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Times poll: Florida voters remain skeptical about Obamacare

Sept. 3, 2014 - Florida voters may overwhelmingly support Charlie Crist's view that the minimum wage should increase, but they also share Gov. Rick Scott's deep skepticism about the Affordable Care Act.

A new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll found 37.3 percent of likely Florida voters would like Obamacare repealed entirely, and another 20.9 percent would like "major changes" in the health care law. Read more at

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Times poll: Rick Scott leads Charlie Crist, 41-36

Sept. 3, 2014 - Republican Gov. Rick Scott has opened up a 5-point lead over Democratic rival Charlie Crist as a newTampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll finds Florida voters mostly optimistic about the state's economic direction but decidedly sour on their gubernatorial choices.

Scott received support from 40.9 percent of those surveyed, Crist drew 35.7 percent and Libertarian Adrian Wyllie 6.3 percent. When asked to choose between only Scott and Crist, Scott's lead grew to 6 points over Crist, 43.7 percent to 37.6 percent. Read more at

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FAMU celebrates grand opening of campus Starbucks

August 30, 2014 - On Wednesday, FAMU celebrated the grand opening of the Starbucks in Coleman Memorial Library.

FAMU President Elmira Mangum, Student Body President Tonnette Graham, and officials from Metz Culinary Management gathered at the coffee shop’s new home on the library’s second floor to cut the ribbon.  Read more at Rattler Nation.

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Without Walls megachurch sells its West Shore campus

August 29, 2014 - After years of financial troubles, Without Walls International Church is finally leaving its West Shore campus.

On Friday, the church finalized its sale for $14.3 million to the Richman Group, a real estate developer that plans to build multifamily apartment units on the W Columbus Drive property.  Read more at

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Chris Brown pleads guilty to misdemeanor, sentenced to ‘time served’

Sept. 2, 2014 - Chris Brown just can’t keep his hands to himself.

The Associated Press is reporting the Grammy award-winner pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor assault for hitting a man outside a Washington, D.C., hotel back in October. He was sentenced to “time served.”

When Brown was arrested, he was already on probation for attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna before the Grammy Awards in 2009. Read more at

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High school football player collapses, dies after practice sprints

Sept. 2, 2014 - A high school football practice took a tragic turn Monday.

Curtis High School junior defensive tackle Miles Kirkland-Thomas collapsed and died following a series of wind sprints, his father told the New York Daily News. Read more at

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Rams cut Michael Sam, not selected for practice squad

Sept. 2, 2014 - The St. Louis Rams announced Saturday that rookie defensive end Michael Sam would not be on their 53-man roster this season.

Earlier this year, Sam became the first openly gay football player to be selected in the NFL Draft. The Rams selected Sam in the 7th round. Sam took to Twitter to thank the Rams organization after he received the news. Read more at

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Officer Charged With Raping 8 Black Women Finds Support Online

Sept. 2, 2014 - Holtzclaw, who has been an officer with the Oklahoma City Police Department for three years, is being held on $5 million bond, and friends and family have created a Facebook page called "Justice for Daniel Holtzclaw," Raw Story reports.

According to Raw Story, Holtzclaw's supporters have used the Facebook page to rally support for the officer whom they believe has been falsely charged based on erroneous allegations. Read more at

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Rosa Parks Artifacts Sold to Warren Buffett’s Son

Sept. 2, 2014 - Artifacts belonging to legendary civil rights activist Rosa Parks have been auctioned off for a reported $4.5 million, according to a lawyer involved in the sale, the Associated Press reports.

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, run by Howard G. Buffett, the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, purchased the items once belonging to the civil rights pioneer who in 1955 refused to give up her bus seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama. Read more at

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With a Statue to Frederick Douglass, Blacks Have Their Say in What Freedom Means

Sept. 2, 2014 - Commanding a low rise in a verdant park in Rochester, N.Y., the monolithic figure of Frederick Douglass stands in eloquent testimony to a life indispensable to the cause of freedom. A more august, showy monument could hardly convey the same frank characterization of inspired leadership. The emphasis here is instead on concentrated frontality marked by unadorned realism. Read more at

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Abducted Ga. Couple Found Shot; Man Dies, Fiancee Fighting for Life

Sept. 2, 2014 -Questions still remain in the fatal kidnapping of a Decatur, Ga., couple as the authorities continue their search for suspects.

Jeronta Brown and his fiancee, Briana Brooks, returned home after taking their 8-month-old baby and teenage niece out to eat early Saturday morning and were walking toward the house when they were jumped by a group of men, according to the report. Read more at

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The UN Calls United States Out On Its Racism

Sept. 2, 2014 - If you asked the average Black person about the state of racism in America, you’ll likely be greeted with boos, hisses, eye rolls, and four-letter words due to the disproportionate number of Black men and women in jail, attacks on our right to vote, widening economic disparities between the races, and rampant police brutality. All of this is under an the administration of the first Black president of the United States. Oh, White supremacy, you sure do know how to put people in their place. And contrary to what the likes of Bill O’Reilly believe, the problems facing Blacks in this country are not rooted in our purported cultural mores…or Beyoncé. Read more at

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LAPD Reveals Names Of Officers Who Shot Ezell Ford

Sept. 2, 2014 - The LAPD has released the names of two officers involved in Ezell Ford’s (pictured) fatal shooting, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas are both assigned to the Newton Division Gang enforcement detail. Records show Wampler has been with the department for 12 years and Villegas for eight. Read more at


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Serena Williams Cruises Into Her First Grand Slam Quarterfinal Of The Year

Sept. 2, 2014 - Serena Williams reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal of the year with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Kaia Kenepi in the U.S. Open on Monday, keeping her hopes alive for a third straight Flushing Meadows crown.

 The top-seeded Williams, who lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open, the second round of the French Open and third round of Wimbledon, said she felt the pressure of getting to the quarters in New York. Read more at

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Ferguson Cops Start Wearing Body Cameras

Sept. 2, 2014 - Police in the St. Louis suburb where a white officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old have started wearing body cameras.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ferguson police began wearing the cameras Saturday. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told the newspaper officers had the devices on during a protest march Saturday. The march marked the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson. Read more at

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People Rally At Ohio Walmart Where Cops Shot Man

Sept. 2, 2014 - Some 200 people held signs and chanted Saturday outside a Wal-Mart where a young man with an air rifle was fatally shot by police.

The rally was the latest effort by people wanting to shed more light on the Aug. 5 shooting of John Crawford III inside the store in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek. Police responded after a caller said a man was waving a gun; they say Crawford refused orders to put down an air rifle. Read more at

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FAMU 10 for $10 challenge goes viral

September 2, 2014 - Cecka Rose Green thought she had a pretty good idea for helping alma mater, Florida A&M University: Give $10 to the school and challenge 10 other Rattlers to follow suit.

It turns out it was more than a good idea. Rose Green’s “10 for $10” social media campaign, begun Aug. 25, quickly went viral.  Read more at

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WATCH – Spelman President Beverly Daniel Tatum Discusses Keys to HBCU Fundraising, Sustainability

August 25, 2014 - The Chronicle of Higher Education recently featured outgoing Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum, who offered perspectives on fundraising, the HBCU mission, and maintaining growth at Black colleges.  Read more at

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St. Petersburg's Second Saturday ArtWalk Extends to the Beaches on September 13

St. Petersburg's Second Saturday ArtWalk will include galleries and studios from the downtown St Petersburg waterfront to the Gulf beaches on Saturday, September 13th from 5 to 9 p.m.   Along with dozens of St Petersburg art venues, ArtWalk will be broadened for this one month to include galleries on Corey Avenue and Pass-A-Grille. 

Gulf galleries include Kapfer Glass Studio, Art Expo, and Owen Sweet Design on Corey Avenue, and Nancy Markoe Gallery in Pass-A-Grille.  They will join over 40 galleries and studios in the Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, Edge District, Grand Central District, and the Warehouse Arts District as one arts destination.

ArtWalk is a great platform to demonstrate how public transportation can help local businesses with how easy it is to ride the Central Avenue Trolley between the beaches and downtown St. Petersburg.  Also, there is the option to transfer to the free ArtWalk trolley.  

Visitors will be the first to see new affordable works of art as ArtWalk is Opening Night where many galleries and studios premiere new works.  Some are only open on ArtWalk, and many offer demonstrations and refreshments.  It’s impossible to take in the entire ArtWalk in one night!  Please download the map and list of participants to plan your artful evening.

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Albino supermodel Shaun Ross addresses lack of diversity in fashion

Aug. 29, 2014 - New York Fashion Week kicks off next week, showcasing some of the elite designers from around the world, many of which model Shaun Ross has worked for.

Ross, the first African-American albino model has been featured been  prominently in editorial campaigns in major fashion magazines including British GQ, Italian Vogue, Paper Magazine andAnother Man. Ross has also modeled for Alexander McQueen and Givenchy. Read mroe at

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