Daily Archive: November 11, 2013

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Opinion

‘Whitewashing’ by Black NFL players must stop

Dear Editor: In the Black community the Black professional athlete is often seen as a hero and role model. They are viewed as individuals who have overcome the barriers of poverty and racism.Some of these athletes make millions of dollars while other athletes make a comfortable living. Being a professional athlete affords many liberties that the average person does not have. The most important of these liberties is the ability to speak out and be heard. Some of our greatest athletes of the past used these liberties to help the civil rights movement. It appears that some Black NFL players of today use these same liberties to “whitewash” racist rants made by White teammates. For example, when Philadelphia Eagle wide-receiver Riley Cooper viciously used the -n- word at a Kenny Chesney concert, many Black players rushed to his defense.

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National

New trial sought for SC boy, 14, executed in 1944

An undated photo provided by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History shows 14-year-old George Stinney Jr., the youngest person ever executed in South Carolina. (AP Photo/South Carolina Department of Archives and History) by Jeffrey CollinsAssociated Press Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Supporters of a 14-year-old Black boy executed in 1944 for killing two White girls are asking a South Carolina judge to take the unheard-of move of granting him a new trial in hopes he will be cleared of the charges. George Stinney was convicted on a shaky confession in a segregated society that wanted revenge for the beating deaths of two girls, ages 11 and 7, according to the lawsuit filed last month on Stinney’s behalf in Clarendon County.

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People

Judge in NY rejects DMX’s bankruptcy filing

In this Sept. 23, 2009 file photo, rapper DMX performs at the 2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File) WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge in New York has tossed rapper DMX’s bankruptcy filing, making him fair game for creditors.

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People

Lady Gaga unveils ‘flying dress’ at NY album fete

Lady Gaga demonstrates the Volantis transport prototype “flying dress” designed by TechHaus – Studio XO during the ARTPOP album release and artRave event at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) by Verena DobnikAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga’s album sales are already stratospheric, so why not her evening wear? The “Applause” singer unveiled a high-tech, white vehicle she bills as the world’s first flying dress. The contraption lifted her up inside a mammoth building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where she held a launch party for her new album on Sunday.

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Sports

AP Sportlight…Drag Racer Antron Brown becomes first Black NHRA champion

Antron Brown (AP Photo/File) Compiled by Paul Montella Nov. 11 2012 – Antron Brown becomes the first Black champion in any NHRA pro series when he wins the Top Fuel title at the season-ending event. Brown suffers minor burns to his hands when his engine pops in an opening-round loss during eliminations, then waits to celebrate his victory until the final, when teammate Tony Schumacher loses in a photo finish to Brandon Bernstein.

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National

NYC moves to vacate judge’s stop-frisk decisions

In this Aug. 13, 2013 file photo, police officers take a report from a woman who had her phone stolen in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York. A federal appeals court on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, blocked a judge’s order requiring changes to the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk program and removed the judge from the case. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) by Jake PearsonAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Attorneys for New York City asked a federal appeals court to vacate a judge’s orders that require the police department to change its stop-and-frisk practice that critics argue unfairly targets minorities.

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Entertainment

‘Thor: The Dark World’ bashes box office with $86M

In this film publicity image released by Paramount Pictures, Chris Hemsworth, portraying superhero Thor, and Natalie Portman, portraying jane Foster, are shown in a scene from the film, “Thor.” Hitting Chris Hemsworth was “one small slap for womankind” says Natalie Portman. The actress, who reprises her role as Jane Foster in “Thor: The Dark World,” gives the superhero a swipe round the face when she reunites with him for the Marvel sequel. (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures-Marvel Studios, Zade Rosenthal) by Jessica Herndon AP Entertainment Writer Superheroes continue to defeat their foes at the box office. Disney’s “Thor: The Dark World,” earning $86.1 million, dominated the weekend box office as it opened domestically at No. 1, according to studio estimates Sunday.

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National

Report: Penn State tried to interest Rice in head job

In this Thursday, July 19, 2012 photo, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, Calif. An aide to Rice says she was approached by a firm helping Penn State look for a new president but she was not interested, a newspaper reported Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An aide to former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she was approached by a firm helping Penn State look for a new president but she was not interested, a newspaper reported Friday. The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/HDNfG6) said Rice’s chief of staff, Georgia Godfrey, confirmed the overture.

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National

Outrage follows shotgun death of Black teenage accident victim

Renisha McBride (Courtesy Photo) DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Protesters and civil rights groups are calling for justice after a suburban Detroit homeowner fatally shot a 19-year-old woman on his porch. No charges have been filed after authorities said Renisha McBride, of Detroit, was killed by a shotgun blast to the face early last Saturday in Dearborn Heights. A man told investigators that he thought someone was trying to break into his home and accidentally discharged the gun, according to police. McBride’s family said she likely approached the home to seek help after getting into a car accident nearby.