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Hillsborough County Public Schools Leads State of Florida with National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

September 30, 2014 - Hillsborough County Public Schools is proud to announce that they lead the state in the number of National Merit Scholar Semifinalists this year. According to historical records, this would be the highest total ever, with an astonishing 67 students earning the prestigious honor.  Read more at tampabay.org.

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Mariah Carey has vocal struggles during Japan concert

Oct. 6, 2014 - Mariah Carey seems to have suffered a vocal breakdown during her Saturday performance in Japan.  The diva launched her ‘Elusive Chanteuse World Tour’ in Tokyo. Painful YouTube videos have surfaced of the Carey trying to perform one of her hit songs “Always Be My Baby.”

Carey is known for her vocal range and ability to hit the high notes, however that was not apparent during her performance this weekend. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Drake surpasses The Beatles with more top 100 singles

Oct. 6, 2014 - The Grammy Award winning artist Drake has another accomplishment he can boast about. The rapper earned his 72nd appearance on Billboard’s Hot 100 with his song “Tuesday” coming in at number 90 on the list. He’s nowsurpassed The Beatles and become no. 8 on the list of artists with the greatest number of chart visits of all time. Read more at thegrio.com.

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US officials oppose ban on travelers from countries with Ebola outbreaks

Oct. 6, 2014 - Top government health officials say they are opposed to placing a ban on travelers from Ebola-infected countries, warning that shutting down borders could impede efforts by aid workers to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

The idea of a ban gained currency this past week after the nation’s first case was diagnosed in Dallas. Proponents have argued that it would help ensure public safety. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Michael Brown supporters interrupt orchestra performance with song

Oct. 6, 2014 - Supporters of slain Missouri teen Michael Brown launched a peaceful protest during a St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performance at Powell Symphony Hall.

The October 4 performance was interrupted suddenly when protestors located in the upper balcony unveiled banners—three in total—with written messages and artwork drawn in remembrance of the Ferguson youth fatally shot by a St. Louis police officer. The protest, launched during a performance of “Requiem” by Brahms, caused a minor delay in the orchestra’s performance. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Where Ebola Meets Concerns Over Race, Class and the Uninsured

Oct. 6, 2014 - It’s a question that’s left everyone scratching their heads: How does a fully equipped hospital send an Ebola-infected man home—right after he arrived from West Africa and complained about being sick?

Some observers and public health experts are beginning to wonder if there’s an elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about: race and the politics of health insurance. Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas hospital, the private medical campus where Thomas Eric Duncan is currently under care and isolation, still can’t explain exactly how medical staff let the 42-year old Liberian national go home with useless antibiotics. Read more at theroot.com.

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Study: Raising Expectations Actually Raises Students’ Grades

Oct. 6, 2014 - How do expectations, particularly teacher expectations, affect students in the U.S.? Are standards high enough? Does Common Core, which has been adapted by some states, set the bar too high?

These are all questions that Center for American Progress senior fellow Ulrich Boser has tried to unpack in an issue brief, and there is a simple answer: Students do better when more is expected of them. Read more at theroot.com.

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‘Human Zoo’ Slave Exhibition Cancelled In U.K.

Oct. 6, 2014 - The London Barbican Centre recently displayed Black actors as slaves in chains  in its Exhibit B presentation.  However, after a successful media campaign, the controversial exhibit was cancelled.

Based on the 19th century tradition of Whites putting African slaves on display in museums, Exhibit B quickly gained large acclaim, with the Guardian calling it “both unbearable and essential.” One of the 12 scenes in the exhibit featured a Black woman shackled to a bed (pictured); another showed a Black man wearing a metal mask. Read more at newsone.com.

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She’s Alive? Jahi McMath, Calif. Girl Declared Brain Dead, Moves On Command

Oct. 6, 2014 - Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old California girl who was pronounced brain-dead after a routine tonsil and adenoid removal surgery to treat sleep apnea at Oakland Children’s Hospital last year, is now moving at her mother’s command and the family’s attorney is pushing to get the determination of brain death reversed.

After she awoke from the operation, her family said she started bleeding heavily from her mouth — blood clots “were sliding out” according to her mother — and she went into cardiac arrest. There was a contentious legal battle between the hospital—which referred to Jahi as “the body”—and the family, with the coroner finally issuing a death certificate releasing the hospital from providing care for the teen. Read more at newsone.com.

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BB King Cancels Shows After Falling Ill In Chicago

Oct. 6, 2014 - Blues guitarist B.B. King has canceled the remaining eight performances of his current tour after being diagnosed with dehydration and exhaustion.

King’s official website says he fell ill Friday evening during a performance at the House of Blues in Chicago and was evaluated by a doctor.

The end of his tour was to include stops next week at his own B.B. King Blues Club and Grill in New York Read more at newsone.com.

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Supreme Court Rejects Gay Marriage Appeals From 5 States

Oct. 6, 2014 - The Supreme Court turned away appeals Monday from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions.

The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. No other state cases were currently pending with the high court, but the justices stopped short of resolving for now the question of same-sex marriage nationwide. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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'Our Daddy Needs A Kidney' Sign Goes Viral, Inspires Stranger To Donate Organ

Oct. 6, 2014 - Never underestimate the power of a simple sign -- it could move a stranger to save a life.

Raleigh Callaway, 49, of Greensboro, Georgia, had been battling stage five kidney failure and was in need of a transplant, according to USA Today. In an attempt to find a donor, Callaway, a police officer, posed for a photo with his wife and their daughters holding a sign, reading, "Our daddy needs a kidney!" Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. - 50th Anniversary Celebration

Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. (TLOD), a National Humanitarian/Service Organization with chapter throughout the United States, celebrates 50 Years of Community Service. The occasion will be highlighted with a 50th Anniversary Celebration in Huston, Texas October 9-12. The local St. Petersburg Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. was organized by Mrs. Naomi Nesbitt and chartered on May 5, 2007. Mrs. Teresa Norton currently serves as Chapter President and leads the charge in continuing the legacy of TLOD in providing impeccable "service to youth and adults" in the Tampa Bay and surrounding communities. The St. Petersburg Chapter also boasts having the Top Teens of America (the organization's teen proteges) National President as a member of the local chapter. Together, the Top Teens and Top Ladies will attend the monumental milestone celebration in Houston, Texas.

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About 100 People Linked to US Ebola Patient Are Being Screened by Health Officials

October 4, 2014 - Approximately 100 people received word from Texas health officials that they need to come in for questioning, and possibly an examination, because they might have had contact with Thomas E. Duncan, the New York Times is reporting. Duncan is the only known person to have been diagnosed in the U.S. with the Ebola virus.  Read more at theroot.com.

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Greenlight supporters tout benefits for Midtown residents

October 2, 2014 - Backers of the Greenlight Pinellas transit referendum put the focus on St. Petersburg's Midtown area on Thursday, casting the plan as surefire way to boost redevelopment there.

Under a steamy midmorning sun, U.S. Rep Kathy Castor joined Midtown business owners on St. Petersburg College's 22nd Street S campus to tout Greenlight's potential to ferry workers, students and visitors in and out of a poor area optimistic about the rebirth of its business district.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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White Woman Who Sued Sperm Bank Over Black Baby Says It's Not About Race

October 2, 2014 - An Ohio woman who sued a sperm bank after it mixed up donors and gave her sperm from an African-American man instead of the white one she and her partner selected said Wednesday that the family is simply trying to get compensation to deal with a situation they weren't prepared to handle.  Read more at the huffingtonpost.com.

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Steve Harvey Invites Paula Deen To Mentoring Camp, Responds To Critics

October 2, 2014 - Television host-comedian Steve Harvey responds to criticism stemming from Paula Deen’s upcoming appearance at his annual Steve Harvey’s National Mentoring Camp.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Porsha Williams Says She Was 'Blindsided' By Real Housewives Demotion: It's Time to 'Spread My Wings'

October 1, 2014 - Don't cry for her, Atlanta! Porsha Williams isn't exactly thrilled about being demoted to a recurring role on the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, but she'll persevere nonetheless. Just hours after Bravo announced the season seven cast changes, Williams released a statement to Us Weekly about her diminished screen time.  Read more at usmagazine.com.

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This Cop Oversaw The Torture Of More Than 100 Black Men. Now He's Out After Less Than 4 Years In Jail.

October 2, 2014 - An ex-police commander who oversaw the torture of more than 100 black men in Chicago police custody walked out of federal prison Thursday, after serving just three and a half years of his sentence.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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US jobless rate falls to 6-year low of 5.9 pct.

October 3, 2014 - U.S. employers added 248,000 jobs in September, a burst of hiring that helped drive down the unemployment rate to 5.9 percent, the lowest since July 2008.

The Labor Department report Friday also showed that employers added a combined 69,000 more jobs in July and August than the government had previously estimated.  Read more at tampabay.com.

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