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53 years ago today: Muhammad Ali’s legacy begins


Before he was known as Muhammad Ali, Cassius Clay of Louisville, Kentucky was a winner. In fact, 53 years ago today, the light heavyweight champion took home his very first win after beating opponent Tunney Hunsaker.

He was just 18 at the time, but played like the pro we all came to know him to be.

From Boxrec:

At the final bell, Clay, appearing almost as fresh as when he started, was splattered with blood from Hunsaker’s nose and a cut over the West Virginian’s eye. The eye was swollen almost shut after the fight. Clay, who put behind him a brilliant amateur record, weighed 186 pounds, his heaviest ever, for the fight. Hunsaker came in at 192. The dancing, fast-moving Clay bloodied Hunsaker’s nose in the third round with a flood of blows and it was the fourth that he opened the cut over his eye.

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Food stamps to be cut by $5 billion this week


The U.S. food stamp program will be cut by $5 billion this week. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) costs roughly $80 billion a year to run.

SNAP provides aid to 14% of the country’s households, which equals about 47 million people.

The government saw a dramatic increase in the number of recipients over the past couple of years due to the recession.

From Washington Post:

There’s a big automatic cut scheduled for Nov. 1, as a temporary boost from the 2009 stimulus bill expires. That change will trim about $5 billion from federal food-stamp spending over the coming year. And that’s not all: The number of Americans on food stamps could drop even further in the months ahead, as Congress and various states contemplate further changes to the program.

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Music teacher on leave after racist Facebook post about black students


An Akron, Ohio music teacher is suspended on leave pending an investigation into racist comments he allegedly posted on Facebook.

Images of the rant were shared by parents of students attending Firestone High School.


Parents and community members became outraged and reported a posting on Spondike’s Facebook page that referred to African- American trick-or-treaters in his neighborhood by a racist slur, and the posting also said they come from the “ghetto.”

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What does your Halloween costume say about you?

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With Halloween less than two days away there has been a rash of photos of insensitive (at best) costumes surfacing on the Internet. Now that technology is an ever-invading part of our daily lives we are exposed to the raw naked truth that folks sometimes do things that may offend or alienate others. Personally, I am guilty of dressing up as a geisha for Halloween in college.

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Darrell Wallace Jr. becomes first black to win NASCAR in 50 years

Darrell Wallace Jr. took the Kroger 200 on the racing circuit’s Camping World Truck Series this past Saturday making him the first African American to win the NASCAR race in 50 years.

The last time an African American won a national NASCAR series race was on December 1, 1963, when Wendell Scott became the first ever to win a race at NASCAR’s top level.

From CNN:

“We congratulate Darrell Wallace Jr. on his first national series victory, one that will be remembered as a remarkable moment in our sport’s history,” said NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France…Scott, a Virginia native who served in the Army during World War II, raced in more than 500 races during his career — finishing in the top five 20 times, though that would be his only victory. Plus, the 20-year-old Wallace isn’t just any driver. He’s a highly touted graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity, having been featured in numerous local and national publications.

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Jim Wheeler says comments about reinstating slavery out of context


Last week, a North Carolina GOP official resigned after calling blacks lazy during an interview on The Daily Show. Not to be outdone, Nevada Republican Jim Wheeler said that he’d vote to re-institute slavery if that’s what his constituents wanted him to do.

When a video of Wheeler saying this surfaced, he said his comments were being taken out of context.

From Raw Story:

“If that’s what they wanted, I’d have to hold my nose, I’d have to bite my tongue and they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah, if that’s what the citizens of the, if that’s what the constituency wants that elected me, that’s what they elected me for,” he said. “That’s what a republic is about.”

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Jesse Jackson Jr. reports to prison early


Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. arrived at a North Carolina correctional facility to begin serving his 30 month sentence on Tuesday.

The former congressman pleaded guilty to stealing $750,000 in campaign funds, and using them for personal use. He was ordered to pay the money back in restitution in addition to his sentence.

From Chicago Tribune:

A day earlier, Jackson had tried to report to the prison near Durham, N.C. but was turned away, according to Chris McConnell, executive assistant at Butner. McConnell declined to specify why Jackson was not allowed to surrender Monday, but the ex-congressman’s appearance Monday came four days earlier than was ordered, court documents show. Burke said did not know what transpired to let Jackson enter custody today.

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Sybrina Fulton: ‘make Stand Your Ground clearer’


Trayvon Martin’s mother demanded that the Senate make changes to “Stand Your Ground” laws on Tuesday. At a Senate hearing on the controversial law, Sybrina Fulton stressed the importance of the legislation being clear as possible.

At least 22 states have some form of a Stand Your Ground law.

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Study shows that poverty damages the brain


African Americans are disproportionately affected by poverty in a number of ways. In 2012, they were twice as likely to be unemployed compared to whites.

A new study is revealing some interesting findings about the affects of poverty on the brain.

From The Atlantic:

Experiencing poverty is like knocking 13 points off your IQ as you try to navigate everything else. That’s like living, perpetually, on a missed night of sleep. That finding offered a glimpse of what poverty does to a person during a moment in time. Picture a mother trying to accomplish a single task (making dinner) while preoccupied with another (paying the rent on time). But scientists also suspect that poverty’s disadvantages – and these moments – accumulate across time. Live in poverty for years, or even generations, and its effects grow more insidious. Live in poverty as a child, and it affects you as an adult, too.

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Penn State settles Sandusky sexual abuse case with $59.7 million payout


Penn State University will pay a total of $59.7 million to 26 victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The school also indicated that more settlements could come in the future.

Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in June 2012.

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