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Tuesday, July 31

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Brooklyn Native, Lia Neal, wins Bronze at the Olympics

Lia Neal, 17 of Brooklyn, was the second African-American woman to make the United States...

6-year-old boy gives 10 reasons why to not vote for Barack Obama.

A 6-year-old boy named Isaac Anthony has been filmed giving Americans top-10 reasons why not...

Monday, July 30

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Miss Black America- Connecticut still to compete despite scandal

Three weeks into her internship at the Wall Street Journal, Liane Membis, a young black...

FELA! - Adesola pays special tribute

"Fela!" only has one more week left on Broadway as it comes to the end...

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Ben Vereen talks career, current one-man show

When I think of a triple threat--a theater performer who has been entertaining audiences for...

Sunday, July 29

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Getting 'Moody' about journalism

If you've ever been glued to the computer looking around for the latest celebrity news,...

Friday, July 27

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Greece boots Olympic track star, Voula Papachristou, over racist twitter message

Voula Papachristou has been expelled from the Greek Olympic Team for a racist twitter comment,...

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Press forward

Have you ever felt like a prisoner of your mistakes or trapped in the place...

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Little folks can get heat strokes

Summertime means playtime, and playtime in overbearing heat can cause heat exhaustion and heat strokes...

Abraham Lincoln House to host annual book fair Aug. 4

In an attempt to establish home libraries for 3- to 12-year-old children, a group of...

Small time for boys who blinded Brooklyn teen

As one boy held 14-year-old Kardin Ulysse's arms down, another delivered punches to his head,...

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The importance of being tolerant

When Marlene Taylor-Ponterotto's family moved to Harlem, she did not expect to be made fun...

Here's a plan for future USA-NBA international competition

After 20 years of seeing some of the NBA's best talent compete on Team USA,...

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Sports legend celebrates 20th Trey Whitfield anniversary

A room full of NBA stars, including NBA Hall of Famer Sam Jones, former St....

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Let the games begin: US Olympic team vs. the world

For the third time in the history of the Olympic Games, the city of London...

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Make the killing stop

New York, Chicago, Newark, Los Angeles and now Aurora. When will the killing stop? From...

Movie, TV viewing changing in this country

It's time for a reality check. The violence in this country is out of control....

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Not just about bread: Hot Bread Kitchen takes on new community involvement

How many types of bread do you eat? There are hundreds of cultures in New...

Thursday, July 26

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The primary Election Day is on Thursday Sept. 13

While voters are used to going to the polls on a Tuesday, the upcoming state...

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Strict etiquette wins the race

Eighth grader Rayshawn Joseph, nicknamed "Master Splinter" after a character from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,"...

Taxi drivers get pay raise, health and disability benefits

The Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) has approved new fare hikes and benefits that could...

Court tells NYC 'no' on struggling schools staff shake-up

A New York State Supreme Court judge has thwarted Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to shake...

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Wining and dining around Birmingham

OK, you've been patient enough along this journey during "The Year of Alabama Food" while...

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Shooting at Rucker Park during a Basketball Tournament

Last night at the Entertainer's Basketball Classic at Ruckers Park in Harlem, five people were...

Waivers continue to be given to states in implementation of No Child Left Behind law

More than half the states in the nation have received waivers from the provisions of...

Questions abound in drowning death of 12-year-old

Police officials, family members and community activists have different views about what happened to 12-year-old...

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Policing the police: Knowing our rights

A number of people are exercising their civil and human rights and ensuring that the...

Speak out against police violence

Riverside Church hosted a forum entitled "The Fight Against Police Violence" on Saturday, featuring family...

Trayvon Martin case: Witnesses change stories

As George Zimmerman's trial in the Trayvon Martin case moves forward, reports indicate that four...

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Profiling Council Member Darlene Mealy

Council Member Darlene Mealy represents the 41st District in Brooklyn, which includes Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill-Brownsville,...

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Teacher's Union, activists react to release of statewide test results

For the second year in a row, New York City can claim an increase in...

Wednesday, July 25

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Sylvia Woods: A Queen laid to rest

The life of the late Sylvia Woods was celebrated at a funeral service held in...

Tuesday, July 24

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With Penn State Sanctions, Eddie Robinson Remains Winningest Coach

He's back on top through unexpected circumstances. This morning, National Collegiate Association of Athletics (NCAA)...

Violence at McCarren Pool

McCarren Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn was originally opened in 1936 and was shut down in...

Actor Sherman Hemsley dies at 74

Reports indicate that Black actor Sherman Hemsly has died. Best known for his roles as...

Monday, July 23

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The fighting spirit comes out in Eric Holder

Republicans in Congress, fueled by their insatiable disdain for President Barack Obama, have sought to...

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Artists use everyday materials to create masterpieces

Thumbtacks, buttons and other everyday materials inspired emerging Harlem artists to create their pieces. This...

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Author Ellis Cose headlines teen talk on race relations at 2012 Harlem Book Fair

Ellis Cose, the critically acclaimed author of "The End of Anger: A New Generation's Take...

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'Black Dynamite' explodes onto your TV set

Just when you thought the blaxploitation era was long gone, along comes "Black Dynamite," a...

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Gordon Parks and Moneta Sleet, two giants behind the lens

Beyond their common photographic gifts and their penchant to document the dynamic world they inhabited,...

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Verna Pointer, former secretary of Harlem Labor Union, passes

Verna Roslyn Pointer, 95, passed away on Saturday, July 14 at the Norwich Rehabilitation and...

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Confront your fears

It is amazing how at times our greatest dreams have a way of colliding with...

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Victor Cruz signing books at Queens Mall; Children's Book Fair in Harlem

This Friday, July 20, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will be at Queens...

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Harambay summer day camp promotes education, fun and pride

There is a camp in East New York called Harambay/Boys & Girls Camp. It is...

Friday, July 20

POLICE: 12 DEAD IN COLORADO THEATER SHOOTING

AURORA, Colo. (AP) -- A gunman wearing a gas mask set off an unknown gas...

Thursday, July 19

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SCLC Annual Convention of fighting for what's RIGHT

The National Board of Directors of the National Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) voted to...

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Denied justice, Michael Lembhard family perseveres

No charges will be brought against the two Newburgh police officers responsible for the death...

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The left missing one final step

Anyone who reads my column has heard me say before that what unites the left...

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Quintin Hawkins' courage helps others

Quintin Hawkins is a Brooklyn entrepreneur who has, since 2001, had the drive and ambition...

Republicans still tussling over Affordable Care Act

Even after the Supreme Court's historic decision to uphold the mandate of the Affordable Care...

HIV/AIDS documentary chronicles virus in the African-American community

A powerful and riveting new documentary about the surreptitious and ultimately deadly rise in the...

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Save organs with clot busters

I am sure that you have heard this carefree little camp song: Row, row, row...

Open letter to our community: Save Sistas' Place

It is called Sistas' Place, but in reality, it has always been our place. For...

Commissar Kelly: Stop with the stop-and-frisk

Humans in blue strip the dignity of poor men. The midtown ring of steel offers...

Lie and distort: The police response to stop-and-frisk

From reading New York dailies these past few weeks, one can only surmise that Commissioner...

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Even the right is asking for the returns

Swiss bank accounts, oodles of cash stashed in the Cayman Islands, an IRA worth $100...

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What's up with Jesse Jr.?

An endless supply of scuttlebutt, mystery and conjecture abound when discussing the whereabouts and condition...

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Con Ed workers rally for new deal

On Tuesday afternoon, members of Local 1-2 Utility Workers of America and other union representatives...

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Romney rips Obama's healthcare plan at NAACP convention

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, and Vice President Joe Biden were both...

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What happened when a police officer threatened Michelle Obama

Threats on the life of President Barack Obama are not uncommon from members of hate...

Wednesday, July 18

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New App "Food Of Black Origin" is coming soon to iPhones and Androids.

Molala Services announced earlier this week that a new app FOBO (Food Of Black Origin),...

Rediscovered Black Travel Guide Series adds to U.S. Segregation Era History

A travel guide series for African-Americans dating back to 1936 has resurfaced in recent years,...

Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday is an international celebration

Nelson Mandela, the first president of a democratic South Africa, and international symbol of freedom...

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Bibi Tanga and the Selenites at Summerstage on July 22

Bibi Tanga was a diplomat's son, born in Africa and raised in Moscow, Paris, Washington...

Tuesday, July 17

New York City bus driver saves girl who fell from window.

New York City bus driver Steve St. Bernard can add "hero" to his resume after...

Monday, July 16

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Exotic Birds Flood Central Park

New York City is affectionately known as the city of lights, the home of Broadway,...

Thursday, July 12

Track legend Michael Johnson deems slavery descendants beneficial for African, Carribean track athletes

Track star and four-time gold medalist Michael Johnson credited his success to a ''superior athletic...

Gauchos win I Got You middle school championship

The New York Gauchos won the second annual I Got You Middle School Basketball League...

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Singer Ledisi Finds Beauty and Beau McCall is Visual Artist of the Month

If you walk down 125th Street in Central Harlem you're bound to see diverse images...

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Stars seeking landing spots across NBA land

That glass-shattering, earth-moving sound being heard in every corner of the country isn't the end...

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Lia Neal's Olympic berth helps shatter stereotypes

When meeting the press last week, Carol Tweedy, executive director of Asphalt Green, couldn't have...

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Cullen Jones, 2008 Olympian, swimming for more gold

Another inspiring chapter in the unlikely narrative of Cullen Jones was written when the 28-year-old...

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Liberty will use Olympic break to rest and recharge

The monthlong WNBA Olympic break is upon us, and for the New York Liberty, it...

The N-word: Positive or negative?

A forum including some older voices from the Black community will attempt to clarify whether...

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Get to know your local Black Bookstore

With Hue-Man Bookstore closing, some now worry about the fate of Harlem's book readers, because...

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Con Edison fight with local Utility Workers of America continues

Talks resumed Tuesday afternoon between Con Ed and Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers of...

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Con Ed's labor struggle continues, no progress

Another day, another breakdown in talks between Con Edison management and the union that supplies...

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NAACP official: Romney 'rigged crowd' by having blacks 'flown in'

The director to the NAACP's Washington Bureau revealed on Thursday that GOP hopeful Mitt Romney...

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NY Knick Carmelo Anthony immortalized at Madame Tussauds

Posed in his Knicks home uniform and his signature size-15 Jordan sneakers, which were donated...

Hamptons and the Vineyard heating and filling up

Without a doubt, it's July, and you know what that means: People are scurrying out...

Court upholds Lynne Stewart's 10-year term

On June 28, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second...

Bobbi Humphrey: Still going strong

Walking down Harlem's Lenox Avenue, Bobbi Humphrey can't help but stop every few feet to...

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Edo Organization of NYC hosts mega Nigerian cookout

On Saturday, July 7, hundreds of Nigerians gathered at Heckscher State Park in East Islip,...

President's campaign bus tour starts in Ohio & Pennsylvania

Last week, President Barack Obama spent two days on a 10-city tour of Ohio and...

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Sugar-sweetened beverage ban: Misdirected and shortsighted

There's an old proverb that goes something like this: "Give a man a fish, and...

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We know who won, but why did it take so long?

In an age of instantaneous information, why is it that the New York City Board...

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Black Panther Party announces new Million Youth March

Mass incarceration, drug wars, homelessness and police brutality are only some of the obstacles Blacks...

Fourth of July in New York City was packed with shootings

On a holiday that is usually celebrated with barbecuing, leisure time and family gatherings, the...

Mandela's Birthday clouded by leaked email from Winnie to ANC

Jul. 10 (GIN) - As preparations get underway for the July 18th, 94th birthday of...

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Ghana's Health Care on the decline despite major oil discovery

Jul. 10 (GIN) - Government officials call it a "development levy" but for the sick...

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Just-ended trial of congolese warlord blasted for sloppy handling

Jul. 10 (GIN) -During some of the deadliest years of the inter-ethnic wars in Africa's...

Nigeria and Russia clash over rights to aluminum plant

Jul. 10 (GIN) - Nigeria's Supreme Court has ruled against one of the most powerful...

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Every 40 hours a black person is killed by the police.

A human rights crisis confronts Black people in the United States. Since January 1, 2012,...

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No charges against police who shot Michael Lembhard

No charges will be brought against the two Newburgh police officers responsible for the death...

Wednesday, July 11

Summer Calendar Events: July 13-19

July 13 10:30-11:30 a.m., Andes Manta (music form the Andes), Crotona Park.10:30-11:30 a.m. Summer Stage:...

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The brightest and most charitable honored at the 2012 McDonald's 365 Black Awards

McDonald's 365Black, a site dedicated to increasing employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for African Americans, prides...

Children's Book Fair

Saturday, August 4, in the Lincoln Houses, 132nd Street and Madison Avenue. Books are distributed...

Children's Book Fair in Harlem

Annual Children's Book Fair to assist children with establishing home libraries....

Tuesday, July 10

Jazz Legend Uncle Lionel Batiste Passes at 81

The famous Faubourg Treme, jazz neighborhood has lost one of its own. New Orleans native...

Nutrition Education for Food Pantries from NYC Food Bank & Mario Batali Foundation

Food Banks have always played a major role in making sure as few people as...

Monday, July 9

Perkins & VNSNY help prevent falls among seniors

Last Thursday, in the gymnasium of the Taino Towers housing complex in East Harlem, the...

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Ice-T's rap doc "Art of Rap" fun to watch, but too long

During an installment of Peter Rosenberg's "Noisemakers" talks with Phonte and 9th Wonder at 92YTribeca,...

Baptist House of Prayer Summit

On July 14, the Baptist House of Prayer on West 126th Street will host their...

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Sangria and Turkey Burger recopies to extend your 4th of July

I hope you enjoyed your July 4 weekend! Or have you yet? With Independence Day...

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Supreme Court gets it wrong on AZ law

"Reject Racism!" The sign of one protestor outside the Arizona state building in Tucson on...

Grenada breathes easier as U.S. court rules in its favor

Authorities in the tiny Eastern Caribbean island of Grenada are celebrating the favorable ruling of...

Town hall meeting:Theaters of color struggle in these hard times, part I

The Coalition of Theatres of Color (CTC) recently held an important town hall meeting at...

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Beaty = Theatrical brilliance

Daniel Beaty's brilliance, depth and perceptions with regards to the issues in the Black community...

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'Love and Hip Hop' ladies try to clean up their act

It looks like some cast members of "Love and Hip Hop Atlanta" are trying to...

Seleno Clarke honored, Shanto, Eddie Palmieri

The Hammond B-3 organ will make one shout "Amen" or keep dancing until the early...

Essence Music Festival expands weekend in New Orleans

Essence magazine's annual music festival in New Orleans has expanded its concert and empowerment workshop...

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McGill refuses to be a statistic in 'Dear Marcus'

It's an unfortunate fact that many Black men fall victim to gun violence in America....

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A map to uptown, harlem for the world

"We need to talk Harlem. Harlem is great right now..."--Marquis Devereaux Marquis Devereaux, now the...

Friday, July 6

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With Supreme Court victory, Obama now needs to sell health care

As a presidential achievement in modern times, it would be hard to recall one that...

Lights out? Con Ed workers locked out

During the current heat wave, the city watches a labor battle between Con Edison management...

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UFT and City Council help award money to schools focusing on social services

Last week, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the New York City Council and the...

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Affordable Care Act: A huge step forward

Last week's Supreme Court decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)...

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Network Journal honors this year's '40 Under Forty'

The Network Journal (TNJ) held its annual "40 Under Forty" Awards on Thursday, June 28...

Harlem gets a makeover and Danny Simmons meets the Culture Crasher

The famed 125th Street is getting a makeover but to see the results you will...

Thursday, July 5

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Annual International African Arts Festival thrills Brooklyn again

The sounds of hip-hop, drums and soukous music filled the air at the 41st annual...

A multifaceted, defy-any-odds man

At 82 years old, George Blair has a lot to look back on. With his...

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Perkins and VNSNY Choice help prevent falls among seniors

Last Thursday, in the gymnasium of the Taino Towers housing complex in East Harlem, VNSNY...

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It's over: Hue-Man set to close on July 31

Another piece of the fabric woven into Harlem will be gone in less than a...

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With Obama and women, they have done it again

When President Barack Obama became the first African-American president, I was overjoyed for many reasons,...

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Charles Barron campaign responds: What happened?

We thank the 10,090 voters who had the courage to vote for Charles Barron on...

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A victory for women's health

Last week was a major victory for families across the nation, when the U.S. Supreme...

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Congressional Rangel-Espaillat race recount?

During the recent Olympic trials, two young women tied for third in the 100-meter dash,...

New York City fencers heading to London

"There's a huge Olympic fencing tradition in New York," said Daryl Homer, a saber fencer...

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Brooklyn's Lia Neal is on her way to London

It was some nine years ago that we first met Lia Neal, then an 8-year-old...

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Tiger wins third title of season at the Congressional

On the first Sunday in July, Tiger Woods won his third tour-leading championship of the...

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The day of the plodding big man in the NBA is coming to an end

Are the days of the plodding big man who sits on the blocks all day...

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Time Warner Cable and Victor Cruz newest cable partners

Victor Cruz, the New York Giants' wide receiver and Super Bowl champ, will partner with...

Youngsters on the road for historic cross-country education

A group of young future major leaguers are currently on a bus tour around the...

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Justice Department will not prosecute Eric Holder for contempt

In a letter last week from Deputy Attorney General James Cole to House Speaker John...

NYPD pressures nightclubs to release private information of patrons

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is strapped in the hot seat yet again surrounding...

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Stringer signs recommendations for West Harlem rezoning

Last Wednesday, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer signed his office's recommendations for the Department of...

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Wifi has gone underground

In 2011 the average new yorker spent 31.27 minutes commuting a day. For those living...

Tuesday, July 3

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Fresh Air Fund to offer opportunities

June 28th, 2012 marked the beginning of Fresh Air summer vacations for thousands of New...

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The game of chess and the children from P.S. 36

The students of P.S. 36 have changed their lives just by playing games--chess games. Last...

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Unrest grows in Sudan, over 1000 demonstrations detained

July 2 (GIN) - A crackdown against an anti-government movement is heating up with the...

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Legendary mosque door smashed by separatist group in Timbuktu

July 2 (GIN) - For a third day, Islamist militants in Mali's historic city Timbuktu...

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U.K. Pharma to pay 'whopping' $3 billion fine for massive healthcare fraud

July 2 (GIN) - The U.S. Justice Dept. has announced the largest settlement ever for...

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New study proves that black men are resilient to overcome hardships.

Black men, especially those living in low-income, urban areas, face many societal stressors, including racial...

Monday, July 2

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U.S. Rep. removes himself from debates because of racist remarks.

DETROIT - Amid an increasingly hostile congressional race, U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke, D-Detroit, announced on...

Recap of NYC's first Heat Wave, and ways to beat the Heat

Last week New York City kicked off the official start to summer with it's first...