DETROIT (AP) — United Nations human rights experts described Detroit's mass water shut-offs as “a man-made perfect storm” Monday and called on city officials to restore water to those unable to pay, including those with disabilities or chronic illnesses.
Meanwhile, Detroit's officials said the two lawyers' actions and conclusions were agenda-driven and not based on “facts” about the city's progress in helping residents keep or regain service.
Leilani Farha and Catarina de Albuquerque, who were in town to observe the effect of water service shut-offs, said they affect the poorest and most vulnerable — and particularly discriminate against Detroit's majority black population.
The representatives of the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner made the trip after activists appealed to the U.N. for assistance. They visited residents who have lost water service or have struggled to keep it, and they met with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and water department officials for about two hours Monday morning.
The city, the nation's largest municipality to file for bankruptcy, said it made about 27,000 shut-offs between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30. Most shut-offs were halted for several weeks during the summer to give residents a chance to enter payment plans but they resumed and topped ...read more
GARY, Ind. (AP) — Police investigating the slayings of seven women whose bodies were found in northwest Indiana over the weekend said Monday they believe it is the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect has indicated there could be more victims going back 20 years.
The Lake County prosecutor's office on Monday charged 43-year-old Darren Vann of Gary, Indiana, in the strangulation death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy. Her body was found Friday night at a Motel 6 in nearby Hammond.
Gary officials were expected to charge Vann later this week in the deaths of six more women, whose bodies were found Saturday and Sunday. Hammond Police Chief John Doughty said at a news conference that Vann confessed to Hardy's slaying and gave police information that led to the other bodies in Gary, including three on the same block.
Vann was a convicted sex offender in Texas, where he pleaded guilty in 2009 to raping a woman and was released from prison in July 2013.
The Austin Police Department issued a statement Monday saying it would review missing persons and cold cases to determine if there could be a link to Vann and asked anyone with information to come forward.
Doughty said police ...read more
On Friday, author Sophia A. Nelson appeared on “NewsOne Now“with Roland Martin to talk about her new book, “The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life.”
Every woman lives by a Code, whether she realizes it or not. The Code is as old as time. It has been practiced for thousands of years, quietly, among the sisterhood of women. This Code is a woman's road map to living, a guidepost residing deep within her spirit. It governs her romantic relationships, friendships, family ties, career choices, and personal sense of well-being and value. And when her Code is out of balance, her life is out of balance. Drawing from her personal faith and from her experience in the business world, author Sophia Nelson explores 20 keys to unlocking the life you want, such as:
- Knowing your innate value and worth
- Teaching people how to treat you
- Making peace with your past
- Learning to lead from within
- Lifting other women as you climb
The Woman Code helps women to honor themselves while navigating the demands of work, home, family, and friendship. It not only calls on women to practice purpose in their lives, it shows them how to do it with grace.
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CNN has decided that it no longer wants to support the National Association of Black Journalists after the organization called it out.
The cable news network has donated to the NABJ for years, and its acted as a sponsor for the association's annual convention and career fair for quite some time. That all changed last week, though, when the NABJ released a statement about racial relations at CNN for the network's Black employees in a write-up titled, “NABJ Concerned About Atmosphere at CNN for African Americans.”
The NABJ wrote about its concern that the professional atmosphere has led to huge swaths of African-American staffers either quitting or being terminated. Among their ranks are several Black anchors that have been yanked from the screen. Some have even left the network all together! Moreover, since this time last year, NABJ claims that about 12 African-American managers have exited CNN as well. So, TL;DR: things are not looking good for Black people at CNN, and the NABJ was not going to ignore the problem because the network gives them money. ...read more
One Ohio woman put Columbus emergency crews on high alert after she called 911 claiming that her sister had contracted Ebola.
The deadly virus is nothing to mess around with as it has taken thousands of lives in Africa and one here in the U.S. People in the states are living in fear of an outbreak as two Dallas nurses (one of whom flew a day before showing symptoms) became infected with Ebola after treating Thomas Eric Duncan.
When an unnamed woman called 911 for help, she told an operator that her sister was running a fever of 107 degrees. The Columbus Dispatch reports that she was then transferred to speak with Division of Fire, and she told them that her sister might have Ebola because she had recently been to Africa.
Emergency crews in Hazmat suits promptly arrived at her home and whisked the woman's sister off to the hospital as they secured the residence with police tape. The good news is that this was a perfect execution of their procedure about what to do in the event that someone reports a case of Ebola. The bad news is that the patient did not actually have the virus, and ...read more
A New Hampshire town's Pumpkin Festival ended in violence as a riot broke out when people got more rowdy than usual.
Authorities had to use tear gas and pepper spray to breakup rowdy revelers that were throwing beer and liquor bottles during the 24th Annual Pumpkin Festival in Keene, New Hampshire on Saturday.
There's no word on what sparked the rioting, but WMUR reports that matters quickly spiraled out of control as bonfires were set in the street. A number of ambulances also had to be called out as several people sustained injuries. A group of people even managed to flip a car during the chaos!
CNN reports that dozens of arrests were made Saturday night as some people cussed out police and tore signs out of the street. “State and local public safety officials are on the scene and have been working closely together to defuse the situation,” Gov. Maggie Hassan said a statement issued Saturday night. “We will continue to monitor the situation and provide any assistance necessary to Keene.”
The main perpetrators are being described as students from Keene State College, but the school's president believes that some people came from a few towns over just to join in on ...read more
According to Merriam-Webster, the first known use of the term “racism” was in 1933, but the practice of racism was well learned by that time. In the United States, slaves were brought to this land by Europeans who thought that the skin color and customs of the African captives made them less than equal to the “civilized” White settlers. That belief system permeated the treatment of Blacks in this country for hundreds of years, and in many ways, has yet to cease. The term is defined by Merriam-Webster as, “a belief that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.” There are some, me included, that believe that power is part of the true definition of racism – combining prejudice with the power to act on that prejudice results in racism.
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Today, there are few things worse in this country than being called a “racist.” It's one of the biggest insults and dirtiest words someone can say. Just the accusation has caused countless celebrities to produce tears and apologies and proclaim their love for their one Blackish friend who might not have known until that ...read more
Dallas nurse Amber Vinson, the second nurse from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to contract the deadly Ebola virus after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of the disease, may be currently battling the disease at an Atlanta hospital but her family has rallied to her defense in the medial.
After contacting the CDC to make sure it was OK, Vinson flew from Dallas to Cleveland, Ohio to see family members and further prepare for her upcoming wedding. Instead of a happy family occasion, Vinson became the poster girl for carelessness during the latest Ebola scare. Centers for Disease Control head Thomas Frieden was quoted as saying she shouldn't have flown. But Vinson's family and a CDC representative both say Vinson did, in fact, contact the CDC and was cleared to fly despite a low-grade fever.
Vinson, who is said to be in stable condition, had the following statement issued by her family.
“The past several days have been the most trying our family has collectively ever faced. We remain intensely prayerful and optimistic about Amber's condition and of the treatment she is currently receiving. Our prayers and thoughts also go out to Amber's colleague, Nina Pham, and the Dallas and Ohio communities ...read more
Fifteen-year-old Dominique Allen had already dealt with some challenges in her young life. She'd lost her mother to Crohn's disease, and two friends to violence. In spite of those odds, Allen had perservered, asking a guidance counselor at school for help in navigating her educational process so that she would be certain to graduate. She'd become involved in a anti-violence program.
But sadly, someone didn't allow Allen to reach her full potential. Her strangled and burned body was found in the backyard of a home not far from where she'd been last seen outside her sister's home.
USA Today reports:
As school began in August at Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center, faculty noticed a girl who was pretty but whose eyes often were hidden beneath her hair and whose head was downcast. She was a reluctant participant in class. Almost immediately, she was failing algebra.
Then, Dominique did something that's hard for many 15-year-olds to do. She reached out for help. She told guidance counselor Anita Swaner-Templeton that she knew how important it was to get off to a good start in high school, but she needed a guide. Pointedly, she asked the counselor: “Will you be my mom at school for me?”
Swaner-Templeton agreed. ...read more
Investigators at the University of Massachusetts are searching for vandals who recently scrawled hate messages on the walls of dorm buildings, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
School Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy released a statement Thursday condemning the messages that called for killing Black and Mexican people, the report says. The messages began appearing over the past week.
“Such expressions of hate and intolerance have no place on our campus,” the chancellor said in a campus email, the paper states. “We condemn language intended to marginalize or make any member of our community unsafe, and we will aggressively investigate this matter for criminal and administrative reviews.”
Josh Odam, secretary of diversity for the Student Government Association, said he found “Kill These [N-----rs]!!” written in all capital letters on his door. He wrote an op-ed about the episode Thursday in the Daily Collegian student newspaper.
“This is where that ethnostress rears its ugly head,” he writes. “When situations such as these occur (slurs written on the wall, nooses hung on trees, etc.) it prevents students from focusing on academics as they should as paying students of the University. The self-awareness and hypervigilance is increased because it is a natural defense mechanism. However, when students ...read more