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Shellie Zimmerman's iPad Video Becomes Key In George Zimmerman Confrontation Case

September 11, 2013 - Police in central Florida have been focusing on a broken iPad in their investigation of a domestic dispute between George Zimmerman and his estranged wife this week.

Without video from the iPad or some other piece of independent evidence, legal experts said it will be hard to build a case because Shellie Zimmerman changed her story about her husband threatening her with a gun and decided not to press charges.  Read more at

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Medical Examiner In Zimmerman Trial Sues For $100M, Claims Prosecution Threw Case [VIDEO]

September 11, 2013 - In a bombshell allegation, Florida medical examiner Dr. Shiping Bao (pictured) claims that Florida state prosecutors were biased against Trayvon Martin and purposely threw the case, and he is suing the state for $100 million, reports


According to Bao, the medical examiner, state attorney’s office, and Sanford Police Department all felt that Martin “got what he deserved.” Bao also claims that he received the strong, though subtle, message not to speak on certain things:

“He was in essence told to zip his lips. ‘Shut up. Don’t say those things,’” said Bao’s legal counsel, Attorney Willie Gary.  Read more at

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New Day: Hispanic And African Americans Forge New “Black/Brown” Coalition

September 11, 2013 - 50 years ago, the potential of a “black/brown coalition” in America was just a novel idea on very shaky ground.  But at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington,  Latino leaders not only commemorated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, but even stirred  ”Si Se Puede!” sentiments among African Americans in the crowd.  Read more at

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Congress honors ’4 little girls’, civil rights era bombing victims

September 11, 2013 - House and Senate leaders on Tuesday awarded Congress’ highest civilian honor to four girls killed in the Alabama church bombing nearly 50 years ago that became a watershed moment in the civil rights movement.

The Congressional Gold Medal went to Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, who were all 14, and Denise McNair, who was 11. The ceremony came five days before the 50th anniversary of their deaths inside the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham.  Read more at

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'We told you so’: African-Americans react to latest Zimmerman drama

September 10, 2013 - Not that we’re keeping score, but since George Zimmerman’s acquittal on second degree murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin, he has done an exceptional job of proving to so many of us why we believed he was guilty, despite the verdict.

First, shortly after the trial ended, there was the so-called rescue of a family from a car accident. The family in question declined making any public statements substantiating Zimmerman’s role as a “rescue hero.”  Read more at

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Grambling fires Doug Williams as head coach

September 11, 2013 - Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and executive Doug Williams was fired as head coach at Grambling State University after an 0-2 start.

Williams, 58, was hired for a second stint as the Tigers’ head coach in 2011, going 5-19.  Read more at

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Chad Johnson FINALLY Lands A J-O-B!

Septemer 9, 2013 - Former NFL wide receiver Chad Johnson (pictured right), who was drop-kicked out of the league over a domestic violence episode involving his former wife and “Basketball Wives” reality star Evelyn Lozada, is now gainfully employed again as a CBS fantasy football analyst, according to TMZ.

Johnson, who was married to Lozada for a little over a month, was arrested on a domestic battery charge for headbutting her during a heated argument last August. After the arrest, Johnson was released from his Miami Dolphins team, lost lucrative endorsements and a TV reality show deal with Lozada. She would divorce soon after.  Read more at

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Michael Jackson Lawsuit: Judge Dismisses AEG Execs

September 9, 2013 - A judge on Monday dismissed two executives from a negligence lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's mother and allowed the case to proceed against AEG Live LLC, the promoter of his planned comeback concerts.

Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos said lawyers for Katherine Jackson hadn't shown enough evidence that Randy Phillips, CEO of AEG Live LLC, and promoter Paul Gongaware were responsible for the death of the pop star.  Read more at

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Sandi Jackson Could Possibly Get Presidential Pardon Before Obama Leaves Office: Report

September 9, 2013 - There may be some good news at last for ex-Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, wife of disgraced Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

"The hottest rumor to come down the political pike: Speculation President Barack Obama may pardon former Ald. Sandi Jackson before he leaves office in January 2017," Sun-Times political reporter Michael Sneed said Monday.  Read more at

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Tiana Parker Controversy Continues; Legislators Say Hair Policy Must Be Reviewed

September 9, 2013 - Controversy continues to brew over an Oklahoma charter school's dress code banning “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks and other faddish styles.”

The policy rose to national prominence last week when 7-year-old Tiana Parker spoke out about being reprimanded by Deborah Brown Community School officials for wearing dreadlocks.  Read more at

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'The New Atlanta': First Look At Bravo's New Reality Show Following Atlanta's 'Next Generation' (VIDEO)

September 9, 2013 - Everything's hotter in Atlanta -- including the tempers -- and Bravo knows this and how to make money off of it better than anyone.

With "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" (and its several spin-offs) and "Married to Medicine" representing the south in the cable network's line-up, Bravo is now adding "The New Atlanta" (premieres Tues., Sept. 17 at 10 p.m. ET) to their list of Georgia-set reality shows. And while the ladies of "Housewives" and "Medicine" are ... let's say more mature ... this new crowd is being dubbed "the next generation" of "trailblazing young professionals."  Read more at

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Michelle Obama Opposes Syria Strike, President Says

September 9, 2013 - First Lady Michelle Obama opposes military action in Syria, President Barack Obama told PBS and NBC News on Monday.

"My own family members... they're very wary and suspicious," President Obama told PBS.  Read more at

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’12 Years a Slave’ marks a historic turn in Hollywood

September 10, 2013 - Steve McQueen’s upcoming historical drama 12 Years a Slave may be the first film to define the horrific story of slavery on the big screen while also making history itself during awards season.

Coming off screenings at film festivals in Telluride and Toronto, some of Hollywood’s most reputable reviewers are deeming it the Oscar frontrunner for best picture, comparing it to Schindler’s List and suggesting McQueen might also receive honors for best director.  Read more at

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Mark O’Mara: ‘Pushing and touching’ but no punching in Zimmerman domestic dispute

September 9, 2013 - George Zimmerman’s attorney says his client never threatened his estranged wife and her father with a gun even though Shellie Zimmerman reported that in a 911 call.

Mark O’Mara says that the dispute between George and Shellie Zimmerman at her father’s house was the result of heightened emotions from their ongoing divorce.  Read more at

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Rush Limbaugh: Obama’s Syria plan ‘Operation Shuck and Jive’

September 9, 2013 - During today’s edition of The Rush Limbaugh Show, the conservative radio show host called President Barack Obama’s Syria plan “Operation Shuck and Jive.”

“When it comes to Syria, have you ever heard Obama talk about regime change as an objective?” Limbaugh questioned listeners. “You have not.”  Read more at

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Interracial Couple Fights for Right to Stay in Town

September 9, 2013 - In a town as small as Leith, N.D. (population: 16), Bobby and Sherrill Harper stick out like sore thumbs, Bobby especially. They are the town's only interracial couple, and Bobby is the only black man. But according to CNN, one Leith resident, Paul Craig Cobb, thinks Bobby is one black person too many.  Read more at

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Goliath Davis vows to help Rick Kriseman become St. Petersburg mayor

September 9, 2013 - Goliath Davis, one of the city's most influential African-Americans, pledged Monday to help Rick Kriseman unseat Mayor Bill Foster in the Nov. 5 election.

"I will do whatever is necessary to ensure that we don't have another four years of Bill Foster," said Davis, a former deputy mayor and police chief. "We've seen that movie. There's nothing that he has done to warrant a rewind of that sequel."  Read more at

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St. Petersburg might want to consider history when choosing its next police chief

September 9, 2013 - I cannot vouch for Luke Williams. Never met the man.

And I have no history with Melanie Bevan, other than a few pleasantries exchanged at some forgettable public function.

So I do not know whether either of these assistant police chiefs is a can't-miss candidate to replace Chuck Harmon as St. Petersburg's top cop.  Read more at

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Execution rescheduled to accommodate Pam Bondi fundraiser

September 9, 2013 - There is no graver responsibility and act of state government than an execution.

In Florida this week, a campaign fundraiser takes precedence.

Attorney General Pam Bondi persuaded Gov. Rick Scott to postpone an execution scheduled for tonight because it conflicted with her re-election kick-off reception.  Read more at

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National Parks Try to Appeal to Minorities

September 5, 2013 - Crystal Roberts, with a group called Travelistas in Nature, listened to a park ranger, Jon Preston, on the way to the beach.

But to the four women who hiked down to the sand one recent afternoon, there was an added element of strangeness: race.  Read more at

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