NO ONE WILL be there to hug you in a coffin when you leave this unforgiving world. Nor will they care that you lived and died in an environment where it was easier to get a gun than a home cooked meal. Some nights I scroll the social media hashtags trying to find something opulent and…

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REST IN PEACE. It’s the platitude we will hear today as Michael Brown’s parents bury their child. Brown was the unarmed black teen gunned down on Aug. 9 by Officer Darren Wilson, a white policeman in Ferguson, Mo. The shooting, which raised issues of race, police brutality and Constitutional authority, spurred more than a week…

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THE EBOLA VIRUS, which can kill up to 90 percent of those infected, has spread rapidly in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and also has moved into Nigeria. More than 1,350 people have died in Africa so far, and the outbreak shows no signs of slowing. The situation in Africa is so dire that the World Health…

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RIGHT NOW, at least in Philadelphia, people who would normally get really mad if you told them “you throw like a girl” are taking it as a compliment instead. That’s because the hottest pitcher in the city is a 13-year-old girl named Mo’ne Davis. Davis, who became the first Little Leaguer to grace the cover…

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I’M FLABBERGASTED, dumbfounded and shocked. In other words, I’m really surprised. Why am I so stunned, you ask? I’m stunned because of published reports that Beyonce is prepared to divorce hip-hop mogul Jay Z. Because if two people with more money than Nicaragua can’t make it, what hope is there for the rest of us?…

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AT A MONDAY press conference, Michael Brown’s family released the results of an independent autopsy performed by pathologist Dr. Michael Baden. The autopsy showed that the unarmed teen was shot at least six times by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. Attorney Benjamin Crump said Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, had two questions. “Was my child in pain?”…

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FERGUSON POLICE CHIEF Thomas Jackson identified the officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last Saturday as Darren Wilson. In making the announcement, Jackson reversed course on his previous decision not to release the officer’s name due to concerns for the officer’s safety in the wake of death threats. [blocktext align=”right”]Even as Ferguson Police Chief Thomas…

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I HAVE ALWAYS believed that grief is personal. Grief is one of those things that you kinda have to handle on your own. No one can tell you how long you should grieve, how you should grieve, or what you should grieve about. Or at least that’s how I’ve always felt it should work. There’s also…

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Robin Williams’ tragic death ABOUT A MONTH ago, when I learned that Robin Williams had suffered for years with drug addiction, I understood the hell he was going through. Having been there, on the terrifying carousel of addiction and recovery, I knew that Robin Williams was trying to find happiness outside himself. That’s what drugs provide,…

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THE CRAB GRASS covering my lawn is disappearing. My daughter Eve is shopping for school clothes. The days are getting shorter. My patience is, too. All this can mean only one thing: Summer is finally winding down. That would be fine if I was willing to accept the reality, but I’m not. I still want…

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