Monthly Archives: April 2015

Dr. Ben Carson Book Scheduled For October

By Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Ben Carson, the conservative activist and possible 2016 presidential contender, has a new book coming out this fall.

Sentinel, a conservative imprint of Penguin Random House, announced Wednesday that it will be releasing “A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties” on Oct. 6. Last year, Carson’s “One Nation” was a best-seller on numerous lists, including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

According to Sentinel, Carson’s new book will discuss the “basic principles” of the Constitution and how “they relate to our everyday lives.”

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Calvin Peete, Winner of 12 PGA Tour Events, Dies


Calvin Peete

ATLANTA (AP) — Calvin Peete, who taught himself how to play golf at 24 and became the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died Wednesday morning, the PGA Tour said. He was 71.

The tour did not have a cause of death. Murray Brothers Funeral Home confirmed it was handling the arrangements but did not release additional information.

Peete won 12 times on the PGA Tour, mainly on the strength of his uncanny accuracy off the tee. Peete led the PGA Tour in driving accuracy for 10 straight years starting in 1981, and he captured the Vardon Trophy over Jack Nicklaus in 1984. He also played on two Ryder Cup teams.

More impressive than his record, however, was the journey to compete — and beat — the best in golf.

Obit Peete Golf

Born July 18, 1943, in Detroit, Peete used to pick beans and corn in the fields in Florida to make money for his family. He eventually financed a station wagon from which he sold vegetables and other goods to migrants. He wasn’t interested in golf, even at the prodding of friends. Peete had spent enough time in the hot …read more

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We Remember: Professional Golf Player Calvin Peete is Dead at 71


We’ve lost another golfing great.

Calvin Peete died on Wednesday, April 29 at the age of 71 at a hospital in Atlanta.

Before becoming a professional golfer Peete was a farm laborer. But in his late twenties, he discovered the game of golf and before Tiger Woods, he was acknowledged as the most successful black golfer.

His death was announced by the Professional Golfers’ Association. The cause was not disclosed.

Here’s more about Calvin Peete from Wikipedia:

Calvin Peete (July 18, 1943 – April 29, 2015) was an American professional golfer. He was the most successful African-American to have played on the PGA Tour, with 12 wins, prior the emergence of Tiger Woods.

Peete was born in Detroit, Michigan. He played on the 1983 and 1985 U.S. Ryder Cup teams. He won the Vardon Trophy for lowest scoring average in 1984. He was in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for several weeks when they debuted in 1986.

Peete did not begin playing golf until he was in his 20s, but immediately excelled at a game most pros learn as young children. He learned the game while peddling goods to migrant workers in Rochester, New York, playing on the public course at Genesee Valley …read more

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2 Arrested in Florida for Stealing Hundreds in Meat Products

By Associated Press

DeLAND, Fla. (AP) — A man and woman have been arrested in central Florida after police say they stole more than $300 worth of meat from a grocery store.

Deputies told The Daytona Beach News-Journal 48-year-old Doris Rowe and 54-year-old Kenneth Edwards drove 26 miles to a Winn-Dixie store in DeLand where a store manager saw Rowe stuffing meat products and other items into her pants.

Deputies say the manager stopped Rowe and she hit the manager in the neck, dropping pork ribs, two packs of detergent and three water filters. Rowe fled the store and got into Edwards’ truck. Deputies apprehended them at a traffic stop. Both were charged with grand theft and robbery.

Deputies found ribeye steaks, ground beef, bacon, pork ribs and a gallon of bleach in the car valued at $361.00.

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Baltimore Officials: No Immediate Decision in Gray Case

By Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — Having weathered two all-night curfews with no major disturbances, Baltimore officials are now trying to manage growing expectations they will immediately decide whether to prosecute six police officers involved in the arrest of a black man who later died of injuries he apparently received while in custody.

In an effort to be transparent, authorities have told the community they plan to turn over the findings of a police investigation into Freddie Gray’s death to a state’s attorney by Friday. Gray’s death from a spinal injury a week after his April 12 arrest is what sparked riots Monday — the worst the city has seen since 1968.

Prosecutors will review the information and eventually decide how to move forward, authorities have said.

But protesters on the streets and high school students who met with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday have said there are rumors circulating that some kind of “verdict” will be rendered as soon as Friday.

“It became very clear … that people misunderstood,” Rawlings-Blake said.

Both Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts spent much of the day Wednesday trying to explain that no final resolution to the case would come Friday.

Hassan Murphy, a lawyer for Gray’s family, underscored their comments, …read more

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Timeline: Tensions Ease In Baltimore After Curfew Imposed

By The Associated Press

Today, tensions eased in Baltimore as activists galvanized residents for peaceful protest and the National Guard remained in place. A 10 p.m. curfew imposed by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake held as protests remained peaceful. Popular Baltimore pastor Rev. Jamal Bryant, along with faith leaders from all faiths has called for a citywide protest front of Baltimore’s City Hall on Saturday at 3 p.m. Here’s a timeline of the day’s events.

10:45 p.m.

Civic leaders declared victory when the intersection at North and Pennsylvania avenues had been cleared of all but a few stragglers 15 minutes after the beginning of Baltimore’s curfew.

As of 10:30 Wednesday night, police had taken no action against the very few who remained out.

Hundreds of police officers in riot gear remained at the scene, which was the site of rioting Monday, with nothing to do.

“We are very proud of what has happened here tonight. We are proud of our city,” Rep. Elijah Cummings said after everyone had gone home. He promised that the investigation into Freddie Gray’s death in police custody will …read more

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Geraldo Rivera Confronted By Protester: ‘We Want Fox News Out Of Baltimore’


Geraldo Rivera should’ve known better.

The Fox News reporter on Tuesday found himself in the middle of an angry crowd of peaceful protesters in Baltimore who refused to let him report live for Hannity without voicing their opinions on his coverage and his network as a whole.

“We don’t want you here! We don’t need your false coverage!” one man shouted as Rivera attempted to interview Maryland State Senator, Catherine E. Pugh. The man deliberately blocked Rivera’s camera shot, causing him to bark, “Cmon, get out of the way man!”

The man put his finger in Geraldo’s face and yelled, “Don’t touch me!”

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Budweiser Issues Apology For Using Slogan On Bottles Believed To Endorse Rape

By Lindsey India

Actual Bud Light Slogan: ‘The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary’

— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) April 28, 2015

Budweiser is receiving a ton of backlash from consumers. after printing a marketing slogan on its bottles that was believed to endorse rape.

According to Bloomberg Business, the beer company has issued an apology in an email statement, saying that the company would never condone irresponsible or disrespectful behavior.

The original slogan on the bottle read, “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary,” as part of Budweiser’s ‘Up For Whatever’ campaign.

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Donald Trump Blames President Obama For Baltimore Riots In Disparaging Tweets

By Desire Thompson

Donald Trump spewed criticism and racial remarks towards President Barack Obama following the Baltimore riots on Monday.

The mogul sent off a few disparaging tweets about the riots that followed Freddie Gray’s funeral ceremony Monday afternoon. As the city reached a State of National Emergency, many religious leaders, politicians, and others marched the streets peacefully. Meanwhile, Trump slammed Obama for not speaking out about the crisis.

Wow, 15 policemen hurt in Baltimore, some badly! Where is the National Guard. Police must get tough, and fast! Thugs must be stopped.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2015

He also pointed out the president’s race in an effort to critique his influence on the looters who ransacked a CVS Pharmacy and burned buildings near Mondawmin Mall.

Our great African American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2015

Trump even made time to slam Baltimore’s mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who announced a curfew for the city at 10 p.m. ET this week.

The Mayor of Baltimore said she wanted to give the rioters “space to destroy” – another real genius!

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Black Man Fatally Shot 10 Times By Black Officer Who Felt ‘Threatened’ [VIDEO]

By Danielle Young, Lifestyle Editor

We wish this wasn’t a daily occurrence, but at this rate, it seems police officers are killing Black men for sport. The victim this time was 20-year-old Black Detroit man, Terrance Kellom (who’s name has also been reported as Terrance Kellum). He was fatally shot by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) federal officer who was attempting to serve a warrant to Kellom on Monday April 27. This officer happens to be a Black man, although his identity has not been revealed.

It’s being reported that Kellom was wanted for a robbery of a pizza delivery man and felony possession of a firearm. When the Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team approached Kellom’s home at 1 p.m., they were allowed into the house. According to reports, at first, Kellom’s sister Teria said that her father told the officers that Terrance wasn’t there and that she asked to see the warrant. Officers told Kellom’s father that they would show him the warrant when family members left the home. The police then entered to search for his brother. A few moments later, the family heard the shots. 10 shots.

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