Daily Archive: September 9, 2013

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Opinion

’80s throwback: What life looked like when Crossfire first aired

This suit was itchy!–Growing up in Jackson, Mississippi, William Patrick Butler mostly remembers how much he and his sister loved watching “Star Wars” over and over again on HBO whenever it came on. Here they pose in their church outfits beside Ma’s old Chevrolet Cavalier, which was replaced in 1983 with a more fun red Pontiac Grand Prix. (CNN Photo/William Patrick Butler/iReport) by Daphne Sashin (CNN) — “Crossfire” is back, and just look how much life has changed since that first show in 1982. The clothes. The hair. The music.

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Entertainment

Pitt attends premiere for ’12 Years a Slave’

Lupita Nyong’o arrives at the premiere for “12 Years a Slave” on day 2 of the Toronto International Film Festival at The Princess of Wales Theatre on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) by Rob MerrillAssociated Press Writer TORONTO (AP) — The upcoming film “12 Years a Slave” is a harrowing look at slavery, but its stars, including Brad Pitt, say it’s a subject that needs to be explored more on the big screen.

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Opinion

NFL concussion settlement raises questions

by LaMar C. Campbell (CNN) — After years of defiantly denying that it was aware of any links between football and brain injuries, the NFL reached a surprising settlement with 4,500 former players who sued the organization over concussion-related issues to the tune of $765 million. If this settlement is approved as is, the NFL will have “no admissions of liability or weakness claims.”

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National

N.Y. Woman, awarded $280K for being called N-Word by Boss, speaks out

Brandi Johnson, left, and her lawyer, Marjorie M. Sharpe, leave federal court in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, after a civil jury awarded $30,000 in punitive damages in addition to the $250,000 in compensatory damages that had been awarded last week. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister) by Blair Adams (NNPA)–When Brandi Johnson landed a job with a non-profit organization geared toward helping African-Americans and minorities gain employment, the last thing she expected was to go to work each day and face racial slurs and harassment.

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International

Aboriginal woman’s Aussie Senate bid brings racial abuse

Former Olympic Gold Medalist Nova Peris by Rod McGuirkAssociated Press Writer CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Facing the prospect of becoming the first Aboriginal woman to win a seat in Australia’s Parliament, Nova Peris said Sunday that she was targeted during her campaign by the worst onslaught of racial abuse she had ever endured.

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Business

Ticketmaster puts resale, unsold tickets in 1 spot

This Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 screen shot taken from a Ticketmaster website shows a seating chart for the Dolphins-Falcons football game on Sept. 22, 2013, on the Ticketmaster website displaying resale tickets in red and unsold tickets in blue. (AP Photo/Ticketmaster) by Ryan NakashimaAP Business Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans of popular artists or sports teams are painfully aware how difficult it is to find good seats to live events at affordable prices. With a new ticket resale system, Ticketmaster is trying to show you what seats are available in one place — both unsold ones and those up for resale — so you can price-shop more easily.

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Lifestyle

First lady: Anti-obesity effort is changing habits

First lady Michelle Obama, right, is joined by Shaquille O’Neal, and North America Reebok President Uli Becker, left, during a visit to Orr Elementary in Washington, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, for a back to school event highlighting healthy changes in schools and across the country. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) by Darlene Superville Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama said Friday that her anti-childhood obesity campaign is creating a “cultural shift” in how Americans live and eat, and is beginning to have a positive influence on children’s health.

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Entertainment

‘Riddick’ illuminates box office with $18.7M debut

In this Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 photo, actor Vin Diesel poses for a portrait at NBC Universal in Universal City, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) by Derrik J. LangAP Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Riddick” is seeing light at the box office. The sci-fi thriller starring Vin Diesel as an intergalactic criminal with built-in night vision debuted in first place with $18.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. “Riddick” is the third installment in the series, following the $11.6 million debut of 2000’s “Pitch Black” and the $24.3 million launch of 2004’s “The Chronicles of Riddick.”

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National

St. Louis police officer receives racist letter

St. Louis Police Chief Sam DotsonST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis’s police chief has ordered internal and criminal investigations to determine who sent a letter through interdepartmental mail that threatened the life of a Black officer and said he was not welcome in the south patrol division where he works.