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Zappala: No retrial for Ford
After months of analysis and thought, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala has decided his office will not retry Leon Ford. “I have directed…
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Study finds Pa. fourth highest state for Black homicides
LaKisha Robinson, then a 29-year-old Black female from North Side, was found shot multiple times on March 17, 2011 after a fist fight between several…
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Police: No excessive force in halfway house arrest
Pittsburgh police said a piece of security video that aired recently on WPXI-TV seemingly showing Zone 2 officers viciously beating a halfway house resident during…
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Church Circuit
Remembrance Luncheon     JAN. 29—Katie Everette Johnson and Bethel AME Church, 2720 Webster Ave., Hill District, will host a Lunch Remembering the late Thelma Everette…
Community Calendar 1-28-15
Death of Homewood teen found dead in park ruled an accident

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NATIONAL NEWS

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Bart the cat hit by car, buried and then crawls from grave
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead. Earlier this month, a car…
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This Week in Black History Jan. 28-Feb. 3
Week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3 January 28 1938—Crystal Byrd Fauset becomes the first Black woman elected to a state legislature when she wins a seat…
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Bittersweet Freedom: Marissa Alexander released from jail, but on house arrest
We have all gotten to know Marissa Alexander as a Black mother of two from Florida who fired a warning shot at her abusive husband…
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Famed SC civil rights protesters have convictions erased
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — The convictions of nine South Carolina Black men who integrated a Whites-only lunch counter during the height of the civil…
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Lynch defends Obama’s immigration policies
WASHINGTON (AP) — Challenged by Republicans, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch on Wednesday defended President Barack Obama’s decision to shelter millions of immigrants from deportation…
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With ‘No More Campaigns to Run,’ Obama refuses to back down
  WASHINGTON (NNPA)—The strongest line in President Obama’s State of the Union address last Tuesday night was adlibbed. When he said toward the end of…
Black unemployment about to fall below 10 percent
AT&T suing MARTA and City of Atlanta over streetcars
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ENTERTAINMENT

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Five things non-comic book geeks need to know about the new ‘Fantastic Four’ movie [video]
20th Century Fox has been very quiet about their new Fantastic Four reboot, which wrapped production late last year. Plot details, set pictures, and even…
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Michael ‘Bae’ Jordan is one hot superhero in new ‘Fantastic Four’ Trailer
“Fruitvale Station” star Michael B. Jordan makes one hot Human Torch *pun intended.* After dreaming about Michael’s clothes melting away and revealing his chiseled chest,…
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Arts & Culture Calendar
Thursday 29 Exhibit Opening Concept Art Gallery presents “Vanessa German: The Ordinary Scared” from 6-8 p.m. at the Concept Art Gallery, 1031 S. Braddock Ave.,…
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Long-Time DJ out at New York’s famed ‘Hot 97′
Cipha Sounds, a Hot 97 radio personality, has just left the legendary radio station after seven years. At this time it isn’t clear if Cipha…
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Sly Stone wins millions In lawsuit after being nearly homeless
Legendary funkmeister extraordinaire Sly Stone (pictured left), the former front man of the iconic ’60s/’70s group Sly and the Family Stone (pictured), has struck it rich, after…
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Guess which major ‘Entourage’ star is heading to 50 Cent’s ‘Power’
While some fans might have trouble imagining Jerry Ferrara in a role outside of Entourage, we’re all about to see “Turtle” in a different light. Ferrara has been tapped…
Daniele Watts, Boyfriend Plead Not Guilty To Lewd Conduct Charges
ABC greenlights Shonda Rhimes drama ‘The Catch’

SPORTS

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Hottest wives and girlfriends of Super Bowl Patriots and Seahawks
Super Bowl XLIX is gearing up to be an all-time classic; it not only features the two most dominant teams of the 2014-15 NFL season, but…
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Venus won’t meet Serena in the Australian Open thanks to new Black tennis sensation
Venus Williams was one match from playing her sister Serena again in the Australian Open, but their meeting was canceled by someone who idolized them. Venus was defeated…
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Smith’s 3 lifts Virginia Tech over Pitt in OT
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Adam Smith’s 3-pointer with four seconds left lifted Virginia Tech to a 70-67 overtime victory over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. Smith…
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Sherman provides some levity for this Super Bowl
PHOENIX (AP) – Richard Sherman didn’t draw the biggest crowd Tuesday at media day, despite doing his best to spice up Super Bowl week with…
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Why what’s missing in states’ youth concussion laws matters
PHOENIX (AP) — With a push from the NFL, all 50 states and the District of Columbia passed youth concussion laws over the span of…
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Lynch at Media Day: ‘I’m here so I don’t get fined’
PHOENIX (AP) — Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch constantly repeated “I’m here so I don’t get fined” for five minutes before leaving the podium…
Dwyane Wade slapped with $15K fine for flipping the bird to fans trashing Gabrielle Union
AP Explains: What makes the Super Bowl such a big deal

OPINION

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Protest conveys nothing without a demand
Frederick Douglass said, “Power concedes nothing without a demand.”  Douglass’ demand was specific, the abolishment of slavery.  The people in the movement to end slavery…
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Jimmie Lee Jackson inspired Selma march
(NNPA)—Although Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis captured the headlines, it was the death of 26-year-old Jimmie Lee Jackson that inspired the 1965…
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The Field Negro…”Fitting the description” at Yale
If you are a young Negro in America I can’t imagine a better place for you to be than in a library at an Ivy…
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Selma: White Savior Not Required
  The fierce and aligned, if not coordinated, campaign to smear the motion picture “Selma” by suggesting it inaccurately portrays the role of President Lyndon…
“Selma:” It’s Not Just a Movie
Hutchinson: The other Mr. Cub i remember

BUSINESS

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U.S. new home sales jump 11.6 percent in December
WASHINGTON (AP)—Sales of new U.S. homes accelerated strongly in December, a sign that home-buying may improve this year after a lackluster 2014. The Commerce Department…
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A flood of overtime for nurses at county nursing homes
A veteran nursing assistant, whose job would include bathing, feeding and dressing nursing-home residents, worked an average of 80 hours a week for nearly the…
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All-too-real domestic violence ad may be most important you’ll see during Super Bowl [video]
This Sunday during the Super Bowl, the NFL will be running a commercial that’s not funny–one that will address domestic violence in a very potent…
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Business Calendar
Lunch & Learn JAN. 29—The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host its Lunch & Learn Series at 12:15 p.m. at the Downtown & Business Branch,…
53 percent of Black wealth wiped out: foreclosure crisis erodes communities of color
Super Bowl jet-setters get topflight travel treatment

INTERNATIONAL

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French arrests raise question: Is free speech for all?
LONDON (AP) — When cartoonists at a French publication that had poked fun at the Prophet Muhammad were shot dead, millions around the world felt…
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After Ebola cases have dropped down to five, there’s now a vaccine on the way
The West African nation of Liberia has just five remaining confirmed cases of Ebola, a senior health official from that country said on Friday. The…
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Miss Universe: New friends, countless dresses and 1 crown
MIAMI (AP) — Contestants from 88 countries will vie for the title of Miss Universe on Sunday in Florida. The women arrived in Miami nearly…
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Obama offers condolences on death of Saudi King Abdullah
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama expressed condolences and offered sympathy Thursday to the people of Saudi Arabia upon the death of King Abdullah, an…
Britain and Commonwealth may suspend Guyana for breaching rules
Calls for a stronger Pan-African movement to deal with Boko Haram

LIFESTYLE

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‘Cause an EMANON party don’t stop’
“Ain’t no party like an EMANON party because an EMANON party don’t stop.” Each year the brothers of EMANON, that’s no name spelled backwards, invite…
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FAB FINDS: 25 Of The Best Stylish Snow Boots Because…Winter Is Here
When the ground is covered in a blanket of ice or freezing snow, most people pull out a pair of dusty yet durable snow boots…
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25 Stylish Snow Boots
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Michelle Obama causes uproar for not wearing headscarf in Saudi Arabia
First Lady Michelle Obama found herself in a little bit of hot water with Saudi Arabian Twitter users during her visit to their country on…
Church Circuit
Toya Wright shows off new icy gray weave

GENERATION Y

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Philadelphia native and Howard student crowned Miss Black Pennsylvania USA 2015
Kayla Shuler of Philadelphia has been crowned Miss Black Pennsylvania USA 2015. Shuler studied dance at The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts.…
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Transgender teen’s death stirs action in US and beyond
CINCINNATI (AP) — Leelah Alcorn wrote a note on her Tumblr blog, then walked through the night and into the path of a tractor-trailer rumbling…
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Current state of HBCUs: A mixed bag, but many remain hopeful
HBCUs, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities, have long been a major source of pride for aspiring African-Americans. Yet, between significant financial woes and questions…
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Gateway Medical Society closing the gap
Gateway Medical Society held its annual Journey to Medicine Promotion Ceremony at the Herberman Conference Center in Shadyside Hospital. Students and parents were joined by…
Joe Biden to announce $25 million HBCU cybersecurity fund
China-HBCU exchange program launched

HEALTH

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Want a full body workout that’s fun? Try rowing & watch your pants size shrink
Looking for a fun, smart and safe workout that’s low impact, yet high intensity? Then I recommend you stop walking by those rowers at your local…
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Is there more to see in your family tree? Find out if glaucoma runs in your family
It may be easy to see that beauty is deeply rooted in your family tree. But some things that are passed down from generation to…
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All-day habits for a better night’s sleep
Think that your before-bed habits are the only thing affecting your quality of sleep? Guess again. Your habits all day long can have major implications…
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Sagging pants of today could hurry hip replacements of tomorrow
Some of the same activities and behaviors that can cause disease can cause health problems in your bones, joints and your neuromuscular system. “For every…
7 Tips On How To Perfect Your Push Up
Prayers Up: Cincinnati Bengals’ Devon Still gives sad update on daughter’s cancer fight

Cover To Cover

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‘Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America’
Book tells of gang-related homicides in African-American neighborhoods. The killings of unarmed Black men by police in Missouri and New York have dominated recent headlines,…
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Cover to Cover…‘Driving the King’
  Everybody has that one friend… She’s the person you call in the middle of the night because you don’t know what else to do.…
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Floyd Mayweather’s ex-aide writes sensational tell-all
As Floyd Mayweather rose from relative obscurity as a boxer to become the undefeated champion of the world in five different weight classes, one woman…
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Cover To Cover: ‘Is There Life after Football? Surviving the NFL’
Your favorite player was out for most of the season. Last fall, he took a hit mid-pass and went down like a sack of rocks.…
Cover to Cover…‘All I Really Want’
Cover To Cover…“Stella by Starlight”

EDITORS PICK

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Pittsburgh homicides highest in six years
Kimberly Waller, a jitney driver who was robbed and killed on Pittsburgh’s South Side Dec. 27, was the final city homicide of the year. But…

FEATURES

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Fashion Watch on SOTU
I’m a big Michelle Obama fan and I liked the Michael Kors suit she wore to the State of the Union address. A nice tweed…
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FAB FINDS: Rep your Superbowl team with cute athletic gear
It’s that time of year where everyone gathers around the TV to watch the best teams in the NFL battle it out for the Superbowl.…

VIEWPOINT

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Is Obama trying to kill Black colleges, Part II

PEOPLE

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Gabrielle Union Explains Asking D Wade For A Prenup + Who She’d Cast To Play Her In ‘Bring It On’
There are some women out there who dream of marrying a baller as successful as Dwyane Wade, and the trophy wife perks that come along…
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Benzino brought loaded gun to airport, what happened next was pretty predictable
Benzino was arrested in Atlanta last night for attempting to get a loaded gun through security checkpoints. According to TMZ, the reality star placed his…
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Man hid cocaine inside prosthetic leg in his car, police say
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Police say a Delaware drug suspect went out on a limb to transport a stash of cocaine, but he was busted…
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Theater legend Joel Grey reveals that he is gay
NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Grey has publicly announced at age 82 that he is gay. The Oscar- and Tony-winning actor tells People magazine, “I…
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Rihanna’s reaction to “FourFiveSeconds” is the best thing on the Internet today
Last week, we reported that Kanye West had leaked a new song featuring Rihanna and Sir Paul McCartney during a visit to the iHeartMusic Media…
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Porn star Mia Khalifa calls Drake’s Instagram DM game ‘Cringeworthy’
Porn star Mia Khalifa recently made a huge reveal concerning what one can only imagine as Canadian rapper Drake. The Lebanese-born adult star has quickly…
2 Chainz for mayor? Hey, it could really happen
A$AP Yams laid to rest in NYC, memorialized with an epic tweet

Education

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Current state of HBCUs: A mixed bag, but many remain hopeful
HBCUs, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities, have long been a major source of pride for aspiring African-Americans. Yet, between significant financial woes and questions…

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