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Legal opinion allows sales of beer 12-packs by distributors
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s beer distributors received the go-ahead Friday to sell brew by the 12-pack. In an advisory opinion, lawyers for the Pennsylvania…
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Charity basketball game raises funds for Nesbitt family
When he played basketball at Allderdice High School with his friend Marcus Robinson, Deion Nesbitt’s nickname was “Meatman.” Even years later when the two worked…
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Prayer vigil and mass incarceration workshop held
Statistics show that one in every three Black males born today can expect to go to prison at some point in their lives. Black males…
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10 of 13 homicides Black lives…Senseless violence may claim one bar, destroy community’s growth
All three of the homicides that took place in Allegheny County during the month of February were Black males; bringing the county’s total of senseless…
‘Pittsburgh Voices with Bev Smith’ on air live at WGBN and WGBN.net
‘The Bus’ joins drive for youth employment

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NATIONAL NEWS

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Obama: Racial discrimination from Ferguson police “oppressive and abusive”
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Racial discrimination from police in Ferguson, Missouri, was “oppressive and abusive,” President Barack Obama said Friday as he called for criminal…
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Latest on Philadelphia officer’s death: Trust fund set up
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — 4 p.m. Members of the Philadelphia Police Department have set up a trust fund for the family of an officer who was…
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Racial disparities in early childhood hurts U.S.
WASHINGTON (NNPA) –Increased investment in early childhood education and care can eradicate many of the racial success gaps that persist throughout society, according to a…
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Boston pastor, activist charged with shooting high school student over drug dispute
For years, the Rev. Shaun O. Harrison Sr. worked as the dean of students at Boston’s English High School. Harrison, known for short as “the…
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News Roundup: Report suggests White children will be minority by 2020
New census projections have revealed that white children will be outnumbered by children of color in the United States within the next five years. The rise…
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Obama tells Tom Joyner the work of Selma is an “unfinished project” [audio]
In advance of President Obama’s trip to Selma, Alabama on Saturday to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches, the president spoke with…
President Obama: Racial discrimination In Ferguson “not an isolated incident”
Senate Democrats press for vote on attorney general nominee
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ENTERTAINMENT

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‘Scandal’ takes on Ferguson tragedy in an emotional episode
Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal boldly took on a Ferguson-inspired storyline and it was an emotional experience for viewers. In last night’s “The Lawn Chair” episode, a young…
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A Prince and Rihanna collab might be the sexiest thing to hit 2015
Bad girl Rihanna may have just scored a track with the Baddest man in music. An insider told The Boston Herald  that Rihanna’s teaming up with Prince…
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‘Survivor’s Remorse’ star set to fill Will Smith’s shoes in ‘Independence Day 2′
  Although Will Smith isn’t returning to kill some aliens in Independence Day Forever Part 1, the Earth is still in good hands. The Hollywood Reporter reported that…
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‘Empire’ Star reveals what it’s like to kiss Naomi Campbell & Lyons family secrets [EXCLUSIVE]
“Empire” is more than just a TV show, it’s that Wednesday night relief after a terrible Tuesday. We’ve fallen in love with the diabolical plot,…
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Anika Noni Rose to star in new CBS drama ‘For Justice’
Black Women are taking over… Anika Noni Rose has been tapped as the lead in the new CBS legal drama “For Justice” and if that…
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50 Cent’s son earns $700,000 modeling gig and he’s not even 3 years old
50 Cent came onto the scene in his 20s, but his son is already making his own money and he’s not even a teenager. According…
How Taraji P. Henson took a chance on Hollywood with only $700 and a dream
Black Fathers of American Folk Music

SPORTS

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Steelers sign former Clemson QB Tajh Boyd
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd has landed a job with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers added Boyd to their offseason roster on…
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For boxing’s ‘other guys,’ a prime-time opportunity
Boxing is about to put on its richest fight ever. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao can attract hundreds of millions of dollars, but the superlatives…
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McKissic set to complete improbable career at Arizona State
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Rock bottom for Shaquielle McKissic was not a single moment or event. It came in a two-year series of gut punches:…
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NCAA drops hammer on coach Jim Boeheim for Syracuse violations
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The NCAA denounced one of the country’s most decorated basketball programs Friday, suspending Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim for nine league games…
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Rogers strong in Yankees’ 2-1 win against Pirates
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) – Esmil Rogers, trying to cement a spot on the New York Yankees’ pitching staff, tossed two scoreless innings Thursday in a…
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An ocean away, Pacquiao’s trainer makes some noise from afar
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Armed guards patrolling the gym where Manny Pacquiao trains. Stealthy attempts to disrupt Pacquiao’s sparring. And a bit of trash talking…
Dominique Wilkins statue unveiled before Atlanta Hawks, NBA legends (PHOTOS)
‘Dr. Death’ David Trent still a champion after loss of both legs

OPINION

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The way forward for Black students
For good reasons many African Americans have wonderful memories of their time in public schools. Among those recollections are the family and community legacies, the…
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Just Sayin’…Public Schools receive historic support
One of the most historic events in Pittsburgh history occurred last month and even though it wasn’t Black History it could be a major part…
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Guest Editorial…Lifting pay of low-wage workers
    When Wal-Mart recently announced it will give its lowest-paid workers a modest pay raise it provided some hope for lower-wage workers in other…
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Ben Carson, prison does not prove being gay is a choice
For many Black children born in the 1980s, Ben Carson is a hero. He is, as BuzzFeed’s Joel Anderson describes in a well-done profile about…
50 years after Selma, let’s finally end unbridled, unjust protection for law enforcement
Newsmax’s clumsy attempt to recognize Black History

BUSINESS

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Legal opinion allows sales of beer 12-packs by distributors
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s beer distributors received the go-ahead Friday to sell brew by the 12-pack. In an advisory opinion, lawyers for the Pennsylvania…
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3 reasons Apple’s watch will _ or won’t _ change the game
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — No one can argue that Apple has changed the way people live their lives. The company’s iPod, iTunes, iPhone and iPad…
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Silicon Valley gender bias suit puts spotlight on industry
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A sex discrimination trial against one of Silicon Valley’s most prestigious venture capital firms is providing a rare peek into the…
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Howard University to pay students who graduate on time
Seniors gearing up for graduation at Howard University can breathe a little easier now; the Mecca is implementing a new practice that will surely lower…
Social Security question and answer
Wingstop franchise opens in Pittsburgh

INTERNATIONAL

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First lady plans mid-March visit to Japan, Cambodia
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama will promote educating girls around the world during a mid-March visit to U.S. ally Japan, and to Cambodia, a place…
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Misguided U.S. foreign policy fueled terrorism
They were young and largely impoverished. To find work, they had migrated from their native Egypt to a mid-coastal city in Libya, an unstable country…
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President of Liberia thanks Obama for not caving to fear in Ebola crisis [video]
More than four years after last meeting in the Oval Office, the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and President Barack Obama met on Friday at…
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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,…
Greek hospital patient convicted of racially abusing doctor
Armed group in South Sudan kidnaps 89 boys

LIFESTYLE

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15 times Ava DuVernay proved she’s a budding fashion icon
Movie directors rarely make red carpet best-dressed lists but Ava Duvernay is a glowing exception. The “Selma” director has cemented her status as an emerging…
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Park Place AME Church’s Annual Black History Celebration Luncheon
  The 10th Annual Park Place AME Church Black History Awards Luncheon was held on Feb. 28 at the Second Baptist Ministry Hall, in West…
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7 Times It’s Better To Stay Silent Than To Argue With Your Boo
Arguing. Screaming Matches. Disagreements. Call them whatever you like. If you are in a relationship (and have passed the honeymoon phase), chances are you’re going…
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Lifestyles Report…That dress
I was on vacation and I kept hearing about this dress. I asked my niece what is this noise about a dress. She told me…
Church Circuit 3-4-15
Father/Daughter Dinner Dance

GENERATION Y

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White House initiates #LetGirlsLearn to promote education for women everywhere & We’re Inspired
Let Girls Learn officially launched at a special presentation at The White House on Tuesday. Let Girls Learn is a global effort to promote education…
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Howard University to pay students who graduate on time
Seniors gearing up for graduation at Howard University can breathe a little easier now; the Mecca is implementing a new practice that will surely lower…
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Ten-year-old prodigy begins college courses for her Math degree
At only ten-years-old, Esther Okade has begun taking college courses to her Open University undergraduate Math degree. She was accepted as a student after acing an exam and winning…
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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…
NASCAR effort focuses on math, science for kids
John Legend pens uplifting letter on importance of education

HEALTH

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Take charge of your health today. Be informed. Be involved…. Hearing 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…
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Hearing…Don’t take it for granted
Hearing is something most of us take for granted—until we start having problems with it. And we will. About 10 percent of the population has…
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Understanding the facts of hearing loss
Hearing loss can have a profound impact on an individual’s emotional, physical and social well-being. Hearing loss can affect a child who cannot hear well…
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Center for Hearing and Deaf Services prides comprehensive care
The Center for Hearing and Deaf Services, Inc. (HDS) began in 1920 as the League for the Hard of Hearing. Its primary goal was to…
Black women endure menopause longest
Hungry? OWN to premiere two hilarious Black men in ‘2 Fat 2 Fly’ [video]

Cover To Cover

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Dr. Chandra Gill talks ‘Black Genes-Black Genius’ [VIDEO]
Motivator, educator, author and founder and CEO of Blackademically Speaking®, Dr. Chandra Gill joined “NewsOne Now” guest host Armstrong Williams to discuss her new book…
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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…
Pharrell Williams Lands A “Happy” Book Deal
Black men inspire: 40 prominent African Americans share views on living, leading and succeeding

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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Kelly Rowland, Kanye, Kim Kardashian, Solange, Marjorie Harvey at Paris Fashion Week
As the Paris Fashion Week shows rolled on today, so did celebs rolling into the front row. Kanye West took his newly platinum blonde wife…
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Nicki Minaj answers questions on Meek, Tyga, and Cash Money feud
Nicki Minaj had an interesting year, but she’s kept a pretty low profile, even amid dating rumors surrounding her bond with Meek Mill, a Tyga rift…
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AM BUZZ: Dr. Phil stages an intervention for Nick Gordon; Chris Brown kinda responds to baby drama & more
Dr. Phil’s Stages An Intervention For Nick Gordon It looks like Nick Gordon isn’t using Dr. Phil to spill the tea on the Houston family,…
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7 things you didn’t know about Chris Brown’s baby mama Nia Gonzalez (PHOTOS)
The fact that troubled singer Chris Brown had a daughter took everyone by surprise, including now ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran. Despite the fact that initial reports…
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Ciara Shares Pics From The Set Of Her New NBC Show & ‘I Bet’ Video Shoot
Ciara’s new variety show “I Can Do That” has yet to debut, but it looks like she’s having loads of fun on her new job!…
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Bye, Mariah: Nick Cannon gets his own place
Nick Cannon is moving out of New York City to get an amazing new place that has plenty of space for Dem Babies. The TV…
Is Lee Daniels Upset Mo’Nique Didn’t Mention His Name In Her Oscars Acceptance Speech?
Monica Lewinsky to give TED Talk

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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