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George Zimmerman's Brother: Civil Lawsuit 'Might Not Be Very Flattering' To Trayvon Martin's Family

July 26, 2013 - If Trayvon Martin's family decides to file a wrongful-death suit against George Zimmerman, they could be opening a Pandora's box, according to Zimmerman's older brother.

"A myriad of things that were off-limits in a criminal trial would come into play in a civil case. Specifically, things that might not be very flattering to Trayvon or his family," Robert Zimmerman Jr. said in an email to The Huffington Post.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Sanford police criticized for traffic stop, tasing incident

July 29, 2013 - On the night of June 26th, Traymon Williams was driving with his girlfriend, DeShonda Robinson, and her younger brother, Kelvin Robinson, Jr., when he noticed a police car following close behind him. Not wanting to risk getting a ticket, Williams said he double checked that he was driving exactly the speed limit, and that everyone in the car was wearing their seat belts.  Read more at newsone.com.

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All Children's Hospital planning downtown St. Petersburg expansion

July 27, 2013 - In another sign that the downtown revival is once again burgeoning, All Children's Hospital plans to build a new office tower and add more than 100 jobs in a deal that requires a land swap with the city of St. Petersburg.

The city would give the hospital 1.5 acres it owns at Fourth Street on Sixth Avenue S, allowing for a tower to be built that would exceed 250,000 square feet. The county property appraiser values the land at $754,000.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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FDLE gets barrage of calls after protest group says food is denied

July 27, 2013 - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was inundated with hundreds of phone calls Saturday after a group of protesters outside Gov. Rick Scott's office tweeted that Capitol Police were denying them food and water and urged people to call the agency in protest.

The FDLE denied the allegations and asked the media not to republish the phone numbers put out by the protest group Dream Defenders. FDLE officials said some of those phone numbers are used by law enforcement agencies throughout the state to request Amber Alerts and crime scene or investigative help.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Despite promise of extra cash, teachers want out of tough schools

July 27, 2013 - "Change a child's life," says the blue and white brochure touting a teaching career at Maximo Elementary, one of Pinellas County's poorest elementary schools.

Teachers who come to Maximo — where nine of 10 students live in poverty — should have an open heart, a strong mind and the "resilience to greet daily challenges with a positive attitude," the pamphlet says. Teachers will receive a $3,000 recruitment bonus, with more payouts for staying on multiple years.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON: Dream Defenders Take the Lead

July 29, 2013 - The story of the Dream Defenders begins in April of 2006. Florida A&M’s then-Student Body President Ramon Alexander and Vice President Phillip Agnew* joined forces with Florida State University Senate President Gabriel Pendas and Student Body Vice President Ahmad Abuznaid and student leaders from Tallahassee Community College to non-violently protest against former Governor Jeb Bush’s decision not investigate the murderers of Martin Lee Anderson, a 14-year-old child.  Read more at ebony.com.

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St. Petersburg City Council candidate lies about lawsuit and paternity

In his responses to a Tampa Bay Times' questionnaire, District 8 council candidate Steve Galvin was clear and concise. Asked whether he had any children, he wrote "None." Asked if he'd ever been sued, he wrote "No."

Neither answer, it turns out, bore any relation to the truth.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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Sequestration Will Prevent Creation Of Up To 1.6 Million Jobs In Next Year, CBO Concludes

July 26, 2013 - As many as 1.6 million new jobs could be added to the U.S. economy if Congress simply canceled the budget cuts implemented due to sequestration from Aug. 1, 2013, to the end of September 2014, a new non-partisan study has concluded.

The study, which was compiled by the Congressional Budget Office at the behest of House Budget Committee ranking member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), looked at the practical impacts of repealing sequestration from now through the end of fiscal year 2014. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Afghan War Poll Finds That Two-Thirds Say That It Wasn't Worth The Cost

July 26, 2013 - Nearly 12 years after U.S. troops invaded Afghanistan, two-thirds of Americans think that the war was not worth the cost, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Friday.

Twenty-eight percent think the war was worth it, and 43 percent say that it has contributed to the country's long-term security. The amount of those who think the war hasn't been worth it, 67 percent, is a new high for ABC polls, and slightly exceeds those who thought the Iraq war was not worth it in April 2007. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Janet Yellen For Federal Reserve Chairman? Dems Reportedly Send Letter Urging Obama To Pick Her

July 26, 2013 - A group of Democratic senators have reportedly signed a letter encouraging President Barack Obama to appoint Federal Reserve Board of Governors Vice Chairman Janet Yellen as the next chairman.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the endorsement letter does not mention Larry Summers, who has also been floated as a possibility. One Democratic senator who signed the letter voiced his apprehension to the paper. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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5-Year-Old Detroit Boy Saves Mom’s Life By Calling 911

July 26, 2013 - Early Tuesday morning, Akua McClaine was having a seizure but her five-year-old son knew what to do: call 911.

Fox 2 News reports that Demonte Reilley knew exactly what to say when the operator answered the call. Demonte told the operator what had happened to his mother, her age and her medical history, as well as their location. His mother had drilled him on what to say if he ever had to call 911. The operator was so impressed with the boy’s actions that she contacted Fox 2. “I’m so proud of him,” McClaine told the news station about her son’s actions. “He saved me.” Read more at newsone.com.

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Dora Charles: Paula Deen’s Cook Reveals History Of Racism, Greed

July 26, 2013 - Dora Charles, 59, a close friend and employee of disgraced chef Paula Deen, 66,  has come forward to expose what she claims are a string of broken promises by the Southern chef and a culture of racism and cultural insensitivity within her flagship establishment, ‘Lady & Sons,” reports the New York Times.

Charles claims that she has been there for Deen since she was just struggling to survive. Deen also mentions Charles — a chef in her own right — in her memoir, “It Ain’t All About the Cooking,” writing, “If I lost Dora, I would have been devastated.” Read more at newsone.com.

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President Obama Was Once Mistaken For A Waiter At A Book Party

July 26, 2013 - In the wake of his racial profiling comments following the Trayvon Martin case, a 2008Wall Street Journal article has resurfaced, noting the timePresident Obama (pictured) was mistaken as a waiter at a book party 10 years ago.

According to reporter Katherine Rosman, the incident happened at the home of Daily Beast journalist Tina Brown and husband Harold Evans. A group of elite journalists had gathered in the garden behind the couple’s Manhattan apartment. They were celebrating the publication of Sidney Blumenthal’s”The Clinton Wars,” a re-telling of formerPresident Clinton’s White House years. Read more at newsone.com.

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All People’s TyRon Lewis Community Gym Fitness Competition

On Saturday, July 27, 2013, the St Petersburg based All People’s TyRon Lewis Community gym will hold its annual free “Fitness Weight Lifting Competition” from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the TRL Community Gym, 1327 (9th) Martin Luther King, Jr Street South. Unlike typical weight lifting contests and charity runs, the theme of this program is to build healthier bridges between exercise, nutrition and work for a common goal by promoting fitness lifestyles in the African community.

Although this event is free and open to the public, participants are encouraged to make a monetary donation to contribute to the ongoing programs of the African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF) – a non-profit organization committed to addressing the grave disparities in education, health, healthcare, and economic development faced by the African community.  The All People’s TyRon Lewis Community Gym’s Fitness Competition is open to the public and welcomes those who are new to the fitness environment to join in. For more information, visit www.tyronlewisgym.org or call (727) 824-5670.

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Juror Says She Owes Trayvon’s Parents An Apology: Zimmerman Got Away With Murder

July 26, 2013 - The second juror to speak publicly told ABC News in an interview made available Thursday that she feels George Zimmerman got away with murder for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin, but that there wasn’t enough evidence at trial to convict him under Florida law.

Juror B29 told Robin Roberts that she favored convicting Zimmerman of second-degree murder when deliberations began by the six-member, all-women jury. Read more at newsone.com.

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Tennessee Titans Rookie Jonathan Willard Saves Family From Burning SUV

July 26, 2013 - When Jonathan “Tig” Willard (pictured) was driving from South Carolina to Tennessee on Tuesday to fight for a roster spot with Tennessee Titans, he noticed an SUV that had flames shooting from its rear. Inside the vehicle was a woman, her three young children and their dog. 

Instead of picking up his cell phone and dialing for help, the linebacker took matters into his own hands by saving the family himself, reportsTigerNet.com.

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There’s a Morning-After HIV Pill That Many People Don’t Know About

July 26, 2013 - Over at New York Magazine, Tim Murphy recounts a recent action by ACT UP outside of a city hospital for the confusion surrounding a pill that could dramatically reduce the rate of HIV infection after exposure.  Well, what is PEP? Short for “post-exposure prophylaxis,” it is the practice of starting a month-long course of HIV meds within 72 hours of possible exposure to the virus to prevent permanent infection. In 2005, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued evidence of PEP’s effectiveness plus guidelines for PEP usage, and the New York State health department did the same in 2008 - and again as recently as this year - for ERs throughout the state, requiring them to administer PEP to medically qualified patients who request it. Read more at colorlines.com.

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Marissa Alexander's 20-Year Sentence Provokes Fresh Outrage Against George Zimmerman Prosecutor

July 18, 2013 - Marissa Alexander, the Jacksonville, Fla., mother sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing what she says was a warning shot at her abusive husband, remains behind bars more than a year after a judge tossed her "Stand Your Ground" defense. But with George Zimmerman's acquittal Sunday on murder charges, her cause is picking up steam.

 

Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Fla., is among Alexander's most vocal supporters. She's also a fierce critic of State Attorney Angela Corey, the elected prosecutor who presided over both cases.  Read more at usnews.com.

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Trayvon's Parents to Join Black Journos

July 26, 2013 - The National Association of Black Journalists Tuesday provided more details of its plans to discuss the George Zimmerman trial at its convention next week in Kissimmee, Fla., near Orlando, as talk of a boycott of the state over the not-guilty verdict seemed overshadowed by conflicting reports.

"The conference will open with a dynamic plenary session, 'NABJ Live,' hosted by the organization’s [Journalist] of the Year, and political commentator, Roland S. Martin," an NABJ news release said. "Martin will have a conversation with the parents of slain Florida teen, [Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton and [Tracy]Martin, about their continued efforts to get justice for their son." The Zimmerman family was also invited. Read more at theroot.com.

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9-Year-Old to Chicago School Board: 'You're Pulling Me Down'

July 26, 2013 - The Marcus Garvey Elementary student first roused school closing protesters during three days of rallies in May when he gave a blistering speech that decried the school closings as racist while imploring school officials to invest in and support schools rather than close them.

Johnson spoke during the public comments portion of the Board of Education's monthly meeting, part of day-long protests by Teachers Union members, parents and students. Read more at theroot.com.

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