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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 theweeklychallenger.com.

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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 tampabay.com.

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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 huffingtonpost.com.

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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 huffingtonpost.com.

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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 newsone.com.

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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 newsone.com.

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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 newsone.com.

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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 thegrio.com.

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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 thegrio.com.

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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 thegrio.com.

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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 huffingtonpost.com.

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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 huffingtonpost.com.

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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 WFTV.com.

 

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 newsone.com.

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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 newsone.com.

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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 thegrio.com.

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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 thegrio.com.

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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 tbo.com.

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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 newsone.com.

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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 huffingtonpost.com.

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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 huffingtonpost.com.

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