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Bill Cosby says his black media comments ‘misconstrued,’ rips Michael Eric Dyson


Bill Cosby hasn’t said much about the growing number of allegations against him. But he would like to clarify one thing – he says his “black media” quote has been “misconstrued in a way that can only call into question the fair-mindedness of certain commentators.” The statement was delivered Thursday evening by Cosby’s attorney John P. Schmitt and posted on and several ...

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Doing These Things Can Ruin Your Career and Professional Reputation


By Sam Turner Your professional reputation is very important. It determines what jobs you get and how much you get paid. There are many things that you can do to ruin this reputation, however. • Accepting a job offer and then backing out of it after you have accepted it. You could end up being known as someone that wastes ...

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Crystal ball: 10 cars that won’t survive 2015


Like your favorite new network TV show, some cars just won’t be around anymore. This year yielded a bumper crop of exciting new cars, trucks and SUVs, but what about those that have been, let’s say, taken out to the farm? Which cars won’t make it another model year? We asked our fellow editors to gaze into their automotive crystal ...

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Silicon Valley’s cheaper home syndrome


Kelly Porter appreciates a beautiful home; he spent seven years renovating his own chateau. Now that his kids are grown and on their own, he’s looking to downsize — not downgrade but downsize. With one of the world’s most sought-after destinations as his hunting grounds and millions of dollars to pull the trigger with, looking for a new house should ...

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Banks win more time to sell private equity stakes


The Federal Reserve Thursday gave banks a two-year extension of the July 2015 deadline for divesting their multi-billion-dollar stakes in private equity investments and hedge funds. In a victory for the financial industry, the Fed approved the new timetable for the so-called Volcker Rule, a key safety provision of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Act enacted after the ...

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NJ Authorities Want Assata Shakur Back From Cuba to Finish Life Sentence


On Wednesday President Obama announced that he was easing some of the United States’ 50-year restrictions against Cuba, and shortly after that announcement, the focus for some people shifted to what a new Cuba-U.S. relationship might mean for Assata Shakur. Shakur, who has become a kind of vigilante folk hero in the black community, was set to serve a life ...

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Nonviolent Drug Inmates May Be Eligible for Obama’s Clemency Program


In addition to announcing a new chapter in the U.S. relationship with Cuba, the president on Wednesday drastically shortened the prison sentences of eight nonviolent drug offenders and pardoned 12 other convicts who were imprisoned for a variety of nonviolent offenses, the Associated Press reports. AP predicts that the initiative is likely a foreshadowing of a huge effort on the ...

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5 Things You Should Know About the US-Cuba Breakthrough


In a stunning display of mic-dropping, post-midterm comeback, days before the holiday recess set in, President Barack Obama announced the first massive thaw in tensions between the United States and Cuba in more than half a century. The implications of the move are, no doubt, enormous and far-reaching. Not only did the embattled POTUS completely trash, then burn, premature political ...

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Memphis funeral director apologizes for transporting body in pick-up truck


A Memphis-area funeral director is offering his apology for transporting a woman’s body in the back of his personal pick-up truck. Manager of Hardeman County Funeral Services of Bolivar, Tennessee, James L. Gray, Jr., called the decision an “error in judgement” in his letter to Tennessee Board of Funeral Home Directors & Embalmers, reports MS News Now. Ken McDaniel, a delivery truck ...

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Rikers guard arrested in death of inmate in hot cell


NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City jail guard was arrested and charged Monday in connection with the death of a mentally ill inmate who roasted to death in his stifling jail cell. Carol Lackner faces multiple counts of falsifying business records, filing a false instrument and official misconduct charges for falsely indicating she checked on homeless ex-Marine Jerome ...

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