Monthly Archives: September 2015

SAY WHAT?! Texas Woman Threatens To Stab Brother For Eating Her BBQ Ribs

By Desire Thompson

A dispute between siblings in Texas almost turned fatal when a 61-year-old woman allegedly threatened her younger brother with a knife after he ate her barbecue ribs.

Ethel Jean Banks was arrested on Sunday evening at the Austin home she shares with her brother, Melvin Magee. Unbeknownst to Magee, he ate Banks’ ribs, causing her to go into a rage, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. During an argument that turned physical, Magee pushed his sister backwards. Banks then ran into the kitchen and allegedly pulled out a 10-inch butcher knife, threatening to harm her brother.

The AJC reports:

Banks held the knife over her head aggressively and told Magee, “I’m going to kill you,” the affidavit said.

She charged at him with the knife and Magee ran out the front door of the house, closing the door behind him and holding it closed. After she attempted to open the door a few times, Banks told Magee she would not let him back into the house. Magee then went to a neighbor’s home and called 911, the affidavit says.

After speaking with police, Banks changed her story about ever possessing a knife. She also said Magee pushed her into a dresser, causing injuries …read more

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Dolphins’ Grimes Says He’s Not Distracted By Wife’s Arrest

By Associated Press

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes says he’s concentrating on football in the wake of his wife’s arrest outside the stadium before the team’s most recent game.

Miko Grimes is scheduled for arraignment Oct. 27 on charges of disorderly conduct, battery on a police officer and resisting arrest with violence. She was arrested Sunday while walking in the stadium parking lot, and police say she disobeyed an officer’s command to stop, became combative and head-butted an officer.

When asked Wednesday if the matter was a distraction for him, Grimes said no. He declined to comment on his wife’s case.

The Dolphins will try to bounce back from a 41-14 loss to Buffalo when they play Sunday against the Jets in London.

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Domestic Violence Victim Tondalo Hall Denied Clemency [VIDEO]

By Krystal Franklin,

An Oklahoma woman will be required to spend an additional 15 years in prison after her clemency hearing was denied for failing to protect her children from their abusive father, reports BuzzFeed News.

Tondalo Hall plead guilty to child abuse in 2004 after taking her 20-month-old son to the hospital and doctors found he had broken ribs and a broken femur. Shortly after, doctors discovered that her 3-month-old daughter had similar injuries.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board denied Hall’s request for a commuted sentence with a 5-0 vote. While she’s not accused of hurting her children, Hall neglected to prevent Robert Braxton from abusing them. She will remain behind bars until at least 2030, when she becomes eligible for parole.

So what charges did Braxton face? After admitting to breaking the ribs and femur of their 3-month-old daughter he was sentenced to only two years. He was released in 2006.

A petition started by Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet, a national advocacy group has garnered over 70,000 signatures in support of Hall and her case. The group attests the sentence is too severe for a woman who was also a victim of abuse.

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Texas Officer Who Pinned Black Teen Had Disciplinary Record

By EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A white suburban Dallas police officer who resigned after video showed him forcing a bikini-clad black 15-year-old girl to the ground in June was disciplined three previous times during his 10-year career with the department, police records show.

The June 5 incident involving McKinney police Officer Eric Casebolt, who also pulled a gun on other black teens outside a pool party, sparked criticism, protests and eventually Casebolt’s resignation.

Casebolt’s attorney, Jane Bishkin, said Tuesday that she had not seen Casebolt’s personnel file, which was released to media late Friday, but called his disciplinary record a “non-issue.”

“If he were that bad, he would have been fired a long time ago,” she said.

The file reviewed by The Associated Press shows Casebolt was suspended without pay for one day in June 2010 after going in his police car and in uniform to bail out his girlfriend from jail.

He received a written reprimand in 2014 for boasting on Facebook about his response to a suicidal teenager.

“Guess who just checked the box for ‘commandeer a golf cart and tased a suicidal knife wielding maniac off-handed and still rolling without spilling the golfer’s miller lite’?!” Casebolt wrote on Facebook.

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Man Who Killed 5 in Denver Bar to Get Life Sentence

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — A man convicted of stabbing five people to death during a Denver bar robbery that netted $170 will be formally sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday.

A judge will issue a mandatory sentence of life without parole for Dexter Lewis, 25, who was convicted in August of five counts of murder for the October 2012 stabbings at Fero’s Bar and Grill.

Prosecutors said Lewis led a four-man robbery crew at Fero’s, where he killed the bar’s owner and four customers. Two men testified that Lewis stabbed his victims while they were held at gunpoint.

Jurors couldn’t agree on death for Lewis, whose attorneys carefully detailed an abusive childhood. The case raised doubts about whether capital punishment will ever be imposed again in Colorado as it came just after theater shooter James Holmes was given a life sentence for murdering 12 people and trying to kill 70 more at a crowded midnight movie.

In both cases, prosecutors said a single juror blocked the death penalty.

In Lewis’ case, the juror found that the details of his troubled upbringing favored the mercy of a life sentence over execution. That took the death penalty off the table, because death sentences must be unanimous in …read more

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Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Wants Boehner’s Job

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stunned and divided, House Republicans sought a way forward Tuesday as Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy pledged to bring them together after Speaker John Boehner’s sudden resignation.

The five-term California Republican moved aggressively to lock up support to move into Congress’ top job, second in line to the presidency. He faced little serious competition, though the same hardline conservatives who forced Boehner out command enough votes to complicate McCarthy’s ascent, even without fielding a candidate of their own.

“I know what’s going on across the country, and I’m concerned about what we hear,” McCarthy told reporters. “We want to make sure that we’re closer to the people, that they feel this is their government, they’re in charge and we serve them.

“Now, that’s not easy, and it won’t change overnight. But that’s our mission.”

McCarthy spoke as the contest to replace him as majority leader turned volatile, with some conservatives announcing they wanted to draft Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the chairman of the special panel investigating the 2012 Benghazi, Libya, attacks, and Hillary Clinton.

Gowdy took himself out of the running late in the day, stressing that he doesn’t want to give up his responsibility as Benghazi committee chairman. “I’ve never run for …read more

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Michelle Obama Encourages Girls To Excel In School

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama has some advice for teenage girls: Don’t shy from being the smartest kid in the class. And never mind what the boys think.

“Compete with the boys. Beat the boys,” she told about 1,000 schoolgirls and young women Tuesday at an event aimed at publicizing her “Let Girls Learn” campaign to expand girls’ access to education in developing countries and encourage American girls to take advantage of their opportunities. But the first lady also gave some impromptu, personal pep talks on handling the pressures of adolescence.

On dealing with the frustrations, embarrassments and slights of high school: “I know being a teenager is hard,” but it’s temporary and not a template for the rest of life: “Half these people, you’re not going to know when you’re 60.”

And on whether being brainy comes at a social cost: “There is no boy, at this age, that is cute enough or interesting enough to stop you from getting your education,” the water pump operator’s daughter-turned-Harvard-trained lawyer said. “If I had worried about who liked me and who thought I was cute when I was your age, I wouldn’t be married to the president of the United …read more

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Writer Ta-Nehesi Coates Awarded ‘Genius Grant’


The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has chosen writer Ta-Nehisi Coates to be among the 24 recipients of the 2015 “genius” grants from the organization.

“When I first got the call from the MacArthur foundation, I was ecstatic,” Coates said in a video on the foundation website. “You know, if anybody even reads what I’m doing, that’s a great day.”

Coates, also national correspondent at The Atlantic was referred to by the foundation as “a highly distinctive voice [who is] emerging as a leading interpreter of American concerns to a new generation of media-savvy audiences and having a profound impact on the discussion of race and racism in this country.”

They also added this:

“Writing without shallow polemic and in a measured style, Coates addresses complex and challenging issues such as racial identity, systemic racial bias, and urban policing. He subtly embeds the present—in the form of anecdotes about himself or others—into historical analysis in order to illustrate how the implications of the past are still experienced by people today.”

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New York Mother Arrested After Throwing Newborn Out Of Window

By JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who apparently hid her pregnancy from her boyfriend, gave birth in his home and then tossed her newborn daughter out a seventh-story window to her death was arrested Tuesday on murder and manslaughter charges, police said.

Police officers said they found Jennifer Berry’s infant daughter with her umbilical cord still attached in a courtyard of her boyfriend’s Bronx apartment building on Monday afternoon. They had responded to the building after receiving a call that an infant had fallen from a window.

An autopsy revealed the infant died of blunt force injuries, chief medical examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson said Tuesday. The baby’s death was ruled a homicide, meaning she had been born alive.

Berry, who is 33 years old and lives in nearby Yonkers, was being held Tuesday in police custody pending her arraignment and couldn’t be contacted. It was unclear whether she had an attorney who could comment for her.

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California Christian School Bans Student With Two Moms [WATCH]

By Lynette Holloway

Despite a Supreme Court ruling this summer that legalized same-sex marriage, a 5-year-old California girl has been barred from attending her Christian elementary school all because her parents are a lesbian couple, reports ABC 10.

Now, the unnamed girl has been thrust into the center of a white-hot debate that pits religious freedom against nondiscrimination rights. She was scheduled to begin kindergarten at Mt. Erie Christian Academy in San Diego, California, when the family received a notice that “she was no longer welcome at the place where she had attended both preschool and summer school.”

Via ABC 10:

Sheena, a stay-at-home mom, told the news station that school officials told her and her spouse, Lashaune, who is in the Navy and away on deployment, the issue had nothing to do with the child.

Sheena told Team 10 she and her wife were summoned to the school the Friday before Labor Day, where they were shown to a room to meet with the pastor. After a prayer, Sheena said the pastor dropped the bombshell. “It was heartbreaking,” Sheena said. “I didn’t finish the conversation with them when they took us in the room because I just, …read more

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