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Kobe Bryant dead at 41: The country, LeBron James, other fellow Black NBA greats mourn the passing of Kobe Bryant, an NBA basketball legend....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and Black blog, both also at the top in Black digital news in the Midwest

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NBA basketball legend Kobe Bryant By Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher, editor-in-chief Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com , Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and Black blog, both also at the top in Black digital news in the Midwest. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com CLEVELANDURBANNEWS.COM, CALABASAS, California- Former NBA megastar Kobe Bryant, who spent his entire 20 years in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers as a shooting guard, died in a helicopter crash on Sunday in the hills of Calabasas, California, his 13 year-old daughter Gianna, the pilot and six others, including a college baseball coach and his wife and daughter, dying too. In short, all nine people aboard the helicopter en route to a AAU basketball game on Jan 26 perished, a life cut short of a legendary athlete who is being mourned across the country, Bryant, 41, leaving behind his wife of 19 years, Vanessa Bryant, and three other da

Funeral arrangements announced: Retired Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge Carl J. Character is dead at 88, and was a law partner with the Stokes brothers and a past president of the National Bar Association.... The late congressman Louis Stokes, whose late brother Carl Stokes was a former Cleveland judge and the first Black mayor of Cleveland and of a major American city, once described Judge Character on the floor of congress as a distinguished member of the judiciary and a former trial attorney who "represented a variety of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to welfare recipients and professional athletes." .... Character's daughter, Dea Character, told Clevelandurbannews.com that her father was "a great man and an unimaginable role model".... By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com

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Retired Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas judge Carl  J. Character, a past president of the National Bar Association, and his wife of many years, Dee Ann Character.  Judge Character, of Shaker Heights, passed away Aug. 24 at Veterans Hospital following a longtime battle with Lou Gehrig's disease Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com , Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS . By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief REMEMBERING THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF JUDGE CARL J. CHARACTER

'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin is dead at 76....Her funeral is set for August 31 in Detroit....Franklin sang at the 2009 inauguration of Democrat Barack Obama, America's first Black president.....Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473

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Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin , the undisputed Queen of Soul, died Thursday at her Detroit home, the Associated Press reports, surrounded by family and friends. She had been battling   various undisclosed illnesses for years, and, in recent weeks, was receiving hospice care. Franklin was 76. Her funeral is set for Aug. 31 in Detroit. As news of her declining health spread over the past few days, visitors including Stevie Wonder and the Rev. Jesse Jackson reportedly paid their respects at her bedside.  Beyoncé  and  Jay-Z   dedicated their Monday concert in the Motor City to Franklin , declaring the iconic singer. “We love you,” Beyoncé said, adding a word of thanks for “the beautiful music.” Franklin singing at the 2009 inauguration of Barack Obama, America's first Black president Over the course of her nearly seven-decade career, Franklin established herself as one of the most important artists in music history, winning 18 Grammy Awards, selling more than 75 mil

Cleveland serial rapist and kidnapper Ariel Castro found dead in prison cell, Imperial Women activist group say they "hope he rots in hell," Imperial Women was founded around the murders of 11 Black women on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland by serial killer Anthony Sowell

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Ariel Castro, 53,  at sentencing on August 1, 2013 at the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas at the Justice Center in in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Next to him is one of Castro's court appointed attorney's, though demolition  crews found $22,000 when his home on the city's west side  was demolished about a week after sentencing. Castro was found dead in his prison cell yesterday evening at about  9:20 pm  .       The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com, Ohio's No 1 and No 2 online Black newspapers  ( www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com ) and ( www.clevelandurbannews.com ). Reach us by phone at 216-659-0473 and by email at editor@clevelandurbannews.com "While we would not condone any malfeasance around Mr. Castro's death, and to date that does not seem to be the case,  and while we certainly believe that life is worth living, we hope he rots in hell," ..... Cleveland area community activist Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the Imperial W

Updated: Obama cancels campaign visit Wednesday to Akron, Ohio in Cleveland area as Hurricane Sandy has caused 48 deaths, 7.5 million customer power outages in 15 states including Ohio, 1 in 3 homes are without power in Cleveland, early voting restored in Maryland, Ohio sparred fatalities, Obama to resume campaigning Friday

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Hurricane Sandy By Kathy Wray Coleman, Executive Publisher, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog  ( www.clevelandurbannews.com ) CLEVELAND,Ohio-At least forty-eight people are dead, a third of them in New York alone, and over 7.5 million customers across the nation in 15 states and the District of Columbia are without power because of Hurricane Sandy. And as the  presidential campaign enters its final week, the country is taken by storm literally, and by virtue of a neck and neck race to the  White House  that has the Republican and Democratic parties fighting each other tooth and nail to the finish line.  A pivotal state, Ohio was hit by winds of 30 to 50 miles per hour Monday night and had no reported fatalities but did have  power outages in several of its 82 counties including Lorain, Lake, Geauga and Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland where one in three homes and businesses are without power. President Obama headed to Washington

Rodney King, whose videtaped beating by a group of White Los Angeles police sparked deadly riots in 1991, is dead at 47, Watch the video of the celebrated beating that reminds America of the police brutality lodged routinely against the Black community

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Rodney King By Kath y Wray Coleman, Editor, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com ( www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com ) and ( www.clevelandurbannews.com ) LOS ANGELES, California-Rodney King, whose 1991 brutal and videotaped beating by a group of White Los Angeles policemen generated a week of costly riots that killed 55 people and heightened racial tensions across the country after a predominantly White jury acquitted the officers was found dead Sun. afternoon in his swimming pool in a home he shared with his fiancee in Rialto, Calif., a Los Angeles suburb.  He was 47, and there was no evidence of foul play,  police said. Famous for going off script from his lawyers and saying "can we all get along?" at a press conference calling for peace around the riots, King publicly admitted that he had alcohol and drug abuse problems. Cynthia Kelley, whom King was scheduled to marry, made the 911 call crying and told police

Whitney Houston dead at 48, Bobby Brown tells music audience during a New Edition performance "I love you Whitney"

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Whitney Houston in recent times Houston, a music icon who died suddenly Sat. afternoon, in earlier years with her ex husband Bobby Brown, whom she married in 1992 and later divorced in 2007. Brown, who rose to moderate and short term fame as member of the R and B group New Edition and subsequent solo artist, had a rocky and sometimes abusive relationship with Houston. Choking back tears, he told an audience at a New Edition concert in Southhaven, MS. Sat. night, "I love you Whitney." By Kathy Wray Coleman, Editor, The Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog. Com and Cleveland Urban News.Com News.Com ( www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com ) and ( www.clevelandurbannews.com ) (EDITOR'S NOTE: CAN A MAN THAT BEATS YOU, LOVE YOU? READ THIS STORY) BEVERLY HILLS, California -Famed pop singer Whitney Houston, the close cousin of music icon Dionne Warwick and ex wife of bad boy New Edition singer Bobby Brown, is dead at 48. Houston was reportedly found by her brother in