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Mom Putting Air In Tires Gets SUV Stolen With 4-Year-Old Son Inside

May 31, 2013 - Hilary Grotewold (pictured) was putting air in to the tires of her late-model SUV at an Atlanta, Ga., gas station on Thursday morning, when a man reportedly approached her vehicle, got in, and sped away with her 4-year-old son in the backseat. Read more at

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Black Honor Student Shot 25 Times By St. Louis Police

May 31, 2013- For those who might wonder why a Black honor student would carry a gun, Carlos Ball eloquently explained the dual realities that exist for many Black men and women in this country while speaking with the local CBS affiliate in St. Louis, “The way St. Louis streets work, we’re afraid out here. We’re afraid of the police. We’re afraid of other youth who may want to pull a gun and fire on you. So, sometimes people have guns just to protect themselves, [but] not with the intentions to do a criminal act with it.” Read more at

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Va. Governor Does Right By Ex-Felons, Will Expedite Voting Rights For Non-Violent Felons

May 30, 2013 - In news-speak, it’s called a man bites dog story when something totally out of character and unexpected occurs.

Something along those lines happened on Wednesday when Virginia’s Republican Governor Robert McDonnell (pictured center) announced he would give non-violent ex-felons in the state a fair shake by making it much easier to regain their right to vote, even after a panel ruled that the Constitution bars a governor from restoring ex-felons voting rights by executive order.  Read more at

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James Comey As Next FBI Director? Obama To Pick Former George W. Bush Official: Sources

May 30, 2013 - Former Justice Department official James Comey is expected to be nominated as President Barack Obama's next FBI Director, NPR and the New York Times reported Wednesday.

NPR cited two sources saying that Comey, who served as Deputy Attorney General under former President George W. Bush, is in line to be Obama's choice. The Times added one source, noting that Comey will be chosen over top White House top counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco. Read more at

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Chicago: Plans for new arena slammed in wake of 50 school closings

May 30, 2013 - When Chicago Public School officials voted to close 50 schools last week that it said were underutilized and under-performing, it sent a huge blow to parents of displaced students. For months, the anticipation of closure sparked a barrage of rallies and demonstrations across the city. But as CPS aired a consistent message that the mass shutter will help close the gap on a $1 billion budget deficit, affected parents were even more upset to learn about a multi-million dollar arena for downtown Chicago—that they would be contributing to financially. Read more at

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Five Stairsteps singer Clarence Burke Jr. dies

May 30, 2013 - Clarence Burke Jr., lead singer of the group the Five Stairsteps that sang the 1970 hit “O-o-h Child,” has died. He was 64. His manager, Joe Marno, says Burke died Sunday in Marietta, Georgia, where he lived. The cause of his death was not disclosed. Formed in Chicago in 1965, the Five Stairsteps included Burke and four siblings. Read more at

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Detroit officer on trial in death of 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones

May 30, 2013 - Police accompanied by a reality TV crew fired a stun grenade through a window as they raided a Detroit home in search of a murder suspect. A gunshot then went off inside, fatally striking a 7-year-old girl in the head while she slept on a couch.

Now, three years later, Officer Joseph Weekley goes on trial in the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones. Jury selection starts Wednesday. Read more at

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Man Gets 6 Months for Tweeting Obama Threats

May 30, 2013 - A judge sentenced a 22-year-old North Carolina man to six months in prison for threatening, via Twitter, to assassinate President Obama. During the 2012 Democratic convention, Donte Jamar Sims sent a series of tweets outlining specifically how he planned to kill President Obama. Sims now claims that he was high on marijuana and has since written a letter of apology to the President. Read more at

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Black Girls Have Bulimia, Too. I Should Know

May 30, 2013 - At nine, when my eating disorder started, I didn't know what to call it. I knew the moment I'd stuck my fingers down my throat that I was doing something unnatural, and when the pizza that I'd eaten landed in the toilet, I knew I wasn't going to be able to take it back. But, I'd thought, if it didn't really happen, then it wasn't a big deal because it would be O.K. -- as long as I didn't tell anybody. I told myself that I would never, ever, do it again. I was wrong.  I'd end up doing it as often as six or seven times a day. Read more at

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Loaded Gun Found On Disney World Ride By Woman With Her Grandson

May 30, 2013 - A Walt Disney World patron on a ride with her grandson found a loaded gun on her seat, officials said Wednesday.

Officials said that the woman found the pistol on the Dinosaur ride at Animal Kingdom. The woman turned over the loaded weapon to a park attendant, who then contacted her manager and authorities. Read more at

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Williams Park Summer Market 2013

May 29, 2013 - St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market is pleased to announce the return of the Summer Market in the shaded coolness of Williams Park, located in downtown St. Petersburg.  The park is located on
First Avenue N., between Third and Fourth Streets.

The Market begins on June 1 and continues through August 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Read more at

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Congress to Redskins: Team name reminiscent of n-word

May 29, 2013 - Ten members of Congress are urging the Washington Redskins to change their name because it is offensive to many Native Americans.

The representatives said Tuesday they’ve sent letters to Redskins owner Dan Snyder, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Redskins sponsor FedEx and the other 31 NFL franchises. Read more at

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Limbaugh: Christie and Obama have a ‘master-servant’ relationship

May 29, 2013 - Right wing radio host Rush Limbaugh has frequently sung New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s praises, but like many conservatives he is irked by the Republican’s seemingly chummy relationship with President Barack Obama.

Yesterday, the president and Christie appeared together at the boardwalk on the Jersey Shore to tout the area’s recovery in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Read more at

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Death of Jonylah Watkins motivated father to ‘change’ his life

May 29, 2013 - Speaking for the first time publicly since the death of his 6-month-old daughter Jonylah Watkins, Jonathan Watkins had very little to say to reporters Tuesday. But as he softly recollected the events that lead to his daughter’s murder, the 28-year-old described how the incident motivated him to change, and not return to the life of crime he left nearly a decade ago. “I’m working now. I don’t stand on the corners anymore. I go to church now, and I’m just a whole different person now,” Watkins said. Read more at

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Will ‘stop-and-frisk’ be a factor in the NYC mayor’s race?

May 29, 2013 - The guy who could have the biggest influence on the race for mayor of New York City isn’t a candidate. In fact, he has never run for office.

But the candidates running for mayor – and the city’s voters – are turning the fall elections into a kind of referendum on the legacy and tactics of longtime police commissioner Ray Kelly, especially his controversial use of the crimefighting strategy known as “stop-and-frisk”. Read more at

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Artist Mark Rothko is subject of play happening at The Studio@620 June 27-29, 2013

May 28, 2013  —  The Studio@620 invites you to "RED", a play about famed abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko, by John Logan, Directed by Ryan James Monroe. June 27-29 @ 7:30 PM, Admission $20/$10 students and seniors

The Story: Master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art, a series of murals for New York’s famed Four Seasons Restaurant. In the two fascinating years that follow, Rothko works feverishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, RED is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.

The Studio@620 is a non profit arts venue located at 620 1st Ave. South, St. Petersburg FL 33701.   Visit The Studio@620 online at or call 727-895-6620 to purchase tickets.

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Tyler Perry’s ‘The Haves and The Have Nots’ debuts: ‘Dynasty’ wannabe needs some work

May 29, 2013 - Leave it to Tyler Perry to spur in you to find a newfound appreciation for the quality of Single Ladies.

Last night the prolific writer-director-producer-actor-island owner premiered his new project, The Haves and The Have Nots. The show focuses on two families – one rich, one poor – in Savannah, GA and all the sex, lies and other tenets of telenovela drama. Read more at

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Miguel: ‘Black people are the most judgmental people in the world’

May 29, 2013 - What started as a simple twit pic turned into a race debate with singer Miguel being somehow in the middle of it all.

After taking a moment to post an image of himself wearing a sweater which displayed a large green skeleton hand throwing up the devil sign, he was immediately accused by fans and followers of worshiping demons. Read more at

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Nelson Mandela’s daughter talks about her father’s health

May 29, 2013 - Nelson Mandela, in the twilight of life, doesn’t talk much anymore, his eldest daughter says. But the former South African president, who wrote of his regret at being unable to devote himself to his family during the fight against apartheid and afterward, reaches out in another way. “It’s the hand that he stretches out. It is the touching of the hand that speaks volumes for me. And for me, if you ask me what I would treasure, it is this moment that I treasure with my father,” said Makaziwe Mandela, the oldest of Mandela’s three surviving children, all daughters. “It means, ‘My child, I’m here.’ It means to me that, ‘I’m here. I love you. I care.’” Read more  at

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Judge limits texts, photos in Trayvon Martin case

May 28, 2013 - Attorneys won’t be able to mention Trayvon Martin’s drug use, suspension from school and past fighting during opening statements at the trial of a former neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot the teen, a judge ruled Tuesday.

However, Circuit Judge Debra Nelson left open the possibility that the defense could try again later during the trial if it could show relevance.  Read more at

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