BREAKING: Two Police Officers, 1 Suspect Dead in Santa Cruz Shootings

BREAKING NEWS:  Three people, including two police officers  and one suspect dead in Santa Cruz shootings. An active crime scene is in the 800 block of North Branciforte Avenue and Water Street. A suspect was also injured in the gunfire. According to media reports, police said shots were fired just after 3:30 p.m. on North Branciforte Avenue, and a second round of gunfire was reported on Doyle Street shortly thereafter.

Law enforcement radio dispatches broadcast a suspect description of a white male in his 20′s wearing a gray baseball cap, with long blond hair and a backpack. He was said to be traveling in a white Honda.

The FBI was assisting Santa Cruz police with the incident, an FBI spokesman said. Source

CBS is reporting that all three people who were shot are dead. Two more police officers have died to gunfire in California, barely two weeks after Christopher Dorner’s shooting rampage in California.

Peter G. Daniels Kills Girlfriend, Elizabeth R. Wilson, in Apparent Murder-Suicide in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS MURDER-SUICIDE:  Peter G. Daniels killed his girlfriend, Elizabeth R. Wilson, 31, and then himself, in an apparent murder-suicide at their home at 548 29th Street Monday night. The murder-suicide has rocked the normally quiet neighborhood.

Officers arriving at the home found a grisly scene with a large amount of blood.“They weren’t both killed the same way. He had [Wilson’s] blood on him. He killed her with a knife, which was found at the scene,” said Capt. William M. Thomson, chief of detectives. He said officers found Wilson dead from knife wounds to the throat and Daniels dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

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Police found Peter Daniels in a seated position, propped up against a wall in the dining room with a pump action shotgun between his legs. Wilson was lying in the same room. Source

 

Rep. Marco Rubio’s Favorite Songs Include NWA’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Rep. Marco Rubio hip hop fan loves NWA's Straight Outta Compton Tupac Shakur

Rep. Marco Rubio’s Favorite Songs Include NWA’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m sorry but I find it hard to believe Rep. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is a big fan of hip-hop. He told TMZ that his favorite songs of all-time are NWA’s (N*ggers with Attitude) Straight Outta Compton, Eminem’s Lose Yourself, and Tupac’s Killuminati. Um, I scarcely believe that will translate into black votes.’

Sen. Rubio — a self-professed hip-hop superfan — was at Reagan National Airport when he shot down Weezy recently making the bold claim … “I ain’t 2Pac, I’m the new ‘Pac.”Totally off the cuff, Sen. Rubio told us, “Tupac lived in a different time. These guys have some message in what they’re saying, but I think they’re largely entertainers.”He added, “I think Tupac was more someone who was trying to inform us about what was going on, and he did it through entertainment.”

Yeah, I agree, Lil Wayne ain’t no 2Pac. That’s for sure.

One of Marco Rubio’s favorite songs, NWA’s Straight Outta Compton [Explicit]:

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Federal Correctional Officer Eric Williams Killed by Prison Inmate at US Penitentiary in Canaan PA

Federal Corrections officer Eric Williams, 34, of Nanticoke, PA, was killed Monday night during an inmate attack at the United States Penitentiary Canaan. Williams was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The name of the inmate has not been disclosed.

Official from the penitentiary released the following statement:

“It is with great sadness that we report the death of Correctional Officer Eric Williams. Last night, Officer Williams, while working in a housing, was fatally assaulted by an inmate using a homemade weapon.

“Staff responded immediately and restrained the inmate. Officer Williams was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at around 11:30 p.m.

“Warren Ebbert said ‘This is clearly the darkest day in our institution’s short history, and we are in shock over this senseless loss of a colleague and friend.’

“Officer Williams, 34, was from Nanticoke Pennsylvania. He began his career with the Bureau of Prisons on September 11, 2011.

“The institution has been placed on lockdown status. The community was never in any danger. An investigation into this tragic event is currently underway.”

5 Things You Need to Know Today Feb. 26: Dennis Rodman Peace Mission to North Korea

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5 Things You Need to Know Today Feb. 26: Dennis Rodman Peace Mission to North Korea(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Five things trending today, February 26:  75 prominent Republicans support gay marriage, which shows a schism in the GOP; former Chicago Bulls player Dennis Rodman on peace-keeping mission to North Korea and the massive blizzard in parts of the Southern Great Plains.

1. PROMINENT REPUBLICANS SUPPORT GAY MARRIAGE
Nearly 75 prominent Republicans, including Meg Whitman, several former aides to George W. Bush,  two members of Congress and four former governors, have signed a legal brief arguing that gay couples have a constitutional right to get married. This puts them in direct opposition to Speaker of the House John Boehner and other powerful leaders in the GOP. The document will be submitted to the Supreme Court in support of striking down Proposition 8,  California’s same-sex marriage ban. [New York Times]

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2. 18 KILLED IN HOT AIR BALLOON CRASH NEAR LUXOR EGYPT
A hot-air balloon crashed near Luxor, Egypt, killing 18 tourists from Hong Kong, Japan, France, and the United Kingdom. The balloon reportedly hit an electric cable, which caused a cylinder on board to explode and sending it plunging 1,000 feet. [BBC News]

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3. DENNIS RODMAN ON PEACH MISSION TO NORTH KOREA
Former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman is on a “basketball diplomacy” mission to North Korea. Dennis Rodman will team up with three members of the Harlem Globetrotters to run a basketball camp for children and play against North Korean athletes as part of a Vice Media production due to air on HBO in April. [Associated Press]

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4. GOP ACCUSES OBAMA OF SCARE TACTICS OVER SEQUESTER
The GOP is accusing President Obama of using scare tactics and political-campaign maneuvers to pressure them into accepting a Democratic proposal to avoid the sequestration which will lead to deep budget cuts due to start hitting March 1.  “This is not time for a road-show president,” said House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). The cuts amount to $85 billion this year and $1.2 trillion over a decade. President Obama said, “These cuts do not have to happen. Congress can turn them off any time with just a little bit of compromise.” [Washington Post]

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5. MASSIVE BLIZZARD SLAMS SOUTHERN GREAT PLAINS
The Texas and Oklahoma panhandles were buried by more than a foot of snow in a massive blizzard, which also disrupted travel across the southern Great Plains region. The storm has been blamed for two deaths — one person died when his overturned in Kansas after hitting an ice patch, and another was killed in a home when heavy snow caused the roof to collapse. [CNNUSA Today]

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BLACK HISTORY:  FEB. 26, 1966  ANDREW BRIMMER BECAME 1ST BLACK GOVERNOR ON THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD

Andrew Brimmer first black appointed to Federal Reserve Board in 1966 Lyndon Johnson

FEB. 26, 1966: Andrew Brimmer first black appointed to Federal Reserve Board. (Attribution Unknown)

On This Day, Feb. 26, 1966, economist Andrew Felton Brimmer became the first black governor of the Federal Reserve Board when he is appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Andrew Brimmer was born the son of a Louisiana sharecropper. He died in 2012 after a long illness.

From the NY Times: “Dr. Brimmer, an economist, held a number of high-ranking posts in Washington and taught at Harvard, but the economic conditions of poor, powerless, uneducated blacks was an abiding concern. He spoke about what he called the “schism” between blacks who were educated and had marketable skills and those who did not. In later years he spoke frequently about how government policies no longer supported programs to help blacks enter the economic mainstream.”

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Philly Police Officer Jonathan Josey Acquitted in Puerto Rican Day Parade Assault

Philadelphia Police Officer Jonathan Josey acquitted of simple assault charge for decking a woman during a street party at last year’s Puerto Rican Day Parade. Municipal Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan said he was troubled by Officer Jonathan Josey’s conduct on the 10 second video that showed him hitting Aida Guzman from behind and knocking her to the ground.

Judge Dugan, however, cited his testimony that he was trying to swipe a beer bottle from her hand when he accidentally hit her. Philly.com reports, Josey said he “acted in the context of an escalating melee in which some spectators were throwing beer bottles at police trying to arrest a driver doing donuts in the middle of the intersection.”

Judge Dugan took other police testimony into consideration and also said the video alone was not enough to prove the officer meant to harm Aida Guzman. Jonathan Josey intends to seek reinstatement to the police department.

Prominent Republicans, Including Meg Whitman, Sign Brief In Support of Gay Marriage

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Prominent Republicans, Including Meg Whitman, Sign Brief In Support of Gay Marriage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many Republicans are coming around to accepting and supporting gay marriage. Dozens of prominent Republicans including Christine Todd Whitman and David Stockman, have signed a legal brief arguing that gays have a constitutional right to marry. That position is the opposite of what many right wing evangelicals believe. This points to a schism within the GOP that has widened since the shellacking the party took in the November election. The document will be submitted later this week to the Supreme Court in support of a suit seeking to strike down Proposition 8, a California ballot initiative barring same-sex marriage, and all similar bans, the New York Times reports.

Among them are Meg Whitman, who supported Proposition 8 when she ran for California governor; Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Richard Hanna of New York; Stephen J. Hadley, a Bush national security adviser; Carlos Gutierrez, a commerce secretary to Mr. Bush; James B. Comey, a top Bush Justice Department official; David A. Stockman, President Ronald Reagan’s first budget director; and Deborah Pryce, a former member of the House Republican leadership from Ohio who is retired from Congress.

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But the presence of so many well-known former officials — including Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey, and William Weld and Jane Swift, both former governors of Massachusetts — suggests that once Republicans are out of public life they feel freer to speak out against the party’s official platform, which calls for amending the Constitution to define marriage as “the union of one man and one woman.” Source

 

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