Archive for "Martin Luther King Jr."

News From Around the Web: Feb. 21 Edition

February 21st, 2014

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In today’s news, Florida A&M University selects its first woman president; racist episodes continue to stir the campus of the University of Mississippi; and brain dead Jahi McMath is improving, her mother says.

Florida A&M selects new president, first woman. [BET]

Racist episodes continue to stir University of Mississippi campus. [NY Times]

Brain dead Jahi McMath’s mother says daughter is much better. [Liberty Voice]

Michelle Obama and Jimmy Fallon: back together again. [USA Today]

The Dalai Lama will meet with Obama at the White House. [Time]

U.N. chief wants 3,000 more troops in Central African Republic. [Reuters]

FBI confirms Black activist was killed during 1973 Wounded Knee occupation. [CBS]

Same-sex marriage lawsuits exploding in U.S. courts. [NBC]

Judge: Spying on NJ Muslims by NYPD was legal. [News92]

LeBron James sticks nose into Kevin Durant’s MVP party. [USA Today]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 20 Edition

February 20th, 2014

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In today’s news, a juror said she believed Michael Dunn got away with the murder of Jordan Davis; former congressman Mel Reynolds denies pornography charges in Zimbabwe; and a judge rules that Martin Luther King’s Bible and Nobel Prize should be under court control.

Juror says she believes Michael Dunn got away with murder. [BET]

Former Rep. Mel Reynolds denies pornography charges in Zimbabwe. [Chicago Tribune]

Martin Luther King Jr. Bible, Nobel Prize should be under court control: Judge. [Fox]

Same-sex couples challenge Colorado ban on gay marriage. [Reuters]

A stunning first loss for No. 1 Syracuse. [NY Times]

FBI papers yield clues in vanishing of civil rights activist. [NY Times]

Ghana’s parliament bans a slang word, “tweaa.” [BBC]

Los Angeles cardinal unlikely to face charges of shielding abuse. [ABC]

Kanye West and Bret Easton Ellis are making a movie together. [Time]

Facebook to buy WhatsApp, messaging start-up, for $16 billion. [NY Times]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 5 Edition

February 5th, 2014

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In today’s news, Bernice King says she is angered by her brothers’ desire to sell items that belonged to their father, Martin Luther King Jr.; CVS said it will stop selling cigarettes; and John Thompson becomes the first Black chairman of Microsoft’s board.

Martin Luther King’s daughter blasts brothers over desire to sell father’s items. [BET]

CVS to stop selling cigarettes. [Wall Street Journal]

John Thompson becomes first Black chairman of Microsoft’s board. [San Jose Mercury]

New York mayor Bill de Blasio to skip St. Patrick’s Day Parade over gay rights. [CBS]

Michigan fugitive sought since 1977 found in California. [Kansas City Star]

Ex-NBA star Tracy McGrady tries hand as baseball pitcher. [Washington Post]

South African miners trapped in gold mine fire. [BBC]

District attorney wants Chris Brown jailed. [TMZ]

World Health Organization says cancer is now global pandemic. [CNN]

Nigeria lynch mob kills pastor in Katsina State. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Oct. 17 Edition

October 17th, 2013

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In today’s news, Congress passes a deal on the nation’s debt and ends the two-week government shutdown; Cory Booker becomes the first Black senator elected from New Jersey; and poor children are a majority in the nation’s public schools in the South and West.

Congress passes debt, budget deal. [Wall Street Journal]

Cory Booker wins Senate seat from New Jersey. [NY Times]

Poor children are majority in U.S. public schools in the South, West. [Washington Post]

Stenographer dragged off House floor after protest. [Fox]

String of dry ice bombs at L.A. airport was a prank, police say. [LA Times]

Dodgers stay alive in National League Championship. [Sports Illustrated]

Lupita Nyong’o: 12 Years a Slave was an “out-of-body experience.” [People]

South Africa soap opera actors strike, filming stops. [BBC]

Harry Belafonte sues family of Martin Luther King Jr. over papers. [BET]

Facebook changes privacy settings for teens. [CNN]

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News From Around the Web: Oct. 16 Edition

October 16th, 2013

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In today’s news, Senate members are restarting talks as the deadline for the nation’s financial default looms; furloughed federal workers are struggling with the impact of the government shutdown; and activists rallied to “take back Chicago.”

Senators restart talks as default looms. [NY Times]

Furloughed federal workers feel pushed to the brink by shutdown. [Washington Post]

Activists rally to “take back Chicago” as mayor talks politics.  [Chicago Tribune]

Harry Belafonte sues Martin Luther King’s family over memorabilia. [Politico]

Former San Diego mayor pleads guilty to counts involving three women. [Seattle Post]

Kendrick Lamar spits fire at Drake at BET Hip Hop Awards. [Contact Music]

Cardinals take 3-1 NLCS lead over Dodgers. [Boston Globe]

Detroit emergency manager cuts health-care benefits. [BET]

South Africa suspects questioned after toddler murders. [BBC]

Study: Oreo cookies can be as addictive as drugs. [Science World Report]

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News From Around the Web: Sept. 4 Edition

September 4th, 2013

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In Wednesday’s top news, Obama’s call for Syria strike gets support from Speaker Boehner; Martin Luther King’s children are in another dispute; and South African gold miners go on strike.

House Speaker John Boehner supports President Obama’s call for Syria strike. [NY Times]

Martin Luther King Jr.’s children in dispute over intellectual property. [BET]

Ariel Castro found hanged in prison. [Chicago Tribune]

At Naval Academy rape hearing, midshipmen describe toga parties. [Washington Post]

Poll: New York mayor hopeful Bill de Blasio could avoid Democratic run-off. [Reuters]

One-quarter of deaths from heart disease, stroke avoidable, CDC says. [LA Times]

LeBron James developing sitcom for Starz. [NY Daily News]

Chicago shootings: 8 Dead, 25 wounded over Labor Day weekend. [BET]

Press freedom under fire in Liberia. [Guardian]

Apple announces Sept. 10 event to unveil new iPhone models. [Business Week]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 29

August 29th, 2013

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In today’s news, President Obama spoke about the challenges facing the nation at the anniversary of the March on Washington; Oprah Winfrey and Jamie Foxx were among the celebrities at the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech; and New York police have labeled mosques as terrorist organizations, a report says.

“Because they kept marching, America changed,” Obama says on anniversary. [Washington Post]

Oprah Winfrey, Jamie Foxx speak at March on Washington event. [Hollywood Reporter]

New York police labeled mosques as terrorist organizations, report says. [Christian Science Monitor]

UN peacekeeper dies in Congo battle. [BBC]

George Zimmerman’s wife strikes deal in perjury case. [NY Times]

Venus Williams out in second round at U.S. Open. [ESPN]

California launches drone to fight wildfire. [CBS]

Study shows men just as likely to be depressed as women. [LA Times]

Nintendo cuts a dimension from a device aimed at youths. [NY Times]

Nigeria floods test government’s disaster plans. [Guardian]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 28

August 28th, 2013

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In today’s news, President Obama is weighing limited strikes against Syrian forces; an economic gap remains between blacks and white 50 years after the March on Washington; and the president, entertainment giants and others will celebrate Martin Luther King’s historic speech.

Obama weighs limited strikes against Syrian forces. [NY Times]

Fifty years after March on Washington, economic gap between blacks, whites persists. [Washington Post]

Obama, Oprah and others celebrate King’s dream. [BET]

Zimbabwe outlines plans for “Disneyland in Africa.” [BBC]

Navy football rape case: victim scheduled to testify Wednesday. [ABC]

Air Force Academy’s first female leader speaks of sexual harassment. [USA Today]

Derek Jeter returns to Yankees from injury again. [NY Daily News]

Paris Jackson “doing much better” after suicide attempt. [NY Daily News]

NYC mayoral race has Black voters divided. [BET]

Broccoli slows arthritis, researchers suggest. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 26

August 26th, 2013

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In Monday’s top news, thousands gathered to commemorate March on Washington; Egypt’s military is seeking to use religion to quell the ranks; and the Justice Department is seeking to block a school voucher program in Louisiana.

Marching for Martin Luther King’s dream: “The task is not done.” [BET]

Egypt military enlists religion to quell ranks. [NY Times]

Justice Department tries to block Louisiana’s school voucher program. [Fox]

Chicago students begin classes after school closures. [Fox]

Colin Powell calls verdict in Trayvon Martin killing “questionable.” [NY Daily News]

Ohio student says racist postings were meant as a joke. [Kansas City Star]

Arthur Ashe’s legacy on display at US Open. [NY Times]

Justin Timberlake wins top prize at MTV Video Awards. [Hollywood Reporter]

Instagram, Vine and Netflix hit by Amazon glitch. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 23

August 23rd, 2013

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In Friday’s top news, the Justice Department announced plans to sue the state of Texas over voter laws it says are discriminatory; the New York City Council overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of two policing bills; and former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been freed.

Justice Department to sue Texas over voter ID law. [BET]

New York City Council reverses Bloomberg veto of policing bills. [NY Times]

Egypt frees former President Hosni Mubarak as crackdown on Islamists continues. [LA Times]

Robert Mugabe sworn in for seventh term as Zimbabwe’s leader. [BBC]

Bradley Manning wants to live as a woman. [Charlotte Observer]

Bankrupt Detroit now has a stray dog problem of more than 50,000. [ABC]

Allan Iverson to officially retire from basketball. [Slam]

Kanye West sued by photographer, claiming he was assaulted. [TMZ]

Bad teeth, gum disease tied to cancer. [Bloomberg]

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