March 27th, 2013
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In today’s top news, the U.S. Supreme Court convenes to hear second gay marriage case; the Chicago Teachers Union will rally against planned school closings; and the location has been approved for a museum honoring Black firefighters in Chicago.
The U.S. Supreme Court convenes to hear second gay marriage case. [Reuters]
The Chicago Teachers Union is planning a rally against planned school closings. [Chicago Tribune]
Chicago approves location for future museum honoring the city’s African-American firefighters. [ABC Chicago]
None of the groups that raised money for the reward in the capture of Christopher Dorner want to pay up. [ABC]
Julia Pierson is the first woman to lead the Secret Service. [Newsday]
Two teen girls that made online attacks against the Steubenville rape victim will appear in court today. [CBSNews]
Former Pittsburgh Steelers player Kordell Stewart has filed for divorce from his reality TV star wife, Porsha Williams. [BET]
A plan to have unarmed students patrolling the campus of Towson University has sparked accusations of racism. [NBC Washington]
North Korea said it was cutting off a key military hotline with South Korea amid high tensions between the two sides. [CNN]
An earthquake killed at least one person and injured 19 other people in central Taiwan. [Wall Street Journal]
January 16th, 2013
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In today’s top news, New York became the first state to enact a revised gun control law since Newtown, Myrlie Evers-Williams says she is incredibly honored to deliver the invocation at President Obama’s inauguration and The NRA calls out President Obama for shunning armed guards in schools when his daughters have Secret Service.
New York became the first state to enact a revised gun control law since the Newtown school shooting. [Reuters]
Myrlie Evers-Williams says she is incredibly honored to deliver the invocation at President Obama’s inauguration. [BET]
The NRA calls out President Obama for shunning armed guards in schools when his daughters have Secret Service. [Grio]
ESPN host Stuart Scott says his cancer has returned. [USATODAY]
The Pentagon reports record numbers of military suicides. [CNN]
Chief Keef was taken into police custody for violating his probation. [BET]
Steve Harvey inks an expanded deal with Clear Channel to continue his radio talk show. [Reuters]
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s baby is due in July. [BET]
The U.S. is making plans to assist with the military intervention in Mali. [IPS]
A journalist in Somalia was arrested after reporting the story of a woman who says she was raped by government security forces. [AP]
January 11th, 2013
In today’s top news, Rep. Charles Rangel called the lack of diversity in President Obama’s cabinet “embarrassing as hell,” Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio was withdrawn from Obama’s inauguration over anti-gay remarks and Tyler Perry is offering a $100k reward for information in the case of two Florida men that went missing in 2003.
Rep. Charles Rangel called the lack of diversity in President Obama’s cabinet “embarrassing as hell.” [BET]
Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio was withdrawn from President Obama’s inauguration over anti-gay remarks. [BET]
Tyler Perry is offering a $100k reward for information in the case of two Florida men that went missing in 2003. [AP]
President Obama signed a law giving himself lifetime Secret Service detail. [Yahoo!]
Entertainment companies agree to hold dialogue on gun violence. [L.A.Times]
A student was shot at a Taft, California, high school Thursday. [AP]
Beyoncé announces new Destiny’s Child music. [BET]
Donald Trump crowns a Black Miss USA, Nana Meriwether. [E!News]
Rebels in the Central African Republic have agreed to a one-week truce with the government. [BBC]
France says its ready to intervene in Mali to stop militants in the country’s north. [BBC]
September 7th, 2012
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]
August 22nd, 2012
In today’s top news, a Washington man accused of making an email threat against President Obama was arrested, Nike will sell its latest LeBron James sneakers for $300 and Rep. Todd Akin says he will remain in the Missouri senate race after his “legitimate rape” comments.
The Secret Service arrested a Washington man accused of making an email threat against President Obama. [NBC News]
Nike will sell its latest LeBron James sneakers for $300. [ESPN]
Congressman Todd Akin says he will remain in the Missouri senate race after his “legitimate rape” comments caused a firestorm. [Reuters]
Kanye West is rumored to be considering a seat at the American Idol judges table. [BET]
A poll shows New Yorkers opinions about Stop-and-Frisk are divided along racial lines. [BET]
A woman held captive in a Philadelphia basement for a decade sues the city. [CNN]
A referee at the U.S. Open has been charged for allegedly murdering her husband with a coffee cup. [GMA]
Mike Tyson sympathizes with Chad Johnson amid his swirl of domestic violence related issues. [BET]
China has replaced the U.S. as Nigeria’s top crude oil importer. [This Day]
Federal authorities destroyed more than $1 billion worth of marijuana plants found growing on federal lands. [CNN]
A South African farm worker is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of white supremacist leader Eugene Terreblanche. [BBC]
May 7th, 2012
In today’s top news, the last of 11 students charged in FAMU hazing case turns herself in to authorities, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder calls violence in Detroit “unacceptable” and Black women see the biggest drop in employment across all races, genders.
Last of 11 charged in FAMU hazing case turns herself in to authorities. [CNN]
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder calls violence in Detroit “unacceptable.” [DetroitNews]
Black women see the biggest drop in employment across all races, genders. [BusinessWeek]
Colombian prostitute says her Secret Service agent clients were “stupid brutes.” [NBC]
Raven-Symoné talks to BET.com about her Broadway show, Sister Act and Whitney Houston. [BET]
Singer Chris Brown launches a toy line. [BET]
Study suggests men’s breast cancer more aggressive than women’s. [HealthDay]
Six Jamaicans are arrested in a U.S. lottery scam. [AP]
France elects Francois Hollande president. [BBC]
Four African leaders have been invited to this year’s G-8 summit to discuss food security. [CNN]
April 16th, 2012
In today’s top news, Nicki Minaj deletes her Twitter account after fans leak music, the number of Blacks in major league baseball has dipped to the lowest point since the sport was newly integrated and a British peer Lord allegedly offered a ten million pound bounty for the capture of Presidents Obama and Bush.
Nicki Minaj deletes her Twitter account after fans leak music. [BET]
The number of Blacks in major league baseball has dipped to the lowest point since the sport was newly integrated. [USATODAY]
British peer Lord allegedly offered a ten million pound bounty for the capture of Presidents Obama and Bush. [Telegraph]
GOP donor says he wonders if President Obama’s “teleprompters are bullet-proof.” [LATimes]
President Obama raised $53 million for his campaign and the democratic party in March. [NPR]
Several U.S. Secret Service officers are on leave today after allegedly hiring prostitutes while on detail in Colombia with the president. [CBS]
A deadly weekend tornado in Oklahoma claimed six lives. [CNN]
Three elite NYPD gun-unit officers accused of treating Black suspects like “animals.” [NYDN]
The world’s armies are eying control of the natural resources buried under the melting arctic circle. [AP]
Nigeria is the third fastest growing economy in the world. [Vanguard]
December 23rd, 2009
The Secret Service has placed 35-year-old Kristy Lee Roshia in federal custody for allegedly threatening Michelle Obama and striking a secret service agent.
Roshia told federal agents that she would “blow away” Michelle Obama.
From Associated Press:
Kristy Lee Roshia, 35, was charged with threatening a family member of the president and assaulting a federal agent after being arrested Saturday less than two miles from the Kailua home where the Obama family planned to stay during a holiday visit later this week.
Roshia called the Secret Service’s Boston office last month and told a receptionist, “I will kill Michelle Obama” and “I will kill Marines,” according to a Secret Service affidavit.
During the same call, she said she would “blow away” Michelle Obama, the document states.
A message left at the federal public defender’s office in Honolulu was not immediately returned.
Roshia has a history of leaving rambling messages and sending poems, love letters and photographs of herself to the Secret Service, according to the affidavit.
As early as 2004, she told the agency that “although her mission is to assassinate the president, she has no desire to hurt him,” the document states.
The affidavit said Roshia acknowledged to Secret Service agents before her arrest that she had threatened Michelle Obama.
January 5th, 2009
As security officials work overtime to get the nation’s capital ready for the biggest inauguration bash in U.S. history, they say that the most daunting challenge is preparing for the unexpected. Of course the Secret Service, which is steering the security plan – with the involvement of Park Police, National Guardsmen and a humongous force of 57 federal and local agencies – is focusing on such issues as bomb threats, civil disturbances, safe airspace, and the likelihood of foreign terrorism and local loonies not too pleased with the thought of an African-American president. Read what else officials had to say here.
December 22nd, 2008
Judge slaps Secret Service in racism case. The Secret Service scoffed at a federal court ruling that it turn over documents to the plaintiffs who are suing the agency for alleged racial discrimination in the eight-year-old case. Ignoring the decree, the judge said, undermined the ability of the African-American agents to put on their case. For its defiance, U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson, has barred the Secret Service from introducing rebuttal evidence during the civil trial. The penalty is just short of awarding victory to the Black agents, who say they were denied promotions because of their race. “No reasonable search for the documents responsive to plaintiff’s requests … was ever conducted” despite federal rules requiring it, nine separate court orders by Robinson demanding it and three previous penalties imposed by Robinson. The agency’s “substantial and prejudicial” stubbornness “virtually mandates a finding that defendant’s noncompliance … was willful,” Robinson wrote. Ed Donovan, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said that the matter is “far from over,” adding that he will appeal the decision. Robinson’s punishment doesn’t equal a guilty ruling, but the agency says she might as well have found it guilty since it prevents the Secret Service “from presenting evidence that particular promotion decisions were made for nondiscriminatory reasons and from presenting statistical evidence to rebut claims that bias affected an entire class of employees,” The Associated Press reports.