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More than 50% of African-Americans have high blood pressure under new guidelines

Well over half of all African-American adults will be classified as having high blood pressure under new streamlined diagnostic guidelines released this week, illuminating the heavy burden of cardiovascular disease in the population. Anyone with blood pressure higher than 130/80 will be considered to have hypertension, or high blood pressure, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology stated Monday in releasing their new joint guidelines.

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Nonprofits to provide eye screenings, eyeglasses to RPS students

Students at Redd Elementary School in Richmond are the first to benefit from a new effort to ensure every city student who needs glasses has them.

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Robert Guillaume, stage, screen, Emmy TV star, dies at 89

Robert Guillaume rose from squalid beginnings in St. Louis slums to become a star in stage musicals and win Emmy Awards for his portrayal of the sharp-tongued butler in the TV sitcoms “Soap” and “Benson.”

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Eminem slams Trump in profane video, calls him racist

Eminem unleashed a profane lyrical tirade against President Donald Trump — saying he “came to stump” and taking aim at the president’s Twitter habits, policy, appearance and supporters.

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Obamacare survives — again

Good news: Millions of people will be able to keep their health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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Nuns rock like no others

Eleven nuns take the stage wearing traditional black-and-white habits but are anything but old school as they belt out songs to the ringing of an electric guitar and a rock ‘n’ roll beat.

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Northam, Gillespie square off in Northern Virginia debate

The two major party candidates in Virginia’s closely watched race for governor argued in mostly cordial tones Tuesday over taxes, President Trump and what Virginia should do with its numerous monuments to the Confederacy.

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GOP takes another swipe at Obamacare

Jay Stout considers himself lucky that he was on the health insurance plan that his mother purchased through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace.

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Racial bias in hiring still hurts African-Americans, study shows

Racial bias in hiring African-Americans has not declined from 1990 to 2015. That was the finding of the largest and most comprehensive meta analysis of its kind published Sept. 12 in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Megapastor tries to defend himself after Hurricane Harvey

Pastor Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston is helping Texans cope in the wake of Hurricane Harvey — and trying to counter a flood of comments on social media accusing the church of turning its back on storm victims. The church took in about 400 people from the overflow at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center, a Red Cross shelter, church spokesman Don Iloff said last week.

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It’s a girl for Serena!

Serena Williams has given birth to a baby girl, the first child for the former world No. 1 tennis player and her fiancé, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

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Comedian, activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

Comedian, civil rights activist and healthy living advocate Dick Gregory, who used his humor to spread messages of social justice and good nutrition, died late Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Washington.He was 84.

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Mormon church denounces white supremacy, angering some members

The Mormon church is specifically condemning white supremacist attitudes in its strongest statement since a Virginia rally over a Confederate monument descended into deadly violence.

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Homegrown terror

The nation reacts to violence and murder in Charlottesville driven by white supremacists’ attempts to protect Confederate statues

Was the horror show in Charlottesville fresh evidence that overt racism remains an issue for our country? Or is it a terrible, but ultimately small blip in a nation where the issue of race has dominated the past and remains a key issue today?

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Beyoncé shows off twins

Ooo baby, baby. Pop star Beyoncé Knowles-Carter de

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Trump in Virginia this weekend

President Trump will be in Virginia this weekend.

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$2.9M

Family of Philando Castile settles in his fatal shooting by police officer

The city of St. Anthony, Minn., has agreed to pay nearly $3 million to the mother of Philando Castile, a registered gun owner who was shot to death by a police officer during a routine traffic stop although he was complying with the cop’s orders.

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Ramadan ends with celebrations in area, around the globe

Saturday, June 24, marked the end of the monthlong fasting that began in late May for Ramadan, a sacred observance for Muslims.

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It’s a boy and a girl for Beyoncé, Jay Z

Leave it to a proud grandpa to spill the beans about the birth of his grandchildren. That’s what happened Sunday when Mathew Knowles turned to Twitter to say his celebrity superstar daughter Beyoncé now was the mother of twins.

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Sasha Obama turns 16

Guess who’s 16 and looking all grown up?

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Effects of Israeli-Arab 1967 Six-Day War still felt 50 years later

Ron Kronish was an American college student when Israel defeated the Egyptian, Syrian and Jordanian armies during the 1967 Six-Day War.

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Federal court blocks Trump’s travel ban

The fate of President Trump’s order to ban travelers from six predominantly Muslim nations, blocked by federal courts, soon may be in the hands of the conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court, where the president’s appointee, Justice Neil Gorsuch, could help settle the matter.

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Jordan Peele’s film success continues

Jordan Peele, the comedian turned filmmaker who wrote, produced and directed the blockbuster film, “Get Out,” is following up with a provocative original thriller set for release in March 2019.

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Trump’s views on Islam ‘continue to evolve’

President Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia this week has begun to soften his attitudes about Islam, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday after a two-day summit in which the president was treated to extraordinary Arab hospitality. “I think the president’s views — like, we hope, the American people’s views — are going to continue to evolve,” Mr. Tillerson said on the flight from Riyadh to Tel Aviv.

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Callista Gingrich to be nominated as ambassador to the Vatican

Callista Gingrich, the wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, is expected to be nominated by President Trump as the next ambassador to the Vatican.

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‘Cause other people to want to learn,’ Hampton U grads told

Love learning, help others and do your best.

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Charlottesville roils with protests over Confederate statue

Protests reminiscent of Ku Klux Klan rallies are rattling Charlottesville over the city’s plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park in downtown.

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U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear appeal of N.C. laws targeting African-American voters

In a victory for African-American and other nonwhite voters in North Carolina, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to lift the racist label that a federal appeals court in Richmond pinned on the state.

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Federal appeals court hears arguments in Richmond on Trump’s Muslim ban

The challenge to President Trump’s revised travel ban moved to Richmond on Monday, where nearly 200 protesters opposed to the U.S. ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority nations held signs, chanted and listened to an array of religious leaders outside the federal courthouse in Downtown as legal arguments started inside.

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Cuba Gooding Sr., former lead singer of The Main Ingredient, dies at 72

Cuba Gooding Sr., who sang the 1972 hit “Everybody Plays the Fool,” has died.

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A monument to a deadly white supremacist uprising in 1874 was removed under cover of darkness by workers in masks and bulletproof vests Monday as New Orleans joined the movement to take down symbols of the Confederacy and the Jim Crow South.

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Serena’s pregnant!

Tennis superstar Serena Williams is pregnant and taking maternity leave through the rest of 2017, with the baby due this fall, her spokeswoman announced last week.

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Mother Emanuel shooter gets 9 life sentences in S.C. state court

With Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof getting nine life sentences in state court on top of a federal death sentence, his prosecutions are finally over — and some relatives of the nine parishioners he killed at a historically black church say they can finally begin to heal.

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Patrick Ewing returns to Georgetown

Patrick Ewing is returning to Georgetown University, and boy are the Hoyas happy! On Monday, university officials announced that Ewing, who as a player helped build the school into a national powerhouse in the 1980s, would be back on campus.

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Trump to speak at Lynchburg school’s commencement

President Trump will give the commencement address this spring at Liberty University in Lynchburg. “I look forward to speaking to this amazing group of students on such a momentous occasion,” the president said in breaking the news on March 22 to CBN News, the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach founded by televangelist Pat Robertson.

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Trump lays out tough agenda in address before Congress

Heralding a “new chapter of American greatness,” President Trump issued a broad call for America first, investing in the nation’s infrastructure, slashing taxes and revamping health insurance in his first address to Congress.

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Backlash supreme

Demonstrations around the country continue as President Trump names U.S. Supreme Court nominee, bans Muslims from U.S.

Just two weeks have passed since his inauguration, and despite a torrent of action, disruption, protests and lawsuits, President Trump has been on a tear to keep campaign promises, uplifting his legions of supporters and dismaying his legions of opponents.

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Farewell, President Obama

Commander in chief returns to Chicago for his final speech where it all began

President Obama bid farewell to the nation Tuesday in an emotional speech that sought to comfort a country on edge over rapid economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Republican Donald Trump.

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National NAACP head arrested in sit-in over AG nomination

Several African-American civil rights activists staged a sit-in at the Alabama office of U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions on Tuesday.

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Attorney general: Hate crimes tear at the fabric of our communities

Hate crimes tear at the fabric of American communities and represent a stain on the country’s soul, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a mosque and Muslim community center on Monday.

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Varner wins big

Harold Varner III won the Australian PGA Championship on Sunday, becoming the first African-American to win a professional golf tournament since Tiger Woods.

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Football icon Jim Brown honored with statue

For one more Sunday, Jim Brown felt the kind of emotional surge that made him an NFL legend. The greatest player to wear a Cleveland Browns jersey, and in the conversation as the best in league history, Brown was immortalized Sept. 18 as the team unveiled a bronze statue of the running back’s likeness outside FirstEnergy Stadium.

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Muslims worldwide celebrate Eid al-Adha

Muslims around the world — and in Metro Richmond — are celebrating the holiday Eid al-Adha this week. It is one of the two most important festivals of the Islamic calendar. It began Monday and lasts until Thursday, Sept. 15.

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Tappahannock’s Chris Brown in trouble with the law — again

Grammy-winning singer and Virginia native Chris Brown and the Los Angeles Police Department spent much of Tuesday morning and afternoon locked in a surreal standoff at the R&B performer’s Tarzana, Calif., home. According to LAPD officials, the incident began early Tuesday when they received a 911 call about a woman claiming she had been threatened with a gun.

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Good preaching attracts congregants

Top-notch preaching most attracts people looking for a new place to pray. That’s the conclusion of a new Pew Research Center study released Tuesday that asked 5,000 people about their search for a new church or other house of worship.

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‘The Final Five’ are golden

Team dominates competition, wins Olympic gold in Rio

There were a few wobbles here and there, even for Simone Biles, but those imperfections could not stop the United States from blowing away the opposition to capture the Olympic women’s team title with a record margin Tuesday.

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Baton Rouge works to heal after shootings

BATON ROUGE, LA. On the affluent south side of Baton Rouge, a clutch of plastic balloons bobs in front of the gas station where a former Marine shot and killed three police officers last Sunday. On the impoverished north

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‘We are The Wilsons!’

Singer Ciara has one-two stepped down the aisle with NFL player Russell Wilson. The couple both posted the same photo Wednesday on Twitter and Instagram showing Ciara in a wedding gown and the Richmond native in a tuxedo with the caption, “We are The Wilsons!”

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U.S. Supreme Court upholds newly redrawn congressional boundaries

The U.S. Supreme Court blocked Virginia Republican efforts to overturn redrawn congressional district lines Monday, completing a sweep of this year’s major high court redistricting cases by Democrats and minorities. The justices ruled unanimously that three GOP House members challenging lines drawn by a federal district court lacked standing to bring the case because they could not show they were directly affected.

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Student protests bring down Mizzou president, chancellor

The University of Missouri’s president stepped down Monday, and its chancellor moved aside, after protests by the school’s students and football team over alleged inaction against racial abuse on campus.

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