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Prayers go out to ‘Queen of Soul’

Icon Aretha Franklin reportedly is in hospice at her Detroit home; family at her bedside

Prayers from across the nation and the around the globe are pouring in for legendary singer Aretha Franklin, who has fallen gravely ill. Ms. Franklin, 76, a legendary gospel and R&B singer whose reign as the “Queen of Soul” spans more than 50 years, is under hospice care at her home in Detroit’s Riverfront Towers, according to publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.

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White nationalist rally sputters in D.C. on anniversary of bloody Charlottesville protest

A white nationalist rally in the heart of Washington drew two dozen demonstrators and thousands of chanting counterprotesters last Sunday, the one-year anniversary of deadly, racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Va.

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Alabama minister, wife purchase Rosa Parks letter

A letter written by civil rights activist Rosa Parks describing the 1957 bombing of her neighbors’ home has been purchased at auction by the couple targeted in the attack.

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Bishop Curry has prostate surgery

The American clergyman who preached about the power of love at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle has undergone surgery for prostate cancer. An Episcopal Church spokeswoman said the surgery was performed July 31 on the Presiding Bishop Michael Bruce Curry.

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Sen. Kaine, GOP opponent spar during first campaign debate

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine and Republican Corey Stewart, candidates in Virginia’s U.S. Senate race, had a quarrelsome first debate last Saturday, with President Trump serving as a frequent focal point of the sparring.

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Smithfield Foods closing last smokehouse

Smithfield Foods is closing the last smokehouse that creates the genuine Smithfield ham ­— the signature product of a Virginia town of 8,300 people.

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Social media blows up after white priest kicks black family out of funeral

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has apologized for a white priest kicking an African-American family out of their loved one’s funeral.

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Pharrell Williams wants to grow Virginia’s film, TV industry

Two years ago, Pharrell Williams co-produced the movie “Hidden Figures.”

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Churches, nonprofits to be hit with taxes under new federal code

Republicans have quietly imposed a new, but limited tax on churches, synagogues and other nonprofits, a little-noticed and surprising change that could cost some groups tens of thousands of dollars.

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Jackson family patriarch dies

Joseph “Joe” Jackson, the patriarch who launched the musical Jackson family dynasty, died Wednesday morning, June 27, 2018, in a Las Vegas hospital.

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