School District Defends Cheerleaders Who Scream ‘F*ck N*ggers’ In Video

By Ny Magee, Eurweb.com

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A couple of white cheerleaders from Weber High School in Utah have caused a bit of an uproar — and an investigation, of sorts — after a video went viral of them screaming what appears to be “f*ck ni**ers.” But some say there’s more to the clip.

After the 10-second video went viral earlier this week, the ensuing uproar forced the Weber School District to issue a statement.

“We are shocked by the conduct of these students and the contents of the video. School officials have started an investigation and the matter is being taken very seriously.”They added, “We are trying to determine when the video was made, where it was filmed, why the students would engage in such conduct, and how the clip ended up on social media.”

In an effort to defend the vile teens, the district confirmed that an IT tech is investigating the video to determine if an app was used to make a phrase play backward and sound like “f*ck n*ggers?”

One Twitter user noted that “If a group …read more

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Obama Is Back! On The Campaign Trail In New Jersey & Virginia

By BlackAmericaWeb.com Staff

Obama is back! No, not running for president but he is on the campaign trail for gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia. He’s campaigning support for the Democratic nominees in the race for the November election. Read more about his campaign trail below.

STLToday.com reports:

Former President Barack Obama is returning to the campaign trail to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia as they gear up for next month’s elections.

Thursday’s events mark the first time the former president is stepping back into the political spotlight since leaving the White House.

Unlike more low-key appearances earlier this year, Obama’s foray into two states won’t be a one-and-done. He is planning more public appearances as the year closes, and preparation for the 2018 midterm elections begins.

“Obama seems to be determined to be an engaged and active former president who’s playing a role in different issues and is involved in politics,” Rutgers University professor David Greenberg said.

Obama is hoping to sway voters in New Jersey and Virginia, the only two gubernatorial races this year. Both Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, are term-limited. Those Nov. 7 races will be considered a …read more

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Jury Convicts Ex-Oklahoma Police Officer In 4th Murder Trial

By Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A white former Oklahoma police officer was convicted of first-degree manslaughter late Wednesday in the off-duty fatal shooting of his daughter’s black boyfriend after jurors in three previous trials couldn’t decide whether to find him guilty of murder.

Jurors deliberated about six hours before finding ex-Tulsa officer Shannon Kepler, 57, guilty of the lesser charge in the August 2014 killing of 19-year-old Jeremey Lake, who had just started dating Kepler’s then-18-year-old daughter, Lisa.

The jury recommended a sentence of 15 years in prison.

Lake’s death occurred four days before a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Aug. 9, 2014. Brown’s killing touched off months of protests and became a catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement, which decries police violence against minorities and calls for greater transparency from law enforcement officials, especially in cases of officer-involved shootings.

The issue of race had also become an undercurrent in each of Kepler’s previous three trials, with only one African-American being selected for each jury and accusations by civil rights activists that Kepler’s attorneys were purposely trying to exclude potential black candidates.

Another racial element had been recently added to the …read more

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Letters From Young Obama Show A Man Trying To Find His Way

By Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A young Barack Obama questioned his place in the world and his racial identity, agonized over whether he’d make enough money as a community organizer, and lamented his incompatibility with his ex-girlfriend in 30 pages of letters he wrote to her that are now being archived by Emory University in Atlanta.

The nine full letters, sent by Obama to his college girlfriend, Alexandra McNear, are being made public to researchers through Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library. The university has had the letters since 2014 but could only make them public now, officials said.

Written in the 1980s, the letters give a peek into Obama’s psyche as he sought out the path that would eventually land him in the White House as the United States’ first black president, Emory University officials said Wednesday.

“My ideas aren’t as crystallized as they were while in school, but they have an immediacy and weight that may be more useful if and when I’m less observer and more participant,” Obama wrote in 1984 to McNear, who was a student at a California college attended by Obama before he moved to Columbia.

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Court Refuses Defamation Suit Against Bill Cosby

By By ALANNA DURKIN RICHER, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court refused Wednesday to revive a defamation lawsuit filed against Bill Cosby by a woman who said he raped her decades ago.

A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston upheld a lower court ruling dismissing Kathrine McKee’s lawsuit against Cosby.

The former actress said Cosby defamed her in a letter that his lawyer sent to the New York Daily News demanding a retraction of a 2014 story about McKee’s rape allegations. The judge who dismissed McKee’s case said the letter was protected by the First Amendment.

McKee, who said Cosby raped her in a Detroit hotel room in 1974, was among dozens of women who came forward with allegations against the actor once known as “America’s Dad” for his TV role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable. Cosby has denied all allegations of wrongdoing.

Alan Greenberg, an attorney for Cosby, said in an email that they are pleased with the appeals court’s “well-reasoned decision confirming that there was no defamation.”

An attorney for McKee did not immediately respond to an email on Wednesday.

McKee’s lawyer argued earlier this month that McKee does not have to prove actual malice because she is not a public figure. …read more

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Kennesaw Five Pressured Into Hiding Anthem Protest

By By JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — A powerful lawmaker texted a Georgia sheriff and recounted with pride how the two pressured a university president to take action after black cheerleaders knelt during the national anthem at a football game.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained the text messages under Georgia’s open records act.

Kennesaw State University cheerleaders were told they’d be kept off the field in a stadium tunnel at future pregame activities after five of them knelt to protest racial injustice at the game Sept. 30.

In the texts, state Republican Rep. Earl Ehrhart and Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren thanked each other for their patriotism. Ehrhart said Kennesaw State President Sam Olens had to be pressed to act.

“He had to be dragged there but with you and I pushing he had no choice. Thanks for your patriotism my friend,” Ehrhart wrote to the sheriff.

University officials have said moving the cheerleaders before kickoff was one of several changes designed to enhance the game-day atmosphere.

After the Sept. 30 game, athletic department officials informed Olens they were making changes to pregame activities, which involved the cheerleading squad, the president said in a statement late Wednesday.

“This was the only conversation I had about any changes involving the cheerleaders and mascot,” …read more

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‘We Will Have A Smoking Gun’: Kaepernick’s Attorney On NFL Collusion Case

By Clarissa Hamlin

As Black Lives Matter activists’ rallying cries about Colin Kaepernick being blackballed are gaining steam, the athlete’s attorney has a “high level of confidence” that he can prove that NFL team owners colluded to keep Kaep off their rosters.

“I am going to predict right now that we will have a smoking gun,” attorney Mark Geragos explained to CNN‘s Anderson Cooper Tuesday on “AC360” about the case resulting from Kaepernick’s kneeling protest against the treatment of Blacks particularly by law enforcement.

“There are people who are not going to get into an arbitration proceeding and they are not going to lie. They are not going to lie. They are going to tell the truth and they’re going to say what happened. They were told no, you’re not going to hire him.”

Kaepernick’s attorney Mark Geragos on collusion grievance filing: “We have a high degree of confidence that this will be able to be proved” pic.twitter.com/BmrroYSTrh

— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) October 18, 2017

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— CNN (@CNN) October 18, 2017

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Man Killed Over Possession Of Marijuana Infused Edibles

By Diannah Watson, BlackAmericaWeb.com

An Atlanta man was killed in his sleep after two men brook into his home.

According to WSB-TV news, the men stole boxes of marijuana-infused edibles from the home.

30-year-old Steven Mayer was asleep when the suspects broke into his home and killed him back in September.

While still at large, the family of Steve Mayer is hoping police will catch and charge the suspects with surveillance video that’s surfaced.

According to police, there were three suspects involved in the incident.

A childhood friend of Mayer, Yordi Warner in tears told WSB-TV, “he was killed in the privacy of his own home.”

On a video, the three suspects can be seen waiting outside for three hours before going in through a basement window.

“I think they were outside mustering up the courage,” explained Darius Ward a Police Detective for DeKalb County.

One suspect stood outside on guard while the other two went inside. Ward believes that Mayer woke up and scared the intruders.

I believed they panicked. These guys didn’t look like professionals at all,” says Ward. “It seemed like it was their first rodeo.”

Robbery is believed to be the motive for the break-in because the suspects left the house with boxes of marijuana-infused edibles.

Mayer’s family remembers …read more

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Family Of Slain Sergeant Says Trump Showed ‘Disrespect’

By Jonathan Lemire & Calvin Woodward, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The mother of an Army sergeant killed in Niger said Wednesday that President Donald Trump, in a call offering condolences, showed “disrespect” to the soldier’s loved ones as they drove to the airport to meet his body. Trump, engulfed in controversy over the appropriate way for presidents to show compassion for slain soldiers, strongly disputed that account.

Sgt. La David Johnson was one of four American military personnel killed nearly two weeks ago whose families had not heard from Trump until Tuesday. Rep. Frederica Wilson said that Trump told the widow that Johnson “knew what he signed up for.”

The Florida Democrat said she was in the car with the widow, Myeshia Johnson, on the way to Miami International Airport to meet the body when Trump called. La David Johnson’s mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the congresswoman’s account was correct.

“Yes the statement is true,” Jones-Johnson said. “I was in the car and I heard the full conversation.

That’s simply not so, Trump said Wednesday. He declared on Twitter: “Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!”

And in …read more

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3 Killed, 2 Wounded At Maryland Office Park Shooting

By Juliet Linderman, Associated Press

EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a Maryland office park on Wednesday morning, killing three co-workers and wounding two others, authorities and the business owner said.

Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler identified the shooter as 37-year-old Radee Labeeb Prince. He said Prince opened fire with a handgun and then fled the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood.

#WANTED Radee Labeeb Prince. Suspected of shooting five people in Harford Co. biz park. Considered armed & dangerous @MDSP @Harford_Sheriff pic.twitter.com/I5NGrM7zFz

— MD State Police (@MDSP) October 18, 2017

Police were looking for him, and he was considered armed and dangerous. The sheriff did not release a motive for the shooting.

The owner of a home improvement company in the office park said the victims and the suspect all worked for him at Advanced Granite Solutions.

Barak Caba told The Associated Press in a brief telephone interview that the suspect has been an employee for four months. He said the man was a machine operator.

Caba was shaken and would not provide additional details.

Radee Labeeb Prince may be seen in a 2008 Black GMC Acadia SUV
with Del Registration PC064273. Use extreme …read more

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