Daily Archive: August 3, 2013

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National

CBC takes a stand against ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws’

(Left to right) Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy Martin; Attorney Benjamin Crump and D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (NNPA Photo by Freddie Allen) WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Instead of waiting for the Justice Department to decide whether it will bring federal charges against George Zimmerman trial, a neighborhood watchman who was acquitted of second-degree murder charges in connection with the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teen visiting with his father in Sanford, Fla., the Congressional Black Caucus is already acting.

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National

Jobs still a key issue 50 Years after historic D.C. march

Panelists on the National Urban League’s Redeem the Dream panel were (from left to right) Al Sharpton, Lennox Yearwood, Melanie Campbell, Marc Morial, DeVon Franklin, Barbara Arnwine and Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. (National Urban League Photo by Lawrence Jenkins). PHILADELPHIA (NNPA) – One of the primary goals of the 1963 March on Washington was finding or creating jobs for Blacks. At a panel discussion during the annual convention of the National Urban League, jobs was mentioned more frequently than any other topic as leaders discussed the famous march 50 years ago and an upcoming one planned for Saturday, Aug. 24.

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International

Cuban athletes and artists get in on capitalism

In this June 9, 2013 photo, Cuban track and field legend Javier Sotomayor, right, and Olympic volleyball champion Mireya Luis, pose for a photo inside Sport-Bar 2.45, named after the height in meters (equivalent to 8 feet, 1/2 inch) of Sotomayor’s world record high jump, in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes) HAVANA (AP) — Cuban track and field legend Javier Sotomayor has launched a sports bar named for the height of his world record high jump. An Olympic volleyball champion has opened a swanky new Italian restaurant, and salsa star Hugo Morejon has a first-rate automotive repair shop. Armed with money and name recognition, Cuban athletes and artists who have long enjoyed a far more luxurious lifestyle than their compatriots on the Communist-run island are embracing the new world of private enterprise. In doing so, the celebrities have exposed themselves to more than a little envy from a population already weary of the perks they’ve long had.

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National

Rangel: Republicans better than terrorists at hurting the country

Rep. Charles Rangel (CNN Photo/File) (CNN) — Longtime Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel of New York compared congressional Republicans to terrorists and likened supporters of the tea party movement to “White crackers” in an interview published Friday. Rangel said House Republicans are doing more damage to American competitiveness than al Qaeda, according to The Daily Beast. “What is happening is sabotage. Terrorists couldn’t do a better job than the Republicans are doing.”

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Metro

State has no record of safety inspections of Conneaut Lake Park Amusement Park

The agency that oversees Pennsylvania’s amusement parks had no 2012 safety inspection records on file for the Conneaut Lake Park Amusement Park, which is adjacent to the banquet hall and Beach Club destroyed in a fire on Thursday. PublicSource analyzed records from the Bureau of Ride and Measurement Standards that were supplied in response to a Right-To-Know request. A spokeswoman for the Bureau of Ride and Measurement Standards said the bureau issued a warning in July to Adams Amusements, the company that leases and runs rides at the park. The park is about 90 miles north of Pittsburgh in Crawford County.

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Sports

Eagles excuse Cooper from team after racial slur at Chesney concert

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper meets with the media at NFL football training camp on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Philadelphia. Cooper has been fined by the team for making a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert that was caught on video, leading him to say he’s “ashamed and disgusted” with himself. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Yong Kim) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles excused Riley Cooper from all team activities on Friday as the wide receiver deals with repercussions of being caught on video making a racial slur. Cooper has been sent away from the team to get help with his issues, something the player and the team agreed upon. Coach Chip Kelly made it clear after Friday’s practice, however, that Cooper would be back with the team when he’s ready. “There has never been any question of cutting Riley,” Kelly said. “His status with us is not in question.”

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Lifestyle

Fashion watch on weaves

Wearing a hair weave has become the new fashion accessory and celebrity hair stylist, Dontay Savoy says now that we’re in the thick of summer, being knowledgeable about your weave is essential. The biggest concern is how to maintain the same sheen it had, when it was first installed. Check out what Dontay’s five key tips were to stay unbe-weavable!