Daily Archive: June 21, 2013

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National

Food Network won’t renew Paula Deen’s contract

In this Jan. 17, 2012 file image originally released by NBC, co-host Al Roker speaks to celebrity chef and TV personality Paula Deen about her diabetes on the “Today”, in New York. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer, file) by Russ Bynum SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Food Network said Friday it’s dumping Paula Deen, barely an hour after the celebrity cook posted the first of two videotaped apologies online begging forgiveness from fans and critics troubled by her admission to having used racial slurs in the past. The 66-year-old Savannah kitchen celebrity has been swamped in controversy since court documents filed this week revealed Deen told an attorney questioning her under oath last month that she has used the N-word. “Yes, of course,” Deen said, though she added, “It’s been a very long time.” The Food Network, which made Deen a star with “Paula’s Home Cooking” in 2002 and later “Paula’s Home Cooking” in 2008, weighed in with a terse statement Friday afternoon. “Food Network will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month,” the statement said. Network representatives declined further comment. A representative for Deen did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment on the decision. The news came as Deen worked to repair the damage to her image, which has spawned a vast empire of cookbooks, a bimonthly cooking magazine, a full line of cookware, food items like spices and even furniture. She abruptly canceled a scheduled interview on NBC’s “Today” show Friday morning, instead opting for a direct appeal via online video — one that allowed her and her staff complete control of what she said and how she said it.

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National

Lloyd’s family: Patriots’ Hernandez was friend

This Dec. 25, 2012 photo taken by a sister and provided by the Boston Bandits football team shows Odin Lloyd, 27, whose body was found Monday, June 17, 2013 in an industrial park in North Attleborough, Mass., about a mile from the house of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. (AP Photo/Lloyd family via the Boston Bandits ) by Bridget Murphy BOSTON (AP) — A body was found, search warrants were issued, investigators conducted interviews — all the signs of an impending police action were in place by week’s end. Still the family of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd waited for answers. A jogger found Lloyd’s body in an industrial park Monday, a mile from the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Family members said Friday the two men were friends who were together the night Lloyd died. They said Lloyd had been dating Hernandez’s fiancee’s sister for about two years. Police have searched in and around Hernandez’s sprawling home in North Attleborough, not far from where the Patriots practice. Hernandez’s attorney Michael Fee has acknowledged media reports about the state police search of Hernandez’s home but said he wouldn’t have any comment on it.

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National

This Week In Black History

For the week of June 19-26June 191865—The Juneteenth Celebration begins. June 19, 1865 marks the day that many Blacks actually became free, especially those in Texas. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation technically freed all slaves in 1863, slavery actually continued in Texas until the end of the Civil War. It was not until June 19, 1865 that many slaves learned they had been freed. They called the day of freedom “Juneteenth.” It is normally marked with picnics, barbecues and commemorations. In 1980, the day became an official holiday in Texas.1918—Ebony and Jet magazines founder John H. Johnson is born in Arkansas City, Ark. He moved to Chicago to build his publishing empire. Johnson was the first African-American to appear on the Forbes magazine list of 400 richest Americans with an estimated wealth of $500 million. Johnson died in August 2005. However, both magazines are now in financial trouble.

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National

‘Appalling’ email in Ill. spurs new GOP rift, Black Republican woman House hopeful labeled ‘street walker’

Former Miss America Erika Harold, 33, announces her plans to challenge first-term U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis in the 2014 Republican primary in Urbana, Ill. (AP Photo/The News-Gazette, John Dixon, File) SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The chairman of the Republican Party in Montgomery County has resigned after writing what’s been called a racist and sexist email about U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis’ primary challenger. Illinois Republican Party chairman Jack Dorgan says he accepted Jim Allen’s resignation on Thursday afternoon.

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International

Grandson: Mandela hopefully coming home soon

Grandson Ndaba Mandela arrives at the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated, in Pretoria, South Africa Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) by Wandoo Makurdi JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A grandson of Nelson Mandela says hopefully he’ll be headed home soon, as the 94-year-old beloved former president marked two weeks in the hospital Friday. Ndaba Mandela addressed concerns about his grandfather’s health at a Thursday media briefing about a football invitational that will be part of celebrations surrounding Mandela’s 95th birthday on July 18.

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Sports

Ransom Notes…Hatin’ on LeBron and Steelers musings

LOU RANSOM Woke up this morning and the Miami Heat were still NBA Champions. Loved LeBron’s comments after the game. All he does is win, yet people call him arrogant. He says he is blessed. They say he doesn’t compare to Michael Jordan (the most arrogant athlete I have ever encountered). Jordan had commercials before he played an NBA game. Jordan retired from the NBA to play professional baseball, but he couldn’t hit a fastball. He thought he was the greatest ATHLETE. Hubris anyone?