Monthly Archives: September 2016

Missouri Fraternity Suspended Over Reports Of Racial Slurs

By Associated Press

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri temporarily suspended a fraternity on Wednesday over accusations of racial slurs directed toward black students, in the latest incident of racial tension that has roiled the campus for nearly a year.

The university action followed the national organization of Delta Upsilon fraternity, which suspended the chapter earlier on Wednesday.

The incident began late Tuesday night when a group of white students walked past two female members of the Legion of Black Collegians’ Activities Committee.

The legion said in a statement that one of the white students yelled a racial slur at the women, who then contacted other legion members. Police then arrived.

“It was at this moment, outside the Delta Upsilon Fraternity house, that while police were attempting to de-escalate the situation, members of the fraternity began recording the interaction, as well as shouting a variety of obscenities at the Committee,” the statement said. The legion said those obscenities included a racial slur.

Justin Kirk, executive director of Delta Upsilon International, said in a statement that the emergency suspension would be in effect while the incident is investigated.

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Congress Overrides President Obama’s Veto On Saudi Arabia Lawsuits

By RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press

This frame grab from video provided by C-SPAN2, shows the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, as the Senate acted decisively to override President Barack Obama's veto of Sept. 11 legislation, setting the stage for the contentious bill to become law despite flaws that Obama and top Pentagon officials warn could put U.S. troops and interests at risk. (C-SPAN2 via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a resounding rebuke, Democrats joined with Republicans Wednesday to hand Barack Obama the first veto override of his presidency, voting overwhelmingly to allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts for its alleged backing of the attackers.

Both the House and Senate voted decisively to reverse Obama’s decision to scuttle the legislation. Democrats in both chambers abandoned the president in large numbers despite warnings from Obama and top national security officials that flaws in the bill could put U.S. interests, troops, and intelligence personnel at risk.

The Senate vote was 97-1, with only Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., backing the president. The House vote a few hours later was 348-77, with 123 Democrats rebuffing the president and voting to override. Obama said during a CNN interview that overriding his veto was a mistake that may set a “dangerous precedent.”

Lawmakers said their priority wasn’t Saudi Arabia, but the 9/11 victims and their families who continue to demand justice 15 years after attackers killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, the Washington, D.C., area, and Pennsylvania. Fifteen of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers were Saudis.

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Ugandan Refugee At Center Of California Police Shooting Death

By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press

In this Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 frame from video provided by the El Cajon Police Department, a man, second from left, faces police officers in El Cajon, Calif. The man reportedly acting erratically at a strip mall in suburban San Diego was shot and killed by police after pulling an object from his pocket, pointing it at officers and assuming a "shooting stance," authorities said. Some protesters claimed the man was shot with his hands raised, but police disputed that and produced the frame from cellphone video taken by a witness that appeared to show the man in the "shooting stance" as two officers approached with weapons drawn. (El Cajon Police Department via AP)

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — The fatal police shooting of a Ugandan refugee who drew something from his pocket and extended his hands in a “shooting stance” happened about a minute after officers in a San Diego suburb arrived where a mentally unstable man was reportedly walking in traffic, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

It took police more than an hour to respond because of other calls, El Cajon Lt. Rob Ransweiler said. Officers arrived at a parking lot next to a Mexican fast-food restaurant about 2:10 p.m., and the unarmed man was shot about a minute later.

Mayor Bill Wells said he was concerned how quickly the shooting took place, though he said video taken by a bystander was enlightening and he didn’t think it was “tremendously complicated to figure out what happened.”

Police said the man had refused to comply with instructions to remove a hand from his pants pocket and paced back and forth before rapidly drawing an object from the pocket. The item turned out to be an electronic cigarette device, police said late Wednesday.

Some protesters said he was shot while his hands were raised in the air, though police disputed that and produced a single frame from the …read more

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FLOTUS Stumps For Clinton In Philadelphia, Has Harsh Words For Trump

By Kellee Terrell

First Lady Michelle Obama is back on the campaign trail for Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

On Wednesday, FLOTUS stopped by La Salle University in Philadelphia to stump for the former Secretary of State where she sang Clinton’s praises, calling her the “most qualified candidate.”

Experience matters. Preparation maters. Temperament matters. And Hillary Clinton has it all. She’s the real deal,” she said to applause.

But Michelle Obama also had some pretty harsh words for Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump, the New York Times wrote.

If a candidate is erratic and threatening; if a candidate traffics in prejudice, fears and lies on the campaign trail; if a candidate thinks that not paying taxes makes you smart, or that it’s good business when people lose their homes; if a candidate regularly and flippantly makes cruel and insulting comments about women, about how we look, how we act — well, sadly, that’s who that candidate really is,” Mrs. Obama said.

That is the kind of president they will be. When making life-or-death, war-or-peace decisions, a president can’t just pop off or lash out irrationally. We need an adult in the White House. I guarantee you,” she added.

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Former Tuskegee President Benjamin Payton Dies

By Tonya Pendleton, BlackAmericaWeb.com

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An HBCU is in mourning this week. In sad news out of Tuskegee University, the school’s president, Dr. Benjamin F. Payton has died. Payton was the fifth president of the school, serving in the role for almost 30 years.

AL.com reports:

Dr. Benjamin F. Payton served as the university’s fifth president from 1981 until Aug. 1, 2010. He graduated with honors from four different colleges, including South Carolina State University, Harvard University, Columbia University and Yale University.

The family hour will be held on Saturday at Peoples Funeral Home in Tuskegee at 7 p.m. Payton’s funeral will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Tuskegee University Chapel.

“Tuskegee University is deeply saddened at the loss of the university’s 5th President, Dr. Benjamin F. Payton. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the entire Tuskegee University community,” said seventh president Dr. Brian L. Johnson.

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Say What? Conservative Group Honors Officers In Freddie Gray Case

By Associated Press

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The conservative Media Research Center has honored the Baltimore police officers who were charged but not convicted in the 2015 death of a young black man whose fatal neck injury in the back of a police van touched off riots in the city.

Lt. Brian Rice and officers Edward Nero and Garrett Miller walked onstage to loud applause at the group’s annual awards gala last Thursday in Washington. Officers Caesar Goodson and William Porter, and Sgt. Alicia White do not appear in the video.

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Presenter Deneen Borelli said no one else had thanked them for their service.

Miller asked the group for love and prayers.

Prosecutors dropped all charges after three officers were acquitted and another’s trial ended in a hung jury.

Freddie Gray was fatally injured as he rode in the back of the police transport van, handcuffed and shackled but not seat-belted.

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Rapper Gets 15-Year Sentence In Child Porn, Music Video Case

By Associated Press

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio rapper who federal authorities say recorded sexually explicit footage of teen girls and edited the footage into music videos has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Eric Chavis pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to produce child pornography. The Columbus rapper on Tuesday received the mandatory minimum sentence required under federal statutes.

Authorities say Chavis uploaded 29 videos of the underage girls with him.

U.S. District Judge Michael Watson told Chavis the victims, who were 16 and 17, were all “mature” but not of legal age. Watson says Chavis “trolled the internet” to lure underage performers.

Chavis’ attorney says his client believed the girls were willing and over 18.

Chavis must register as a sex offender upon his release.

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Show Me Your Papers: The Truth Behind Trump’s Birther Movement

By Kwame Jackson

When Donald Trump failed to answer Lester Holt‘s question at Monday night’s first presidential debate about what he would like to say to African-Americans after perpetuating the racist birther lie about President Obama, he gave Black voters all the information they need to know on Election Day.

Indeed, there is a long evil history in the United States that involves validating and approving the access, acceptance, and achievements of people who can claim America as their own.

How can one group or individual appoint themselves as the sole arbiter of all things American, demanding that all others sit on the outside looking in, hoping for the divine providence of this figure to allow them access and approval? Like the proverbial losing lottery ticket that leaves you wishing, hoping, and praying, why couldn’t it be your lucky day?

But Trump has finally thrown up his hands and admitted that he was wrong all along. That’s not enough. He expects that we should essentially accept his “Sike, my bad!” and turn our attention away from the fact that he invested half of a decade in the service of othering America’s first Black president—and challenging his academic credentials in the process (please don’t …read more

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Navy Investigates Sailor Who Didn’t Salute National Anthem

By AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press

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HONOLULU (AP) — The Navy has investigated the case of a sailor who didn’t salute as the national anthem played during a recent morning flag-raising at Pearl Harbor.

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U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman Senior Chief Petty Officer Joel Cesar said Tuesday it’s up to the sailor’s commander whether she faces any punishment for not saluting on Sept. 19.

The sailor is Petty Officer 2nd Class Janaye Ervin, an intelligence specialist in the Navy Reserve. She was recently in Hawaii for about two weeks for an exercise.

Erwin is assigned to the Navy Operational Support Center at North Island, California. The command didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. Erwin didn’t respond to a message sent to a Facebook account in her name. A phone number for her was not listed.

The sailor’s failure to salute comes after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick received national attention when he refused to stand for the anthem before NFL preseason games earlier this year. He cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his actions.

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Since then, other athletes all over the U.S. have engaged in their own protests during the anthem.

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