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Pinellas gets around state ban on Obamacare workers in health departments

September 12, 2013 - After a state ban on helping people get subsidized insurance at their local health department prompted an uproar from St. Petersburg to Washington, some quick thinking on Thursday appears to pave a path forward — at least in Pinellas County.

Florida's health departments are run from Tallahassee, where Republican leaders from the start have opposed the federal Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. Monday, state health officials declared that they would not allow insurance outreach workers onto their property anywhere in the state.  Read more at

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Steve Bracknell, Lake Mary Police Chief, Walks Back George Zimmerman Comments: Report

September 13, 2013 - Lake Mary, Fla., police chief Steve Bracknell has distanced himself from comments he made in a response to an email from a town resident who was upset that George Zimmerman has not been charged with any crimes following an altercation Monday with his estranged wife and her father.

In a Sept. 10 response to Lake Mary resident Santiago Rodriguez's strongly-worded emails, which called Zimmerman "a ticking time bomb... [and] a Sandy Hook [or] Aurora waiting to happen," Bracknell initially replied "I agree." On Thursday, WTSP reported that the chief walked back his comments about Zimmerman.  Read more at

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Obama Interview To Air On ABC's 'This Week' With George Stephanopoulos

September 12, 2013 - ABC's 'This Week' will air an interview with President Obama on Sunday, the network announced Thursday.

The interview, with George Stephanopoulos, is the president's first since his pivotal Syria speech.  Read more at

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California Minimum Wage Increase To $10 An Hour Passes Both Houses, Gov. Brown Expected To Sign

September 12, 2013 - Gov. Jerry Brown and the leaders of the California state Legislature announced strong support Wednesday for a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage to $10 an hour.

“The minimum wage has not kept pace with rising costs,” Brown said in a statement. “This legislation is overdue and will help families that are struggling in this harsh economy.”  Read more at

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Stop Mass Incarceration Network Holds Rally For Bronx Man Assaulted By Police

September 12, 2013 - The Stop Mass Incarceration Network (pictured above) rallied outside the Bronx Criminal Courthouse Wednesday morning, protesting Jeffeth James‘ (pictured) vicious encounter with the NYPD last year.

On March 12, 2012, James was driving through Soundview neighborhood, when officers reportedly stopped him for allegedly having a damaged tail light.  Read more at

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Pharrell talks about battle over ‘Blurred Lines’

September 13, 2013 - Even though Pharrell is engaged in a battle with Marvin Gaye’s estate over Robin Thicke’s megahit “Blurred Lines,” he wants to make one thing clear — he has incredible respect for the late soul legend.

“I’m a huge fan of Marvin Gaye. He is a genius. He is the patriarch,” Pharrell said Thursday night.  Read more at

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8 years after storm, $872M in Katrina money unspent in Mississippi

September 12, 2013 - Eight years after Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast, Mississippi still hasn’t spent almost $1 billion in federal money dedicated to recovery from the storm.

The remaining $872 million is part of $5.5 billion Congress gave the state to rebound from Katrina, which struck in August 2005, killed 238 people in Mississippi and caused tens of billions of dollars in damage, most heavily in coastal counties.  Read more at

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Kerry: Syria peace prospects ride on weapons talks

September 13, 2013 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday the prospects for resuming the Syrian peace process are riding on the outcome of U.S.-Russian talks aimed at securing Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal that lurched into a second day.

As American and Russian chemical weapons experts huddled in a Geneva hotel to haggle over technical details that will be critical to reach a deal, Kerry and Lavrov met a short distance away at the U.N.’s European headquarters with U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to examine political developments and plot a new international conference in Geneva to support the creation of a Syrian transitional government.  Read more at

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Local woman hits national television

Swiyyah Nadirah Muhammad, author of “Don’t Call Me Crazy-I’m in Love,” will make her national television debut on Real Talk with Kisha Jordan Mon., Sept. 16 at 10:30 p. m.

If the author’s name sounds familiar it’s because she’s been featured on Bay News 9 in their “Everyday Hero” segment and in the Weekly Challenger speaking about overcoming mental illness.  Read more at

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MLK Day of Service awards info sessions

The community came out in force to serve in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day instead of just taking a day off on Jan. 21 of this year.  With funding from the Florida Legislature, St. Petersburg College collaborated with an advisory committee of local citizens to encourage people of all ages to step up and serve in our community.
The results were inspiring. Last year’s inaugural MLK Day of Service was a huge success! Approximately 55 organizations received $100,000 in award funds and 202 business/ community partnerships were formed.  The number of volunteers completing the projects was 1,671.  Read more at

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Most St. Petersburg City Council members support Rick Kriseman in mayor's race

September 11, 2013 - As the clock ticks toward the Nov. 5 election, mayoral hopeful Rick Kriseman landed the support of another City Council member on Wednesday.

The announcement that Jeff Danner is backing Kriseman now pits five of the eight council members against Mayor Bill Foster. Danner revealed the news on a day Foster and Kriseman spoke at three candidate forums.  Read more at

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Allen West Calls Obama Speech On Syria 'Utterly Disgusting,' Cites Benghazi Attack

September 11, 2013 - Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) slammed President Barack Obama Tuesday after his speech on the situation in Syria.

"I find his words utterly disgusting because tomorrow we will remember four Americans who were abandoned by President Obama to die in Libya," West wrote in a Facebook post, referencing the four Americans who died on Sept. 11, 2012 in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.  Read more at

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Probe Into George Zimmerman Altercation With Shellie Zimmerman In Limbo With Smashed iPad

September 12, 2013 - The iPad George Zimmerman's estranged wife says he smashed is in bad shape, making it difficult for law enforcement analysts to obtain video that may have captured a domestic dispute between the former couple at a Florida home.

As a result, police in Lake Mary, Fla., say their investigation of the Monday altercation between George and Shellie Zimmerman is on hold because there is no clear evidence to charge anyone and neither side wants to press the case.  Read more at

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Black Congresswoman: Obama May Get Support For Syria Out Of Loyalty

September 11, 2013 - Even before Secretary of State John Kerry inserted an expensive shoe in to his mouth and Russia stepped in to the fray to provide a diplomatic approach to stopping U.S. military action in Syria, the chance that President Barack Obama would be granted congressional approval to authorize U.S. military action against the small nation in crisis did not look promising.  Read more at

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The Game Helps Bury 6-Year-Old Girl Shot Dead In Front Of House

December 11, 2013 - In an overwhelming display of compassion, “The Game” has given $10,000 to the family of a 6-year-old girl who was shot dead in front of her home in Merano Valley, Calif., over the weekend, TMZ reports.

Tiana Ricks was killed when two men approached she and her father as they stood in their driveway and opened fire, hitting both of them.  Read more at

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Tami Roman Quitting ‘Basketball Wives’? [VIDEO]

September 11, 2013 - Tami Roman (pictured) says that she is fed up with being made to look like a bully and will not be returning to “Basketball Wives” next season.


When asked by a fan on Twitter about coming back to the show for a 7th season, Roman’s answer was simple.  Read more at

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Fla. pastor Terry Jones arrested before he could burn Qurans

September 11, 2013 - Law enforcement arrested a Florida pastor Wednesday as he drove to a park to light nearly 3,000 Qurans on fire to protest the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Polk County sheriff’s deputies arrested Pastor Terry Jones, 61, and his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp Jr., 34, on felony charges as he drove a pickup truck towing a large barbecue-style grill filled with Qurans soaked in kerosene. He had said he was heading to a nearby park to burn 2,998 Qurans — one for every victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Sheriff’s officials said they would hold a news conference later Wednesday to discuss specific charges.  Read more at

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Fox News contributor claims Obama ‘hates us’ while discussing 9/11

September 11, 2013 - Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and regular Fox News contributor, used the somber occasion of the 9/11 anniversary to launch an incendiary attack on President Barack Obama and his supporters.

In remarks which many might find offensive, Ablow argues that Americans elected Obama almost as a mea culpa to the terrorists. He went on to suggest that the country was suffering from a “captive mentality” like Stockholm Syndrome.  Read more at

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What will NAACP president Ben Jealous’ legacy be?

September 9, 2013 - NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous recently announced he will step down from his position leading the 104-year-old civil rights organization by the end of the year.

The question is, what legacy does the 40-year-old leader leave for the NAACP?  Read more at

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September 11: Obama, Joe Biden Mark Anniversary Of Attack (VIDEO)

September 11, 2013 - President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are observing a moment of silence to mark the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Obama and Biden will be joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and the White House staff on the South Lawn of the White House. The moment of silence will take place at 8:45 a.m.  Read more at

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