News From Around the Web: Aug 24 Edition

August 24th, 2012

In today’s top news, Rodney King’s autopsy results showed that drugs and alcohol contributed to his death, Mitt Romney is shy about releasing his tax returns because he doesn’t want to reveal how much he tithes to the Mormon Church and Alabama raises a monument to a Ku Klux Klan leader.

Rodney King’s autopsy results showed that drugs and alcohol contributed to his death. [LATimes]

Mitt Romney says he is reluctant to release his tax returns because he doesn’t want to reveal how much he tithes to the Mormon Church. [AP]

Alabama raises a monument to a Ku Klux Klan leader and draws the ire of residents. [NBC News]

George Zimmerman’s attorney has shut down his client’s Facebook page because it led to “unhelpful discussions.” [AP]

Previously undiscovered tapes of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. captures his views on civil rights and Africa. [BET]

Lil Wayne says he found the now infamous club brawl between Drake and Chris Brown funny. [BET]

BET’s T.J. Holmes made it on to Vibe’s Juice Crew list. [BET]

Tropical storm Issac will hit Haiti and the Dominican Republic Friday and Florida residents urged to prepare for its arrival on Monday. [Weather.com]

Best Buy’s new CEO is slated to be paid $6.25 million if he doesn’t take the job. [NBC News]

Norway finds mass killer Anders Breivik sane, sentences him to 21 years in prison. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 23 Edition

August 23rd, 2012

In today’s top news, foreclosure threatens the future of historic Black college Morris Brown, a poll shows the majority of New Yorkers say police favor whites and rapper L.L. Cool J was able to fight and detain a burglar in his home Wednesday until police arrived.

Foreclosure threatens the future of historic Black college Morris Brown. [AJC]

According to a poll, the majority of New Yorkers say police favor whites. [NYT]

L.L. Cool J fought a burglar in his home Wednesday and held him until police arrived. [Reuters]

Several New Jersey entrepreneurs have accused restaurant chain Dunkin Donuts of bias in a new lawsuit. [CBS]

Rapper 2 Chainz’s debut album has soared up the charts. [BET]

Kandi Burruss is returning to school to study sex education and clinical sexology. [BET]

NFL star Michael Strahan will reportedly replace Regis Philbin on Live! with Kelly. [BET]

A Georgia cheer coach is accused of having the girls strip. [MSNBC]

Mourners in South Africa paid tribute to the victims of the Lonmin mine shootings. [MSNBC]

More fighting erupts in major Syrian cities of Damascus and Aleppo. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 22 Edition

August 22nd, 2012


In today’s top news, a Washington man accused of making an email threat against President Obama was arrested, Nike will sell its latest LeBron James sneakers for $300 and Rep. Todd Akin says he will remain in the Missouri senate race after his “legitimate rape” comments.

The Secret Service arrested a Washington man accused of making an email threat against President Obama. [NBC News]

Nike will sell its latest LeBron James sneakers for $300. [ESPN]

Congressman Todd Akin says he will remain in the Missouri senate race after his “legitimate rape” comments caused a firestorm. [Reuters]

Kanye West is rumored to be considering a seat at the American Idol judges table. [BET]

A poll shows New Yorkers opinions about Stop-and-Frisk are divided along racial lines. [BET]

A woman held captive in a Philadelphia basement for a decade sues the city. [CNN]

A referee at the U.S. Open has been charged for allegedly murdering her husband with a coffee cup. [GMA]

Mike Tyson sympathizes with Chad Johnson amid his swirl of domestic violence related issues. [BET]

China has replaced the U.S. as Nigeria’s top crude oil importer. [This Day]

Federal authorities destroyed more than $1 billion worth of marijuana plants found growing on federal lands. [CNN]

A South African farm worker is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 21 Edition

August 21st, 2012

In today’s top news, Chavis Carter’s final autopsy report rules his death a suicide, President Obama blasts Rep. Tod Akin’s comments about pregnancy and rape and the New Black Panther Party is protesting the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida.

Chavis Carter’s final autopsy report rules his death a suicide. [CBS]

President Obama blasts Rep. Tod Akin’s comments about pregnancy and rape. [BET]

The New Black Panther Party is protesting the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida. [BET]

Diggy Simmons gets original movie pilot. [BET]

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi dies at age 57. [CSM]

A number of new voter ID laws are tied to conservative group ALEC. [News 21]

Illinois’ governor has authorized a tax on strip clubs that will benefit rape crisis centers. [GMA]

An Afghani insurgent rocket hit the plane of U.S. Army chief Gen. Martin Dempsey. [BBC]

Tuskegee Airman George Hickman dies at age 88. [BET]

A federal appeals court ruled that Alabama public schools may not check the immigration status of new students. [AP]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 20 Edition

August 20th, 2012

In today’s top news, South Africa’s deadly mine riots highlight squalid conditions of life on the mine, Rihanna told Oprah that she will always love Chris Brown and actress Zoe Saldana is slated to play Nina Simone in a biopic about the late singer.

South Africa’s deadly mine riots highlight squalid conditions of life on the mine. [AFP]

Rihanna told Oprah that she will always love ex Chris Brown. [BET]

Several charities have accused Rihanna of sanctioning domestic violence after her Oprah interview. [Independent]

Actress Zoe Saldana is slated to play Nina Simone in a biopic about the late singer. [BET]

The National Association of Black Journalists laments the lack of minority moderators scheduled for presidential debates. [BET]

A government health panel may make HIV testing as routine as cholesterol screenings. [Reuters]

A GOP Senate candidate is under fire after stating that women can’t get pregnant if it is a “legitimate rape.” [Yahoo]

First Lady Michelle Obama will visit the victims of the Sikh temple shooting Thursday. [CNN]

Nicki Minaj was forced to cancel two concert dates this weekend because of damaged vocal chords. [AP]

Ebola breaks out in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 17 Edition

August 17th, 2012

In today’s top news, doubts remain after police release re-enactment of Chavis Carter’s alleged suicide, FAMU is attempting to settle out of court with the family of  Robert Champion, and Russell Simmons backs Vice President Joe Biden’s “chains” remark.

The police re-enactment of Chavis Carter’s alleged suicide has done little to quell doubts about his death. [NYT]

FAMU is attempting to settle out of court with the family of slain drum major Robert Champion. [BET]

Russell Simmons backs Vice President Joe Biden’s “chains” remark. [BET]

R&B crooners Trey Songz and R. Kelly end their three-year beef. [BET]

Ziggy Marley says his father, Bob Marley, wished more Black Americans were fans of his music. [ABC]

Texas officials are trying to stop the spread of West Nile virus in the state. [NBC]

Scientists say they are one step closer to creating a birth control pill for men. [BBC]

Over 30 people were killed when South African police opened fire on protesting miners. [CNN]

Ugandan gay rights activists hacked the website of the country’s prime minister and posted pro gay-rights messages. [BBC]

The Russian capital of Moscow has banned gay pride parades for the next 100 years. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 16 Edition

August 16th, 2012

In today’s top news, Black lawmakers say Paul Ryan’s policies are harmful to African-Americans, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson lost his endorsement deal with Zico coconut water and Damon Dash says he is willing to help with Aaliyah’s posthumous album produced by Drake.

Black lawmakers say Paul Ryan’s policies are harmful to African-Americans. [BET]

Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson lost his endorsement deal with Zico coconut water in light of domestic violence incident. [ESPN]

Late singer Aaliyah’s former beau, Damon Dash, says he is willing to help with her posthumous album produced by Drake. [BET]

Ohio police say six teens beat up a man “just because they were bored.” [NBC News]

Singer Bobby Brown has checked into rehab for alcohol abuse. [BET]

The Justice Department alleges the town of Meridian, Mississippi, is operating a “school-to-prison pipeline” for Black students. [EJI]

Ecuador grants asylum to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. [CNN]

Man opens fire at conservative organization’s Washington, D.C., office, wounds security guard. [AP]

Nigeria’s president orders an overhaul of the nation’s sports sector after athletes fail to win medals at the Olympics. [BBC]

At least 60 miners were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo when a gold mine collapsed. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 15 Edition

August 15th, 2012


In today’s top news, Evelyn Lozada has filed for divorce from Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, Vice President Joe Biden said Mitt Romney’s policies would “put y’all back in chains” and George Zimmerman won’t rely on a “Stand Your Ground” defense at trial.

Evelyn Lozada has filed for divorce from Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson. [BET]

Vice President Joe Biden said Mitt Romney’s policies would “put y’all back in chains.” [CNN]

George Zimmerman’s attorney says he won’t rely on a “Stand Your Ground” defense in his upcoming murder trial. [FOX]

Condoleezza Rice is hitting the campaign trail on behalf of rising GOP star Mia Love. [BET]

The oldest Black church in the U.S. celebrates 225 years. [BET]

Four million Bumbo Baby infant seats have been recalled amid reports of infant skull fractures. [AP]

The U.S. government is considering the use of battlefield blimps along the Mexican border. [MSNBC]

Starting today, undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children may now apply for work without danger of deportation. [CNN]

Olympic athletes from Ivory Coast and Guinea have been added to the roster of those gone AWOL in London. [ThisDay]

IBM plans to open a research lab in Kenya to help combat staggering traffic jams. [BBC]

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News You Should Know: Aug. 13 Edition

August 13th, 2012

In today’s top news, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson was fired from the Miami Dolphins, Malcolm X actor Robert Freeman Jr. died at 78 and Mitt Romney names Paul Ryan as his running mate.

Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson was fired from the Miami Dolphins following a domestic violence dispute with his wife, Evelyn Lozada. [BET]

Malcolm X actor Robert Freeman Jr. dies at 78. [AP]

Mitt Romney names Paul Ryan as his running mate. [BET]

Russell Simmons tweets, Romney and Ryan “will destroy our people.” [Twitchy]

Black hair braiders in Oregon and other parts of the country face stiff regulation. [Oregonian]

Debbie Rowe, mother of Prince and Paris Jackson, said she approves of the new joint custody agreement. [BET]

Rep. Allen West fights back against ad that depicts him punching white women. [Palm Beach Post]

Rampant racial profiling is reported at Boston’s Logan International Airport. [AP]

Brazilian soccer star Pele makes surprise cameo at Olympic closing ceremony as the country gears up for the 2016 Summer games. [SWR]

Nigeria’s army kills 20 suspected members of militant group Boko Haram. [AJE]

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News You Should Know: Aug. 10

August 10th, 2012

In today’s top news, Claressa Shields wins the first ever gold for U.S. women’s Olympic boxing, Usain Bolt adds to his Olympic legend with a historic gold win in the 200m race and three U.S. troops are killed by a man in an Afghanistan military uniform.

Claressa Shields wins the first ever gold for U.S. women’s Olympic boxing. [ESPN]

Usain Bolt adds to his Olympic legend with a historic gold win in the 200m race. [AP]

Three U.S. troops are killed by a man in an Afghanistan military uniform. [CNN]

Gabby Douglas is eagerly recruited by Spelman College. [TMZ]

Kenya aims to become the first African nation to host the Olympics. [CNN]

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