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Thousands pay final respects to Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin’s body lay in repose on Tuesday while her soaring voice poured from loudspeakers outside a Detroit museum, stirring fans to sway and sing along and others to weep as they lined up for a last glimpse of the ...
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Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, civil rights icon, chief of staff to Dr. King, dies in Chester

Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker Jr. did all he could to advance civil rights during his long life. He is credited with being the key strategist behind many of the civil rights protests that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led in ...
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Serena ties the knot!

Glitter and glamour were served up at the fairy tale-inspired nuptials last week of tennis star Serena Williams and her new husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.
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Rev. Jesse Jackson diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease

The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. disclosed publicly on Friday that he has been seeking outpatient care for two years for Parkinson’s disease and plans to “dedicate” himself to physical therapy to slow the progress of the disease.
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First Lady Michelle Obama had 8-year impact on fashion

The morning after First Lady Michelle Obama’s big speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2012, in which she argued passionately for a second term for her husband, designer Tracy Reese’s phone was ringing. And ringing.
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Farewell to the champ

More than 62 years ago, an anonymous bicycle thief in Louisville, Ky., unknowingly set in motion the amazing career of a boxing legend and remarkable world figure who would live up to his self-billing as “The Greatest.”
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Charles Oakley, fifth VUU inductee into Virginia Sports Hall of Fame

Charles Oakley has completed the journey. A native of Cleveland, Oakley arrived in Virginia in 1981 as an 18-year-old freshman basketball player at Virginia Union University.
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CIAA legend to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Abraham “Ham” Mitchell has wowed audiences at the CIAA Basketball Tournament for more than four decades with his dazzling attire, engaging personality and stylish strut. Known as “Mr. CIAA,” he has entertained thousands of appreciative fans with the dapper tailor-made ...
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Monte Irvin, who helped integrate major league baseball, dies at 96

Monte Irvin, a trailblazing baseball star and the oldest surviving Negro Leagues player, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, of natural causes at a retirement community in Houston. He was 96. Had it not been for a contractual issue with the ...
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Tiger at 40

Ten days after Tiger Woods turned 24, he picked up his 16th career PGA Tour victory by beating Ernie Els in an epic battle at Kapalua.
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‘Meadowlark’ Lemon

In winter 1960, an advertisement appeared in the Waynesboro News-Virginian announcing the Harlem Globetrotters were coming to town.
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Va. pioneer to receive Medal of Freedom

Former NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson could not have calculated her trajectory to the White House. The 97-year-old Newport News resident will be among 17 Americans receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — at the ...
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‘A great oak has fallen’

Hundreds of mourners gathered last Saturday to celebrate the life of Dr. Allix B. James, president emeritus of Virginia Union University, who died Sept. 26 at age 92.
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Amelia Boynton Robinson, civil rights activist, dies at 104

Free Press staff, wire reports MONTGOMERY, Ala. Amelia Boynton Robinson helped change America. The first African-American woman to run for Congress served on the front lines during the Civil Rights Movement. Almost beaten to death in a march for voting ...
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NBA’s ‘Chocolate Thunder’ Darryl Dawkins dies at 58

Darryl Dawkins was a mountain of a man with a persona to match. To the delight of fans and the media, he shattered backboards, gave poetic names to his power dunks, sparked the invention of the breakaway rim and made ...
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