Former Beauty Queen Suspected Of Cocaine Smuggling To Plead Guilty

December 12, 2016 bcic_admin 0

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former JetBlue flight attendant accused of trying to sneak a suitcase full of cocaine through Los Angeles International Airport and making a dramatic dash to escape is set to plead guilty in the case in federal court on Monday.

Marsha Gay Reynolds is expected to plead guilty to conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine in federal court, according to court documents. A conviction on that charge carries a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison.

Reynolds, a U.S. citizen and resident of Queens, New York, is a former Jamaican beauty queen and New York University track athlete.

Authorities said they found 70 pounds of cocaine in her luggage at LAX on March 18 after she was flagged for a random security screening, flung off her high heels and bolted barefoot down an upward-moving escalator. They said she ran out of the terminal and made her way to New York.

Reynolds, 31 at the time, surrendered in New York days later.

An attorney for Reynolds at the time said she might not have been sure what was in her bag.

A court document filed by prosecutors on Friday said for the first time that Reynolds was getting paid thousands of dollars to help smuggle drugs and money through airport security at LAX and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

An unindicted and unnamed co-conspirator illegally in the U.S. would give Reynolds the cocaine and money, and she would use her “known crew member badge” to get them through security, after which she would give them back to the co-conspirator, according to the document.

The co-conspirator fled to Jamaica, according to the document.

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Minnesota Teens Take On Healthy Eating With Hip-Hop Music Video

December 11, 2016 bcic_admin 0

Over the last ten years, the concept of “Food Deserts” has gained traction in the general vernacular.

A food desert happens when there is limited access to healthy food choices such as fresh fruits and vegetables, either because there are no grocery stores in proximity, or because said supermarkets offer substandard food at astronomical prices. Food deserts often exist in majority minority and/or poor neighborhoods. Compounding the issue, there is often a glut of cheap, salty, sugary foods readily available in these very same hoods in the forms of chicken shacks, fast food chains and liquor stores.

There are real health consequences to consuming junky food, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and myriad others—many of which can be mitigated or helped by healthy diet changes.

Which is where @AppetiteForChange comes in. Hip Hop Wired reports that AFC teamed up with the #BeatsandRhymesCrew, the same rap group that created the “Hot Cheetos and Takis” song, an ode to junk food that reached national fame with millions of YouTube views.

This same crew is now addressing those same junk foods and stressing healthier alternatives with a hot song rapped by young people from North Minneapolis. The new song, entitled “Grow Food,” has also gone viral and Nick Cannon recently shared it on his Instagram page. Some of the lyrics:

See in my hood there ain’t really much to eat. Popeyes on the corner, McDonald’s right across the street. All this talk about guns and the drugs, pretty serious, but look at what they feeding ya’ll that’s what’s really killin us.”

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Firefighter Burns Down His Own Home, Blames Black Lives Matter Supporters

December 9, 2016 bcic_admin 0

Because a white firefighter framing Black Lives Matter for the fire he set at his own house is a real thing. https://t.co/qkkrHoKCmK

— Crooks and Liars (@crooksandliars) December 8, 2016

New York firefighter Jason Stokes pleaded not guilty to arson charges earlier this week after being accused of setting fire to his own home back in August.

On Tuesday, the county district attorney announced that Stokes was not only charged for burning down his Endicott home, but for also trying to pin the blame on the Black Lives Matter protest movement. According to Raw Story, Stokes’ wife and children were upstairs sleeping on the night of the August 2015 incident when he supposedly set the fire, complete with a series of rigged “booby traps” like cans filled with flammable objects and gasoline.

The words “Lie with pigs, fry like bacon,” were found written on the house.

Raw Story reports:

The slogan apparently referenced an incident from August 2015, when some demonstrators chanted, “pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon,” during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Minnesota State Fair that was widely reported by conservative media.

It was also reportedly intended to be a reference to the flag outside the house with the phrase “Blue Lives Matter.”

Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwall said he was aware of the message and believes it was written by Stokes. He told reporters, “That statement to me is absolutely despicable. It fuels a false narrative when it comes to the work that police officers do. We don’t need to show a motive, we need to show intent. That statement to me is absolutely despicable. It fuels a false narrative when it comes to the work that police officers do.”

Firefighter Burns Down His Own Home, Blames Black Lives Matter Supporters

December 9, 2016 bcic_admin 0

Because a white firefighter framing Black Lives Matter for the fire he set at his own house is a real thing. https://t.co/qkkrHoKCmK

— Crooks and Liars (@crooksandliars) December 8, 2016

New York firefighter Jason Stokes pleaded not guilty to arson charges earlier this week after being accused of setting fire to his own home back in August.

On Tuesday, the county district attorney announced that Stokes was not only charged for burning down his Endicott home, but for also trying to pin the blame on the Black Lives Matter protest movement. According to Raw Story, Stokes’ wife and children were upstairs sleeping on the night of the August 2015 incident when he supposedly set the fire, complete with a series of rigged “booby traps” like cans filled with flammable objects and gasoline.

The words “Lie with pigs, fry like bacon,” were found written on the house.

Raw Story reports:

The slogan apparently referenced an incident from August 2015, when some demonstrators chanted, “pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon,” during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Minnesota State Fair that was widely reported by conservative media.

It was also reportedly intended to be a reference to the flag outside the house with the phrase “Blue Lives Matter.”

Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwall said he was aware of the message and believes it was written by Stokes. He told reporters, “That statement to me is absolutely despicable. It fuels a false narrative when it comes to the work that police officers do. We don’t need to show a motive, we need to show intent. That statement to me is absolutely despicable. It fuels a false narrative when it comes to the work that police officers do.”

Firefighter Burns Down His Own Home, Blames Black Lives Matter Supporters

December 9, 2016 bcic_admin 0

Because a white firefighter framing Black Lives Matter for the fire he set at his own house is a real thing. https://t.co/qkkrHoKCmK

— Crooks and Liars (@crooksandliars) December 8, 2016

New York firefighter Jason Stokes pleaded not guilty to arson charges earlier this week after being accused of setting fire to his own home back in August.

On Tuesday, the county district attorney announced that Stokes was not only charged for burning down his Endicott home, but for also trying to pin the blame on the Black Lives Matter protest movement. According to Raw Story, Stokes’ wife and children were upstairs sleeping on the night of the August 2015 incident when he supposedly set the fire, complete with a series of rigged “booby traps” like cans filled with flammable objects and gasoline.

The words “Lie with pigs, fry like bacon,” were found written on the house.

Raw Story reports:

The slogan apparently referenced an incident from August 2015, when some demonstrators chanted, “pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon,” during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Minnesota State Fair that was widely reported by conservative media.

It was also reportedly intended to be a reference to the flag outside the house with the phrase “Blue Lives Matter.”

Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwall said he was aware of the message and believes it was written by Stokes. He told reporters, “That statement to me is absolutely despicable. It fuels a false narrative when it comes to the work that police officers do. We don’t need to show a motive, we need to show intent. That statement to me is absolutely despicable. It fuels a false narrative when it comes to the work that police officers do.”

Firefighter Burns Down His Own Home, Blames Black Lives Matter Supporters

December 9, 2016 bcic_admin 0

Because a white firefighter framing Black Lives Matter for the fire he set at his own house is a real thing. https://t.co/qkkrHoKCmK

— Crooks and Liars (@crooksandliars) December 8, 2016

New York firefighter Jason Stokes pleaded not guilty to arson charges earlier this week after being accused of setting fire to his own home back in August.

On Tuesday, the county district attorney announced that Stokes was not only charged for burning down his Endicott home, but for also trying to pin the blame on the Black Lives Matter protest movement. According to Raw Story, Stokes’ wife and children were upstairs sleeping on the night of the August 2015 incident when he supposedly set the fire, complete with a series of rigged “booby traps” like cans filled with flammable objects and gasoline.

The words “Lie with pigs, fry like bacon,” were found written on the house.

Raw Story reports:

The slogan apparently referenced an incident from August 2015, when some demonstrators chanted, “pigs in a blanket, fry them like bacon,” during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Minnesota State Fair that was widely reported by conservative media.

It was also reportedly intended to be a reference to the flag outside the house with the phrase “Blue Lives Matter.”

Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwall said he was aware of the message and believes it was written by Stokes. He told reporters, “That statement to me is absolutely despicable. It fuels a false narrative when it comes to the work that police officers do. We don’t need to show a motive, we need to show intent. That statement to me is absolutely despicable. It fuels a false narrative when it comes to the work that police officers do.”

Dylann Roof’s Mother Suffers Heart Attack In Court

December 9, 2016 bcic_admin 0

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof’s mother suffered a heart attack not long after prosecutors described how her son planned a cold and calculated killing of nine black church members in a racially motivated attack, the white man’s attorney said in court documents Thursday.

Roof’s mother collapsed and said “I’m sorry” several times on Wednesday as family members and court security came to help her during the opening of her son’s federal death penalty trial.

Roof’s attorney mentioned the heart attack in court documents asking for a mistrial, saying a survivor’s testimony was so emotional that “spectators and even court personnel — including members of the prosecution and defense — were crying with her.”

The documents didn’t give the mother’s current condition.

Later Thursday, in an eerily silent courtroom, 360-degree computer images of the crime scene were shown to the jury. The pictures showed the victims lying in pools of blood on the beige tile floor of the fellowship hall at Emanuel AME Church. Most were clustered around circular tables where they had been holding a Bible study.

Shell casings and cartridge magazines were scattered around as were Bibles and purses. One of the 15 scans showed a wall poster with the words “Faith, Hope and Love.” Several people in a courtroom area for family members of the victims comforted each other while others dabbed tears from their eyes.

Roof’s attorney David Bruck argued in the motion for the mistrial that Wednesday testimony from shooting survivor Felicia Sanders was inappropriate because it seemed to contain a statement on what Roof’s sentence should be.

Sanders told jurors about the horror of seeing her son and her aunt shot to death and sheltering with her granddaughter beneath a table. At one point, she looked across the courtroom toward Roof and called him “evil, evil, evil.”

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Woman Described As Canada’s Rosa Parks To Appear On Banknote

December 8, 2016 bcic_admin 0

GATINEAU, Quebec (AP) — A black woman often described as Canada’s Rosa Parks for her 1946 decision to sit in a whites-only section of a Nova Scotia movie theater will be the first Canadian woman to be celebrated on the face of a Canadian banknote.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Thursday that Viola Desmond will grace the front of the $10 bill when the next series goes into circulation in 2018.

A businesswoman turned civil libertarian, Desmond built a business as a beautician and mentored young black women in Nova Scotia.

It was in 1946 when she rejected racial discrimination by sitting in a whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre. She was arrested and fined. Her actions inspired later generations of black people in Nova Scotia and the rest of Canada.

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Survivors Talk About Horrors Of Charleston Church Shooting In Trial Testimony

December 8, 2016 bcic_admin 0

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A survivor of last year’s massacre at a black South Carolina church testified Wednesday that her Bible study group had just closed their eyes and started praying when a loud sound shattered the stillness. The basement room went dark.

When Felicia Sanders opened her eyes, she saw a young white man the parishioners had welcomed to the study only a half-hour earlier. Dylann Roof was mowing down the pastor and eight others with gunfire and hurling racial insults.

Sanders, the first witness in Roof’s death penalty trial, fought back tears as she recalled sheltering her granddaughter under a table and telling her to play dead. She watched in horror as her son Tywanza and her 87-year-old aunt, Susie Jackson, were killed in the fusillade.

At one point, she looked across the courtroom toward Roof and called him “evil, evil, evil.”

The gunman had planned the attack for months and traveled about 100 miles to Charleston on June 17, 2015, to attack Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest black church in the South, because of what it represented, prosecutors said. He told the parishioners he was killing them because blacks were raping white women and taking over the country. In a manifesto found later, he said he hoped to start a race war.

The attorney for the 22-year-old all but conceded during opening statements that Roof committed the slayings but suggested that he should be spared the death penalty.

One of three survivors, Sanders said Roof came by the Wednesday night gathering and was given a study sheet and a Bible by the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the church’s pastor and a state senator.

When she heard the loud noise, she assumed something was wrong with the electricity. Then she saw the real reason.

“I screamed he had a gun,” she said. But by that …read more

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