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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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