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Investigators say Houston mixed alcohol, antidepressants, funeral is Sat, ex hubby Bobby Brown to attend? Pres. Obama, Janet Jackson support Whitney's daughter Bobbie Kristina Brown, Aretha Franklin to sing at funeral

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BEVERLY HILLS, California-Whitney Houston mixed a deadly combination of the antidepressant Xanax and alcohol hours before her body was discovered in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Sat afternoon, investigators say., and the media are having a field day with that data, elevating the pop superstar to an even higher celebrity status than she enjoyed in the years before the aftermath of her untimely death.

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 March 2014 08:53 Read more...

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says City Council, Black state legislators from Cleveland knew of his and Gov. Kasich's merit pay, charter schools plan, activists protest against it

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CLEVELAND,Ohio-Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (pictured) said through a spokesperson yesterday that Black state  legislators representing Cleveland and Cleveland City Council members that have said he crafted his controversial Cleveland schools educational plan unleashed last week that calls for a teacher merit pay system and more charter schools without their knowledge are being disingenuous, at best.

"He would never release something like this without speaking to the appropriate people," said Andrea Taylor, Jackson's press secretary. "They were aware of the proposal before it was made public."

And Taylor said that nothing in the plan suggest that teacher tenure will be touched or that seniority would be eliminated, a posture that Cleveland Teachers Union officials and community activists angry over the proposal say simply is not true.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 February 2012 06:53 Read more...

Whitney Houston dead at 48, choking back tears, ex husband Bobby Brown tells music audience during a New Edition performance "I love you Whitney," singer-actress had ties to Cleveland, The Whitney Houston Story

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(EDITOR'S NOTE: CAN A MAN THAT BEATS YOU, LOVE YOU? READ THIS STORY)

BEVERLY HILLS, California-Famed pop singer Whitney Houston, the close cousin of music icon Dionne Warwick and ex wife of bad boy New Edition singer Bobby Brown, is dead at 48.

Houston was reportedly found by her brother in the bath tub of the California Beverly Hilton Hotel room where she was in town for a Grammy party thrown at the hotel by record producer and music industry executive Clive Davis, her longtime mentor who discovered her talent, nurtured it, and molded her into a star. She will be remembered during a special segment sung by Jennifer Hudson at tonight's Grammy Awards.

Police said that Houston was found dead at 3:55 pm Sat. afternoon and could not be revived following a 911 call from hotel security.

According to police, there were no immediate signs of foul play and the only drugs found in Houston's hotel room were reportedly prescription drugs, though an investigation is underway around the propriety of those drugs, including subpoenas to Houston's doctors.

Autopsy  reports are not expected for at least three weeks.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2012 13:03 Read more...

U.S. education secretary Arne Duncan announces 10 states for no child left behind waivers, said Cleveland teacher merit pay plan proposed by Mayor Jackson, Gov. Kasich not required for Ohio to qualify for waiver

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said during an interview on Thurs. that while the Obama administration has waived some No Child Left Behind Act standards to 10 states for developing educational initiatives that include additional resources for at risk children and provisions to enhance educational outcomes for African-American students, teacher merit pay plans like the one proposed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in an effort to dismantle teacher tenure are not something required for Ohio and other states to qualify.

"That is not a requirement," said Duncan to the question posed by The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com and Cleveland Urban News.Com.

Jackson and Kasich are working hand in hand as a Democratic mayor and Republican governor to ditch teacher tenure and seniority and institute a merit pay system for Cleveland schools through their request for state legislation to seal the deal, though Black state legislators from Cleveland said that the mayor of the predominantly Black major metropolitan city, who controls the largely Black city schools via state law, had not discussed his plan with them.

Last Updated on Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:28 Read more...

Breaking news: U.S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge endorses Subodh Chandra for Cuyahoga County prosecutor

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- Adding to a growing list of endorsements such as East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton, Ohio State Sen. Nina Turner (D-25), Cleveland Councilpersons Mamie Mitchell and Terrell Pruitt, The Carl Stokes Brigade, The Imperial Women, and Cuyahoga County Councilmen Julian Rogers (D-10), Pernell Jones (D-8), and Dale Miller (D-2), U.S. Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH) announced today her support of Subodh Chandra for Cuyahoga County prosecutor.

“Subodh Chandra is the clear choice for county prosecutor,” Fudge said in a press release. “He is honest and committed, and he has the experience and integrity to ensure real reform and change in our justice system.”

Chandra, 44,  said that he is grateful to gain the endorsement from a respected community servant and federal legislator like Fudge, who represents Ohio's 11th Congressional District, a predominantly Black district that includes the east side of Cleveland and its eastern suburbs, and a majority Black pocket of Akron and staggering parts of its Summit County suburbs.

Last Updated on Friday, 10 February 2012 20:17 Read more...

Tim McGinty gets only one vote in E. Cleveland county prosecutor debate straw poll, is shunned by Blacks, his former judicial colleagues, Stephanie Hall wins straw poll, video clip of McGinty running from PlayaT interview on his harassment of Blacks

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E. Cleveland, Ohio-Cuyahoga County prosecutor hopeful Tim McGinty stunned the Black community yesterday by getting only a single vote for a straw poll at a debate for the five candidates for county prosecutor held Sat. afternoon at the East Cleveland Library, an event sponsored by the East Cleveland Coalition and moderated by Fox 8 News Anchor Wayne Dawson and Call and Post Managing Editor Kevin Heard..

Candidate Stephanie Hall, (pictured with her son) the only Black and woman in the race, won that straw poll, snatching the victory from McGinty, Subodh Chandra, Robert Triozzi and James McDonnell.

A straw poll is an unofficial audience ballot vote taken on the candidates, typically after a political debate, and designed as a indicator of how people there would likely vote on the ballot in the upcoming official election. It has no essential research validity.

Editor's note: This video below, produced by The PlayaT Show (www.playatshow.com) at Saturday's debate at the East Cleveland Library, reveals McGinty dodging legitimate questions on his record as a former Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge, and answering questions about his role as a former assistance county prosecutor.

Last Updated on Saturday, 11 February 2012 06:07 Read more...

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The annual11th Congressional District Caucus Parade is Monday, September 2

11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat who also chairs the Congressional Black Caucus of Blacks in Congress. waives to the crowd last year at the annual 11th Congressional District Caucus Parade.  This year's parade kicks off on Monday, September 2 on Cleveland's east side at 10:00 am from E. 149th Street and Kinsman Road and ends at Luke Easter Park where the picnic will begin. The event will be replete with political speeches and entertainment from various sources, including local musicians and bands. The well-attended caucus parade was initiated by Democrat Louis Stokes, the retired congressman before Fudge, and the tradition was furthered by the late Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Fudges' predecessor. Stokes was the first Black congressperson from Ohio and Tubbs Jones was the first Black congresswoman from Ohio