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Georgia Trash Collector Jailed For 30 Days For Showing Up To Work Early

Mar. 9, 2015 - A Georgia trash collector will spend 30 days in jail because he showed up to work two hours before he was supposed to.

Kevin McGill, who works for the private company Waste Management Inc., showed up a few minutes after 5 a.m. one morning to pick up trash in Sandy Springs, WABC reports.

A city ordinance requires that trash only be picked up between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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African Women Turn Once-Devastating Floodwaters Into Gardens

Mar. 9, 2015 - Emilie Faye is no stranger to flooding. The walls in her home are discolored from rainwater and past floods in her community, a suburb of Dakar, Senegal, have driven water levels up to the seat of her couch, she told Reuters.

But the Senegalese woman is now using the results of devastating natural disasters to build her entrepreneurial skills. Read more at huffingtonpost.com

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Belle of the Ball Announces Spring Prom Shopping Dates, New Location in Clearwater

Non-profit organization Belle of the Ball Project will provide prom dresses to in-need, low-income high school girls on four Saturdays this spring at 1210 Holt Avenue, Clearwater. This is a NEW location. The charity is no longer located in the Seminole Mall.

The dates are Saturdays March 28, April 11, April 25 and May 9, and the hours are from 10am to 2 pm. These will be the only dates to receive a dress.

Dresses are available to all greater Tampa Bay area in-need, high school girls only. We respect the honor system. No referral letter is necessary. No appointment needed. A $1 donation is requested but not necessar

 Donations of dresses can also be made at the distributions, dates/times listed above. For other year-round donation sites and more information about Belle of the Ball Project call 727-386-4502 or visit our web site: www.belleoftheballproject.com or Facebook at Belle of the Ball.

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Albuquerque’s brilliant plan to help the homeless using old city buses

Mar. 8, 2015 - New Mexico state Rep. Stephanie Maez (D-Albuquerque) would like to use old city buses to create a “mobile shower” to help the homeless in her city.

The plan would use city funds to create a yearlong shower program that would “provide a mobile facility … to offer showers and bathroom facilities to allow homeless individuals to tend to their personal hygiene.” Read more at theroot.com.

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Obama in Selma: ‘We Know the March Is Not Yet Over’

Mar. 7, 2015 - During a moving and far-reaching speech on Saturday, President Barack Obama pushed Congress to fight for the restoration of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, condemned the long shadow of racism that still haunts the nation and celebrated economic and social gains for people of color in America since the pivotal civil rights marches took place in Selma, Ala., 50 years ago. Read more at theroot.com.

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Obama in Selma: The Passion of a President

Mar. 8, 2015 - On Bloody Sunday’s 50th anniversary President Barack Obama delivered a rousing speech before 40,000 on the Edmund Pettus Bridge that placed honoring Selma’s legacy at the cornerstone of his remaining presidency.

Obama’s strong speech came on a day of commemoration, which featured a host of visiting political dignitaries and cultural celebrities including Congressman John Lewis, former President George W. Bush, Attorney General Eric Holder, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and actor Danny Glover. Read more at theroot.com.

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What Empire Gets Wrong (and Right) About Bipolar Disorder

Mar. 7, 2015 - Much of the early buzz around Empire was focused on Lucious Lyon’s ALS diagnosis. With the series’ skyrocketing ratings, there’s an opportunity to shed light on that fatal illness. When the show first addressed son Andre’s bipolar disorder, I was surprised and oddly delighted. Last year I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I thought bipolar disorder meant that people act just like Andre. However, I don’t act just like Andre. Read more at theroot.com.

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Fox News signs MLK’s niece Alveda King as contributor

Mar. 7, 2015 - Fox News announced Friday in a press release that they have signed Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The 64-year-old King has previously appeared on the news outlet and will be brought on as a contributor.

According to the release, King will “provide social and cultural commentary across FNC’s daytime and primetime programming.” Read more at theroot.com.

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#TheDress meme used in Salvation Army anti-violence campaign

Mar. 7, 2015 - The Salvation Army in South Africa knows you’ve probably seen the color-confusing viral dress, and they have adopted the sensation to give it a message: fighting domestic abuse.

The South African ad agency Ireland Davenport came up with the idea for the ad, which shows a woman wearing the white and gold version of the dress, lying on her side, with cuts and bruises on her legs. The captain says, “Why is it so hard to see black and blue.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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NBA Players Union: If players were mostly white, there would not be an age limit

Mar. 7, 2015 - An attorney for the union representing NBA players strongly indicated Thursday that the association will want players to again have the age limit for go pro lowered in the next round of collective bargaining.

National Basketball Players Association general counsel Gary Kohlman said “quite likely the union will be taking a radically different position” than the NBA on the age issue, which will almost certainly be a contentious point between the sides when they sit down in the future. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Billboard honoring KKK founder on display near Selma bridge on anniversary of historic march

Mar. 7, 2015 - This weekend, the president himself will be in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate 50 years since the historic march and Bloody Sunday. But just within sight of the historic site is a billboard commemorating KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forrest.

The billboard, which stands at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, named after a former KKK Grand Wizard, invites visitors to visit “Selma’s War Between The States Historic Sites.” The billboard features the image of Forrest on a background of a Confederate flag. Beneath Forrest’s picture is his famous saying, “Keep the skeer on ‘em.” Read more at thegrio.com.

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Bobby Brown on previously recorded ‘Queen Latifah Show’ says Bobbi Kristina is ‘doing really well’

Mar. 6, 2015 - Bobby Brown appeared on theQueen Latifah Show today during a segment that was recorded before his daughter Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub.

On the show, Brown, 46, talks about his daughter, saying “she’s doing really well.”

There was a brief warning at the beginning of the show, telling viewers it was “previously recorded,” but throughout the show, it was not apparent to viewers that it had been pre-recorded. Read more at thegrio.com.

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US adds impressive 295k jobs, unemployment the lowest in 7 years

Mar. 6, 2015 - U.S. employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000. It was the latest sign that the U.S. economy is further strengthening and outpacing other major economies around the world.

The unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent from 5.7 percent, the government said Friday. But the rate declined mainly because some people out of work stopped looking for jobs and were no longer counted as unemployed. The rate of black unemployment dropped from 10.7 percent to 10.4 percent whereas white joblessness decreased from 5.3 percent to 5.1 percent decrease. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Mother says cyber bullying drove 14-year-old daughter to suicide

Mar. 6, 2015 - Alas Vegas mother said she tried to get help because her 14-year-old daughter was being bullied online.

Nakita Bird told CBS 46 she is “heartbroken” over the loss of her daughter Carla Jamerson.

She says cyber bullying drove her daughter to take her own life and that she tried to get help from the Clark County School District police. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Michael Brown’s Family to Sue Darren Wilson

Mar. 6, 2015 - A day after the Justice Department confirmed that federal charges would not be filed against former Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown, Brown’s family lawyer has announced plans for the family to file a lawsuit of its own. Read more at theroot.com.

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President Obama: Racial Discrimination In Ferguson Is “Not An Isolated Incident”

Mar. 6, 2015 - During a recent radio interview, President Barack Obama made his first public remarks since the Justice Department released a damning report detailing the racist policing practices of Ferguson, Mo. officers and said what at least a swath of America is already thinking.

Ferguson is not an anomaly. Read more at newsone.com.

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'Scandal' Takes On Institutionalized Racism And Police Brutality In Ferguson-Inspired Episode

Mar. 6, 2015 - Thursday night's "Scandal" focused on the shooting of an unarmed black teen named Brandon Parker in Washington, D.C., less than two miles from the White House. In the episode, called "The Lawn Chair," tensions run high as the boy's father positions himself in front of his son's body with a shotgun, refusing to move from the crime scene. Mere days after being held hostage and auctioned on the black market, Olivia Pope is brought on the help the police force manage the incident. She works to avoid a riot, but soon finds herself disillusioned by the people she is defending. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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U.S. Ambassador To South Korea Injured In Attack By Man With Blade (UPDATE)

Mar. 5, 2015 - Mark Lippert, the United States' ambassador to South Korea, was slashed in the face with a 10-inch knife during a lecture in a public forum on Thursday morning in Seoul, the State Department announced.
Doctors at Yonsei University's Severance Hospital were forced to use 80 stitches to repair the 4-inch gash on the right side of Lippert's face, Reuters reported. They also worked to repair nerve damage within Lippert's left wrist during two-and-a-half hours of surgery. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Gabourey Sidibe says ‘selfishness and lies’ now surround ‘Precious,’ Mo’Nique responds

Mar. 5, 2015 - This week, actress Mo’Nique has been on a media blitz, after allegations emerged that Hollywood executives find her difficult to work with.

The Oscar winner said her “absence” from the big screen since her big win has nothing to do with being “blackballed” by Hollywood.

The offers and roles she received just weren’t good enough. Read more at thegrio.com.

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7-Month-Old Baby Thrown 25 Feet in Car Crash Survives

Mar. 5, 2015 - Consider it a miracle. On Monday, Ohio mother Lashanda Goldsmith, her 7-month-old daughter, Madison, and a 15-year-old girl were in a van when a car ran a red light, crashing into their vehicle and sending Madison flying through a window.

According to WHIO, rescuers found Madison, who was strapped in her car seat, facedown, some 25 feet away from the accident.  They feared the worst when they turned the car seat over and Madison's eyes were closed. But the baby girl stunned everyone when she opened her eyes and smiled. Read more at whio.com.

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