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    Hurricane Florence’s Flooding Could Trigger Public Health Emergency from Toxic Sludge, Pig Manure

    Hurricane Florence could trigger a major public health emergency in North Carolina if flooding causes toxic materials from hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites to be washed into the state’s drinking supply water, the Associated Press reports.

    North Carolina is home to about 2,300 pork farms with 9 million hogs. There are also dozens of coal ash dumps. If the pits of waste from hogs and the coal ash were to overflow from flooding, toxic lagoons could be created.

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    Billionaire BET Founder Bob Johnson Wasn’t Allowed to Check In at Florida Hotel

    A Florida resort helped America’s first black billionaire set a new world record when they assisted him with becoming the first black person to ask for the police to be called on himself after the luxury hotel denied him entry because he was black wearing sunglasses.

    On Aug. 24, in an attempt to stop the nationwide epidemic of fraudsters making reservations in their name and then showing up with matching credit cards and identification, Eau Palm Beach hotel in West Palm Beach, Fla., told BET founder Robert Johnson that they couldn’t allow him to check into the hotel until he removed his prescription sunglasses, according to WPBF, who spoke with a man they claim was Johnson. (Although it is unclear if they verified his identity by asking him to remove his Ray-Bans.)

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    Amazon will dethrone Walmart as the No. 1 retailer of apparel this year

    Amazon has another milestone in its sights. And this time, Walmart’s in the crosshairs.

    The e-commerce giant will be the No. 1 seller of apparel in the U.S. in 2018, according to Wells Fargo, which raised its price target on the Seattle-based retailer Monday following new analysis into its clothing segment.

    The e-commerce behemoth’s apparel and footwear gross sales is expected to top $30 billion this year and leapfrog longtime incumbent Walmart for the top spot, wrote Wells Fargo analyst Ike Boruchow.

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    Homeless Samaritan Will Get Cash; Couple Under Investigation

    FLORENCE, N.J. (AP) — A homeless good Samaritan who claims a New Jersey couple mismanaged the $400,000 they raised for him online will receive all of the funds he’s due while the couple is now under criminal investigation.

    In a joint statement issued late Thursday, GoFundMe and the law firm representing Johnny Bobbitt said he will get an amount equal to the balance he didn’t receive through the fundraiser.

    The announcement came several hours after authorities had executed a search warrant at the New Jersey, home of Mark D’Amico and Katelyn McClure. Citing “enormous public interest” in the case, county prosecutor Scott Coffina confirmed in a Facebook post that Mark D’Amico and Katelyn McClure are under investigation, though no charges have been filed.

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    Jemele Hill And J.K. Rowling Blast ‘Racist/Jim Crow Serena Williams Cartoon

    An Australian newspaper most likely didn’t mean to create a racist cartoon of Serena Williams‘ incident at the US Open this past Saturday, but that’s what they’ve now got on their hands.

    The cartoon — drawn by Mark Knight (editorial cartoonist for the Herald Sun newspaper) — shows the tennis superstar stomping on her racket.

    But unfortunately for Knight and the Herald Sun, as TMZ points out, it looks like a Jim Crow-era, Sambo-style caricature of a black person — not Serena Williams.

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    Dallas Officer Who Killed Black Man In His Own Home Arrested For Manslaughter

    The case against a white Dallas police officer who shot and killed a black neighbor in the neighbor’s home will be presented to a grand jury, which could decide on more serious charges than manslaughter, the district attorney overseeing the case said Monday.

    Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says an off-duty police officer charged in the shooting death of a neighbor had parked on the wrong floor of their apartment complex’s parking garage.

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    Nike Debuts Colin Kaepernick Ad, Conservatives Protest by Burning Their Own Gear

    Nike has thrown itself into the controversy over NFL players protesting during the national anthem, unveiling a new ad on Monday featuring Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who started kneeling during the anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

    Kaepernick revealed on social media that he is one of the faces of Nike’s 30th-anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, along with Serena Williams, LeBron James, Odell Beckham Jr., Shaquem Griffin, and Lacey Baker.

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    Nia Long: ‘I’ve Watched A Lot Of Men Get Rich Off The Films I’ve Done’

    Nia Long says she has seen her share of gender discrimination when it comes to salary negotiations, and counts herself among the many victims of Hollywood’s gender pay gap.

    During a recent Hollywood Foreign Press Association event, she was asked whether or not things have changed in the film industry since the issue has been in the public eye.

    According to the actress, Hollywood still has a long way to go.

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    AT&T’s recent acquisition spree is part of a plan to dominate advertising on connected TVs and devices

    AT&T has a rationale behind its recent acquisition spree.

    The company wants to dominate the business of selling targeted advertising on internet-connected TVs and devices, according to advertising executives who have had conversations with the company.

    On the content side, AT&T acquired Time Warner for a whopping $85.4 billion, though the Department of Justice is suing to block the deal. It purchased entertainment company Otter Media for a price reported around $1 billion. It’s also buying advertising tech such as the digital ad platform AppNexus, which it reportedly got for around $1.6 billion. AT&T has met with additional advertising technology companies about potential acquisitions.

    The endgame for AT&T is to develop a new ad platform to sell targeted advertising on video content, regardless of where the person is watching and whether they have a cable or satellite subscription.

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