Daily Archive: August 9, 2013

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Lifestyle

Queer marriage for the straight couple? I do!

This undated photo released by Feuza Reis Photography shows Staci Dennett and her fiance Nadir Karim, both 25, in Philadelphia. They are among a number of heterosexual couples who vowed not to marry until gay couples had the same rights. They set a wedding date for this fall after the U.S. Supreme Court wiped away part of a federal anti-gay marriage law in June. (AP Photo/Feuza Reis Photography) by Beth J. HarpazAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — No, it wasn’t just an excuse to avoid getting hitched: Some heterosexual couples who postponed their weddings until gay couples had the right to marry are now making plans to say “I do.” And we’re not talking celebrities like Brangelina, Lena Dunham and Kristen Bell, all of whom vowed not to marry until gay marriage was legal. None of them have rushed to announce wedding dates. Instead, it’s ordinary folks who wasted no time following through on their pledges. Here are a few of their stories.

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National

Feds, Henrietta Lackes family reach deal on use of DNA information

by Malcolm RitterAssociated Press Writer This 1940s photo made available by the family shows Henrietta Lacks. In 1951, a doctor in Baltimore removed cancerous cells from Lacks without her knowledge or consent. Those cells eventually helped lead to a multitude of medical treatments and formed the groundwork for the multibillion-dollar biotech industry. (AP Photo/Lacks Family via The Henrietta Lacks Foundation) NEW YORK (AP) — Some 60 years ago, a doctor in Baltimore removed cancer cells from a poor Black patient named Henrietta Lacks without her knowledge or consent. Those cells eventually helped lead to a multitude of medical treatments and laid the groundwork for the multibillion-dollar biotech industry. It’s a saga made famous by the 2010 best-seller “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” Now, for the first time, the Lacks family has been given a say over at least some research involving her cells. Lacks’ family members have never shared in any of the untold riches unlocked by the material, called HeLa cells, and they won’t make any money under the agreement announced Wednesday by the family and the National Institutes of Health. But they will have some control over scientists’ access to the cells’ DNA code. And the Lacks family will receive acknowledgement in the scientific papers that result.

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Generation Y

Youth at NOBLE conference give police high rating

THE LEADER IN YOU—Youth from the NOBLE Leadership Conference with honorary chairperson Derrell Lawrence. (Photo by J.L. Martello) Despite nationwide depictions of the strained relationship between the Black community and law enforcement, teenagers at the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Youth Leadership Conference in Pittsburgh this week had high praise for police officers.

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Lifestyle

It was a Jazz thing—South Beach Style

HAVING A GREAT TIME—Terry Brown, Jacqueline Wilmer, Shari Nowlin and Char Hardin For all of those who think there is nothing to do in Pittsburgh, N-Motion Entertainment has something for you. If you are reading about their Second Annual South Beach Party and not reminiscing about it then you must have missed it.