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Monday, September 30

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Coalition: Pa. underfunds Cheyney University

Last week a coalition of Cheyney University supporters accused Pennsylvania of discriminating against the historically black college near Philadelphia, hurting its ability to attract new students and stay economically stable.

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Judge rules New Jersey must allow gay marriage

New Jersey must allow gay couples to marry starting Oct. 21, because the state is unconstitutionally denying federal benefits to same-sex couple, a judge ruled Friday.

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Washington braces for shutdown of national government

The threat of a partial government shutdown looms.

Friday, September 27

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Grandparent and Me Day Health Fair

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Southern New Jersey Chapter and Monroe Township Library hosted a health fair at Monroe Township Library, in Williamstown, NJ on September 7.

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Jay Z and Beyonce top Forbes list

Jay Z and Beyonce continue their rule as entertainment’s highest earning couple.

Thursday, September 26

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Survey: African-American consumers support financial regulation

A recent consumer survey shows that support for financial regulation including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is strong.

Wednesday, September 25

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Poll shows tightening of NJ Senate race

A new poll shows the race to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate race between Newark Mayor Cory Booker and former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan is tightening.

Tuesday, September 24

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Bill Cosby to perform Oct. 17 at Temple Performing Arts Center

Legendary comedian Bill Cosby will give a performance at the 35th Anniversary fundraiser for the Bushfire Theatre of Performing Arts.

Monday, September 23

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Edelman: Celebrating 40 years advocating for children

The Children’s Defense Fund is the child of the transformative struggles for civil rights and economic and social justice in the 1960s.

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Superintendent takes pledge with Camden dads

Camden city fathers poured into the Rafael Cordero Molina Elementary School auditorium on Friday morning for a district-wide pledge that encouraged fathers to support and participate in their children’s education.

Saturday, September 21

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Sicklerville’s Jordan Burroughs wins 2nd world wrestling title

South Jersey native Jordan Burroughs is unbeatable in world wrestling.

Friday, September 20

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House votes to defund health care law

The Republican-controlled House approved legislation Friday to wipe out the three-year-old health care law that President Barack Obama has vowed to preserve — and simultaneously prevent a partial government shutdown that neither party claims to want.

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Luis Quintana picked as Newark Council president

Councilman Luis Quintana is the new president of Newark's City Council.

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ShopRite of Lawnside helps to bag hunger

In honor of September’s National Hunger Action Month, governors across New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland issued proclamations declaring September 18th as “ShopRite Partners In Caring Day.

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Donovan McNabb has number retired

The Philadelphia Eagles officially retired the number of former Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb Thursday.

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House votes to cut food stamp program

The House voted Thursday to cut nearly $4 billion a year from food stamps, a 5 percent reduction to the nation's main feeding program.

Thursday, September 19

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Antiracist activist Tim Wise to speak at Cheyney

One of the nation’s foremost advocates for equality and opponents of racism and sexism, Tim Wise, will deliver a lecture on race and racism in America today at Cheyney University.

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LeBron James weds longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson

Miami Heat forward LeBron James, 28, tied the knot with his high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson, 27, Saturday in a lavish ceremony at the Grand Del Mar Hotel in San Diego.

Wednesday, September 18

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Obama calls for tougher background checks

In the wake of the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that left 13 dead, President Barack Obama renewed his call for Congress to pass tougher background check legislation to keep guns out of the hands of those who would do harm.

Tuesday, September 17

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Morial: New Fed Chair needs to back Main Street

President Obama must decide whom to pick for one of the most important jobs in the world – Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Monday, September 16

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Study: Black professionals get less sleep

A new study says blacks are more likely than whites to not get enough sleep.

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Economic mobility linked to strong middle class communities

Since the onset of the foreclosure crisis, research reports from esteemed universities and policy institutes have generated a still-growing knowledge base that recounts all the rippling effects of what went wrong.

Friday, September 13

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Memorial services set for E. Steven Collins

A memorial service will be held September 21 for Philadelphia radio personality E. Steven Collins, who died on Sept. 9, 2013 of a heart attack at Chestnut Hill Hospital.

Thursday, September 12

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‘Baskeball Wives’ returns with same drama

The fifth season of VH1’s “Basketball Wives” is in full swing, but with much lower ratings.

Wednesday, September 11

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Rutgers-Camden chancellor to step down

Wendell Pritchett, the chancellor at Rutgers University's Camden campus, said he's stepping down next year.

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FULL TRANSCRIPT: President Obama’s address on Syria

President Obama made the case for a military strike against the Syrian government.

Tuesday, September 10

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Congress honors Birmingham church bombing victims

House and Senate leaders awarded Congress' highest civilian honor to four girls killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama nearly 50 years ago.

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Philadelphia radio figure E. Steven Collins dies

E. Steven Collins died of a heart attack early Monday, according to WRNB-FM, nicknamed Old School 100.3 for which he hosted a weekly public affairs show. He was 58.

Monday, September 9

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NAACP president to step down

NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, who boosted the finances and increased the stability of the nation's largest civil rights organization, plans to step down at the end of the year.

Friday, September 6

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Q&A with Abundant Life Worship Center Church

Abundant Life Worship Center in Egg Harbor City, NJ continues to grow from its humble beginnings under the leadership of Bishop John R. Gandy.

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Aging boomers can take steps to live healthier

Longer life spans and aging baby boomers will combine to double the population of older Americans during the next 25 years to about 72 million.

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The fight against voter suppression

Whether it is in Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina or Pennsylvania, several Republican-dominated legislatures are pushing laws that will suppress the vote.

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Supreme Court weakens worker rights

While the headlines have been dominated by the much-anticipated recent Supreme Court rulings on the Voting Rights Act, affirmative action and marriage equality, the court also issued two lesser-covered rulings that are an affront to workers’ rights and their ability to seek justice if they face discrimination on the job.

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Obama faces tough sell on Syria

President Barack Obama plans to make his case to the American people for targeted military strikes against the Syrian government for alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians.

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Teddy Bears, Toy Guns, and Real Guns

Many gun tragedies could have been prevented by the use of simple technologies that exist today. Authorized-user identification, or personalized, gun technology encompasses a broad range of manufacturing designs that allow guns to recognize an authorized user and become inoperable when handled by anyone else.

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Eagles enter Kelly era

The Andy Reid era has officially come to an end in Philadelphia and for the first time in 14 years there's a new sheriff in town.

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US jobless rate dips to 7.3 percent

The Labor Department reported Friday that U.S. employers added 169,000 jobs in August.

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Thursday, September 5

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Denzel Washington, Bankable and Broadway Bound

Hot off of the success of his action thriller, “2 Guns,” co-starring Mark Wahlberg and Paula Patton, Denzel Washington is headed back to Broadway.

Wednesday, September 4

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Civil rights groups call for homeownership to remain affordable

In the midst of varying proposals for housing reform, civil rights leaders are publicly calling for lawmakers to keep mortgage lending affordable and accessible.

Monday, September 2

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Nelson Mandela discharged from hospital, remains critical

Nelson Mandela, the ailing 95-year-old former president of South Africa, was discharged from the hospital on Sunday while still in critical condition.

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Merrill Lynch agrees to sweeping changes to address diversity

As part of its $160 million proposed discrimination settlement with African American financial advisers, Merrill Lynch has agreed to make sweeping changes to address issues of diversity in the workplace.

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B. Todd Jones sworn in as ATF director

B. Todd Jones, a former U.S. attorney, is the new Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.