*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
*Careful, its obviously a very delicate process that this daddy takes very seriously. He gently gathers the hair of his 7-year-old daughter, then starts to delicately brush it upward. When he gets a good, tight grip – he instructs his little girl to “spin” as her hair becomes easier to wrap into a tidy little bun, perfect for her active lifestyle. It’s probably fair to assume that this has been a daily strategy for quite some time.
The little girl calls it, “Daddy’s Version of the Bun”… Priceless.
Earl Hayes Raglin Jr. obviously loves being a dad; and does his daughter’s hair all the time. So he was surprised at the attention his 30-second clip of the technique received online. At his daughter’s request, he posted it on several social sites, because she wanted to be in a YouTube video. Continue reading
*In what can only be called a jaw-dropping decision, a Pensacola jury has sent a strong message to R.J. Reynolds Tobacco company (and others) by hitting them with a staggering $23.6 billion punitive damages payout in a lawsuit brought by the widow of a chain smoker killed by lung cancer in 1996.
Cynthia Robinson, the widow of Michael Johnson Sr., who died at 36, was given another $16.8 million in compensatory damages Friday, following a four-week trial that left a top Reynolds executive fuming. Continue reading
*In a ceremony that some villagers called “sickening,” 9-year-old Saneie Masilela remarried 62-year-old Helen Shabangu because he wanted to “please the ancestors.”
The wedding took place in Ximhungwe in Mpumalanga, South Africa in front of 100 guests, and little Saneie said he did it to make the marrieage “official.” 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
*Haunted by demons, and unwilling to continue living with the horrors of the past, and current issues surrounding racism in America, retired Caucasian pastor Charles Moore, 79, made the ultimate sacrifice to affect change and inspire social reform. A man who had dedicated his life in the fight to end racism, Moore wrote and left behind a suicide note that reportedly states he has decided to kill himself because he was haunted by the past lynchings of African Americans and wanted his death to inspire social reform, according to the New York Daily News.
The note from the United Methodist clergyman was left on the windshield of his car and reportedly stated… 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