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News From Around the Web: April 27 Edition

April 27th, 2012

In today’s top news, 20 years later, Rodney King speaks on the L.A. riots, the attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin says George Zimmerman misled the court about money he raised and a new secret service scandal has emerged involving prostitutes in El Salvador.

20 years later, Rodney King speaks on the L.A. riots. [BET]

The attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin says George Zimmerman misled the court about money. [CNN]

A new secret service scandal has emerged involving prostitutes in El Salvador. [BBC]

Black secret service agent revealed the Colombian prostitute scandal. [AFRO]

The U.S. economy grew at slower pace in the first quarter of 2012. [MSNBC]

Administration officials seek federal law banning cell phone use while driving. [Reuters]

Rapper Lil Boosie’s lyrics to be used in his murder trial. [BET]

Gabrielle Union gives her opinion on the state of health care. [BET]

KFC must pay $8.3 million to an Australian girl who became severely brain damaged after eating a chicken wrap. [BBC]

Nigerian militant group Boko Haram takes responsibly for bombing newspaper offices. [Vanguard]

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News From Around the Web: March 23 Edition

March 23rd, 2012

In today’s top news, the coroner’s report reveals Whitney Houston drowned, Sanford police chief Bill Lee and county prosecutor Norm Wolfinger step down over Trayvon Martin case and singer El DeBarge is cleared of drug possession charges.

Coroner’s report reveals Whitney Houston drowned. [BET]

Sanford police chief Bill Lee and county prosecutor Norm Wolfinger step down over Trayvon Martin case. [AP]

Singer El DeBarge is cleared of drug possession charges. [BET]

Gun sales are on the rise. [MSNBC]

Audit of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority shows accounting problems which bolster lawsuit. [AP]

Right wing blog calls Farrakhan’s tweets in support of Trayvon Martin “veiled threats.” [BLAZE]

A California school counselor taped his students having sex. [CNN]

Rapper Tyga speaks out on the Omaha, Nebraska, shooting that wounded a member of his crew. [BET]

Nokia eyes tattoos that communicate with your cellphone. [CNN]

African nations call for a Nigerian to head the World Bank. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 24 Edition

February 24th, 2012

In today’s top news, singer Chris Brown is under investigation for allegedly stealing a fan’s phone, a new study links chemical hair relaxers to fibroid tumors and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton predicts Syrian rebels will get arms and overthrow President Assad.

Chris Brown is under investigation for stealing a fan’s phone. [BET]

New study links relaxers to fibroid tumors. [BET]

Sec. of State Hillary Clinton predicts Syrian rebels will get arms and overthrow President Assad. [MSNBC]

Tyler Perry is penning a comeback role for the legendary Diana Ross. [BET]

Nigerian animator creates African version of Dora the Explorer. [CNN]

A lawsuit in Alaska says Obama can’t run in the state because of his “mulatto” race. [ENEWSPF]

Controversial John Edwards sex tape to be destroyed. [ABC]

The Beverly Hills Hilton fired staffers who leaked info about Whitney Houston’s death. [BET]

Are Black male teachers becoming extinct? [CNN]

An airstrike of unknown origin kills four in Somalia. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Dec. 28 Edition

December 28th, 2011

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In today’s top news, Janet Jackson has been called a “grinch,” Cuba opens up its prison’s doors and Heavy D’s cause of death is determined.

The cause of Heavy D’s death is revealed. [BET]

PETA names Janet Jackson the “Grinch of the Year.” [BET]

New website to bring Thomas Jefferson’s slave’s stories to light. [BET]

Bombers target Islamic school in Nigeria. [MSNBC]

Cell phone use can be tracked without user’s knowledge. [CNN]

Beyoncé labor rumors swirl. [ABC]

A record amount of guns were sold across the U.S. this December. [CNN]

Cuba frees thousands of prisoners. [AJE]

President Obama and Hillary Clinton are voted most admired in 2011. [USATODAY]

Police deaths up 13 percent in 2011. [TIME]

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The Mobiado 350PRL Phone: Luxury in Mobility

August 25th, 2009

By Robin Caldwell, BlackWeb20.com

It is the mother of all luxury smart phones. Encased in mother-of-pearl layered behind sapphire crystal and framed in black nickel; and the buttons are stainless steel and sapphire crystal. The Mobiado Grand 350PRL is the business for professionals. The Vancouver, Canada manufacturer, Mobiado, calls their state-of-the-art cellular phones - Luxury in Mobility.

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Techstyles of the Rich and Famous

August 19th, 2009

Courtesy of DialaPhone

By Sherri L. Smith, BlackWeb20.com

As the world’s love affair with high-tech gadgets spreads like wildfire, it’s not enough to own the most advanced tech, they have to look good too. Shiny, glossy, matte finishes, eye-catching technical wonders of the world, it’s a constant arms race to have the best and prettiest tech. And with all arms races, he with the deepest pockets has the biggest guns. Which is why some of the best tech is in the hands of the rich and famous. What sets celebrity tech apart from the tech of mere mortals? Bling and plenty of it – from gold-plating to Swarovski crystals and even diamonds, celebrity devices are in a class all by themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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When Do You Know You’re On the Cell Phone Too Long?

June 4th, 2009

When do you know you’re talking too long on the cell phone? If you haven’t been noticing your suddenly astronomical cell phone bills, you might want to pay attention to that recent pain that’s been shooting through your arm. Orthopedic experts say that a newly discovered chronic illness is cropping up everywhere: “cell phone elbow.” Read more.

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Politics: Nosy Verizon Employees Paw Through Obama’s Personal Cell-Phone Account

November 22nd, 2008

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 Some nosy Verizon employees improperly accessed and pawed through Barack Obama’s personal cell-phone account. Imagine the information contained in those records – possibly the numbers of family members and/or potential Cabinet secretaries.  The company announced on Friday that the account viewed was an inactive account, but an unspecified number of employees were immediately suspended and “appropriate disciplinary action” was taken. “We apologize to President-elect Obama and will work to keep the trust our customers place in us every day,” Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam said in a press release.  An Obama aide told Reuters that “no voice or e-mails were listened to or read, on the old cell phone which Obama no longer uses.” The president-elect already had his passport files snooped into by federal contractors, while an Ohio agency director was suspended Thursday for allowing state employees to search databases for information on Joe the Plumber, the Ohioan who became famous after confronting Obama about his tax policies.

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National: Obama Says Farewell to the Senate; Cell Phone Helps Police Rescue Delaware Shooting Victim; Showdown Expected Over Automaker Bailout Plan

November 17th, 2008

Obama says farewell to the Senate. President-elect formally resigned from the U.S. Senate on Sunday after a little less than four years of service. He did it with a thank you letter to his Illinois constituents, which began “Today, I am ending one journey to begin another,” and was published in the state’s newspapers. In the letter, Obama wrote, “The challenges we face as a nation are now more numerous and difficult than when I first arrived in Chicago, but I have no doubt that we can meet them. For throughout my years in Illinois, I have heard hope as often as I have heard heartache. Where I have seen struggle, I have seen great strength. And in a state as broad and diverse in background and belief as any in our nation, I have found a spirit of unity and purpose that can steer us through the most troubled waters….With your help, along with the service and sacrifice of Americans across the nation who are hungry for change and ready to bring it about, I have faith that all will in fact be well. And it is with that faith, and the high hopes I have for the enduring power of the American idea, that I offer the people of my beloved home a very affectionate thanks.” Illinois’ Democratic governor is expected to name Obama’s replacement by the end of the year.

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A cell phone helps police rescue a Delaware shooting victim. Wilmington, Del., Police used the cell phone of a shooting victim to locate the victim of a gunshot. The 37 year-old Wilmington man had been shot in the neck with a shotgun, but did not know where he was when he contacted police about 6:30 Saturday night. Authorities say they were able to get a general location by tracking which cell phone towers had handled his call. Once police were in the vicinity, they heard the man pounding on a shed door. He was then taken to Christiana Hospital where he is in critical, but stable, condition. There’s no word on what prompted the shooting.

A showdown is expected over an automaker bailout plan.  Proponents, mostly Democrats, say $25 billion of the $700 billion Wall Street rescue package should be used to bail out the failing U.S. auto industry.  “The repercussions would be dire” if the nation allowed the auto industry to collapse, President-elect Obama said on CBS’s 60 Minutes Sunday. But hard-line opponents, mostly Republicans, brand the industry a “dinosaur” that should be allowed to fail. That’s how the debate is expected to go when Senate Democrats introduce legislation today to attach an auto bailout to a House-passed bill that extends unemployment benefits. But if the talk on Sunday news shows is any indication, the measure faces an up-hill battle in the Senate lame-duck session. Sens. Richard Shelby of Alabama and Jon Kyl of Arizona said it would be a mistake to use any of the Wall Street rescue money to prop up the automakers because a bailout would only postpone the industry’s demise. “Companies fail everyday and others take their place. I think this is a road we should not go down,” Shelby, the senior Republican on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, said Sunday. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) also said that automakers are trying to adapt to a changing consumer market, but need immediate help to survive the economic crisis. “This is a national problem,” Levin said Sunday. “The auto industry touches millions and millions of lives.” A White House alternative to the Democrats’ plan would allow the car companies to divert the $25 billion in loans Congress previously approved to develop fuel-efficient vehicles and use the money for more immediate needs. Congressional Democrats oppose the White House plan as shortsighted. A vote on the measure is expected as early as Wednesday. Majority Democrats will need at least a dozen GOP votes in the Senate to prevent opponents from blocking their measure – assuming all Senate Democrats support it, reports The Washington Post.

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Health: Scientists Raise New Cell Phone Concerns; Government Stops Heart Study; Obese Men Have Harder Time Being Daddies

September 26th, 2008

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Scientists raise new cell phone concerns. Scientists on Thursday warned U.S. legislators of the risks of brain cancer from cell phone use, highlighting the potential risk for children who use mobile phones. “We urgently need more research,” said David Carpenter, director of the Institute of Health and Environment at the University of Albany, in testimony before the House Subcommittee on Domestic Policy. “We must not repeat the situation we had with the relationship between smoking and lung cancer,” Carpenter said. Ronald Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute – who sounded a warning about cell phone use and cancer earlier this year – said that most studies “claiming that there is no link between cell phones and brain tumors are outdated and had methodological concerns and did not include sufficient numbers of long-term cell phone users.”  Many studies that deny a link between cell phones and cancer “defined regular cell phones as ‘once a week,’” added Herberman. “I cannot tell this committee that cell phones are definitely dangerous. But, I certainly cannot tell you that they are safe,” he said. Carpenter and Herberman both told the committee the brain cancer risk from cell phone use is far greater for children than for adults. Herberman held up a model for lawmakers showing how radiation from a cell phone penetrates far deeper into the brain of a 5-year-old than that of an adult.” Every child is using cell phones all of the time, and there are 3 billion cell phone users in the world,” said Herberman. He added that, like the messages that warn of health risks on cigarette packs, cell phones “need a precautionary message.”

The government stops heart study. Federal officials put on hold the largest alternative medicine study the government has ever done, and has stopped enrolling people while they investigate whether participants were fully informed of the risks and are being adequately protected, The Associated Press has learned. More than 1,500 heart attack survivors are involved in the research, which tests a controversial treatment called chelation. It is mainly used to treat lead poisoning. More than two people have died, although the Miami doctor leading the study said the deaths were not a direct result of the treatments. He said he doesn’t know exactly how many deaths have occurred. He also acknowledged that some doctors who had been involved in the study have been disciplined by state boards or have criminal records and have been asked to drop out. “We think we have a safe and ethical trial and we’re protecting our patients,” said Dr. Gervasio Lamas of the University of Miami, the study leader. The research was designed to test very high doses of vitamin and mineral supplements and chelation, which has not been proved effective for heart disease. Chelation (pronounced kee-LAY-shun) involves intravenous doses of a drug, in this case disodium EDTA, that proponents claim will bind to calcium built up in artery walls and help flush it from the body. Conventional treatments for heart disease include medicines, surgery and artery-clearing angioplasty. Federal officials confirmed Thursday they were investigating the o the $30 million study. Those directing the research, conducted at 100 sites around the United States and Canada, voluntarily stopped enrolling patients earlier this month, after the investigation was launched. The American College of Cardiology is listed in study documents as one of the groups associated with the research. The group’s president, Dr. W. Douglas Weaver, noted the treatment is “experimental, unproven.” But he supports finding out if it might work, and the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit where he works is participating.

Obese men have harder time being daddies. Being obese may dim a man’s chances of becoming a father, even if he is otherwise healthy, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among 87 healthy men ages 19 to 48, those who were obese were less likely to have fathered a child. More importantly, they showed hormonal differences that point to a reduced sperm’s ability to be productive, the researchers report in the journal Fertility and Sterility on Friday. Compared with their thinner counterparts, obese men had lower levels of testosterone in their blood, as well as lower levels of luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone- both essential to reproduction. According to the researchers, these relatively low levels of the hormones are suggestive of a condition in which the testes do not function properly due to signaling problems in the hypothalamus or pituitary gland, two brain structures involved in hormone secretion. The findings suggest that obesity alone is an “infertility factor” in otherwise healthy men, writes Dr. Eric M. Pauli and his colleagues at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey. Of the 87 men in the study, 68 percent had had a child. Pauli’s team found that the average body mass index, or BMI, was lower among these men compared with those who’d never fathered a child.

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