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James David Manning, a Harlem pastor, is making outrageous claims that semen is being put into Starbucks coffee to boost the flavor.

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  • Written by Pastor James David Manning via YouTube.
  • Category: National

Budget cuts may imperil African Americans from checking out public libraries

Budget cuts may imperil African Americans from checking out public libraries

WASHINGTON – Between the rise of digital media, changing social landscapes, and decreased funding, the nation’s 8,956 public library systems are at a crisis stage. And underserved communities and people of color stand to lose more than other communities.

Public libraries stand in the gap for many African Americans and their households. In a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, 47 percent of African-American respondents 16 years and older had visited a library within the past year. African Americans and Latinos were more likely to consider their public library’s services “very important to their lives.”

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  • Written by Jazelle Hunt-NNPA News Service
  • Category: National

Ex-FAMU band member guilty in student hazing death

Ex-FAMU band member guilty in student hazing death

ORLANDO, Fla. – A former Florida A&M University (FAMU) marching band member accused of being the ringleader of a brutal hazing ritual that killed a drum major was convicted Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing.

Dante Martin, 27, was the first to stand trial in the November 2011 death of 26-year-old Robert Champion aboard a band bus parked outside a football game where the well-regarded FAMU Marching 100 band had performed. The case brought into focus the culture of hazing in the band, which was suspended for more than a year while officials tried to clean up the program.

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  • Written by Kyle Hightower-Associated Press
  • Category: National

Loss of smell could predict death for elderly

Loss of smell could predict death for elderly

Older adults who’ve lost their sense of smell — namely, the ability to pick up on strong odors like smelly socks or bacon sizzling in a pan — could be at an increased risk of death within five years, according to a study involving more than 3,000 people ages 57 to 85.

The study, which published recently in the science journal PLOS ONE, revealed in a smell test conducted in 2005, that nearly 40 percent of subjects who failed died within five years, compared to a 19 percent death rate within five years for those with moderate smell loss. Ten percent of the test subjects were determined to have a healthy sense of smell.

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  • Written by Dorothy Rowley-NNPA News Service
  • Category: National

Obamacare 2.0: Know the facts and get covered

Obamacare 2.0: Know the facts and get covered

Last April, President Barack Obama gave a speech in the White House Rose Garden that enrollment in the historic first open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act exceeded projections, with more than 7 million Americans receiving quality, affordable health insurance. That figure went on to exceed 8 million – including the more than 150,000 who signed up in Tennessee – and millions more who signed up through Medicaid programs like TennCare and now have the peace of mind and security that comes with not having to worry that an unexpected illness or a broken bone will bankrupt them and their families. Or that they’ll have to forgo treatment.

That’s great news. What’s even better, though, is that even more families will soon have the opportunity to get that same coverage through Obamacare. We know the desire is there. In a national survey by Enroll America, about half of African Americans said they “definitely” or “probably” will sign up for coverage in the second Open Enrollment Period that begins on November 15 – higher rates than other groups. But some may not even have to wait; they can sign up right now.

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  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
  • Category: National

Critics: Former FBI agent was paid $157,000 by Ala. school system to spy on African-American kids

Critics: Former FBI agent was paid $157,000 by Ala. school system to spy on African-American kids

A former FBI agent was paid $157,000 to oversee security efforts at Alabama's Huntsville City Schools, including monitoring the social media activity of students, an effort critics argue was unjustly targeted toward African Americans.

The spying on social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter led to 14 expulsions last school year; 12 of them of African-American students.
According to AL.com, the former FBI agent, Chris McRae, oversees Huntsville schools' Students Against Fear (SAFe) program, and was provided anonymous tips which he then used to go on social media sites to monitor students' accounts to assess the threat level.

 

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  • Written by Stephen A. Crockett Jr.-The Root
  • Category: National

Connecticut family sues over school's Ebola fears

Connecticut family sues over school's Ebola fears

HARTFORD, Conn. – The father of a Connecticut third-grader filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday saying his daughter has been unfairly barred from school amid fears she may have been exposed to the Ebola virus while in Africa.

Ikeoluwa Opayemi and her family, who live in Milford, visited Nigeria for a family wedding from Oct. 2-13, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in New Haven. The suit is seeking damages under the Americans with Disabilities Act, asserting that Ikeoluwa is being discriminated against because of a "perceived impairment."

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  • Written by Pat Eaton-Robb-Associated Press
  • Category: National