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The day after Cosby goes radio silent, a new rape allegation surfaces


Sexual assault accusations against beloved actor and comedian Bill Cosby aren’t new. However, until recently, the star had largely escaped public scrutiny.

But in recent weeks, Cosby has been dealing with fallout from a series of allegations as, on Sunday, a new alleged victim came forward with a story of abuse, sharing her story in Hollywood Elsewhere.

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Loretta Lynch deserves swift confirmation


African-American women were excited about President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States.  Since she has sailed through two Senate confirmations, her current confirmation ought to move quickly and without controversy.  But Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky..) and his crowd seem to want to drag the process along, insisting on their “right” to question Loretta Lynch, and to make a spectacle of this confirmation.

There are dozens of vacancies in the ambassadorial ranks, among others, because Republicans have blocked Senate consideration of these appointments. Many Republican Senators keep saying they want to work with the administration.  One way to show it is to move some of the appointments out of gridlock.

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Sweet Home Alabama

It’s been almost 50 years since I lived in Tuscaloosa, Ala. I go back from time to time, but not much after Mama moved to Cleveland about 35 years ago and later to Augusta, Ga. Except for a couple of cousins, all of my relatives have either died or moved away. My youngest sister, Susan Gandy, lives in Tuskegee, Ala. My other sisters, Charlotte Purvis and Chris Polk, live in Durham, N.C. and Oakland, Calif. area, respectively.

Many close family friends such as Mrs. Dorothy Smith and Mrs. Emma Henderson, two longtime neighbors from my McKenzie Court housing project days, are deceased. A growing number of my Druid High classmates – James Calvin Brown, Reginald Henderson, Peter Boyd and most recently, Ronald Thompson and Estella Robertson Carter – are no longer with us.

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Gasol, Randolph pound Pistons in win


The Memphis Grizzlies may not dominate games, though they still are playing well enough to hold the NBA’s best record.

The latest example came Saturday night, as Memphis maintained just enough of a buffer down the stretch to beat the Detroit Pistons 95-88 and improve to 9-1.

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‘My own man’ treats Memphis to ‘Mrs. Independent’

Mrs Independent

Some may wonder what can transpire in a relationship were the woman earns more money than the man. The play “Mrs. Independent,” which ran Nov. 8-9 at the Cannon Center, examined just that topic.

Bringing the storyline to life was an acting crew that featured Robin Givens, Dottie Peoples, Christopher Williams, Tony Grant, Trisha Mann-Grant and playwright Priest Tyaire.

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