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Obama: Undocumented Immigrants Who Have Lived, Worked and Raised Kids in US Can Stay It’s not official yet, but White House officials are leaking new

Nov. 14, 2014 - Federal officials who are responsible for tracking down and deporting undocumented immigrants will likely have new marching orders from the White House as early as next week that will be far more lenient.

According to a New York Times report, President Barack Obama is putting the final touches on a “memorandum” that will allow millions of undocumented immigrants who have lived and worked in this country for years and had children in the U.S. to stay and obtain the paperwork they need to work legally in this country. Read more at theroot.com.

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NBA Union Leader Blasts Team Owners, Salary Cap and the Age Limit

Nov. 14, 2014 - It seems like there’s something in the water with regard to high-profile people coming to the defense of athletes and the issue of whether they’re underpaid.
Earlier this week, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made a convincing case for why college athletes should be paid, and now Michele Roberts, the first female executive director of the National Basketball Players Association—the labor union that represents NBA players—weighed in on the topic in a scorching-hot interview with ESPN the Magazine.
Roberts didn’t mince words about how she thinks some NBA owners have a warped sense of reality when thinking about who keeps the lights on in basketball stadiums. Read more at theroot.com.

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Racial Achievement Gap Could Cost America $2.3 Trillion

Nov. 14, 2014 - Joia Jefferson Nuri, Andrew Lee, Yesha Callahan and “NewsOne Now” guest host Jeff Johnsondiscuss the Center for American Progress‘ report that states the racial achievement gap could cost the United States $2.3 trillion in economic growth by 2050. From the Center for American Progress:

Our nation is currently experiencing growing levels of income and wealth inequality, which are contributing to longstanding racial and ethnic gaps in education outcomes and other areas. These large gaps, in combination with the significant demographic changes already underway, are threatening the economic future of our country. Thus, closing racial and ethnic gaps is not only key to fulfilling the potential of people of color; it is also crucial to the well-being of our nation. Read more at newsone.com.

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‘Why Did I Get Married?’ Star Tasha Smith Fears Husband

Nov. 14, 2014 - In a case of life imitating art, “Why Did I Get Married?” star Tasha Smith and her husband are engaged in a nasty divorce battle, with both sides claiming they live in fear of the other..

Smith, who also starred in “Tyler Perry’s For Better Or Worse”– another film about marital woes — recently filed court documents alleging that her husband, Keith Douglas, flies into jealous rages and accuses her of sleeping with other women. She says in the papers, “When he’s in a rage, I feel that he is capable of killing me.”Read more at tmz.com.

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Suicide Bomber Attacks Nigerian College

Nov. 14, 2014 - A female suicide bomber detonated a bomb at a Federal College of Education Wednesday morning, killing at least three people, according to the BBC.

The bomber exploded outside of a packed lecture hall at a university in Kontagora. Lecturer Andrew Randa claims to have seen four bodies, although the casualty figures are still unclear. Read more at newsone.com.

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Deflated Florida Dems launch rebuilding effort

November 13, 2014 - Sen. Bill Nelson and former Orlando police chief Val Demings will chair an effort to evaluate the shortcomings of the Florida Democratic Party, which is further in the tank following last week's election.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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PCUL & Duke partner for energy saving rebate seminar

November 6, 2014 - Continuing its long community partnership with Duke Energy, the Pinellas County Urban League (PCUL) hosted its annual Weatherization Day Workshop, Oct. 28 at its St. Petersburg headquarters.

The free event, which included giveaways, drawings and dinner, attracted about 50 local residents, according to Charlotte Anderson, PCUL Director of Construction & Housing Services.  Read more at theweeklychallenger.com.

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Mom Of Teen Who Killed Herself After Cheating On School Exam Sues N.Y.C. For $10M

Nov. 14, 2014 - Mounsurat Adeoye, the Mother of teenOmotayo (pictured) who committed suicide after allegedly cheating on a high school exam, is reportedly placing the blame of her daughter’s death on the high school she attended and has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the city of New York, according toLiveLeak.

Omotayo was a gifted student who attended one of the city’s top high school’s, Harlem’s HS for Math, Science and Engineering. Read more at newsone.com.

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Charles Krauthammer Calls Potential Obama Immigration Action 'An Impeachable Offense'

Nov. 14, 2014 - Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer said potential action by President Barack Obama on immigration may be "an impeachable offense."

Fox News reported Wednesday Obama would announce the use of executive action on a 10-point immigration plan as early as next week. The New York Times confirmedthe report, though a senior administration official told The Huffington Post Wednesday the president had yet to decide on immigration action. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Deceased Ebola victim’s family reaches a settlement with Dallas hospital

Nov. 13, 2014 - The family of the deceased Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan has at last settled with the Dallas hospital that initially sent him home and later treated him.

According to their attorneys, a resolution has been “reached on behalf of the children and parents of the deceased with Texas Health Resources and all related entities.”  The resolution includes a financial settlement and a charitable contribution. No further monetary details were disclosed. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Piers Morgan debates ‘N-word’ with John Legend, gets owned

Nov. 13, 2014 - Piers Morgan got into a Twitter debate with singer John Legendover the use of the “N-word” after the former CNN host penned an op-ed for the Daily Mail on its usage.

In the piece, Morgan suggested that the word will only be eradicated from usage “when America’s black community applies the same level of tolerance to its own use of the word as that now applied in the National Football League: zero.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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94-year-old Tuskegee Airman honored for her service

Nov. 13, 2014 - She joined the army over 70 years ago and was assigned to the Tuskegee Air Reserve Base. Yesterday, for Veteran’s Day, she finally received a Congressional Medal.

94-year-old Irma Dryden was honored for her time as a nurse in this incredibly inspiring unit by the Tuskegee Airmen Chapter of Atlanta and Major General Stacey Harris. The commander of Dobbins Air Reserve Base says Second Lt. Dryden was more than a nurse to the unit and definitely earned the title Tuskegee Airman. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Dr. Huxtable no more, Bill Cosby lost persona after 13 rape accusations

Nov. 13, 2014 - Heathcliff Huxtable was America’s dad as the 1980s came to a halt and the 1990s rolled in. Who didn’t love the Coogi sweater-wearing doctor who was the perfect family man? I haven’t found that person yet, and it’s because Bill Cosby played him with the ideal combo of cuddliness, sternness and hilarity that gave us all warm and fuzzies. What we know now is that Bill was far from who Heathcliff was. He might have been America’s dad on TV, but in real life, Cosby might be a sexual predator, and he is losing all the protection that Heathcliff got him over the years. read more at thegrio.com.

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Brookyln duo Chargaux performs incredible violin cover of “Shake it Off”

Nov. 13, 2014 - A violin cover of Taylor Swift’s mega pop hit “Shake it Off” has drawn rave reviews online and racked up more than 160,000 YouTube views since last week.

The cover, titled “Shake it Off – Chargaux Violin Cover (Killed It),” features musicians Jasmin “Charly” Charles and Margaux Whitney performing under the portmanteau Chargaux.

During the cover, one of the women plays the vocal melody line while the other accompanies her with an emulation of the other instruments. Read more at thegrio.com.

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LeBron James’ Sons Aren’t Allowed to Play Football

Nov. 13, 2014 - LeeBron James doesn’t allow his sons to play football, and it’s not because the NBA superstar wants them to follow in his footsteps.

   According to ESPN, the NBA superstar confirmed that he made that decision due to the various health risks associated with the often-violent sport, when asked.

“Only basketball, baseball and soccer are allowed in my house,” James told the station before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ game (and victory) with the Denver Nuggets.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: College Athletes Should Be Paid

Nov. 13, 2014 - NBA icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar put pen to paper and made a case for why college athletes should be paid. In a 1,300-word essay published in Jacobin magazine, Abdul-Jabbar spoke first-hand about his experiences as a basketball player at UCLA and described how he could barely rub two pennies together on most days.

   “Despite the hours I put in every day, practicing, learning plays, and traveling around the country to play games, and despite the millions of dollars our team generated for UCLA—both in cash and in recruiting students to attend the university—I was always too broke to do much but study, practice and play,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote. Read more at theroot.com.

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Historic Head Nod: 100 Women Now Serve in Congress

Nov. 13, 2014 - Lost in all the bickering among Democrats and Republicans about the midterm elections—the latter rejoicing and the former reminding everyone that approximately two-thirds of the electorate didn’t vote—is the historic makeup of Congress with regard to its female representatives. 

On Wednesday, Rep. Alma Adams, who now represents North Carolina’s 12th Congressional District, was sworn into office and became the 80th woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Currently, there are 80 women in the House and 20 women in the Senate. Read more at theroot.com.

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Deal on Carbon Emissions by Obama and Xi Jinping Raises Hopes for Upcoming Paris Climate Talks

Nov. 13, 2014 - The historic announcement by President Obama and President Xi Jinping ofChina that they will commit to targets for cuts in their nations’ carbon emissions has fundamentally shifted the global politics ofclimate change. The agreement has given a fresh jolt of optimism to negotiations aimed at reaching a new international climate treaty next year in Paris, where the American and Chinese targets are expected to be the heart of the deal. Read more at nytimes.com.

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What an Uncensored Letter to M.L.K. Reveals

Nov. 13, 2014 - The note is just a single sheet gone yellow with age, typewritten and tightly spaced. It’s rife with typos and misspellings and sprinkled with attempts at emending them. Clearly, some effort went into perfecting the tone, that of a disappointed admirer, appalled by the discovery of “hidious [sic] abnormalities” in someone he once viewed as “a man of character.” Read more at nytimes.com.


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St. Petersburg honors veterans with inaugural celebration in Williams Park

Nov. 11, 2014 - For years, one persistent veteran asked Gina Maniaci over and over: Why doesn't St. Petersburg have a citywide Veterans Day celebration?

Well, she recalled saying, we always go to Bay Pines, then the local VA hospital, to honor those who served. Read more at tampabay.com.

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