dailyphoto080520.jpgHudson to Launch Album in September
Oscar-winning “American Idol” castoff Jennifer Hudson plans to release her self-titled debut album in September, with the first single, “Spotlight,” hitting U.S. radio outlets in June, her label said on Monday. “Spotlight,” described as a song about insecurities within a relationship, was composed by R&B songwriter and vocalist Ne-Yo, who co-produced along with the Norwegian production duo known as Stargate. (Continue Reading…)

Four Philadelphia Police Fired Over Filmed Beating
Four Philadelphia police officers were fired and four others demoted or suspended after a video showed them beating three suspects after a drug-related shooting, the city’s police chief said on Monday. The eight officers were among 18 who surrounded a car in North Philadelphia on May 5 after a shooting between two groups of men during police surveillance of a suspected drug-dealing operation. Some of the officers were seen in a 67-second video dragging the suspects out of the car and kicking and punching them while they lay on the ground. The incident, captured by a television news helicopter, came two days after the murder of a police sergeant during a robbery, the third Philadelphia officer killed in the line of duty in the past two years. (Continue Reading…)

GOP Fails to Recruit Minorities
Just a few years after the Republican Party launched a highly publicized diversity effort, the GOP is heading into the 2008 election without a single minority candidate with a plausible chance of winning a campaign for the House, the Senate or governor. At a time when Democrats are poised to knock down a historic racial barrier with their presidential nominee, the GOP is fielding only a handful of minority candidates for Congress or statehouses — none of whom seem to have a prayer of victory. (Continue Reading…)

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