Homer Hallum, 76, froze to death when he was locked out of his Detroit senior living complex, according to My Fox Detroit.
The septuagenarian had left his building using the back door, which locks shut once someone exits and cannot be used for re-entry. When Hallum needed to get back into his building, he could not do so. The building's back door leads to a gated parking lot and Hallum had forgotten his key fob and building key, so he was basically trapped outside in the blistering cold.
Detroit's temperature on the night Hallum was locked out was three degrees with a wind-shill of negative 20.
According to Hallum's daughter, Sheila Garrison, her dad had no alternatives but to brave the freezing temperatures until he could no longer. “He had no other choice in blistering cold, below-zero weather – all he could do is lay down and basically die,” she lamented.
When a building security guard finally spotted Hallum he was “stiff as a board and cold as ice, heavy cold,” Garrison added. An ambulance was summoned but Hallum passed away en-route to the medical facility.
When David Spivey installed a hidden camera to find out who was stealing money from his truck, he never guessed the culprit would be his personal trainer. But that turned out to be the case, according to KLTV.
Spivey was shocked to find Reginald Wilson, his fitness trainer at the Woodcreek Athletic Club, opening the truck doors while he was inside training. “I mean it just goes to show you, you can't trust anybody,” Spivey said.
The East Texas man's video shows Wilson entering the truck with empty hands. He then opens a compartment and removes something before leaving.
“It's pretty self explanatory; my hand went in empty and came out with green stuff,” he said.
Spivey gave the video to Tyler police, who arrested Wilson soon afterwards. Wilson also worked as a peace officer for the Whitehouse Police Department, which has since fired him. ...read more
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03/07/14- Jacque Reid goes “Inside Her Story” with Police Officer Terra Barrow about her former job as a phone sex operator.
According to Barrow, she earned almost $2,500 a week which allowed her to pay her bills, help care for her ailing father and contribute to her “shopping habit.”
Do you think it was right to force her to quit? ...read more
03/07/14-Roland Martin talks with Congressman Elijah Cummings about Congressman Darrell Issa's latest antics which include cutting off Cummings microphone during a hearing on the IRS.
Read the entire interview below.
ROLAND MARTIN : …Speaking of looking forward to something, did it get a little funky or what in Capital Hill a couple of days ago, in the hearing room where Congressman Darrell Issa cut the microphone off a brother, Congressman Elijah Cummings. And Congressman Cummings was about to straight go crazy. He joins us, he went off on Congressman Issa, and Congressman Cummings joins us right now. And Congressman, I told when you did the show you need to have a bullhorn next to your ankle next time so when he cuts your microphone off you can pull that bullhorn out and keep talking.
CONGRESSMAN ELIJAH CUMMINGS: Yeah, I … you know, I think that Darrell Issa thought he was back in the 1930s or something. And I had to remind him that I am a member of the Congress of the United States too. And I represent over 700,000 people too. ...read more
(AP) – The daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday urged her brothers to search their consciences and reconsider their plan to sell the civil rights icon's Bible and Nobel Peace Prize.
King's estate is run by his two sons, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King. The estate's lawyers filed court papers Jan. 31 asking a judge to order their sister, the Rev. Bernice King, to surrender the items. A lawyer for the estate said at a court hearing last month that the estate has been in conversations with entities that want to buy or lease them.
Bernice has repeatedly said she opposes any such deal.
“I implore you to consider the magnitude of this moment in history and how you want your individual legacies to be defined,” Bernice said at a news conference at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, addressing her brothers who weren't present.
Lawyers for the Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc. did not immediately respond to an email and phone call seeking comment Thursday.
The estate's lawyers had asked a judge to order Bernice to immediately turn over the items, saying the potential deals to sell or lease them were time-sensitive.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney declined ...read more
Monday, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund launched a new nationwide campaign, National “I Love My HBCU” Month, to honor historically black colleges and universities and the pride that HBCU students, faculty and alumni exemplify, according to TMCF President & CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.
“HBCUs are an integral part of our country's higher education system and history of African Americans,” said Taylor. “'I Love My HBCU' Month will shine a light on these great institutions and the impact they make in preparing future leaders of tomorrow.”
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TMCF hopes National “I Love My HBCU” Month will be an annual month-long celebration of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In 2012, the organization began the process to formally establish the month of March each year as a period to increase awareness and appreciation of HBCUs in the United States and to unite HBCU communities nationwide.
HBCUs have played a vital role in the U.S. since they were formed in 1837 as higher educational institutions designed to educate former slaves. These institutions, primarily serving African American students, have produced a commendable record of accomplished and famous HBCU graduates such as ...read more
Ishiyah McGhee, 30 (pictured left), Janine McGhee, 39 (pictured center), and Moriyah McGhee, 32 (pictured right), are accused of attacking a 14-year-old girl in Deltona, Fla., and leaving her bloodied as a form of discipline for being suspended from school. The women are facing charges of child abuse for allegedly kicking and choking the teen girl and then forcing her to take her clothes off, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The vicious attack took place on Friday and when the Volusia County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived at the scene of the disturbance, the unnamed child was hysterically crying and wearing only her bra and panties.
The relationships of the women to the child have not been released.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the women had gone to the child's school to attend a meeting about her behavior. As soon as the meeting let out, the trio and child headed towards the school's parking lot where the alleged beatings began. The women reportedly began slapping the child, pushing her against a car, grabbing her necklace and choking her.
When the women and child arrived home, the girl reportedly jumped out of the car and made a run for it and the women chased after ...read more
New York's “finest” has reportedly charged 10 members of the Bronx gang “280″ with conspiracy murder charges. The NYPD's three-plus year sting operation was finally brought to a close with the help of Facebook, according to Gothamist.
According to NYPD reports, “Operation Crew Cut,” began three years ago in the Bronx's Morrisania section. Thus far, 280′s alleged violent activities and those of their rivals have resulted in about 43 shootings. Investigators say gang members terrorized residents on a daily basis. The reckless ways of 280′s members with their alleged random shootings have kept their surrounding community in constant trepidation.
Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan issued the following statement about 280′s terrorizing ways, per Gothamist:
“Reckless, wanton shootings detailed in the indictment forced innocent bystanders to take cover and neighborhoods to conduct daily business in great fear for their safety and security. Targeting drug gangs involved in violence has significantly diminished shootings in these neighborhoods.” ...read more
There are times when spoiled, uninformed, and very much privileged White people who don't know what it's like to be anything besides White ought to just shut the hell up while adults are talking. The amount of times is damn near endless, but in this instance, I specifically mean criticism of the new initiative, “My Brother's Keeper.” Unveiled last week, the initiative is spearheaded by President Barack Obama but will be implemented through an extensive partnership with “local and national leaders in philanthropy, business, government, faith communities, and media.”
As outlined via the announcement, “The challenges facing boys and young men of color are broad and multidimensional, and so must be the team we bring to the table to begin fostering solutions.” By no means is the initiative above reproach.
I certainly share many of the concerns echoed by The Daily Beast's Jamelle Bouie. Yes, this will program is a nice step in the direction of aiding disadvantaged Black and Latino boys, but there needs to be real efforts to tackle the policies that place the majority of minorities at an immediate disadvantage at birth.
For half a century, we siphoned wealth from black families. We denied them ...read more
What happens when a homeless man is tricked into believing he won the lottery?
That question might lead you to believe that whoever did that to a homeless person is cruel, but the following video will surely make you cry at the beauty of humanity.
There are good people in the world and you never who — or where — they are.