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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: Jan. 13 Edition

January 13th, 2012

In today’s top news, Michelle Obama has plans to attend the 2012 BET Honors Awards, Philly mayor Michael Nutter tells unruly teens to stop acting like a–holes and Duke’s Black students are outraged at claims that they take the easy route.

Michelle Obama will grace the 2012 BET Honors. [BET]

MLK Day of Service is just around the corner.  [BET]

Philly Mayor Micheal Nutter flips on unruly youth after a shooting. [CBS]

Controversial Duke study says Black college students often switch to easier majors. [Herald Sun]

Lil Wayne to publish his prison memoir this November. [BET]

The First Lady joins Twitter. [Chicago Tribune]

President Obama seeks to raise the debt limit by $1.2 trillion. [Reuters]

Report: Somali pirate money boosts local economy. [CNN]

South Sudanese crisis worsens as genocide looms. [NYT]

An all-white Tennessee golf club is considering allowing entry to an African-American. [BET]

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News From Around the Web: Nov. 30

November 30th, 2011

(Photo: Mark Boster-Pool/Getty Images)

In today’s top news, Nigeria moves forward with its anti-gay law, Occupy protesters in L.A. and Philly get the boot and central banks take a stab at the debt crisis.

Conrad Murray gets four years in prison. [Reuters]

Black man in “whiteface” takes to the streets. [DailyMail]

Nigeria approves anti-gay bill. [AP]

Police in L.A., Philly move in on local Occupy encampments. [AP]

Father of N.J. two-year-old charged with girl’s murder. [BET]

Smithsonian accepts Klan robes for new Black history museum. [AP]

NBA facilities open to players on Thursday. [BET]

British workers strike over retirement benefits. [CNN]

Dangerous levels of arsenic found in fruit juice. [MSNBC]

Central banks band together on debt crisis. [NYT]

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From Around the Web: Oct. 19 Edition

October 19th, 2011

From new developments in the Philadelphia dungeon case to turmoil in Greece, catch up on headlines getting the most buzz from around the web.

Philadelphia mayor: Captives case “sheer madness.” [CNN]

Ohio escape renews call for exotic-animal crackdown. [MSNBC]

Progressive groups see cause for optimism in Occupy Wall Street movement. [Huffington Post]

Biggest strike yet brings Greece to halt.  [Time]

Dirty equipment cited in Listeria outbreak. [Wall Street Journal]

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Couple Celebrates 80th Wedding Anniversary

February 4th, 2010


Here’s some good news.

Congratulations to Mitchell and Mattie Atkins of Philadelphia, who celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary front family and friends during a small ceremony at Deliverance Evangelistic Church.

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Supreme Court Stops New Abu-Jamal Hearing

January 19th, 2010


Mumia Abu-Jamal moves closer to execution as the U.S Supreme Court will not allow a new sentencing hearing for his 1982 murder conviction. The Supreme Court made the ruling on Tuesday.

Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of the 1981 murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner and sentenced to death row , has become a symbol against capital punishment as many in the U.S and throughout the world are not convinced of his guilt.

Abu-Jamal said he is innocent and blames his prosecution on American racism and his affiliation with the Black Panther Party.

In 2008, the Third District US Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that Abu-Jamal is entitled to a new sentencing “because the jury during the trail was confused over how to properly assess mitigating evidence during the penalty phase of the trial,” according to the Christian Science Monitor.

Philadelphia prosecutors appealed the ruling to the Supreme Court who has ordered the appeals court to reexamine the case.

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Woman Attacked for Rooting Against the Philadelphia Eagles

January 13th, 2010


Philadelphia sports fans are very passionate about their teams. Sometimes too passionate.

A Philadelphia area woman was attacked for wearing Dallas Cowboys gear a day before the Philadelphia Eagles played the Cowboys in the NFL playoffs.

Jamie Wert said she was walking home from a convenience store wearing her #9 Tony Romo  Cowboys sweatshirt (Romo is the starting quarterback for the Cowboys) when two men–wearing Philadelphia Eagles gear– slapped her across the face.

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HBCU Makes Overweight Students Take Fitness Course

November 23rd, 2009


A controversial graduation requirement from Lincoln University mandating all overweight students  to take a health and fitness course is causing a serious debate between students, health officials and legal scholars.

Lincoln University, a historically Black university near Philadelphia, requires students who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) above 30 to take the health and fitness course which consists of  aerobics, weight training and nutrition.

BMI is a measurement health officials use to determine obesity.

It is believed Lincoln University is the only is school in the nation to require overweight students to take a health class.

There is a petition calling for the university to get rid of the health class but the school is holding its ground. What do you think? Good idea or is Lincoln discriminating against overweight students?

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Radio Host Gets Fired After Beanie Interview

November 3rd, 2009


The radio personality who interviewed Beanie Sigel hours after he released his controversial “diss” record aimed at Jay-Z has been fired.

Charlamagne tha God, the morning show host of 100.3FM The Beat in Philadelphia has been relieved of his duties, according to an announcement Charlemagne made on his Twitter on Monday.

“Don’t believe the hype. This is not a publicity stunt. They fired me this(Monday) morning,” Charlamagne tweeted.

Many Hip-Hop insiders believe the firing was a direct result of Charlamagne giving Beanie Sigel an audience to discuss his Jay-Z diss record “Average Cats.”

Charlamagne said the firing is just “the nature of the business.

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The Vick Explosion Fizzled Out in Philly

August 28th, 2009

The massive clash between the Michael Vick supporters and those who believe he should never be able to don another NFL jersey never happened. Yes, Vick was on hand to show football fans – particularly those in his new town, Philadelphia – his stuff on the field after nearly two years in a federal prison. But, for all the million-dollar hullabaloo over the 29-year-old quarterback’s return, the big night fizzled like an Alka-seltzer in the rain. As The Philadelphia Daily News’ David Gambarcorta put it, it was “about two rings short of a three-ring circus.” Yes, local NAACP President Whyatt Mondesire showed up with pro-Vick troops, but his battalion was about a third shy of his promised 30 troops. He had hoped that an ocean of supporters would show up at Lincoln Financial Field to send a strong signal about Vick’s right to earn a living in his profession of choice, since he had already paid his debt to society. “A lot of people say he shouldn’t be given a second chance,” Mondesire said, blasting what he called racist anti-Vick radio programs. “We’re tired of a one-sided dialogue.” As for the expected horde of animal-rights advocates, it was more like a mini gathering of sorts. The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals decided to stay home from the game, opting instead to use the occasion to raise money for dogs who are victims of cruelty or dogfighting. Meanwhile, Vick made a relatively quiet debut on the field, ending the night with 4-4 passing for about 19 yards. His new squad squeezed out a last-minute 33-32victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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