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Former GOP Hopeful Arrested For Sending Ricin Laced Letter To President Obama

April 27, 2013 - U.S marshals arrested Everett Dutschke, 41, of Tupelo, Mississippi, Saturday morning for mailing letters laced with the poison ricin to President Barack Obama and two other public officials, report Reuters.

According to the DJ Journal, Dutschke was charged with “knowingly developing, producing, stockpiling, transferring, acquiring, retaining and possessing a biological agent, toxin and delivery system, for use as a weapon, to wit: ricin, and with attempting, threatening and conspiring to do the same, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 175(a). If convicted on this charge, Dutschke faces maximum possible penalties of life imprisonment, a $250,000 fine and 5 years of supervised release.”  Read more at newsone.com.

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Michael Jordan Married In Star-Studded Wedding

April 28, 2013 - It’s official!  His Royal Airness, Michael Jordan, 50, married his model girlfriend Yvette Prieto, 35, in a star-studded Florida wedding that included such guests as Patrick Ewing, Scottie Pippen and Tiger Woods, reports Hollywood Life.

Over 500 guests gathered at Bethesda-by-the Sea, an Episcopal church in Palm Beach, to see Jordan wed his long-time love. And after the nuptials, a lavish reception for over 2,000 guests took place at the Bears Club, a Jack Nicklaus designed golf community in Jupiter, Florida, where the basketball legend just build a 38,000 square foot home.  Read more at newsone.com.

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'The Walking Dead': Bob Stookey To Be Played By Lawrence Gilliard Jr. In Season 4

April 27, 2013 - Lawrence "Larry" Gilliard Jr. has been cast as Bob Stookey in "The Walking Dead" Season 4, according to The Hollywood Reporter. International Digital Times first reported Gilliard's casting.

The "Wire" alum will play the role of "a former Army medic who is deeply haunted by his past -- both before and after the apocalypse. He's a loner, though he maintains a charming yet self-deprecating façade." In the comics, Bob Stookey is also the town drunk of Woodbury.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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EXCLUSIVE: Fantasia Reveals the Secrets Behind Her 50-Pound Weight Loss

April 25, 2013 - Life for Fantasia ain't been no crystal stair. The American Idol winner has endured her fair share of ups and downs, but these days, Fanny is laser-focused on looking forward and not back.

During a visit to the ESSENCE office, it was easy to see that Fantasia is not only feeling better, but girlfriend is looking hotter than ever. She's 50 pounds lighter, but just by being in her presence, you can tell that her spirit feels lighter, too.  Read more at essence.com.

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Virginia State University Hazing: Students Mourn The Death Of Freshmen Marvell Edmonson And Jauwan Holmes

April 26, 2013 - Hundreds gathered on campus of Virginia State University to remember two young men who drowned in the Appomattox River during an initiation rite.

VSU President Keith Miller called the two 19-year-old freshmen men of promise and potential at a memorial held Friday in the gymnasium on the Ettrick campus of VSU.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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George Zimmerman's 'Stand Your Ground' Defense Deadline Looming

April 29, 2013 - Prosecutors in Florida want George Zimmerman to state publicly at a court hearing on Tuesday whether he will pursue his immunity defense in the 2012 shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin on the basis of the state's "Stand Your Ground" law, or waive his right to use it.

Prosecutors asked Judge Debra Nelson in a motion to remind Zimmerman "that should defendant in fact wish to waive any pre-trial immunity challenge under this statute, he may not attempt to do so later, particularly once trial has commenced."  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Obama to name Anthony Foxx as Transportation Secretary

April 28, 2013 - Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx will be nominated Monday by President Obama to become the new Secretary of Transportation, according to a White House official.

Foxx, 41, will replace former congressman Ray Lahood (R-Ill.), who was one of a handful of Republicans President Obama picked for his first-term cabinet. Foxx will be the first African-American to be selected for a cabinet post in Obama’s second term, although Susan Rice (U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations) and Eric Holder (Attorney General) are remaining in their current roles.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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First lady Michelle Obama wows at White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

April 28, 2013 - First lady Michelle Obama wowed, giving great glamour in black, at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner last night.

Held at the Washington Hilton in the nation’s capital yesterday evening, the grand gala was described as the “annual schmoozefest” of “Washington, New York and Hollywood” by The Washington Post.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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‘Mad Men’ recreates day Martin Luther King died

April 28 2013 - Mad Men, the critically-acclaimed AMC drama series about advertising executives in the 1960s, recreated an incredibly historic moment in the civil rights struggle on tonight’s episode.

This season (the show’s sixth), which takes place during the tumultuous year of 1968, has already devoted more airtime to its most prominent African-American character, Dawn, the lead character Don Draper’s secretary.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Malinda Williams, Issa Rae and more to co-host Aspire network’s all-black ‘View’ styled show

April 29, 2013 - We love The View — especially Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd — but how cool would it be to see all brown faces seated around a coffee table discussing issues that matter to black women? Well that wish is about to come true as Magic Johnson’s new Aspire network is gearing up to air a new talk show based off of the hit ABC series, featuring some of our favorite ladies.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Nelson Mandela is honored in Times Square special video

April 26, 2013 - Nelson Mandela has received many honors in his lifetime but never has a video tribute been dedicated to him in the heart of New York City – until now.

Each night in April, from 11:57 p.m. to midnight, a short video bursts onto big screens in Times Square with bright visuals displaying the words and writing of the former South African president.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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When 'Scandal' Nearly Killed Twitter

April 28, 2013 - Each week, Shonda Rhimes whips Twitter into an absolute frenzy with an hour of plotting, scheming and fast-talking on Scandal, the political thriller starring Kerry Washington that has taken TV by storm. Even if you don't watch the ABC show, you can always tell when something major happens by taking a look at your timeline -- if your feed is full of "OMG WHAT!?!" "NOOOOOOOOOO!" or "YAAAAAASSS!" chances are something just went down on Scandal.  Read more at theroot.com.

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John McCain Calls for Obama to Act in Syria

April 28, 2013 - A bipartisan slate of political leaders pondered what role the United States should play in Syria following indications that its besieged leader used chemical weapons in that country's civil war. 

Following the Obama administration's declaration this week that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons against rebels looking to unseat him, lawmakers pondered how to best respond. President Barack Obama had previously called the use of such weapons a "red line" that would prompt a response from the United States.  Read more at theroot.com.

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Jermaine Jackson Says Michael Jackson’s Kids “Need Their Mom”

April 28, 2013 - Michael Jackson’s kids have had little to no contact with their birth mother Debbie Rowe, ever since she signed away all custody rights after their divorce in 1999.

However, the kids are getting older now and there have been reports that they are growing an “intense bond” with Rowe.  Read more at hellobeautiful.com.

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St. Petersburg officer in fateful 1996 shooting faces DUI

April 28, 2013 - A police officer who shot and killed a teenager during a 1996 traffic stop, triggering two days of racial disturbances, was arrested late Saturday on a misdemeanor drunken driving charge.

James K. Knight, 51, a St. Petersburg officer, was arrested by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office just after 11 p.m. near First Avenue and 58th Street S. He was stopped for poor driving and failing to maintain a lane, said sheriff's Sgt. David DiSano.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Column: FAMU marches toward innovation, improvement

April 27, 2013 - Somewhere along the way many have forgotten the meaning and value of Florida A&M University — but certainly not all. This disconnect appears to have occurred long before the recent hazing incidents and the operational issues that have propelled FAMU into the media spotlight.

We are proud that FAMU is noted for our spirited and engaged students and the rhythmic sounds of our music ensembles, but these are but a few attributes that characterize this institution.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Joe Biden Readies Gun Control Advocates For Round Two

April 25, 2013 - A week after the Senate failed to come up with 60 votes to pass a measure expanding background checks on gun buyers, Vice President Joe Biden regrouped with gun control advocates on Thursday and reassured them the White House isn't giving up the fight.

Biden made "a real commitment" to keep pushing for gun reforms, said Pia Carusone, executive director of Americans for Responsible Solutions, a gun control PAC run by former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) and her husband Mark Kelly.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Padi Restaurant In Trouble Over Racial Slurs And Offensive Posts On Social Media

April 25, 2013 - Offensive posts and comments are rampant on the internet, but they don't make for particularly good business when associated with a restaurant. A Delaware eatery is learning this after derogatory comments and inappropriate photos popped up on its social media accounts earlier this month.

The News Journal reports that someone recently posted racial slurs and photos of receipts with low tips on Facebook and Instagram accounts associated with Padi Restaurant in Hockessin. The accounts have since been removed, but Daily Mail posted screen captures of the offensive posts.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Top 10 Companies For Blacks: DiversityInc Releases 2013 Survey Results

April 24, 2013 - Diversity is no longer simply a matter of creating a heterogeneous workforce, but using that workforce to innovate and give it a competitive advantage in the marketplace, according to a 2011 study from Forbes Insights. It's a lesson that some companies have made a concerted effort to put into practice, namely those who made DiversityInc's list of the most diverse companies this year.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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The Jackson Family: La Toya Says Her Family Is Just Like Everyone Else (VIDEO)

April 24, 2013 - Does your family have numerous gold records and Grammys between each of them? Are they known as the "First Family of Soul" or the "Royal Family of Pop" and praised for influencing an entire genre of music? Are your sisters and brothers members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, or do they have a couple of stars along the Hollywood Walk of Fame?

Isn't every family like this?  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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