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Chris Brown ordered booked on hit-and-run charge

Chris Brown ordered booked on hit-and-run charge

LOS ANGELES – Two charges against Chris Brown were dropped Tuesday, but the singer is still accused of hit and run after a minor traffic crash.

Brown's lawyer entered a not guilty plea on his behalf and a judge ordered him to show up at a sheriff's station within a week to be officially booked on the charge, according to a court spokesman.

The prosecutor dismissed charges of driving without a license and driving without proof of insurance during a hearing Tuesday in a Van Nuys, California, court.

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  • Written by Alan Duke/CNN
  • Category: News

Michelle Obama tackles gun violence

Michelle Obama tackles gun violence

First lady Michelle Obama is a known advocate for healthy living.

Now she's tackling another issue: gun violence. The Associated Press reports (excerpts below) that she met with high school students from a gang-infested neighborhood in Chicago to talk about Congress' gun control debate.

As a mother raising children herself, Obama says that part of the debate is America's duty to help young people, like the ones she met, become responsible adults.

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Conservative group targets Cory Booker

Conservative group targets Cory Booker

As Newark mayor Cory Booker's star rises on the national scene, conservatives are hoping to disrupt the Democrat's campaign for U.S. Senate.

Newly-created Super PAC American Commitment Action Fund posted an online ad Tuesday going after Booker as an absentee-mayor, using his own words and that of fellow Newark politicians to try and paint the portrait of an ineffectual and divisive leader.

"The charade is over," the video concludes after a litany of Newark residents question Booker's tactics and frequent appearances on national media. The intended message is clear: Cory Booker is all show and no action. The message is gleaned from at least one Newark politician himself looking at a mayoral run.

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  • Written by Bryan Koenig/CNN
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University of Michigan Law School taps Bankole Thompson for ‘Transforming Detroit’ keynote

University of Michigan Law School taps Bankole Thompson for ‘Transforming Detroit’ keynote

"Transforming Detroit: New Alternatives for Social and Economic Empowerment" will be the topic when author and Michigan Chronicle Executive Editor Bankole Thompson delivers a keynote address at the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor on Oct. 2.

Bankole, who was a speaker at the 2011 Conference of Federal Judges for the Eastern District of Michigan, will deliver his address during the law school's Detroit Month 2013 program.

The program is being organized by "JDs in the D," a student organization that seeks to showcase the work that the Michigan Law community has been doing in Detroit, which is undergoing a major revitalization effort. The Poverty Law Society group and several other student organizations are among the sponsors

"Our goal is for Detroit Month to serve as a platform to promote strategic partnerships between Michigan Law and the City of Detroit, and to foster tangible opportunities for Michigan Law students and faculty to engage with Detroit businesses, community organizations and city initiatives," said Joshua Ronnebaum, one of the student organizers of JDs in the D.

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  • Written by Real Times News Service
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Postal Service looks to end at-your-door mail

Postal Service looks to end at-your-door mail

WASHINGTON – If you're moving to a newly built house, say goodbye to mail delivery at your door.

And if some House Republicans get their way, all door-to-door mail delivery will go away.

The U.S. Postal Service is marching towards a more "centralized delivery," where residents pick up their own mail from clusters of mail boxes located in their neighborhood. Local postmasters are sending hundreds of letters to fast-growing communities, warning that cluster boxes will be the way mail will be delivered to new developments.

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  • Written by Jennifer Liberto/CNNMoney
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Obama offers preview of economic message

Obama offers preview of economic message

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama gave some of his most active and rowdy former campaign supporters on Monday an early glimpse of his return to speaking about jobs and the economy as he prepares for a three-speech tour to refocus his administration's message.

Speaking at an event sponsored by Organizing for Action, the political advocacy group formed from his campaign organization, the president urged his backers to help rally support for some of his second-term priorities, even as some of those issues languish in Congress.

"It's going to be the kickoff to what is essentially several months of us trying to get Washington and the press to refocus on the economy and the struggles that middle-class families are going through, but also for us to start exploring some big and bold ideas," Obama said of his Wednesday speech at Knox College in Illinois, which the White House has promised will return the administration's message to economic issues.

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  • Written by Kevin Liptak and Chloe Sommers/CNN
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Actors perform in Trayvon Martin video tribute

Actors perform in Trayvon Martin video tribute

Like most of the black community, actor Omari Hardwick was deeply disturbed by the not-guilty verdict in George Zimmerman's trial. He decided to channel his feelings into a poem and then reached out to his peers to help him present it in a video.

The result is "Little Black Boy Wonder," dedicated to Trayvon Martin. In the video Hardwick recites the poem with help from actors including Marlon Wayans, David Oyelowo, Eriq La Salle, Bill Duke and Gary Dourdan.

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