Daily Archive: July 6, 2013

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National

Zimmerman jury to ponder conflicting testimony

Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, takes the stand during George Zimmerman’s trial in Seminole County circuit court, July 5, in Sanford, Fla. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Gary W. Green, Pool) by Kyle Hightower and Mike SchneiderAssociated Press Writers SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Jurors in the George Zimmerman trial are heading into their weekend with a lot of courtroom drama and conflicting testimony to digest. Friday’s action-packed session saw the prosecution rest its case, and the judge reject a defense request to acquit Zimmerman of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year.

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People

Beyonce gains stepmother as father gets married

In this Dec. 8, 2003 photo, Mathew Knowles, father and former manager of singer Beyonce Knowles, poses at his Music World Entertainment headquarters in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, file) by Nekesa Mumbi Moody AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Beyonce has a stepmother.

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Metro

UPMC vs. Highmark ads confuse and frighten public

REV. LAURAN WEBB Last year, Rev. Lauran Webb, a retired Pittsburgh police officer and Highmark insurance customer, had a tumor removed. Although the tumor turned out not to be cancerous, it helped Webb’s doctor at UPMC Mercy hospital diagnose her with another condition and ultimately provide care that saved her life. However, if Webb’s experience had occurred after 2014, she wouldn’t have been able to see her doctor at Mercy. Over the past few months, UPMC has been airing a series of television advertisements in an attempt to explain why UPMC will not continue to treat customers with Highmark insurance at in-network rates after 2014.

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Entertainment

Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller turns heads with new album

In this June 10, 2012 photo, rapper Mac Miller performs during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File) by Chris TalbottAP Music Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Mac Miller had a quick decision to make when Kanye West jumped the street date for his new album: Move his “Watching Movies with the Sound Off” to a different week or stand firm in the face of “Yeezus.”

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National

GOP has tough choices on Voting Rights Act

Ryan P. Haygood, director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, talks outside the Supreme Court in Washington, June 25, 2013, after the Supreme Court said a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced until Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require close federal monitoring of elections. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) by Bill Barrow Associated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP) — When the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights act last week, it handed Republicans tough questions with no easy answers over how, and where, to attract voters even GOP leaders say the party needs to stay nationally competitive.

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Health

Watermelon being used to treat erectile dysfunction

The Health & Healthcare Blog For Minorities A recent finding about the benefits of watermelon on erectile dysfunction in men has been published in medical journals, like Urology. It seems researchers have discovered the fruit contains an enzyme that is related to normal male functioning. The enzyme is called citrulline.

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Opinion

Real men talk, don’t text

by Roxanne Jones (CNN) — That’s it. Starting today the next guy to text me and ask me on a date will be deleted from my cell phone — permanently. Want to make plans for the weekend? Wondering how my day was? Need to discuss our relationship? Call me.