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News From Around the Web: Aug. 7 Edition

August 7th, 2013

(Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

In Wednesday’s news, President Obama was on the Tonight Show Tuesday and discussed Trayvon Martin’s death; former President George W. Bush had a heart procedure; and Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan will face each other in Detroit’s mayoral race in November.

President Obama appeared on Tonight Show, discusses Trayvon, travel alert. [E! Online]

George W. Bush undergoes heart procedure. [NY Times]

In Detroit, Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan appear to be winners of primary. [Detroit Free Press]

Romney warns Republicans against forcing government shutdown. [Fox]

Obama administration authorized series of recent drone strikes in Yemen. [Washington Post]

Pete Rose on Alex Rodriguez: Admit your mistakes. [USA Today]

CDC: Childhood obesity rates falling in many states. [USA Today]

Major fire closes Nairobi airport. [BBC]

Facebook explains how it tweaks users’ news feeds. [CNET]

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News From Around the Web: April 1

April 1st, 2013

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In today’s top news, all of Urban Prep Academy’s senior class is college-bound for the fourth year, Louisville’s Kevin Ware is recovering from surgery after a gruesome leg injury and the White House is expecting 35,000 people at the 135th Easter Egg Roll.

Urban Prep Academy, an all-Black male charter school in Chicago, is sending all of its students to college for the fourth year. [Chicago Sun Times]

Louisville’s Kevin Ware is recovering from surgery after a gruesome leg injury in last night’s game against Duke. [ABCNews]

A crowd of 35,000 is expected to show up to the White House lawn for the 135th Easter Egg Roll. [NBC Washington]

Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty for James Holmes, who was accused in last year’s movie theater massacre in Colorado. [Washington Post]

Philip Banks III, an African-American, is the new highest-ranking uniformed officer in the NYPD. [The Grio]

The Supreme Court is weighing in on race as they address the affirmative action and voting rights cases. [AP]

Conservatives attack Google for using its homepage to celebrate Cesar Chavez’s birthday and not Easter. [Politico]

Elwin Wilson, a former KKK supporter who apologized for years of violent racism toward Blacks, has died at 76. [AP]

The number of female tourists arriving to India has dropped by 35 percent in the past three months since the fatal Delhi rape. [The Guardian]

An Afghan teenager killed an American soldier by stabbing him in the neck while he played with a group of local children. [USA Today]

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News From Around the Web: March 14

March 14th, 2013

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In today’s top news, a third protest has erupted in Brooklyn over the police killing of Kimani Gray; First Lady Michella Obama will cover Vogue’s April issue; and Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose has offered to pay for the funeral of Jonylah Watkins, an infant who was shot and killed in Chicago.

A third protest erupted Wednesday night in Brooklyn, New York, where police killed Kimani Gray. [BET]

First Lady Michelle Obama will cover the April issue of Vogue magazine. [BET]

Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose has offered to pay for the funeral of Jonylah Watkins, a 6-month-old that was shot and killed in Chicago. [NBC Chicago]

The White House said Tuesday that all criticism of the level of diversity in President Obama’s second-term cabinet should be held until he completes it. [Black Voices]

Lawyers suing the New York Police Department for its stop-and-frisk policy are calling it the “the trial of the century.” [Black Voices]

Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant will be out “indefinitely” after spraining his left ankle. [AP]

A New York woman plummets to her death from an 8th floor apartment with her baby, who survives. [Huffington Post]

Carnival Cruise Lines will fly their passengers on one of its cruises back to Florida after the ship’s generator failed while docked in the Caribbean. [AP]

Scientists are saying that embalming the body of late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will be difficult. [CNN]

Xi Jinping was named China’s president Thursday by the country’s parliament. [Al Jazeera]

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News From Around the Web: Dec. 7 Edition

December 7th, 2012

In today’s top news, the Labor Department announced more African-Americans found jobs in November, Trenton, N.J. mayor Tony Mack and his brother were indicted and George Zimmerman  is suing NBC for editing 911 tapes to make him look like a racist.

More African-Americans found jobs in November. [BET]

Trenton, N.J. mayor Tony Mack and his brother were indicted for extortion, bribery and mail and wire fraud. [BET]

George Zimmerman says he is suing NBC for editing 911 tapes to make him look like a racist. [BET]

A recent poll shows Illinois voters wouldn’t mind voting for Senator Michelle Obama. [Grio]

L.A.’s oldest Black church sues its former pastor. [Grio]

Wendy Williams says Beyoncé talks like she only has a fifth grade education. [HuffPo]

Four top mobile carriers are setting up a service to allow users to text emergencies to “911.” [Reuters]

A Penn State sorority is being investigated after photos of a racist, Mexican costume party surfaced. [Yahoo!]

South Africa bids to become the call center capital of the world. [CNN]

Ghana votes in parliamentary and presidential elections today. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Nov. 6 Edition

November 6th, 2012

In today’s top news, Americans are hitting the polls to choose the country’s next president, Jay-Z sings “99 problems but a Mitt ain’t one” at a last-minute Obama rally, and Beyoncé penned an open letter to President Obama on the eve of the election.

Today is Election Day. [BET]

Jay-Z sings “99 problems but a Mitt ain’t one” at a last-minute Obama rally. [Yahoo!]

Beyoncé penned an open letter to President Obama on the eve of the election. [Grio]

Michelle Obama encouraged Florida voters saying, “Don’t let anybody push you out of line.” [NBCNews]

In a rare move for most states, a Washington, D.C., jail helped its inmates vote. [USATODAY]

Polls in Hurricane Sandy-hit areas in New York and New Jersey show voters are undeterred by the storm’s damage. [AP]

Mary J. Blige helped raise $23 million for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. [BET]

Natina Reed of Blaque was laid to rest in Georgia. [BET]

50 Cent admits that his beef with Floyd Mayweather was a publicity stunt. [BET]

South Africa rolls out Nelson Mandela bank notes. [BBC]

Flooding in Nigeria has displaced 2 million people. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 30 Edition

August 30th, 2012

In today’s top news, Michelle Obama says she’ll pass on watching coverage of the Republican National Convention, the MLK Memorial inscription has still not been changed one year after its dedication and Olympian Gabby Douglas is launching a gymnastics tour.

Michelle Obama says she’ll pass on watching coverage of the Republican National Convention. [AP]

After a year, the MLK Memorial inscription has still not been changed. [BET]

Gabby Douglas is launching a gymnastics tour. [AP]

Republican Gov. John Kaisch says, “We have to convince African Americans that they can start and own businesses.” [HuffPo]

A Black entrepreneur acquires a state-of-the-art telecom firm in Detroit. [PRWeb]

Beanie Sigel was arrested after drugs and a gun were found in his vehicle during a traffic stop. [BET]

A remake of the classic Diana Ross movie Mahogany is in the works. [BET]

The GOP is building a Black power base. [BET]

A Black pro-life group is blaming a Chicago Planned Parenthood for the death of a Black woman. [LifeNews]

South Africa’s protesting platinum miners will be charged with the murder of their 34 colleagues, who were shot by police. [BBC]

Nigeria is now on the priority list in terms of U.S. visa issuance. [Daily Trust]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 28 Edition

August 28th, 2012

In today’s top news, Isaac gains hurricane strength as it nears the Gulf Coast, President Obama pledges assistance for states affected by Isaac and First Lady Michelle Obama appears as a nude slave on the cover of a Spanish magazine.

Isaac gains hurricane strength as it nears the Gulf Coast. [NBC]

President Obama pledges assistance for Gulf Coast governors. [Yahoo]

Michelle Obama appears as a nude slave on the cover of a Spanish magazine. [Buzzfeed]

Herman Cain says Blacks are “closet conservatives.” [BET]

Snoop Dogg says hip hop is more accepting of homosexuality. [BET]

Kendrick Lamar explains why he doesn’t vote. [BET]

50 Cent is looking for African business partners to distribute his energy drink. [Capital FM]

Tyler Perry’s Atlanta studio sees its second fire this year. [LATimes]

Riots rage in the Kenyan city of Mombasa after the murder of a Muslim cleric. [BBC]

A least six Somali children died after picking up explosives in a playground at their elementary school. [BBC]

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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: May 24 Edition

May 24th, 2012

In today’s top news, rapper 2 Chainz says airport officials tried to “assassinate” his swag this week, Colin Powell says he supports same-sex marriage and two female soldiers are suing to end the military restriction on women in combat.

Rapper 2 Chainz says airport officials tried to “assassinate” his swag when they arrested him for his over-sized chain this week. [BET]

General Colin Powell says he supports same-sex marriage. [CNN]

Two female soldiers are suing to end the military restriction on women in combat. [Reuters]

Mother of wrongfully deported teen Jakadrien Turner has filed suit against Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano for the mistake. [MSNBC]

NYPD roughs up 15-year-old honor student after mistaking her for a shoplifter. [NYDN]

NY Black radio pioneer and legend Hal Jackson dies at 96. [BET]

First Lady Michelle Obama will host a conference call with students this evening to discuss the presidential election. [BET]

George Zimmerman’s evolving views of the Sanford Police Department are now being aired and scrutinized. [CNN]

South Africa’s infamously impoverished township, Soweto, gets its own fashion week. [AP]

South African officials are suing to have a painting of president Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed removed from public view. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: May 21 Edition

May 21st, 2012

In today’s top news, the NAACP deems same-sex marriage a civil right, Black and Latino people are paying three percent more for homes and Michelle Obama takes first ladies to the South Side of Chicago during NATO visit.

The NAACP deems same-sex marriage a civil right. [BET]

Black and Latino people pay three percent more for homes. [BusinessInsider]

Michelle Obama takes first ladies to the South Side of Chicago during NATO visit. [Reuters]

Many war veterans protested the NATO summit, tossing medals into the streets. [MSNBC]

Will Smith smacks a reporter who tried to kiss him in the face. [ABCNEWS]

An attorney claims a judge and two lawyers conspired to drain Rosa Park’s estate of money. [BET]

Raven-Symoné says her sexuality is not public business after a tabloid claims she is a lesbian. [MTV]

T.I. wants out of the rap game. [BET]

Wendy Williams defends her plastic surgery. [BET]

French authorities are investigating ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in another sex scandal. [BBC]

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