Monthly Archives: June 2016

D.C. Daycare Employee Charged For Ripping Out Toddler’s Hair

By Charise Frazier

When 1-year-old Demarco came home from his D.C. area daycare on Tuesday, his parents noticed a bald patch on the side of the toddler’s head.

“It was disturbing, like, all I could do was get upset and just cry,” Demarco’s mother Daizha Rosser said in an interview with NBC4 Washington.

Furious, Rosser and the baby’s father Lawrence McEachin visited Demarco’s daycare, Kids Are Us Learning Center, where a teacher told them another child ripped out her son’s hair.

After Rosser and McEachin demanded to view surveillance tape, they witnessed something a parent could never imagine. They say the video revealed it was actually a teacher – not a fellow student – who pulled out Demarco’s hair.

Update: D.C. daycare employee charged after chunk of hair ripped out of toddler’s head

— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) June 30, 2016

“Pull, pull, pull. He fell; [she] pulled again and snatched it right off,” McEachin said to NBC4 Washington. “I can only imagine he was crying.”

D.C. police say an employee at the daycare center has been charged with first-degree cruelty to a child, NBC 4 reports.

McEachin said the teacher’s explanation was inexcusable. He and Rosser plan to press charges.

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Man Gets Jail, Probation In Fatal Dog Attack On Detroit Boy

By Associate Press

DETROIT (AP) — The mother of a 4-year-old Detroit boy who was mauled to death by pit bulls described the lingering emotional effects of the attack that only ended when police shot the animals, as the dog’s owner was sentenced Thursday to jail time and probation.

Before Geneke Lyons was sentenced for involuntary manslaughter in the brutal attack, Lucille Strickland — with torrents of tears tumbling down her cheeks — told the Wayne County Circuit Court that she wakes each morning and kisses a picture of her son, Xavier.

“I think about him every day, because that’s a part of me that was taken that I cannot get back,” she said. “It’s taken a lot out of me to just move on. If I could just have him, I would be OK, but I know that’s never going to happen.”

Xavier and his mother were walking through a west side Detroit neighborhood on Dec. 2, 2015, when they were attacked by three dogs. The boy was dragged beneath a gate into a yard where a fourth dog joined the attack.

Police had to shoot the animals to free the boy’s body.

Lyons wasn’t home at the time, but prosecutors said he should be held responsible …read more

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CNN’s Marc Lamont Hill To Host Late-Night Talk Show For VH1


CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill is bringing his punditry to late night, courtesy of VH1, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Ivy League educated pundit will anchor the weekly series “VH1 Live,” which will deliver pop culture spin on entertainment news and gossip.

Hill will infuse his opinions with a “raw street savvy ” approach to the week’s topics, the network states. The audience and social media will also play a role in the conversation, with Hill poised to be joined by some of VH1’s biggest stars to get exclusive, behind-the-scenes buzz on the cable network’s top-rated shows.

The series, produced by Embassy Row (“Watch What Happens Live,” “Talking Dead”), debuts Sunday, July 17 at 10 p.m.

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Have You Seen Shanika Minor? She Is The Only Black Woman On The FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitive List

By Tonya Pendleton,

There are a lot of lists for a young Black woman to aspire to. The Dean’s list. The Best Dressed List. But most don’t end up where Shanika Minor is now – the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List. In another dubious honor, Minor is the first fugitive from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to make the list. And the reason why – she shot and killed another woman after an argument over loud music. reports:

In March, Minor was visiting her mother’s home near 30th and Auer when she began arguing with her mother’s pregnant neighbor, Tamecca Perry, over loud music. Perry was just a week from her due date.

Perry was shot in front of her two young children. She and her unborn baaby both died. The vigil outside Perry’s home remains.

“I think there is an instability in her judgment there, that coupled with a possession of a firearm makes her inherently dangerous,” said Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn.

“It was just absolutely incredible that she would jump to that conclusion that she needed to take somebody’s life over, you know, a less than a week old argument,” said Milwaukee police Cpt. Aaron Raap.

TODAY’S TMJ4 spoke with Perry’s teary-eyed cousin, …read more

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4 Siblings In Miami Shot In Separate Incidents In June

By Associated Press

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A 16-year-old male shot dead in a car was the fourth member of a Miami family to be shot this month.

Miami Gardens Police Maj. Ralph Suarez tells The Miami Herald that Jemelle Raymond’s death early Tuesday appeared “like a gang retaliation shooting.”

Also killed was an 18-year-old man, and a 20-year-old man was injured. No arrests have been made.

The Herald reports that Jemelle’s 18-year-old brother was fatally shot June 2 as he fled his attackers into the family’s home in Miami’s Liberty City. Their 11-year-old sister and a 13-year-old brother were wounded in that shooting.

At the time, the father, Tremelle Raymond Sr., said he wanted to leave the neighborhood because of its violence. Miami police officials tell the Herald that Raymond has moved and they couldn’t reach him.

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Brother Of Pastor Competent To Stand Trial In His Slaying

By Associated Press

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man charged with fatally shooting his pastor brother in a church office as Sunday services were ending has been found mentally competent to stand trial.

The Dayton Daily News reports a Montgomery County judge made the ruling Tuesday that 68-year-old Daniel Schooler is competent for trial, which is scheduled to begin Oct. 31. He has pleaded not guilty.

Dayton police say the Rev. William B. Schooler was shot on Feb. 28 at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church, and Daniel Schooler was arrested at the church.

A grand jury indicted him on charges that include aggravated murder. He’s being held on $1 million bond.

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President Obama Not Too Worried About Brexit

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama isn’t expecting “major, cataclysmic changes” as a result of Britain’s pending exit from the European Union.

Speaking to NPR, Obama also said there are more differences than similarities when it comes to Britain’s election compared with the current presidential election in the United States, where discontent has fueled Republican Donald Trump’s rise.

Obama said Europe hasn’t fared as well as the United States since the financial crisis that struck in 2008, and there was some belief that the European Union was moving too fast and without as much consensus as it should.

“I think that the best way to think about this is, a pause button has been pressed on the project of full European integration,” Obama said in the interview, parts of which aired Tuesday. “I would not overstate it. There’s been a little bit of hysteria post-Brexit vote, as if somehow NATO’s gone, the trans-Atlantic alliance is dissolving and every country is rushing off to its own corner. That’s not what’s happening.”

Obama acknowledged some similarities between Britain’s election and the presidential election in the U.S. He says some have been able to tap into fear that people may have about losing control and to …read more

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Red Cross Apologizes For ‘Super Racist’ Pool Poster

By Charise Frazier

The American Red Cross offered an apology after a swimming guideline poster depicting White children behaving and Black children acting out went viral on social media, NBC News reports.

“Be Cool, Follow the Rules,” headlines the top of the poster. Arrows are used to differentiate who is “not cool,” and who is exercising “cool” behavior.

Margaret Sawyer, a former Executive Director of the Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project, saw the poster while she vacationed with her family in Salida, Colorado, over the weekend.

Hey, @RedCross, send a new pool poster to @SalidaRec bc the current one they have w your name on it is super racist

— John Sawyer (@JSawyer330) June 21, 2016

Sawyer took action, reporting the poster to the lifeguard on duty and writing a letter to the facility urging them to take it down. Days later, she visited a pool in Fort Morgan, Colorado, where she saw the same sign.

This time, she took it to the court of public opinion by tweeting a photo of the poster.

“I think it’s really important to think about the messages that we’re sending kids, I ask for all of us to take that …read more

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California Police Criticized For Response To Protest

By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities were anticipating violence as a white nationalist group planned a demonstration at the California Capitol, and they brought in more than 100 officers to patrol the grounds.

But after 10 people were hurt Sunday, they faced criticism Monday about whether they were properly prepared or too slow to get involved when the demonstration quickly turned violent in a clash with a larger group of counter-protesters.

“It was basically a free-for-all,” said Cres Vellucci, an observer with the National Lawyers Guild. “I was just appalled that nothing seemed to be done.”

He said his group was there to watch for police overreaction, but in this case the opposite happened. The California Highway Patrol and Sacramento city police failed to separate about 30 members of the Traditionalist Worker Party from about 300 counter-protesters who rushed to confront them, he said.

Law enforcement was slow to protect people who were attacked and slow to get them medical help, Vellucci said.

“We’re not going to escort people from city streets or wherever they’re coming from,” said CHP spokesman Officer George Granada. “Everything turned out fairly well. There was violence, but it could have been a lot worse.”

No officers or bystanders were hurt and less …read more

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Michelle Obama, Daughters In Africa To Push Girls’ Education


KAKATA, Liberia (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama visited a leadership camp for girls in Liberia to launch her latest Africa visit Monday in a country still recovering from the recent Ebola epidemic that left thousands dead.

“I am just so thrilled to be here with you,” the first lady told the young women at the Peace Corps-sponsored project in Kakata.

Earlier she was welcomed to Liberia’s capital with a red carpet and traditional dancers wearing the red, white and blue colors of both countries’ flags.

After meeting Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Mrs. Obama traveled 70 kilometers (43 miles) along a heavily potholed road to Kakata.

The first lady is traveling with her mother and daughters Malia, 18, who recently graduated from high school, and Sasha, 15.

Education for girls is the central theme of the first lady’s trip, which also includes stops in Morocco and Spain.

Liberia was battered by civil wars between 1989 and 2003. Then Ebola swept the country in 2014, killing more than 4,800. Teachers died and schools were closed for months.

The country was founded as part of an effort to resettle freed American slaves and has deep ties to the United States. The country’s oldest vocational high school, located in …read more

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