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Spellers face vocabulary challenges during first round

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1369520417000-AP-Spelling-Bee-1305261011_4_3_rx404_c534x401Students will compete in the first round of public spelling in the Scripps national spelling bee Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, the spellers took the traditional 24-word written spelling test with a new twist – a vocabulary section to see if the competitors could define the words, too.

Thirteen students from Indiana are competing – seven are from central Indiana, including Cy Orentlicher, 12, of Indianapolis. He is in sixth grade.

“When you’re on stage there, you’re nervous that you’re going to get a word that you don’t know to spell so you’ll get, and when you’ve gotten your word you’re kind of nervous that you’ll get it wrong – ya I’m really excited to be here with a bunch of other people, meeting them, making friends,” he said.

Fifty children will advance through the three preliminary rounds to go on to the semifinals.

ESPN says it will carry the spelling…

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Another ‘NO’ On Civil Rights For Virginia Felons

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Somebody needs to go back to law school in the state of Virginia when it comes to the issue of restoring voting rights for ex-felons.

On one side, you have civil rights advocates at the NAACP and the Advancement Project insisting the governor of the state can, by executive order, restore voting rights for people convicted of felonies after they serve their prison sentences.

On the other side, you have Virginia’s past two governors, Democrat Tim Kaine and current Gov. Republican Robert McDonnell, maintaining the state constitution restricts them from issuing an executive order to allow the state’s 325,000 ex-felons to vote.

One side is right, the other side is wrong. Now all we need is someone to make the call.

RELATED:Ex-Felons Seek Greater Voting Rights In Virginia

This week, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who is running for governor, weighed in on the controversy by releasing…

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Tika Sumpter Steps Into A New Role On Winfrey’s OWN

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Former Gossip Girl regular Tika Sumpter remembers well a chat she had with both director Tyler Perry and iconic talk show host Oprah Winfrey in which each insisted that people needed to see more young women with her look on television. Sumpter’s sky-high cheekbones, penetrating smile, and deep ebony skin tone make hers a unique face among the regulars who routinely capture leading roles in both television and film.

That’s all set to change this Tuesday night as Sumpter steps into the center of Perry’s new drama, The Have and the Have Nots, on Winfrey’s OWN network. The new series marks Winfrey’s first foray into scripted television, and tapping her BBF Perry for ideas seemed the obvious move for the talk show host turned network owner/executive.

Perry has described his new projects as throwbacks to 1980s soap-opera-style shows likeDynasty and Knots Landing. His second OWN show is Love Thy…

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