Daily Archive: September 16, 2013

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National

Racist tweets flow after Miss America crowned

Nina Davuluri is crowned Miss America 2014 on Saturday, September 15, 2013. (Photo: MissAmerica.org) No sooner had the tiara been placed atop her head than a barrage of racist tweets flooded the Internet. “If you’re #Miss America you should have to be American,” said one. “WHEN WILL A WHITE WOMAN WIN #MISSAMERICA? Ever??!!” screamed another.

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National

DC police chief: 12 dead in Navy Yard shootings

A U.S. Park Police helicopter removes a man in a basket from the Washington Navy Yard Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) by Brett Zonger Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say at least 12 people have died in the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said during a news conference Monday that 12 people were confirmed dead. Lanier says people are being told to stay in their homes and out of the area as authorities search for two other possible suspects. One of the shooters has died. The police chief says officers are searching for two other people with firearms wearing military-style uniforms. She says there is no indication of a possible motive at this time.

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Lifestyle

New Miss America cheers pageant diversity; Asian Americans finish 1st and 2nd

Miss New York Nina Davuluri walks down the runway after winning the the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) by Wayne ParryAssociated Press Writer ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Moments after winning the 2014 Miss America crown, Nina Davuluri described how delighted she is that the nearly century-old pageant sees beauty and talent of all kinds. The 24-year-old Miss New York is the first contestant of Indian heritage to become Miss America; her talent routine was a Bollywood fusion dance. “I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity,” she said in her first press conference after winning the crown in Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk Hall. “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.”

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Opinion

Tell a brown girl she’s pretty, dreadlocks and all

by Yaba Blay (CNN) — Late last month, school officials at Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, sent 7-year-old straight-A student Tiana Parker home crying. Her offense? Wearing dreadlocks. The school’s policy at the time said “hairstyles such as dreadlocks, afros, mohawks, and other faddish styles are unacceptable.”

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National

Okla. school board alters dress code to allow dreadlocks

This Sept. 8, 2013 photo shows Tiana Parker, 7, who was removed from the Deborah Brown Community School due to the school’s policy against her natural hairstyle, poses for a photo outside the Tulsa, Okla. school. Photo/Tulsa World, Cory Young (AP Photo) by Krishana Davis (NNPA)–A Tulsa, Okla. charter school has reversed a dress code under which it dismissed a 7-year-old for wearing dreadlocks. The independent governing board for the Deborah Brown Community School voted 4-0 Sept. 9 to rescind a policy that banning dreadlocks, afros and other “faddish styles” of hair.

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Sports

LeBron’s wedding both posh and private

In a March 2, 2011 file photo, Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James, center, sits with his girlfriend Savannah Brinson, right, at a new computer during a charity event at the Northwest Boys & Girls Club in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) by Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer (AP)- LeBron James wanted his wedding day to be perfect and private. It appears he got both.

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Sports

Bengals’ Harrison gets to chase Big Ben again

Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker James Harrison stands on the sidelines during an NFL preseason football game against the Tennessee Titans, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman) by Joe KayAP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger took the snap and tried to stay upright long enough for his receivers to get open on the fourth-and-17 play with time running out. James Harrison made sure there would be none of Big Ben’s sleight of hand in this one. The linebacker sacked Miami of Ohio’s first-year quarterback, securing Kent State’s 24-20 victory on Nov. 24, 2001.