Monthly Archives: April 2017

‘Two Slaves For Sale:’ Florida Student In Hot Water For Racist Craigslist Ad

By Clarissa Hamlin

A Florida student at Fleming Island High School was recently suspended and transferred to an alternative school after the Clay County school district confirmed that the teen posting a racist Craigslist ad about two of his classmates being slaves for sale, reports Local 10.

Florida high school tagged to Craigslist ad for slaves https://t.co/R7unEBclUd pic.twitter.com/mPNcqgpHVU

— WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) April 27, 2017

From Local 10:

The ad, which showed two black students, offered “Two Slaves for Sale-$470” and was geographically tagged to Fleming Island Plantation.

The ad, which was taken off the website, showed the students sitting at school desks with the caption “Two healthy negro slavegals for sale. Good condition and hard work ethic! If you need another pair of hands around the farm/house, you’re in luck!”

…Superintendent Addison Davis issued the following statement: “We do not tolerate this type of behavior and we are disheartened that any of our students would be subject to discrimination. Fleming Island High School administration and district leadership are working together to create a school-wide plan of action to strengthen the climate and culture while celebrating the school’s diversity.”

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17-Year-Old Faces Manslaughter Charge After Accidentally Shooting & Killing His Sister

By Keyaira Kelly

A 17-year-old boy is facing manslaughter charges after accidentally shooting his sister in their Florida home, Local 10 reports.

Martaevious Santiago called 911 on his birthday to say he shot his 13-year-old sister.

When authorities arrived on the scene, they found Teddra King suffering from a gunshot wound in the head.

She was pronounced dead on the scene.

According to the police report from the Miami-Dade police department, Santiago was holding a loaded semi-automatic handgun in the kitchen of their home when his little sister hugged him. As she turned to walk away, Santiago pointed the gun at the back of her head and pulled the trigger.

Santiago reportedly received the gun from his 14-year-old friend, who was arrested for an outstanding delinquency report.

Santiago’s stepfather, Vernon Williams, told local news sources that Santiago was filled with remorse.

”Daddy, I’m sorry. It was an accident. I’m sorry, Dad,” Santiago told Williams.

SOURCE: Local 10 ABC News

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15-Year-Old Kentucky High School Basketball Player Dies After A Workout

By Kiyonna Anthony

Star Ifeacho pictures,collapsed and died in his team locker room https://t.co/ZLVMZtdNyS pic.twitter.com/YmK4J1kYdn

— infowe (@infowe) April 27, 2017

Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Kentucky has lost one of their most beloved students.

WSAZ 3 News reports that 15-year-old Star Ifeacho died after collapsing during an open gym session at his school. The sophomore student reportedly had been working on drills and playing two-on-two with teammates when the shocking incident occurred. He was pronounced dead at University of Kentucky Hospital on Wednesday.

Lisa Deffendall, a Fayette County Schools spokeswoman, says that players were practicing in front of coaches and an athletic trainer at the time. Superintendent Manny Caulk told reporters, “Star had stopped shooting baskets and was with the athletic trainer when he collapsed in the locker room. The athletic trainer immediately provided emergency care, including CPR and the use of the AED (automated external defibrillator), while 911 was called. When paramedics arrived, they took over his care and transported him to the hospital.”

Click here to support Star Ifeacho Memorial/Funeral organized by Carrie Allen Boling https://t.co/mafyvlbEj8

— Steph Bunton (@steph_bunton) April 27, 2017

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Illinois Police Find Missing Toddler Dead In ‘Deplorable House’ Where Squatters Lived

By Kellee Terrell

A 16-month-old girl who had been reported missing in Joliet, Illinois, was found dead in the home she lived with family members and other people.

According to The Chicago Tribune, after a 30-hour search Semaj Crosby’s body was found early Thursday morning after she was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon while playing outside a block away. The police are calling the toddler’s death “suspicious” and an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

Rick Ackerson, deputy chief of the sheriff’s office, told the press on Thursday that Crosby’s body was found in a “deplorable condition.” He wouldn’t divulge where in the house she was found and whether there were any signs of sexual assault.

However, he did shed light on her living situation saying that at any given time there could be up to 15 people living in the home and referred to the extra tenants as “squatters.” Upon inspection of the house after finding the dead toddler, the police have “deemed the house uninhabitable and red-tagged it.”

One man who helped with the neighborhood search, Adrian Smith, told NBC 5 that he was not surprised Crosby was so close all along.

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D.C. Voucher Students Do Worse In Math In Private Schools, Study Shows

By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students attending private schools in the nation’s capital through a federally funded voucher program are doing worse in math compared to their peers, according to a government study released Thursday.

The findings added fuel to one of the most heated debates in the education community: whether taxpayer money should be used to pay for private schools. Critics jumped on the study to reiterate that vouchers don’t work. Proponents stressed that test scores are not the only way to measure school quality.

The study, conducted by the Education Department’s Institute of Education Sciences, looked at students who enrolled in the program in the years 2012-2014 and compared them to their peers who applied for the vouchers through a lottery, but were not selected. The study evaluated students one year into their study,

The analysis revealed that students who attended private schools with voucher money scored 7.3 percentage points lower in math compared to those students who didn’t get in. The study did not find any statistically significant differences in reading skills.

But among students who had attended low-performing schools, the key targets of the voucher program, the study did not reveal any significant change in either math or reading.

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Aaron Hernandez’s Attorney Denies He Had A Gay Lover

By Adrian Moore

New England Pariots v Jacksonville Jaguars

Source: Michael DeHoog/Sports Imagery / Getty

When three notes were recovered from Aaron Hernandez‘s prison cell after his reported suicide, many speculated that one of the notes was to a gay prison lover. There were even reports that the man was 22-year old inmate Kyle Kennedy. Well, according to Hernandez’s lawyer, this was not the case. The three notes were addressed to Hernandez’s fiancée, his daughter, and his attorney, Jose Baez — not Kennedy.

The content of all the letters have yet to be revealed, but Baez said in a statement recently, “Rumors of letters to a gay lover, in or out of prison, are false.” He continued, “These are malicious leaks used to tarnish someone who is dead…l urge anyone continuing to spread these malicious untruths to cease immediately.”

Baez even went on to say Kennedy and his lawyers are partly responsible for spreading the rumors of a gay lover. “Notwithstanding my unambiguous statement that there were no such letters, representatives, on behalf of an individual named Kyle Kennedy, continue to advise the media such a gay love letter exists,” he said.

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Black Congresswomen To Release Study On Missing Black Children

By Nigel Roberts

Relisha Rudd, still missing from Washington, D.C.

The Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls convened a town hall Wednesday at the Library of Congress to announce plans to investigate and report on the overlooked problem of trafficked and missing Black children, CNN reports.

“We don’t want to just talk about the problems, we want to think about the solutions,” said Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill), a founding member of the caucus, at the town hall.

The Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls is set to present a report on missing black girls https://t.co/P6EmOgdaQ9 pic.twitter.com/lXQeomOAHd

— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 27, 2017

This comes at a time of increased awareness of the issue, sparked by shock and outrage over a sudden rise in social media attention in March to missing Black and Latina girls in the nation’s capital.

Black and Missing Foundation reported in 2014 that 64,000 Black women and girls were missing nationwide.

Panelists at the event said they want to dispel the myth that most missing Black girls are troubled teens who either ran away from home or involved in illegal activities.

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Milwaukee Jail Inmate Denied Water For 7 Days Before Death, Prosecutors Say

By Clarissa Hamlin

Wisconsin prosecutors questioned Monday whether Milwaukee County Jail staff members should face criminal charges for the death of inmate Terrill Thomas, who was found dead in his cell because of dehydration, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Barely two hours into his eighth day in solitary, jail staff found Thomas, 38, dead on his jail cell floor, the result of profound dehydration.

Prosecutors on Monday began the process of publicly airing the circumstances surrounding Thomas’ death in April 2016, opening their inquest into whether any jail staff should be criminally charged for failing to help him…

Through an opening statement and testimony from several witnesses, prosecutors laid out how the confluence of the violation of a sheriff’s office policy, an unusual jail practice, Thomas’ mental illness and inattentiveness by corrections officers led to Thomas’ death.

The inquest could take up to a week, with potentially 90 witnesses who could testify, reports WTMJ-TV.

SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WTMJ-TV

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Minnesota Man Sentenced To 15 Years For Shooting Black Protesters

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A white Minnesota man who was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison Wednesday for shooting and wounding five black protesters said he’ll live with the consequences of his actions for the rest of his life, but stopped short of apologizing.

Allen Scarsella’s sentence of 15 years and two months was short of prosecutors’ request for the maximum 20 years but within state guidelines. The 25-year-old Bloomington man was convicted in February on assault and riot charges for shooting the five men at a Black Lives Matter protest encampment outside a north Minneapolis police station following the fatal police shooting of a black man, Jamar Clark, in 2015.

“I recognize the severity of the events of November 23rd, 2015,” Scarsella said as he stood before Hennepin County District Judge Hilary Caligiuri. He said the shootings were not what he wanted to happen that night when he and three friends went to the protest, where demonstrators chased them away because they were wearing masks. “I’ll live with the consequences the rest of my life.”

Prosecutor Chris Freeman dismissed self-defense claims that Scarsella made during his trial. He called the crime, “five unarmed black men gunned down in what can …read more

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Ben Carson Says He Wants More Private Sector Partners For HUD

By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said Wednesday he expects to release a policy agenda within the next few months that delivers “bang for the buck,” partly by encouraging more private-sector collaboration.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Carson said he expects to advance public-private partnerships, extending low-income housing tax credits and providing more opportunities for public-housing residents to get jobs at the buildings where they live.

“The biggest tools are the partnerships — public, private, nonprofit and faith community partnerships — which allow us to leverage those federal dollars, anywhere from 2, 3, 4, 5 to 20-to-1,” Carson said.

He said businesses with a financial stake in such projects are motivated to maintain the surrounding infrastructure.

“And if they’re maintaining it, we don’t have to — and then we can spend more time and effort dealing with the things that really need to be dealt with,” he said.

Carson has been traveling the country gathering input from agency field staff, local leaders and residents of public housing developments.

His three-day visit to Ohio, the tour’s fourth stop, included visits to developments in both urban and rural areas.

Carson declined to comment during a later news conference on the tax plan …read more

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