Daily Archive: September 24, 2013

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Business

Abercrombie & Fitch settles Calif. suits over head scarves

Hani Khan, a former stockroom worker for Abercrombie & Fitch Co. who was fired for refusing to remove her Muslim headscarf, listens to a question during a news conference in San Francisco, Monday, June 27, 2011. (AP Photo/File) by Paul EliasAssociated Press WriterSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Trendy clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has agreed to make religious accommodations and allow workers to wear head scarves as part of a settlement of discrimination lawsuits filed in California, lawyers announced Monday.

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Lifestyle

Ga. autism project looks to early detection

Marlaina Dreher, right, sits with her 5-year-old son, Brandon, who is autistic, before a session in the pediatric feeding disorder program at the Marcus Autism Center, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) by Christina A. CassidyAssociated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP) — In a small room similar to a doctor’s office, Marlaina Dreher broke into applause as her 5-year-old son, Brandon, grabbed a red plastic spoon filled with puréed lasagna and fed himself.

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National

DA: Racist texts on Pa. school officials’ phones, parents demand firings

Coatesville Area School District Superintendent Richard Como and Athletic Director Jim Donato by Michael RubinkamAssociated Press Two officials at a large southeastern Pennsylvania school district exchanged “shockingly racist” text messages on district phones, a prosecutor said Monday. Prosecutors learned of the messages during an investigation into the Coatesville Area School District, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan told The Associated Press. “The text messages that we reviewed were of a shockingly racist nature,” he said. “They looked like something from 1813, not 2013.”

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Sports

Want to watch a meaningful game in October? Tune in to the Pirates

Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward shakes hands with Steelers fans before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Pittsburgh. Chicago won 40-23.(AP Photo/Don Wright) Who would have thought that it would be the Pittsburgh Pirates who would be playing meaningful games in October and not the Pittsburgh Steelers? That appears to be the case after the embarrassing 40-23 defeat at home on Sunday night to the Chicago Bears.

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People

Rihanna poses with protected primate in Thailand

In this Wednesday, July 10, 2013 file photo, singer-songwriter Rihanna performs at “Le Sporting” in Monaco during her “Diamonds World Tour” to Europe. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File) by Thanyarat DoksoneAssociated Press Writer BANGKOK (AP) — Pop star Rihanna spent a weekend at the beach in Thailand, leaving behind a trail of racy tweets and an incriminating Instagram photograph showing her cuddling an endangered primate. That didn’t sit well with authorities, who arrested two people for allegedly peddling protected species.

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Business

Blackonomics…Kudos to the CBC Foundation, Inc.

CBCF Boad Chairman Chakah Fattah D-PA In a recent article I posed the question, “Hey, Chocolate City, where da money at?” Well, the CBCF gave a resounding answer to that inquiry on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Starting a new campaign to strengthen the economy in Black communities, the organization, under the leadership of Board Chairman, Congressman Chaka Fatah, D-PA, announced it would invest $5 million with Black banks, “as part of a broader effort to increase the availability of loans for businesses and individuals in African-American communities.” I applaud the CBCF for this initiative; it is a great example of how we can leverage the dollars over which we have control and stewardship.

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International

Germany gets its 1st Black members of Parliament

Actor and politician Charles M. Huber takes part in a benefit run for children held by the local fire-brigade youth in Griesheim, Germany. (AP Photo/dpa,: Fredrik von Erichsen,file) by Frank Jordans BERLIN (AP) — A chemist and an actor — both with family roots in Senegal — have become Germany’s first Black federal lawmakers, according to official election results released Monday.