Monthly Archives: March 2016

11-Year-Old Lands Multi-Million Dollar Lemonade Deal With Whole Foods

By jasmineagrant

Bump a lemonade stand. 11-year-old Mikaila Ulmer from Austin, Texas is dreaming way bigger – and it’s finally paid off.

Mikaila is the creative mind behind BeeSweet, a flaxseed-based lemonade sweetened by the honey of local bees. The junior entrepreneur recently landed a distribution deal with Whole Foods, which will place BeeSweet on the shelves of 55 store locations.

Ironically, it was Mikaila’s unfortunate encounter with bees that sparked the idea to launch the brand. After getting two bee stings in one week at the age of 4, Mikaila started researching bees and learned that not only are they incredibly important to our ecosystem…they’re also endangered.

“Last year, beekeepers lost 40 percent of all their hives,” Mikaila told NBC. “Bees are dying.” She quoted Albert Einstein who said: “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left.”

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Chicago Police Union Hires Officer Accused in Laquan McDonald’s Death

By Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting of a black teenager has been hired to work as a janitor for the city’s police union as he awaits trial, the union president said Thursday.

Dean Angelo, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Chicago, says the union hired Jason Van Dyke about three weeks ago. Van Dyke is accused of shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014. The shooting was captured on squad-car video and has prompted investigations, including a federal civil rights probe of the Chicago Police Department. Van Dykes has been suspended from the department without pay.

The union would do the same for any Chicago officer and have hired dozens of people who are in no-pay status, Angelo said.

“This officer is in a very difficult situation financially. He has a family and we would do it for anybody that works as a Chicago Police officer,” Angelo said.

Van Dyke does various tasks, Angelo said.

“He might be on the roof, he might be in the office, he does anything we need,” Angelo said.

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UPDATE: TV Station ‘Ends Relationship’ With Anchor After Racist Online Post

By Krystal Franklin,

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh television station WTAE said it has ended its relationship with anchorwoman Wendy Bell over racial comments she posted on Facebook about an ambush shooting at a cookout that left five people and an unborn baby dead.

In a statement Wednesday, parent company Hearst Television said Bell’s comments were “inconsistent with the company’s ethics and journalistic standards.”

Bell, who is white, speculated about the identities of the two men who fatally shot five black people in the poor Pittsburgh suburb of Willkinsburg on March 9.

In her March 21 post on her anchor Facebook page, she said in part: “You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts two weeks ago Wednesday. … They are young black men, likely in their teens or in their early 20s. They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They’ve grown up there. They know the police. They’ve been arrested.”

In the same post, she also praised a black restaurant worker in a way some readers felt was condescending.

After a social media backlash, Bell apologized, saying her words “were insensitive and could …read more

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Ex-Judge Sentencing: Had Ordered Defendant Shocked in Court

By Associated Press

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland judge who pleaded guilty to a civil rights violation for ordering a defendant to be physically shocked in his court is scheduled to be sentenced.

Robert C. Nalley of La Plata, Maryland, is set to be sentenced Thursday in federal court. Nalley faces a maximum sentence of a year in jail and a fine of up to $100,000. But according to a plea agreement he entered into in February, both prosecutors and Nalley’s lawyer will recommend a sentence of one year of probation.

Nalley acknowledged in the agreement that in July 2014 he ordered a deputy sheriff to activate a “stun-cuff” a defendant was wearing around his ankle, leading the defendant to fall to the ground and scream. Nalley acknowledged as part of the plea deal “that the use of the stun cuff was objectively unreasonable under the circumstances.”

Nalley ordered the shock during jury selection after the defendant, who was representing himself in a criminal trial, objected to Nalley’s authority to conduct the proceedings. After the man repeatedly ignored Nalley’s questions and his commands to stop speaking, Nalley told the deputy sheriff to activate the “stun-cuff.”

“Do it. Use it,” Nalley said, according to the plea …read more

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Prosecutor Says Officer Acted In ‘Self Defense’ In The Shooting Death Of Jamar Clark

By Zon D'Amour

Minneapolis Erupts In Protests After Unarmed #JamarClark Is Shot By Police Execution Style

— Hello Beautiful (@HelloBeautiful) November 16, 2015

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has announced that charges will not be filed against officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze in the shooting death of Jamar Clark.

Despite multiple witnesses claiming that the 24-year-old was allegedly shot while handcuffed, Freeman has determined that the officers acted in self defense.

Ringgenberg and Schwarze responded to a domestic dispute between Clark and his girlfriend in November 2015. Supposedly Clark was resisting arrest when the victim and Ringgenberg got into an altercation and ended up on the ground.

Here are the details of the officer’s account of the fatal incident via CNN:

During the scuffle, Ringgenberg landed on top of Clark, who then went for that officer’s gun, the prosecutor said. According to Freeman, Ringgenberg said when he felt his gun move from his right hip to the small of his back, he reached back to the top of his gun and felt Clark’s “whole” hand on the weapon.

The officer told his partner, “He’s got my gun,” Freeman said. “Ringgenberg believed he was going …read more

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Cosby Smithsonian Museum Of African American History Exhibit Sparks Controversy

By NewsOne Now

This September, a small exhibit honoring Bill Cosby will go on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The exhibit is titled “Taking Shape,” and focuses on African-American representation on television in the 20th century. To encompass this history, Cosby’s 1964 comedy record I Started Out as a Child, an I Spy comic book, and video clips from the program and clips from The Cosby Show have been added to the exhibit.

As a result of Cosby’s inclusion in the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s “Taking Shape” exhibit, his accusers are lashing out at the Smithsonian Institute for not mentioning the dozens of women who allege the long-time comedian sexually assaulted them. Some say he should not be included in the display at all. The museum has no plans to include the allegations, which has some saying they’re erasing history.

One of Cosby’s accusers, Patricia Leary Steuer, told the New York Times: “If they just speak about the contributions, there will be this enormous presence that is not talked about.”

On Tuesday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Kellie Carter Jackson, scholar of 19th-century African-American history at Hunter College, spoke with Roland Martin about the controversy over Cosby’s …read more

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Roland Martin, Rochelle Riley Cover the Detroit Public School Corruption Scandal

By Roland Martin

Roland Martin talks with Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, about the Detroit Public School corruption scandal where 12 principals allegedly received $1 million dollars in a kickback scheme.

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Mississippi Woman Linked to ISIS Pleads Guilty to Terrorism Charges

By a'ddl

20-year-old Jaelyn Young plead guilty to conspiracy charges in Mississippi after being linked to ISIS back in 2015.

WTVA reports:

Young was accused of attempting to board a flight at the Golden Triangle Regional Airport in August with Muhammed Dakhlalla and fly to Turkey with the intent to cross into Syria and join the terror group.

Dakhlalla of Starkville pleaded guilty to charges connected to the case earlier this month and awaits sentencing.

Young was a student at Mississippi State.

Proscecutors recommended she be sentenced to 20 years in prison.

She is expected to be sentenced at a later date.

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Did American Airlines Racially Profile This Woman Because Of Her Black Lives Matter T-Shirt?

By Zon D'Amour

You may have heard of ‘driving while black’ but you may not be as familiar with ‘flying while black’. According to Imani Cezanne, she was racially profiled on an American Airlines flight because of her Black Lives Matter t-shirt.

At least ten African American male fatalities including Emmett Till, Sean Bell, Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin are listed on Imani’s shirt. In a series of tweets the World Poetry Slam Champion claims the she was “…unnecessarily ejected” from the aircraft because the flight attendant felt “threatened.”

What I was wearing when I was unnecessarily ejected from my flight because the FA felt “threatened.” Coincidence?

— Imani Cezanne (@imanicezanne) March 26, 2016

Upon the virality of Imani’s tweets, American Airlines has since released a statement which says in part, “…an unruly passenger was removed from American Eagle Flight 5192, operated by PSA Airlines, from CLT to ATL due to failure to comply with crew member instructions. The passenger refused to exit aircraft when asked, so local law enforcement was called.”

Imani says she plans to seek legal representation. According to Ebony, “…the airline has plans to “work with the customer to resolve the issue. The company also said …read more

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Obama To Media: ‘Do Better’

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama’s turn as a media critic this week may not have thrilled many journalists, but it has forced a new look at how a media-saturated presidential campaign is being covered.

Obama’s challenge to reporters to be more probing comes at a time the media is facing two seemingly contradictory strains of criticism for its treatment of Republican front-runner Donald Trump: that it has covered him too much, or not done enough to look into his background and promises.

Obama, speaking Monday night at a Syracuse University awards ceremony honoring the late political journalist Robin Toner, said he’s not the only one dismayed by the tone of the campaign to succeed him. “I was going to call it a ‘carnival atmosphere,’ but that implies fun,” he said. He said he always believed there was a price to pay if a politician said one thing and did another and wondered “in the current atmosphere, is that still true?”

For reporters, he said “a job well done is about more than just handing someone a microphone.” The billions of dollars in free media should come with “serious accountability, especially when politicians issue unworkable plans or make promises they can’t …read more

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