*Of all the crappy things to happen to the already underpaid Walmart workers, now the store wants some of the WMT staff to adhere to a new mandatory “dress code”and to add insult to injury, the company expects the employees to pay for the clothes!
The “new look” calls for employees to wear a navy blue or white polo shirt and khaki or black pants or skirts. It also requires the return of the Walmart vest, but the company will pay for that.
The new dress code and the employee backlash were first reported by Gawker.
But this may not be a problem for long because if it turns out the new look is a “uniform” and not a “dress code” Walmart will have to pay for the clothes.The U.S. Department of Labor says companies must pay for a “uniform,” but not clothes required to comply with a “dress code. Continue reading →
*On Wednesday in Texas, a woman was executed for the starvation of her girlfriends 9-year-old son a decade ago.
Lisa Coleman, 38, died by lethal injection one hour after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal to spare her. She was pronounced dead at 6:24 p.m. CDT, 12 minutes after Texas Department of Criminal officials began administering a lethal dose of pentobarbital.
She was the second woman and ninth convicted killer to receive lethal injection in Texas this year.
As Coleman awaited death, she smiled and nodded to several friends and an aunt who watched through a window, thanking them, expressing her love and urging them to “keep their heads up.”
“I’m all right,” she said. “Tell them I finished strong. … God is good.”
She mouthed an audible kiss, laughed and nodded to her witnesses in the seconds before the lethal drug took effect.
“Love you all,” she said just before closing her eyes and taking a couple of short breaths. Then there was no further movement. Continue reading →
*A sobering new report from the youth advocacy organization Los Angeles Youth Justice Coalition delves into the activity of Los Angeles law enforcement officers in a report called, “Don’t Shoot to Kill.” The report claims that nearly 600 people, many of them young black and Latino men, have been killed by Los Angeles law enforcement officers over the past 14 years.
The organization investigates the use of lethal force among police and gathered homicide data from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department and details from numerous media reports on specific incidents for the “Don’t Shoot to Kill” report. The report shows that between Jan. 1, 2000 and August 31, 2014, law enforcement officers in Los Angeles County used lethal force that resulted in the deaths of at least 589 people. Broken down, that comes to almost one death a week. Continue reading →
If you’ve read articles here over the past few weeks, you’ll understand the statement. If not, I spoke of how the apology – at least coming in the form of a statement from a business, seems to be losing its value or authenticity. Every time a business is accused of racism, based on some foolish, blatant act, they already seem to have a statement set-to-go about how they don’t tolerate racism in the workplace “so we’re sorry if we offended yaddy, yaddy, yah.” Now, a Pennsylvania newspaper is apologizing for not thinking first, before they chose to publish a cartoon that compares the lack of comfort on modern-day air travel to the so-called “Middle Passage” — the trans-Atlantic leg of the slave trade that involved transporting captive Africans to the Americas to be sold into bondage.
They realized the insensitive error and have since deleted the image, but not before it was seen by some folks in the African American community. The cartoon ran in the Lancaster New Era last Saturday and depicts an elderly white couple studying a picture of a slave ship and thinking, “Must be where they got their idea for passenger seating.” From this we are to recall the hellish conditions under which African men, women and children were forcibly transported to the Americas and compare them to the present-day problem of uncomfortable seating on airplanes. Continue reading →
*Though I didn’t see the episode, I do recall the trailer. Iyanla sat on a porch with Jay Williams, a successful video producer in Atlanta, who had an armful of black baby dolls; which represented the 34 biological children Williams has fathered with 17 different women. The segment was powerful because after a very few moments of intense questioning and attempts at reasoning by Iyanla, you could see that Jay was getting frustrated and he eventually put the armful of dolls that Iyanla had him holding down. Iyanla asked him why he did this, and he responded something like, “because I’m tired of playing with the dolls.”
Now that could have very well been the end of the experiment for a less bodacious host. But not for Iyanla, who didn’t skip a beat when she picked the dolls up again and put them in Williams’ lap saying something to the effect of, “Too bad. Their mother doesn’t get that option.” Continue reading →
*Mrs. Sarah Palin, what do we have here? You’ve decided to run errands in your beloved Anchorage, Alaska without the grace of your usual face, and now you are rushing to your car in an attempt to shield your face from the camera because you want to be on the down-low.
Surely, you will forgive the paps for not recognizing your obvious plea for privacy. Those silly boys are not used to this “low-profile Sarah” and they still have questions about the alleged drunken brawl they hear your family was involved in at your husband Todd Palin’s birthday celebration. How is he, by the way. I ask because the paps are trying to make a big deal out of the fact that you are not wearing your wedding ring. Wouldn’t you know it…They have questions about that too.
But I’ve got you covered on that one, Mrs. Palin. ‘Cause us girls gotta stick together right? So I want to share with those nosy paps all the possible reasons why you may not be wearing your precious ‘Til death do us part’ symbol. Because the media is always jumping to conclusions when, in all fairness, it may be something quite simple. Continue reading →
*So you want to be a shot-caller? One Florida man who has made the decision to be odd whenever he appears in court may now get his chance to call the shots. James Herard, 24, a former gang member with the Bacc Street Crips was convicted of a brutal armed robbery in 2008 at a Dunkin Donuts in Tamarac, Florida, has appeared in court barking like a dog, and now, in his recent court appearance, where he is actually trying to get a sentence overturned, he taunted the judge and dared her to give him the death penalty.
Interesting strategies, indeed. It’ll be even more interesting to see how they play out for him. Continue reading →
*A baby at a hospital in Springfield, Missouri was recently diagnosed with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis, a rare type of blood “cancer,” which made doctors question if there was more to why the baby has this in the first place. Their suspicions were aroused because the blood disease is a rare genetic disorder that can be acquired or inherited, and is in some rare cases, the result of incest.
Though Dr. Michael Jordon, a pediatrician that works with hematology and oncology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, tells The Stir that, “Recessive genetic disorders [like HLH but not excluded to HLH] may be more common when parents are related, but the vast majority of parents in the U.S. who have children with HLH aren’t related,” [but] there is still that small possibility that made doctors suspicious enough to contact the police in this case. Continue reading →