*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 →
*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.
*Bullets and Burgers, an Arizona shooting range that rests on the Nevada border, may have to rethink their policy following the horrific accidental killing of one of their instructors by a 9-year-old student that he was training.
The range allows customers as young as 8-years-old to handle a variety of weapons — from fully automatic machine guns to .50-caliber sniper rifles and according to authorities, the child was vacationing with her family when the accident happened. Continue reading →
*This has got to be one of the most horrible news stories ever. Chinese chef Peng Fan was preparing a meal made from cobra, a rare delicacy. But 20 minutes after cutting the snakes head off, as he went to put it in the trash, the snake had its final revenge: He bit the man and injected him with its flesh-killing, neurotoxic venom.
The snake was an Indochinese spitting cobra, and it is indigenous to Southeast Asia, including Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Burma. Continue reading →
*What’s a good way to steal customers from your strongest competitors? Do what Uber is doing…give your independent contractors burner phones and credit cards! The Verge has managed to acquire “sensitive information” that shows Uber’s ever-evolving strategy to undermine competitors like Lyft. In addition, the company continually relies on interviews with current and former contractors (“brand ambassadors”) to solicit customers from Lyft and others and recruit their drivers – all the while doing double-duty to avoid detection.
And their efforts appear to be working!
The ride-share company has apparently rolled out a national campaign that has already resulted in the lifting of thousands of Lyft rider cancellations and apparently, Lyft never saw it coming! Uber calls the secret under-handed strategy “SLOG,” (I guess Verge wan’t able to uncover what the letters stand for!) Continue reading →
*When is it a good time to show the judicial system that a sentence they have handed down to someone that has broken the law is absolutely ridiculous and downright wrong? The answer to that question may be: right now. Pronto!
When Travion Blount of Virginia agreed to crash and rob a house party with his two older buddies, he probably knew it was a stupid idea. Add to that, they only got what amounted to twenty dollars and a joint each from the deal. But that one stupid act cost him so much more. In 2008, after only a few hours of deliberation, a jury found Blout guilty on 49 out of 51 felony counts and two months later, a Virginia judge sentenced the teen to six life terms plus 118 years for committing an armed robbery in 2006 – when he was 15.
His attorney, John Coggeshall, argues that Blount deserves a second chance.
*Let’s face it, most of us may own a smartphone, but when it comes to which apps to download, our homepage is filled with useless apps that are doing little more than taking up a lot of storage space.
The Los Angeles Times, quotes a report by Internet analytics firm ComScore, that says 65.5% of U.S. smartphone owners refrain from downloading any new apps each month. That number is surprisingly low, but there are a few reasons that explain why it is.
“People only have so much storage space on their phones, so they really have to be selective about which apps they download,” said Adam Lella, a marketing insights analyst for ComScore, explaining that users only add apps that will truly benefit them.
And while Apple and Google stores try to assist with lists of the most “popular” apps, that doesn’t necessarily let you know the quality of those apps. With this in mind L. A. Times writer Salvador Rodriguez has recommended 5 apps you might not know about…Continue reading →