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Teena Marie dead at 54

R&B singer Teena Marie, known by many as the “Ivory Queen of Soul,” died over the weekend at age 54 after a career that included hit songs and a constant battle with prescription drugs. To Marie, race wasn’t an issue. “Overall my race hasn’t been a problem,” she told Essence magazine last year. “I’m a black artist with White skin. At the end of the day you have to sing what’s in your own soul.”‘ But drug dependency was also in Marie’s soul.  She told The Associated Press last year that she successfully battled a long fight with prescription drugs.’
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Rotten weather stalls post-Christmas sales

Nothing frustrates a nervous retailer looking for a big return during post-Christmas sales than the depression that comes from a massive East Coast snowstorm that shuts down the shopping malls and keeps shoppers home for the day. After the best holiday season since 2007, retailers from the Southeast to New England looked outside as blizzard-level snowstorms struck.  With forecasts calling for up to 20 inches of snow in Philadelphia and Boston the post-holiday shopping mood was mired in snowdrifts. “The forecast will tend to keep shoppers at home,” Scott A. Bernhardt, chief operating officer at weather research firm Planalytics told
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Abercrombie to birthers: I’m gonna prove you wrong

Memo to the nutcases who still question President Barack Obama‘s citizenship: The governor of Hawaii is ready to kick your collective asses with the best weapon of all: the truth. New governor Neil Abercrombie not only has the clout to take on the fruitcake Obama birther movement. He was a friend of the Obamas when the President was a baby. So he is making policy changes at the state level to allow Hawaii to release additional proof that Obama was born in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961. “What bothers me is that some people who should know better are trying
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Will Bill Clinton become Obama’s salvation?

In 1994, a chastened President Bill Clinton overcame the loss of Democratic control of Congress by turning the extremes of the Republican Party on itself — demonizing both the House and Senate. What made the turnaround even more astounding was his public pronouncement after the mid-term elections that this was exactly planned to do. Clinton’s turning of the tables on Congress was a master touch by a political master and President Barack Obama, after getting burned in the 2010 mid-terms, appears ready to turn to the master for help in winning back the hearts and minds of the American voters.
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Major snowstorm batters East Coast

A post-Christmas blizzard zoomed up the East Coast Sunday, threatening to bring a  foot of snow and blizzards to New York City, New England and others areas Sunday, bringing holiday travel to a halt and overtaxing an already-strained emergency system. Airports grounded airplanes and road crews rushed to pre-treat roads as the Eastern half of the nation braced for a second-straight year of brutal holiday season. Asked on stranded motorist just outside Washington, DC: “Jesus Chris, is this now something we have to expect for every Christmas?” The worst is expected to hit the Northeast with up to 18 inches
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Republicans bring in sex pot to raise money

The Republican Party needs money to pay off some really big campaign debts so they are bringing in country sexpot LeAnn Rimes to peforms at a big-buck fundraiser at Washington‘s W. hotel on Jan. 4. Rimes, a child country singer who took the Britney Spears route to infamy by dumping her wholesome image and doing or skimpy oufits and outrageous behavior when she turned 18, seems perfect for the new GOP party. “Like Republicans, Ms. Rimes will do just about anything for money,” one GOP fundraiser tells Capitol Hill Blue. “My guess is there wont’ be much policy discussion while
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Republican chaos could help Obama

The great wall of GOP resistance, the Berlin wall of modern Washington politics, is already crumbling and threatening to the GOP takeover of the House and the gains in the Senate into just the sort of chaos that led to the Republican downfalls after the 1994 midterm elections. Besides multiple losses to President Barack Obama in the lame-duck session, the Republican Party’s fractured leadership in both the House and Senate is already disintegrating under pressure from extreme demands of freshmen members and growing dissension within the ranks. Newcomers unfamiliar with the way Washington works have already become problems for incoming
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Black author produces look at Jim Crow south

Growing up in segregated Memphis during the Jim Crow era, Augustus White III knew about those certain places off-limits to him as a black man — restrooms, diners and schools. He just didn’t pay racial barriers much mind. The son of a doctor and teacher became the first African-American to graduate from Stanford Medical School, the first African-American resident and surgery professor at Yale and later the first black department head at Harvard’s teaching hospitals. Now 74 and one of the nation’s leading orthopedic surgeons, White is releasing a memoir on his life. The book, “Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in
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