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Burned, Dead Body Found Near Site Where Michael Brown Was Killed

Around 9 a.m. Tuesday, a black man’s body was found near the same apartment where Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown on Aug. 9,

The young man, reportedly in his 20s, was shot to death and set on fire. His body was found inside a parked vehicle. Read more at stlouise.cbslocal.com.

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Darren Wilson To ABC News: Michael Brown Death “Not Haunting” [AUDIO]

Nov. 26, 2014 - Officer Darren Wilson spoke publicly for the first time since the Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict him for the shooting death of Michael Brown, Jr. In his ABC News exclusive interview withGeorge Stephanopoulos, Wilson recounted the confrontation that lead to the death of Brown on August 9th.

Wilson described his physical confrontation before the shooting  with Brown as a “5-year-old holding on to Hulk Hogan.That’s just how big this man was.” Read more at newsone.com.

 

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Lincoln University President Resigns Amid Controversial Sex Assault Comments

Nov. 26, 2014 - The president of Lincoln University, an HBCU in Lincoln, Pa. (not to be confused with Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo.) resigned after he come came under fire for reportedly making demeaning comments this fall to female students about sexual assault, the Philadelphia Daily Newsreports.

The university announced the departure of Robert R. Jennings (pictured) in a statement Monday from board of trustees chairwoman Kimberly Lloyd, the report says. A university spokeswoman said the resignation is immediate, but she would not provide a reason. Read more at newsone.com.

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Cleveland police to release surveillance video of 12-year-old shot over toy gun

Nov. 26, 2014 - Cleveland police planned to release surveillance video from an officer’s fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who turned out to be carrying a replica gun.

A department spokeswoman said video and audio evidence would be released Wednesday afternoon, when police Chief Calvin Williams provides an update on the investigation. Read more at thegrio.com.

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LeBron James, other athletes react to Ferguson decision

Nov. 26, 2014 - Professional athletes around the country took to social media Monday night following a grand jury’s decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shootingdeath of Michael Brown.

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch made the announcement during a 25-minute speech Monday night shortly after 9pm EST. NBA stars LeBron James and Kobe Bryant were among athletes who voiced their reactions to the news. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Mark Whitaker says he was ‘wrong’ not addressing allegations in Cosby biography

Nov. 26, 2014 - Mark Whitaker, the author of the biography Cosby: His Life and Times, which came out in September, sent out a tweet indicating he was wrong to not pursue the sexual assault allegations further in the book.

Although the book, which spans 545 pages, talks about Cosby’s infidelities, Whitaker does not delve into the allegations. The omission has angered some, with furious commenters flooding the book’s Amazon page with 1-star reviews questioning Whitaker’s decision. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Under Pressure, Obama Administration Seeks Tighter Ozone Standards

Nov. 26, 2014 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing more stringent air quality standards for ground-level ozone, the main culprit in smog, the agency's chief said on Wednesday.

Under deadline to release its proposal by Monday, the agency said it will seek a National Ambient Air Quality Standard between 65 and 70 parts per billion concentration of ozone, and take comment on standards within a 60-75 ppb range, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy said. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Powerful Photos Show The Nationwide Response To Michael Brown Won't End Any Time Soon

Nov. 26, 2014 - On the night after an announcement of a St. Louis County grand jury decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, protesters around the U.S. continued to assemble and raise their voices as they demanded justice for Brown's death on Tuesday evening.

In New York City, groups swarmed major streets and bridges, including the Lincoln Tunnel, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Drive, Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge. A march paused on Wall Street to observe a moment of silence, then sang "We Shall Overcome." After a crowd refused orders to disperse from Times Square, police moved in and made several arrests, the New York Times reported. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Protesters Shut Down Three New York City Bridges In Reaction To Ferguson Decision

Nov. 26, 2014 - Thousands of protesters stormed New York City streets Monday night, shutting down at least three bridges and snarling traffic in response to a grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Shopping on Black Friday? Put health insurance on your list

Nov. 26, 2014 - The Obama administration is bringing the Affordable Care Act to the mall for the busiest shopping days of the holiday season.

The Department of Health and Human Services is announcing Wednesday a partnership with Westfield Shopping Centers in seven states, including Florida. Read more at tampabay.com.

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Michael Brown, racism and America’s open casket

November 25, 2014 - “He was a black skin boy. So he was born to die,” goes Bob Dylan’s song, The Death of Emmett Till. The lyrics are as timely today as when they were first written and performed because “black skin” remains a threat and the cause of death of far too many in the United States and the world. The song relates the story of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black youngster from Chicago, who was murdered while visiting relatives in Mississippi on August 28, 1955, by two white men because, supposedly, he flirted with a white woman. Read more at blackpoliticsontheweb.com.

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Historically black colleges and universities fend off dips in revenue

November 24, 2014 - Student enrollment at historically black colleges and universities nationwide and in North Carolina has been on a downward spiral for several years.

“I’m not convinced it’s done,” said Johnny Taylor, president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a group that represents the country’s 47 public HBCUs. “I think, frankly, there are a couple more years of trying to find the bottom.”  Read more at dailytarheel.com.

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Ferguson’s lesson to our black sons: Your lives don’t matter

Nov. 25, 2014 - . Louis County, Missouri grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown. Honestly, I cannot say I am the least bit surprised by the decision, because I did not expect things to unfold in any other way. I wanted to be pleasantly surprised, but past experience convinced me otherwise. And it is unfortunate to have to think that way. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Black amnesia: Lessons of Rodney King lost in Ferguson

Nov. 25, 2014 - Has nothing been learned since April 29, 1992?

That was the date in which mayhem erupted in Los Angeles, after a jury exonerated four police officers for beating Rodney King during a traffic stop. The memory of incident also hangs like a shroud over Ferguson, Missouri, where a grand jury declined to indict the officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown. Read more at thegrio.com.

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President Obama reacts to grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson

Nov. 25, 2014 - President Obama made a statement almost immediately following the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney announcing that the grand jury had decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shootingdeath of Michael Brown.

President Obama, speaking from the White House briefing room, made a plea for peace from both sides: the protestors and the police. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Halle Berry reportedly sues ex for straightening their daughter’s hair

Nov. 25, 2014 - Halle Berry has reportedly taken her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Autrey to court over changing their daughter Nahla’s hair.

The 48-year-old actress claims in court documents that dying the 6-year-old’s hair blonde might make their daughter ask “why her natural appearance is not good enough.” Autry and Berry have been in a custody dispute over Nahla since breaking up in 2010. Read more at thegiro.com.

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Instead of #BlackoutBlackFriday, let’s turnout for Voting Tuesdays

Nov. 25, 2014 - St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced that a grand jury determined that no charges should be filed against Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the August shootingdeath of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

During his 25-minute announcement, McCulloch did however provide his own indictments of the black community and the media, especially social media. In his opening statements after expressing his condolences to the Brown family, McCulloch noted what he believes to have been factors that contributed to unrest regarding Michael Brown’s death. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Chaos in Ferguson after grand jury’s no indictment decision

Nov. 25, 2014 - Chaos returned to the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the death of Michael Brown — a decision that enraged protesters who set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in the area where the unarmed, black 18-year-old was fatally shot.

Monday night’s destruction appeared to be much worse than protests after August’s shootings, with more than a dozen businesses badly damaged or destroyed. Authorities reported hearing hundreds of gunshots, which for a time prevented fire crews from fighting the flames. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Read Darren Wilson's Grand Jury Testimony

Nov. 25, 2014 - Here's the transcript from the grand jury case released by the St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office. Darren Wilson's testimony begins on page 195. Read more at theroot.com.

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Is a new home part of a wish list for the holidays?

There may still be time to make a wish for a new home come true for the holidays thanks to a program from the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County. The First-Time Homebuyer Program is available to veterans or those who have never owned a home, have not owned a home in the last three years.

The current mortgage rate is 3.99 percent for the Home Key First Mortgage and is available to qualified first-time buyers in Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties. Down payment and closing-costs assistance is available with the Home Key Plus Second mortgage. Up to $10,000 is available at zero percent interest. Homebuyers must meet certain income eligibility requirements: have a minimum credit score of 640 and take a HUD approved homebuyer education class. 

“Now is a great time to consider homeownership and being able to enjoy that new home for the holidays is a wonderful feeling,” said Kathryn Driver, executive director of the Housing Finance Authority. “The variety of homes currently available and low interest rate combined with the down payment and closing-cost assistance provides increased opportunities to become a homeowner.”

For information contact the Housing Finance Authority of Pinellas County at (727) 223-6419 or visit www.pinellascounty.org/hfa. Connect with Pinellas County government services and programs with LiveChat, on www.pinellascounty.org or www.pinellascounty.org/mobile, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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