatening to wreck the economy, Republicans arguing they are determined to cut spending and end “Obamacare,” endless stories about a government shutdown or default, ticking clocks on cable news networks.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Obama: To honor gun violence victims, we ‘have to change’

September 23, 2013 - President Barack Obama memorialized the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting as patriots but also individuals — one with a talent for fixing cars, another who coached softball and yet another who loved hockey and her cats.

It’s not enough to cry over their deaths, Obama said.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Fred Grimm: Rubio stands in way of justice

September 18, 2013 - A throng of vexed constituents gathered on the plaza by the Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States District Courthouse in downtown Miami Wednesday. For anyone dabbling in Miami politics, this was not an insignificant gathering.

Here were representatives of the Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. Bar Association, the Miami-Dade NAACP, the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association, the Haitian Lawyers Association, the T.J. Reddick Bar Association, the Dominican Bar Association, the Caribbean Bar Association. This was no small segment of the black legal and political firepower in Miami, all come to complain that two good, well-vetted candidates for the federal judiciary had become collateral damage in Marco Rubio’s lowdown political maneuvering.  Read more at miamiherald.com.

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Kerry Washington's Emmy Dress 2013: 'Scandal' Actress Stuns In Marchesa Gown (PHOTOS)

September 22, 2013  - When you've been deemed the world's best-dressed woman, the pressure is on to look fabulous at all times -- especially on the red carpet.

So it's a good thing Kerry Washington hit it out the park Sunday night at the 2013 Emmy Awards!  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Global Rate Of HIV Infection, AIDS-Related Deaths Dramatically Reduced: UN

September 23, 2013 - The global rate of HIV infection and the number of AIDS-related deaths have been dramatically reduced, thanks to expanding access to treatment, the United Nations said in a report issued on Monday.

In its annual update on HIV, which it said now infects around 35.3 million people worldwide, UNAIDS said deaths from AIDS and HIV infection rates were falling, while the number of people getting treatment is going up.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Kordell Stewart Responds To Porsha’s Allegations Of Him Being Gay

September 21, 2013 - Ever since Kordell Stewart filed for divorce from his reality TV star wife Porsha, she’s been dropping a lot of hints in the media about his sexuality — claims that lead us to believe that the former NFL quarterback may be on the down-low.

However, Kordell is finally speaking back, and he says Porsha’s allegations are simply coming from a place of hate.  Read more at hellobeautiful.com.

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George Zimmerman On The Run, Divorce On Hold

September 22, 2013 - Where is George Zimmerman?  According to reports, divorce proceedings for Trayvon Martin’s admitted killer and Shellie Zimmerman are on hold because he is no where to be found. George must be served with papers before the divorce process can move forward, however lawyers for his estranged wife say they have no idea how to track him down.  Read more at hellobeautiful.com.

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Obama takes economy message to corporate leaders

September 18, 2013 - President Barack Obama, facing a budget showdown with Congress, is pushing his economic agenda to some of the nation’s top corporate executives while cautioning Republicans not to precipitate a government shutdown or an unprecedented debt default.

Obama was to speak to the Business Roundtable on Wednesday, drawing attention to a modest economic recovery that he says would be hurt if Republican lawmakers can’t work with Democrats to pass a stopgap spending measure to keep the government operating after the fiscal year ends Sept. 30.  Read more at blackpoliticsontheweb.com.

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It's official: Walmart opening in Midtown

September 23, 2013 - Seven months after the Midtown Sweetbay closed its doors, Mayor Bill Foster and city officials confirmed the worst kept secret in St. Petersburg, Walmart will be taking its place. 

At a news conference Monday, Foster announced a Walmart Neighborhood Market would open in the Tangerine Plaza in early 2014.  Read more at patch.com.

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DOJ To Nix Mandatory Minimum Sentences In Some Pending Drug Cases: Eric Holder

September 19, 2013 - Federal prosecutors will soon begin applying a policy that helps certain drug offenders avoid mandatory minimum sentences to defendants who haven't yet been sentenced, Attorney General Eric Holder will announce Thursday.

Holder introduced the new policy last month, but at the time it only applied to new defendants who had yet to be charged. Under the new policy, federal prosecutors will allow drug offenders without ties to large-scale organizations, gangs or cartels to avoid harsh mandatory minimum sentences by removing the drug quantities that trigger such requirements.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Navy Yard Shooter Complained Of Insomnia, Voices Through Walls Before Massacre

September 19, 2013 - Investigators have been focusing on the erratic behavior of a former Navy reservist who law enforcement officials say was grappling with paranoia and had reported hearing voices and being followed before he gunned down 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard this week.

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday that 34-year-old Aaron Alexis (pictured) visited two hospitals in the weeks before the Monday morning rampage but denied that he was depressed or having thoughts of harming himself or others.  Read more at newsone.com.

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13 wounded, including 3-year-old, in late-night attack on Chicago park

September 20, 2013 - A 3-year-old boy who was critically hurt in a Chicago shooting that wounded 13 people was alert when he arrived at the hospital and seemed to be doing well, family and friends said Friday.

Thursday night’s attack was the latest violence in a city that has struggled to stop such shootings by increasing police patrols.  Read more at newsone.com.

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House votes to cut $4 billion a year from food stamps

September 19, 2013 - The House has voted to cut nearly $4 billion a year from food stamps, a 5 percent reduction to the nation’s main feeding program used by more than 1 in 7 Americans.

The 217-210 vote was a win for conservatives after Democrats united in opposition and some GOP moderates said the cut was too high.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Superintendent reports mixed success with new Pinellas summer program

September 19, 2013 - About half of Pinellas elementary school students improved their reading skills after attending a first-time summer program for struggling learners, while 47 percent stayed level or lost ground.

Superintendent Michael Grego said Thursday he will make next year's Summer Bridge curriculum more challenging and increase training for teachers so that all students rise as much as they can.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Will 'Radio' Haugabrook turned scrap metal into cash

September 19, 2013 - Will Haugabrook had corralled together the elements of a self-sufficient lifestyle, with a workload he could adjust like a dimmer switch into retirement. In the mornings, he checked his favorite body shops, industrial supply shops and mobile home parks, looking for warped fenders, corrugated sheet metal and washing machines that hadn't worked in years.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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HealthPlan Services says it will add 1,000 jobs in Tampa over five years

September 18, 2013 - Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who last year called the federal health care law the "biggest job-killer ever," was front and center Wednesday to celebrate a health care company's announcement that it will add 1,000 jobs thanks to — yes — the health care law.

HealthPlan Services, a Tampa company that helps small companies and individuals purchase and manage health insurance policies, said it plans to add more than 1,000 jobs over five years to its Tampa headquarters near the Florida State Fairgrounds.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith Learned Of Divorce Rumors In Bed

September 18, 2013 - Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have had their fair share of vicious rumors surrounding their 15-year marriage. Perhaps most ridiculous is the latest one claiming Will and Jada's relationship has hit rock bottom.

Smith opened up on Queen Latifah's new talk show about how he learned of his wife allegedly seeking a divorce. "Like a year ago, there were all these rumors that me and Jada were getting a divorce. So I get the Google Alert, I'm laying in bed -- with Jada. It says, 'Jada Pinkett Smith files for divorce.' So I'm like, 'This is crazy!'"  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Life Sentences On The Rise, Despite Growing Efforts To Reform Prison System

September 18, 2013 - Twenty-five years ago, David Sloane murdered someone who tried to knock him off a motorcycle. “In my mind, it was the right thing to do,” he said of the crime.

In prison, where he was sentenced to spend the rest of his life, he realized he was wrong. “I believe that people have the possibility to change,” he said. “I’ve seen that a lot.”  Read  more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Michelle Obama Calls Food Marketing Summit To Ask Companies To Stop Advertising Unhealthy Foods To Kids

September 18, 2013 - Michelle Obama used the power of her bully pulpit Wednesday to push food companies and television broadcasters to do more to promote healthier foods to children – and to do it faster.

Research shows food marketing is a leading cause of childhood obesity because the ads and promotions lead impressionable kids to then pester their parents to eat what they saw on TV, consumer advocates say.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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