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Protests turn violent in St. Louis suburb

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FERGUSON, Missouri — Protests in a St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer shot an unarmed black teenager to death turned violent, with some people lobbing Molotov cocktails and other objects at police who responded with smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, who has been the public face of the city torn by Saturday's death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, told reporters earlier Wednesday that the St. Louis County investigation of the shooting could take weeks to complete. In the meantime, he said, his department welcomes Justice Department training on racial relations in the suburb, where two-thirds of the 21,000 residents are black while all but three of the police force's 53 officers are white.

‘CBS Sunday Morning’ to profile Sam Moore

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For years Sam Moore was best known for lending his unmistakable lead vocals to the historic soul duo Sam & Dave that hailed from Miami, Fla., but found their fame tied to the Memphis-based Stax Records. The rapid fire call and response fashioned by Sam from his gospel roots became the trademark style of the duo and can be heard in the vocals of hits including "Hold On, I'm Comin'," "I Thank You," "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby," and of course the song legends are made of "Soul Man". 
Now in 2014, Sam returned to Memphis, where his recording career exploded to interview with “CBS Sunday Morning’s” Anthony Mason. Tune in on Sunday, August 17.

The business of weddings

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Women are conditioned to think about their Prince Charming. After hearing all of the happy endings in nursery rhymes, women desire the same outcome. Cinderella seemed to have things altogether with her fella. The story of Cinderella has been adapted from so many different perspectives, but ultimately the ending is always the same: The girl gets a wonderful gentleman who has scoured the world looking for her.  So it is only fitting that we talk about the business of weddings.
Everything associated with weddings can be a profitable business enterprise when performed in volume. From the engagement ring to the honeymoon, the process requires some level of budget.

Overdraft fees drain consumer dollars

Consumers who maintain low and no cushions in their checking accounts may have thought that the overdraft “banking service” was a big help against bouncing checks. But as the use of debit cards have replaced most cash purchases, this “service” has become a drain of available cash for consumers and a major source of revenue for banks.
A new research report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) found that the majority of debit card overdraft fees are incurred on transactions of $24 or less. Further, as the majority of overdrafts are repaid within three days when the bank repays itself from the consumer’s next deposit, the median overdraft fee of $34 carries the equivalent of 17,000 percent annual percentage rate (APR).

LL hasn’t lost his street cred

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I had the honor of sitting in on LL Cool J’s private listening session in New York City.  He was previewing excerpts from his upcoming release of the “G.O.A.T. 2.” When super producer Alize Jones from Beatbrokerz Ent. invited me to the session, I was thinking, what’s he (LL)  trying to do with the hood?  You would think that he would have lost some of his street cred being in Hollywood but he represented the evolution of Hip Hop. His demeanor was well versed and professional but his swag was hood.
Everybody in the studio was Hip Hop, the vibe was Hip Hop, the love was Hip Hop, LL is Hip Hop.
It was the ultimate atmosphere of what Hip Hop is supposed to look like. It was opportunity in the air.  Young producers playing their best tracks for The Greatest of All Time?  LL checking for the tastemakers to whip their head back and forth?  Where they do that at?  I was waiting for Ashton Kushner to pop out and say, “You just got Punked.”