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Commonwealth secretary talks about efforts to restore voting rights – Lynchburg News and Advance

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It was standing room only in Lynchburg College’s Hopwood Auditorium as students, facility and community members piled in to hear Stoney talk about the administration’s continual efforts to restore voting rights to felons in the commonwealth, a process …
Secretary of the Commonwealth Visits Lynchburg to Advocate Felons’ Voting RightsWSET

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New Jersey Governor Urging Block of Flights to Cuba Over Assata Shakur

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According to reports, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is strongly against clearance of flights between his state and Cuba until Joanne “Assata Shakur” Chesimard is returned to the U.S. Shakur, who was convicted in 1977 of the 1973 murder of New Jersey state trooper Werner Foerster, has been given political asylum in the country since 1984.

“It is unacceptable to me to me as governor to have any flights between New Jersey and Cuba until and unless convicted cop killer and escaped fugitive Joanne Chesimard is returned to New Jersey to face justice,” Christie wrote in a letter to Port Authority chief John Degnan obtained by The New York Post. “I will not tolerate rewarding the Cuban government for continuing to harbor a fugitive.”

Shakur was a Black Panther activist and member of the Black Liberation Army (BLA). She escaped from a New Jersey prison in 1979, where she was serving a life sentence. She was added to the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list in 2013, making her the first woman to be added, with a $2 million bounty on her head. She maintained her innocence in the shooting of Foerster, and cited political persecution and …read more      

Why Joe Biden Chose Not To Run For President

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Just before noon, Joe Biden’s staff received a cryptic email: Come to the Rose Garden.

For weeks that had stretched into months, the White House and the Democratic Party were on edge, awaiting a decision about whether the vice president would jump into the presidential race. Biden’s own staff was torn between their belief in the vice president and their suspicion he would lose.

Even on Wednesday, as Biden’s team rushed to the Rose Garden, few knew exactly what he planned to say.

“Unfortunately, I believe we’re out of time,” Biden declared before television cameras, putting an end to one of the biggest dramas of the 2016 presidential campaign.

The scene that played out, with White House aides scrambling alongside frantic reporters, reflected the chaotic chain of events that led Biden, at long last, to announce he would not run for president. Along the way, Biden had gone right up to the brink of being a candidate, delaying his decision over and over again, before abruptly pulling the plug.

Throughout the ordeal, a tiny cadre of advisers and immediate relatives formed a protective ring around Biden, keeping his deliberations secret. This account of how Biden got to “no” is based on more …read more      

Lark Voorhies Files For Divorce From Jimmy Green

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Actress Lark Voorhies has filed for divorce from her husband of six months, Jimmy Green.

The former Saved By The Bell star secretly wed the the music engineer in April. The couple reportedly met at a networking event in 2014.

Their whirlwind romance was met with hesitation. Lark’s mother Patricia Voorhies was against their relationship. Earlier this year, she filed a restraining order against Jimmy following an alleged disagreement.

Jimmy claims, Lark’s mother is to blame for their breakup and that she’s been a “nightmare” since the beginning of their union.

In July, Lark defended her marriage in a bizarre sit-down with Entertainment Tonight.

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Dist. 211: Meeting with Office of Civil Rights productive – Chicago Daily Herald

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Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 officials met with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights Wednesday to discuss the investigation into whether the school district’s policy on transgender students’ access to locker rooms
Which locker room for transgender students?Chicago Tribune

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Belinda Enoma, The Purpose Activator, Lets Freedom Ring on Nation’s Capital

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It was a glorious gathering in Annapolis, Maryland. Outside the nation’s capital, women and men from various locations in the country met under the auspices of a common purpose and cause: intentional emancipation.

Now some may suggest that we are free; we are no longer slaves. That may be true from a physical perspective, but there are many areas of our lives that still may be in shackles. Some are still chained to past trauma or financial failure, and some are still caught in the thicket of crippling fear and limiting beliefs.

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The iEmancipateME Conference challenged attendees to eliminate the excuses, activate their purposes, employ life strategies to get unstuck, and walk out their destinies. An expert cadre of speakers and presenters showed attendees how to take their businesses, organizations, careers, health, faith, finances, and brands to the next level of freedom. In the spirit of celebration, there was a diversity of artists ranging from liturgical dances to saxophone selections, to soulful, contemporary and traditional gospel renditions. Attendees left the conference fired up to live more abundantly and whole– emotionally, financially, physically, and spiritually.

The iEmancipateME movement is about experiential freedom, whether …read more      

Lee Daniels Wants Sean Penn Defamation Suit Moved To Federal Court

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Nearly a month after Sean Penn sued “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels for suggesting that he abused women, Daniels has asked for the case to be moved into federal court, according to Deadline.com.

“Wherefore, defendant, Lee Daniels, files this Notice of Removal and respectfully requests that the Action now pending in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, County of New York, be removed and proceed in its entirety before the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York,” said lawyers for The Butler director Tuesday in filings (read here) in New York state court.

This marks Daniels’ first response to Penn’s defamation lawsuit filed September 22 and comes days before any official answer to the actor’s $10 million complaint seeking damages is required.

“Daniels denies any and all liability to Penn,” his attorneys James Sammataro and Jose Garcia-Tunon at the Miami office of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan say in court docs filed on Oct. 20.

The lawyers also state that federal statute distinctly allows for a removal request from state to federal court. Under the U.S.C., a case can be moved in such a manner when the participants live in different states (Penn lives in California …read more      

Belinda Enoma, The Purpose Activator, Lets Freedom Ring on Nation’s Capital

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Belinda Enoma,

It was a glorious gathering in Annapolis, Maryland. Outside the nation’s capital, women and men from various locations in the country met under the auspices of a common purpose and cause: intentional emancipation.

Now some may suggest that we are free; we are no longer slaves. That may be true from a physical perspective, but there are many areas of our lives that still may be in shackles. Some are still chained to past trauma or financial failure, and some are still caught in the thicket of crippling fear and limiting beliefs.

[RELATED:[2016 Women of Power Summit] Register for Empowerment Now]

The iEmancipateME Conference challenged attendees to eliminate the excuses, activate their purposes, employ life strategies to get unstuck, and walk out their destinies. An expert cadre of speakers and presenters showed attendees how to take their businesses, organizations, careers, health, faith, finances, and brands to the next level of freedom. In the spirit of celebration, there was a diversity of artists ranging from liturgical dances to saxophone selections, to soulful, contemporary and traditional gospel renditions. Attendees left the conference fired up to live more abundantly and whole– emotionally, financially, physically, and spiritually.

The iEmancipateME movement is about experiential freedom, whether …read more      

Man Detained In Road Rage Killing Of 4-Year-Old Girl

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police detained a man on Wednesday in connection with the road-rage killing of a 4-year-old girl who was shot in the backseat of her father’s truck after he picked up her and her brother from school, signaling a possible break in a case that has horrified the public.

Albuquerque police would not say if they believe the person of interest taken into custody is the shooter, but they said he matched the description of the gunman. His name was not immediately released.

Four-year-old Lilly Garcia was riding in the backseat of her dad’s truck with her 7-year-old brother Tuesday when someone in a Toyota opened fire on the family as they traveled down the main east-west freeway in Albuquerque. The father quickly pulled the truck into the median and tried to administer first aid on his daughter as a bystander called 911 to report “an adult holding an unresponsive child.”

Two nurses showed up and tried save the girl’s life as ambulances arrived and rushed her to the hospital, where she died, Albuquerque Police Chief Gorden Eden said.

Authorities quickly began pressing for tips, offering roughly $25,000 for information that leads to the arrest of the shooter, who was driving …read more      

NAACP branch: ‘Closed-door apology’ to NBA player not enough – Centre Daily Times

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MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee branch of the NAACP says Bucks player John Henson deserves more than a “closed-door apology” from the owner of a Wisconsin jewelry store where Henson says employees racially profiled him. Henson said Thomas Dixon, …
NAACP Milwaukee president: “Closed-door apology” by Schwanke-Kasten pres. to fox6now.com

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Black Lives Matter Just Officially Became Part of the Democratic Primary – Mother Jones

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In one of several letters to leaders of the Black Lives Matter network and Campaign Zero, DNC Chief Executive Officer Amy K. Dacey wrote, “We believe that your organization would be an ideal host for a presidential candidate forum—where all of the …
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Milwaukee NAACP: Bucks player John Henson deserves more than ‘closed-door … – Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Milwaukee NAACP: Bucks player John Henson deserves more than ‘closed-door
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MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee branch of the NAACP says Bucks player John Henson deserves more than a “closed-door apology” from the owner of a Wisconsin jewelry store where Henson says employees racially profiled him. Henson said Thomas Dixon, …

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Activists Urge DNC to Host Debate Centered on Black Lives Matter

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Activists from the Black Lives Matter movement are demanding that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) hold a presidential debate centered on racial justice in America.

The group told DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), via a petition posted at Color of Change Tuesday, that black voters “deserve substantive responses and policy recommendations” from the Democratic field.

Just saying Black Lives Matter isn’t enough. Sign the petition: pic.twitter.com/bCtpamWOFr

— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) October 20, 2015

“This last year alone has demonstrated clearly that black lives are under attack—from police violence to the murders of black trans women to economic disenfranchisement and neoliberal polices,” the petition read. “It’s time to extend the public conversation beyond the status quo.”

The Republican National Convention will host 12 presidential debates during the 2016 election cycle, and candidates including Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley, as well as two top DNC staff members have asked the DNC to hold more debates in order to give Democrats more opportunities to air their views.

Activists who support the movement say that the limited number of debates allows DNC candidates to pay scant attention to issues like poverty in the black community, mass incarceration, …read more      

Jay Z Wins Copyright Lawsuit

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Wednesday dismissed a copyright infringement case against rapper Jay Z over his 1999 hit “Big Pimpin’” before the case was sent to a jury.

U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder ruled the heir of an Egyptian composer did not have the right to pursue a copyright infringement claim. She did not explain her decision in detail, but told jurors she tossed out the case after hearing testimony from experts on Egyptian law.

The nephew of Baligh Hamdi, an Egyptian composer whose 1957 song “Khosara Khosara” is partially used in “Big Pimpin’,” sued Jay Z, producer Timbaland and several media companies in 2007. Flute notes that Hamdi composed are repeated throughout the Jay Z song, and nephew Osama Ahmed Fahmy claimed they exploited “Khosara Khosara” without proper permission.

“We think it’s completely wrong, and we’ll appeal,” Fahmy’s attorney, Pete Ross, said after the ruling.

The abrupt end to the case came after the rapper and Timbaland testified about creating the rap hit and their belief that they had valid rights to use the Egyptian song. It is rare for copyright cases involving major media properties such as films or music to reach the trial stage. Wednesday’s ruling avoided …read more