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News 2013 October

Stories for October 2013

Thursday, October 31

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Gloucester County NAACP Celebrates Unsung Heroes

The Gloucester County branch of the NAACP celebrated the unsung heroes of the community at its 2013 Image Awards held on Oct. 27.

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What Curtis did to get fit

I really had to change the way I ate. I used to eat for the taste of the food, instead of stopping when I was full and satisfied.

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Gun violence epidemic can be stopped

In Washington, D.C. on October 20th, the Children’s Defense Fund partnered with Washington National Cathedral for a special Children’s Sabbath service and activities, including a forum with leading experts on gun violence as a public health issue where Dr. Mark L. Rosenberg shared his experience.

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Coping With Student Loan Repayment

A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found that many of the same types of loan servicing problems that affected consumers in the mortgage market are now affecting student loan borrowers.

Wednesday, October 30

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Chris Brown is headed to rehab

Chris Brown’s representatives announced that the troubled star was headed to rehab to "gain focus and insight into his past and recent behavior, enabling him to continue the pursuit of his life and his career from a healthier vantage point."

Tuesday, October 29

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Statement by the President on One Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

One year ago, Hurricane Sandy’s landfall devastated communities up and down the East Coast – a tragedy that demanded massive rescue, recovery, and rebuilding efforts.

Monday, October 28

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Supertstorm Sandy- One Year Later

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, one of the nation’s worst natural disasters.

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Bridgeton Legends 2013 Awards $29,000 to Local Organizations

The Bridgeton Legends honored two great men and also raised funds for two worthwhile community organizations on October 5 at the at the Centerton Country Club in Pittsgrove.

Inspira Hosts Upcoming Blood Drive in Vineland

Inspira Medical Center Vineland will host a blood drive for donation to the American Red Cross on Friday, November 8 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Chris Brown arrested for assault

Trouble keeps finding Chris Brown.

Burlington County College Soccer Teams Advance to Region Semifinals

Burlington County College’s (BCC) men’s and women’s soccer teams are headed to the Region XIX Division I Semifinals.

Friday, October 25

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Getting Education Right From the Beginning

[We found that] if we created the right wraparound programs, the right preschool programs that were strong enough and rigorous enough, that fed into a rigorous pre-K through 3 program that fed into a middle school and a high school that actually works and inspired as well as prepared the child, you could have marvelous things happening.

Thursday, October 24

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Bishop John R. Gandy Receives NAACP award

Bishop John R. Gandy, senior pastor at Abundant Life Worship Center, recently received the “Religious Leader of Excellence” award during the 2013 New Jersey State NAACP Convention held at Bally’s Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, Oct. 10-13.

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Consumer group urges protections from debt collectors

An old adage advises that ‘one man’s pain is another man’s gain’. As consumers nationwide struggle to recover financially from the Great Recession, this adage is also a truism.

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NBC pulls the plug on ‘Ironside’

After much anticipation and media hype, NBC’s reinterpretation of the classic TV show, “Ironside,” has been canceled after just three episodes.

Wednesday, October 23

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Washington Football Team Should Drop the “R” Word

Demanding the Washington football team remove the “R” word from its name is a simple request for respect.

Tuesday, October 22

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NAACP names interim president, CEO

The NAACP has named a former House of Representatives clerk as an interim president and CEO of the nation’s largest and oldest civil right organization.

Monday, October 21

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Obama promises to fix health care website

President Barack Obama on Monday acknowledged widespread computer problems still frustrating Americans who are trying to enroll online for insurance plans at the center of his health care law.

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Peace is an option

Life will come. Life will go. Life will bend into many directions but the trick is to remain still within.

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Banking on Black-owned Banks

Ebb and flow is the lifeline of any bank. With solid and steady liquidity, banks are able to extend business and personal loans; provide mortgages and extend credit to new or financially strapped businesses.

Friday, October 18

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Obama nominates former Pentagon lawyer to lead DHS

President Barack Obama on Friday nominated former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson as the next Homeland Security secretary.

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Unity Community Center celebrates 30th anniversary

Camden's Unity Community Center (UCC) recently celebrated its 30th year of cultivating the talents of the city's children.

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Usher unleashes his abs

Usher is known as much for his awesome abs as he is for cranking out R&B hits and he is showing off his incredible physique on the November cover of Men’s Health.

Wednesday, October 16

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Congress Passes Debt Deal, Ends Shutdown, Averts Default

Congress passed a last-minute agreement Wednesday night on a deal to reopen the government and extend its borrowing authority into February.

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Cory Booker Wins Senate Race in New Jersey

Democratic Newark Mayor Cory Booker handily beat his Republican opponent Steve Lonegan Wednesday in the New Jersey special Senate race.

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Looking for a job? Check out small businesses

With the national unemployment rate hovering above 7 percent—and the number of people out of work in New Jersey well above that—about 8.6 percent, one of the few employers hiring new workers are small owned businesses.

Tuesday, October 15

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Don’t Play Politics with the Debt Limit

Raising the debt ceiling is not a license for unchecked partisan spending. It does, however, ensure that our nation continues to pay our bills and abide by previously reached agreements.

Monday, October 14

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Stop the Shutdown, Prevent Economic Meltdown

Since the government was forced to shut down on October 1st one of the most common refrains has been that some members of Congress are acting like children—or, more accurately, worse than most children.

Saturday, October 12

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Halle Berry welcomes baby boy; Actress to star in CBS drama ‘Extant’

Halle Berry, 47, gave birth to her second child, a son, on Oct. 5, with her husband, French actor Olivier Martinez. Berry has a daughter, Nahla, 5, with model Gabriel Aubry.

Friday, October 11

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Shaq promotes new statewide after school program in Camden

Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal appeared with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Camden Mayor Dana Redd at a Boys and Girls Club in Camden to promote after school activities as an alternative to violence.

Thursday, October 10

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Buono hopes all female ticket will unseat Christie

Despite being at least 20 percentage poll points behind incumbent Chris Christie, Democratic governor hopeful Barbara Buono is banking on the notion that a history making all female ticket will topple Christie from his perch as head of the Garden state.

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Seek work and life balance

Achieving a balance between work and life is more than an ideal that exist only in a perfect world. It is a way of being that is essential to our ability to be effective and to staying healthy.

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Booker, Lonegan spar in heated debate

Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan sparred in their final debate at Rowan University in Glassboro on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Wednesday, October 9

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Assessing your weight

Overcoming Obesity

If you've been thinking about your current weight, it may be because you've noticed a change in how your clothes fit.

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Don’t forget to vote on Oct. 16 and Nov. 5

I am not going to tell you who to cast your ballot for, but I will say that is important that you vote.

Taking Financial Responsibility: What’s Your Game Plan?

The old adage, “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan,” can be especially true when it comes to finances.

Tuesday, October 8

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HBCU's can become technology hubs

It's a good chance that historically black colleges and universities can become the heart of a creative center where inventive African American engineers and scientists can create a technology base that could indeed rival Silicon Valley and other nationally recognized computer and technology hubs.

Monday, October 7

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Booker, Lonegan square off for Senate seat

Newark mayor Cory Booker and Bogota mayor Steve Lonegan have at least one commonality---they were both born on the same day—April 27—the similarities, however, stop there.

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Reenactors bring African-American History in NJ to Life

History came to life on Saturday in Mount Laurel as Jacobs Chapel and Fellowship Community Church held its “If These Stones Could Talk” Living History Family Fun Day.

Friday, October 4

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Obama appoints Shonda Rhimes to Kennedy Center board

The gifts keep coming for “Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes, 43.

Wednesday, October 2

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Payday Loans Still a Deliberate Debt Trap

Payday loans – the small loans that come with big fees and triple-digit annual interest rates – pose serious threats to the financial well-being of borrowers.

Tuesday, October 1

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Obama urges Republicans to reopen the government

President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged congressional Republicans to “reopen the government” rather than continue to block federal spending to battle the three-year-old Affordable Care Act.

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Justice Dept suing North Carolina over voter law

The Justice Department will sue the state of North Carolina for alleged racial discrimination over new laws that limit early voting and require voters to present state-issued proof of identification, an official said.