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Bowie State Professor Wins Literary Award for Debut Book

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Bowie State University professor Rion A. Scott is the 2017 winner of a prestigious literary award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Scott, who teaches English at the Maryland HBCU, won the award for his collection of short...

Jay Pharoah Says He Had Rocky Relationship with ‘SNL’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jay Pharoah said he had a rocky time on "Saturday Night Live" because he refused to keep quiet and follow orders. Pharoah, who was dropped from "SNL" last year after six seasons, said he resisted playing...

Italy Plucks 2,000 Migrants from the Mediterranean Sea

ROME (AP) — Italian rescue ships have plucked some 2,000 migrants from unseaworthy smugglers' boats off the coast of Libya, with hundreds of them arriving Saturday in southern Italian ports. One rescue ship brought 504 migrants and one corpse to...

Hip-Hop Artist Tory Lanez Faces Gun, Pot Charge in Florida

MIRAMAR, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say hip-hop artist Tory Lanez has been arrested on a weapons charge in South Florida. The Sun Sentinel (https://goo.gl/wAbV0e) reports that Miramar police pulled over the 24-year-old Canada native Wednesday afternoon for an expired dealer...

Mike Tyson Thanks Christie for Work on Prisoner Re-Entry

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accepted a champion's belt from former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson on Thursday for his efforts on prisoner re-entry. "You took the punches, trust me, you deserve it," Tyson told Christie...

CNN Commentator Lord Attempts to Defend his Likening of Trump to King

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord tweeted clips of speeches from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the overnight hours Friday, capping a strange day where he stepped on a third rail of American politics by...

A REVERSAL OF FORTUNE

TriceEdney— I've been left to wonder which hurts more.  Does it hurt more to have a disappointment occur without expectation or does it hurt more to be able to anticipate a disappointment and see it materialize?  I've come to...

Why Black Workers in DC Need Paid Family Leave

Political leaders and think tanks in DC talk about ways to alleviate racial disparities.  Others explore how to reduce infant mortality. We hear calls for men to be more engaged fathers.  From time to time we hear concerns about...

Judge Halts Arkansas Plan to Execute 8 Inmates in 11 Days

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge dealt another blow Saturday to Arkansas' unprecedented plan to execute eight inmates in an 11-day period, saying the men have the right to challenge a drug protocol that could expose them...

Son of Slain Police Officer Fatally Shot in N.W. Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — The son of a Baltimore police officer killed in 2007 was fatally shot in Northwest Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun reports (http://bsun.md/2odsRSg ) that 22-year-old Trayvon Chesley was shot in the head behind an apartment complex at about...

Former NFL Patriot Star Hernandez, Serving Life, Acquitted in 2 Slayings

BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, already serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, was acquitted Friday in a 2012 double slaying prosecutors said was fueled by his anger over a drink spilled at a nightclub. The...

Capitals Win Presidents’ Trophy, Face Toronto in First Round of NHL Playoffs

The Washington Capitals entered the postseason on a high note, earning their second straight Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s top regular season team with 118 points and the best Goals Against Average in the sport at 2.2 per game....

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