Rasheedah Watley’s Dad, Christina Spivey, Accuse Ex-Broncos LB Brandon Marshall of Violence

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Gloria Allred: Rasheedah Watley’s Dad, Christina Spivey Accuse Denver Ex-Broncos Player Brandon Marshall of Violence

Attorney Gloria Allred wasted no time in going after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the organization’s lack of a policy to address violence by their players.

Allred says Christina Spivey was the victim of violence by a former Denver Broncos player, Brandon Marshall, and that it was reported to the NFL and nothing was done. Rasheedah Watley was attacked by Marshall, who is now with the Chicago Bears. Her father, Clarence Watley said he had written in August 2008, to Roger Goodell about the alleged attacks and nothing was done.

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Being Investigated for Abusing Another Son

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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Being Investigated for Abusing Another Son (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Radisson hotel chain suspends sponsorship of Minnesota Vikings over Adrian Peterson indictment — AP

Reports: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is being investigated for second abuse case involving other son. This comes hours after he was reinstated to play by the Minnesota Vikings despite the felony abuse charge against him pending for beating his four-year-old son with a switch.

Here’s more from KHOU 11 and FOX 9  on the latest child abuse investigation.

KHOU: The latest incident allegedly occurred last June, while the boy, who lives out of state, was visiting Peterson at his gated home in The Woodlands. A photo, allegedly texted by Peterson to the boy’s mother, shows a head wound to the boy covered by two bandages. Other photos, allegedly taken weeks later, reveal a scar over his right eye.

Here’s an excerpt of the texts:

Mother: “What happened to his head?”
Peterson: “Hit his head on the Carseat.”
Mother: “How does that happen, he got a whoopin in the car.”
Peterson: “Yep.”
Mother: “Why?”
Peterson: “I felt so bad. But he did it his self.”

British Aid Worker David Haines Reportedly Beheaded by #ISIS

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British Aid Worker David Haines Reportedly Beheaded by #ISIS

HORROR:  A video has surfaced purportedly showing that 44-year-old British aid worker David Haines (#DavidHaines) has been beheaded by ISIS. He was allegedly captured in Syria about a year ago.

The beheading was confirmed by Site, an intelligence group, that was the first to report that American Steven Sotloff was beheaded by the militants.

The video, entitled “A Message to America’s Allies,” shows a masked man carrying out the beheading of David Haines. The video ended with a warning that the second British aid worker would be next.

The British Foreign Office said it was “working urgently to verify” the content of the video.

 

Atlanta Hawks Owner Bruce Levenson to Sell Team After Making Racist Comments

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Atlanta Hawks Owner Bruce Levenson to Sell Team After Making Racist Comments

Another one bites the dust…..

Atlanta Hawks controlling owner Bruce Levenson will sell the team after making racist comments in an email to the team’s co-owners Todd Foreman and Ed Peskowitz, as well as to general manager Danny Ferry in August 2012, ESPN reports. In the email, Levenson said the “black crowd scared away the whites and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a signficant season ticket base.” He also said the music was “hip-hop” and there weren’t a lot of fathers and sons at the games.

Levenson writes in a statement that the racially offensive comments came as he pondered ways to bridge Atlanta’s racial sports divide and increase fan attendance at Hawks’ games.

“In trying to address those issues, I wrote an e-mail two years ago that was inappropriate and offensive,” he said. “I trivialized our fans by making clichéd assumptions about their interests (i.e. hip hop vs. country, white vs. black cheerleaders, etc.) and by stereotyping their perceptions of one another (i.e. that white fans might be afraid of our black fans). By focusing on race, I also sent the unintentional and hurtful message that our white fans are more valuable than our black fans.”

Here’s the offensive email Bruce Levenson sent that led to his decision to sell the team:

1. from day one i have been impressed with the friendliness and professionalism of the arena staff — food vendors, ushers, ticket takers, etc. in our early years when i would bring folks from dc they were blown away by the contrast between abe pollin’s arena and philips. some of this is attributable to southern hospital and manners but bob and his staff do a good job of training. To this day, I can not get the ushers to call me Bruce yet they insist on me calling them by their first names.

2. the non-premium area food is better than most arenas, though that is not saying much. i think there is room for improvement and creativity. Levy is our food vendor so we don’t have much control but they have been good partners. i have wished we had some inconic offereing like boog’s barbeque at the baseball stadium in balt.

3. our new restaurant, red, just opened so too early for me to give you my thoughts.

4. Regarding game ops, i need to start with some background. for the first couple of years we owned the team, i didn’t much focus on game ops. then one day a light bulb went off. when digging into why our season ticket base is so small, i was told it is because we can’t get 35-55 white males and corporations to buy season tixs and they are the primary demo for season tickets around the league. when i pushed further, folks generally shrugged their shoulders. then i start looking around our arena during games and notice the following:

— it’s 70 pct black

— the cheerleaders are black

— the music is hip hop

— at the bars it’s 90 pct black

— there are few fathers and sons at the games

— we are doing after game concerts to attract more fans and the concerts are either hip hop or gospel.

Then i start looking around at other arenas. It is completely different. Even DC with its affluent black community never has more than 15 pct black audience.

Before we bought the hawks and for those couple years immediately after in an effort to make the arena look full (at the nba’s urging) thousands and thousands of tickets were being giving away, predominantly in the black community, adding to the overwhelming black audience.

My theory is that the black crowd scared away the whites and there are simply not enough affluent black fans to build a signficant season ticket base. Please dont get me wrong. There was nothing threatening going on in the arean back then. i never felt uncomfortable, but i think southern whites simply were not comfortable being in an arena or at a bar where they were in the minority. On fan sites i would read comments about how dangerous it is around philips yet in our 9 years, i don’t know of a mugging or even a pick pocket incident. This was just racist garbage. When I hear some people saying the arena is in the wrong place I think it is code for there are too many blacks at the games.

I have been open with our executive team about these concerns. I have told them I want some white cheerleaders and while i don’t care what the color of the artist is, i want the music to be music familiar to a 40 year old white guy if that’s our season tixs demo. i have also balked when every fan picked out of crowd to shoot shots in some time out contest is black. I have even bitched that the kiss cam is too black.

Gradually things have changed. My unscientific guess is that our crowd is 40 pct black now, still four to five times all other teams. And my further guess is that 40 pct still feels like 70 pet to some whites at our games. Our bars are still overwhelmingly black.

This is obviously a sensitive topic, but sadly i think it is far and way the number one reason our season ticket base is so low.

And many of our black fans don’t have the spendable income which explains why our f&b and merchandise sales are so low. At all white thrasher games sales were nearly triple what they are at hawks games (the extra intermission explains some of that but not all).

Regardless of what time a game starts, we have the latest arriving crowd in the league. It often looks and sounds empty when the team takes the floor.

In the past two years, we have created a section of rowdy college students that has been a big plus. And we do a lot of very clever stuff during time outs to entertain the crowd. Our kiss cam is better done than any in the league.

We have all the same halftime acts that other arenas have but i question whether they make sense. people are on their cell phones during half time. i wonder if flashing on the scoreboard “$2 off on hot dogs during halftime tonight” just as the half ends would be a better use of our halftime dollars and make the fans happier.

We do all the usual giveways and the fans are usually their loudest when our spirit crew takes the floor to give away t-shirts. It pisses me off that they will yell louder for a t-shirt then for our players.

Our player intro is flat. We manufacture a lot of noise but because of the late arriving crowd and the fact that a lot of blacks dont seem to go as crazy cheering (another one of my theories) as whites, it is not great. Even when we have just returned from winnng four straight on the road, i am one of the few people in the arena standing and cheering when our team takes the floor. Bob has kicked around ideas like having the starters coming down aisles rather than off the bench during intros. Sounds cool but may highlight all the empty seats at the start of games.

Not enough of our fans wear hawks jerseys to games. i have just begun to push for ideas like discount food lines for folks wearing jerseys, special entrances, etc. I think we need a committed and perhaps incentivized fan club. We need to realize atl is simply different than every other city. Just adopting nba best practices is not enough. we have to create our own.

I am rambling and could probably go on forever. If you have any specific areas you would like my thoughts on, let me know.

Best,

Bruce

ps — I have cc’d todd and ed so they can chime in with additional or different thoughts.

 

ISIS Executioner Taunts Obama as He Beheads American Journalist Steven Sotloff

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ISIS Executioner Taunts Obama as He Beheads American Journalist Steven Sotloff (Photo credit: Attribution Unknown)

The ISIS criminal who beheads American Steven Sotloff taunts President Obama in new video saying, “Obama, I am back.” He seems to be same militant who beheaded James Foley.

Steven Joel Sotloff, 31, worked as a freelance journalist. He was captured in northern Syria a year ago. ISIS also threatened to execute British captive, David Haines.
Some intelligence officials believe Steven Sotloff was executed on the same day as James Foley. ISIS is engaged in a propaganda game with the release of each video.

Ebola Virus Spreads to Senegal As Riots Break Out in Southeastern Guinea

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Ebola Virus Spreads to Senegal As Riots Break Out in Southeastern Guinea

The deadly Ebola virus outbreak spread to the Senegal, as riots broke out in southeastern Guinea, where the infection rates are rising rapidly. The World Health Organization (WHO) said cases of the virus, which has already killed at least 1,550 people, rose last week at the fastest pace since the epidemic started in West Africa in March.

More than 3,000 have been infected since the virus was discovered in the remote jungle region of southeastern Guinea in March. It spread across the border to Sierra Leone, where more than 400 people were killed, and Liberia. Six people died in Nigeria.

Senegal’s first case is a 21-year-old male student from Guinea, who crossed into Senegal and had been living in the Dakar suburb of Parcelles Assainies for weeks. His prognosis for recovery is reportedly quite good.

 

“Ferguson Five” Sue Police for $41.5 Million Over Arrests Stemming From Protests

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“Ferguson Five” Sue Police for $41.5 Million Over Arrests Stemming From Protests (Photo credit: Twitter)

FERGUSON FIVE LAWSUIT:  Five Ferguson residents have filed a federal lawsuit against Ferguson and St. Louis County police and government. The lawsuit, which was filed by the Black Lawyers for Justice, seeks $41.5 million on behalf of the plaintiffs, who allege they were arrested, beaten, tear-gassed or shot with rubber bullets.

The president and founder of BLJ is Malik Shabazz, who accused the police being “completely out of control” and using “excessive force on a regular basis,” in connection to the protests stemming from Michael Brown’s shooting death by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

Here’s more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

One of the named plaintiffs, Dwayne A. Matthews Jr., 23, told reporters in a news conference outside U.S. District Court that he was walking to his mother’s house on Aug. 13 when he was confronted by police, shot with rubber-coated bullets multiple times, nearly drowned in a drainage ditch and pepper-sprayed. Police, he said, he used racial epithets and called him “mop-head” during the arrest.

Tracey White, 38, said she and her 17-year-old son were arrested Aug. 13 at the Ferguson McDonald’s after attending a “Peace and Love Rally.” The pair were waiting to be picked up by White’s husband when police bearing rifles rushed in, she said.

“It looked like something out of a movie. It was so horrifying,” she said.

She said she was thrown to the ground and arrested for “failure to disperse” when she protested the treatment of her son. He was arrested when she tried to give him the iPad she was carrying, Matthews said. They were released four to five hours later in Clayton.

Burger King Buying Tim Hortons With Financial Assist from Obama-Ally Warren Buffett

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Burger King Sell-Out: Moving Headquarters to Canada After Tim Hortons Buyout

BURGER KING SELL-OUT:  Burger King has sold us out and is moving to Canada for a favorable tax status. Um, I won’t be a Burger King customer going forward. There are other far more healthier offerings out there. Still, Burger King is facing a backlash and calls for a boycott. When will corporate greed end? The corporate tax rate in the U.S. is 35 percent and it’s 15 percent in Canada.

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Obama ally Warren Buffett to help with financing of Burger King-Tim Hortons Deal (Photo attribution: Unkown)

Here’s the interesting part:  Obama-ally Warren Buffet should be feeling some heat from this deal as well. There are reports that his Berkshire Hathaway will provide $3 billion to help in financing the deal. Just imagine how much money his company stands to make from all this? People flooded the fast-food chain’s Facebook page on Monday threatening to boycott the fast food restaurant chain. One person even called on lawmakers to sponsor a bill that would shut down every Burger King restaurant on a military installation.

3G Capital, the majority owner of Burger King, will continue to own the majority of the shares of the new company on a pro forma basis, with the remainder held by existing shareholders of Tim Hortons and Burger King. 3G Capital and its affiliates have a demonstrated track record of managing international expansion of iconic brands around the globe. Within this new entity, Tim Hortons and Burger King would operate as standalone brands, while benefiting from shared corporate services, best practices and global scale and reach. A key driver of these discussions is the potential to leverage Burger King’s worldwide footprint and experience in global development to accelerate Tim Hortons growth in international markets. The new company would be the world’s third-largest quick service restaurant company, with approximately $22 billion in system sales and over 18,000 restaurants in 100 countries worldwide. Tim Hortons and Burger King each have strong franchisee networks and iconic brands that are loved by their respective consumers. Any transaction will be structured to preserve these relationships and deepen the connections each brand has with its guests, franchisees, employees and communities. Source: Yahoo News

petition against Burger King was started on Monday on MoveOn.org’s website.  Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) urged customers to ditch Burger King and eat at Wendy’s or White Castle instead. He said in a statement:  “Burger King’s decision to abandon the United States means consumers should turn to Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers or White Castle sliders.” “Burger King has always said ‘Have it Your Way’; well my way is to support two Ohio companies that haven’t abandoned their country or customers.”

BREAKING: Active Shooter at Fort Lee Army Base

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BREAKING: Active Shooter at Fort Lee Army Base

BREAKING NEWS:  Active shooter reported at Fort Lee Army base. Lockdown in effect. The base houses the Combined Arms Support Command.

Michael Brown Shooting: Darren Wilson Grand Jury Made Up of 9 White, 3 Black Members

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Michael Brown Shooting: Darren Wilson Grand Jury Made Up of 9 White, 3 Black Members

The grand jury that will decide if Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will be indicted in the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown is made up of nine white and three black members, the St. Louis Circuit County Circuit Court disclosed on Friday.

The jury is made up of one black man, two black women, six white men and three white women.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the demographics roughly reflect the population make-up of St. Louis, which is 64 percent white and 24 percent black.