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ABC and 'Roseanne': Many warning signs before racist tweet

An old picture of Roseanne Barr dressed as Adolf Hitler, wearing a swastika and pulling burnt cookies from an oven, splashed on the front of the New York Daily News Wednesday like a neon sign asking ABC executives: What were you thinking?

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Phila. closes encampments filled by people addicted to heroin

Jason Carmine moved to Philadelphia from Delaware when he was offered a job in the landscaping business. But within two weeks, he found himself unemployed with nowhere to go. He and his father, Kevin, huddled beneath a bridge in Philadelphia, sheltering with other people who, like them, were addicted to heroin. A few days later, the city announced it would clear out two encampments that primarily harbored people affected by the opioid crisis. One of the targeted locations was Carmine's new home.

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Judge denies Meek Mill request for other judge's removal

A judge in Philadelphia denied Meek Mill's request to remove another judge from the rapper's case on Wednesday, saying he doesn't have jurisdiction over the matter.

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Way to go, Mom: In Paris, Serena Williams wins Slam return

For all that has changed in the 16 months since Serena Williams last played in a Grand Slam tournament — she is now married and a mother — so much was familiar about her at the French Open on Tuesday.

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76ers president denies blasting Embiid, others via Twitter

Philadelphia 76ers team president Bryan Colangelo is denying a report connecting the executive to Twitter accounts that criticized Sixers players Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz, among other NBA figures.

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Starbucks halts brewing so its employees can talk about race

Starbucks, mocked three years ago for suggesting employees discuss racial issues with customers, asked workers to talk about race with each other.

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Idris Elba to bring ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ to Netflix

One of Hollywood’s hunkiest stars is taking on one of literature’s most unsightly characters. Idris Elba will transform himself into the Hunchback of Notre Dame for a new Netflix movie. The “Luther” star will also produce and direct the project, according to “The Hollywood Reporter.”

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Experts: Starbucks training a first step in confronting bias

Starbucks, trying to put to rest an outcry over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores, is closing more than 8,000 stores for an afternoon of anti-bias training, a strategy some believe can keep racism at bay.

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Civil Rights Historians tell little known story of WWII vet

Hours after leaving military service behind in 1946, a decorated African-American World War II veteran still wearing his uniform was removed from a Greyhound bus while heading home, beaten by a white South Carolina police chief and left permanently blind.

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Plaque shows landmark status for Medgar and Myrlie Evers' home

The National Park Service has unveiled a bronze plaque showing that the Mississippi home of civil rights leaders Medgar and Myrlie Evers is a national historic landmark. More than 100 people, including the couple's friends and relatives, gathered for a ceremony Thursday outside the home.

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Column: Jack Johnson's biggest crime was being black

Jack Johnson's biggest crime was being an unrepentant black man who beat up white men for a living.

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Handcuffed Weinstein faces rape charge in #MeToo reckoning

It was the moment the #MeToo movement had been waiting for: Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs.

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Former NAACP leader exposed as white faces fraud charges

A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.

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$300M Statehouse renovation project about one-fifth complete

The nearly $300 million renovation of New Jersey's hazard-filled and time-worn statehouse is nearly a one-fifth complete, with a target date of 2022.

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Morgan Freeman apologizes in wake of harassment accusations

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman apologized on Thursday to anyone who may have felt "uncomfortable or disrespected" by his behavior, after CNN reported that multiple women have accused the A-list actor of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior on movie sets and in other professional settings.

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'It's about time': Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson

President Donald Trump on Thursday granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially-charged conviction.

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Stand or stay out of sight: NFL takes on anthem protesters

Stand or stay out of sight.

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Once homeless teen gets full ride to Harvard

Philadelphia teen Richard Jenkins used to sleep in a homeless shelter and was nicknamed "Harvard" by bullies for being a bookworm. Now, he is going to the same Ivy League school on a full scholarship.

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US clings to health coverage gains despite political drama

Americans kept up their health insurance last year despite President Donald Trump's all-out push to dismantle the Obama-era coverage expansion. That's the counter-intuitive conclusion from a major government survey Tuesday.

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Trayvon's parents say Weinstein's company owes them $150,000

The parents of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin say The Weinstein Company owes them at least $150,000 for optioning the rights to their book in order to make a yet unaired television series based on their son's legacy.

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