*The death of Eric Garner last week still has emotions running high; and campaigns such as #JusticeForEricGarner have been mobilized to ensure those who caused his unnecessary death will be held accountable. The 43-year-old father of six died on the watch of NYPD officers who jumped on top of him and placed him in a choke-hold as he screamed, “I can’t breathe,” beneath their collective weight.
*A solemn milestone was marked in Nigeria today as the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls was remembered; and moreover, how unsuccessful the attempts to bring them back have been. Exactly 100 days after the girls were kidnapped by Islamic extremists Boko Haram, 219 of them are still missing, a presidential committee said.
In the three months since they were taken, at least 11 of their parents have died, residents told The Associated Press.
According to NBC News, the militants’ continue to be relentless in their attacks throughout Nigeria and continue to balk at international pleas for the girls’ release. Nearly 60 students managed to escape from the thick jungle where most of them are still believed to be captive, but the AP has reported that at least 20 others are ill, and at least two have died of snake bites. Continue reading →
*A gynecologist with a wickedly perverse sense of practice is now costing one of the world’s top medical centers to pay $190 million – which must be paid out as a settlement to his victims – 8,000 women and girls to be exact.
Dr. Nikita Levy was discovered using tiny cameras to secretly record videos and photos of his female patients and was subsequently fired after 25 years with the Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore in February 2013 – after a female co-worker spotted the camera he used – a small pen-like apparatus that he wore around his neck. Continue reading →
*A teen from Long Island, New York, that was known to have a history of psychiatric problems was arrested over the weekend for the murder of his 15-year-old brother and a brutal assault on his mother – a respected physician; who is now in a coma, police say.
Charles Okonkwo Jr., 18, was charged with assault on his mother, Chinwe Okonkwo, 52, on Saturday in Dix Hill, New York. However, he has yet to be charged with the death of his brother Bradley. Continue reading →
*According to the CNN, a Dayton-Ohio boy was terror-stricken to step inside a house and find a mummified corpse of a man hanging by the neck from a belt. Edward Brunton is said to be the dead man who lived at the house in or around 2009, when he was about 40 years old. Brunton hung himself with a belt in his closet, and his body had been there for five years; until it was discovered by the boy last
June. At the time of the suicide, Brunton had only moved into the neighborhood a few months before and had abandoned his family and friends, so, no one ever inquired into his absence.
The body was not decomposed, as the closet was almost air-free , thereby giving it a mummified effect, according to Ken Betz, director of the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. Continue reading →
*In the equivalent of a verbal lashing, the Rev. Al Sharpton had choice words for the witnesses that stood around and watched or recorded the recent police attack on- and subsequent death of – Eric Garner. He was angry that people just stood around as a man screamed that he couldn’t breathe, and then did nothing as the officer continued to choke hold him.
On Sunday, Sharpton demanded justice for Garner, who he said was choked to death by New York City police, and said citizens who attack police officers should also be held accountable. Continue reading →
*The Phoenix woman who left her two young sons alone in a hot car while she was at a job interview struck a deal on Friday that would allow her to avoid prosecution.
Shanesha Taylor was to face being tried on two felony child abuse charges. After striking the deal, she said gratitude was what she felt.
“I’m grateful for the offer that was extended to me and the opportunity to resolve this situation as well as to show my intentions,” said Taylor, who shed a few tears while standing outside the courthouse.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said his office has reached an agreement with Taylor, 35, who is a mother of three. The stipulations say he’ll dismiss the charges against her if she meets several conditions; such as completing parenting and substance abuse treatment programs and establishing education and child care trust funds for her children. Continue reading →