Daily Archive: November 2, 2013

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National

Next step in stop-frisk depends on new NYC mayor

New York City Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, left, and Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, participate in their first televised debate at WABC/Channel 7 studios on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 in New York. The debate, the first of three before the Nov. 5 general election, was hosted by the New York Daily News, WABC-TV, Noticias 41 Univision and the League of Women Voters. (AP Photo/The Daily News, James Keivom, Pool) by Jonathan Lemire and Colleen LongAssociated Press WritersNEW YORK (AP) — Front-running mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio faces political and legal dilemmas now that a judge’s ruling critical of the police department’s stop-and-frisk tactic has been blocked.

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Health

Big Bird, Elmo to encourage kids to eat produce

First lady Michelle Obama, center, with PBS Sesame Street’s characters Elmo, left, and Rosita, right, as they help promote fresh fruit and vegetable consumption to kids in an event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Oct. 30, 2013. by Darlene Superville Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A trip down the grocery store produce aisle could soon feel like a stroll down “Sesame Street.” Michelle Obama announced Wednesday that the nonprofit organization behind the popular children’s educational TV program will let the produce industry use Elmo, Big Bird and Sesame Street’s other furry characters free of charge to market fruits and veggies to kids. The goal is to get children who often turn up their noses at the sight of produce to eat more of it. Under the arrangement, Sesame Workshop is waiving the licensing fee for its Muppet characters for two years.

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Entertainment

Racially diverse films win fans but fall behind in Hollywood

Steve McQueen accepts the Hollywood breakout director award at the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Oct. 21, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP) USC Annenberg study finds a dearth of African Americans in film –on screen and behind the camera LOS ANGELES–Fruitvale Station. 12 Years a Slave. The Butler. 42. Mandela. It may seem in 2013 that the critical and popular success of films featuring Black lead actors signals that Hollywood is diversifying. But a new study from USC Annenberg shows it’s business as usual when it comes to employing underrepresented races and ethnicities in the industry.

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Business

Consumers have multiple screen viewing choices

CHERYL PEARSON-McNEIL Today, of course, when we talk about what we watch, that doesn’t necessarily mean just television or the big screen. We have the choice of watching content (e.g. movies, TV, shows and videos) on a number of our cool devices whenever we feel like it. We have the choice of watching this content on a number of cool devices whenever and at times wherever we choose. We have our computers (African-Americans are 10 percent more likely to spend time on the Internet searching for information on electronics than the total population); smartphones (71 percent of us own smartphones compared to 62 percent of the total population); and television of course (Blacks watch 37 percent more television that the total population, which is the most of any other group).

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Entertainment

Shaliek schools females, males on relationships with his new single ‘The Past’

SHALIEK Singer Shaliek could be called the Dr. Phil of music because of the healing words of his debut single “The Past,” which is burning up the music charts.The singer, who was born and raised in the Bronx, wants to help people with their romantic relationships. “The song is for everyone,” says Shaliek. “We all make mistakes—men and women—and we can all relate to the song. People have told me that they feel like I am talking directly to them.”

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International

Kenya Muslim leader: I could be killed next

In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, Abubakar Shariff Ahmed, an influential member of a controversial mosque where two previous mosque leaders were killed under mysterious circumstances, sits in his office in Mombasa, Kenya. Writing in Arabic on islamist flag reads “There is no God but God and Muhammed is his messenger”. (AP Photo/Jason Straziuso) by Jason StraziusoAssociated Press Writer MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — In August 2012, a leader of a Kenyan mosque that has attracted extremist followers was shot dead as he drove through the streets of Mombasa. Fourteen months later, another leader of the same mosque met the same fate. There have been no arrests in either case. Abubakar Shariff Ahmed, an Islamic community leader associated with the same mosque, is certain that he will also be killed. And he believes — as do many others — that the police haven’t solved the two high-profile killings because they are the ones who carried them out. Riots broke out in Mombasa after Aboud Rogo was killed in August 2012 and after Sheik Ibrahim Ismael was killed in October, and tensions remain high in this shabby seaside city ringed by high-end resorts that sit on white-sand beaches.

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Cover To Cover…His Third Wife

Absolutely nobody can stop you. Oh, no. You’re too determined to be deterred from what you want. You’ve got plans, you’ve got might, and you’ve got the guts to make it all happen. If there’s somebody in your way, watch out! You’ll run them right over. Then again, there are times when even the unstoppable is halted in its tracks. And in the new book “His Third Wife” by Grace Octavia, the octagonal red sign is up ahead. Mama Fee was not letting her daughter go through her nuptials alone.

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National

How to make sense of 4 families slain in 4 days?

In this Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 file photo, Terrence Walker of Forney, Texas, the brother of 36-year-old Charles Everett Brownlow Jr., stands in front of the house of their mother, Mary Brownlow, as he answers a reporter’s question in Terrell, Texas. Police arrested Charles Everett Brownlow Jr. early Tuesday, suspected of killing his mother and his aunt and 3 other people during a series of attacks hours earlier in this rural North Texas community. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) by Jesse WashingtonAP National Writer It was a chilling series of horrors: four mass killings involving four different families, in four states over four bloody days, leaving 14 adults and seven children dead. Criminologists say this tragic cluster was nothing more than random chance, not a sign of growing violence in America. Yet for many people, there is a need to explain the inexplicable.

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Business

Experts offer ways to develop a personal brand

Jesse Brown by Jessica R. KeyFor New Pittsburgh Courier(NNPA)—Today, the workplace is more competitive and so are individuals within the business world. Day to day business is global and in order to stay with the changing times, people will need much more than a boring business card.They’ll need a personal brand—an effective strategy that tells who you are, what you stand for and what makes you unique. To some, the concept of a personal brand can seem vague, unnecessary and like another trend in business. But experts stand by personal branding and say not only is it easy but can help you achieve your career goals.