FAMU Band to Remain Suspended

In today's link roundup: Florida A&M's marching band won't be playing next school year. Plus: Rep. James Clyburn says national approach needed on gay marriage. 

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FAMU band to remain supended: Florida A&M University's marching band will remain suspended through the 2012-13 academic year as the school continues to wrestle with the aftermath of the hazing death of a drum major last fall. FAMU President James Ammons made the announcement during a teleconference Monday with the university's board of trustees.

Jay-Z announces Labor Day music festival: The rapper has announced a two-day music festival in Philadelphia. It will feature nearly 30 acts "that embody the American spirit" across three stages at Fairmount Park on Sept 1. and Sept. 2, which is Labor Day weekend. 

After 42 years, will Rangel lose primary? The Kansas City Star reports on the challenges that the longtime member of Congress faces: health issues, new district boundaries, demographic changes within Harlem and his 2010 censure by the House for multiple ethics violations.

Michelle Obama's Mother's Day tea party: This week Michelle Obama held her annual Mother's Day tea party at the White House. The first lady's special guests this year were moms serving in the armed forces, their children and their own mothers. Check out a video at Essence.

Clyburn breaks with Obama on gay marriage: House Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Monday that he believes same-sex marriage should be legal -- and the No. 3 House Democrat appeared to go further than President Obama in suggesting that a national policy, rather than a state-by-state one, is needed on the issue.

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