METRO NEWS

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Monroeville mall’s youth policy takes effect after shooting
MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) – A suburban Pittsburgh mall’s plan to ban minors who aren’t accompanied by adults on weekend evenings takes effect nearly three weeks…
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City, county announce My Brother’s Keeper committee
In a collaborative effort, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh have announced the creation of a regional My Brother’s Keeper committee aimed at improving…
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Lt. Gov., mayor talk funding, cooperation for education
Joined by city council members, former council members, teachers’ union and school district officials, and education advocates, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto released his Education Task…
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Report: 60 percent of jail inmates unconvicted
According to a new report released by the VERA Institute of Justice, on any given day, in an average jail, 62 percent of the inmates…
Community Calendar 2-25-15
Family hopeful missing male will return home

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NATIONAL NEWS

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Will Packer, Kenny Leon, others honored at Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Heritage Dinner
ATLANTA — The largest black legislative caucus in the country hosted its annual “Heritage Dinner” where the political body paid homage to excellence in the…
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Senate panel greenlights Obama’s attorney general pick
WASHINGTON (AP) — Loretta Lynch won approval from a key Senate committee Thursday to serve as the nation’s next attorney general, as divided Republicans clashed…
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Susan Rice, Samantha Power to address AIPAC meeting
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move that may ease — or exacerbate — spiraling tensions with Israel over a potential Iran nuclear deal, the White…
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Houston discovers 850 rapist DNA matches since rape kit backlogs were addressed
The Houston Chronicle revealed this week that based on 6,600 rape kits from the 1980s to today, there are 850 hits in the FBI’s nationwide…
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What happened to the GOP’s Black outreach website?
Even before Democrats won the presidential election nearly three years ago, the Republican Party conceded that it needed to be more inclusive of people of…
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Justice Served: Three men sentenced & thrown in prison for brutal death of James Craig Anderson
Three White men (William Kirk Montgomery, Joseph Paul Dominick and Jonathan Kyle Gaskamp) have been sentenced to federal prison for the murder of James Craig Anderson,…
NY judge keeps job despite being overheard making “country n****rs” joke
Medical marijuana bill passes in Georgia House of Representatives
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ENTERTAINMENT

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Review…Will Smith and Margot Robbie are on fire in ‘Focus’
Will Smith and Margot Robbie star in Warner Brothers Pictures latest movie, Focus.  Jess (Robbie) needs to learn how to become a better con (wo)man…
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5 roles that prepared Viola Davis for ‘Suicide Squad’
Viola Davis is the kind of actress who brings a raw and personal energy to all of her work on the stage and the big and…
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Cover to Cover…‘Black Broadway’
A remote control and five hundred channels. That’s what you’ve got for entertainment, and there’s still nothing on TV. That doesn’t keep you from looking,…
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‘Empire’ gets real Black & confronts the White woman in the room
“The moment you brought that White woman into my house, I knew then I couldn’t trust you. I knew then you didn’t want to be…
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‘How to Get Away with Murder’ season finale left us speechless
The judge denied Nate’s appeal for bail, remanding him to custody for the duration of the trial. Annalise and her team began representing a priest,…
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With ‘Focus,’ is Will Smith back to being America’s biggest movie star?
Will Smith is back, and he wants to remind us that he’s the same old Will. He’s been playful on the night show circuit, performing…
When you’re Michael Jackson’s son, you get to hear Kendrick’s album before anyone else
‘Empire’s’ ratings rise for 7th straight week; Lee Daniels talks Cosby, Mo’Nique

SPORTS

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Pirates call it sickening to see ‘Jihadi John’ in team hat
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) – The Pittsburgh Pirates say it’s “absolutely sickening” to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John” wearing…
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At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters
•    Derrick Rose is out once again due to a knee injury.  Truth be told, it should not affect The Bulls’ playoff run if management…
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Steel Sensations…Free agent season is upon us
It’s that time of year again. The Steelers are about to hit the free agent signing period, a period when the black and gold typically…
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LeBron not happy colleges recruiting 10-year-old son
LeBron James says there are colleges recruiting his 10-year-old son, and the superstar isn’t happy about it. James told a Detroit radio station this week…
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Judge rules for Peterson, paving way for reinstatement
A federal judge has cleared the way for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to be reinstated, ruling that an NFL arbitrator “failed to meet…
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Vasquez climbing the ladder to super stardom
Monessen native Sammy Vasquez Jr., is one of the top fighters in the welterweight division.  Manager Al Haymon signed him to a contract in January.…
NBA Health Check: Injuries & medical issues affecting Chris Bosh, Derrick Rose & Carmelo Anthony
Overtime 2-25-14

OPINION

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Reparations for Roots
I never supported reparations for slavery. I thought it was just an academic argument. Plus, actual supporters in the Black community don’t seek payment. They…
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To Tell The Truth…No togetherness among Black leaders = limited progress
I often find the need to remind people that don’t really know me of my background and experiences. There are a number who have the…
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Prince Hall Masons carrying the burden of history
In observance of Black History Month, I believe it is important to highlight some of those long lasting institutions and entities that have continued to…
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‘Empire’ gets real Black & confronts the White woman in the room
“The moment you brought that White woman into my house, I knew then I couldn’t trust you. I knew then you didn’t want to be…
We blame Rudy Giuliani: Republicans claim President Obama doesn’t love America
At 100, Olivia Hooker is a living history lesson

BUSINESS

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Make sure you don’t lose out during video meetings
Throwing a great meeting is a lot like throwing a great party. It takes planning and some professional tips and tricks to keep things running…
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HBO’s new fellowship program seeks writers of color and women
It’s no secret that Hollywood has a diversity problem; one glance at last week’s Academy Awards, which boasted not one African American nominee in any…
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Regulators approve tougher rules for Internet providers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet activists declared victory over the nation’s big cable companies Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commission voted to impose the toughest rules…
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US Steel to idle Gary Works coke plant, displacing 300
GARY, Ind. (AP) – U.S. Steel has announced it will close the coke-making plant at its Gary Works, displacing about 300 workers. Company spokeswoman Courtney…
Creating change for Homewood–Brushton businesses
Beyoncé and Jay-Z paying $150k a month to rent their favorite mansion In LA [VIDEO]

INTERNATIONAL

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George Clooney sheds light on rape & genocide still happening in Darfur
In 2005, we were all talking about Darfur. Two years prior, a war of words emerged between the uprising of liberated group against the Sudanese government,…
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Greek hospital patient convicted of racially abusing doctor
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) – A Greek man has been convicted of a racist verbal assault on a Nigerian-born doctor who gave him emergency treatment. A…
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Armed group in South Sudan kidnaps 89 boys
The United Nations children’s agency is reporting armed men abducted at least 89 boys in South Sudan. According to BBC News, the kidnapping took place…
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India insists: Obama’s tree is not dead
NEW DELHI (AP) — Officials in India want to make one thing clear: The tree that President Barack Obama planted in New Delhi three weeks…
Three days of mourning declared in Haiti for 16 deaths at carnival
Battling racism theme of some Rio Carnival parades

LIFESTYLE

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FAB OR FUG: Tia Mowry Flashes Us With Fabulousness & It’s Slightly Amazing [POLL]
Talk about making a statement! Tia Mowry arrived at the premiere for Will Smith’s new film, “Focus” wearing a black Balmain blazer, a sheer dress…
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Lifestyles Report…I don’t get it
Last week I was sitting in my car trying to stay warm and I could not imagine why so many people were walking around in…
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Jeans are so last season: This is why we want leggings forever please
The athleisure trend is here to stay and I don’t want you to get left behind. Leggings are the new denim. In fact, jean sales…
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‘Are You On Fleek?': New York Times wants to know if we’re up on Black slang
The New York Times published a quiz on their site that begged the question: Are You On Fleek? Apparently we need a 12-question quiz so…
FAB FINDS: 25 sexy cut-out dresses you need this weekend
25 Sexy Cut-Out Dresses You Need This Weekend

GENERATION Y

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Radical Brownies encourage social awareness & activism for young girls
A new youth group has sprung up in Oakland, California, aimed at getting young girls to use their voices to speak out against injustice. In…
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NASCAR effort focuses on math, science for kids
WASHINGTON (AP) — It takes a lot of geometry and physics to get a race car to go 200 laps at speeds that can top…
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John Legend pens uplifting letter on importance of education
John Legend expressed in a personal essay on CNN his views on why education should evolve its teaching system so that students cultivate what really interests…
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Neighborhood Youth Outreach presents the Motown Review
The Neighborhood Youth Outreach Program held their annual event with this years’ being a tribute to Motown. It was entitled NYOP presents Motown Review. Come…
Obama daughter tours colleges alone or with Mom, not Dad
Report: High school graduation rate hits new milestone

HEALTH

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Healthful diet report: Sugary drinks out; coffee, eggs in
WASHINGTON (AP) — An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less…
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800,000 HealthCare.gov customers given wrong tax info
WASHINGTON (AP) — About 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers got the wrong tax information from the government, the Obama administration said Friday, and officials are asking those…
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Lunch On Fleek: 5 Tips For Making The Most Healthy & Mouthwatering Sandwich You’ve Ever Bitten Into
Packing your lunch not only helps you not pack on extra pounds, but this healthy habit can also help you stack more cash beauties. According to…
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American Psychological Association Reports Your Mood Can Affect Your Skin
Have you noticed your skin looking less than its best? You might want to get your mind and emotions in check to regain that familiar…
Michigan-based martial arts program helps kids kick cancer
(Watch) Michelle Obama Goes Up Against Big Bird

Cover To Cover

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Cover to Cover…‘Black Broadway’
A remote control and five hundred channels. That’s what you’ve got for entertainment, and there’s still nothing on TV. That doesn’t keep you from looking,…
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Cover To Cover… ‘The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl’
There is life after high school. And were you ever happy to learn that! You couldn’t imagine spending the rest of your days feeling like…
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With ‘Happy’ picture book, Pharrell joins list of rappers with children’s books
Despite the often-truculent image portrayed in the media, hip-hop artists have been known to lend a hand when it comes to educating, helping and inspiring…
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Pharrell Williams Lands A “Happy” Book Deal
Music producer extraordinaire, Pharrell Williams (pictured) has quite a bit to be happy about these days particularly since he just secured a deal with renowned…
Black men inspire: 40 prominent African Americans share views on living, leading and succeeding
Cover to Cover…‘Our Auntie Rosa’

EDITORS PICK

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Take Charge Of Your Health Today…Environmental Health
This monthly series is a partnership of the New Pittsburgh Courier, Community PARTners (a core service of the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science…

FEATURES

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Lifestyles Report…Cupid, where is your bow?
If you have been inside of a retail store you know that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. One store I stopped in already…
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Fashion Watch on that little black dress
Even if the event is titled “The Pink Ice Ball” most of the ladies wore black. It goes to show you that there is nothing…

VIEWPOINT

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Just Sayin’…Does school desegregation really matter?

PEOPLE

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Giuliana Rancic wants Kelly Osbourne fired for defending Zendaya over her
“Fashion Police” co-star Guiliana Rancic wants to say “deuces” to lavender-tinted hair cohost Kelly Osbourne for having the audacity to take up for Zendaya and…
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Kid Rock questions Beyonce’s music, talks about her body & gets stung by BeyHive
Clearly, Kid Rock has no idea what he’s started.. Kid Rock just set himself up for a virtual slaying after making comments about Beyonce in…
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Tia Mowry-Hardrict writes letter to herself & you need to read it
Tia Mowry-Hardrict gave her younger self some great, much-needed advice that would be a huge help to many girls now. Even though Tia grew up…
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Erykah Badu gives best snow day interview of all time [video]
Erykah Badu is always entertaining, and she just gave us all something new to giggle about. The singer was longing for a window seat when…
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Todd Tucker tells Kandi, ‘You are not Rihanna,’ says sex life sucks
  Todd Tucker came at his wife Kandi Burruss with some serious heat-seeking missiles on the upcoming episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” telling the…
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Sorry, Guys: Kanye West apologizes to Bruno Mars & Beck
Even Kanye West can admit when he’s wrong, so he had to send out an apology to two of his contemporaries on Twitter. The end…
Fix It Jesus: ‘Jigaboo’ news anchor meets with pastors after her apology
Sheryl Lee Ralph to Mo’Nique: ‘Shut up’ about being blackballed and lose weight

Education

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New education official wants to reform ‘No Child Left Behind’
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – John King, Jr., a highly-respected educator from New York City, says that teachers saved his life and in his new post as…
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Panera MLK writing contest and leadership awards presented
PANERA BREAD FRANCHISEE, COVELLI ENTERPRISES announced the winners of its Third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. writing contest and leadership award honorees. The review committee…

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