Patrick McLaw, 23, an 8th grade language arts teacher at Maryland's Mace's Lane Middle School, has been placed on leave after authoring “The Insurrectionist,” a fictional book that chronicles the largest school massacre” in history, WBOC-TV reports.
McLaw penned the book and its sequel, “Lilith's Heir,” under the pen name “Dr. K.S. Voltaer.”
The “futuristic” school shooting described in “The Insurrectionist” takes place in 2902, according to Amazon:
“On 18 March 2902, a massacre transpired on the campus of Ocean Park High School, claiming the lives of nine hundred forty-seven individuals–the largest school massacre in the nation's history. And the entire country now begins to ask two daunting questions: How? and Why? After the federal government becomes involved, and after examining the bouquet of black roses that lies in front of the school's sign, it becomes evident that the hysteria is far from over.”
The Dorchester County superintendent of schools released the following statement:
“While on administrative leave, he is not allowed to come onto school property or participate in school events,” the statement continues. “Mr. McLaw's teaching duties have been assigned to qualified personnel to insure the smooth transition of students into the fall semester,” the statement reads.
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Tahreem Zeus Rana, an Atlanta police officer who allegedly murdered Vernicia Woodard, 26, a woman that he met online, was arrested at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Thursday as he was attempting to escape to Mexico, reports CBS46.com.
Police allowed Rana, who had been placed on a no-fly list, to go through airport security to ensure that he wasn't armed, then arrested him.
Rana, who has been with the Atlanta Police Department for 3 years, will face kidnapping, murder and arson charges.
“We are shocked and saddened by these developments. The officer has been relieved from duty, and is in a non-enforcement status. Chief Turner will schedule an emergency hearing immediately today to determine the next course of action. We must allow the justice system to run its course. But these clearly are very disturbing allegations that are not in line with the expectations we have for our officers, and will be immediately dealt with,” said APD Public Affairs Director Carlos Campos.
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Woodward, who recently moved to Atlanta from New York. She was linked to Rana through her phone records, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The two appear to have met on Backpage.com, a ...read more
Tyrell Johnson, 25, and his girlfriend, Josephine Laidler, 26, (both pictured above) reportedly told Hialeah, Florida police officers that they saw nothing wrong with leaving their one and four-year-old children in their running car shortly after midnight Thursday while they went to play the slot machines.
Now the couple is charged with child neglect and have been ordered to have no contact with their children while the Department of Children and Families delves further into the case, reports WSVN News.
A surveillance camera shows a Hialeah Park Casino security guard walking over to the parked car belonging to Johnson and Laidler, then using a flashlight to peer inside the vehicle. The guard is seen looking startled as she discovers the two young boys asleep and alone in the running car that was reportedly left unlocked. ...read more
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If you asked the average Black person about the state of racism in America, you'll likely be greeted with boos, hisses, eye rolls, and four-letter words due to the disproportionate number of Black men and women in jail, attacks on our right to vote, widening economic disparities between the races, and rampant police brutality. All of this is under an the administration of the first Black president of the United States. Oh, White supremacy, you sure do know how to put people in their place. And contrary to what the likes of Bill O'Reilly believe, the problems facing Blacks in this country are not rooted in our purported cultural mores…or Beyoncé.
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Yet, despite the clear signs of turmoil within our own home, this country continues to operate as if it is morally superior to the rest of the world.
Other countries across the globe have pointed out America's hypocrisy, but thanks the United Nations, there is a more thorough and fact-based assessment of it. Recently, the United Nations' Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination concluded its 85th Session, and ...read more
The LAPD has released the names of two officers involved in Ezell Ford's (pictured) fatal shooting, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas are both assigned to the Newton Division Gang enforcement detail. Records show Wampler has been with the department for 12 years and Villegas for eight.
The department released the names after South L.A. locals demanded that they be made public shortly after Ford's shooting. According to officials, they supposedly hesitated to make the officers' identities public because they wanted to see if anyone had made threats against their safety.
“In this particular case, it was necessary to investigate evidence brought to the department's attention regarding potential threats to the safety of the officers and ensure that measures were taken to mitigate those threats,” they said in a statement.
Officials have also placed a hold on Ford's autopsy, so information about his wounds remain secret, fostering accusations of a cover-up by some.
Authorities have also declined to share why the officers stopped Ford to begin with.
Ford's August 11th shooting came after he allegedly tackled one officer and went for his gun, causing both to fire. ...read more
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago children will walk past even more guards on their first day of school than last year, when concerns about safety prompted the city to line the streets with 1,200 adults every day.
Thanks to an infusion of $1 million from the city, another 100 “Safe Passage” workers will be on routes that students walk through crime-ridden neighborhoods to get to school when classes resume on Tuesday. And after Gov. Pat Quinn pledged $10 million, officials said another 600 of the workers would be hired and on the streets over the next several weeks.
When they're all in place, said Jadine Chou, the chief safety and security officer for the Chicago Public Schools, more workers will be assigned along existing routes and some routes will be extended farther from schools. The district has added 27 schools to the 93 for which there will be Safe Passage workers.
There is far less publicity about the first day of school than a year ago, when the closure of some 50 schools by Mayor Rahm Emanuel had parents and others worried that forcing children to walk through unfamiliar and dangerous neighborhoods to new schools would put them at greater risk of crossing gang ...read more
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Busloads of tourists line up every day in Philadelphia to take photos with a statue of Rocky Balboa, the fictional heavyweight fighter made famous by Sylvester Stallone.
Will they line up for pictures with a sculpture of real hometown champion Joe Frazier?
“Properly promoted, I think it would be much, much bigger than Rocky,” said Robin Hazel, who was visiting the city recently from Ottawa, Canada. “Rocky is great, it's a movie. But Joe Frazier's real. And he's Philadelphia.”
Artist Stephen Layne is finishing up a 9-foot-tall clay version of “Smokin' Joe” that captures Philly's local hero in mid-punch. Frazier became the first fighter to beat Muhammad Ali when he outslugged “The Greatest” for the heavyweight title in 1971.
The effort to memorialize Frazier, first announced two years ago, was almost knocked out by fundraising problems and the sudden death of the original sculptor. Layne, 46, won the commission the second time around and began working in March.
Steering clear of the victorious, raised arms stance of the Rocky statue — which was originally a prop in “Rocky III” — Layne instead found his spark in a photo of Frazier flooring Ali with his powerful left hook. The moment captured in the ...read more
This story is further evidence that we're living in strange times.
Three women in Las Vegas: Bryanna Warren, Trinity Kennard and Charmella Triggs have been arrested after getting with several tourist men, stealing their watches and then smuggling the timepieces out of the Encore Hotel and Casino in their vaginas.
All three women were charged with burglary, conspiracy to commit grand larceny and conspiracy to commit robbery, according to Mediaite.
The back story is that the women and the male victims reportedly had sexual relations at the hotel after which, when one of the men tried to chase the women into the hall after discovering the watches were missing, Charmell Triggs reportedly pulled a stun gun on him.
Here's the crazy part of the story. Police were able to catch the women after viewing elevator surveillance video that showed them inserting the watches into their bodies.
And then there's this absolutely crazy, er, naive response from Trinity Kennard:
“I thought when stuff like this happens it's just like a personal thing. I didn't think police would get involved and I could go to jail,” Kennard told a reporter for KNTV in a jailhouse interview. She expressed surprise that the way she and her friends tried to ...read more
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman was convicted Friday of murder in connection to illicit silicone buttocks injections that led to a Georgia woman's death.
The state attorney general's office said in a statement that a jury deliberated about five hours before finding Tracy Lynn Garner, 54, guilty of depraved-heart murder and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in the 2012 death of Karima Gordon, 37. The murder conviction carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
“We felt confident that the evidence would lead to a conviction,” said Attorney General Jim Hood in a statement. “We hope this verdict will deliver some sense of justice for Ms. Gordon's family.”
Judge Winston Kidd set sentencing for Tuesday. Garner was immediately taken into custody after the verdict was read.
Her attorney, John M. Collette, in an email, said he could not comment on the case because a gag order remained in effect.
Gordon, an Atlanta-area resident, died eight days after receiving the injections in 2012.
Prosecutors said Gordon's death was caused by injections that Garner administered. They said Gordon was referred to Garner by Natasha Stewart, an adult entertainer also known as Pebbelz Da Model. Stewart was convicted of manslaughter in February and is serving a seven-year ...read more
LOS ANGELES (AP) — They were killed in Wisconsin, New York and California. Some were shot on the street. One was killed in a Wal-Mart. Another died after being placed in a chokehold. All died at the hands of police and all have been united by one thing: the killing of Michael Brown.
Details may differ, circumstances of their deaths may remain unknown, but the outrage that erupted after the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of the unarmed, black 18-year-old by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri, has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings across the nation.
While there's been nothing approaching the violence seen in the St. Louis suburb, demonstrations fueled by a sense of injustice and buoyed with the help of social media have rolled across cities, regardless of whether the shootings took place last week or last month.
The spark, said Garrett Duncan, an associate professor of education and African-American studies at Washington University in St. Louis, was how Ferguson police bungled the aftermath of Brown's killing, leading to rioting and looting in the face of a heavily armed police force and, later, the National Guard.
“When you leave an 18-year-old boy's body in the street for four hours ...read more