In today’s top news, University of Georgia will honor its first black student to get a degree, first time Olympian Alex Morgan makes a game-winning overtime goal for U.S. women’s soccer team and former President Bill Clinton defends Obama against Romney’s “misleading” welfare ad.
First-time Olympian Alex Morgan makes a game-winning overtime goal for U.S. women’s soccer team. [WaPo]
The University of Georgia will honor its first Black student to get a degree. [BET]
Former President Bill Clinton defends Obama against Romney’s “misleading” welfare ad. [Fox News]
Tucson gunman Jared Loughner pleads guilty to shooting rampage in exchange for death penalty repeal. [Reuters]
Russia’s controversial and cryptic Pussy Riot band are unmasked and on trial. [Chicago Tribune]
Sikh temple gunman’s ex-girlfriend has been arrested on a weapons charge. [CNN]
Convicted murderer with an IQ of 61 is executed in Texas. [Boston Herald]
President Obama travels to swing state Colorado to push economic plan and women’s issues. [NYT]
iCloud hacking casts serious doubts after man’s digital life is “destroyed.” [CBS]
“The Way We Were” composer, conductor Marvin Hamlisch dies at 68. [NYDN]
In today’s top news, The Wire cast will be hosting a fundraiser for the Obama campaign, the International AIDS conference has kicked off in Washington, D.C., and the Colorado massacre gunman may face the death penalty.
The Colorado massacre gunman James Holmes may face the death penalty. [BET]
The International AIDS conference kicked off in Washington, D.C., this week. [BET]
The Wire cast will be hosting a fundraiser for the Obama campaign at Martha’s Vineyard. [NYDN]
The European Union announces plans to vacate sanctions against Zimbabwe if a “credible” referendum is held. [Aljazeera]
Rapper Ice-T defends the right to bear arms: “That’s the last form of defense against tyranny.” [Politico]
An Olympic hopeful launches Nigeria’s first bone marrow registry. [NPR]
Team USA basketball team honors the 1992 Dream Team during close game against Argentina. [FOX Latino]
Mariah Carey officially signs on to be on the American Idol judge panel. [BET]
The Jackson family is still at odds about Katherine Jackson’s whereabouts. [CNN]
Georgia Supreme court halts the execution of a death-row inmate who may be mentally ill. [MSNBC]
In today’s top news, George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the death of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, says she thinks George Zimmerman made a mistake in shooting her son and the Beverly Hills police have closed the investigation into Whitney Houston’s death, finding no foul play.
George Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder for the death of Trayvon Martin. [BET]
Trayvon Martin’s mother says she thinks George Zimmerman made a mistake in shooting her son. [MSNBC]
The Beverly Hills police have closed the investigation into Whitney Houston’s death, finding no foul play. [BET]
Bobbi Kristina reportedly plans to star in a new reality show. [BET]
U.S. Justice Department is suing Apple for conspiring with publishers to rig e-book prices. [MSNBC]
An independent report on the Hardest Hit Housing Markets program says more could be done to aid struggling homeowners. [CNN]
Connecticut plans to repeal the death penalty. [CNN]
In today’s top news, Whitney Houston’s autopsy report confirms “white powder” found in hotel room, five former New Orleans police officers sentenced for Hurricane Katrina shootings and a new study shows that many whites and republicans are tired of Trayvon Martin coverage.
Whitney Houston’s autopsy report confirms “white powder” found in hotel room. [BET]
Five former New Orleans police officers sentenced for Hurricane Katrina shootings. [BET]
Study: Whites, republicans tired of Trayvon Martin coverage. [CNN]
Tyler Perry claims he was racially profiled by police. [BET]
Jesse Jackson’s daughter to work for FOX News. [Examiner]
Congressional Black Caucus members introduce Trayvon Martin legislation. [BET]
KKK accidentally sends membership letter to Black person. [CBS]
Connecticut senate repeals the state’s death penalty. [MSNBC]
Syria violence continues as U.N. peace team arrives. [BBC]
In today’s top news, former Chicago governor Rod Blagojevich begins his 14-year prison sentence today, Kony 2012 screenings are halted in Northern Uganda after residents express outrage and Memphis will finally name a street after Martin Luther King Jr. 40 years after his death.
Former Chicago governor Rod Blagojevich begins his 14-year prison sentence today. [BET]
Kony 2012 screenings halted in Northern Uganda after residents express outrage. [BBC]
Memphis to finally name a street after Martin Luther King Jr. 40 years after his death. [CNN]
The White House is turning its attention to foreign-policy matters this week. [BET]
President Obama says it is not yet time to intervene in Syria. [AJE]
A new book from food justice activist Bryant Terry says that Black people can enjoy vegan food too. [BET]
Study shows that a lack of sleep may cause heavier eating. [WebMD]
Taliban suspends peace talks with the U.S. [Reuters]
Shocking, new anti-smoking campaign sets out to de-glamorize the addictive habit. [Reuters]
Arizona is on pace to have its busiest year for executions. [AP]
In today’s top news, Republican Rep. Allen West tells Obama and his Democratic counterparts to “get the hell out of the U.S.;” cleared of a death sentence, Mumia Abu Jamal begins his life prison term and one bullying victim receives $100k in damages.
Rep. Allen West tells Obama and Democrats to “get the hell out of the U.S.” [BET]
Now off death row, Mumia Abu Jamal begins his life sentence. [BET]
The jury is hearing testimony from both sides on Wednesday to determine if Hughes should die by lethal injection.
Hughes killed Avis Banks by shooting her four times and stabbing her body when Avis was already dead. Avis was carrying a child at the time of her death. Under Mississippi law murdering a pregnant woman counts as two murders.
Banks was 27-years-old at the time of her murder. Banks fiance, Keyon Pittman, admitted to having a sexual affair with Hughes. They taught at the same middle school.
Troy Davis, the condemned Georgia inmate who maintains that he is not the man who murdered a Savannah Police officer 20 years ago, will stay alive long enough to try and prove his innocence, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. Siding with Davis were Justices John Paul Stevens, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer. Sonia Sotomayor, who was sworn in earlier this month, did not vote on the inmate’s petition. Stevens ordered a federal judge to “receive testimony and make findings of fact as to whether evidence that could not have been obtained at trial clearly establishes petitioner’s innocence.” Davis, whose accusers have recanted their testimony against him in recent years, has found support among a diversity of high-profile figures, including the pope; former President Jimmy Carter; former South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu; actors Susan Sarandon and Harry Belafonte; and a host of current and former lawmakers from across the political spectrum. In recent years, Davis has seen his execution halted three times. In June, his supporters delivered petitions bearing about 60,000 signatures to Chatham County, Ga., District Attorney Larry Chisolm, demanding a new trial. Although there was no physical evidence tying the then 19-year-old Davis to the 1989 killing of Officer Mark MacPhail, he was convicted and condemned to death on the testimony of witnesses. Over the past 18 years, seven of the nine witnesses have withdrawn their claims. As expected Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, the high court’s only African-American, objected to the court’s decision Monday, calling it a “fool’s errand.” Wrote Scalia, “Petitioner’s claim is a sure loser. Transferring his petition to the [federal] District Court is a confusing exercise that can serve no purpose except to delay the state’s execution of its lawful criminal judgment.” Last October, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene, and a federal appeals court in Georgia granted a temporary stay of execution.
North Carolina Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue signed into law Thursday the state’s Racial Justice Act into law, making North Carolina the second state to allow statistical data on race to be used when determining whether or not to put someone to death. Under the law, nobody can be executed because a judgment was sought or obtained on the basis of race, News 14 in Raleigh reports. “While our criminal justice system will continue to have the death penalty, racial disparities have no place, no place whatsoever, in North Carolina’s criminal justice system,” said Perdue, who actually supports the death penalty. Over the past three years, three Black death-row inmates have been exonerated and released from prison. It’s the type of mistakes that Black leaders, prisoner-advocates and anti-death-penalty activists say the new law could help prevent. “By passing the Racial Justice Act, we have infused antibody treatment into a system that is diseased with the infection of racism,” the Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the N.C. NAACP, said. But not every body is pleased with the new law. Some prosecutors have argued that it will make it much tougher to put to death deserving criminals in North Carolina.
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