Utah Teacher Punished For Using N-Word In Class

May 5, 2016 bcic_admin 0

A Utah school district made it clear that it’s never OK for teachers to use the N-word in the classroom. That’s why officials at the Weber School District said they took administrative action against a White teacher, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Holly Frye told the Associated Press that her 14-year-old son sat through a class in which history teacher Douglas Barker spent an entire period in April saying the word, while defining its meaning and history.

What was the context? The South Ogden Junior High teacher used the racially offensive word before showing his eighth-grade students the Civil War movie, Glory. The film is about a Union Army company of Black soldiers during the Civil War.

Barker explained to the AP that he wanted his students to understand why they would hear the N-word in the film and stated to them that the offensive word is inappropriate.

“My intent has never been to offend, only to teach for understanding with historical context,” Barker told the AP.

But Frye, who is Black, told the news wire that nothing in the curriculum permits Barker to discuss the racially charged word.

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Man’s Arrest Could Crack Case Of Stepson’s Disappearance [WATCH]

April 19, 2016 bcic_admin 0

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The stepfather of a 2-year-old boy who disappeared in San Diego 14 years ago has been arrested in North Carolina and faces a murder charge, officials say.

Tieray D. Jones was arrested Monday by U.S. Marshals and Raleigh Police Department officers in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, a small town about 50 miles east of Raleigh. California officials plan to request the 37-year-old man be extradited to the state to face charges of murder and felony child abuse causing death, San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said.

“I wasn’t sure this day was ever going to come,” said Dumanis, who described it as one of the “highest-profile unsolved cases in San Diego County.”

“This case has weighed heavily on all of us and our hearts go out to the family,” Dumanis said.

Jones wasn’t able to be reached for comment. It was unclear Monday if he has an attorney.

The disappearance of Jahi Turner on April 25, 2002, shook the city, coming only months after the kidnapping and murder of 7-year-old Danielle van Dam from her home.

Police searched for the boy for weeks, combing parks and a landfill. His body has never been found.

Authorities at the time questioned Jones, who was caring for the boy while his 18-year-old wife, a sailor, served aboard a San Diego-based Navy ship. The boy had been in San Diego for only five days before his disappearance. Before that, he had been living with his grandmother in Frederick, Maryland.

Jones told police the boy went missing from a playground after he left the toddler for 15 minutes to buy a soda. Officials discounted Jones’ story because of inconsistencies, but they said in 2002 that they lacked evidence to charge him.

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President Obama To Deliver Howard University’s 2016 Commencement Address

April 15, 2016 bcic_admin 0

H.U. just won in a major way.

The highly esteemed Howard University snagged POTUS for its 2016 commencement address, the institution’s president announced this morning. The ceremony will take place on May 7 and POTUS will of course receive a Doctor of Laws degree, Howard U.’s highest honor.

From Howard.edu:

“It is an extraordinary honor and privilege for the Howard University community to welcome President Barack H. Obama to our campus to deliver the 2016 commencement address,” said Howard University President, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick. “The President’s commitment to education, especially for those who can least afford it, dovetails with Howard’s commitment to provide these same students with a rigorous, intellectually-stimulating, and academically-challenging educational experience. As we look into the not so distant future, Howard will commemorate its 150th Anniversary in March 2017, emboldened by a legacy of addressing disparities that are inextricably intertwined with this nation’s legacy of equality and inclusivity. President Obama’s own legacy gives the Howard Community great expectations for the leadership footprint it will leave on America and the globe,” added Frederick.

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UPDATE: Ex-Football Player Jailed After 2 Southern University Students Slain [VIDEO]

April 12, 2016 bcic_admin 0

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The two Southern University students slain during a shootout at an off-campus party appeared to be “innocent bystanders” who were caught in the crossfire, authorities said Monday.

A former Southern University football player remained jailed on charges he traded gunfire with another man in a shootout that killed the two 19-year-old women, both members of the Baton Rouge school’s athletic program.

State District Court Judge Beau Higginbotham ordered Ernest Bernard Felton, 22, of Miami, held on $90,000 bond, according to East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore III.

A witness told investigators that Felton initiated the shooting outside an apartment complex where Felton and others were holding a party early Sunday, according to a police report.

Lashuntae Benton, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, and Annette January, of Gary, Indiana, were killed during the exchange of gunfire between Felton and a 24-year-old man who was wounded in the shootout, said Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola said. It appears the women were “innocent bystanders,” he said.

Felton was arrested Sunday on charges of attempted second-degree murder and illegal use of a weapon in the shooting of the 24-year-old man, whose wounds weren’t considered life-threatening.

Investigators were awaiting results of ballistic analysis to determine who’s responsible for fatally shooting the women. The 24-year-old man remained hospitalized Monday, Coppola said.

Autopsies performed on Monday showed Benton was shot once in her head and once in her left arm, while January had a single gunshot wound to her chest, said East Baton Rouge Parish coroner William “Beau” Clark.

People were gathered at a party at the apartment complex near LSU’s campus when the 24-year-old man pulled up to the complex in a Chevrolet Cobalt, the police report says. Investigators believe the shooting stemmed from a previous dispute.

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Thabiti Boone Talks About the Importance of Fathers

April 8, 2016 bcic_admin 0


Thabiti Boone, President Obama White House Fatherhood Champion and Representative, talks to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about the importance of fatherhood and the vital role they play in the live’s of their children.

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Gunman Arrested After Shots Fired At U.S. Capitol

March 28, 2016 bcic_admin 0

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gunman was taken into custody after shots were fired in the U.S. Capitol complex on Monday, Capitol officials said, and visitors and staff were shut in their offices and told to “shelter in place.”

Initial reports said a police officer sustained minor injuries, but later reports from Capitol officials indicated there was no injury to any law enforcement officers.

The event unfolded with Congress on recess and lawmakers back in their districts, but the Capitol complex teeming with spring tourists. The White House was briefly put on lockdown, although that was soon lifted. A notification sent to Senate offices said no further suspects appeared to be at large.

Capitol office buildings and the Capitol itself were re-opened for business about an hour after the initial reports of gunfire. The Visitors Center where the shooting occurred remained closed as the incident was being investigated.

Visitors were being turned away from the Capitol as emergency vehicles flooded the street and the plaza on the building’s eastern side. Police, some carrying long guns, cordoned off the streets immediately around the building, which were thick with tourists visiting for spring holidays and the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Cathryn Leff of Temecula, California, in town to lobby with the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, said she was going through security at the main entrance to the Capitol Visitors Center when police told people to leave immediately.

Outside, on the plaza just to the east of the Capitol, other officers told those there to “get down behind this wall,” she said. “I heard what sounded like two shots off to my left.” After a while, police told her and others to keep running. “I felt like I was in a movie. It didn’t feel real at all.”

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Confessed Indiana Serial Killer, Who Preyed On Poor Black Women, Hit With Five New Charges

March 10, 2016 bcic_admin 0

A confessed serial killer, who preyed on poor Black women in Indiana, has been hit with five new charges, reports CNN.

Darren Vann, 44, was charged Monday with five new counts of murder. He was arrested in 2014 and charged with killing Afrikka Hardy, 19, and Anith Jones, 35. He then allegedly confessed to killing five others, leading police to their bodies, which were found in abandoned buildings spread across Gary, Indiana.

He faces the death penalty if convicted on the charges, writes the news outlet:

Authorities said Vann confessed to killing seven women and led police to their bodies — all of which were found within five miles of each other.


Though Vann was born in Indiana, he had previously lived in North Carolina, where he was arrested on unspecified charges in 1993, and Texas, where he was convicted of aggravated rape and served a five-year prison sentence that ended in 2013.

CBS News reports that “Vann is being held without bail in Lake County Jail pending a July 25 trial date in the Hardy and Jones slayings. It was not clear whether the new charges would affect the trial date.”


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