In today’s news, dozens of people are killed in a dramatic tornado in Oklahoma; President Obama is focusing on the economy in a trip to Baltimore; and the protests are continuing in North Carolina as the NAACP engages in civil disobedience over policies by the state’s Republican legislature and governor.
Scores of people are killed as tornado rips trough Oklahoma. [Washington Post]
President Obama travels to Baltimore to talk about economy. [BET]
North Carolina NAACP continues protests against “right-wing” laws. [BET]
Bigotry against Muslims and Jews on the rise globally. [BBC]
Supreme Court to revisit church and state separation. [LA Times]
New Jersey to get up to $25 billion in federal Sandy aid. [Star Ledger]
Ivory Coast has come a long way since post-election violence. [The Guardian]
IRS ex-commissioner to make first public appearance since scandal. [Washington Post]
More than 100 militant Islamists planning funeral are arrested in Nigeria. [BBC]
In today’s news, President Obama offered a highly personal speech about the responsibility of men at a commencement address at Morehouse College; a young African-American film director is gaining a following at the Cannes Film Festival; and the NAACP’s protests of changes in North Carolina laws will continue this week.
In today’s top news, the Obama administration requested $25.6 billion in its 2013 budget to spend on the drug war, Trayvon Martin’s parents have settled a wrongful-death claim and the leading cause of death in young Black men is homicide.
The Obama administration in its 2013 budget requested $25.6 billion in federal spending on the drug war. [HuffingtonPost]
Trayvon Martin’s parents have settled a wrongful-death claim with the Florida homeowners association of the subdivision where their son was shot and killed. [BET]
The leading cause of death in young Black men ages 15 to 24 is homicide, surpassing unintentional injuries, suicide, cancer, HIV and other diseases combined. [NewsWise]
Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female prime minister, is dead at the age of 87. [Telegraph]
The National Park Service celebrated a national monument honoring Col. Charles Young, the first African-American colonel in the U.S. Army. [Lancaster Eagle]
The maternal mortality rate has jumped dramatically among Blacks in New York City from roughly 40 per 100,000 live births in the 1990s to 79 deaths last year. [NY Daily News]
The nonprofit Union of Minority Neighborhoods has been holding public story circles across Boston for minorities who were bused out of their communities as children. [AP]
Anne Smedinghoff, a 25-year-old U.S. diplomat based in Kabul, Afghanistan, was killed by a suicide bomber. [CNN]
Authorities found the bodies of two children buried under 20 feet of dirt at a home construction site in Stanley, North Carolina. [ABC News]
China announces the number of cases of bird flu has increased, and there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission of the virus. [CNN]
In today’s top news, Rutgers University fired head basketball coach Mike Rice, Nelson Mandela is making progress in seventh day at hospital and former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools reported to jail and was released on bond in cheating scandal.
Rutgers University fired head basketball coach Mike Rice after ESPN broadcast a video showing him physically and verbally abusing players. [CNN]
Nelson Mandela is making progress as he spends the seventh day at the hospital. [BET]
The former superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools reported to jail on Tuesday for cheating scandal. She was released on bond on Wednesday morning. [CNN]
President Obama will attend this month’s dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library in Dallas. [USA Today]
Rev. Al Sharpton kicks off the National Action Network convention in New York City. [BET]
D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry hospitalized after experiencing a drop in blood sugar. [AP]
President Obama and Michelle Obama were moved after viewing 42, a movie about Jackie Robinson. [AP]
Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that will regulate the production, processing and sale of marijuana. [USA Today]
North Carolina lawmakers introduced a bill declaring that the state has the power to establish an official religion. [NBCNews]
Four sisters aged between 19 and 24 in north India received burns after two men on motorbike splashed them with acid. [Al Jazeera]
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]
In today’s top news, Barack Obama officially accepts the nomination for president of the United States, Chicago is bracing for a massive teacher strike, and Secret Service arrest a North Carolina man for Twitter threats against President Obama.
Barack Obama officially accepts the nomination for president of the United States. [BET]
Chicago is bracing for a massive teacher strike. [Reuters]
The Secret Service arrest a North Carolina man for Twitter threats against President Obama. [CNN]
BET CEO Debra Lee says the Republican party is “pandering” to African-Americans and women. [Politico]
Chris Lighty’s family orders a second autopsy. [BET]
Alicia Keys releases a collection of shoes for Reebok. [BET]
Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, will be buried at sea. [Reuters]
U.S. government lawyers say BP sought to blame the “blue-collar rig workers” for the Gulf oil spill. [Reuters]
U.S. officials warn of a new border conflict brewing between Sudan and South Sudan. [BBC]
Mexican authorities say U.S. Border Patrol agents fatally shot a Mexican citizen for throwing rocks across the border. [CNN]
In today’s top news, Trayvon Martin’s parents speak to NYC crowds at Million Hoodie March, right wing blog suggests that Rev. Al Sharpton is “exploiting” the racial implications of the Trayvon Martin case, and Ray J denies rumors that he has a sex tape with the late Whitney Houston.
Trayvon Martin’s parents speak to NYC crowds at Million Hoodie March. [AP]
Right wing blog suggests that Rev. Al Sharpton is “exploiting” the racial implications of the Trayvon Martin case. [TheBlaze]
Ray J denies rumors that he has a sex tape with the late Whitney Houston. [BET]
North Carolina school asked students to dress in “African-American attire” or animal print for Black History Month. [MSNBC]
Several media outlets are reporting that former American Idol winner Fantasia may face a multi-million lawsuit by the estranged wife of her boyfriend for criminal conversion, or having a sexual relationship with a married man.
Only 7 states have what we’re referring to as the ANTI-JUMPOFF law (in legal circles it’s called “criminal conversion”), the states are North Carolina, Illinois, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Mexico, South Dakota and Utah.
But here’s why North Carolina’s anti-jumpoff law is so EFFECTIVE. Unlike the traditional “Alienation Of Affection” law, a jumpoff has virtually NO DEFENSE to a lawsuit brought under the ANTI-JUMPOFF law. For example, the jumpoff CAN NOT claim that they didn’t know the other person was married, or that the married man WAS SEPARATED from his wife, or that the wife was ALSO BEING UNFAITHFUL.
MediaTakeOut.com uncovered that under North Carolina’s law, if the wife can prove that she was VALIDLY married and that her husband had SEX with his jumpoff, then the jumpoff is AUTOMATICALLY liable for damages.
And North Carolina courts have offered BIG JUDGMENTS against jumpoffs. For example, in 2001 a jury awarded a distraught spouse $1.4 MILLION under the anti-jumpoff law.
Again, I repeat there is no lawsuit filed as of yet. We’ll keep you posted.
Police have secured video surveillance from a North Carolina hotel showing McNeill carrying five-year-old Shaniya in an elevator.
Police claim that Shaniya’s mother, Antoinette Davis, sold her daughter to McNeill for sex. Davis originally claimed her child was kidnapped by another individual but her story fell apart as police continued investigating.
By the way, law enforcement officials confirmed that Davis is currently pregnant.
Ten women have been found slain or have been declared missing in Rocky Mount, N.C., in recent years. But the rest of the country hasn’t heard about…… a possible serial killer stalking the young women in this Southern town of 60,000. The latest victim, Elizabeth Jane Smallwood, was identified on Oct. 12. Why have the Rocky Mount homicides been largely ignored?
“When you think about the famous missing person cases over the last few years it’s Chandra Levy, Natalee Holloway, and Laci Peterson,” notes Sam Sommers, associate professor of psychology at Tufts University. All these women had a few things in common—they were white, educated, and came from middle-class families. The victims in Rocky Mount—which residents describe as a “typical Southern town,” and is about 40 percent white and more than 50 percent black—were different. They were all African-American, many were poor, and some had criminal histories including drug abuse and prostitution.
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