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GOP hopes to keep power under new redistricting
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For the past 3 1/2 years, Republicans have controlled all three power centers in Pennsylvania government — the governorship, both chambers…
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Peduto helps kindergarteners kickoff the first day of school
Reminds Parents of Free Healthcare Enrollment Resource to Promote a Culture of Health PITTSBURGH, PA — Mayor William Peduto’s Healthy Together enrollment campaign, made possible…
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Changing police discipline dynamics must be state effort
According to the city’s Disciplinary Manual, last updated in April 2009, the manual can be changed “at any time, without notice by the director of…
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LGBT Black Pride Weekend
July 27 in Highland Park at the Lakepoint and Hawthorne groves, Felecia Harvey, coordinator of Black Pride Organization, held a celebration barbecue. Black Pride is…
Families seek help in year-old unsolved homicides
Community Calendar 8-27-14

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NATIONAL NEWS

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People rally at Ohio Wal-Mart where cops shot man
BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — Some 200 people held signs and chanted Saturday outside a Wal-Mart where a young man with an air rifle was fatally…
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Transgender women’s killings test police outreach
BALTIMORE (AP) — The day after Mia Henderson’s body was found in a Baltimore alley, Police Commissioner Anthony Batts invited members of the city’s LGBT…
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Ferguson’s flashpoint sparks national outrage
LOS ANGELES (AP) — They were killed in Wisconsin, New York and California. Some were shot on the street. One was killed in a Wal-Mart.…
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Obama on Labor Day: Don’t take rights for granted
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is asking Americans this Labor Day to think about the rights and benefits that people often take for granted.…
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Obama’s tan suit buzzed around the world
NEW YORK (AP) — Quick! What exactly did President Barack Obama say from the White House briefing room about Syria, Iraq and Ukraine while dressed…
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The best reporting on federal push to militarize local police
Protests have continued for more than a week since the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Police officers initially met protesters…
Jury finds woman guilty in silicone-injection case
NY police probed for 2nd chokehold death
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ENTERTAINMENT

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Awww: Beyoncé Pays Tribute To Daughter Blue Ivy With A Poem
Beyoncé got creative with her latest magazine spread in CR Fashion Book. Anyone can give an interview, it’s super-easy. You’re just answering everyone’s burning questions!…
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Rasheeda, Stevie J, Joseline Hernandez, Cash Money at Ludacris Celebrity Basketball Game
ATLANTA — Luda Day Weekend 2014 climaxed with the Celebrity Basketball Game at Georgia State University that featured members of Ludacris’ label, Disturbing Tha Peace,…
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Terri J. Vaughn hosted ‘Girlfriends Getaway’ viewing party
Terri J. Vaughn (“Meet the Browns,” “Steve Harvey Show”) hosted a viewing party at her house to celebrate the manifestation of a dream come true:…
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Pittsburgh-based reality show ‘The Chair’ to debut
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Viewers of a new reality show will soon find out what happens when two fledgling directors are given $850,000 to direct their…
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5 takeaways from a punch-less summer box office
NEW YORK (AP) — The movie of the summer might have been Marvel’s irreverent hit “Guardians of the Galaxy,” the top domestic film at the…
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It’s Official: Dwyane Wade marries Gabrielle Union in posh, private ceremony
This was not a drill! It’s finally official! “Being Mary Jane” actress Gabrielle Union, 41, married long-time boyfriend Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade, 32. According to People…
Trinidad James says he never needed Def Jam
Michael Sam Up For Grabs After Being Cut By St. Louis Rams

SPORTS

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Former Steelers LB James Harrison retires
PITTSBURGH (AP) — James Harrison spent a decade as one of the NFL’s most feared players. What the five-time Pro Bowl linebacker fears now, however,…
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Column: For deadly football, Algeria must face ban
Murder, pure and simple. For football coach Hugo Broos, no other word is fitting for the death of his star player, Albert Ebosse. The deadly…
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Sam cut from Rams, but may still have NFL future
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Not long after Michael Sam waved to an adoring crowd at Missouri’s season opener, he looked down at his cell phone.…
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Panthers crush Delaware in opener 62-0
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh sophomore quarterback Chad Voytik expected jitters before his first start in three years. There were none. Maybe it’s because Voytik knew…
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Steel Sensations: Taking a look at the secondary
As the Steelers rapidly approach the roster trim down moment of 4pm on Saturday, we take our final look at the team and break down…
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The Waiting Game begins anew for Michael Sam
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — For Michael Sam, it’s time for another waiting game, another chapter of waiting for the phone to ring and seeing…
Franklin era begins! Penn State tops UCF 26-24 with last-second FG
The Opinionated Spectator…Pittsburgh Panthers Preview

OPINION

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Is there a next step for Blacks following Ferguson?
I recently appeared on a television panel on an African-American themed network where the topic of conversation was “Black leadership after Ferguson.” The narrative of…
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A Black life is worth less than a $50 box of cigars?
(NNPA)—Under other circumstances one could simply ridicule the explanations offered by the Ferguson police regarding the killing of Michael Brown. To suggest that the killing…
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Differences in Black and White
(NNPA)—Public opinion polls confirm a fact that has been documented in instances ranging from the O.J. Simpson verdict to recent events in Ferguson: When it…
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Stop the war on young Black men
(NNPA)—“Never did we think we would be planning a funeral, we were waiting on his first day of school. They robbed us of that.” Lesley…
To Tell The Truth…Ferguson and Pittsburgh comprised of frustrated angry Blacks
Policing the police

BUSINESS

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Few women in construction; recruiting efforts rise
NEW YORK (AP) — Janice Moreno graduated from college with a degree in English literature, but never landed a job paying more than $12 an…
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Tech tips: Considerations when phone contract ends
MALVERN, Iowa (AP)—As my two-year contract with Verizon came to an end last month, I had to resist the company’s various promotions and discounts. In…
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Mimicking the airlines, hotels get fee-happy
NEW YORK (AP)—Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, “Are we there yet?” The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of…
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Do’s and don’ts of charge-off debts
(NNPA)—With 19 of the nation’s banks annually selling $37 billion in charged-off debts, the absence of clear guidelines for banks and debt collectors has led…
Atlantic City losing 2 casinos, 5K jobs in 3 days
Apple to unveil next products at Sept. 9 event

INTERNATIONAL

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Liberian Ebola survivor praises experimental drug
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A Liberian health worker who recovered from Ebola after receiving an experimental drug urged the manufacturer to speed up its production…
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Nigerian King Tells U.S. Investors Nation is Open for Business
When Oba (King) Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo visited Detroit this week to meet with local business leaders and promote development projects in Nigeria, all were eager…
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South Africa: Popular soap opera cast is fired
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — “Generations,” a hugely popular soap opera in South Africa, first aired in 1993, a year before the nation’s first all-race elections ended…
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Obama: US won’t stop confronting Islamic State
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight with Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to…
Hip hop, graffiti in Lebanon tag a nation’s woes
US sees surge in Cuban rafters aiming for Florida

LIFESTYLE

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Longtime personal chef to Obama weds MSNBC host Alex Wagner
POCANTICO HILLS, N.Y. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Saturday temporarily set aside the pressures of trying to calm the world’s trouble spots and assumed…
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Announced or sealed tight: Celeb weddings of yore
NEW YORK (AP) — How’d they do it? Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie managed a no-leaks wedding in France after some nine years and six…
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Fashion watch on POTUS
I heard about it before I saw it. I was driving home and heard about President Obama’s tan suit. The fact that he worn something…
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FROGS Week in Pittsburgh
July in Pittsburgh can only mean one thing, FROGS Week.  The FROGS (Friendly Rivalry Often Generates Success) were founded in 1910 for the primary purpose…
Iron Cross Ministries sponsors Ride for Peace
Church Women United honors Doss

GENERATION Y

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The 8th annual Shyne Award winners
The 8th annual Shyne awards continued its legacy of honoring young people from 13 to 19 for their positive achievements. The event was created because…
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Blacks lead social justice charge on social media
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – What do “Bring Back Our Girls,” “Justice for Trayvon” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” have in common? They’re all rallying cries that…
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University bets $10 million on poor city’s kids
READING, Pa. (AP) — On the second day of class at Reading Senior High School, teacher Eric Knorr directs his students’ attention to the banners…
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Remember Netscape browser? Class of ’18 doesn’t
MILWAUKEE (AP) — If you want to feel old, this might do it: Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes Ciccone Leon, has enrolled as a freshman at the…
Cadavers, a teen, and a med school dream
Houston’s arm, bat lift all-Black Chicago team by Vegas in LLWS

HEALTH

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Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit
The American Heart Association’s first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society has…
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Stress and Health
How often do you hear or say the words, “I’m stressed out”? It’s probably many times and with good reason. We don’t always take the…
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African Americans and Stress
Research shows that African Americans are disproportionately affected by stress. The American Psychological Association (APA) cites situations when stress is a burden on health, including:…
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Take charge of your health today. Be informed. Be involved.
We are excited to be starting our fourth year of “Take Charge of Your Health Today. Be Informed. Be Involved.” These pages focus on health…
UPMC Healthy Lifestyle ­Program
Stress research study seeks participants

Cover To Cover

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Cover to Cover…‘Risking Everything’
  You stand on the shoulders of giants. You’ve probably heard that all your life and it’s true: a lot of people have come before…
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Cover to Cover…Jawanza Kunjufu: From boys to girls
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – For the past 40 years, Jawanza Kunjufu has dedicated his life to uplifting African Americans through education and empowerment. His work as…
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Cover To Cover…Laws of Wrath
One for me, and one for you. Divvying up candy when you were a kid was an almost-exact science. Everybody had to have an equal…
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Cover To Cover…‘Strange Fruit’
The history books you had in school last year almost put you to sleep. It was filled with dates and stats, dead people, lost battles,…
Book tracks insurgence that propelled Reagan
Scrabblers rejoice: 5,000 new words are on the way

EDITORS PICK

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Striking out six batters, Mo’Ne Davis pitches like a girl
Mo’Ne Davis, 13, led her Little League team to the World Series when she struck out six batters Sunday. The Philadelphia native plays for the Taney…

FEATURES

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Community supports African-American men at Courier 50 MOE event
With constant reports of violence, unemployment and more in the African-American community, especially when it comes to the men, it’s easy for one to dwell…
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2014 New Pittsburgh Courier 50 Men of Excellence

VIEWPOINT

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Black kids don’t have to be college-bound for their deaths to be tragic

PEOPLE

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Kandi Burruss, Porsha, The Jacksons Highlight Tom Joyner Family Reunion
                                       
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Rasheeda, Stevie J, Joseline Hernandez, Cash Money at Ludacris Celebrity Basketball Game
ATLANTA — Luda Day Weekend 2014 climaxed with the Celebrity Basketball Game at Georgia State University that featured members of Ludacris’ label, Disturbing Tha Peace,…
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Announced or sealed tight: Celeb weddings of yore
NEW YORK (AP) — How’d they do it? Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie managed a no-leaks wedding in France after some nine years and six…
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LHHATL Drama: Shay Johnson claims she is still involved with Lil Scrappy
Now, we don’t usually seek out things to agree with Momma Dee on but this time she might be right. Her son, Love & Hip Hop…
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Best of Dragon Con 2014 in Atlanta
A record number of costume aficionados, enthusiasts and fanatics are expected to attend the 28th annual Dragon Con, the world-renowned pop culture, sci-fi, fantasy and…
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Wild N’ Out vxen denies being Nick Cannon’s side chick
According to Vlad TV, Wild N Out‘s Brittany Dailey wants everyone to know that she is not Nick Cannon‘s jump off and she has no…
Say What: Rapper Bobby Shmurda facing 15 years in jail for weapons charges
Michael Jackson Throwback Photos on His Birthday

Education

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This Fall: White students no longer the majority at U.S. public schools
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — For the first time, U.S. public schools are projected this fall to have more minority students than non-Hispanic Whites, a…

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