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News From Around the Web: June 13 Edition

June 13th, 2012

In today’s top news, George Zimmerman’s wife was arrested for perjury after lying about the couple’s finances, a Georgia KKK branch loses its bid to adopt a stretch of the state’s highway and police in Chicago are working overtime to stem the rising tide of street violence.

George Zimmerman’s wife was arrested for perjury after lying about the couple’s finances. [BET]

A Georgia KKK branch loses its bid to adopt a stretch of the state’s highway. [CNN]

Police in Chicago are working overtime to stem the rising tide of street violence. [ChicagoTribune]

A new documentary chronicles how the Grammy Awards show was reworked in the hectic hours after Whitney Houston’s death. [AP]

Usher, 2Chainz and Big Sean will perform at this year’s BET Awards. [BET]

Creator and executive producer of Basketball Wives,  Shaunie O’Neal, says she plans to fire three cast members. [BET]

Spike Lee warns that Obama supporters cannot rest on their laurels, expecting an easy victory. [Politico]

Waka Flocka Flame says Rick Ross and Jay-Z copied his style. [BET]

Israel has begun its plan to detain and deport more than 200,000 undocumented African migrants. [CNN]

Imprisoned boxer Floyd Mayweather seeks release from solitary confinement on grounds that he is becoming out of shape. [ESPN]

Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, is losing its distinction as “most dangerous city in the world.” [AP]

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News From Around the Web: June 12 Edition

June 12th, 2012

In today’s top news, Lauryn Hill addresses her tax evasion charges via Tumblr, the DOJ is suing Florida over purging voter lists and Pastor Creflo Dollar’s daughter told 911 operators that the physical attack was not the first of its kind from her father.

Lauryn Hill addresses her tax evasion charges via Tumblr. [BET]

The DOJ is suing Florida over purging voter lists ahead of the presidential election. [CNN]

Pastor Creflo Dollar’s daughter told 911 operators that the physical attack was not the first of its kind from her father. [AJC]

The FBI reports that the rate of violent crime is reaching a historic low. [MSNBC]

A Ku Klux Klan chapter wants to adopt a strip of Georgia highway. [CNN]

Nascent rapper Azealia Banks quits the “rap game.” [BET]

U.S. Supreme Court rejects birther appeal lawsuit. [BET]

More African-American bone marrow donors are needed to treat a rare blood disease. [WSBTV]

The U.N. says Syrian forces are using children as human shields. [MSNBC]

Kenya is asking the European Union to intervene in Somalia and fight its Al-Shabab militant group. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: April 5 Edition

April 5th, 2012

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]

Mali’s rebels declare ceasefire. [BBC]

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KKK Raises Ugly Head in Tennessee

June 24th, 2009

People who live in a predominately Black northeast Tennessee neighborhood say the Ku Klux Klan is trying to force them out. They point to the flood of flyers from the White supremacist organization blanketing the lawns of Greeneville’s Meadowlark Subdivision. One of the flyers is titled “Wake Up White America & Take A Stand”; another is under the banner “10 Steps To A Better America.”  Read the rest.

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NATIONAL: Notorious Klansman Dies; Sen. Burris Under Fire in Illinois

February 16th, 2009

Nororious Klansman Dies
An infamous North Carolina Klansman was buried last week. Virgil Griffin, best known for leading a Ku Klux Klan chapter that was involved in a deadly clash with members of the Communist Party two decades ago, died last Wednesday at Gaston Memorial Hospital. He was 64. Griffin, who during his 40 years in the hate group – he rose to become imperial wizard of the Cleveland Knights of the KKK – was cast into the public spotlight after five members of the Communist Party were killed and 10 injured in a clash with the Klan in Greensboro in 1979. Many civil rights advocates believe that justice was denied when Griffin and several of his fellow Klansmen were tried and cleared of state murder charges and federal civil rights conspiracy charges. In a civil trial, the Klan, the American Nazi Party and the Greensboro Police Department were found jointly liable for the wrongful deaths of the five people killed. The city paid $350,000. He would later tell a Truth and Reconciliation panel investigating the incident that Communist Workers Party members were killed and not Klansmen because “my people hunt for food. Maybe God guided the bullets, I don’t know.”

Sen. Burris Under Fire in Illinois
Illinois Republicans said Sunday that they want the senator who filled President Barack Obama’s seat in Congress investigated for perjury, saying he misled the public regarding then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Sen. Roland Burris had previously told a panel probing the governor’s alleged attempt to sell the Senate seat that he had never been asked by the governor to contribute to his campaign. On Sunday, in what his opponents say was deliberately misleading, Burris acknowledged being hit up by Rod Blagojevich’s brother for contributions. “I made clear to him I would not contribute [to the governor's campaign] because it would be inappropriate because I had expressed my interest in the Senate seat,” Burris, a Democrat, told reporters at a news conference. “I did not donate one single dollar.” But state Rep. Jim Durkin, who headed the Republican questioning of Burris at the impeachment hearing, said in a statement, “I’m very disappointed.” A spokesman for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Jim Manley, said that the Democratic senator is looking into the matter. “Clearly it would have been better if Sen. Burris had provided this information when he first testified,” Manley said. “Sen. Reid is reviewing the affidavit and will await any action by Illinois legislative leaders after they review the matter.” In an affidavit, Burris said the governor’s brother called him three times to “seek my assistance in fundraising for Gov. Blagojevich.”

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Cop is Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

February 10th, 2009

Ex-Officer James Elkins


Cop is Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing A Florida sheriff learned that the Ku Klux Klan recruitment flyers and photos that flooded his mailbox recently were generated from a local police department. Investigators traced the items straight to the Fruitland Park Police Department, and discovered that one of the men in the photographs was Fruitland Park Police Officer James Elkins. He’s even donning his blue police uniform under his white KKK robe, Fruitland Park Police Chief Mark Isom told  The chief said that none of the other men in the photos are his men, however.  Elkins resigned Jan. 20, three days after being suspended for conduct unbecoming of an officer.

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Police Brace for Rise in White Supremacy

January 19th, 2009


As the nation is poised to welcome its first African-American president, the Secret Service and other federal, state and local law enforcement officials say they are on high alert for racist groups who would like nothing better than to do harm to Barack Obama and his family. Although hate crimes experts have not identified any specific organized efforts to thwart the inauguration of Obama, there are vivid reasons for concern. Read more here.

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National: Fla. High School Keeps Klan Leader’s Name; Slain Trick-or-Treater May Have Saved His Family

November 4th, 2008

Fla. high school keeps Klan leader’s name.  A Florida school board voted late Monday night to keep the name of a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader at a majority Black high school, despite opposition from a Black board member who said the school’s namesake was a “terrorist and racist.” After hearing about three hours of public comments, Duval County School Board members voted 5-2 to retain the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest High School. The board’s two Black members cast the only votes to change the name. “(Forrest) was a terrorist and a racist,” argued board member Brenda Priestly Jackson, who is Black. Betty Burney, the board chairman and the board’s other Black member, also voted against retaining the name. “It is time to turn the page and get beyond where we are,” she said. More than 140 people crowded into the meeting room, with another 20 watching the meeting on a television in the lobby. Many urged a name change, saying the Forrest name was an insult. But others argued that Forrest was “a good man” and “military genius” and that those who wished to change the name of the school wanted to “wipe out Southern history.”
The slain trick-or-treater may have saved his family. The parents of a 12-year-old boy who was shot to death while trick-or-treating say their son was a hero.  T.J. Darrisaw died Halloween night after a convicted felon unloaded a barrage of bullets from inside a home through the closed door as Darrisaw, his father and brother approached.  The boy’s father and brother also were wounded. T.J.’s parents say Darrisaw was determined to get candy first, so he was in front when the shots were fired. “T.J. saved us that night,” the father, Freddie Grinnell Jr., told Reuter News Monday. “He took most of the shots.” Police said the suspect, Quentin Patrick, 22, opened fire with an AK-47 because he thought he was being robbed. The family went to the home because the porch light was on, usually a signal that trick-or-treaters are welcome. Patrick is expected in court today to face charge related to the shooting. Patrick, who is charged with murder and three counts of assault and battery with intent to kill, was denied bond Monday.  Grinnell says he hopes the man accused of killing his son suffers for the rest of his life. “The injury to my arm is not as bad as the injury to my heart. I’ve lost a piece of my heart forever,” Grinnell said.

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National News: Black Preacher Sues Klan Store On His Church’s Property; Secretary Rice Will Wisit Ex-Enemy Libya

September 4th, 2008

Black preacher sues Klan store on his church’s property. A Black South Carolina church has sued a Ku Klux Klan store, which is selling robes and pointy hoods, racist T-shirts and other anti-African American paraphernalia from the space it rents from the house of worship. The Rev. David Kennedy, pastor of New Beginnings Baptist Church in Laurens County, S.C., acknowledges that a clause in the deed entitles John Howard to run the store from the building until he dies. But Kennedy says that a Klansman, who was clashing with fellow members of the hate group, transferred property rights back to the church more than a decade ago. Kennedy is seeking to shut the store down. As it stands now, he says he can’t even inspect the store, even though it’s on his property. “We’ve been outright denied,” he told The Associated Press. “Right now what we’re focusing on is removing this cloud of doubt and this whole lie that we are not the real owners of the Redneck Shop building.” If Kennedy is successful, his church will be deemed the owner of the property. It would also preclude Howard and his cohorts from continually trying to transfer the property to various members of the Klan. “We think the actions they did were willful,” Kennedy’s attorney, Rauch Wise, told AP. Howard says he’s a former Ku Klux Klan grand dragon for South Carolina and North Carolina. In addition to the Klan garb, his shop features pictures of burning crosses and of men, women and children in Klan clothing. “Martin Luther King said this: ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,”‘ Kennedy said. “It’s going to be a good day to see them in court.”

It marks the first time in 50 years a U.S. leader goes to the North African nation.
Secretary Rice will visit ex-enemy Libya.
When Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice heads to Libya this, it will mark the first time a U.S. secretary of state has visited the former enemy in more than a half-century. It’s a historic stop,” spokesman Sean McCormack said, noting that Rice will be the first secretary of state to visit Libya since John Foster Dulles in 1953 and the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit since then-Vice President Richard Nixon in 1957. “In that period of time, we’ve had a man land on the moon, the Internet, the Berlin Wall fall, and we’ve had 10 U.S. presidents.” The trip to the oil-rich North African nation is designed to open a new era of U.S.-Libyan relations at a time when the United States is desperate for new sources of petroleum. The State Department removed Libya, once dubbed by President Ronald Reagan the “Mad Dog of the Middle East,” from the international terrorist list after Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi began renouncing terrorism and owning up to the infamous bombings, such as that of Pan Am Flight 103, for which he compensated the families of victims $3 billion. While in Tripoli, Rice is expected to raise the case of Fathi al-Jahmi, 67, a seriously ill political prisoner, who has been jailed or held in a hospital for the past six years. His brother, Mohammed, lives in Boston and has been prodding Bush administration to get involved in securing his release.  Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Physicians for Human Rights have sent Rice a deluge of recent letters urging her to raise Jahmi’s case and other human rights issues when she meets with Gadhafi, The Washington Post reports. “We have followed this case,” said Assistant Secretary of State C. David Welch. “We have been discussing it for some time with the Libyan government. We expect it to be discussed [by Rice] in forthcoming meetings in Tripoli.”

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