*Although its nowhere near OK, we’re used to adults being horribly cruel to one another; but it’s hard to believe that children as young as 5-years-old can take on this ugly behavior too. Which makes the news that a child on the playground of Arlington Elementary School is alleged to have been kicked repeatedly and mercilessly by another student tough to swallow. Even harder, is the fact that the school does not believe this child, and claims her horrific facial bruises are the cause of a fall. To add insult to injury, the child’s mother will now have to prove that her child was assaulted, and that the bruises were no fault of her own.
Lacey Harris, the mother of kindergartener, AvaLynn, has requested a police investigation and has launched an online campaign called ‘Justice for AvaLynn’ on Facebook to show that her little girl was allegedly beaten severely in a vicious playground attack last week. Continue reading →
*The relatives of Chicago’s youngest victim of a fatal shooting is reaching out to the community for answers on who killed their son. On Wednesday, 9-year-old Antonio Smith was said to be playing close to the alley in the Greater Grand Crossing area of south Chicago, when he was shot in the chest. No one knows why he was in that particular location because he didn’t live there. He was shot at least four times and fell in a backyard on the South Side. Antonio’s relatives have now made a plea to the shooter, who still remains at large.
“He was just a child, just a baby, still had a whole life ahead of him. And like, why? Just a child,” said Kenya Eggleston, victim’s cousin.
Smith was shot around 4 p.m. on Wednesday in the 1200-block of East 71st Street. And neighbors who spoke with ABC7 seemed both dazed and confused in recounting the story. Continue reading →
*There are a lot of angles served up to entice women to lose weight so that they can get that bikini-perfect body. Diet, exercise, liposuction and pills are constant driving forces behind today’s commercials and marketing promotions. But we rarely, if ever, see the un-airbrushed results of the effort – the sagging skin that can remain after the slim down. Many people find themselves just as embarrassed after the weight is gone. But Brooke Birmingham, an Illinois blogger who lost 170 pounds, wants to inspire those women. So she has humbled herself and is now being called an inspiration after posting her sagging skin bikini photo – which Shape magazine refused to publish, and the online support has been amazing. Continue reading →
*OK, so here’s the scenario...A Georgia man is chased by two police officers. After a while he is caught, and falls to the ground weary from the chase. He tells the officers that he is “too tired” to walk. It appears that it is at this point the two officers attempt to “encourage him” to comply to their get up and walk orders by using taser guns, not once, not ten, but thirteen times.
The man dies while in police custody.
Now, in what appears to be an increasing and ongoing lack of accountability by police officers, a statement by the Police Benevolent Association lawyer says the actions of the officers did not cause the man’s death.
*Though the protests in Ferguson over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson have died down, racial tensions have not cooled in the area.
In fact, they may be higher than ever. To add insult to injury, the police officers that continually patrol the area where makeshift memorials are erected for the teen, are showing blatant disregard and even disrespect for the site.
According to the Huffington Post, an increasing number of flowers, teddy bears and signs continue to be near the site where Brown was killed; left there by people coming to offer their tributes.
*How does a man that neighbors describe as “a nice man” end up visiting his wife in a hospital only to murder her? Doesn’t make any sense at all, but allegedly, that’s what one man did last Wednesday before he tried to kill himself. Add to that, puzzled investigators decided to go and search the couples’ home, and found their son, 35, fatally shot, authorities said.
The Camden County prosecutor’s office is investigating whether the same handgun was used in the two deaths and in the man’s suicide attempt. Continue reading →
*Remember the Michele Ndegeocello song, “You Made A Fool of Me?” It would be a safe bet to assume that one reality show contestant is singing those words right now.
Poor girl actually believed the producers of the TV reality show, ‘Dating Naked’ when they said they would not show her private parts during a mud wrestling scene with her male companion.
You often wonder what the motivation behind some of the stuff people choose to participate in on these TV reality shows is…besides money, but after all is said and done, even that can cause some sleepless nights if what you did to get it is questionable.
*One thing about a surveillance video, it’s hard to argue with it. Evidence documented on-camera has a way of abruptly halting the whole “he said, she said” yakedy-yak. And lately, it has served to identify many a cop who may have been – how should we say – less than truthful about why they fired a weapon that killed someone. A new video reviewed by the attorney of John Crawford III, the young African American man who was shot and killed in a Beaver Creek Wal-mart store by white officers - and the Crawford family, shows that the two cops involved clearly have some explaining to do. As it turns out, Crawford was unarmed. The BB gun he was accused of holding was not in his hands. In fact, he was on the phone; not even facing the officers who shot him.