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Shaquille Endorses Chris Christie

Oct. 28, 2013 - While there are some celebrities known for their political activism (think Kerry Washington), Shaquille O'Neal is not one of them, which is why it surprised many when the famed NBA star waded into a political campaign. In a television advertisement O'Neal endorsed New Jersey governor Chris Christie for re-election. Making the endorsement noteworthy beyond the fact that "Shaq," as he's called, is not known for his activism is the fact that Christie is a Republican. Read more at theroot.com.

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Conrad Murray Released From Jail

Oct. 28, 2013 - Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop star Michael Jackson, has been released from prison after serving only two years of his four-year sentence, ABC News reports.

Murray's lawyer told ABC News that the former cardiologist was being released for credit for time served; he received an additional day of credit for each day he served. Read more at theroot.com.

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Al Sharpton and Barneys Execs Set to Meet

Oct. 28, 2013 - The Rev. Al Sharpton has put his shopping at Barneys on hold, threatening a boycott against the luxury retail store. He also says that Jay Z is not the enemy, the New York Post reports.

Sharpton, who spoke to reporters at his National Action Network headquarters, said that a meeting is planned with Barneys executives and members of the NAN tomorrow. If Sharpton's team and Barneys reps can't see eye to eye, then the civil rights activist will organize a protest during the holiday season. Read more at theroot.com.

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Selling Home to Pay Debt

Oct. 28, 2013 - Disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is set to sell his high-priced townhouse in the nation's capital to pay back the $750,000 of campaign cash he spent on furs, vacations and a Rolex watch.

Jackson, 48, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Aug. 14, but he is still a free man and is expected to report to prison by Nov. 1, the Tribune reports. Read more at theroot.com.

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NAACP President Ben Jealous Attacks Voter-Suppression Laws

Oct. 28, 2013 - The president of the NAACP says laws that aim to undermine the coalition that helped elect President Barack Obama are the No. 1 issue facing Americans.

Benjamin Jealous told a Salt Lake City audience on Friday that the nation’s power structure has seen the way blacks, Hispanics and students of all races are voting and it realizes time is running out on its “strategy for power.” Read more at newsone.com.

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NSA Denies Reports That Obama Was Briefed On Angela Merkel Surveillance In 2010

Oct. 28, 2013 - The National Security Agency is denying reports that President Barack Obama has been aware of surveillance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel since 2010.

Earlier on Sunday, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported that Obama was briefed on the operation against Merkel by NSA Director Keith Alexander in 2010, according to U.S. intelligence sources. NSA Spokeswoman Vanee Vines released a statement Sunday afternoon saying the report was false. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Exclusive poll: Majority of St. Petersburg voters oppose red light cameras

October 28, 2013 - If it were up to the registered voters of St. Petersburg, red light cameras would no longer be taking pictures at busy city intersections.

The results of an exclusive Bay News 9, Tampa Bay Times and WUSF Public Media poll showed that 54 percent of voters oppose the red light cameras being used to issue traffic tickets and fines, while 42 percent favor them. A remaining 4 percent were undecided.  Read more at baynews9.com.

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Vet shot by police at Bay Pines VA had cancer, friend says

October 27, 2013 - The 68-year-old veteran who was fatally shot by police Friday after he allegedly lunged at officers with a knife was suffering from cancer but had not seemed suicidal, his best friend said.

George Kenny said Vincent L. Young was a computer guru and a loner who did not have any family living nearby. Kenny said he couldn't have foreseen Friday's encounter in the emergency room lobby at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center.  Read more at baynews9.com.

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Crist to make gubernatorial candidacy official Nov. 4

October 26, 2013 - Yes, Charlie Crist is really going to run for governor again.

The former Republican governor-turned-independent-turned Democrat will officially announce his candidacy Monday, Nov. 4 in St. Petersburg, his hometown, according to the Tampa Bay Times.  Read more at baynews9.com.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Mourns Loss of Former International President

October 27, 2013 - Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority mourns the loss of its 16th International President, Julia Brogdon Purnell, who passed on October 21 in Michigan. She served as the Sorority’s leader from 1962-1966.

Speaking on behalf of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s 260,000 members worldwide, the Sorority’s International President Carolyn House Stewart, praised Purnell for her steadfast devotion to human rights and women’s rights, for being a stalwart in the war on poverty, and for her particular focus on cultivating youth leaders.  Read more at prlog.com.

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Move Over, Kerry Washington

October 25, 2013 - The 1980s CBS hit Murder She Wrote is coming back, and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer will star as the amateur sleuth made famous by Angela Lansbury.

This will be the first regular television role for Spencer since her breakout performance in The Help, according to Deadline. While NBC has yet to fully commit to the project, the series has been given the green light to create a pilot.  Read more at theroot.com.

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Second poll shows Rick Kriseman with a 6-point lead over Bill Foster

October 25, 2013 - By most accounts, the race for St. Petersburg mayor will be a nail-biter — right up to November 5.

In an Oct. 24 StPetePolls survey, the numbers show former State Representative Rick Kriseman widening the advantage he had since the primary with likely voters  to nine points.  With all voters, both early and likely, the race is Kriseman with a six-point lead over incumbent Mayor Bill Foster.  Read more at saintpetersblog.com.

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The President's Devotional: What Obama 'Did In Secret' In Newtown (EXCERPT)

October 26, 2013 - The White House is not supposed to be a place for brokenness. Sheer, shattered, brokenness. But that’s what we experienced on the weekend of December 14, 2012.

I was sitting at my desk around midday on Friday the 14th when I saw the images flash on CNN: A school. A gunman. Children fleeing, crying.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Macy's Also Gets Slapped With Racial Discrimination Lawsuit By Black Shopper

October 25, 2013 - Barneys isn't the only store being accused of racial discrimination. Now, Macy's has been slapped with a lawsuit implicating the luxury store of racial profiling.

The New York Post reports that actor Robert Brown, who's most known for his starring role opposite Sean Connery in the film “Finding Forrester," has filled a civil suit for an unspecified sum against the luxury retail store and the New York Police Department, citing that he was unlawfully searched by undercover police officers on June 8, 2013.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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More than 10,000 families want to adopt orphan Davion Only

October 26, 2013 - After spending his life in foster care, Florida orphan Davion Only might wake up this Christmas to a family of his own.

The 15-year-old’s adoption agency, Eckerd, had to hire a public relations firm to manage media requests after his heartfelt plea made the front page of the Tampa Bay Times and went on to garner international attention. More than 60 volunteers at the agency’s makeshift call center have fielded 10,000 adoption requests from around the world.  Read more at nydailynews.com.

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Is the Tea Party Like the KKK?

Oct. 25, 2013 - In recent years when the words "racial controversy" or "race scandal" and "politics" have appeared in the same sentence, the word "Republican" has usually appeared somewhere in the sentence, too. But this week a racially charged scandal has erupted involving Democrats.

High-profile Republicans are demanding an apology from Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) for using imagery and language in a campaign fundraising email that inspired comparisons between the Tea Party and the Ku Klux Klan. Read more at theroot.com.

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Mom Uses Super Glue To Hide Shocking Child Abuse

Oct. 25, 2013 - Jennifer Marie Vargas was reportedly in a blind rage when she grabbed her six-year-old and yanked him towards her by the scrotum, accidentally ripping it in the process. The mom sprung to action using super glue to try to remedy what she had done but her efforts were useless. Even though the incident occurred on September 27 and Vargas was in fact then arrested, the FBI did not charge her until Thursday because the case was under investigation, reports the San Antonio Express News. Vargas now faces assault, within maritime and territorial jurisdiction, resulting in serious bodily injury and is looking at up to 10 years in prison. Read more at newsone.com.

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NBC Taps Octavia Spencer To Star In ‘Murder She Wrote’ Remake

Oct. 25, 2013 - Academy-Award winner Octavia Spencer has been tapped by NBC to remake the classic murder-mystery series Murder She Wrote, reports Shadow and Act.

Alexandra Cunningham and David Janollari (Desperate Housewives) will produce, with Cunningham also writing the script for the reimagining, which will follow a hospital administrator who doubles as a detective enthusiast, who self-publishes her first mystery novel, which helps launch a more active career for her, as an investigator, assisting with real-life cases. Read more at newsone.com.

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Healthy Candy Sucks! Kids React After Being Served Veggie-Flavored Sweets

Oct. 25, 2013 - Children will always say and do interesting and unpredictable things. But when Crest gave a small group of children healthy candy, their reactions were to be expected. And when the kids were told this is what they would be given during Halloween, all kinds of child hell broke lose! It was a most creative ad by Crest. Read more at newsone.com.

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Food Stamp Decrease Set For November :(

Oct. 25, 2013 - Next month food stamp benefits will automatically shrink for all 47 million Americans enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Pamela Gwynn of Crawfordsville, Ind., heard about the cut in a letter from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. The letter explained that a federal law called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as the "stimulus package," had given food stamp recipients a temporary boost in 2009. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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