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Chicago, aka 'Chi-raq' likely to top 2015 in number of shootings

Chicago is on track to cross a disturbing threshold and top the number of shootings and homicides in the city in 2015. It's not a war zone, but it helps explain why some people who live there call it Chi-raq, a name that draws an analogy between the city and Iraq.

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Gene Wilder, star of 'Willy Wonka,' dead at 83

Gene Wilder, who brought a wild-eyed desperation to a series of memorable and iconic comedy roles in the 1970s and 1980s, has died, his lawyer, Eric Weissmann, said.

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Abedin, Weiner separating after new sexting allegations

Longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin announced Monday that she and former US Rep. Anthony Weiner are separating after new reports surfaced that he sent sexually suggestive photos again.

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MTV VMAs: Beyoncé steals the show with fiery performance

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards were free of controversy and full of powerful performances. From Beyoncé's surprise stage re-creation of "Lemonade" to Britney Spears' big comeback, here are some of the best moments from Sunday's show.

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More Patti LaBelle desserts coming to Walmart

Patti LaBelle's sweet potato pie was a smash-hit last year for Walmart. Now she's expanding her line to include new desserts

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Trump will directly address Black voters, top aide says

Donald Trump's campaign manager said Sunday he will soon be courting black voters more directly, scheduling events in front of predominantly African-American audiences.

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Dwyane Wade's cousin Nykea Aldridge killed; 2 brothers charged

Chicago police have arrested two brothers in connection with the death of NBA star Dwyane Wade's cousin Nykea Aldridge.

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Police: Student fatally stabbed in 'large fight' on Cornell campus

One Ithaca College student was killed and another was injured after being stabbed during a "large fight" on the nearby Cornell University campus early Sunday in Ithaca, New York, officials from both schools said.

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Don’t be a glutton for gluten

As I visit many marketplaces selling healthy foods, I am surprised to observe so many signs on food products stating, “gluten-free.”

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We are all Milwaukee

When I was in high school, my family moved to a town approximately 10 minutes away from the Wisconsin border. I called it my father’s “Norman Rockwell phase” because of the lack of racial diversity in much of the area

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Donald Trump’s outreach to the Black community falls flat

Aimed at trying to swing Black voters to his side, Trump’s statements pointing out that life for Black Americans is terrible don’t appear to be having any affect.

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Father of Nicholas Heyward asks Brooklyn DA to reopen son's case

The father of Nicholas Heyward Jr. pens an open letter to Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson about his son's case.

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Race and the 2016 presidential campaign

In his opening salvo as a candidate for the office of president, Donald Trump issued the following statement: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best …

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Gideon Manasseh, photographer and educator, passes at 77

Celebrated Amsterdam News Photographer and teacher Gideon Manasseh makes his transition.

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The Cosmopolitan Review: Aug. 25 - Aug 31

I can’t remember a sunnier day, when the son is hot, the air is clear and not a drop of humidity. And I like it just like that.

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Former high school basketball player sentenced to 15 years for shooting ex-roomate

A 24-year-old Brooklyn man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting another man in the chest and body during a confrontation in broad daylight in a courtyard in Sheepshead Bay.

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URBAN AGENDA | Milwaukee: Developing a New Model, Community and Policing

Fifty-two year old mother and grandmother Valencia Morgan asked that question last week as she stood among other black residents of Milwaukee’s Sherman Park. Just days earlier her community was the scene of violent protests that saw businesses burnt down and police in riot gear clashing with crowds following the shooting death by police of 23-year old Sylville K. Smith.

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Remembering Aaliyah 15 years after her death

August 25 marks the day when superstar singer Aaliyah, died when her plane crashed shortly after takeoff in the Bahamas.

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Harlem hosts the Uptown Saturday Concert

The Uptown Saturday Concert brought fashion and fun to the Harlem Music Fest with soulster Eric Benet, the Jeff Fox Band and wonderful fashion, as part of the tribute to the Harlem/Havana.

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Easco Boiler Company celebrates 90 years of business

Easco Boiler Company, celebrating 90 years of business, held a news conference and open house Tuesday, Aug. 16, at their headquarters.

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