Unrest in race relations

Protest has spread across the country in the wake of the weekend verdict in the Sanford, Fla., trial of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the shooting death of 17-year old Trayvon Martin. Sadly, those voices and others raised locally on entirely different topics again show the excruciatingly slow pace of progress in race relations.

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It’s the Summer of Pharrell

Welcome to the Summer of Pharrell! It’s a rare feat in today’s pop music world to be involved in the Top 2 songs in the country at any given time, the way Pharrell is on “Blurred Lines” with Robin Thicke and T.I., and “Get Lucky” with Daft Punk. What makes it even rarer is that the singer-songwriter-producer has more songs set for release. Here are Pharrell’s other entries for Song of the Summer.

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Obama’s global warming plan: Not enough but better than nothing

With this week’s heat wave, air quality warnings and severe weather forecasts as a backdrop, President Barack Obama could scarcely have picked a more auspicious moment to reveal his multi-pronged plan to address climate change. His surprise decision to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada if the project is judged to cause a net increase in greenhouse gases underscores the seriousness of the issue _ while the swift criticism of that choice (and Mr. Obama’s plan, generally) demonstrates the congressional denial and partisanship that is endangering the nation’s health and safety.

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Suspension of FAMU marching band is lifted

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. _ Florida A&M University on Thursday lifted the suspension of its famed marching band, which had been prohibited from performing since the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion after the Florida Classic football game in Orlando in 2011.

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