NY Times Goes After Rev. Al Sharpton Sidestepping Financial Obligations

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The Rev. Al Sharpton is the subject of a scathing New York Times article about his National Action Network owing millions in taxes while he travels first class and lives the high life. It’s interesting since Sharpton shmoozes with the big dogs — President Obama, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Obscured in his ascent, however, has been his troubling financial past, which continues to shadow his present.

Mr. Sharpton has regularly sidestepped the sorts of obligations most people see as inevitable, like taxes, rent and other bills. Records reviewed by The New York Times show more than $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses. And though he said in recent interviews that he was paying both down, his balance with the state, at least, has actually grown in recent years. His National Action Network appears to have been sustained for years by not paying federal payroll taxes on its employees.

With the tax liability outstanding, Mr. Sharpton traveled first class and collected a sizable salary, the kind of practice by nonprofit groups that the United States Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration recently characterized as “abusive,” or “potentially criminal” if the failure to turn over or collect taxes is willful.

Mr. Sharpton and the National Action Network have repeatedly failed to pay travel agencies, hotels and landlords. He has leaned on the generosity of friends and sometimes even the organization, intermingling its finances with his own to cover his daughters’ private school tuition.

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National Action Network’s revenue has increased sharply, to more than $4 million in both 2011 and 2012, the year of the group’s most recent tax filing.

Much of that revenue appears to be from large corporate sponsors. A person who handled solicitations at a company that has supported the group said National Action Network often requested $50,000 or $100,000 to sponsor events.

Mr. Sharpton said his birthday party grossed about $1 million, enough that he expected to be able to clear up the organization’s tax debts, removing a cloud that has long hung over the group and himself.

“I think it shows we were able to continue to fund-raise, despite it being challenging,” he said. “We were able to turn it around.”

Source: NY Times

I am no big fan of Rev. Al Sharpton, but we live in a forgiving country, so why should we expect any less for him? I guess the bigger issue for me is the oversight of donations going to NAN and whether they are being used for worthy causes and not to finance the lifestyles of the employees.

Gabrielle Union Announces Engagement to Dwyane Wade on Instagram

Actress Gabrielle Union and Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade announced their engagement on Instagram Saturday night. Union posted, “Sooooo this happened… #Yessss,” along with a photo of her new engagement ring.

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Gabrielle Union Announces Engagement to Dwyane Wade on Instagram

Wade also had a post of his own on Facebook, “She said YES!!!” along with the same photo of the hardware. Congratulations to the happy couple.

15-Year-Old Orphan Davion Only’s Biological Family Determined to Be a Part of His Life

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15-Year-Old Orphan Davion Only’s Biological Family Determined to Be a Part of His Life

(OPINION) — The family of Davion Only, the 15-year-old orphan who became an internet sensation after his plea for a family went viral, has surfaced. I can only encourage this young man to look elsewhere for love and guidance. The teen lived in foster care all his life and had only discovered the identity of his crack-addicted biological mother, La Dwina ‘Big Dusty’ McCloud, a few weeks after she died from a heart attack.

In an exclusive interview from their home in Clearwater, Florida, Davion’s biological family have told how they are determined to be a part of the youngster’s life.

His grandmother Carole Ware, 71, said: ‘We met with Davion in August at a local restaurant in Clearwater around, three months after his mom passed.

Davidson’s eldest sister Demetrius [McCloud] tearfully told how she spent the meeting, trying to explain why her mother had been forced to put him into care. The 36-year-old restaurant worker has eight children of her own, giving birth to her first when she was just 12. Many of them have been in and out of care and she also went through the system when she was younger as her mother battled a crippling crack cocaine addiction.

She said: ‘I just wanted him to understand that mama had no choice. She fought against drugs her whole life and she was in a dark place when he was born. Source: Daily Mail

I am not here to judge anyone, but it seems to me that if this family knew this young man existed, why didn’t they reach out to him before his mother died?  Seems like there are members of the family with living their own drama. That’s not what this young man needs. Such a sad tale that Davion Only’s father is nowhere to be found. That’s if La Dwina McCloud knows who the father of her child is. Seems that her daughter is following in her footsteps — 36 years old with eight children of her own, with the first born when she was 12 years old.

Blacks in North Central Florida Region Have Higher Cancer Mortality Rates Than Rest of State

Blacks in 11 counties making up North Central Florida have higher cancer mortality rates than other blacks throughout the rest of the state, the North Central Florida Cancer Control Collaborative Report found.

“Disparities between the races are well-documented,” said Jeff Feller, CEO of the WellFlorida Council, which produced the report. “We’re woefully worse off in our black population in almost every form of cancer.”

The overall age-adjusted death rate (which removes the confounding influence of age) was 234 per 100,000 people compared with 172 for Florida. The difference was most pronounced for lip, oral cavity and pharynx cancer: African-Americans in this region had a 145 percent higher death rate for these cancers compared with African-Americans in the rest of the state.

“When you look at the number of dentists and access to dentists in this area, it’s very, very low. If you look at the cost of the median household, you know that these areas are very economically depressed,” said Dr. Henrietta Logan, a professor at the UF College of Dentistry and the director of the Southeast Center for Research to Reduce Disparities in Oral Health.

“That tells you that the access to the primary care is just not there.” Source

Ex-Congresswoman Denise Majette Faces Possible Disbarment Over Billing Practices

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Ex-Congresswoman Denise Majette Faces Possible Disbarment Over Billing Practices

Former congresswoman Denise Majette, who defeated former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, is facing disbarment because of “inexcusable” conduct regarding unsubstantiated legal billing practices, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.  The Georgia Bar Association is reportedly recommending that Denise Majette appear before its disciplinary board on Friday if she wants to challenge the recommendation. It seems that Ms. Majette failed to account for $24,500 in fees she had previously received, the AJC reports.

Majette, now a private attorney, is scheduled to challenge the special master’s report Friday before a review panel of the State Bar’s disciplinary board. The panel will hear oral arguments on her case during the State Bar’s spring meeting at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation.

After deciding Majette’s case, the panel will submit its recommendations to the Georgia Supreme Court, which has the final say on lawyer discipline.

Since Majette’s former client filed a bar complaint in 2010, Majette has characterized the dispute as a disagreement about fees and has refused to accept responsibility for her actions, Daniel wrote. Majette offered no substantive evidence to rebut allegations that she failed to account for fees already paid to her, submitted inaccurate and fraudulent bills to her client, and committed perjury or fraud when filing a court motion seeking fees, the report said.  Source

Former MI Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

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Former MI Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud (MIAutoLaw.com)

DISGRACE:  Ex-Michigan Supreme Court justice Diane Hathaway pleaded guilty to bank fraud Tuesday in Ann Arbor federal court. She faces up to 1 1/2 years in prison under the terms of a deal with prosecutors.

Prosecutors say Diane Hathaway and her husband transferred a debt-free Florida home to a relative so that they’d qualify to short sell a Grosse Pointe Park home that carried a big mortgage. After they unloaded the Michigan property in a 2011 short sale, the Florida property was transferred back to them. Source

This pales in comparison to the mess syndicated radio show host and Debt Stoppers partner Warren Ballentine finds himself in, but it’s disgraceful that someone charged with upholding the law could engage in such behavior.

Rodney King, Who Was Viciously Beaten by Four White LAPD Officers in 1991, Found Dead at Age 47

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Rodney King, Who Was Viciously Beaten by Four White LAPD Officers in 1991, Found Dead at Age 47. (Credit: Getty Images )

Rodney King, who was beaten by police officers in Los Angeles in 1991, was found dead at the bottom of a swimming pool by his fiancee, Cynthia Kelley. He was 47. The officers involved in the vicious beating, who were identified as Theodore Briseno, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind and Sgt. Stacey Koon, were acquitted by a jury, sparking the Los Angeles riots. Rodney King, who was on parole in 1991, was beaten so bad by the four white officers, surgeons had to operate on him for five hours to save his life.

The beating was caught on an amateur cameraman and forever changed Los Angeles. The officers struck King more than 50 times with their wooden batons and used a stun gun on him. King said as the officers beat him they shouted, “We are going to kill you, nigger,” though they denied using racial slurs. The video shows King cowering on the ground and attempting to crawl away during the beating.

The officers were indicted on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and excessive use of force by a police officer. They were acquitted after a three month-long trial by a white jury, sparking riots in 1992.

He has struggled in recent years with domestic violence charges and driving under the influence. I last saw him on Dr. Drew’s show on HLN and he seemed to have kicked the demons in his life and was very happy. TMZ reports police responded to a call at King’s Rialto home at 5:25 a.m. PST, and physically removed him from the pool and attempted CPR. He was pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m. TMZ is also reporting Cynthia Kelley told friends King had been drinking all day Saturday and even smoked marijuana hours before his death. Sounds a lot like the last hours leading up to Whitney Houston’s death.

We’re told Kelley says she next saw King at around 5:00 AM when she was awoken by him screaming in the backyard. Our sources say Kelley found King naked, banging on the glass, and she called out to him, “What’s wrong, Rodney?”

Kelley is telling friends she then went to grab her phone when she heard a big splash. She then went to the backyard and discovered him in the bottom of the pool and called police.  Source: TMZ

Rodney King 1991 beating by LAPD officers Theodore Briseno, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind & Sgt. Stacey Koon:

 Rodney King, Who Was Viciously Beaten by Four White LAPD Officers in 1991, Found Dead at Age 47

BREAKING NEWS: Judge Revokes Bond for Trayvon Martin Shooter George Zimmerman

BREAKING NEWS:  Judge Kenneth Lester revokes bond for Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman, after state files motion on Friday just before a hearing in Sanford discussing the release of more evidence in the case against the neighborhood watch captain. George Zimmerman must report to Seminole County jail by Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Prosecutors say Zimmerman misled the court on his finances during a bail hearing that allowed his release on $150,000 bond. Zimmerman’s attorney said several days later that he had discovered his client had raised more than $200,000 from a website. That money wasn’t disclosed at the bond hearing.

Judge Kenneth Lester heard the argument at the evidence hearing because he said the matter was “very serious.”

State prosecutors said on Friday Zimmerman’s wife, Shelley, knew about the PayPal money from his website and lied at the bond hearing when she said she didn’t know of it. State prosecutors said Zimmerman also had another passport he didn’t disclose to the court. Source

Anyone with any commonsense know you don’t lie under oath because the consequences can be quite severe. How do you forget to tell the court you have two passports?

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Endorses Mitt Romney, Cites His Leadership Abilities

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Condoleezza Rice Endorses Mitt Romney, Cites His Leadership Abilities(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice endorsed Mitt Romney for president citing his leadership abilities. Rice, who has often been mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick for Romney because of her vast foreign policy experience, endorsed Romney as he appeared at a fundraiser in California last night, saying he understand the nation’s special place in the world. It would be interesting to now hear who Colin Powell will endorse. I believe he will also endorse Mitt Romney.

“If America is going to rebuild its strength at home, rebuild its sense of who we are, it needs a leader that also understands how really exceptional the United States of America is, and is not afraid to lead on the basis of that exceptionalism,” Rice told about 300 donors. “The only thing that people dislike more than unilateral American leadership is no American leadership at all.” Source

Condoleezza Rice would be a more credible vice presidential pick because should could also help him secure women’s votes and potentially draw black voters, who have largely been loyal to President Obama. While some blacks view her as a “sell-out” for working with George W. Bush, I think she brings a lot to the table and should be admired for what she has done for this country. I don’t think the black votes would flee from Obama on her behalf, but nonetheless, she would be a great vice presidential pick. She would be one reason I would give Mitt Romney a second look. She is far more credible than the current vice president Joe Biden.

 Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Endorses Mitt Romney, Cites His Leadership Abilities