METRO NEWS

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Tree of Hope extends branches to child victims for Christmas
The Christmas holiday is a time of celebration and to spend time with loved ones, but for hundreds of children in the Pittsburgh area, it…
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Highmark delivers holiday joy to local families
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield partnered with local organizations to deliver holiday joy to several less-fortunate families. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Salvation Army,…
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The Dignity & Respect Champion for December is…Cynthia Stevans
Cynthia Stevans spends her days working in the community reaching out to some of the hardest to reach people.  She strives to educate them on…
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Community Calendar
Kwanzaa Celebration     DEC. 27—The Community Empowerment Association presents its 20th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration 2014 from 3-9 p.m. at CEA, 7120 Kelly St., Homewood. The…
48 extra days in Steubenville rape case probation violation
Shadyside bank heist under investigation

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NATIONAL NEWS

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The Gift of Giving…Church members each get $500 to do good for world
CHICAGO (AP) — On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money…
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Top news of 2014 left public grasping for answers
Twenty-thousand feet down the answers may be waiting, hidden in some underwater canyon far off Australia’s coast. But more than nine months after searchers began…
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Mindfulness helps teens cope with stress, anxiety
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As the morning school bell rings and students rush through crowded corridors, teenagers in one Portland classroom settle onto mats and…
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Houston cop cleared in fatal shooting of unarmed Jordan Baker
A Harris County, Texas, grand jury has cleared a veteran police officer in the fatal shooting of unarmed 26-year-old Jordan Baker (pictured), USA Today reports. SEE…
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LAPD probes Michael Brown death parody song (VIDEO)
The Los Angeles Police Department is heading an investigation to learn if police officers currently on the force attended a dinner that featured a song…
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Officer kills armed 18-year-old near Ferguson
BERKELEY, Mo. (AP) — The mayor of the St. Louis suburb of Berkeley called for calm Wednesday after a White police officer killed a Black…
AP poll: Police killings of Blacks voted top story of 2014
Going it alone, Obama rocked the boat in 2014
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ENTERTAINMENT

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Family Hospice & Palliative Care presents ‘Festival of Voices’
“Festival of Voices,” a concert of local and national gospel artists took place Nov. 30 at the historic Wesley Center AMEZ Church, located at 2701…
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J’Aira Pryor shares true meaning of Christmas with ‘O’ Holy Night’
Singer, songwriter, pianist and now producer, J’Aira Pryor does it all. The 33-year-old Penn Hills area resident recently held a one-night only Christmas show entitled…
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Ab-Soul Takes You On A Tour Of Los Angeles
Ab-Soul, who released These Days… earlier this year, recently took Karen Civil on a tour through Los Angeles with Fader for the publication’s Reebok Classic’s Coast To…
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Arts & Culture Calendar
Thursday 25 Merry Christmas!!!! Friday 26 Christmas Star The Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre presents “Christmas Star” at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, 937 Liberty Ave., Cultural District.…
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AM BUZZ: Jay & Bey Chase Blue Through The Airport; Gabby U Having Trouble Conceiving? & More
Jay & Bey Chase Blue Just when you thought The Carter family couldn’t get any more adorable, this clip of them chasing Blue Ivy through…
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Cosby not finding support in Black community
WASHINGTON (AP) – Bill Cosby hasn’t been “America’s dad” for years. For some Blacks, he is the cranky uncle complaining about young African Americans who,…
Sony announces limited release for ‘The Interview’
L.A. Reid To Black Artists: ‘There Are Some Cool Words That Aren’t B*tch’ [VIDEO]

SPORTS

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AP Source: Pitt to name Narduzzi as head coach
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pat Narduzzi spent eight years transforming Michigan State’s defense into one of the most intimidating in the country. Pittsburgh is hoping he…
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Bengals vs. Steelers for the division title
The Steelers took care of their business against the Kansas City Chiefs, 20-12, but the Cincinnati Bengals put the pressure back on by taking care…
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Overtime
:10—I know. By now you’ve heard about the tremendous success of the first ever Pittsburgh City League All-Sports Hall of Fame inductions. Over 300 people…
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Inside Conditions—Smoke signals
It is Saturday morning Dec. 20, 10:30 a.m.; approximately 26 hours and some change before the Kansas City Chiefs are scheduled to bring their “war…
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Olympian Jesse Owens honored in Senate resolution
WASHINGTON (AP) – A resolution honoring Ohioan and Olympic athlete Jesse Owens has been approved by the U.S. Senate. Ohio senators Sherrod Brown and Rob…
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Interim coaching jobs present challenges in bowls
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Barney Cotton choked up as he described the challenges that come with serving as Nebraska’s interim head coach. He wants to…
The ins and outs of the playoff races
2014 provides plenty of eye candy for sports fans

OPINION

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Editorials from around Pennsylvania…JUST BREATHE
____ JUST BREATHE Six family members slaughtered by a Montgomery County man who then took his own life. One hundred forty-three, mostly children, killed in…
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To Be Equal…This Is Why We March
“It’s just so overwhelming to see all who have come to stand with us. Look at the masses – Black, White, all races, all religions…We…
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Blacks should support normalizing relations with Cuba
(NNPA)—President Obama’s historic announcement that the U.S. is restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba, after more than five decades of strategic political and military opposition, is…
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A wealth of unfair criticism for Obama
(NNPA)—I had an interesting, though brief, discussion with a rich friend about President Obama. He is quite conservative, politically. He made the point that this has…
Just Sayin’…Merry Christmas
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY

BUSINESS

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More ‘Help Wanted’ signs up at small businesses
NEW YORK (AP) — If you’re looking for signs that the U.S. economy is growing and that the job market is improving, just talk to…
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While Pittsburgh celebrates and Santa delivers, ALCOSAN does too
ALCOSAN employees protect our rivers and keep toilets flushing 24/7  Pittsburgh – While Santa is busy delivering gifts, and families gather together this holiday, Santa’s…
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‘Queens Of Africa’ dolls take on Barbie this holiday season [VIDEO]
Last January, Taofick Okoya told Reuters that while looking to buy a Black doll for his niece, he was dismayed that he could not find…
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Business Calendar
Open House JAN. 7—Chatham University’s Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship will host an Open House from 8:30-10 a.m. at its Eden Hall Campus, Lodge Dining Room,…
Review: Who needs a separate camera with these 3 phones?
US economy accelerates and helps lift Dow to 18K

INTERNATIONAL

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Faithful flock to Bethlehem for Christmas
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Several thousand Christian pilgrims on Wednesday flocked to the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional…
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Report: At least 60 journalists killed in 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — At least 60 journalists around the world were killed in 2014 while on the job or because of their work, the…
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El Salvador’s gangs target women and girls
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a country terrorized by gangsters, it is left to the dead to break the silence on sexual violence.…
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Cuba: No intention of extraditing Assata Shakur
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba said Monday that it has a right to grant asylum to U.S. fugitives, the clearest sign to date that the communist…
U.N. kcks off Decade for People of African Descent
AP sources: US, Cuba seek to normalize relations

LIFESTYLE

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Sister Foster’s annual Christmas food giveaway
For the 14th year, Sister Linda Foster held a Christmas party at the beginning of the month for the soup kitchen, “Big Mama’s Kitchen,” located…
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Eastern Star annual Thanksgiving basket giveaway
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Church Circuit
Christmas Day Service     DEC. 25— Second Baptist Church, 108 W. 12th Ave., Homestead, will host its Christmas Day Worship Service at 10 a.m. The…
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10 Statement Shoes To Upgrade Your Boring Winter Wardrobe
It’s common knowledge that an outfit’s incomplete without sick footwear. Whether it be a sky-high stiletto or a sleek loafer, a great shoe is the icing…
The Gift That Keeps On Giving: A Workout That Uses Your Wrapping Paper & Presents To Keep You Skinny [VIDEO]
GET THE LOOK: Rita Ora stuns In python & leather for the holidays

GENERATION Y

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Step Show: Black Greeks Protest Sorority Sisters Outside VH1 Offices
Black Greek fraternities and sororities are not letting VH1 get away with the airing of their controversial show, Sorority Sisters. Over the weekend, various members…
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5 African Americans named Rhodes Scholars
Each year the Rhodes Trust awards exceptional postgraduate students with a scholarship to pursue studies in all fields at the prestigious University of Oxford, the oldest university…
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Black high schooler gifts less fortunate classmate with new shoes after bullies made fun of him [PHOTOS]
Christmas is only in a few days, but with all the tragedy that’s happening in our own backyards, we could use an uplifting story that…
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Q&A: Why campus rape victims usually don’t report
WASHINGTON (AP) — Only about 20 percent of campus sexual assault victims go to police, according to a new Justice Department report providing insight into…
College Student Lands In Jail For Not Having State Driver’s License
Revolutionary love: Ferguson protest leaders get engaged at City Hall

HEALTH

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LGBT resources in Allegheny County
If you know a young person who identifies as LGBT or is questioning his/her sexual orientation or identity, Dr. Marshal recommends the following resources: Children’s…
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Despite gay-related stressors and discrimination, most LGB youths report being healthy and happy
Young people who make up the lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB)* population are diverse. But they have health needs and risks that are LGB specific.…
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Take Care Of Your Health Today. Be Informed. Be Involved…LGB health
These pages focus on the health disparities in the Pittsburgh region. They give important health information as well as information about research opportunities and community…
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SHE DRINKS: 3 Fresh Ways To Sip Your Peppermint This Holiday Season
My favorite holiday flavor will be taking on a fresh new twist this year! I love this seasonal flavor and you will too because not…
I Don’t Sweat, I Sparkle: How To Jazz Up Your Fitness Fashion With Holiday Cheer
Should I Go Raw Or Nah? 10 Things To Know Before You Stop Cooking Your Food

Cover To Cover

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Cover To Cover…‘Memoirs of an Elf’
Your mom and dad take their jobs very seriously. They get to work on time and they do a good job. Sometimes, they might even…
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Amazon-Hachette feud headlines book news in 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Like a serial for the digital age, the book world’s most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real…
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Cover To Cover…‘Prison Noir’
Three-and-a-half steps. Visualize it: that’s how big your home is. Back against the wall, three-and-a-half steps until you can’t go anymore. Arms straight out at…
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Cover to Cover…‘Firebird’
  You can’t. Doesn’t it make you mad to hear those words?  Of course you can—maybe just not now. Someday, you can drive a car,…
Cover To Cover…‘Imagine This’
The ‘Hair Commandments’ book signing

EDITORS PICK

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The Courier’s Crusade…With crime coverage, paper ‘challenging community’
PITTSBURGH (AP) — At the start of every month, the same image of a pistol points from the same place on the front page of…

FEATURES

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Black Captain America leading comic book diversity
WASHINGTON (AP) — For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they are more and more reflecting the true hues of American society.…

VIEWPOINT

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Janay Rice’s Journey

PEOPLE

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Big Sean Celebrates His Grandmother’s Life Following Her Passing
A few days after his grandmother Mildred V. Leanord passed away, Big Sean expressed his heartfelt emotions with a lengthy Instagram caption. “My grandma passed…
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Here Comes The Judge: Columbus Short To Stand Trial For Assault
Former Scandal star Columbus Short may need to call Olivia Pope for the legal battle he’s about to face. An L.A. judge ruled Tuesday, there was…
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Pour It Up: Rihanna’s Dad Tossed From Her Charity Event For Drinking
Don’t expect for Rihanna and her father Ronald Fenty to break bread any time soon. Fenty recently spoke out to the Daily Mail surrounding his…
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Lil Wayne Gets New Tattoos On His Face
Lil Wayne is sporting new tattoos on his face. The MC added Arabic writing on top of his left eyebrow and an eyeball on his…
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Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Reveal First Ad Campaign For Balmain Paris
Photo: Kim Kardashian‘s Twitter Kim Kardashian will not stop until the Internet is truly broken. This time she attempts to break the webs fully clothed,…
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Pretty Pennies: Karrueche Tran Lands Modeling Contract
Karrueche Tran has identified herself as a model for years, but now she’s got a contract with a huge agency to back it up! It’s…
Meagan Good shows sympathy after NYPD Shootings & Stacey Dash makes us cringe
So Dysfunctional: Ray & Janay Rice Kiss After Elevator Brawl [VIDEO]

Education

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Nation’s classrooms reflect on Ferguson decision
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When his high school English students came to class, Tom Rademacher knew there would be one thing on their mind: a…
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Top 10 scholarships for Black and minority students for 2015
  Nationwide — 2015 is expected to be a great year for students because a record-number of foundations and organizations are planning to give away…

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