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Death penalty sought in ambush that killed 5, unborn child
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Prosecutors in Pennsylvania say they plan to seek the death penalty against two men charged in an ambush at a cookout that…
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Why some Pittsburgh-area school districts choose to raise property taxes and others don’t
A nice home in a good school district. If that comes with high property taxes, well, it’s just part of the deal, right? What if…
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Northside Oldtimers Annual Youth March for Peace
Children of all ages participated in the Northside Oldtimers Annual Youth March for Peace earlier this month. The youth marched through the North Side to…
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Gwen’s Girls still making girl magic
A year into her role as the new executive director of Gwen’s Girls, the organization founded by her mother, the late Gwendolyn J. Elliott, Kathi…
Police prepare for ‘Back to School Highway Safety Initiative’
Multiple mural projects brighten neighborhoods

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NATIONAL NEWS

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Divided America: Neighbor churches, split on race lines, work to heal divide
MACON, Ga. (AP) — There are two First Baptist Churches in Macon — one Black and one White. They sit almost back-to-back, separated by a…
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University of Wisconsin-Madison is top party school in US; WVU No. 2
  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison leaders are chafing under a state-imposed tuition freeze and the football team didn’t crack the Top 25…
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NEWS ROUNDUP: Gabby Douglas Hospitalized & Misses Out On The VMAs…AND MORE
Douglas and her teammates, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, and Madison Kocian were scheduled to present the Best Female Video Award on Sunday evening. Biles announced on stage that Douglas couldn't be there due to medical issues.
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Chicago Cops Apologize To Rapper Rhymefest For Response To Robbery
On Saturday, the rapper posted a two-minute video, detailing his difficulty with two police officers who nearly threw him out of the Grand Crossing District station once he began filming.
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Black Males Killed In Vast Majority Of Chicago Police Shootings
Data analysis found that the vast majority of those shot by Chicago police are Black males. In most cases, the officers claimed they feared for their lives.
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Georgia Teacher Under Fire For Slavery Game
A teacher is in trouble over having her only Black student play a slave in an Underground Railroad game. School officials said the game was unauthorized.
2 Chicago men charged in shooting of NBA star Wade’s cousin
Dallas police squelch critics, questions about sniper attack
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ENTERTAINMENT

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Beyonce dominates an Olympic-sized VMA awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards show was all about performances that got the sweat dripping, the muscles ripping and the adrenaline…
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Nephew: Gene Wilder, star of Mel Brooks movies, dies at 83
Gene Wilder, the star of such comedy classics as “Young Frankenstein” and “Blazing Saddles,” has died. He was 83 Wilder’s nephew said Monday that the…
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Kerry Washington: ‘Two pregnancies have been very different’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes didn’t know that star Kerry Washington had another baby on the way when a less-is-more plan was…
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Lee’s “25th Hour” only movie by African-American director to make BBC Top 100 films list
There still may be 84 years to go, but a new list ranks David Lynch’s “Mulholland Drive,” Wong Kar-wai’s “In the Mood for Love” and…
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Nate Parker Says He Was ‘Selfish’ In Initial Response To Rape Allegation, Discusses ‘Male Privilege’
The 'Birth of a Nation' actor and director says the 'toxic male culture' aided in his inexperience to properly address the ongoing controversy.
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2016 MTV VMAs Top Moments: Beyonce Smashed A Camera; Kanye West Shouts Out Amber Rose & More
The 2016 MTV VMAs went all out to top last year’s show, and it delivered some major moments that could not be missed. But if you did, we have a few highlights from the show!   Work, Work, Work Rihanna kicked got the party started with a cotton candy extravaganza, mashing up some of her […]
Al Roker’s outburst over Ryan Lochte’s lies reportedly draws censure from NBC
Author Erica Dixon talks about leaving ‘LHHATL,’ writing new children’s book series

SPORTS

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NFL 2016: Animosity between Bengals & Steelers flavors race
CINCINNATI (AP) — Round 1 was a raw affair in Pittsburgh on Nov. 1, when the Bengals rallied to win after a week of long-distance…
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Inside Conditions…Super Nova’s
Supernova [soo-per-noh-vuh] /ˌsu pərˈnoʊ və/ noun; /ˌsu pərˈnoʊ vi/ the explosion of a star, possibly caused by gravitational collapse, during which the star’s luminosity increases…
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Kaepernick will sit through anthem until there’s change
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Defiant, and determined to be a conduit for change, Colin Kaepernick plans to sit through the national anthem for as…
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Kaepernick decision not to stand for anthem gets NFL talking
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Letting his hair go au natural and sprinting between drills as usual, Colin Kaepernick took the field Sunday with the…
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Versatile Whitehead eyeing larger role at Pitt
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ With 10 retired jerseys, 105 men on the team and only 99 options, there’s bound to be some duplicate numbers on the…
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Steel Sensations…A few thoughts on Keenan Lewis, Landry Jones and Tomlin’s pre season decisions
Three weeks into the pre-season, the Steelers find themselves at 1-2. It wouldn’t matter if they were 3-0 or 0-3 however as it’s all meaningless,…
Dwyane Wade Loses Cousin In Tragic Gang-Related Shooting
Column: Solo, Lochte and a look at gender equality after Rio

OPINION

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Coard: Should Blacks defend Seth Williams?
The lyrics to the theme song of the “Cops” TV program are “Bad boys, bad boys. Whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come…
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Is legal weed for Whites only?
In 1950, a Black man named Parren Mitchell applied for admission to graduate school at the University of Maryland in College Park. The university president…
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Roland Martin Tackles Donald Trump’s Tone-Deaf Tweet About Nykea Aldridge
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is taking major heat yet again: This time, for using the killing of a young African-American mother in Chicago to try and score a political point.
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Colin Kaepernick won’t bench attitude about flag
Colin Kaepernick is in a battle against popular opinion. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback is refusing to stand for the national anthem before NFL games…
Politicians, mass media and African American communities
Why are Black Democrats more popular in the GOP than Black Republicans?

BUSINESS

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Black executives share why they refuse to talk race at work
With the violence against African-Americans at the hands of the police, along with the organization and expansion of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the discussion of race has inevitably…
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Midyear health coverage checkup
Nearly 11.3 million people were enrolled in a 2016 Health Insurance Marketplace plan during the first eight weeks of the open enrollment period, according to…
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Five important things to do when loved one dies
The loss of a loved one is a traumatic event. During such an emotional time, it can be difficult to remember what needs to be…
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Sola 15206 celebrates one year
On Aug. 6, Sola Salon Studios and the multiple stylists that share that space celebrated their one year anniversary in East Liberty by hosting a…
Jones leads athletics fundraising at Clarion
Do debt management plans work?

INTERNATIONAL

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Nigeria: Air raid ‘fatally wounds’ Boko Haram leader
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s military said Tuesday it believes an airstrike has “fatally wounded” Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and killed about 300 militants,…
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Jazz harmonica great Toots Thielemans dies at 94 in Belgium
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian harmonica player Toots Thielemans, whose illustrious career included playing with jazz greats like Miles Davis and whose solos have figured on…
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Ethiopia says protesting marathoner to be welcomed as hero
by ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Ethiopian marathon runner who made an anti-government gesture at the Rio Games while approaching the finish line will…
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‘Islam for Dummies’: IS recruits have poor grasp of faith
PARIS (AP) _ The jihadi employment form asked the recruits, on a scale of 1 to 3, to rate their knowledge of Islam. And the…
El Chapo’s Son Abducted In Daring Kidnapping By Rival Drug Cartel
Boko Haram Offers To Exchange Abducted Girls For Its Captured Fighters

LIFESTYLE

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Divided America: Neighbor churches, split on race lines, work to heal divide
MACON, Ga. (AP) — There are two First Baptist Churches in Macon — one Black and one White. They sit almost back-to-back, separated by a…
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Midyear health coverage checkup
Nearly 11.3 million people were enrolled in a 2016 Health Insurance Marketplace plan during the first eight weeks of the open enrollment period, according to…
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Five important things to do when loved one dies
The loss of a loved one is a traumatic event. During such an emotional time, it can be difficult to remember what needs to be…
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Sola 15206 celebrates one year
On Aug. 6, Sola Salon Studios and the multiple stylists that share that space celebrated their one year anniversary in East Liberty by hosting a…
Akwaaba means “First in Black-owned B&Bs”
Lifestyles Report …Stay at Home Tea

YOUTH

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Divided America: Diverse millennials are no voting monolith
The oldest millennials — nearing 20 when airplanes slammed into New York City’s Twin Towers — are old enough to remember the relative economic prosperity…
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California College Denounces Black Student’s Non-White Roommate Request
Karé Urena, 20, a junior at Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges in Claremont, California, whipped up controversy recently after she posted a notice on Facebook seeking a fourth-roommate in her off-campus home, reports the New York Daily News: “POC only,” she wrote, using the abbreviation for “people of color.” Ureña, who is black, added, “I […]
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Homeless Children’s Education Fund awards five inspiring young people
The Homeless Children’s Education Fund recently honored five inspiring young people with the 2016 Hope Through Learning Award during a ceremony at the Pittsburgh Zoo…
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LeBron James shows love, takes 5,000 Ohio students and their families to Cedar Point
With the overabundance of bad news circulating these days, it’s quite nice to hear something good and truly heart-warming. Fresh off of his NBA Championship win, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James gave back to the city of Ohio in such a fun-filled way.   When word gets out that a celebrity is doing something positive […]
Ask Brianna: Do I Really Need a Budget in My 20s?
Spelman weighs admitting transgender students
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HEALTH

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How do you heal after tragic violence? Come together and dance
With funk and hip-hop echoing off the court of the Penn Hills YMCA, Rich Fitzgerald looked on as dance teams turned tragedy into a celebration…
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CTSI Research Participant Registry
  The Research Participant Registry is a database of people who have volunteered to consider participation in research studies. This participation can be for themselves…
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Take charge of your health today. Be informed. Be involved….Community healing
This month, the “Take Charge of Your Health Today” page focuses on community trauma. Vianca Masucci, health advocate at the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh,…
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Voices of Leadership speak out on trauma in our community
“Today’s issues are deeply rooted in both historic legal precedent, including an inequitable criminal justice system and the right to vote, and systemic disparities in public education, health care, employment…
‘Adverse childhood experiences’ affect community health
10-Point Justice Plan: National Urban League Police Reform and Accountability Recommendations

Cover To Cover

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Cover To Cover …‘You’re the One I Want’
Mine, mine, mine. When you were 2 years old, that was your favorite word. Everything you saw belonged to you, somehow, one way or another.…
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Cover to Cover…‘She Stood for Freedom’
                Your parents always taught you to stand up for yourself. Form your own opinions, they say, and…
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Ali tribute book to be released by Jeter imprint
NEW YORK (AP) _ A very great athlete will help pay tribute to “The Greatest.” Derek Jeter’s publishing imprint is set to release “Muhammad Ali…
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Cover To Cover …‘Nobody’
  Charges dropped. You were surprised, but not surprised. Hopeful that it might be different, but only barely. You know that these days, the idea…
Comic world gets Black stand-alone superheroine
Review: Jeffrey Toobin revisits Patty Hearst saga

EDITORS PICK

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Black community political forum addresses issues
For the 13th year, Talk Magazine held the Pa. Black Community Network Conference and Pa. Black Community Candidates’ Forum. Black Leaders from around the state…

FEATURES

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Lifestyles Report…First in March
On Easter Sunday evening I went to see Disgraced, the current offering at the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Including myself there were four of us. Those…

VIEWPOINT

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The Wendy Bell diversion

PEOPLE

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See How Adrienne Bailon Celebrated Her Engagement With ‘The Real’ Familia
The ladies of The Real are gearing up for another fun-filled season. But ahead of the excitement, they decided to celebrate co-host Adrienne Bailon's engagement.
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Toya Wright To Pay $8K To Get Out Of Marriage To Memphitz
Toya Wright's marriage to Mickey "Memphitz" Wright is finally reaching an end.
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Drake Went All Out For His No.1 Girl Crush
The rapper who's made no secret of his love for the 28-year-old songstress gave a grand gesture on Friday.
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Donald Glover hosts FX’s ‘Atlanta’ red carpet premiere (photos)
ATLANTA — Donald Glover and FX hosted the national premiere of the station’s new television show “Atlanta” at the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta. “Atlanta”…
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Verdict Reached In Big Freedia Welfare Fraud Case, No Jail Time + Probation
Reality star and recording artist Big Freedia has spent the last several months dealing with the fallout from a welfare fraud case that positioned the entertainer to owe big bucks. Well today a verdict was finally reached in the case, and let’s just say that Big Freedia has a lot to smile about regarding the […]
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Draya Michele gets slammed for calling her baby ‘ugly’
                    Draya Michele Gets Blasted For Calling Her Baby Son Jru ‘Ugly’
Glam Twinz
Gymnastics’ Gabby Douglas now dubbed ‘#CrabbyGabby’ at Rio Olympics

Education

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NY Student Accepted At All 8 Ivy League Schools
For the second straight year, a student from Long Island, New York's Elmont Memorial High School has been accepted at all eight Ivy League schools, according to NBC 4 New York. The student, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, 17, who is the class valedictorian, has until May 1 to decide whether she'll attend one of the prestigious northeastern schools