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Mortgage Investors Corp. lays off nearly 500, stops making new loans

October 14, 2013 - Mortgage Investors Corp. laid off nearly 500 workers, including 256 in its St. Petersburg headquarters, and stopped making new home loans in a stunning pullback Monday.

Bill Edwards, a well-known local businessman and chairman of MIC, blamed the near-shutdown on federal regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act that are going into effect Wednesday. His company, one of the biggest refinancers of home loans for veterans, doesn't have the technological capacity to comply, he said.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Amid churchgoers, an orphan pleads for a family

October 7, 2013 - As soon as they pulled into the church lot, Davion changed his mind.

"Miss! Hey, Miss!" he called to his caseworker, who was driving. "I don't want to do this anymore."

In the back seat, he hugged the Bible someone had given him at the foster home. "You're going to be great," Connie Going said.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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‘MasterChef’ Star Commits Suicide

October 13, 2013 - ”MasterChef” star Josh Marks committed suicide Friday night and his mother says her son’s recent diagnosis of schizophrenia is what pushed him over the edge, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Marks was found dead around 6:45 p.m. in the 9700 block of South Peoria Street in Chicago’s Longwood Manor neighborhood. He was lying face up on the ground, unresponsive and bleeding from the head.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Sen. John McCain To Fox News: GOP To Blame For Gov’t Shutdown [VIDEO]

October 12, 2013 - Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) took a break from blaming “that one” — known to the rest of the country as President Barack Obama – for the nation’s many ills and directed his ire where it belongs: his own Republican Party.

Speaking with Fox anchor Martha MacCallum, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee criticized President Obama for not negotiating with House Republicans on reinstating death benefits to military families, instead accepting an offer from The Fisher House Foundation “to provide the families of the fallen with the benefits they so richly deserve,” said Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Dr. Ben Carson: ‘Obamacare Is Worst Thing Since Slavery’ [VIDEO]

October 11, 2013 - Dr. Ben Carson, the GOP’s favorite minority darling and former director of pediatric surgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, has compared President Barack Obama‘s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) with slavery, reports the Washington Post.  “You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” Carson said Friday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. “And it is in a way, it is slavery in a way, because it is making all of us subservient to the government, and it was never about health care. It was about control.”  Read more at newsone.com.

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X-Men Producer Calls Kanye West A ‘Dumb N**ger’

October 13, 2013 - Hollywood fixture John Palermo, business-partner to A-Lister Hugh Jackman and X-Men Origins: Wolverine producer, exposed his bigotry and xenophobia on Facebook in a series of ignorant statements:  “There goes the neighborhood!!!” the Los Angeles native posted upon reading that Kim Kardashian and West had purchased a mansion in tony Bel-Air. “It looks like a Poor Persian Palace, where’s Kris Jenner when you need her?! #MoneyCantBuyADumbN****Class”.  Read more at newsone.com.

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‘American Promise’ doc focuses on the education of black boys

October 13, 2013 - It wasn’t easy – but Idris Brewster and Seun Summers made it through. The two teenagers made it through a difficult, challenge-filled journey tograduate high school.

And they made it through with cameras documenting their every move.

The two friends were the main characters in the documentary American Promise, which explores their lives in Brooklyn from kindergarten to high school graduation day.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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DC crowd pushes through barriers to WWII memorial

October 13, 2013 - A crowd converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, pushing through barriers Sunday morning to protest the memorial’s closing under the government shutdown.

Republican Sens. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz were among those who gathered Sunday morning, along with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, according to WTOP Radio. Cruz said President Barack Obama is using veterans as pawns in the shutdown.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Adrian Peterson On Playing After Son's Death: 'I'm Still Hurt And Feel The Pain Of Life'

October 13, 2013 - Just two days after the death of his two-year-old son, Adrian Peterson was back on the field for the Minnesota Vikings. No stranger to tragedy, the reigning NFL MVP shed some light on his decision to play in a text message sent to FOX Sports sideline reporter Laura Okmin.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Philly Stop And Frisk Video Shows How Bad This Tactic Can Be

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Pharrell Williams, Helen Lasichanh Say 'I Do' In Star Studded Ceremony

October 13, 2013 - Congratulations go out to Pharrell Williams and his model wife Helen Lasichanh, who tied the knot in Miami yesterday (Oct. 12).

The musician and his beautiful wife enjoyed music by pals Usher and Busta Rhymes, Us Weekly reports, and the Daily Mail adds that Justin Timberlake and Robin Thickewere also rumored to perform.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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St. Petersburg mayoral debate set for Tuesday night

October 13, 2013 - Tickets are still available for Tuesday night's "Conversation with a Candidates" showcasing the St. Petersburg mayoral race.

Bay News 9 and the Tampa Bay Times will stage the debate at 7 p.m. in the Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College. Incumbent Bill Foster and challenger Rick Kriseman will answer a wide-range of questions from Bay News 9 anchor Al Ruechel and Times political editor Adam Smith.  Read more at baynews9.com.

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Alex Sink might run for Pinellas congressional seat

October 12, 2013 - The battle to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young is heating up and now former Democratic Chief Financial Officer and gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink said she’s 'very interested' in the seat.

According to Bay News 9’s partner paper the Tampa Bay Times, Sink says she's even willing to move into thePinellas County district from where she currently lives in Thonotosassa.  Read more at baynews9.com.

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Port of Tampa increases exports equaling more jobs

October 13, 2013 - The Port of Tampa went from shipping 6.1 million tons of cargo to 7.8 million tons of cargo in just two years.
 
"It's been a 27 percent increase from 2010 to this past year," said Wade Elliott, the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at the Tampa Port Authority.  Read more at baynews9.com.

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National Action: Urge the State to Drop the Case!

Have you heard the good news out of Florida? The Appeals Court threw out the guilty verdict in the Marissa Alexander case, citing a “fundamental error” in the jury instructions which unjustly required Marissa to prove her innocence, depriving her of a fair trial.

In mid-October, State Prosecutor Angela Corey will decide whether to drop the case or set a new trial date. We say drop the case!  Read more here.

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Detroit city treasurer says CFO jokingly asked if he could ‘shoot someone in a hoodie’

Oct. 11, 2013 - Detroit city official wrote a letter to the city’s mayor and a handful of other top appointees accusing her superior of making racially insensitive remarks at work and cited one instance where he jokingly asked if he could “shoot someone in a hoodie.”

The allegations were made by City Treasurer Cheryl Johnson, who is black, about the actions of Chief Financial Officer Jim Bonsall. Read more at thegrio.com.

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‘Captain Phillips’ star Barkhad Abdi and director defend depiction of Somali pirates

Oct. 11, 2013 - Fate steered a climactic course forCaptain Phillips’ Barkhad Abdi.

The Somali actor, who immigrated to Minneapolis with his family years ago, earned the lead role in a movie with Tom Hanks as his first acting job ever, and might even score an Oscar nomination in the process.

What he may not have prescribed, life undoubtedly chose as his path, and Abdi suggests the timing couldn’t have been better. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Kwame Kilpatrick, ex-Detroit mayor, sentenced to 28 years in jail

Oct. 11, 2013 - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison for corruption, the apparent last step after a series of scandals destroyed his political career and helped steer a crisis-laden city even deeper into trouble.

Kilpatrick, who served as mayor from 2002 until fall 2008, fattened his bank account by tens of thousands of dollars, traveled the country in private planes and even strong-armed his campaign fundraiser for stacks of cash hidden in her bra, according to evidence at trial. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Maya Moore leads Minnesota Lynx to WNBA Title

Oct. 11, 2013 -  Maya Moore scored 23 points, and Rebekkah Brunson had 15 points and 12 rebounds as the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 86-77 on Thursday to win their second WNBA title in three years.

Tiffany Hayes finished with 20 points and Alex Bentley had 18 for Atlanta, which was swept in the best-of-5 finals for the third time in four years. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Black dolls show off natural looks in new, custom collection

Oct. 11, 2013 - “My goal is to have a doll line that is available to young girls all over the world – anywhere from California to Africa – anywhere that young girls need to have dolls that look like them,” says Karen Byrd, creator of Natural Girls United.

The new ethnic doll collection features a vast array of customized black dolls with natural hair done as an Afro, braided, kinky, curly, twisted, highlighted, wrapped, and crowned. Read more at thegrio.com.

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