President Barack Obama began his tour of Africa with a 36-hour visit to Senegal, but clashed with Senegalese President Macky Sall who expressed opposition to Obama’s call for Africans to decriminalize homosexuality . . .
Click here to read about Obama’s clash with the Senegalese president on gay rights.
Rachel Jeantel, 19, the prosecution’s star witness in the George Zimmerman trial, responded that she understands English “really well” when asked if she comprehended the questions posed to her. The prosecutor was endeavoring to invoke empathy from the jury and point out English is not Jeantel’s first language, and therefore, she is at a loss . . .
Click here to read about controversy swirling around Rachel Jeantel, the prosecution’s star witness in the Zimmerman trial.
Paula Deen‘s interview with Matt Lauer on Wednesday’s “Today Show“ can be viewed as a public relations disaster or an effective rally to her supportive base. There were tears and a true story, as Deen patted herself on the back for all the things she has done for “people of color.” Yet, there was no apology, as she declared at the end of the interview, “I is what I is and I’m not changin’ . . .
Click here to read an op-ed on the Paula Deen ‘Today Show’ interview.
“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.” – Maya Angelou
Paula Deen‘s cooking show contract with the Food Network expires June 30 and will not be renewed. The announcement was made Friday after Deen, 66, apologized on video for using the word “nigga” and canceled a “Today” show interview with Matt Lauer . . .
Click here to read about Paula Deen’s revelation of her true self.
Walter Lee Williams, 64, a former University of Southern California (USC) professor, was arrested and flown from Playa del Carmen, Mexico to Los Angeles Wednesday after one day on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. He is accused of engaging in web-cam sex acts with underage boys in the Philippines . . .
Click here to read about former USC professor’s arrest in Mexico.
Gregory Dunn, 59, lay in his Redding, Calif. driveway in a pool of blood. His son, Jason Dunn, 27, was nearby and also bloodied. It was soon discovered he had cut off both his own hands at the wrist after allegedly stabbing his father . . .
Read about a California man who sawed off his own hands after allegedly stabbing his father here.
Shermain Miles (AKA Charmane Boone), 51, lived in Uptown and was a fixture and menace in Edgewater, another north side neighborhood. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday that Miles has finally been ordered to a mental health and substance abuse treatment program . . .
Click here to read of how the justice system failed Shermain Miles for 34 years.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, 39, pleaded guilty, in a military court on Wednesday to the murder of 16 Afghan civilians. He said there’s “not a good reason in the world” for why he did it . . .
Click here to read the background and history of the Afghan civilian massacre and St. Bales’ plea deal.
Montia Marie Parker, 18, a former Hopkins High School student, in Minnetonka, Minn. has been charged with promoting sex trafficking and prostitution. She allegedly set up sexual encounters for a 16-year-old teammate who has cognitive delays and receives special education services . . .