Monthly Archives: August, 2013

Syrian crisis: Obama discloses details on military strike plans

President Barack Obama plans a "limited" military strike on Syria, pending approval of the U.S. Congress. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

President Barack Obama plans a “limited” military strike on Syria, pending approval of the U.S. Congress. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

 

President Barack Obama addressed the American public in the White House Rose Garden Saturday on his decision to proceed in a military strike against Syria for alleged use of chemical weapons. Hours before the president’s speech, UN inspectors left the region.

It may take up to two weeks before a report is finalized. However, the report will only indicate UN findings – not specifics on who executed the attacks . . .

Click here to read about Obama’s plans for a military strike on Syria.

California school principal arrested in slaying of husband

Leslie Jenea Chance, 46, was arrested in the slaying of husband, Todd Chance, 45, on Thursday. Police say she acted alone. (Image: Bakersfieldnow.com/Viewer Contributed Photo)

Leslie Jenea Chance, 46, was arrested in the slaying of husband, Todd Chance, 45, on Thursday. Police say she acted alone. (Image: Bakersfieldnow.com/Viewer Contributed Photo)

Lesiie Jeanea Chance, 46, principal of Fairview Elementary School, in Bakersfield, Calif., was arrested Thursday as a suspect in the slaying of husband Todd Chance, 45. The town, including parents and children are in disbelief and psychologists were called in to assist the school community with processing the news . . .

Click here to read about the California school principal accused of slaying her husband.

Fast-food workers strike in cities throughout US

 Protester holds up a sign outside Times Square, New York City, Nov. 29, 2012. The movement has spread throughout the United States (Image: Salon.com/Reuters)

Protester holds up a sign outside Times Square, New York City, Nov. 29, 2012. The movement has spread throughout the United States (Image: Salon.com/Reuters)

Fast food workers are set to strike Thursday in cities throughout the United States, including New York, Chicago, Indianapolis, Memphis, Denver, San Diego and Boston. The Service Employees International Union is organizing workers.

The largest chains targeted are Burger King Worldwide Inc. (BKW), Subway, McDonald’s and Yum! Brand Inc.’s Taco Bell and KFC, as organizers are seeking to force a “sector wide” response . . .

Click here to read about fast-food workers strike for a living wage.

George Zimmerman to petition Florida for legal expense reimbursement

e) George Zimmerman smiling and shaking hands with Kel-Tec gun manufacturer shop owner (Image: TMZ.com)

George Zimmerman smiling and shaking hands with Kel-Tec gun manufacturer shop owner (Image: TMZ.com)

George Zimmerman, 29, was found “not guilty” on July 17 in the shooting death of unarmed, 17-year-old teenager Trayvon Martin. According to his attorney Mark O’Mara, a petition will be filed asking the state of Florida for reimbursement of $200,000 to $300,000 in expenses.

Florida law allows those who are acquitted to file for reimbursement of fees for court reporters, expert witnesses, depositions, travel and other expenses . . .

Click here to read about George Zimmerman’s petition for legal expense reimbursement.

Philadelphia man’s death sentence ‘miscarriage of justice,’ says US District judge

 James "Jimmy" Dennis has been on death row since 1992. US District Judge Anita Brody ruled he must be retried within six months or freed.

James “Jimmy” Dennis has been on death row since 1992. US District Judge Anita Brody ruled he must be retried within six months or freed.

US District Judge Anita Brody has awarded a new trial Wednesday for James “Jimmy” Dennis, a Philadelphia man sentenced to death in 1992, for killing a high school student for her gold earrings. Brody said, “The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has committed a grave miscarriage of justice.”

Brody found Dennis’ conviction was based on questionable eyewitness testimony inferior police work and a poor defense by his attorney, per a UPI report . . .

Click here to read about a man the US justice system did not work for — but against.

Reagan biographers criticize portrayal of 40th president in ‘The Butler’

'The Butler,' directed by Lee Daniels, stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.

‘The Butler,’ directed by Lee Daniels, stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.

 

“The Butler” is director Lee Daniels‘ film loosely based on the life of African American butler Eugene Allen, who worked in the White House from 1952-1986, serving eight US presidents. Reagan biographers are criticizing the portrayal of the late former President Ronald Reagan, saying it inaccurately depicts him as insensitive toward civil rights’ issues and the then-South African apartheid system . . .

Click here to read about the indignation surrounding the portrayal of former President Reagan in “The Butler.”

Jesse Jackson Jr.: After prison, is there hope for ‘resurrection?’

Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and wife Sandi Jackson during happier times. (Image: Wikimedia Commons, Victor Powell)

Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and wife Sandi Jackson during happier times. (Image: Wikimedia Commons, Victor Powell)

Opinion

“I still believe in the power of forgiveness; I believe in the power of redemption. Today I manned up and tried to accept responsibility for the error of my ways. And I still believe in resurrection.” – Jesse Jackson Jr. (To a reporter after sentencing)

Former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., 48, and wife Sandi Jackson, 49, were sentenced to prison Wednesday. Jackson Jr. received 30 months for misuse of nearly $750,000 in campaign funds and will begin his prison term by November 1. Wife Sandi received 12 months for filing false tax returns in which she failed to report $580,000 in income from 2006 to 2011. She will have 30 days to surrender after her husband is released . . .

Click here to read about Jesse jackson Jr.’s fall from grace and his hope for “resurrection.”

Millikin University supports professor who killed his family 46 years ago

 James St. James (formerly James "Jim" Wolcott), 61, killed his family 46 years ago, in Georgetown, Texas. (Image: Milliken University)

James St. James (formerly James “Jim” Wolcott), 61, killed his family 46 years ago, in Georgetown, Texas. (Image: Milliken University)

 

James St. James (formerly James “Jim” Wolcott), 61, is a college professor at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. Forty-six years ago, he was a drugged-up 15-year-old who killed his father, mother and teen sister with a .22 caliber rifle after a glue-sniffing binge.

Reportedly, in 1967, in Georgetown, Texas, St. James shot his father, Gordon Wolcott, twice in the chest, then shot his 17-year old sister, Libby, once in the chest and once in the face. His mother, Elizabeth, awakened by the noise called out from her bedroom, and he responded by shooting her twice in the head and once in the chest . . .

Click here to read about James St. James’ transformation from teen killer to college professor.

 

Allvoices: A citizen-journalism website for writers who ‘live life and write’

Allvoices, a global citizen-journalism wesite, for all voices. (Photo: Google Images)

Allvoices, a global citizen-journalism wesite, for all voices. (Photo: Google Images)

“ . . . I just live life and write

And focus on the journey

From plight to paradise

Yeah, I just live life and write

‘Cause I’d rather be right

Than listen to your advice” . . .  — “Live Life and Write” lyrics, by Drastic, a Cleveland rapper and positive force

Since I heard the lyrics, “live life and write,” they’ve echoed through my mind. I’m in love with the line, “I just live life and write,” because it’s what writers do: In the midst of living, we write . . .

Click here to read about the writer’s, and potentially your, success on Allvoices, a citizen-journalism website.

Denzel Washington heading back to Broadway

Denzel Washington, returns to Broadway in "A Raisin in the Sun," says "Acting is my calling." (Image: Guardian.com)

Denzel Washington, returns to Broadway in “A Raisin in the Sun,” says “Acting is my calling.” (Image: Guardian.com)

Denzel Washington, consummate actor and philanthropist, will return to Broadway as Walter Lee Younger in Lorraine Hansberry’s iconic play, “A Raisin in the Sun.”

An African American family’s struggle to fulfill the American dream while fighting against racism is the play’s focus, and the setting is the south side of Chicago. Although the time period is the 1950s, the play is a classic, and the Younger’s family issues reflect today’s societal ills . . .

Click here to read about Denzel Washington’s return to Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun.