Monthly Archives: June, 2013

Senegalese president and Obama clash over gay rights

Macky Sall, president of Senegal. (Image: Wikimedia Commons, Serigne/Diagne)

Macky Sall, president of Senegal. (Image: Wikimedia Commons, Serigne Diagne)

 

 

 

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 . . .

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Prosecution’s star witness in Zimmerman trial understands English ‘really well’

 Rachel Jeantel, 19, key witness in George Zimmerman trial.


Rachel Jeantel, 19, star witness in Zimmerman trial.

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.

Oprah Winfrey regains No. 1 spot on Forbes ‘Most Powerful Celebrities’ list

Oprah Winfrey at the White House for the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors. (Image: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Oprah Winfrey at the White House for the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors. (Image: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

 

Although Oprah Winfrey‘s earnings slipped from $165 million to $77 million since last year, she is still the most powerful celebrity on Forbes 2013 list of the Most Powerful Celebrities. After two years in second place, the former daytime talk show queen has regained her powerful throne in a female dominated top 10 list, per a Chatham Daily News report. Overall, the list includes 100 celebrities . . .

Read about Oprah’s return to the #1 spot on Forbes ‘Most Powerful Celebrities’ list.

Paula Deen declares, ‘I is what I is and I’m not changing’

Paula Deen crying on 'Today Show' interview with Matt Lauer.

Paula Deen on ‘Today Show’ interview.

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.

Paula Deen reveals her authentic self

 Paula Deen and brother, Earl "Bubba" Hiers attend Paula Deen's Kitchen grand opening at Chicago Harrah's Joliet Casino and Hotel in Chicago. (Image: Promotional/Public Domain)

Paula Deen and brother, Earl “Bubba” Hiers attend Paula Deen’s Kitchen grand opening at Chicago Harrah’s Joliet Casino and Hotel in Chicago. (Image: Promotional/Public Domain)     

“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.

Former USC professor accused of child sex abuse captured in Mexico

 Walter Lee Williams, 64, former USC professor accused of child sex crimes was captured in Mexico. (Image: FBI Most Wanted List)


Walter Lee Williams, 64, former USC professor accused of child sex crimes was captured in Mexico. (Image: FBI Most Wanted List)

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 . . .

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California man saws off own hands after allegedly stabbing father

Jason Dunn, 27, of Redding, Calif. sawed off both his own hands at the wrist, with a radial saw, after allegedly stabbing father. (Image: Woodworkingtalk.com)

Jason Dunn, 27, of Redding, Calif. sawed off both his own hands at the wrist, with a radial saw, after allegedly stabbing father. (Image: Woodworkingtalk.com)

 

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.

Justice system miserably fails Chicago woman arrested 396 times (Opinion)

Shermain Miles, 51, arrested 396 times, has been offered mental health and substance abuse treatment by a Cook County judge. (Image: CPD mugshot)

Shermain Miles, 51, arrested 396 times, has been offered mental health and substance abuse treatment by a Cook County judge. (Image: CPD mugshot

 

 

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.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pleads guilty to Afghan massacre

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pictured at the National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, California, August 23, 2011, months prior to the Afghan massacre. (Image: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales pictured at the National Training Center at Ft. Irwin, California, August 23, 2011, months prior to the Afghan massacre. (Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain)

 

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.

Minnesota cheerleader accused of pimping ‘cognitively delayed’ teammate

Montia Marie Parker, 18, accused of pimping a cognitively delayed teammate. (Image: Minnetonka Police Department mugshot)

Montia Marie Parker, 18, accused of pimping a cognitively delayed teammate. (Minnetonka Police Department mugshot)

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 . . .

A cheerleader pimped her ‘cognitively delayed’ teammate; read about it here.