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News From Around the Web: Oct. 30 Edition

October 30th, 2012

In today’s top news, Hurricane Sandy kills at least 16 in the U.S. and leaves millions without power across the East Coast, Sandy may delay the release of Friday’s job’s report; the last before the election and President Obama says, “I know Black America wants to keep Michelle as first lady.”

Hurricane Sandy kills at least 16 in the U.S. and leaves millions without power, reeling from floods. [CNN]

Sandy may delay the release of Friday’s job’s report; the last before the election. [AP]

In an interview President Obama says, “I know Black America wants to keep Michelle as first lady.” [Grio]

A Florida judge in the Trayvon Martin case refuses to issue a gag order for George Zimmerman’s lawyers. [Reuters]

A study shows Black students feel more prepared for college than other races. [HoustonChronicle]

Cissy Houston and Bobbi Kristina resolve inheritance issues. [BET]

Basketball Wives star Tami Roman inked a six-figure product endorsement deal. [BET]

Scott Storch avoids arrest for child support by paying $20,000 in arrears. [BET]

Tanzania’s capital, Dar es Salaam, gets its first commuter train. [BBC]

Europe’s fashion buyers are looking to Nigeria. [AP]

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News From Around the Web: May 31 Edition

May 31st, 2012

In today’s top news, Attorney General Eric Holder asks Black churches to join the fight for our “sacred” voting rights, a report shows that FAMU drum major Robert Champion died one hour after he was hazed and the makers of FEMA trailers are set to pay $43 million to those suffering from health issues caused by chemicals in the homes.

Attorney General Eric Holder asks Black churches to join the fight for our “sacred” voting rights. [BET]

Report shows that FAMU drum major Robert Champion died one hour after he was hazed. [Miami Herald]

Makers of FEMA trailers set to pay $43 million to those suffering from health issues caused by chemicals in the homes. [CNN]

Black surgeon sues UCLA over racist joke. [The Root]

First Lady Michelle Obama says the president “tucks her in” to bed each night at the White House. [DailyMail]

Bobbi Kristina walked off of the set of her new Tyler Perry show after an emotional breakdown. [BET]

Idris Elba is rumored to star in the next Hunger Games movie. [BET]

After her sister’s big upset loss at the French Open, tennis champ Venus Williams is also out of the tournament. [SI]

Africa NGO says the rush to adopt African children needs to stop. [CNN]

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton points finger at Russia for contributing to Syria’s civil war. [BBC]

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News from Around the Web: April 18 Edition

April 18th, 2012

In today’s top news, three Texas white supremacists are found guilty of hate crimes for assaulting a Black man, photos surfaced showing U.S. troops posing next to mangled body parts of Afghan corpses and the first lady speaks out on the death of Trayvon Martin.

Three Texas white supremacists are found guilty of hate crimes for assaulting a Black man. [BET]

U.S. troops posed smiling next to mangled body parts of Afghan corpses. [L.A. Times]

The first lady speaks out on the death of Trayvon Martin. [AP]

Michelle Obama shows off her prom picture. [BET]

Witness at Senate hearing says “End Racial Profiling Act” offends police. [BET]

Thousands housed in trailers after Hurricane Katrina may receive payments. [Reuters]

Fans are suing reality show The Bachelor for its failure to cast people of color. [NYDN]

Diddy, Jay-Z top Forbes’s list of the five wealthiest hip hop artists. [Forbes]

An abducted Texas newborn is found alive and safe after woman kills his mother. [MSNBC]

Gulf seafood deformities post-BP oil spill baffle scientists. [AJE]

Mali picks Microsoft official as interim prime minister. [AJE]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 16 Edition

February 16th, 2012

In today’s top news, Bobby Brown is fighting for the right to attend Whitney Houston’s funeral, the last Katrina FEMA trailer leaves New Orleans and a bus company and driver are being sued in connection with the death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion.

Bobby Brown is fighting for the right to attend Whitney Houston’s funeral. [BET]

The last Katrina FEMA trailer leaves New Orleans. [AP]

Bus company and driver sued in FAMU hazing death. [BET]

Congressional Black Caucus to honor Whitney Houston. [SmokingGun]

Waiting to Exhale sequel will go on without Whitney. [BET]

Interracial marriage in U.S. hits new high. [AP]

Nicki Minaj says she’s done proving herself. [BET]

New York police fear suicides at 9/11 memorial site. [NYT]

National Enquirer to produce Whitney Houston documentary. [BET]

Amnesty International: Libya’s armed militias are out of control. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 9 Edition

February 9th, 2012

In today’s top news, CNN suspends Roland Martin over “offensive” Super Bowl tweets, Atlanta 10-year-old Gyasi Francis is missing and FEMA plans to waive debts of Katrina victims.

CNN suspends Roland Martin over “offensive” Super Bowl tweets. [BET]

Atlanta 10-year-old Gyasi Francis is missing. [AJC]

FEMA plans to waive debts of Katrina victims. [AP]

BET is developing two new shows. [BET]

University of Florida suspends Alpha Phi Alpha for hazing incident. [CNN]

Black officers file discrimination lawsuit against Capitol police. [BET]

Dennis Rodman’s topless women’s basketball dream team is almost complete. [BET]

An Illinois NAACP chapter is concerned about churches hooking up with banks. [CBS]

Timbaland and Missy Elliott are planning to release comeback albums this summer. [BET]

White college students donned blackface in a disturbing Black history video. [BET]

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NATIONAL: Ex-Klansman Apologizes for Years of Hatred; FEMA Blasted for Aid Decisions

February 9th, 2009

Elwin Wilson and John Lewis

 

Ex-Klansman Apologizes for Years of Hatred
Elwin Wilson, who spent his early years making life miserable for Blacks, could have gone to his grave with the truth about ugly actions of the 1960s. But, in a stunning admission following a lifetime of baggage, he fessed up about a brutal act that has haunted him for decades. The former Klansman, who now lives in Rock Hill, S.C., says that he was the member of an angry White mob who in May 1961 attacked a group of students from a local Black college as they got off a bus to try and integrate a local dime store lunch counter. “Well, at the time, it felt….I felt like somebody going to play golf and getting a hole in one,” he told The Chicago Tribune. “I’m ashamed to say that’s what I remember feeling. That’s how good it felt.” Read the rest here.

FEMA Blasted for Aid Decisions
The government’s top emergency response agency, which has been under a microscope ever since dropping the ball with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is now being blasted for the way it handled housing aid after Hurricane Ike slammed the Texas coast last September. The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied nearly 650,000 applications for housing aid after Ike struck, ruling that nine in 10 claimants were ineligible for FEMA help. Many of those people who were kicked to curb by the federal agency say they qualified for assistance and that the ones making the decisions weren’t qualified to make such judgments. Of the more than 730,000 applications for money to help with home repairs, mobile homes or other housing services needed to counter Ike’s rage, FEMA declared almost 650,000 ineligible. It paid out about $371 million to 82,000 aid applicants, according to the Chronicle. One applicant told the newspaper that he knew of a musician and short-order cook who suddenly had been deemed an aid evaluator. “It seems to me that [FEMA] hired a bunch of people, basically just anybody, and put them on the street after one day of training,” he said. A woman told the Chronicle that child welfare workers warned her that her damaged apartment wasn’t safe for her children and a condominium owner whose unit was condemned by a city building inspector. “Both the woman and the condo owner told the newspaper that FEMA inspectors said their homes were habitable,” the newspaper reported. FEMA officials acknowledged that inspectors make mistakes sometimes, encouraging claimants to file appeals if they believe they were unfairly denied assistance. “Most times, [eligibility is] obvious,” said Timothy Cannon, a FEMA inspections supervisor. “It’s not a tough question.”

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