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News 2013 July

Stories for July 2013

Tuesday, July 30

Justice for Trayvon – it’s not over yet

We are outraged by the Zimmerman verdict, and while we accept the jury’s decision under the due process of law, we want to assure Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, as well as millions of their supporters, that this is not over.

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Eagles to retire McNabb’s number

The Philadelphia Eagles will retire the number of former quarterback Donovan McNabb, who formally retired as a member of the Eagles Monday.

Monday, July 29

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Obama vows to protect minority voting rights

President Barack Obama is promising to protect minority voting rights.

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NeNe Leakes sued by wedding planner

Atlanta’s most famous housewife, NeNe Leakes, is accused of stiffing her wedding planner out of millions of dollars.

Friday, July 26

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Trayvon Martin’s mother issues call to action

The mother of slain teenager Trayvon Martin issued a call to action against “Stand Your Ground” self-defense laws in remarks at a National Urban League convention in Philadelphia on Friday.

Thursday, July 25

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Holder announces plan to protect voting rights

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the National Urban League Annual Conference on Thursday, July 25, in Philadelphia.

Wednesday, July 24

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Stage set for Chicken Bone Beach Jazz series

Some of the nation’s best jazz artists and outstanding local acts will take the Kennedy Plaza stage for the 14th annual Chicken Bone Beach Jazz on the Beach Series.

Tuesday, July 23

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Trayvon Martin’s mother, Eric Holder to speak in Philadelphia

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the mother of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin will speak this week at the National Urban League's annual conference, in Philadelphia.

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Kanye West under investigation for alleged assault

Kanye West’s long-standing feud with the paparazzi came to a head on Friday.

Monday, July 22

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National Urban Leagues talks jobs, small business at annual convention

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which focused on employment and civil rights, this year's National Urban League Conference chose its theme as "Redeem the Dream: Jobs Rebuild America."

Friday, July 19

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Halle Berry weds Olivier Martinez

Halle Berry, 46, once declared that she would never walk down the aisle again. Never say Never.

Thursday, July 18

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Holder addresses NAACP Annual Convention

Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the NAACP Annual Convention.

Monday, July 15

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Civil rights groups urge federal charges against Zimmerman

Civil rights leaders are urging the Justice Department to pursue criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin.

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African Americans and Pancreatic Cancer: Things to Know

Pancreatic cancer is diagnosed in African Americans more often than in other racial/ethnic groups in the United States.

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Justice Denied

The outrage over the killing of an unarmed Black teenager who was doing nothing wrong must continue until some semblance of justice is achieved.

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Kevin Hart delivers in 'Let Me Explain'

Kevin Hart continues his reign as the current King of Comedy in 'Let Me Explain.'

Thursday, July 11

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Obama honors PHILADANCO founder Joan Myers Brown

Philadelphia Dance Company Founder/Executive Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown was one of two dozen recipients to receive the National Medal of the Arts -- the nation's highest civic honor for excellence in the arts.

Wednesday, July 10

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July BUZZ

Read the latest in celebrity news and gossip.

Tuesday, July 9

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Black clergy leader endorses Christie

Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, the executive director of the Black Ministers Council of New Jersey, has endorsed the re-election of Gov. Chris Christie.

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Welding and manganese: Potential neurologic effects

Neurological Illness & Treatment

There is a concern by workers, employers, and health professionals about potential neurological effects associated with exposure to manganese in welding fumes.

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Key findings: Health Care needs of children with Tourette Syndrome

Neurological Illness & Treatment

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Emory University recently used data from the 2007-2008 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) to assess the health care needs and access to care among children and adolescents with Tourette Syndrome (TS).

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When a stroke happens, every second counts

Neurological Illness & Treatment

“Seconds literally count when you’re having a stroke, and it’s critical that stroke patients get the right treatment as quickly as possible.”

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“The Little Warrior”

Darlene Walker's slate is full as president of 100 Black Women Southern New Jersey Chapter, participating in triathlons, running a nonprofit and more

Darlene Walker has an agenda that's big, red and never far from her hands.

Use summer for self-enrichment

WORK IT

Summer is the perfect time to participate in activities like visiting cultural and historic attractions, museums, aquariums and attend some of the annual festivals around the region.

Politicians should listen to the voters

Polls show most Americans oppose U.S. military intervention in Syria

Politicians and pundits should listen to American voters who oppose military intervention in Syria’s two-year civil war.

Raise the minimum wage now

What might have been lost in the principled attempt to point out the excesses of Wall Street and the growing power of the 1 percent, is the importance of raising the living standards of the working poor through a long overdue raise in the minimum wage. Now those voices are rising too.

We can do better on guns

Guns killed more preschoolers in one year than they did law-enforcement officers in the line of duty. Ask yourself if this is really what we as Americans meant by putting our children first?

Monday, July 8

Atlantic City Armory becomes sports center

The Atlantic City Armory is now an indoor sports complex.

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Nick Cannon presents new rap and comedy show

Nick Cannon has recently reincarnated the hit MTV2 improv comedy/rap battle show “Wild N Out.”

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Jarrett: We’re listening to businesses about health care law

Editor's note: This blog is by Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama and first appeared at WhiteHouse.gov on July 2.

Friday, July 5

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Summer Fun: Festivals for foodies, music lovers

Your guide to area festivals, parades and family activities.

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Kerry Washington marries NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha

According to several media reports, “Scandal” star Kerry Washington secretly married boyfriend, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, on June 24 in Blaine County, Idaho.

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'After Earth' falls short

After Earth is the latest film from M. Night Shyamalan but one wouldn’t know it since the marketing behind the film have kept that under wraps and for good reasons too.

Wednesday, July 3

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WHYY to host forums on Superstorm Sandy

WHYY/Newsworks and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement will host a series of five community forums focusing on the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy.

Tuesday, July 2

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Former U.S. Rep. William Gray hailed as ‘transformative leader’

Former U.S. Rep. William H. Gray, III, who rose to influential positions in Congress while remaining pastor of Bright Hope Baptist Church in north Philadelphia for over three decades, has died. He was 71.

Monday, July 1

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‘Enter the Dragon’ actor Jim Kelly dies

Actor Jim Kelly, who played an American martial artist in the classic Bruce Lee film “Enter the Dragon,” has died. He was 67.