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News From Around the Web: Aug. 21 Edition

August 21st, 2012

In today’s top news, Chavis Carter’s final autopsy report rules his death a suicide, President Obama blasts Rep. Tod Akin’s comments about pregnancy and rape and the New Black Panther Party is protesting the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida.

Chavis Carter’s final autopsy report rules his death a suicide. [CBS]

President Obama blasts Rep. Tod Akin’s comments about pregnancy and rape. [BET]

The New Black Panther Party is protesting the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida. [BET]

Diggy Simmons gets original movie pilot. [BET]

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi dies at age 57. [CSM]

A number of new voter ID laws are tied to conservative group ALEC. [News 21]

Illinois’ governor has authorized a tax on strip clubs that will benefit rape crisis centers. [GMA]

An Afghani insurgent rocket hit the plane of U.S. Army chief Gen. Martin Dempsey. [BBC]

Tuskegee Airman George Hickman dies at age 88. [BET]

A federal appeals court ruled that Alabama public schools may not check the immigration status of new students. [AP]

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News From Around the Web: Aug. 17 Edition

August 17th, 2012

In today’s top news, doubts remain after police release re-enactment of Chavis Carter’s alleged suicide, FAMU is attempting to settle out of court with the family of  Robert Champion, and Russell Simmons backs Vice President Joe Biden’s “chains” remark.

The police re-enactment of Chavis Carter’s alleged suicide has done little to quell doubts about his death. [NYT]

FAMU is attempting to settle out of court with the family of slain drum major Robert Champion. [BET]

Russell Simmons backs Vice President Joe Biden’s “chains” remark. [BET]

R&B crooners Trey Songz and R. Kelly end their three-year beef. [BET]

Ziggy Marley says his father, Bob Marley, wished more Black Americans were fans of his music. [ABC]

Texas officials are trying to stop the spread of West Nile virus in the state. [NBC]

Scientists say they are one step closer to creating a birth control pill for men. [BBC]

Over 30 people were killed when South African police opened fire on protesting miners. [CNN]

Ugandan gay rights activists hacked the website of the country’s prime minister and posted pro gay-rights messages. [BBC]

The Russian capital of Moscow has banned gay pride parades for the next 100 years. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: June 18 Edition

June 18th, 2012

In today’s top news, police are investigating the drowning death of Rodney King, thousands filled New York streets in silent protest of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy and an SCLC official has spoken out in defense of embattled pastor Creflo Dollar.

Police are investigating the drowning death of Rodney King. [BET]

Thousands filled New York streets in silent protest of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy. [BET]

An SCLC official has spoken out in defense of Pastor Creflo Dollar, who was arrested for beating his 15-year-old daughter. [AJC]

More white baseball players are filling spots on HBCU teams. [NewsObserver]

The New York nightclub where Drake and Chris Brown brawled last week has been shut down by the city for violations. [E!]

Drake’s first performance since the brawl draws extra security. [BET]

Melanie Fiona and J. Cole collab on new single. [BET]

The Miami Heat take Game 3 of the NBA Finals  in a 91-85 win against Oklahoma City. [NBC Sports]

Egyptian army vows to transfer power to the country’s  elected president. [BBC]

Boko Haram takes responsibility for the weekend bombings of three churches in Nigeria that left 50 people dead. [CNN]

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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 17 Edition

May 17th, 2012

In today’s top news, Herman Cain endorses Mitt Romney for president, legendary go-go performer Chuck Brown dies at age 75 and pastor and famous gospel singer Marvin Winans is carjacked and robbed in Detroit.

Herman Cain endorses Mitt Romney for president. [BET]

Legendary go-go performer Chuck Brown dies at age 75. [CNN]

Pastor and famous gospel singer Marvin Winans was carjacked and robbed in Detroit Wednesday. [WXYZ]

Man sues Walmart over “all black people leave” announcement. [MSNBC]

An all-white Houston jury acquits a white officer in the beating of a Black teen. [LATimes]

Children from ethnic and racial minorities now make up more than half the births in the U.S. [BBC]

Tim Story has surpassed Tyler Perry as the highest grossing Black director in Hollywood. [BET]

Tupac Shakur’s estate denies he was a homophobe. [BET]

Usher wants his ex-wife Tameka Foster out of his Atlanta mansion. [TMZ]

Precious metal reserves valued at $20 billion discovered in Haiti’s hills. [Caribbean360]

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News from Around the Web: April 16 Edition

April 16th, 2012

In today’s top news, Nicki Minaj deletes her Twitter account after fans leak music, the number of Blacks in major league baseball has dipped to the lowest point since the sport was newly integrated and a British peer Lord allegedly offered a ten million pound bounty for the capture of Presidents Obama and Bush.

Nicki Minaj deletes her Twitter account after fans leak music. [BET]

The number of Blacks in major league baseball has dipped to the lowest point since the sport was newly integrated. [USATODAY]

British peer Lord allegedly offered a ten million pound bounty for the capture of Presidents Obama and Bush. [Telegraph]

GOP donor says he wonders if President Obama’s “teleprompters are bullet-proof.” [LATimes]

President Obama raised $53 million for his campaign and the democratic party in March. [NPR]

Several U.S. Secret Service officers are on leave today after allegedly hiring prostitutes while on detail in Colombia with the president. [CBS]

A deadly weekend tornado in Oklahoma claimed six lives. [CNN]

Three elite NYPD gun-unit officers accused of treating Black suspects like “animals.” [NYDN]

The world’s armies are eying control of the natural resources buried under the melting arctic circle. [AP]

Nigeria is the third fastest growing economy in the world. [Vanguard]

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News From Around the Web: April 5 Edition

April 5th, 2012

In today’s top news, Whitney Houston’s autopsy report confirms “white powder” found in hotel room, five former New Orleans police officers sentenced for Hurricane Katrina shootings and a new study shows that many whites and republicans are tired of Trayvon Martin coverage.

Whitney Houston’s autopsy report confirms “white powder” found in hotel room. [BET]

Five former New Orleans police officers sentenced for Hurricane Katrina shootings. [BET]

Study: Whites, republicans tired of Trayvon Martin coverage. [CNN]

Tyler Perry claims he was racially profiled by police. [BET]

Jesse Jackson’s daughter to work for FOX News. [Examiner]

Congressional Black Caucus members introduce Trayvon Martin legislation. [BET]

KKK accidentally sends membership letter to Black person. [CBS]

Connecticut senate repeals the state’s death penalty. [MSNBC]

Syria violence continues as U.N. peace team arrives. [BBC]

Mali’s rebels declare ceasefire. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: March 27 Edition

March 27th, 2012

In today’s top news, Bobby Brown is arrested for driving under the influence, Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with colon cancer and a New Orleans police officer is suspended after an insensitive post about Trayvon Martin.

Bobby Brown is arrested for driving under the influence. [BET]

Bobby Womack has been diagnosed with colon cancer. [BET]

New Orleans police officer suspended after insensitive post about Trayvon Martin. [CNN]

Some Hunger Games fans were disappointed to see characters played by Blacks in the film adaptation. [MSNBC]

Parents of Trayvon Martin to appear on Capitol Hill in a forum on racial profiling. [CNN]

The distinctive pink hue of Starbucks’s Strawberrry Frappuccino come from insects. [ABC]

Syria accepts former U.N. chief Kofi Annan’s six-point plan for peace. [AJE]

Gunmen in Nigeria attack the U.S. Embassy. [Vanguard]

Credit report websites are being used by hackers to sell private information. [MSNBC]

Study shows too much sitting can be hazardous to health. [HealthDay]

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News From Around the Web: Jan. 25 Edition

January 25th, 2012

In today’s top news, President Obama addresses the nation’s economy, Tamar Braxton admits her candid persona can be overwhelming and ‘time’ is running out for lovers of the ‘old’ Facebook design.

President Obama calls for an economy “built to last” in his State of the Union Address. [BET]

Tamar Braxton says, “I need a filter.” [BET]

Facebook users must prepare for the coming of ‘Timeline’. [NYT]

Duke’s Black students call for a better racial climate. [AP]

DMX to release two albums of previously unreleased music. [BET]

Al Sharpton scheduled to eulogize the late Etta James at her public funeral. [BET]

NYPD officer pleads guilty to false arrest of Black man. [Reuters]

Black entrepreneurs want to jump-start middle class growth. [Bloomberg]

Egypt marks one year since Mubarak overthrown. [BBC]

Google to change its privacy policy. [BBC]

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NAACP Wants FBI Probe Into Baltimore PD

May 28th, 2009

The Baltimore chapter of the NAACP has asked the FBI for an “urgent and extensive investigation” into what errors led the Baltimore Police Department to dismiss at least a dozen internal cases of police misconduct. The civil rights group expressed concern after 12 internal disciplinary reports were thrown out amid charges that they had been mishandled. Last month, JoAnn Woodson-Branche, the officer responsible for prosecuting internal misconduct cases, was fired; the police union had argued that she was responsible for a plethora of errors that violated officers’ rights, The Baltimore Sun reports. Marvin “Doc” Cheatham, head of the Baltimore Branch of the NAACP, said in the letter that the “reasoning given [for the cases being dropped] is suspicious, the timing is suspicious, the affects [sic] are troubling. …Why was only Ms. Woodson-Branch [sic] fired – her action purportedly affected so many,” Cheatham wrote. “Some office and some officials, clearly, had to have some oversight in so many cases.” According to the Sun, one of the cases involved an alleged racial discrimination charge against two White supervisors. Cheatham had personally urged the Police Department to take action on the case and “ensure justice” after it appeared the case might slip by the deadline to charge the accused officers. Police officials now say that the case has been scrapped, saying it was one of several that were mishandled.

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