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Priceless Vol 11 Number 1

Personal and Professional Empowerment

Serving Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach since 2006

Aggies Host Spartans in NC

President and First Lady Attend CBCF Dinner in DC

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Sandra Bland Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settled for $1.9 Million

The family of Sandra Bland has settled a wrongful death law- suit for $1.9 million, with Waller County, Texas, also agreeing to changes in jail procedures

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Portsmouth Welcomes

Olympic Medal Winner LaShawn Merritt

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The Hampton Roads Messenger Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

The Messenger has provided empowering news and information for a decade BY CHRIS PARKS

October 2016 marks

the 10th Anniversary of the Hampton Roads Messenger. The publication

released its

first edition in October of 2006 with an article featuring NFL retiree and Hampton Roads native William cover.

Fuller on the The Hampton



Bland, the black woman who was arrested following

traffic stop in Texas and later found dead in jail, has settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $1.9 million, USA Today reports.

According to the report,

Connon Lambert, the lawyer for Bland’s family, told CNN that

along with the cash

settlement, Waller County, Texas, has also agreed to changes in jail procedures. The details of the settlement were finalized Wednesday.

The Texas Department

of Public Safety will pay $100,000 of the settlement, and Waller County will pay most of the rest.

family of Sandra a

10, 2015, by Texas State Trooper

Bland was stopped July Brian Encinia

to for

making an improper lane change. The traffic stop for the small infraction soon escalated, with Encinia threatening

light Bland up before he took Bland into custody. Some of the interaction was caught on police dashcam footage.

Bland was found dead at

the Waller County Jail three days later. Her death was ruled a suicide.


No one at the jail was in

connection perjury, and was fired. This Edition’s Highlights

Health Editorial Your Opinion Matters Hampton Roads Upcoming Events Scholarship Watch

Cancer Research Center to 'Turn it Pink for the Cure' 5

Thank You Hampton Roads for Ten Exciting Years 4 2

Be Prepared to Hold Your Breath

2017 Cultural Attractions Fund Grants Sing unto the King!!! Gospel Celebration Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards

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145,000 consumers across the country who were victimized by One Technologies LP and its two partner companies, in an online scheme that

access to their credit scores and then billed them a recurring $29.95 monthly fee for credit monitoring they never ordered.

“It’s our goal whenever possible to put money back in the hands of hard-working

lured consumers with “free”

The Federal Trade Commission will almost $20 million

to more than with

Bland’s death. However, Encinia

faces charges of

Roads Messenger has worked behind the scenes in many aspects of the Hampton Roads community since its inception to ensure that residents’ lives are improved and empowered. The award-winning newspaper is distributed in Norfolk, Hampton, Virginia Beach, Newport News, Chesapeake, Suffolk and Portsmouth. Its content consists of a wealth of information on topics which include Local News, Health, Sports, Scholarships, Arts and Entertainment, Career and Business Opportunities, Religion and general news from around the world.


the publication from all over the world. The Messenger staff often receives letters

The Hampton Roads Messenger has well

received by people who read

Presidential candidate Obama displays an early copy of the Hampton Roads Messenger as publisher Angela Jones smiles in the background.

and emails from readers who express their appreciation for being able to read the newspaper online when they go on vacation, are deployed or are working in another city, state or country. Many Messenger readers receive their first copy from a friend or coworker and later are able to find out what is happening in their community by visiting hamptonroadsmessen- without having to locate a distribution point. “We make it convenient for people to pick up a printed copy of our publication no matter where they live or work in Hampton Roads,” states Angela Jones, publisher


the Hampton Roads Messenger. Some of the distribution points include: MP Island Café


FTC to Return Almost $20 Million to Consumers Lured by Credit Monitoring Scheme


victimized,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection. “We are pleased to announce that $20 million in refunds are going to back to consumers this week.”

Ohio secured the consumer redress as part of a settlement of charges against One Technologies in January 2014. The defendants marketed their credit monitoring programs, MyCreditHealth and ScoreSense, through at least 50 websites, including, FreeScoreOn-, and According to the FTC’s complaint, the defendants bought advertising on search engines such as Google and Bing so that ads for their websites neared the top of search results when consumers looked for terms such as “free credit report.” The most prominent ad stated, “View your latest Credit Scores from All 3 Bureaus in 60 seconds for $0!”

violated the FTC Act and the Restore Online Shoppers’ Confidence Act (ROSCA), which prohibits charging consumers for goods or

MONITORING SCHEME PAGE 10 The FTC alleged that the defendants The FTC and the states of Illinois and consumers who have been

Free October 2016

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