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5 Ohio Sheriff’s Deputies Under Investigation for Racist Texts

Dec. 4, 2014 - Five deputies are under investigation for allegedly sending racist text messages while working, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.

Two of the officers involved, Sheriff’s Capt. Thomas J. Flanders and Det. Michael J. Sollenberger, were put on paid leave at the beginning of December. The other three deputies have not been named and have not been suspended, the news site notes. Read more at theroot.com.

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DC Protesters Storm Streets in Support of Eric Garner and Michael Brown

Dec. 4, 2014 - Hundreds of people in the Washington, D.C., area added their voices to those in New York City who took over Times Square to protest the grand jury’s failure to indict a New York City police officer for the choke hold death of Staten Island dad Eric Garner.

In College Park, Md., protesters took to the XFinity Center, where folks gathered to watch the University of Maryland men's basketball team take on the University of Virginia, to protest the deaths of Garner and Ferguson, Mo.’s Michael Brown, both at the hands of local law enforcement. Read more at theroot.com.

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Cleveland Cop Who Killed 12-Year-Old Was Unfit For Duty At Prior Job

Dec. 4, 2014 - Police supervisors at a prior job of a Cleveland, Ohio, officer—who last month shot and killed a 12-year-old Black child holding a toy gun—feared he would fail to follow instructions under certain circumstances.

A letter in Tim Loehmann’s file said there was a pattern of a lack of discretion and of not following instructions. Read more at newsone.com.

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St. Pete police chief backs out of Uhuru forum, forms new group to plan community discussion on race relations and law enforcement

December 5, 2014 - A week ago, local Uhuru members announced they wanted to have a community forum about race relations and law enforcement. And they wanted a special guest: new St. Petersburg Police Chief Tony Holloway, to be there.

"I think it's a good conversation to have about perception versus reality," Holloway told the Tampa Bay Times Nov. 25, a few hours after an Uhuru-led demonstration downtown in protest of a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed teen earlier this year in Ferguson, Mo.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Charles Barkley: Grand jury was right not to indict Darren Wilson

Dec. 1, 2014 - Former NBA player Charles Barkley has some strong opinions on Ferguson. The TNT analyst is in agreement with the grand jury’s decision not to indict Michael Brown’s shooter Officer Darren Wilson.

“The true story came out from the grand jury testimony,” Barkely said, adding that “three or four witnesses, who were black, said exactly what the cop said.” Barkley believes that the media is to blame for spreading misinformation about the case. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Jill Scott supports Bill Cosby, says media attempting to destroy his legacy

Dec. 2, 2014 - Public support for Bill Cosbyhasn’t exactly been strong and swift.

Count Jill Scott among the few who are publicly pro-Cosby. The soul singer and budding actress’ Twitter account has become a one-stop shop of support for the embattled comedian.

Monday, Scott got into it with a few of her nearly one million followers about whether or not folks are condemning Cosby too quickly. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Janay Rice: ‘God chose me and Ray for a reason’

Dec. 2, 2014 -Janay Rice refuses to watch the video of her then-fiancé Ray Rice assaulting her in a casino elevator.

The 26-year-old told NBC Today Show anchor Matt Lauer she has only viewed the first video which showed the former Ravens running back pulling her unconscious body out of the elevator. Read more at today.com.

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Eric Holder to announce plan to end racial profiling

Dec. 2, 2014 - Speaking at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta — the church where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that he will soon unveil long-planned Justice Department guidance aimed at ending racial profiling.

Holder traveled to Atlanta to meet with law enforcement and community leaders for the first in a series of regional meetings around the country. The president asked Holder to set up the meetings in the wake of clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Did the Boycott Matter to Black Friday Retail Sales?

Dec. 2, 2014 - Getting in the black got a little bit harder for some retailers this holiday season thanks to everyone from the retailers themselves to nationwide protests related to Ferguson.

In figures released Sunday by the National Retail Federation, sales were down by 11 percent this past Thanksgiving weekend. That’s a near $7 billion drop in revenue – from $57.4 billion last year to $50.9 billion. Read more at theroot.com.

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Supreme Court Hears Case to Decide if Rap Lyrics were Really Facebook Threats

Dec. 2, 2014 - The Supreme Court is hearing a case this week about Anthony Elonis, a Pennsylvania man who was sentenced to four years in prison for posting “explicit rap lyrics” to his Facebook page that expressed his desire to kill his wife, shoot up an elementary school and “slit the throat” of the FBI agent that was investigating the fallout between he and his estranged wife. Read more at theroot.com.

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Obama Meets With Leaders to Discuss Ferguson and OKs Funding for Police Body Cameras

Dec. 2, 2014 - President Barack Obama announced Monday his plans to tackle the “simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color.”

The intended initiatives take into consideration the recent racial tensions that have been highlighted across the country as numerous boys and men of color seemingly have been inexplicably gunned down by law enforcement—events highlighted by the civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., where unarmed teen Michael Brown was slain. Read more at theroot.com.

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White House Urges Body Cams, Overhauls To Military Gear Program In Ferguson Aftermath

Dec. 2, 2014 - In an effort to respond to ongoing protests in Ferguson, Mo., over police violence against Blacks, theWhite House on Monday announced several reforms, including plans to overhaul a federal program that provides police with military equipment.

“Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and around the country have highlighted the importance of strong, collaborative relationships between local police and the communities they protect,” states a White House news release. Read more at newsone.com.

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Pharrell Williams' Remarks About Michael Brown's 'Bully-ish' Behavior Surface

Dec. 2, 2014 - Pharrell Williams' comments about Michael Brown's "bully-ish" behavior have surfaced following a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of the 18-year-old.

In a cover story interview for the November issue of Ebony magazine -- conducted weeks before the decision -- Williams broached the topic of Ferguson, telling the publication's Kenya Hunt: “I don’t talk about race since it takes a very open mind to hear my view, because my view is the sky view. But I’m very troubled by what happened in Ferguson, Mo.” Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Discovery Nights underway at PCS Schools

Families interested in discovering Pinellas County Schools choice programs still have time. Discovery Nights are currently underway through the first week of January for families to explore programs suited to their child’s interests, talents and abilities. These are informal open houses for parents and students to learn more about a choice program from school staff, as well as an opportunity to ask specific questions about the program. The district has expanded opportunities for students by creating new elementary, middle and high school choice programs for the 2015-16 school year. Families can apply for all programs during the District Application Period January 7-16. For more information about District Application Programs Discovery Nights, visit www.pcsb.org/choice for details or contact individual schools. For information about the application process, contact the Student Assignment Office at (727) 588-6210.

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Bay Point Middle School to receive major grant for Community Technology Lab

Students at St. Petersburg’s Bay Point Middle School will soon have a unique STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) classroom and after-school technology lab with support from a major grant that will be announced at a check presentation ceremony at the school on Dec. 3.  It is one of only 80 public schools across the entire country – and four in Florida - to receive a grant this year as part of Verizon’s investment to help provide teachers with the resources they need to use technology more innovatively and effectively to engage students in science, technology, engineering and math. This one-of-a-kind program at Bay Point Middle School, to be called The Falcon Fab Lab, will help create a safe and exciting place for students and their families to explore, create and learn using state-of-the-art technology. Media is invited to attend this announcement and photo opportunity. A check presentation will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the school’s Media Center.

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Did the Boycott Matter to Black Friday Retail Sales?

December 2, 2014 - Getting in the black got a bit harder for some retailers this holiday season, thanks to everyone from the retailers themselves to nationwide protests related to Ferguson, Mo.

In figures released Sunday by the National Retail Federation, sales were down 11 percent this past Thanksgiving weekend. That’s a nearly $7 billion drop in revenue since last year—from $57.4 billion to $50.9 billion.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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A Black Family Call to Action to Address the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Dec. 1, 2014 - Since the first cases of HIV were reported over 30 years ago, Black people and our families have been the most impacted. We all carry with us the stories of relatives, friends, neighbors and other loved ones who are no longer with us due to HIV/AIDS. We have collectively allowed stigma, fear and a lack of communication to hinder us from standing up to support our loved ones living with HIV/AIDS.  REad more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Two Florida Churches Merge With Hope Of Bridging A Racial Divide

Dec. 1, 2014 - Two Florida churches are soon expected to undergo a merger that pastors hope will help send a message on race relations throughout the state -- and beyond.

On Jan. 4, 2015, Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville -- a predominantly black church -- will take over Ridgewood Baptist Church in Orange Park. Ridgewood's congregation is mostly white. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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St. Louis Police Officers Association want Rams players punished for Ferguson gesture

Dec. 1, 2014 - Five players from the St. Louis Rams came onto the field Sunday making the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture to show their solidarity with protesters of the Michael Brown shooting and the non-indictment of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Now, the St. Louis Police Officers Association is calling for the punishment of the football players involved and they also want a public apology. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Darren Wilson won’t receive severance pay according to mayor

Dec. 1, 2014 - The white police officer who killed an unarmed black 18-year-old resigned from his job with the Ferguson Police Department after learning of threats of violence against other officers and the department, his lawyer said Sunday.

Darren Wilson, 28, had been on administrative leave since Aug. 9, when he shot and killed Michael Brown. A grand jury decided Monday not to indict Wilson, sparking days of sometimes violent protests in Ferguson and other cities across the U.S. Read more at thegrio.com.

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