Ammar Harris, Suspect in Las Vegas Strip Shooting, Arrested in Los Angeles

BREAKING:  Ammar Harris, the suspect in the Las Vegas Strip shooting that left three dead — Kenneth Cherry (AKA Kenny Clutch), taxi driver Michael Boldon and passenger Sandi Sutton-Wasmund — arrested in Los Angeles.

St. Lucie County Sgt. Gary Morales Killed During Traffic Stop, Suspect Arrested

St. Lucie County Sgt. Gary Morales killed

St. Lucie County Sgt. Gary Morales Killed During Traffic Stop, Suspect Arrested

FALLEN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER:  St. Lucie County Sgt. Gary Morales killed while making a traffic stop in the 3200 block of Naylor Terrace Thursday morning.

Sgt. Gary Morales was killed when the suspect exited his vehicle and opened fire, striking him as he sat in his patrol car. Sgt. Morales was pronounced dead at the Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute. The suspect is in police custody.

Sgt. Gary Morales is survived by a wife, children and a brother. He is a native of the Bronx, NY, and is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He served with the St. Lucie Sheriff’s Office for 13 years.

Businessweek Apologizes for Racist Cover Warning Minorities Will Be Buying Houses Again

RACE IN AMERICA:  Businessweek apologizes for racist cover photo accompanying its cover story about the return of aggressive mortgage lending products is really something else. In other words, the cover is sending the message that minorities will return to purchasing houses again. Really?

“Our cover illustration last week got strong reactions, which we regret,” Josh Tyrangiel, the magazine’s editor, wrote in a statement sent to POLITICO. “Our intention was not to incite or offend. If we had to do it over again we’d do it differently.” Source

From the apology, they don’t seem to regret the meaning behind the cover. They would just have presented it differently. Enough said. They just lost a reader.

Here’s Businessweek’s racist magazine cover:

Businessweek racist magazine cover minorities buying houses again

Businessweek Apologizes for Racist Cover Warning Minorities Will Be Buying Houses Again

Lawrence Reed ID’d as Suspect in the Murder of Clarksdale Mayoral Candidate Marco McMillian

openly gay mayoral candidate Marco McMillian murdered

Body of Openly Gay MS Mayoral Candidate Marco McMillian Found, Homicide Suspected

Lawrence Reed, 22, identified as the person of interest in police custody in the murder of openly gay mayoral candidate Marco McMillian, whose body was found Wednesday in Coahoma County, Miss.

Marco McMillian’s body was found near the Mississippi River, between Sherard and Rena Lara. He had been missing since early Tuesday. He was discovered missing after an accident involving his SUV Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. near the Coahoma County-Tallahatchie County line.

Lawrence Reed, who was driving McMillian’s SUV, collided head-on with another vehicle. The mayoral candidate wasn’t in the vehicle at the time of the accident and that prompted a search for his whereabouts, the Clarion-Ledger reports.

 

Five Things to Know Today Feb. 28: Bob Woodward Accuses White House of Threatening Him

Bob Woodward Accuses White House Official of Threatening Him

Five things to know today, Feb. 28:  Bob Woodward, of Watergate fame, is accusing the White House of threatening him; Steven Spielberg to head Cannes jury; Pope Benedict XVI leaves the Vatican and Republicans pick convicted felon to run for former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s seat.

1. BENEDICT XVI LEAVES THE VATICAN

Pope Benedict XVI spent his last night in the Vatican apartment he’s lived in for the past eight years on Wednesday night. After saying goodbye to the Cardinals at about 1 p.m. local time, he will depart by helicopter to the Vatican retreat Castle Gandolf, ABC News reports.

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2. BOB WOODWARD FEUDS WITH THE WHITE HOUSE ON BUDGET CUTS

Veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, claims that the White House threatened him over a recent story in which he questioned President Obama’s account of how the sequester came to be. Buzzfeed reports that that official is Gene Sperling, who heads the White House Economic Council. Woodward said the official “yelled at me for about a half hour.” The official then followed up with an email apologizing, and said, “You’re focusing on a few specific trees that give a very wrong impression of the forest…. I think you will regret staking out that claim.” Um, one problem.  Politico obtained the chain of emails and Bob Woodward didn’t make a big deal out of the so-called threat.

Politico — Woodward to Sperling: You do not ever have to apologize to me. You get wound up because you are making your points and you believe them. This is all part of a serious discussion. I for one welcome a little heat; there should more given the importance. I also welcome your personal advice. I am listening. I know you lived all this. My partial advantage is that I talked extensively with all involved. I am traveling and will try to reach you after 3 pm today. Best, Bob
making a big deal out of the kind of heated exchange that occurs frequently in Washington.

Of course, when it involves President Obama, any disagreement is magnified 100 times over. [Politico]

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3. U.S. TO PROVIDE FOOD, MEDICINE ONLY TO SYRIAN REBELS
Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Obama administration had decided to send aid such as food and medical supplies directly to Syrian rebels for the first time. He said the U.S. would more than double its assistance to the Syrian opposition, giving it an extra $60 million. This is disappointing to some opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who had hoped they would receive arms. [Reuters]

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4. U.S. SUPREME COURT SET STRIKE DOWN VOTING RIGHTS ACT PRECLEARANCE CLAUSE

Thanks to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, is on the verge of declaring racism is over  in the U.S. The court is hearing arguments in a case brought by Bert Rein, the attorney who is challenging preclearance clause in the the Voting Rights Act on behalf of Shelby Count.  He maintains that preclearance is no longer needed.  “That problem is solved.”

Mother Jones:  “That’s not to say all discrimination is a thing of the past. In the eyes of the high court’s conservatives, America has transcended its tragic history of disenfranchising minorities, but there’s still one kind of discrimination that matters: Discrimination against the states covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Justice Antonin Scalia said that it was “sort of extraordinary to say” that “Congress can just pick out…these eight states,” referring to the states covered by Section 5.”

“Later, Scalia telegraphed his reasoning for what will almost certainly be a vote to strike down part of the law. Explaining overwhelming support for the Voting Rights Act reauthorization in Congress in 2006, Scalia called Section 5 the “perpetuation of a racial entitlement” that legislators would never have the courage to overturn. “In the House there are practically black districts by law now,” Scalia complained. (In Mississippi, a state which Roberts would later cite as a paradise of racial enlightenment, state lawmakers in the early 1990s referred to these as “n*gger districts.”)”

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5. REPUBLICAN VOTERS PICK CONVICTED FELON PAUL MCKINLEY TO RUN FOR JESSE JACKSON JR. SEAT

The GOP is truly the party of double standards. Republican voters picked convicted felon Paul McKinley as their nominee to run for the seat recently vacated by former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Paul McKinley, who served nearly 20 years in state prison for burglaries, armed robberies and aggravated battery, beat businessman Eric Wallace (R) by 23 votes.

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Police Brutality: Taxi Driver Mido Macia Dragged Behind Police Vehicle, Beaten to Death in South Africa

Mozambique taxi driver Mido Macia beaten to death in Daveyton South Africa police brutality

Police Brutality: Taxi Driver Mido Macia Dragged Behind Police Vehicle, Beaten to Death in South Africa

POLICE BRUTALITY IN SOUTH AFRICA:  South Africa is in the news again for all the wrong reasons. An amateur video aired Thursday shows Mido Macia, a 27 year old taxi driver from Mozambique, tied to the back of a South African Police Service vehicle and dragged down the street. The Daily Sun reports police “took him to the cop shop” where he was beaten. He was found dead in a cell in Daveyton.

The Mail & Guardian reports, a dispute arose between Mido Macia and the police about parking his taxi. The video shows the 27-year-old man being assaulted. He was tied with his back to the vehicle and was then dragged behind the van.

A spokesperson for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate said in a statement that during the argument, Macia allegedly assaulted the constable and took his firearm.  The warrant officer overpowered the taxi driver and gave  the firearm back to his colleague.

“The policemen put the resisting suspect into the back of the police van and took him to the station where he was detained. The taxi driver was found dead at [9.15pm],” the paper reported.

A spokesperson for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate said in a statement that during the argument, Macia allegedly assaulted the constable and took his firearm. The warrant officer overpowered the taxi driver and gave the firearm back to his colleague.

“The policemen put the resisting suspect into the back of the police van and took him to the station where he was detained. The taxi driver was found dead at [9.15pm],” the paper reported.

An inquest into Macia’s death was opened. A post mortem revealed Macia’s death was caused by head injuries with internal bleeding.

There seems to be a very disturbing culture of violence in South Africa, stemming from the apartheid years to present-day. It is a sad commentary that police brutality continues to rear its ugly head. The Daveyton police officers involved should be charged with a crime and fired immediately. This is an international disgrace.

Here are some tweets on Mido Macia’s dragging and beating death:

Watch the video (graphic):

Michael Winans Jr., Member of Winans Gospel Music Family, Sentenced to 165 Months in Ponzi Scheme

Michael Winans Jr., a member of gospel music’s first family, the Winans, was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison for an $8 million Ponzi scheme that was promoted in church pulpits. According to MyFoxDetroit, two of Michael Winans Jr.’s victims spoke in federal court Wednesday, telling a judge that the scheme to sell Saudi Arabian oil bonds robbed some people of their life savings, caused divorces and fractured many families.

“I want to apologize to everyone. … These were decisions that were negligent and irresponsible,” said Winans, of Jessup, Md.

He said he had no “malicious intent” but acknowledged that he continued to collect money even after he learned that the bonds were bogus.

Winans attracted more than 1,000 investors in 2007 and 2008, although he didn’t know them all because many were recruited by others through word of mouth. He promised 100 percent returns in two months, then used the money for personal expenses or to pay off earlier investors. About 600 people are still owed $4.7 million. Source

Michael Winans Jr., 30, is the son of Michael Winans Sr., a members of the The Winans quartet of brothers.  People, you have to learn not to fall for these scams. No-one should promise you a 100 percent return on an investment and you fall for it. It’s a scam.