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SHOCK POLL: DONALD TRUMP LEADS JEB BUSH 26-20% … IN FLORIDA

July 31, 2015 - For the first time this year, Donald Trump tops a state poll of GOP presidential candidates in Florida.

A St. Pete Polls survey released on Wednesday shows the New York businessman with 26 percent support, with Jeb Bush in second place with 20 percent.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is in third place with 12 percent, and Marco Rubio is in fourth place with 10 percent. He’s followed by Ben Carson at 5 percent, Ted Cruz and John Kasich at 4 percent, and Rand Paul at 3 percent. Sixteen percent are unsure or are supporting another candidate not named in the survey. Read more at floridapolitics.com.

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Negro league great and Tampa native Dirk Gibbons dead at 86

July 31, 2015 - Walter Lee “Dirk’’ Gibbons, a Tampa native and Negro League pitching legend who was a contemporary of Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby, died Friday after a long battle with prostate cancer, family friend Neil Armstrong said. Gibbons was 86.

Funeral services are pending, but a wake is planned for Aug. 7 at Aikens Funeral Home, 2708 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., from 5-8 p.m. Read more at tbo.com.

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Confederate flags placed at MLK center, historic Ebenezer church in Atlanta

July 30, 2015 - Four Confederate battle flags were found on the grounds of the Ebenezer Baptist Church near the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta on Thursday, and police and federal authorities were investigating.

Officer Gary Wade said a maintenance worker discovered the flags at 6 a.m. Thursday and notified the National Park Service, which operates The King Center. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Man’s lawsuit against Ferguson police for wrongful arrest, assault reinstated

July 30, 2015 - A missouri man has won the appeal to get his lawsuit reinstated against the Ferguson Police Department.

Henry Davis claims he was mistaken for a criminal and severely beaten by officers back in 2009. He was then charged for destruction of property for bleeding on officers’ uniforms.

The case was halted by a judge who said the injuries were not severe enough, despite a gruesome photo of Davis showing him bleeding from the top of his head down. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Boy who lost hands to infection becomes youngest patient to get double-hand transplant

July 30, 2015 - An 8-year-old boy who lost his hands and feet to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday.

Zion Harvey’s forearms were heavily bandaged but his hands were visible as he flashed some big smiles Tuesday at a hospital news conference. He demonstrated his still-delicate grip and described waking up with new hands as “weird at first, but then good.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Officer Ray Tensing faces murder charge in killing of Samuel Dubose in Cincinnati

July 30, 2015 - A University of Cincinnati officer who shot a motorist during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate has been indicted on murder charges, a prosecutor said Wednesday, adding that the officer “purposely killed him” and “should never have been a police officer.”

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced the grand jury indictment at a news conference to discuss developments in the investigation into the July 19 shooting of 43-year-old motorist Samuel DuBose by Officer Ray Tensing. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Hotel supervisor allegedly hung ‘slave doll’ to mock Sandra Bland’s death, loses job

July 30, 2015 - A hotel has fired its white female supervisor after she allegedly hung a black ‘slave doll’ from a noose in the employee break area. The stunt was reportedly an attempt to mock the death of Sandra Bland.

So cruel.

Attorney Stacy Shaw shared the picture, which showed the doll hanging by a noose made out of a plastic bag, and made note of the fact that the image was shared with the hashtag #SandraBland. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Early Saving Habits Give You a Wealth of Choices

July 30, 2015 - Nearly one-half of the oldest Baby Boomers are at risk of not having enough retirement resources to pay for basic expenses and uninsured health care costs, while 44 percent of Generation Xers have the same predicament, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

However, it’s possible to get ahead of the retirement cash crunch by beginning to save earlier and delaying retirement for a few years, according to Prudential Financial, Inc. Their research suggests that a secure retirement is possible by properly managing a 401(k), such as committing to automatic escalation of contributions, saving at a rate that maximizes the employer match and combining those funds with Social Security payments. Read more at theroot.com.

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University of Cincinnati Officer Charged in Death of Sam Dubose Held on $1,000,000 Bail

July 30, 2014 - Ray Tensing, the University of Cincinnati campus officer who fatally shot Sam Dubose during a traffic stop over a missing front license plate, has pleaded not guilty to murder and involuntary manslaughter charges.

During an arraignment on Thursday, Tensing’s bond was set at $1 million. Prosecutors have claimed that the officer “purposely killed” the 43-year-old Dubose during the stop, dismissing Tensing’s claim that he feared for his life and that he was being dragged by Dubose’s vehicle.

According to AP, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters blasted Tensing, saying that he “should never have been a police officer” and describing the stop as “chicken crap.” Read more theroot.com.

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Bobbi Kristina’s Oldest Brother: “My Sister Is Not A Trending Topic”

July 30, 2015 - Bobbi Kristina Brown’s half-brother, Bobby Jr., isn’t thrilled about all the attention he’s received since his sister’s passing.

In a series of now-deleted tweets, uncovered by Billboard, the oldest brother of Bobbi Kristina (the two have different mothers) voiced his frustrations and grief over his sister’s death on Wednesday evening. Read more at newsone.com.

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Cincinnati police chief: Video of fatal shooting of unarmed black man by police ‘not good’

July 28, 2015 - Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell has seen the video from a University of Cincinnati police officer’s body camera in the fatal shooting on an unarmed black man. His assessment? It’s “not good.”

It seems like an obvious point to make, but it’s also a rare one, especially coming from police leadership during these situations.

“The video is not good,” Blackwell said of the the shooting death of 43-year-old Samuel Dubose by UC Officer Ray Tensing, which took place during a traffic stop. “I think the city manager has said that also publicly. I’ll leave it there.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Ex-prison guard accused of forcing female inmates to have sex with him

July 29, 2015 - A former high-ranking corrections officer at a southeast Georgia women’s prison used his position of power to prey on inmates, targeting their vulnerabilities and forcing them to have sex with him, according to investigators.

Over at least four years, Edgar Daniel Johnson groped and fondled women and forced some to have sex with him, according to sworn statements filed in warrant applications by an investigator for the Georgia Department of Corrections. Read more at thegrio.com.

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‘Empire’ wedding? Trai Byers, Grace Gealey reportedly engaged

July 29, 2015 - It’s an Empire engagement but it’s for real.

The hit show’s stars Grace Gealey and Trai Byers are officially engaged, according to People.

Gealey plays “Anika Calhoun” on the show, known to many viewers as “Boo Boo Kitty” – a nickname given to her by Taraji P. Henson’s character “Cookie.”

Gealey had been rumored to be dating the 33-year-old Byers, whose character “Andre Lyon” is Calhoun’s soon-to-be stepson on the show. Read more at thgiro.com.

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Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Never Met With Freddie Gray’s Family: Report

July 29, 2015 - Former Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts did not meet with the family of Freddie Gray after the 25-year-old's death in police custody in April, a claim that he made on several occasions, according to the family's attorney.

Once the Gray family's attorney William H. Murphy Jr. found out that Batts had continually made this bogus claim, he sent a letter to the then-commissioner and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake demanding that Batts stop making the false statement. Read more at the bultimoresun.com.

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Bobbi Kristina’s Death Reportedly Investigated As A Homicide, Initial Autopsy Report Reveals No Major Injuries

July 29, 2015 - Bobbi Kristina’s recent death is being looked at as a homicide, with Nick Gordon possibly being the lead suspect.

A former Fulton County prosecutor spoke on the case, hinting that Gordon could face murder charges for his alleged abuse towards the 22-year-old. Bobbi Kristina was found unconscious in her bathtub by Gordon in January. Friends claim Gordon and Kristina got into a fight before she was found by the police. Read more at newsone.com.

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Obama Visits Ethiopia, Reminds Us We’re Part Of 'Same Human Family, The Same Chain'

July 29, 2015 - During President Obama's historic trip to Africa, he had the opportunity to view one of our "ancestors" whose discovery was of huge significance to humankind.

While at Ethiopia's National Palace on Monday, POTUS met "Lucy," the 3.2-million-year-old partial skeleton of a hominid -- an early ancestor to humans, Reuters reported. While Obama observed the skeleton, Zeresenay Alemseged, senior curator of anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences informed the president that Lucy, whose species human beings evolved from, shows that all human beings are connected. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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There Have Been 132 Pro-Confederate Flag Rallies Since The Charleston Shooting

July 29, 2015 - There has been an outbreak of rallies in support of the Confederate flag since the June 17 mass shooting of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Southern Poverty Law Center works to fight bigotry and monitors hate groups around the country. It has been keeping track of the pro-Confederate flag events in the past month and found that 132 have occurred since the Charleston shooting, with another 29 in the works. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Rihanna Was Reportedly Blocked by Baltimore Police From Playing a Free Concert for Freddie Gray

July 29, 2015 - In the aftermath of Freddie Gray's death at the hands of six Baltimore police officers in April, the city experienced continuous protests. Many celebrities showed their support on social media, but few showed up in person. According to Baltimore police emails released on Monday, one of music's biggest stars had planned to do more than just make an appearance: Rihanna wanted to hold a free concert for the city of Baltimore and walk with protesters. Read more at baltimoresun.com.

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North Carolina GOP Chair Ties Hillary Clinton To The KKK

July 29, 2015 - The chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party linked Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to the Ku Klux Klan in multiple tweets with the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #ChristianLivesMatter.

Hasan Harnett, the state party's first black chairman, tweeted pictures of the KKK next to pictures of Clinton twice last week, as reported by WRAL in Raleigh. He urged his followers to "Say NO to the #Democrat Lies" and the "#Liberal Agenda." Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Bobby Brown Speaks Out After Daughter Bobbi Kristina's Death

July 29, 2015 - Bobby Brown has broken his silence following the death of his 22-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown on Sunday night.  

The singer's lawyers released a statement to People magazine on Monday. 

"Krissy was and is an angel. I am completely numb at this time. My family must find a way to live with her in spirit and honor her memory," he said. "Our loss is unimaginable.We thank everyone for the prayers for Krissy and our family as we mourn my baby girl." Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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