METRO NEWS

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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…
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Ohio officials link fracking to recent earthquakes, shut down drilling at site
For the first time, Ohio regulators said recent earthquakes in the state were probably caused by fracking operations. In early March, five small earthquakes up…
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Black coalition announces gubernatorial candidates forum
Members of what Central Baptist Church pastor Rev. Victor Grigsby called “one of the strongest coalitions this city has seen in terms of African-American empowerment”…
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Gainey bill to curb utility rate hikes
After hearing complaints about soaring heating bills over the winter, State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-East Liberty, has introduced legislation that would limit the amount gas,…
YWCA USA head Dara Richardson-Heron visits Pittsburgh
Obama, Biden announce $600M for job grants at CCAC

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NATIONAL NEWS

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Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson, former NBA All-Star, to lead national mayoral group
  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is the new leader of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a platform that will allow the…
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Obama says Civil Rights Movement opened door for his election
AUSTIN, Texas (NNPA) –With civil rights legends Andrew Young, John Lewis and Julian Bond and Jesse Jackson looking on, President Barack Obama on April 10…
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Holder: Hate crimes ‘an affront to who we are’
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — All Americans stand with the mourners of three people killed at Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City, Attorney General…
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Bill Clinton says voter ID laws undermine civil rights progress
AUSTIN, TEXAS (NNPA) – Former President Bill Clinton praised President Lyndon B. Johnson for signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights…
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Colleges seek to improve remedial programs
BALTIMORE (AP) — The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels’ remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College. Only…
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Suspect found guilty in 4 Omaha shooting deaths
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting four people in Omaha over 10 days last summer was on Wednesday found guilty of…
End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded
This Week In Black History
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ENTERTAINMENT

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Shorter and Schneider each win 3 Jazz Awards
NEW YORK (AP) — Saxophonist Wayne Shorter and composer-arranger Maria Schneider are each triple winners in the 2014 Jazz Awards presented by the Jazz Journalists…
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Bluesman apologizes for St. Louis concert gone bad
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Blues guitarist B.B. King wants his St. Louis fans to give him another chance after an erratic performance led to a…
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Salsa great Cheo Feliciano dies in car crash at 78
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano died in a car accident early Thursday, prompting the governor of the U.S.…
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Nas kicks off Tribeca with documentary, concert
NEW YORK (AP) — The raw New York lyricism of Nas kicked off the 13th annual Tribeca Film Festival with an exuberant hip-hop beat. Tribeca…
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Nas ‘Time Is Illmatic’ Documentary Premieres At Tribeca Film Festival
This year is a big one for Nas. His debut album, “Illmatic,” turned 20 this year, and the new documentary about the album’s process, “Time…
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Nick Gordon Banned From Any Contact With Houston Family For A Year
Bobbi Kristina Brown‘s husband Nick Gordon has made it extremely awkward at family functions with his violent behavior and threats he’s made via social media.…
While You Slept: Nick Young Gets “Illegal” With Iggy, Serena’s Cakes
AM BUZZ: How Much Was Mimi Paid For Her Sex Tape?; Nelly Is Single & More…

SPORTS

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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…
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Affidavit: Smuggler threats follow Puig from Cuba
MIAMI (AP) — The smugglers who helped Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig leave Cuba on a speedboat have made death threats against him and…
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LeBron still No. 1 with NBA’s most-popular jersey
MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James’ jersey remains the most popular in the NBA. The league announced Thursday that the Miami Heat star topped the list…
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Let the (real) games begin: It’s NBA playoff time
MIAMI (AP) — Finally, the NBA playoffs are set. It took the entire season to fill out those brackets. Overtime thrillers in Memphis and Charlotte,…
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Girl’s memorial being held at basketball arena
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An 8-year-old Michigan State basketball fan whose battle with cancer inspired the team’s players, coaches and many more beyond the…
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Mural of Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason retouched
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville artist has finished retouching a mural of Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason after the school’s NAACP chapter complained about…
MLB marks 67th anniversary of Robinson debut
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OPINION

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Education in prison
Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo cancelled his innovative plan to offer basic college education programs to state prisoners. His plan, which was announced…
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Women get unequal pay for equal work
(NNPA)—When John and Ann started working on Jan. 1, 2013, John had an immediate advantage. Because women earn 77 cents for every dollar men earn,…
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Whitewashing Republican support of civil rights
(NNPA)—One of the best kept secrets over the past 50 years is that, proportionately, Republicans in Congress supported passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights…
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Just Sayin’…The tale of two school systems
The tale of two school systems right next to each other, well…almost.  One’s a big success, the other a big failure. Penn Hills and Wilkinsburg.…
Are voters really influenced by political signs?
Guest Editorial…Journalism legend: Chuck Stone

BUSINESS

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New regime at Veteran’s Place helps Pgh Vets transition from homeless to home
For more than 20 years Carena M. Phillips has been assisting people in their quest for a better life and to find employment. Like the…
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3 Ways To Know If Your Man Is Cheap Or Just Financially Responsible
I started dating when I was fifteen. I got married at thirty-two. That means that I spent over half of my life interacting with the…
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Study: Samsung phone durable, but iPhone has edge
NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 smartphone is more durable than last year’s model and other leading Android phones, but the iPhone 5s…
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Doss named associate publisher Who’s Who in Black Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pa.— Who’s Who Publishing Company, the nation’s largest annual directory focusing on African-American achievement, proudly announces Rod Doss as the Associate Publisher for the…
Business Calendar
April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers

INTERNATIONAL

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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…
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Health system criticized in Ivory Coast model’s death
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Awa Fadiga was attacked at night in a taxi that was taking her home to an upscale neighborhood in Ivory…
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Police: Blast in Nigerian capital kills 71
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Police say an explosion that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria’s capital has killed at least 71 people and…
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Cost of fighting warming ‘modest,’ says UN panel
BERLIN (AP) — The cost of keeping global warming in check is “relatively modest,” but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup…
Pope poses for ‘selfies’ after Palm Sunday homily
Fliers’ thoughts, from ‘no fear’ to ‘it’s scarier’

LIFESTYLE

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HOP ON IT: Easter-Inspired Finds That Will Make You Look Like A Lady
Easter dressing may be easier than ever this year. Coincidentally, the trends of the moment are all timeless Easter staples: white, pastels and florals. To…
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11 Items Every 30-Something Should Have In Their Closet
In your 20′s you spent your Friday nights snatching up all the $20 dresses from Forever 21 and perhaps you stalked the clearance section at Rainbow.…
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Lady Gaga Released Untouched Photos Of Her Versace Ad & We’re Like, Girl Is That You?
In case you were curious to see what she looks like without makeup, Lady Gaga‘s untouched photos from her Versace ad campaign have surfaced on…
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Carnegie opens RACE in America exhibit
Are we so different? That is the question asked by—and subtitle of—a traveling exhibit on race in America now open at the Carnegie Museum of…
Lifestyles Report…Real women in the ATL
Swing into Spring with Delta Sigma Theta

GENERATION Y

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Dress codes: Where should schools set limits?
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — They’re called leggings — popular fashion items that are tight-fitting pants to some, and glorified tights to others. Younger girls often…
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College students launch campaign to raise visibility
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – If anyone thought the election of Barack Obama, or the rise of the multi-racial Millennial generation, marked the beginning of a post-racial…
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‘Regular Black’ vs. ‘ethnic Black’: Why the divide?
I first heard someone at a Black student union party refer to herself – and to me, by extension – as a “regular Black.” The…
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Dreams dashed in fatal college tour bus crash
ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — It was a busload of opportunity: young, low-income, motivated students, destined to become the first in their families to go to…
Study says that teens in low income households start having sex sooner
Students interview their heroes for Black History Month project

HEALTH

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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…
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CHIC EATS: Angel Food Cupcakes [RECIPE]
Ingredients 1 box angel food cake mix Strawberry Lemonade Sparkling ICE   Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line muffin pan with paper liners. Replace…
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CHIC EATS: Homemade Apple Crisp [RECIPE]
Ingredients For The Crumble: 1 cup all purpose flour 2/3 cup brown sugar 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes For The Apples: ¾…
Model & ‘American Idol’ Alum’s Reaction To Deadly Cancer Diagnosis Is The Most Beautiful Thing You’ll See All Day [VIDEO]
Black families becoming more aware of autism

Cover To Cover

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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…
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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…
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Brittney Griner’s book: hoops, hardship, hope
NEW YORK (AP) —Brittney Griner had a busy WNBA offseason. She played in China, vacationed in Miami and watched from courtside while favorite player LeBron James…
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Cover to Cover… ‘Splash, Anna Hibiscus!’
“Look, Mom!” You probably say that 10 times a day. You want to show her something, ask a question, or just get Mom to see…
‘Writing God’s Obituary’
“Gone With the Wind” prequel to focus on Mammy

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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Ex-quarterback McNabb spends day in Arizona jail
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb has been released from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest…
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Ill, hospitalized Miley Cyrus postpones more shows
NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus is postponing more concerts as she remains in a hospital for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics. A representative…
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New York political leader Basil Paterson dies
NEW YORK (AP) — Basil Paterson, a longtime New York political powerhouse and the father of former Gov. David Paterson, has died, his family said…
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‘Real Housewives’ TV star faces battery charge
ATLANTA (AP) — Porsha Williams of TV’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” faces a battery charge after fellow cast member Kenya Moore told police she was…
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MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell injured in car accident
NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC says its host Lawrence O’Donnell was injured with his brother Michael in a taxi accident Saturday while vacationing out of…
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Strahan’s ‘GMA’ side job confirmed with his visit
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Strahan has made good on reports that he’s joining “Good Morning America” by paying a visit to the ABC breakfast…
Sean Combs to speak at Howard U. commencement
Flavor Flav taking plea deal in Vegas battery case

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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