In today’s top news, President Obama is expected to step up his energy level in the next presidential debate Tuesday, the Florida State Board of Education set learning goals for students based on race and a Maryland community is hosting a belt drive to combat sagging pants.
President Obama is expected to step up his energy level in the next presidential debate Tuesday. [CNN]
The Florida State Board of Education set learning goals for students based on race. [CBSNews]
A Maryland community is hosting a belt drive to combat sagging pants. [WashingtonTimes]
A poll shows Obama has taken the lead among early voters. [Reuters]
A gunshot was fired at an Obama campaign headquarters in Denver. [CNN]
Thousands gathered in Charlotte, NC, for the 17th anniversary of the Million Man March. [WSOC]
50 Cent recorded a new song with nascent rapper Chief Keef. [BET]
Shyne slams Drake as an “actor from Canada.” [BET]
A rep. for Bobbi Kristina says she is no longer engaged. [CNN]
From the first major injury reported since the Occupy Wall Street movement began to the resurgence of “birther talk” among President Barack Obama’s opponents, catch up on the most talked about headlines from around the web.
Occupy Oakland: Iraq vet critically injured by police projectile. [Mercury News]
That’s the question pondered by a used car salesman in a Denver suburb who has placed a billboard advertisement on his business suggesting that the President of the United States is not an American citizen.
Jihad is a term used describe holy war.
Phil Wolf, the owner of Wolf Interstate Leasing and Sales says he has no intention of taking the sign down.
In another classic case of a mother gone wild, a 31-year-old woman reportedly performed oral sex on her 2-year-old son, and then, get this – emailed the pictures to a friend. According to a copy of the e-mail reported by the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Alicia Lee told her friend in April that she had thoughts about performing the sex act with her infant son while changing his diapers. The next day, she turned her thoughts into a reality. Lee sent the photos to her friend who forwarded them to the boy’s father. The boy’s father called the police. Lee is free on a $50,000 bond. The child was placed in foster care.
NBA player is latest athlete to face housing market struggle
Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson is offering a $1 million break on his Villanova, Pa., home. The 14,000-square-footer has six bedrooms, his-and-hers marble bathrooms, a 12-seat movie theater, pool house and four-acres of land. But after at least a year on the market, Iverson and his wife, who bought the house together in 2003, have generated little interest. The price is down to $3.9 million. So get out those checkbooks.
Coach says Ed Johnson won’t play this week, following incident
Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy (above) says the Colts’ Ed Johnson won’t suit-up this week following Johnson’s drug arrest early Wednesday. Cops say Johnson was pulled over for speeding in Indianapolis about 1 a.m. and was later charged with marijuana possession. The lineman was released on bond from the Hamilton County Jail. Team management says the incident will be further investigated to determine if any action is taken. The NFL says the matter will also be reviewed under the league’s substance abuse policy.
Puncher hit with claim of contract violation. At this rate, Floyd “Money” Mayweather could wind up known as Floyd “Need A Loan” Mayweather. First, he had $7 million in jewels stolen from his house and now he’s the target of a lawsuit. A Florida real estate dealer says the boxing standout wiggled away from an $8 million property purchase after signing a contract stating that his company put $1.7 million into escrow toward the buy. But the developer claims Mayweather never properly established the account before trying to move into the spot. Mayweather’s being sued for damages and costs associated with the seller’s having taken the property off the market.
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Darren “Bo” Taylor gave up his life with the Crips to foster harmony
Darren “Bo” Taylor, a one-time gang-banger who survived the mean streets of Los Angeles to bring about peace between rival gangs following the 1992 L.A. riots, lost a battle with cancer on Monday. He was 42. The former Crips member was perhaps the most unlikely peace activist. “Through his UNITY One organization, Taylor worked painstakingly to reduce street violence and to teach life skills to inmates. You don’t find many in the gang-intervention world who can be effective in the street, effective in the courtroom, effective at City Hall and effective in the prisons,” civil rights attorney Connie Rice told The Associated Press. “He could calm everyone down and make us work together.” Survivors include his wife, Marlene Oglesby-Taylor, and mother, Charlene Taylor. (Photo/ Los Angeles Times).
Don’t count on Jesse or Colin in Denver.
Secretary of State Colin Powell downplayed reports that he’d be standing next to Sen. Barack Obama at the Democratic Convention in Denver later this month. During the primaries, Powell had kind words for Obama, stoking speculation that the first African-American secretary of State might throw his support behind potentially the first African-American president. Go to BET.com/News for more..
Second noose is found on Tennessee construction site. For the second time this month construction workers at the BlueCross BlueShield building site in Tennessee Thursday found a noose at the worksite in Cameron Hill. It was constructed of plastic building material, FBI Agent in Charge Ed Galloway told The Chattanooga Times Free Press. He said his office is investigating. Skanska, the company in charge of the construction project, is offering diversity and sensitivity training, the newspaper reports. “We’ve added a tremendous amount of security at the site,” John Reyhan, general manager for the project, Reyhan said. “And at our job-wide meeting every morning we are encouraging anyone to come forward with any reports of intimidation.” The first noose was found last week.
Denver Nuggets star pleads guilty to lesser charge of DUI
NBA star and 2008 Olympics team member Carmelo Anthony will perform 24 hours of community service and pay $1,000 in fees and fines after pleading guilty to driving while ability-impaired. Initially charged with the more serious DUI, the Nuggets player also pleaded guilty Tuesday to failing to stay in a single lane on April 14 when he was arrested. Anthony previously apologized to the Denver fans and community after he was driven home by a law enforcement officer, which raised questions about whether he’d been given special treatment. “I’m happy that it’s over so I get a chance to take care of my business,” Anthony says. Earlier this week, Anthony publicly expressed his desire to know if was up for a trade from the Nuggets. His agent says he’ll stay in Denver.
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