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Friday, November 29

‘Nuclear Option’ Launched Against Intransigent Republicans

Majority rule is all Senate Democrats were seeking. They had been bullied long enough by the radical minority.

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Ga. Republicans Want You: If you are a minority and conservative

On the campus of Morehouse College, a small group of students are at the center of an effort by Georgia Republicans to build support among minorities ahead of major federal and state elections next year.

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Acclaimed Musician Jonathan Butler Hosts Jazz Assembly at North Atlanta High School

Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Jonathan Butler is holding a jazz assembly from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 at North Atlanta High School, located at 4111 Northside Pkwy., Atlanta, GA 30327.

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Director Kasi Lemmons talks about her passion project 'Black Nativity'

Acclaimed film director and screenwriter Kasi Lemmons’ is back with a new spin on an old Langston Hughes’ classic play Black Nativity.

Blackonomics: A.G. Gaston: Find a Need and Fill It

One of the greatest entrepreneurs in this nation, Arthur George Gaston, offered these wise words of advice to prospective business owners: “Find a need and fill it.” 

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‘Breaking The Line’ explores black college football’s impact on the Civil Rights Movement

What does current African American NFL quarterbacks like Michael Vick, Geno Smith, and former great signal callers Doug Williams and the late Steve “Air” McNair have in common?

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Comcast to sell films, shows via set-top box

Comcast Corp. plans to start selling movies and TV shows from its set-top box before the end of the year, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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A Healthy, Fruity and Protein-Packed Salad

Blueberries are nature’s perfect little superfood, and now these little blue powerhouses are available in grocery stores throughout the winter months.

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World AIDS Day in Atlanta and Georgia

The AIDS epidemic erased a generation of gay men, and while the symptoms are easier to manage, the startling rate of infection proves that the work is not nearly done.

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Out and About in Atlanta (Nov. 29 - Dec. 5)

Dec. 22: Jay Z: Magna Carter World Tour. Phillips Arena 7:30 p.m.

Child Watch ‘Ask What You Can Do For Your Country’

So much of the deep lingering sadness over President Kennedy’s assassination is about the unfinished promise – unspoken speeches, unfulfilled hopes, the wondering about what might have been.

Tuesday, November 26

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Rehab: Brown threw rock through mom's car window

A judge ordered Chris Brown on Wednesday to spend three months in rehab after reading a report that said a facility discharged the R&B singer because he threw a rock through his mother's car window

Monday, November 25

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For mental health care, look to community

The mental health system in the United States is fragmented, and reductions in public mental spending have resulted in severe shortages of services, including housing and community-based services.

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Grady Hospital faces massive budget cuts

Grady Memorial Hospital next year could be facing millions in budget cuts which would adversely affect its most vulnerable clientele.

Sunday, November 24

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VA hospital in Georgia apologizes for deaths after delayed care

The director of the VA hospital in Augusta, Georgia, has publicly apologized for the deaths of three veterans at the facility that were caused by delays in care.

Friday, November 22

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Kendrick Johnson footage released; expert finds it 'highly suspicious'

Kendrick Johnson's family waited months for hundreds of hours of surveillance video, hoping it would answer their questions. It only raised others.

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3 San Jose State students charged with hate crime against black roommate

Three San Jose State University students in California have been charged with racially bullying their black roommate by clamping a bicycle lock around his neck and decorating their four-bedroom suite with a Confederate flag, Nazi symbols, photos of Adolf Hitler and a white board with a racial epithet, prosecutors said Thursday.

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Extended: Obamacare enrollment deadline for January 1 coverage

The Obama administration announced Friday that the Department of Health and Human Services will extend a key Obamacare deadline by one week.

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Out & About in Atlanta (Nov. 22 - 28)

Nov. 23: Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band. Variety Playhouse, 8:30 p.m.

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New video game consoles face changed landscape

The last time Sony and Microsoft came out with new video game consoles, there was no iPad, the iPhone was months away and "FarmVille" and "Angry Birds" had yet to be conjured up.

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To Be Equal: Is America Becoming a Nation of Bullies?

When 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick jumped to her death from an abandoned concrete plant tower on September 9 because of bullying from her classmates, the world stood up and took notice.

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Cutting Food Assistance Is More Than Morally Wrong

The U.S. Gross Domestic Product (the value of all goods and services in the economy) figures show GDP per person is $53,211.

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Lawsuit against NCAA to pay players gains new life

A lawsuit challenging the NCAA over payment of athletes isn’t going away soon.

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HPV Vaccines Less Effective for Black Women

Although Black women are twice as likely as White women to die from cervical cancer, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination may not prevent cervical cancer in African American women, according to a new study.

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Congressman John Lewis Honored at Urban League Gala

The Urban League of Greater Atlanta held its 52nd Annual Equal Opportunity Day Dinner and Gala Saturday evening, Nov. 16, bestowing the Champion of Justice and Equality Award on Georgia Congressman John Lewis at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel Atrium Ballroom.

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‘Best Man Holiday’ revives Morris Chestnut’s lure

Back in 2012, while filming "The Best Man Holiday,’’ Morris Chestnut and Nia Long became increasingly nostalgic.

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White mayor, black wife: NYC shatters an image

Another milestone is passing in America’s racial journey: The next mayor of New York City is a white man with a black wife.

Thursday, November 21

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Coach Smith says Falcons' failures are his fault

Nothing is going right for the Atlanta Falcons, and coach Mike Smith said he is fully to blame.

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Serena Williams: 2013 season was make or break for my career

"It could have been the secret to my success or the secret to my demise," a wistful Serena Williams says of her 2013 season.

Wednesday, November 20

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Hospital delays are killing America's war veterans

Military veterans are dying needlessly because of long waits and delayed care at U.S. veterans hospitals, a CNN investigation has found.

Monday, November 18

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Google, Microsoft Move to Block Child Porn

Google and Microsoft are teaming up to try to rid the internet of child pornography.

Sunday, November 17

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‘Play-offs? Are you kiddin’ me? Play-offs?’

No one is talking play-offs as the Falcons meet the Bucs

When a solemn Falcons head coach Mike Smith was asked a question about the play-offs during after last week’s beat down from the Seattle Seahawks, you also most expected him to respond like former Indianapolis Head Coach Jim Mora with, “Play-offs? Are you kidding me? Play-offs? I just hope we can win another game.”

Saturday, November 16

Mayor Reed Joins Vice President Joe Biden on Panama Trip

Mayor Kasim Reed will travel to Panama with Vice President Joe Biden on Monday, November 18 to meet with President Ricardo Martinelli and to tour the Panama Canal expansion project.

Friday, November 15

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Out & About in Atlanta (Nov. 15 - 21)

Nov. 29: Jaheim, Fox Theater. 8 p.m.

It’s Time to Raise Minimum Wage

The first federal minimum wage of 25 cents an hour was established in 1938. Since then, it has been raised 22 times.

The Power of Our Shared Vision and Partnership

Two decades ago, as a young organizer in Mississippi, I learned that there are only two types of temporal power: organized people and organized money.

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Clark Atlanta Battles Southern in Bayou State

SIAC Championship set with Albany St. and Miles

The Clark Atlanta University Panthers wrap up their 2013 season and the maiden voyage of Head Coach Kevin Weston this Saturday when they travel to Baton Rouge, La to face Southern University.

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Easy Holiday Classics with a Twist

This holiday season celebrate with loved ones by serving up fresh takes on classic dishes that will have your guests reaching for seconds.

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US consumer spending slows to 0.2 percent gain

U.S. consumers slowed their spending in September, even as overall income grew at solid pace for the second straight month.

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Personal Finance: Private Student Loans No Better than Using a Credit Card for College

An analysis of the recent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Student Loan Ombudsman report concluded that private student loans (PSLs) are a risky and high-cost method to pay for a college education.

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Atlanta’s BronzeLens Film Festival Awards Coveted Top Honors

A total of six films received top honors at the fourth annual BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta, Ga.

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TV Explores 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination

"Don’t let it be forgot,’’ goes the plaintive song from "Camelot.’’

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Good-bye Atlanta Braves!

Turner Field to be Demolished in 2017

The news of the Atlanta Braves moving 12 miles north of Atlanta to Cobb County has caused more concerned and reaction among Atlanta area residents than the recent election.

Thursday, November 14

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Diabetes Continues to Spread Around the World

On World Diabetes Day, news about the disease's global impact is dire.

Monday, November 11

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Veterans find a new way to serve - in the kitchen

Veterans serve from in the kitchen

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Louisiana Kidnap Victim's Cousin Kicks Down Door, Shoots And Kills Abductor

A man looking for his abducted cousin kicked in the back door of an abandoned house and shot and killed her kidnapper, authorities in Louisiana said.

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The Atlanta Braves Will Leave Turner Field

The Atlanta Braves are planning to leave downtown Atlanta.

Friday, November 8

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Out & About in Atlanta (Nov. 8 - 14)

Nov.20: Rick Ross, 155 Or Nothin’ Band. Fox Theatre. 8 p.m.

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Election Roundup: Detroit Voters Elect 1st White Mayor in 4 Decades

When Mike Duggan recites the oath of office in January as Detroit’s first white mayor in four decades, he may - in a way - give the eulogy to a period of racial divide that has defined much of the city’s past.

Bullying Does Not Lead to Suicide

Hardly a week goes by when there is not a tragic story of a teenager committing suicide.

‘Entitlement Programs’ Serve Elderly and Poor

Republicans have made it clear that their next budget goal is to slash so-called entitlement programs.

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American Diabetes Association Releases New Research Estimating Annual Cost of Diabetes at $245 billion

The American Diabetes Association (Association) released new research earlier this year estimating the total costs of diagnosed diabetes have risen to $245 billion in 2012 from $174 billion in 2007, when the cost was last examined.

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Spiritually Speaking….. God is not a hypocrite

When you begin to examine God’s faithfulness, if you look closely, you’ll find there are too many references in the Bible to quote on this subject.

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Best Bets for Healthy Family Meals in a Hurry

Making the decision to eat better doesn’t mean you have to stock your fridge exclusively with carrot sticks and lettuce leaves.

Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. Celebrates 50th Anniversary

One of Atlanta’s and the nation’s premier ministers Rev. Jasper Williams Jr., will celebrate 50 years of ministry, 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Salem Bible Church East, 5460 Hallandale Dr., Lithonia.

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Atlanta–based Company behind Super Soaker Awarded $72.9 Million from Hasbro

An arbitrator ordered Hasbro Inc. to pay about $72.9 million in royalties to the Atlanta-based Johnson Research & Development Co., one of its licensors, over the toymaker’s line of Nerf guns.

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Mayor Reed Wins Easily Dickens Upsets Willis

Voters in Atlanta kicked out three long-term incumbents Tuesday, Nov. 5, in a low-key political race that saw Mayor Kasim Reed easily defeat a challenge by three opponents.

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Coach Ron Hunter Follows in Humbling Footsteps...Barefoot

Samaritan's Feet

It is difficult to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, especially when that person has no shoes of their own.

Thursday, November 7

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New footage is Released in the Case of Kendrick Johnson

New surveillance video released Wednesday in the case of a Georgia teen found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat raises more questions than it answers.

Tuesday, November 5

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Georgia Girl's Body Found Burnt in Trash Bin

Georgia police discovered a badly burned body of a 10-year-old girl Saturday in an apartment complex's trash can -- pointed out by her father, who was standing nearby.

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Men Aren't Pulling Their Weight at Home

Despite gains for working women over the last few decades, two basic facts remain true: Men still work longer hours in a paid profession, and women do more of the cooking, cleaning and child-rearing at home.

Monday, November 4

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Atlanta Mayor Seeks 2nd Term in Tuesday's Election

Four years ago, it was a difference of 714 votes that carried Kasim Reed to victory in a fiercely contested race for Atlanta mayor.

Friday, November 1

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Ideas and Inspiration to Reduce Food Waste in the Home

Food waste is a major global issue that affects the environment, economy and food security.

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Cheers (Nov. 1 - 7)

Councilmember Felicia Moore (District 9) becomes one of only two people to receive a CCGA Democracy Award two years in a ro

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Out and About in Atlanta (Nov. 1 - 7)

Nov. 16: WAR, Tabernacle, 8 p.m.

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Solving Obamacare and Our Medical Insurance Crisis

Everybody needs medical insurance. Without it you are headed for the poor house or a shorter life.

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The Fable of the Long Term Federal Budget Crisis

The Washington elite are returning to their obsession with the long term budget crisis which means extremists are once again calling for benefit cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

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Benefits of Massage on Sciatic Nerve Pain

In the last few years I have come across more and more ladies…and men… with pain in the lower back that radiates down the leg and sometimes into the foot. 

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AboutThatCar.com: 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe

The Hyundai Elantra makes you ask is the glass half empty or half full.

Obama’s Showdown with ‘Teapublicans’ is Just Beginning

Believe it or not, President Obama’s decision to finally stand up to Teapublicans – a Republican Party hijacked by Right-wing Tea Party zealots – in the latest standoff over the Affordable Care Act and the debt ceiling was the easy part.

News Briefs (Nov. 1 - 7)

The federal government is issuing its first guidelines to schools on how to protect children with food allergies.

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The Obamacare Mess!

Feds promise to fix sites by December

Political accusations were hurled; apologies were given and promises were made, but no one is exactly sure when people will be able to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Health Care websites without any glitches.

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Senators bicker over state stand your ground laws

Trayvon Martin’s mother told a panel of senators Tuesday that state "stand your ground" self-defense laws do not work and must be amended, reviving the politically charged gun control issue a year ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.

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Suicide Survivors and Mental Health Advocates Walk for Suicide Prevention

Metro Digest Nov. 1 - 7

More than 1,000 survivors of suicide and mental health advocates will participate in the Metro Atlanta Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) annual fundraising walk from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3 at Piedmont Park. 

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REVOLTTV! Sean Combs starts an all music network

Sean Combs’ new Revolt channel launched with a nod to big dreams and its founder’s musical past, bringing a new outlet for music to television.