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Farrakhan’s Son Under Investigation For Allegedly Enjoying Police Privileges Without Working

April 24, 2013 - Mustapha Farrakhan, the son of controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, is reportedly under investigation by the Illinois Police Standards and Training Board for enjoying all of the privileges of a part-time cop with the Harvey Police Department (HPD) even though he allegedly hasn’t worked in years, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

A Chicago Sun-Times newspaper story claims that Mustapha drives an unmarked HPD squad car and is registered as an officer with the police department — even though he has not worked a shift in about four years. According to Kevin McClain, the executive director of the Illinois Police Standards and Training Board, “We opened a preliminary investigation after the Sun-Times told us about their investigation,” he told the Associated Press  Read more at newsone.com.

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Barbara Bush on Jeb run: ‘We’ve had enough Bushes’

April 25, 2013 - Amid the celebration surrounding the opening of son George W. Bush’s presidential library Thursday, former first lady Barbara Bush brushed aside talk of a Jeb Bush run for the White House in 2016.

Appearing in an interview from Dallas on NBC’s “Today” show, Mrs. Bush was asked if she thought that Jeb, the former governor of Florida, should seek the presidency.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Jimmy ‘The Rent Is Too Damn High’ McMillan releases rap anthem to support alleged NYC mayoral race

April 24, 2013 - Jimmy McMillan gained national attention with his slogan “The Rent Is Too Damn High,” a quirky mantra he first used when running for governor of New York in 2010.

His calling card statement made him a well-appreciated, if comical, figure who reflected the economic woes many Americans have experienced in recent years.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Pinellas officials concerned about St. Petersburg's spending on new pier given project's uncertainty

April 24, 2013 - As St. Petersburg proceeds with plans to build a controversial new pier, Pinellas County commissioners are expressing concern about the project in which the county has a sizable investment.

Their voices take on greater urgency as St. Petersburg council members prepare to vote next week on whether to release additional money for the next phase of the $50 million project, and as opponents declare they have amassed the signatures needed to force a public vote on whether the city can build the replacement pier known as the Lens.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Times Square Targeted By Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects, FBI Says

April 25, 2013 - The brothers who allegedly detonated pressure cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon had rudimentary plans of traveling to New York for an attack on Times Square, according to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, told interrogators that he and his older brother, Tamerlan, intended to set off explosives in Manhattan, according to unnamed law enforcement officials who spoke to Reuters and NBC News.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Boston Bombing Suspect’s First Hearing From Hospital Bed [FULL TRANSCRIPT]

April 23, 2013 - Laying in his heavily guarded hospital bed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, severely injured after suffering a possibly self-inflicted gunshot wound to the neck and still largely unable to talk, Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, was officially charged by federal prosecutors with using a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property. Due to his extreme injuries and the urgency of the situation, a federal judge went to his hospital bed to preside over the proceedings.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Ginger Howard: 18-Year-Old Is Youngest Black Female Pro-Golfer

April 23, 2013 - Could we be seeing the second coming of Tiger Woods?

In Ginger Howard‘s (pictured) young career, she’s won 78 trophies, ranking first in 41 out of 66 events, and the golf world has taken notice. Now, 18-year-old Howard has made history as the youngest member of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), according to BlackNews.com.

 

After enrolling at the IMG Golf Academy in Florida, Howard quickly advanced, petitioning the LPGA to allow her to play in its qualifying tournament last year, even though she wasn’t the mandatory 18 years old then.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Gay Nevada Lawmaker Comes Out On Senate Floor

April 23, 2013 - During over an hour of intense debate over the repeal of the state’s gay marriage ban on Monday, Nevada state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson (D-North Las Vegas) officially came out as a gay man, reports the Huffington Post. “I’m black. I’m gay,” he said, in what the Las Vegas Sun described as a “trembling” voice. “I know this is the first time many of you have heard me say that I am a black, gay male.”  Read more at newsone.com.

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Focusing On Prevention And Neuroscience, President Ends Reagan’s War On Drugs

April 24, 2013 - Being a college student at the time, I clearly remember when Nancy Reagan and the conservative wave in national government helped usher in the nation’s War on Drugs in the 1980s.

Television news images of drug busts, large and small, along with the wholesale arrests and stiffer sentencing for anyone even suspected of drug involvement sent a clear message that government intended to empty the streets and fill the prisons until drugs were no more.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Rush Limbaugh Compares Dzhokhar Tsarnaev To Trayvon Martin (AUDIO)

April 23, 2013 - Rush Limbaugh compared Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, to Trayvon Martin on Tuesday.

Martin was an unarmed teenager who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman last year. On Tuesday, Limbaugh drew parallels between Martin and Tsarnaev, who is suspected of conspiring with his brother and setting off two explosions that killed three people and injured more than a hundred others at the Boston Marathon.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Maya Angelou Recovering After Hospitalization (REPORT)

April 23, 2013 - One of Maya Angelou's doctors says the poet and author is recovering at her North Carolina home following a brief hospitalization.

Dr. Jeff Williamson of the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., says in letter dated Tuesday that, as leader of Angelou's medical team, he has ordered the 85-year-old to forego any travel for the next three to four weeks.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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President Obama: At times, Michelle has felt like a single mom

April 24, 2013 - During a wide-ranging interview, conducted hours before the Boston Marathon bombings, Obama answered questions about gun control, North Korea, immigration reform, abortion and various other topics. At the end of the discussion, Obama also spoke about life in the White House as a husband and father to Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11. The president gave his wife tremendous credit for her role as a working parent, particularly during his campaigns.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Donald Trump tweets (then deletes): ‘What were Central Park Five doing in the park?’

April 23, 2013 - Donald Trump used his Twitter account on Sunday to attack the five men convicted — and later exonerated — in the Central Park Jogger case in 1989.

The five men, who were teenagers at the time of the attack on a 28-year-old investment banker, Trisha Meili, who was running in New York’s Central Park, initially confessed to the crime without their parents present, but later recanted, saying they were coerced into the confessions by police.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Jane Fonda on Adoption: 'Maybe More Black People Should Reach Out'

April 23, 2013 - Tonight on his PBS program, host Tavis Smiley speaks to Mary Williams, the African-American writer whose book, The Lost Daughter, chronicles her adoption by actress Jane Fonda.

Check out this clip, in which Smiley asks whether the story of how Fonda "saved" Williams could lend itself to a Hollywood film, and whether such a project would be seen as just another The Blind Side-type movie "about another black child saved by some white people."  Read more at theroot.com.

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Yes, They're White and Muslim

April 24, 2013 - The American story has too long been told through a racial lens and always vis-à-vis "whiteness." This is a dangerous premise -- fortifying the principles of white supremacy, entirely incongruent with the nation's democratic values. In no area is this problem more apparent than the American media -- and news reporting in particular. The Constitution's First Amendment protection of "freedom of the press" has morphed inexplicably into a safe haven in which stereotypes, falsehoods and outdated racial codes are protected under the law -- allowing poisonous lies to masquerade as fact.  Read more at theroot.com.

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Former Southside Fundamental Middle School to become charter school

April 23, 2013 - It has been four years since students walked the halls of the tan building on 10th Street South.

Closed in 2009, Southside Fundamental Middle School has instead played host to graffiti, smashed windows and pests. Its Midtown neighbors wondered how they got stuck with yet another blighted property.

But the building is about to become a school again.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Lacoochee Elementary faculty to be dismissed for school overhaul

April 23, 2013 - The faculty of Lacoochee Elementary School, including the principal and assistant principal, will be dismissed in June, an unusual step that is part of a state-imposed overhaul.

The school, which serves Pasco's most impoverished community, is expected to receive its third consecutive D grade this year.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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VA Launches Hotline to Answer Questions on VA Health Care and Benefits for Women Veterans

April 23, 2013 - The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new hotline — 1-855-VA-WOMEN — to receive and respond to questions from Veterans, their families and caregivers about the many VA services and resources available to women Veterans. The service began accepting calls on April 23, 2013.

“Some women Veterans may not know about high-quality VA care and services available to them,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “The hotline will allow us to field their questions and provide critical information about the latest enhancements in VA services.”  Read more at va.gov.

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President Hosts 2013 White House Science Fair

April 22, 2013 - Now in its third year, President Barack Obama (pictured left at last year’s Science Fair) will host the annual White House Science Fair that celebrates the achievements of young high school and college students who entered and won various science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competitions nationwide. The fair will feature ingenious creations, such as a manually operated water sanitation system, a mobile app that helps babysitters and nannies care for young ones, and more.  Read more at newsone.com.

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Mona Scott-Young’s ‘Love & Hip-Hop’ Overcomes Backlash

April 23, 2013 - Mona Scott-Young used to wake up in cold sweat at night, wondering if she made the right decision to leave her list of high-profile hip-hop clients to branch off and create reality television shows.

That’s a dilemma the creator of the popular reality series “Love & Hip-Hop” on VH1 doesn’t have to worry about anymore.  Read more at newsone.com.

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