Monthly Archives: March 2016

Seven Arrested In Murder Of Georgia Lottery Winner

By Tonya Pendleton,

For some people, winning the lottery is the break of a lifetime. For others, its a tragedy. That was the sad case for Craigory Burch, Jr. who was killed in January of this year after winning almost $500,000 in the Georgia State Lottery. Burch was shot in front of his girlfriend after using some of his lottery money to buy Christmas presents for underprivileged children. reports:

According to a statement by the Ben Hill County Sheriff’s Office obtained by PEOPLE, police arrested Rosalyn Swain, 22, Earnest Holcomb, 27, and Wayan Jordon, 17, of Fitzgerald, Georgia; Anjavell Johnson, 21, and Dabrentise Overstreet, 19, of Tifton, Georgia; and Keyana Dyous, 24, of Moultrie, Georgia.

The seven are being charged with several misdemeanors and felonies including malice murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and home invasion.

On the night of the killing, they allegedly entered Burch’s home armed and wearing facemasks. Burch, 20, was at home with his girlfriend and children at the time.

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Grace Church Websites Provide Technology To Low-Income Churches Across The Nation

By Desire Thompson

Faith and technology are two worlds that don’t collide as often as they should. With the latter an integral part of our everyday lives, Black churches from all over the nation can now reach potential congregation members with a special initiative launched by Grace Church Websites.

In a press release provided to NewsOne, the company announced that a hundred websites have been launched to represent low-income churches and non-profits in underserved communities since their inception last month. This online presence opens virtual doors for more fellowship, conversation, and tech education. Founded by philanthropist Don Vaccaro and Rev. Dr. Boise Kimber, the project has donated website assistance to churches like the TrueWorship Tabernacle in Texas, as well as other establishments in Kentucky, Georgia, Connecticut, and Florida.

Communications Advisor Rachel Noerdlinger tells NewsOne that Vaccaro and Rev. Kimber came up with the idea after noticing the large gap in technology in the church community. “I think one thing is trying to bring the older congregation members to speed with next generation technology,” Noerdlinger said. “A lot of the churches are legacy organizations, they’re traditional. It’s more of the [the churches making the leap] to get with the times.”

Pastor Ahmad Haywood …read more

Source:: News One

Archaeologists Digging At Malcolm X’s Boyhood Home In Boston

By PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press

FILE - This March 10, 1998, file photo shows the house where slain African-American leader Malcolm X spent part of his childhood, in the Roxbury section of Boston. Archeologists in Boston are digging at the boyhood home of black rights activist Malcolm X. The two-week archaeological dig begins Tuesday, March 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Angela Rowlings, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Archeologists in Boston are digging at a boyhood home of Malcolm X in an effort to uncover more about the about slain black rights activist’s early life.

The two-week archaeological dig begins Tuesday in Boston’s historically black Roxbury neighborhood.

Organizers say they also hope to learn more about the property’s long history, which includes uses as a farm and possibly Native American settlement.

Members of Malcolm X’s family and community residents are expected to help Boston’s Archaeology Lab and researchers from the University of Massachusetts-Boston undertaking the excavation.

A ground-penetrating radar survey will be used this week to determine the best locations to dig and major excavation work is expected next week. The site will be open to the public throughout to observe the work.

The former Malcolm Little lived with his sister’s family at 72 Dale St. as a teenager in the 1940s.

The two-and-a-half story home, built in 1874, is currently owned by Rodnell Collins, a nephew of Malcolm X who hopes the survey can raise public awareness of his family’s history as he looks to convert the home into a residence for graduate student community volunteers.

The only surviving dwelling from the outspoken activist’s formative years in Boston was designated a …read more

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Angry Consumers Suing Old Spice Deodorant For Painful Injuries


Old Spice deodorant is known for keeping active men fresh between showers, but some consumers are taking the brand to task for having various injuries related to its products.

A class action lawsuit filed against Old Spice makers Procter & Gamble reveals claims from victims who accuse the beauty and health giant of covering up “thousands” of reports of painful allergic reactions caused by using Old Spice products. Injuries mentioned in the suit range from rashes to third degree chemical burns.

“Indeed, the problem is rampant, and rather than acknowledge the serious issue, Defendant is concealing it in order to continue selling the product and reaping windfall profits,” an attorney for the plaintiffs wrote in court documents.

The documents are cited in a report from the NY Daily News, which named 13 Old Spice deodorant products — including Swagger Classic Fresh and Pure Sport High Endurance brand — as potentially “defective” and dangerous products.

Included in victims’ lawsuit are comments from angry consumers who posted pictures online as well as a complaint from Rodney Colley. According to the Alexandria, Va. man, using the Old Spice Pure Sport High Endurance stick resulted in him suffering rashes and chemical burns. Adding to Colley’s complaint are …read more

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Veteran Cop Named As Chicago’s Interim Police Chief

By SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Eddie Johnson didn’t apply to become Chicago’s police chief, but his appointment as interim superintendent in line for the top job could address many of the issues facing Mayor Rahm Emanuel and a city reeling from a police shooting scandal.

After firing the previous superintendent over the shooting, Emanuel has searched for a replacement during a spike in violent crime, low department morale and intensified scrutiny of police shootings — in particular the death of Laquan McDonald, a black teen shot 16 times by a white officer. Bypassing three finalists recommended by the police board, the mayor chose an insider who will face immediate pressure to bring about change within a force he’s been part of for 27 years.

Johnson was named interim chief Monday and Emanuel has asked him to apply for the permanent job. He will take over a department criticized for lax accountability on police misconduct and a “code of silence” culture that protects problem officers.

A former commander on the South Side, Johnson is black and a Chicago native, satisfying concerns from some aldermen after two consecutive white superintendents came from outside Chicago. Former colleagues credit Johnson with the ability to unify officers.

Johnson said his focus …read more

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Gunman Arrested After Shots Fired At U.S. Capitol

By ERICA WERNER, AP Congressional Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gunman was taken into custody after shots were fired in the U.S. Capitol complex on Monday, Capitol officials said, and visitors and staff were shut in their offices and told to “shelter in place.”

Initial reports said a police officer sustained minor injuries, but later reports from Capitol officials indicated there was no injury to any law enforcement officers.

The event unfolded with Congress on recess and lawmakers back in their districts, but the Capitol complex teeming with spring tourists. The White House was briefly put on lockdown, although that was soon lifted. A notification sent to Senate offices said no further suspects appeared to be at large.

Capitol office buildings and the Capitol itself were re-opened for business about an hour after the initial reports of gunfire. The Visitors Center where the shooting occurred remained closed as the incident was being investigated.

Visitors were being turned away from the Capitol as emergency vehicles flooded the street and the plaza on the building’s eastern side. Police, some carrying long guns, cordoned off the streets immediately around the building, which were thick with tourists visiting for spring holidays and the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Cathryn Leff of Temecula, California, in town to lobby …read more

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President Obama And Family Attend Easter Service At Historic VA Church

By Associated Press

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama and the first family attended Easter service at a historic black church that traces its origins to when Thomas Jefferson was president.

The Rev. Howard-John Wesley, the pastor at Alfred Street Baptist Church, welcomed back the Obamas, whom he described as “the gorgeous family.” The Obamas also visited the church last Easter.

The congregation, led by a choir clad in crimson, gold and white robes, joined in song early in the service, with the pastor asking them to share introductions, “but don’t act crazy” as the hundreds in attendance exchanged hugs and handshakes.

Many in the choir and audience smiled as they swayed and clapped to the music and sang the refrain “yes, He lives,” a reference to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the event Christians celebrate on Easter.

Wesley delivered a sermon that noted the suffering Jesus endured, and he encouraged the congregation to have faith that, if God could raise Jesus from the dead, he can help them get through their hardships.

“No matter what you’re going through, you don’t have to be afraid because God can handle it,” Wesley said.

The Obamas spent about an hour at the …read more

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Chicago Mayor to Introduce New Interim Police Superintendent

By CARLA K. JOHNSON, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has rejected three finalists recommended by the Chicago police board for the city’s top police post and selected the force’s current chief of patrol as the new interim superintendent, his office said.

The mayor’s office said in a statement late Sunday that Emanuel was appointing Chicago Chief of Patrol Eddie Johnson as interim superintendent. A formal announcement was set for Monday.

Emanuel is trying to replace Superintendent Garry McCarthy, whose firing was part of a frantic effort to restore trust in the Police Department and his own leadership following the release in November of dash-camera footage showing a white police officer fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager 16 times.

Johnson, who is African-American and a 27-year veteran of the force, was not among the police board’s recommendations. A former commander of the Gresham police district on the South Side, Johnson was promoted to deputy chief of patrol in 2012 and chief of patrol in December.

The statement said Johnson is a Chicago native who grew up in the now-demolished Cabrini Green housing project until he was 9 years old. As chief of patrol, Johnson commanded 8,000 officers, the statement said.

Johnson will take over during a time of immense …read more

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[WATCH] Louisiana Pastor Seals Himself In Coffin For Easter

By Krystal Franklin,

A Louisiana Pastor decided to switch things up this Easter and practice what he preaches, literally.

The Shreveport Times reports:

Bishop Rickey Moore with Sunrise Baptist Church indicated through social media on Friday he planned to seal himself in a coffin. The act was part of a four-part drama this Easter weekend, presenting a new twist on the typical Easter program, what Moore referred to as going “extreme in 2016.”

However, early afternoon he told The Times there would be not be a casket. Instead, he will lay on a blue cot with a space heater for the next 36 hours.

“I thought about a casket so if it started raining I would be able to close the lid to keep the elements from getting on me,” Moore said. “It rained on Thursday morning and the weather man tells us it’s going to be a beautiful day tomorrow and Sunday, so therefore there is no need for us to be in a casket.”

The church is located at 3220 Lakeshore Drive in Shreveport.As originally planned, his “resurrection” will occur at 3 a.m. Sunday, where members from his church and the community will experience his words and passion. Moore and his church have been planning …read more

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NYPD Cuffs Black Mailman For Yelling At Them [VIDEO]

By Kellee Terrell

From former tennis stars to sidewalk grillers to NBA players to everyday Black folks walking down the street, the NYPD can do the absolute most when it comes to who they arrest, but this newest arrest takes the cake.

According to the New York Daily News, an on duty mailman Glenn Grays, 27, yelled at an unmarked car that almost slammed into his work truck. For whatever reason, police believed that being read for filth was so dangerous that the situation warranted four plainclothes police officers and a lieutenant to approach Grays, who at the time was carrying a large brown box.

Thankfully, the confrontation was recorded.

The video shows the cops asking him for ID, which quickly tells them is in his truck. Soon after, the cops pull Grays away from the door and cuff him, despite Grays never resisting. The cops put him in the car and drive off leaving the mail truck completely unattended, NY Daily News notes.

Gray’s mother, Sonya Sapp, told reporters that when she saw her son get handcuffed on video, she started to cry.

“I worry about all my boys, every day, every second of every day,” …read more

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