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Male cop dresses as Amish woman to stop flasher
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania police officer says he spent much of December and January dressed as an Amish woman in hopes of scaring…
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Will PA corruption scandals result in ethics reform?
Amid a torrent of recent corruption scandals, the Pennsylvania Legislature is considering changes to the state ethics law. Again. In March came reports of four…
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Zone 2 police arrest marijuana growth lab operator
PITTSBURGH, PA – Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officers patrolling Zone 2 successfully arrested a man responsible for a marijuana growth lab in Uptown. At approximately…
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Lawyer: Stabbing suspect like ‘deer in headlights’
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The 16-year-old boy charged in a stabbing spree at a high school outside Pittsburgh was not a problem student or outcast…
CEA meeting addresses Obama’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative
Monique McIntosh new Urban League VP

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NATIONAL NEWS

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Black children rank last on milestone index
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite great progress that grew out of the Civil Rights Movement, “a web of stubborn obstacles remains” that prevents children of color,…
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Jimmy Carter says his life shaped by ‘Black Culture’
AUSTIN, Texas (NNPA) – Although he grew up in a rural farming community in Georgia during an era of rigid racial segregation in the 1920s…
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When cops hide behind badge to kill Blacks
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – In 1965, Tuskegee Institute in Alabama was a hotbed for social protest and bred students passionate about equality, justice and civil rights.…
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Could police have prevented the Boston bombings?
BOSTON (AP) — It was a shocking slaying in a Boston suburb that sometimes goes years without one homicide, let alone three at once. The…
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White supremacist faces murder charges in Kansas deaths
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The White supremacist charged in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City…
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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…
Morrison’s ‘The Bluest Eye’ doesn’t sit well with some
Official IDs White supremacist as Kansas attacks suspect
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ENTERTAINMENT

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Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta’s Mimi Faust’s Sex Tape Goes Viral
When “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” star Benzino was shot during his mother’s funeral processional by his nephew—how’s that for family dysfunction?— fans of the…
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Always A Bridesmaid: Brandy Calls Off Engagement To Ryan Press
It’s a sad day in the love life of R&B singer Brandy. Her reps recently confirmed the rumors that were circulating for months that she…
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Review: Audra McDonald divinely channels Lady Day
NEW YORK (AP) — One of the supreme honors this Broadway season is to go to Circle in the Square, close your eyes and hear…
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The Hollywood Shuffle: Do We Really Need Another White Man On Late Night TV?
It’s 2014 and we supposedly live in post racial America. Our President is Black, young Black men are being accepted into all of the Ivy…
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Local comedian J Russ set to release DVD
J Russ started his stand-up comedy career in 2009 after his NFL dreams fell through.  Beginning in a smaller market with comedy shows at the…
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Ice Cube Talks “Ride Along” and “Friday” Sequels, Battling “Chocolate Droppa”
NWA co-founder Ice Cube still has plenty of attitude, but nowadays he saves most it for the cameras. When he’s not terrorizing cans of beer…
“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” Serves Up Another Drama-Filled Season [TRAILER]
Estelle Toys With The Box In New Video ‘Make Her Say’

SPORTS

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PIAA members say Charters have competitive advantage
A proposal was presented to the state government in Harrisburg on April 1 limiting sports programs at charter schools throughout the state. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic…
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Ex-major leaguer, former Pirate Hal Smith dies in Arkansas
  FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) – Former major league baseball player Hal Smith of Fort Smith has died. Edwards Funeral Home says Smith died Saturday…
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49ers linebacker Aldon Smith arrested at airport
LOS ANGELES (AP) — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities said he became belligerent during…
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Inside Conditions…Nature Boy
“There was a boy, a very strange enchanted boy. They say he wandered very far, very far, over land and sea. A little shy and…
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AP source: Former Detroit Piston Bad Boy Dumars out as team president
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Joe Dumars tried to push the Detroit Pistons back toward the playoffs with a couple of big moves last offseason.…
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Former Hawks All-Star Lou Hudson dies at 69
ATLANTA (AP) — Dominique Wilkins hopes young fans take the time to learn about Lou Hudson. Wilkins says they’ll discover “Sweet Lou” was one of…
Borgata casino lawsuit: Gambler cheated, won $9.6M
Pacquiao beats Bradley by decision in rematch

OPINION

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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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The audacity of voting
(NNPA)–I love voting.  Every time I go into the booth, I see little girl me, pigtails and all, plaid skirt, white blouse and green sweater,…
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To Tell The Truth…They asked, ‘Who in the hell is he?’
Some of you may remember that I was the co-founder of the first Allegheny County narcotics squad in 1966. I was the only Black narcotics…
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Global Day of Action against military spending Tax Day April 15th 2014
On Tax day, April 15th 2014 people around the United States and the world will be mobilizing for reductions in military spending. In the United…
My Obamacare plan is failing me
The GOP’s desperate double-down game

BUSINESS

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April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The calendar shows April 15, and you haven’t even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don’t need to fret.…
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Google VP to become new Carnegie Mellon dean
PITTSBURGH (AP) – A Google vice president will become the new dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science. The Pittsburgh school says in…
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Pittsburgh’s Heinz Endowments names new president
PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments has named Grant Oliphant the charity’s new president. Oliphant previously spent more than 10 years with the Heinz…
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NAN Panel: A Discussion On Fatherhood And Mentorship
The dehumanization of African American children has long been an issue in our country. The similarities between stories like Emmett Till’s and Trayvon Martin’s illustrate that…
NAN Panel: The Role Of Media In Crafting The Social Narrative
NAN Panel: How Young Professionals Can Take It To The Next Level

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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FAB OR FUG: Kid Cudi Wears A Crop Top To Coachella [POLL]
Kid Cudi wears a crop top to Coachella and all I can think of was, where’d he get that? It would fit me perfectly. Obviously…
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CHICK CHAT: Nice Guys Finish Last, But What About Nice Girls?
We all know the cliche, “Nice guys finish last,” but what about us? Nice girls finish after way after nice guys. Think about it. There’s…
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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…
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Serena Williams Covers Fitness Magazine & It’s Officially Time To Join A Gym
Serena Williams covers Fitness Magazine and I am reminded of how behind I am on my gym routine! Well, truth is I haven’t really started (yet)…
GET THE LOOK: Lupita’s ‘Disco Ball’ Inspired Eye Look
3 Ways To Wear Sweatpants And Not Look Like A Lazy Bum

GENERATION Y

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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…
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Study says that teens in low income households start having sex sooner
(BlackNews.com) — Researchers, psychologists and others in the medical field have known for years that genes play an important role in how soon teens begin…
Students interview their heroes for Black History Month project
Acceptance by 8 Ivies doesn’t remove race stigma

HEALTH

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Black families becoming more aware of autism
WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As Camille Proctor watched her one year-old son, she knew something wasn’t right. He played with others and enjoyed affection, but he…
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Uninsured at ‘breaking point’ too, advocates warn
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Advocates for the poor and uninsured gathered Tuesday in the Pennsylvania Capitol to throw back Gov. Tom Corbett’s words at him…
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Restaurant Mogul B. Smith Closes Doors, Leaves NYC Because Ain’t Nobody Got Time To Be Cold & Old
Designer, decorator, restaurateur, model and television personality Barbara “B.” Smith is saying good bye to the East Coast. The mogul is reportedly closing shop on yet…
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Which Is Worse, Eating Tilapia Or Bacon? You’ll Be Surprised!
Fish may be one of the best foods for our health, but it’s also one of the most detrimental. According to a new study, consuming…
SHE WORKS: Black Teenagers Should Be Paying Attention To Breast Cancer & Here’s Why
CDC locks out Black providers

Cover To Cover

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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…
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‘Writing God’s Obituary’
  Your second home is a grand one. It’s much bigger than the house you live in during the week. No, your second home has…
“Gone With the Wind” prequel to focus on Mammy
Cover To Cover…‘Saint Monkey’

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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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…
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Sean Combs to speak at Howard U. commencement
WASHINGTON (AP) — Entertainer and entrepreneur Sean Combs will deliver Howard University’s commencement speech this year in Washington. The school announced Tuesday that Combs will…
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Flavor Flav taking plea deal in Vegas battery case
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Entertainer Flavor Flav is poised to take a plea deal that would avoid trial in a Las Vegas domestic violence case.…
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Rapper Big Sean ends engagement to Naya Rivera
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Big Sean and actress Naya Rivera are no longer engaged. A spokeswoman for the rapper announced Wednesday that he has…
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Jennifer Lopez, Laverne Cox win GLAAD Media Awards
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jennifer Lopez has added a couple of more trophies to her block. The pop star and “American Idol” judge was honored…
Celeb birthdays for the week of April 13-19
Rolling Stone flubs Constitution tattoo on cover

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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