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Nelson Mandela's Health Condition Addressed By South African Government

July 5, 2013 - Nelson Mandela is in critical but stable condition, the South African government said Friday, while a close friend said the anti-apartheid leader was conscious and responsive earlier this week .The government reiterated that Mandela is not in a vegetative state, contrary to recent court documents. A court paper filed June 27 concerning Mandela family graves said affidavits would be provided from his physicians to show that Mandela "is in a permanent vegetative state." A later filing dropped that phrase. Both court filings, however, said that Mandela's breathing was machine assisted. Read more at the huffingtonpost.com.

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George Zimmerman Gun Grip Had No Sign Of Trayvon Martin's DNA

July 5, 2013 - Trayvon Martin's DNA was not found on the grip of George Zimmerman's gun, and Zimmerman's DNA was not found under the unarmed teen's fingernails, a law enforcement expert said Wednesday in testimony that prosecutors hope will refute the neighborhood watch volunteer's self-defense claim. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and says he shot the 17-year-old in the chest to protect himself as Martin reached for his firearm during a fight. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Gabrielle Union: 'It's Not Taboo To Be An Older Mom'

July 5, 2013 - I always knew I was going to wait really long. And I followed the Halle Berry example. So in the next couple years? If I'm lucky. I will make that a reality hopefully. I think with the career and industry we're in, it's not taboo to be an older mom. You're not alone. There's support to start a family a little bit older. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Westboro Baptist Church Praises Deaths Of Arizona Firefighters, Vows To Picket Funerals

July 5, 2013 - In a move that is growing increasingly less shocking, the controversial Westboro Baptist Church -- known for its strident anti-homosexuality position -- has announced it will picket funerals for the 19 firefighters killed in the line of duty in Yarnell, Ariz., on Sunday.

The WBC was quick to chime in on Twitter as news of the tragedy in Arizona spread over the weekend. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Trayvon Martin’s Mother Takes The Stand

July 5, 2013 - The mother of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is on the witness stand at the trial of the neighborhood watch volunteer who is charged with murder in the fatal shooting of her son.

Sybrina Fulton was called by prosecutors to testify Friday. It’s likely she will be asked about 911 calls that capture a struggle between Martin and George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is pleading not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming he shot Martin in self-defense. Read more at newsone.com.

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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Calls For Protests Friday

July 5, 2013 - Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood called for a wave of protests Friday, furious over the military’s ouster of its president and arrest of its revered leader and other top figures, raising fears of violence and retaliation from Islamic militants.

The first coordinated assault by Islamic militants since the ouster of Mohammed Morsi came in the lawless Sinai Peninsula. Masked assailants launched coordinated attacks with rockets, mortars, RPGs and anti-aircraft guns on el-Arish airport, where military aircrafts are stationed, as well as the Central Security camp in Rafah and five military and police posts. Read more at newsone.com.

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Obama treads cautiously on Egypt leader’s ouster

July 5, 2013 - The Obama administration is treading carefully after Egypt’s military overthrew its president, wary of taking sides in a conflict that pits a democratically elected leader against a people’s aspirations for prosperity and inclusive government. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Kevin Hart’s ‘Let Me Explain’ stand-up film makes big splash at box office

July 5, 2013 - Kevin Hart‘s new stand-up comedy film Let Me Explain has been a surprise smash at the box office and could potentially become the most successful film of its kind ever.

Hart, who has been on winning streak following his hit film Think Like a Man and popular BET series Real Husbands of Hollywood, already has one very successful stand up film under his belt 2011′sLaugh at My Pain. Read more at thegrio.com.

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195,000 new jobs added in strong June jobs report; black unemployment ticks up

July 5, 2013 - U.S. employers added a robust 195,000 jobs in June and many more in April and May than previously thought. The job growth raises hopes for a stronger economy in the second half of 2013.

The unemployment rate remained 7.6 percent. That was because more people started looking for work in June — a healthy sign. Once people without jobs start looking for one, the government counts them as unemployed. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Paula Deen parts with agent after racial slur fallout

July 5, 2013 - Paula Deen announced Thursday that she has cut business ties with the agent who helped make her a Food Network star and launch a media and merchandising empire that has largely crumbled in the wake of her admission that she used racial slurs in the past. Deen had worked with New York agent Barry Weiner for more than a decade. She has said he was instrumental in getting her show “Paula’s Home Cooking” on the Food Network in 2002. She gave no reason for her parting with Weiner in a prepared statement. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Tim Hardaway is 1st to sign pro-gay marriage petition in Florida

July 5, 2013 - Former Miami Heat star Tim Hardaway became the first person to sign a petition to get an equal marriage constitutional amendment on Florida’s ballot.

“If you’re married you’re married – you should see your significant other in the hospital, make choices for your significant other if you need to make those choices,” Hardaway said Wednesday night as he showed his support for the effort that would legalize gay marriage in Florida. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Don Lemon's CNN N-Word Commentary Draws Fire

July 5, 2013 - I am old enough to remember a time in which CNN was the place for hard-hitting, insightful news and not the land of slaughtered brain cells it has since become. Of all the things to be discussing right now, why would CNN choose to air a segment that may as well have been called Slur Wars starring 'cracker' and' n*gger'? I wouldn’t be surprised if Anderson Cooper was crying in Ted Turner’s lap right now, horrified that he’s going to literally turn into the troll that’s seemingly inspired CNN’s “bold” new direction that looks all too familiar. Read more at www.ebony.com.

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DOMA fuels St. Pete Pride spirits, despite downpour

June 29, 2013 - Still exhilarated from last week's landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage, St. Pete Pride paradegoers didn't let cascades of rain dampen their spirits.

Following the court's rulings Wednesday, which led to the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and to allow same-sex marriage in California, an exuberant crowd was eager to show their support Saturday for the Florida LGBT community. Whether plain-clothed spectators on the sidelines or parade participants decked out in their most outrageous outfits — DOMA and Proposition 8 were on everyone's minds.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act Decision Unpopular: Poll

July 3, 2013 - Americans have mixed feelings about the Supreme Court's latest rulings, with a majority disapproving of its opinion on the Voting Rights Act, but in favor of two pro-gay marriage opinions, according to an ABC/Washington Post poll released Wednesday.

Just a third said they agree with the court's decision to strike down part of the Voting Rights Act, while 51 percent disagreed. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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North Carolina Abortion Bill: State Senate Votes On Restrictive Measure

July 3,2013 - North Carolina's state Senate voted Tuesday to pass a second reading of a measure placing tougher restrictions on abortion after Republicans in the legislature tacked the abortion regulations on to a bill targeting Sharia law.

The state Senate passed the second reading of the omnibus bill by 27-14. A final vote will be held Wednesday. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Obama Employer Mandate Delay Train Wreck! Or Not

July 3, 2013 - Yesterday evening, the Obama administration announced that it will delay for one year the “employer mandate,” which is the penalty on businesses with 50 or more employees who don’t provide insurance to their workforce. Naturally, this reactivated the Obamacare Train Wreck Doomsaying chorus. This is not Obamacare Train Wreck Doom. It is, however, something real, rather than the usual fever dreams that produce such cries. Read more at nymag.com.

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Residents are reminded about fireworks ban

As the rockets red glare this Independence Day, revelers are reminded that Pinellas County bans the retail sale or purchase of fireworks that project into the air or explode.  Pinellas County Public Safety Services urges residents to play it safe by enjoying fireworks displays that are conducted by trained professionals.

Sparklers remain legal, but they can be dangerous, reaching temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit. Only those over 12 years of age should handle sparklers of any type. Many young people get burned by sparklers every year, so adult supervision is necessary at all times. Officials urge citizens to use extreme caution and follow basic safety recommendations:

  • Read all cautions and warnings.
  • Use sparklers only outdoors.
  • Use sparklers as intended - do not try to alter or combine them.
  • Do not mix fireworks and alcohol.
  • Never pick up fireworks that may be left over after the display, as they may still be active.

 

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Drinking Mirror App Shows Us What Alcohol Does To Our Skin

July 3, 2013 - This Fourth of July holiday, we planned to kick back with our friends and sip on lots of patriotic cocktails. That is, until our deputy managing editor Elyse shared an app that shows us what alcohol does to our skin. (Thanks Elyse!)

Drinking Mirror is a mobile app that illustrates how alcohol consumption can reallyspeed up the aging process. Released earlier this year as part of the Scottish government's Drop a Glass Size campaign, the app allows users to upload or take a photo of themselves, enter their weekly boozing habits and see what they could look like in ten years. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Medgar Evers Would Have Been 88-Years-Old Today

July 3, 2013 - The life of Medgar Evers was cut far too short 50 years ago, when the civil rights activist and war veteran was assassinated at just 37-years-old by a White supremacist. Although Evers would not live to see the Civil Rights Movement blossom, he helped plant early seeds of change in the Deep South that eventually took hold. NewsOne celebrates the life of Evers on what would have been his 88th birthday. Read more at newsone.com.

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B. Scott Rejects BET’s (Not Quite) Apology Over Attire Clash

July 3, 2013 - A TV personality who says BET forced him to tone down his typically feminine look to appear on its pre-awards show is rejecting the network’s apology.

BET was contrite after B. Scott, an openly gay fashion and advice columnist who has several television shows and a Web following, said the network yanked him off its red carpet coverage for Sunday’s BET Awards and forced him to change from heels to flats and put on a suit instead of the long flowing black shirt he was wearing. He also accused them of making him pull his long flowing locks back into a ponytail. Read more a newsone.com.

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