METRO NEWS

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Citywide Day of Prayer for Our Youth announced
Shirley Jones Douglas has dealt with pain that a mother only faces in their darkest nightmares. In 1981, Douglas’ oldest son, Jansen Blake Humphrey, then…
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27K UPMC worker hit by data breach, 788 by fraud
PITTSBURGH (AP) – The personal information of 27,000 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center employees might have been put at risk by identity thieves who apparently…
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Who’s Your Brother? invokes spirit of giving
Some people needed furniture, others, needed help running errands, assistance around the house or other more unique gifts. Their adverse circumstances put them in difficult…
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4 bids made for debt-ridden August Wilson Center
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Four different buyers have submitted bids for Pittsburgh’s debt-ridden August Wilson Center. Court-appointed receiver Judith K. Fitzgerald says in a Thursday statement…
Ohio officials link fracking to recent earthquakes, shut down drilling at site
Black coalition announces gubernatorial candidates forum

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NATIONAL NEWS

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Mayor’s menu filled up: 1 day, 24 restaurants
JENKINTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The mayor of a small town in the Philadelphia suburbs can offer a guarantee to his constituents: He won’t be going…
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COGIC to honor Michigan Chronicle Editor Bankole Thompson with “Centennial Journalist Award”
DETROIT, MI, USA April 19-The Council of Bishops of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), the largest African American Christian demonination in the nation…
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Governor: Closing Boston amid bomber hunt ‘tough’
BOSTON (AP) — Several days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Gov. Deval Patrick received a call in the pre-dawn hours from a top aide telling…
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Man who avoided prison is overwhelmed by support
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri man who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for 13 years said he…
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Illinois gives early OK to $100M for Obama museum
CHICAGO (AP) — Even though Chicago is where Barack Obama got his start in politics, first lady Michelle Obama grew up and the Obamas still…
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Can we trust crime numbers?
In his weekly video address on March 10, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder warned of an “urgent and growing public health crisis” in America: the…
Armed robber was never told to report to prison
A ‘stand your ground’ law for pregnant women
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ENTERTAINMENT

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Review: Turturro’s ‘Gigolo’ is an oddball charmer
We’ll totally forgive you if, as “Fading Gigolo” begins, you’re mistakenly convinced you’re watching a Woody Allen movie. There are those familiar white-on-black titles, the…
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Review: ‘Transcendence’ like a clunky TED talk
HAL has come a long way. First, we had Scarlett Johansson as a human-like operating system. Now, Johnny Depp has been uploaded. If the singularity…
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Jack White records songs, releases vinyl in hours
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jack White played his new single “Lazaretto” for a couple of hundred fans on Record Store Day and four hours later…
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Prince Drops New Music For The Masses “The Breakdown”
According to Entertainment Weekly, his “Royal Purpleness” Prince dropped new music for all of our listening enjoyment! Take a listen to the new song “The…
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Nikko And MiMi Pre-Sales Break Records
  According to TMZ the film starring Mimi from “Love & Hip Hop” is one of the best selling  pre-sellers ever. The entertainment guru Steve Hirsch claims they’ve made more than…
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Is Scandal Star Columbus Short Dealing In Reality: He Speaks On His Legal Issues
According to People, Scandal star Columbus Short is doing a lot. He’s allegedly working on a new album with the likes of;  BJ McKnight, Musiq…
Guess Which Pop Superstar Is Joining Pharrell On ‘The Voice!’
Lil Scrappy’s Ex-Girlfriend Diamond Claims He Was Physically Abusive

SPORTS

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Hometown favorite wants to win Boston, for Boston
BOSTON (AP) — Shalane Flanagan grew up in nearby Marblehead with a reverence for the Boston Marathon and dreamed, like many locals and foreign runners…
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Inside Conditions…“Wandy” should be “Gone-dy”
It is the night before Easter and all through the “pad” a respectable outing by Wandy Rodriguez can’t be had. The game is now at…
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Pirates activate C Stewart, cut 1B Ishikawa
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated catcher Chris Stewart from the 15-day disabled list and cut first baseman Travis Ishikawa. The Pirates also…
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ATLANTA (AP) — If the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks were in any other sport, they might have a glimmer of hope for winning a championship. The…
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McCutchen, Alvarez lead Pirates over Brewers
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Hitting was supposed to be the Pittsburgh Pirates’ weakness coming into the season yet they lead the major leagues in home runs…
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$1.2M needed to save famed Negro League stadium
PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Volunteers and historians are on a fundraising campaign to save a decaying stadium that is one of the few still in…
Affidavit: Smuggler threats follow Puig from Cuba
LeBron still No. 1 with NBA’s most-popular jersey

OPINION

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Allow a vote on unemployment benefits
On Dec. 28, 2013, more than 1.3 million Americans lost their Emergency Unemployment Insurance benefits. The program allowed individuals who have lost their jobs to…
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To Tell The Truth…The real power brokers don’t care
There exists in the minds of the multitude confusion and misunderstanding about who is really in control of the decisions that affect practically every facet…
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Gun violence affects all Americans: Everytown for Gun Safety
Earlier this week, a new organization – Everytown for Gun Safety – launched with a purpose of uniting millions of Americans to work together to…
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Memories of LBJ, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton
(NNPA)—Covering the three-day celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act at the University of Texas last week brought back a string…
Improving the odds for America’s children
Education in prison

BUSINESS

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Mentors help minority companies accelerate growth
NEW YORK (AP) — Mel Gravely says his construction company might not exist today if he didn’t have mentors to guide it. Gravely’s company, TriVersity,…
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Shattering the NCAA exploitive business model
(NNPA)—The recent National Labor Relations Board decision granting Northwestern University football players the right to unionize, if upheld, will shatter the NCAA’s business model. When…
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Students should withdraw from some credit card programs
(NNPA)—As 21st Century employers continue to seek a highly-trained workforce, the marketable value of a college education has never been higher. At the same time,…
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Equal pay for women helps us all
(NNPA)—Could you use an additional $24,000 in your yearly wages? How about nearly $19,000? Or even just another $11,000 to $12,000? Those figures are what…
New regime at Veteran’s Place helps Pgh Vets transition from homeless to home
3 Ways To Know If Your Man Is Cheap Or Just Financially Responsible

INTERNATIONAL

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Nigeria preacher: Healer or controversial leader?
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — It’s Sunday, and 15,000 people are seated in the enormous arena-like church, fanning themselves against the dusty humid air in Nigeria.…
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World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Reaction to death of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez: ___ “A thousand years of loneliness and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all…
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Doomed ferry’s sharp turn, slow evacuation probed
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The investigation into South Korea’s ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and…
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Report: Education limited for Dominican-Haitians
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Children of Haitian descent born in the Dominican Republic are increasingly being barred from attending school following a court…
Health system criticized in Ivory Coast model’s death
Police: Blast in Nigerian capital kills 71

LIFESTYLE

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I am on a roll so don’t rock my boat
Have you ever had one of those weeks where everything went exactly as planned? Well, neither have I, except for last week. I do not…
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Fashion watch on Kandi Burruss: The Wedding Dress
According to InTouch Magazine Kandi Burress emerged from a wall of ostrich-feather fans in a $20,000 Reco Chapple gown with a 12-foot train at her…
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PUT A RING ON IT: Patricia Went On A Blind Date & Was In For A Surprise
Who doesn’t love Black love?! We do and we celebrate it with our “Put A Ring On It” series. Each week, we’ll feature YOUR engagement and wedding…
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15 Black Women In Fashion You Should Know
It’s easy to get enamored by the faces on the runway but the real movers and shakers in the fashion industry flourish off the catwalk.…
Say What?! Accelerate Your Results & Transform Your Body With A USB Drive
Easter on 4/20, pot holy day; pastors reaching out

GENERATION Y

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Miss America: Rethink suspension over prom query
YORK, Pa. (AP) — Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a high school senior who asked her to…
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Give us a sign: Pitt students demand answers about ASL teacher’s non-rehire
On April 15, at 917 Cathedral of Learning, around 30 students and faculty at the University of Pittsburgh gathered in Dean’s office to deliver a…
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Students object to Confederate flags on Va. campus
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A group of law students at Washington and Lee University is demanding the school banish the Confederate flag from its Lexington…
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Uganda’s Junior Chess Champion begins US tour
(White Plains, NY) On Saturday, April 19, Uganda’s Junior chess champion Phiona Mutesi and her coach, Robert Katende will begin a 33 day tour of…
Teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom
Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?

HEALTH

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Warning…Watch out for prediabetes
  (NNPA)—The battle of the bulge is a lifelong challenge for many women. This is largely because our bodies are designed to store fat more…
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What’s good for your heart is good for your colon
(NNPA)—Did you know that lifestyle changes that are recommended for your heart are the same ones recommended for good colon health? Eating plenty of healthy…
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Obama: 8 million signed up for health care
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering…
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CHICK CHAT: Black Women Need To Talk More About Our Uterus, Than Our Hair
With all the conversation that you’re having with your girlfriends, who’s having the conversation about your health? There are countless blogs about Black women’s hair–what’s…
CHIC EATS: Angel Food Cupcakes [RECIPE]
CHIC EATS: Homemade Apple Crisp [RECIPE]

Cover To Cover

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Sen. Warren’s book focuses on working family woes
BOSTON (AP) — At the beginning of her new book, “A Fighting Chance,” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren describes the moment she grew up. She was…
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An Aliquippa native’s memoir now available
FREDERICKSBURG, Va.—A memoir chronicling the life of an Aliquippa native is now available. Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Julia Jeter Cleckley was the first nationally promoted African-American…
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Title of new Hillary Clinton book: ‘Hard Choices’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton’s upcoming book will be called “Hard Choices,” a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try…
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‘Transforming Pain to Power’
You’ll never amount to anything. You might have had those words thrown at you at some point in your early life—and if they were directed…
Morrison’s ‘The Bluest Eye’ doesn’t sit well with some
Brittney Griner’s book: hoops, hardship, hope

EDITORS PICK

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Morrison’s ‘The Bluest Eye’ doesn’t sit well with some
NEW YORK (AP) — The potty humor of “Captain Underpants” children’s books and the mature exploration of race and family violence by Nobel laureate Toni…

FEATURES

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The Wise Decision…13 reasons why you need exercise
Let’s face it, some days you just don’t feel like exercising. You get too busy, too stressed and quite simply too tired. But this shouldn’t…

VIEWPOINT

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To Tell The Truth…They asked, ‘Who in the hell is he?’

PEOPLE

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Kim Novak speaks out against Oscar night ‘bullies’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kim Novak says that cruel jabs about how she looked during the Oscar ceremony amounted to bullying that left her crushed…
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Celeb birthdays for the week of April 20-26
April 20: Actor George Takei is 77. Actor Ryan O’Neal is 73. Keyboardist Craig Frost of Grand Funk Railroad is 66. Actor Gregory Itzin is…
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Chris Brown trial set to start on Monday
WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has set Monday as the start date for the assault trial of singer Chris Brown in the nation’s capital. During…
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Anita Baker countersues home improvement company
DETROIT (AP) — Grammy Award-winning singer Anita Baker has countersued a company that says it hasn’t been paid for work done on her Detroit-area home.…
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Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Maroon 5 frontman-turned designer Adam Levine says his lack of fashion training is not a problem. “I don’t know how…
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Idris Elba welcomes baby son Winston
NEW YORK (AP) — Idris Elba has welcomed a baby boy named Winston. The actor tweeted Friday that his son was born Thursday, adding a…
Whoopi Goldberg writes Denver Post cannabis column
‘Paul Robeson’ playwright Phillip Hayes Dean dies

Education

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Bush says education achievement gap is ‘scandalous’
AUSTIN, Texas – Former President George W. Bush said the education achievement gap – up to four years at some grade-levels – is a “nation…
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Black preschoolers more likely to face suspension
WASHINGTON (AP) – Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools – even as tiny preschoolers. The racial disparities in American…

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