It appears that the Reverends Al Sharpton and Eugene Rivers have a lot in common as they both have made headlines locally and nationally, respectively. Unfortunately those headlines have been of a very negative nature for both. Rev. Sharpton has been exposed as a former FBI informant/snitch, while it seems to appear that Rev. Rivers has been involved in some sort of an extortion scheme. Lets start with Rev. Sharpton and his dilemma. The news blog “Smoking Gun” recently disclosed in one of their articles that in the 1980′s, Sharpton was an FBI informant/snitch and spied on the Italian mafia. I was surprised at this revelation as although aware of his being a “snitch” in the Black Liberation Struggle trying to help entrap and capture “Sister” Assata Shakur as an example, had no clue about his mafia involvement. apparently Sharpton tried to negotiate a drug deal with what he believed to be a South American drug king pin who was actually an undercover FBI agent. Rev. Sharpton, in a state of panic, had no other choice but to be “flipped (snitch)’ or face the possibility of some lengthy prison time. Sharpton then proceeded to wear a “wire” to gather information to be used against members of the mafia. Now on to Rev. Eugene “riverboat gambler” Rivers. He has been wheeling and dealing in the City Of Boston for the last few decades. His name has often popped up in questionable situations and in most instances they revolved around financial transactions that were beneficial to his personal bank account. ... Continue reading →
NEW YORK (AP) — Forget schlepping to Jones Beach or down the Jersey Shore. A Brooklyn design team said Tuesday that New York's East River could be the next great place for a summer swim. The backers of the floating Plus Pool — an Olympic-sized structure with cruise-like decking — said they're on course to drop anchor in mid-2016 if they win approval from the city, the U.S. Coast Guard and other government entities.
Project co-founder Archie Coates pitched the pool as be clean, safe and good for the environment and public perception. The goal, he said, is to “change the way New Yorkers see the river by giving them a chance to swim in it.” A city spokesman did not respond to questions Tuesday about the permitting process and the city's approach to privately built works intended for public use.
The pool's backers said it would be different from all other floating pools — the city has had one at Barretto Point Park in the Bronx since 2007 — because it is designed to filter river water into safe, swimmable water. The Plus Pool would be anchored to the river bed and have a walkway to shore, but a permanent location ...read more
GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man charged with first-degree murder is afraid the tattooed mirror-image letters spelling out the word “murder” across his neck might prejudice a jury, so he is asking for a professional tattoo artist to remove or cover it up.
Prosecutors say they aren't opposed to Jeffrey Chapman covering his tattoo, but Barton County's sheriff says he's against transporting Chapman to a licensed tattoo facility — the only places tattoo artists are allowed to practice under Kansas law.
The Great Bend Tribune reports Chapman's trial is scheduled to start Monday in the November 2011 killing of Damon Galliart, whose body was found by hunters in a roadside ditch southwest of Great Bend....read more
The John Roberts' (pictured) court did not completely pull out the rug from under affirmative action. Yet one could argue that it tripped Michigan's Affirmative Action program to its knees and then proceeded to kick it to the ground in order for it to chew on at least part of the very rug it's kneeled on.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court upheld Michigan's Affirmative Action ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. The 6-2 ruling states that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking race in to account for admissions decisions. And as the AP reports, the justices also concluded that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as “discriminatory.”
Yet, the court did not tackle the constitutionality of affirmative action altogether.
As Justice Anthony Kennedy explains in the decision:
This case is not about the constitutionality or the merits of race-conscious admissions policies in higher education. Here, the principle that the consideration of race in admissions is permissible when certain conditions are met is not being challenged. Rather, the question concerns whether, and in what manner, voters in the States ...read more
A 28-year-old law school graduate in Georgia pleaded guilty on Monday to killing and dismembering a fellow graduate and disposing of her remains in a trash dumpster outside an apartment building where they both lived.
NY Daily News reports:
Prosecutors said Stephen Mark McDaniel faces life in prison for killing 27-year-old Lauren Giddings in Macon in central Georgia in June 2011, the same year that both graduated from the Mercer University School of Law in the city.
In a statement in Macon-Bibb County court on Monday, a week before his trial was to begin, McDaniel said he entered Giddings' apartment in the early morning hours wearing a mask.
He choked her to death after she woke up and returned later and dismembered Giddings' body with a hacksaw, McDaniel said.
“It is difficult for me to explain why I killed Lauren,” McDaniel said in his statement. “It lies in my own inability to understand it myself.”
A video capturing an elderly couple being viciously bullied by an unidentified thug on a New York City bus is going viral on the web. In the cellphone video, an unidentified man is filmed giving the couple a vulgar tongue-lashing and hovering over them in a menacing manner. At one point, the thug gets in the face of the elderly woman and curses at her.
When the elderly man accompanying the woman stands up to his younger opponent, the thug punched him. At this point, the passengers could no longer stand idly by and watch the abuse. Many of the riders sprung to action to defend the elderly couple, pummeling and knocking the man down. The elderly man is even captured on video getting in a few licks of his own, as riders try to restrain the menacing stranger....read more
Former pro boxing champ Kassim Ouma was arrested for battery in Los Angeles after knocking out a man who allegedly made gay advances toward him.
According to reports from TMZ, the former IBF junior middleweight champion is telling investigators he was hanging out in Hollywood when he struck up a conversation with a guy he just met.
The two went back to the other man's home for a drink and the guy allegedly made a pass at the boxer.
Ouma claims he politely declined multiple advances, but says when he got up to leave, the guy made one final move — and Ouma shoved him away.
The altercation escalated with Ouma allegedly knocking the guy out cold.
Cops were called to the scene — where the victim was treated and transported to a nearby hospital.
Ouma was ultimately arrested for felony battery causing great bodily harm.
What are your thoughts on the story? Why would Ouma go to a man's house he just met for a drink?
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HARRISBURG, Pa. - U.S. marshals say an ex-convict wanted in connection with a 1981 Pennsylvania homicide is under arrest after he was found to be living under an alias and serving as a church deacon in Texas.
It isn't clear what led law enforcement agents to a man named Roy Eubanks in Mineola, Texas, or whether he had a lawyer. But in a statement, U.S. marshals say the 78-year-old admitted his real name is Joseph Lewis Miller.
Miller is charged with fatally shooting a man in a parking lot next to a Harrisburg, Pa., hotel in January 1981.
Marshals say he also served over 11 years in prison for another murder and was released in 1971.
The marshals say he's being held in Wood County, Texas, pending court proceedings that would lead to his return to Pennsylvania.
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KAHULUI, Hawaii (AP) — Surveillance cameras at San Jose International Airport successfully captured the teenager on the tarmac, climbing up the landing gear of a jet. But in the end, the cameras failed because no one noticed the security breach until the plane — and the boy — landed in Hawaii.
Although the 15-year-old apparently wanted nothing more than to run away, his success in slipping past layers of security early Sunday morning made it clear that a determined person can still get into a supposedly safe area and sneak onto a plane.
Video surveillance can help catch trespassers. Some airports use not just human eyes watching video screens, but also technology that can be programmed to sound an alert when a camera captures something potentially suspicious. But just because something is caught on camera doesn't mean it will make an impression.
Despite great promise, “sometimes the actual results are quite underwhelming when it gets to the real world, where people are fatigued, people are preoccupied,” said Richard Bloom, an airport security expert at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona. “There's no way to guarantee security, even if you had one person per video screen.”
There were no obvious efforts Monday to increase security or ...read more
Nina Simone (pictured) is one of American music's most-celebrated figures as well as a legendary icon of artistic expression and empowerment. Known as the “High Priestess Of Soul,” a nickname she was reluctant to claim reportedly, Simone's path in becoming a vocalist and songwriter nearly didn't occur as she initially aimed her focus in another area.
Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21, 1933, in the North Carolina town of Tyron, a young Simone came to music as a child prodigy gifted in playing the piano. Her mother, a Methodist minister, allowed her to play for the local church. Luckily, Simone was able to play the instrument by ear, because her parents were too poor to provide her with lessons. Simone's fortunes changed, though, when she began to study under an Englishwoman and gained an appreciation for classical pianists.
After a schoolteacher raised funds for Simone to finish school, she won a scholarship to the famed Julliard School of Music. Money became scarce, however, and Simone left the school and headed to Philadelphia to enter a more affordable program. She was rejected by the Curtis ...read more
A young boy kidnapped from his Atlanta home sang a gospel song for nearly three hours until the suspect kicked him out of the car.
The man used cash to lure 10 year old Willie Myrick close enough for him to grab and shove into his car.
Find out what happens next when you watch the touching video below!
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