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Canada wildfire: Much of Fort McMurray 'could be destroyed'

A massive wildfire that has forced the evacuation of all 88,000 people Fire services said high winds and hot temperatures would make Wednesday an "even worse day" than Tuesday. Bernie Schmitte, an official at Alberta's Agriculture and Forestry Ministry, said the "catastrophic fire" had so far "resisted all suppression methods".from Fort McMurray could destroy much of the Canadian city, local officials warn.

The officials in Alberta province say the blaze that has gutted some 1,600 structures is expected to rage out of control through the rest of Wednesday.

A state of emergency has now been declared in the province. The evacuation was the largest in Alberta's history.

So far there have been no reports of injuries.

The blaze broke out south-west of the city on Sunday. Firefighters appeared to have a measure of control by Tuesday until a drastic wind shift overwhelmed them.

"Bad news does not get better with time," said Scott Long, executive director of Alberta's Emergency Management Agency.

"It is a possibility that we may lose a large portion of the town," he added.

 

 

 

N Carolina law 'violates civil rights' says US

The US Justice Department has told North Carolina that its law limiting Companies like Bank of America and Apple have criticised the law.protections for LGBT people violates national civil rights laws.

The law invalidated several local anti-discrimination measures that protected gay and transgender people.

It also requires people to use public toilets that correspond to the sex listed on their birth certificates.

The governor's office must confirm by Monday that they will not implement the law, the Justice Department said.

Governor Pat McCrory passed the controversial law, House Bill 2, last month amid protests.

The law has sparked a huge backlash, with many musicians cancelling concerts and businesses pulling out of the state.

 

 

 

Sheldon Silver, Ex-New York Assembly Speaker, Gets 12-Year Prison Sentence

Sheldon Silver, Ex-New York Assembly Speaker, Gets 12-Year Prison SentenceSheldon Silver, who rose from the Lower East Side

of Manhattan to become one of the state’s most powerful and feared politicians as speaker

of the New York Assembly, was sentenced on

Tuesday to 12 years in prison in a case that came

to symbolize Albany’s

culture of graft.

 

 

 

 

The Infamous Lynching Site That Still Stands in Mississippi

In June 1966, a black civil rights worker in Clarke County, Mississippi, Now closed to traffic, the Hanging Bridge still stands. In 1918, nearly a century ago and just five weeks after Armistice Day, a white mob hanged four young blacks—two brothers and two sisters, both pregnant—from its rails. This was several days after their white boss turned up dead. “People says they went down there to look at the bodies,” a local woman recalled fifty years later, “and they still see those babies wiggling around in the bellies after those mothers was dead.” When the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)—an organization less than ten years old at the time— demanded an investigation, Mississippi governor Theodore Bilbo told them to go to hell.met a fresh recruit at the local bus station. He loaded up John Cumbler, a white college student from Wisconsin, and took him for a ride. He drove south toward Shubuta, a small town of seven hundred located at the southern end of the county. Just north of town, John Otis Sumrall turned left onto a dirt road. Pocked with puddles, the route wound past a few clusters of cabins before narrowing into a densely wooded corridor. It seemed a road to nowhere, or at least nowhere one might want to go. A fork in the road revealed the Chickasawhay River, and a rusty bridge.

The steel-framed span loomed thirty feet above the muddy water. At the Now closed to traffic, the Hanging Bridge still stands. In 1918, nearly a century ago and just five weeks after Armistice Day, a white mob hanged four young blacks—two brothers and two sisters, both pregnant—from its rails. This was several days after their white boss turned up dead. “People says they went down there to look at the bodies,” a local woman recalled fifty years later, “and they still see those babies wiggling around in the bellies after those mothers was dead.” When the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)—an organization less than ten years old at the time— demanded an investigation, Mississippi governor Theodore Bilbo told them to go to hell.far end of the hundred-foot deck, the forest swallowed up a dirt road that used to lead somewhere. Years of traffic rumbling across the bridge had worn parallel streaks into the deck, and heavy runner boards covered holes in rotted planks. Metal rails sagged in spots. Still, the reddish-brown truss beams on either side stood stiff and straight, and overhead braces cast shadows on the deck below. On that rusty frame, between lines of vertical rivets, someone had painted a skull and crossbones and scribbled: “Danger, This Is You.”

“This,” Sumrall announced to Cumbler, his new recruit, “is where they hang the Negroes.”

“The way he said it,” Cumbler remembered, “it could have happened a hundred years ago, or last week.”

Now closed to traffic, the Hanging Bridge still stands. In 1918, nearly a century ago and just five weeks after Armistice Day, a white mob hanged four young blacks—two brothers and two sisters, both pregnant—from its rails. This was several days after their white boss turned up dead.

 

 

 

 

As States Expand Gun Rights, the Police Join the Opposition

GULFPORT, Miss. — Guns in bars. Guns in airports. Guns in day care In more than a dozen states with long traditions of robust support for gun ownership rights, and where legislatures have moved to relax gun laws during the past year, the local police have become increasingly vocal in denouncing the measures. centers and sports arenas. Conservative state lawmakers around the country are pressing to weaken an array of gun regulations, in some cases greatly expanding where owners can carry their weapons.

But the legislators are encountering stiff opposition from what has been a trusted ally: law enforcement.

In more than a dozen states with long traditions of robust support for gun ownership rights, and where legislatures have moved to relax gun laws during the past year, the local police have become increasingly vocal in denouncing the measures.

 

 

 

 

Chinese police patrol in Italy to make tourists feel safer

ROME — Chinese policemen are in Italy to start patrols with Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Monday that the aim is to make Chinese tourists feel safe and noted that it's the first time China sent police to Europe for such a project.officers in Rome and Milan in a two-week experiment.

Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said Monday that the aim is to make Chinese tourists feel safe and noted that it's the first time China

sent police to Europe for such a project.

Starting Tuesday, two Chinese uniformed policemen will patrol with Italian counterparts in Rome, while two others will patrol with Italian police in Milan.

For the second week, the Chinese will switch cities.

The Chinese, who speak Italian, received training from Italian officials in Beijing. Three million Chinese tourists visit Italy annually. Italy has scarcely drawn on its relatively-new immigrant communities for police officers.

 

 

 

Sick-out by teachers shuts nearly all Detroit public schools

DETROIT — Nearly all of Detroit's public schools were closed Monday District spokeswoman after the teachers union urged members to call out sick following a weekend announcement that the district wouldn't be able to pay its teachers starting this summer. District spokeswoman

Michelle Zdrodowski said in an email Monday morning that 94 of the district's

97 schools would be closed for the day.

About 46,000 students are enrolled in the district's schools.

The move by the Detroit Federation of Teachers was announced Sunday, a day after Detroit Public Schools' transition manager said the district would have no money to continue paying teachers this summer without further funding from the state.

"There's a basic agreement in America: When you put in a day's work, you'll receive a day's pay,"

Detroit Federation of Teachers Interim President Ivy Bailey said in a statement.

"DPS is breaking that deal. Teachers want

to be in the classroom giving children a chance to learn and reach their potential.

 

 

 

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Seattle minimum wage law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by The law, which took effect in April 2015, requires businesses in Seattle with more than 500 employees nationwide to raise their minimum wage to $15 by 2018. Smaller companies have until 2021 to do so.business groups to a trendsetting Seattle law that will raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, leaving in place a lower court's decision to uphold the ordinance.

The law, which took effect in April 2015, requires businesses in Seattle with more than 500 employees nationwide to raise their minimum wage to $15 by 2018.

Smaller companies have until 2021 to do so. Seattle was the first major U.S. city to commit to such a high basic wage amid pressure from unions and workers' rights groups.

 

 

 

Virginia GOP lawmakers to sue over felons' voting rights

RICHMOND, Va. — Republican lawmakers in Virginia will file a lawsuit "Gov. McAuliffe's flagrant disregard for the Constitution of Virginia and the rule of law must not go unchecked,"challenging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's decision to allow more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November, GOP leaders said Monday.

Republicans argue the governor has overstepped his constitutional authority with a clear political ploy designed to help the campaign of his friend and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the important swing state this fall.

"Gov. McAuliffe's flagrant disregard for the Constitution of Virginia and the rule of law must not go unchecked,"

Senate Republican Leader Thomas Norment said in a statement.

He added that McAuliffe's predecessors and previous attorneys general examined this issue and concluded Virginia's governor can't issue blanket restorations.

 

 

 

Man who served 10 years for '64 NYC killing cleared of crime

EW YORK — A Virginia man who spent a decade in prison after pleading "He was pressured to plead guilty and, sadly, did not receive a fair trial." Gatling, who walked with a cane as he entered the court, said he came from a civic-minded family and "this has stopped me from voting on every level."guilty to a New York City slaying over 50 years ago was cleared of the crime Monday.

At the request of a prosecutor, a judge vacated the conviction of 81-year-old Paul Gatling for the 1963 shooting death of Lawrence Rothbort. In doing so, the judge apologized and Gatling hugged his crying ex-wife and a friend.

"There's a lot of water gone under the bridge, but the bridge is still standing," Gatling said after the court proceeding.

The prosecutor asked that the conviction be vacated after Gatling, a retired landscaper, asked the prosecutor's Conviction Review Unit to look into his case. "Paul Gatling repeatedly proclaimed his innocence even as he faced the death penalty back in the 60s," Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said.

 

 

Kenya officials: Death toll of collapsed building up to 20

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan rescuers continued searching for "People who've died in Huruma have died an unnecessary death. That death is a product of corruption ... someone is paid $10,000 or$20,000 to approve the building that cost the lives of Kenyans," nominated legislator Johnson Sakaja said.survivors Sunday of a residential building in a low income area that collapsed Friday, as officials said the death toll has risen to 20 and 73 people remain missing.

Japheth Koome, the police chief for Nairobi, the capital, confirmed the death toll.

Authorities had initially said the building had six stories but it emerged that the ground and first floor had sunk following heavy rains.

The building, next to a river, had been declared unfit for human habitation by Kenya's National Construction Authority but was not torn down.

Bribe-taking officers in the county government are responsible for allowing contractors bypass building codes, Nairobi governor Evan Kidero said. He vowed to fire those responsible. The building's owner obeyed police orders and turned himself in for questioning, Koome, Nairobi's police chief said.

 

 

Washington DC chemical leak after CSX freight train derails

A freight train has derailed in Washington DC spilling hazardous liquid, Washington DC chemical leak after CSX freight train derailsemergency officials say.

At least nine cars

of the CSX freight train overturned near

Rhode Island metro station early on Sunday.

The DC fire department said sodium hydroxide,

also known as

lye and caustic soda, is leaking from one car.

There would be no evacuation of nearby residents,

it added. No injuries have been reported.

The cause of the derailment is unclear.

Sodium hydroxide is a corrosive chemical that can irritate and burn the skin and eyes.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control,

while sodium hydroxide

is not combustible

contact with moisture or water it may generate

enough heat to ignite combustible substances.

CSX said the

train had three locomotives and a total of

175 cars - nearly half

of them empty,

the rest carrying

mixed freight.

 

 

France labour unrest: Clashes erupt at May Day march

Clashes have broken out between French police and demonstrators during Clashes have broken out between French police and demonstrators during a May Day parade in Paris. a May Day parade in Paris.

Trade unions used the traditional march to protest against a proposed labour law to be discussed by parliament.

Police responded with tear gas when youths began throwing missiles, bringing the march to a standstill.

France has seen two months of unrest over the reforms. Several police officers

were injured during countrywide protests on Thursday.

The proposed law,

to be debated in parliament on Tuesday,

would remove some of the protection workers enjoy against being laid off,

in an attempt to encourage businesses to hire more people.

 

 

 

 

Germany AfD conference: party adopts anti-Islam policy

The German right-wing party Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) has AfD's other proposals include withdrawal from the euro and the reintroduction of conscription, but there are splits within the party, including between its less hardline wing and the leadership.adopted an explicitly anti-Islam policy.

Delegates at a party conference adopted a ban on minarets, the call to prayer and the full-face veil, saying Islam was "not part of Germany".

A delegate who called for more local dialogue with Muslim groups was booed.

The start of the conference in Stuttgart on Saturday was disrupted by clashes and hundreds of left-wing protesters were detained.

Meanwhile, hackers published the addresses of more than 2,000 AfD members on a left-wing website.

Formed three years ago, AfD achieved gains in three state elections in March, after campaigning against Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision to accept a million migrants in 2015.

Mrs Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and other established parties have ruled out going into coalition with AfD.

 

 

 

 

President Obama Has His Last Laughs At 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner

If the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner is "nerd prom," Mr. In his roasting session, the president united celebrities, journalists, politicos and his potential successors by taking them down. Known for his comedic timing and one-liner delivery, Obama didn't disappoint.President is the class clown.

In his final run as comedian in chief at the event on Saturday evening, President Obama closed his speech with "Obama out," and a mic drop before receiving a standing ovation from Washington's bigwigs and Hollywood.

"With that, I have just two more words to say: Obama Out." —@POTUS #WHCD pic.twitter.com/RQSDh92YsU

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 1, 2016

That's right, Obama pulled a Kobe Bryant in a nod to his own retirement from correspondent dinners, and soon the White House.

In his roasting session, the president united celebrities, journalists, politicos and his potential successors by taking them down. Known for his comedic timing and one-liner delivery, Obama didn't disappoint.

He likened Hillary Clinton to an aunt who couldn't figure out how to use Facebook, and called Bernie Sanders "comrade," poking at his Democratic socialist status. And of course, Donald Trump, his main farce fodder at 2011's event:

 

 

 

 

Voters' dilemma: What happens if it's Hillary vs. Trump?

Justin Schoville accomplished a rare feat for a protester at a Trump event: Voters' dilemma: What happens if it's Hillary vs. Trump?He managed to get himself thrown out – three times – just before Donald Trump’s maiden foreign policy address at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington on Wednesday.

“Trump is a fascist, we are a democracy!” he shouted, during his second forced exit from the hotel lobby.

Just a day before, Mr. Schoville, a research analyst in Bethesda, voted for Bernie Sanders in the Maryland primary. But if the race comes down to Mr. Trump vs. Hillary Clinton, he says he would vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein, even if it might help elect Trump. 

“I can’t in good conscience give my support to Hillary Clinton. She represents the establishment, the 1 percent, and her policies, I think, will only deepen the problems that have caused Donald Trump to rise in the first place, he says. In most typical presidential elections, voters like Scoville might already have sighed and reluctantly thrown their support behind Mrs. Clinton. Presidential primary races were all but over before the cherry trees blossomed along the Potomac. This year, however, the capital is deep into the azalea season and the passions among voters and activists backing the underdogs are still blazing.

 

 

 

 

San Francisco chief releases racist texts, orders training

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's police chief said that he has Lee sent an email letter to the entire department of nearly 2,100 officers Thursday night calling on them to report colleagues who display intolerant behavior.ordered that all officers finish an anti-harassment class within the next month amid a racist texting scandal that has rocked the department already dogged by fatal shootings of unarmed minority suspects. Flanked by religious and minority community leaders at a San Francisco press conference, Chief Greg Suhr also released more transcripts of racist and homophobic text messages first made available to The Associated Press along with inflammatory and inappropriate images found on former officers' cellphones.

It's the second texting scandal since 2014 in a department that is attempting to diversify its officers to reflect the San Francisco culture and population. The department of 2,100 was led by an Asian-American woman and a black man before Suhr took over five years ago. About half the officers are white, roughly reflecting the white population in San Francisco. Asians make up a third of the city population, but account for about 16 percent of the officers.

Close to 9 percent of its officers are black, exceeding a city population of 6 percent, Suhr says he has no plans to resign and Mayor Ed Lee says he supports the chief.

 

 

 

 

U.S. Navy commander sentenced to prison in wide-ranging bribery scandal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A high-profile U.S. Navy commander who In all 10 people have been charged in the case and nine have pleaded guilty, including Malaysian businessman Leonard Francis, known to friends as "Fat Leonard," who prosecutors say paid some $500,000 in bribes to Navy officials.pleaded guilty to accepting paid travel, prostitutes and Lady Gaga concert tickets from a Malaysian defense contractor in exchange for classified information was sentenced Friday to more than six years in prison.

Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, who was born in Cambodia during the Vietnam War and gained media attention for his rise to captain of a U.S. Navy destroyer, is the latest high-ranking officer to be sentenced in the $30 million bribery scandal.

In all 10 people have been charged in the case and nine have pleaded guilty, including Malaysian businessman Leonard Francis, known to friends as "Fat Leonard," who prosecutors say paid some $500,000 in bribes to Navy officials.

 



Netanyahu decries anti-Israel propaganda in the West

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced Wednesday what he called "poisonous" anti-Israeli propaganda in the West which he compared to Nazism, in remarks on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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Nearly 50 Gangster Disciples indicted across Southeast

 

Obama assesses Flint water crisis up closeObama assesses Flint water

 

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This video game could help doctors diagnose dementia

 

Migrant crisis: EU plans penalties for refusing asylum seekers

 

Sisters Who Were Abandoned in Cardboard Boxes as Infants Reunite After 50 Years ApartAbbie Greene

 

Brazil's Rousseff denies claims of obstruction of justice

 

Apple loses trademark fight over 'iPhone' name in China

 

Affidavit reveals details of Navajo girl's kidnapping deathShe begged to be taken home, but he led her away from her 9-year-old brother, to an even more remote spot, where he removed her clothes and sexually assaulted her.

 

Kenya's 'gay anal tests' challengedTwo men who say Kenyan police forced them to undergo anal examinations to prove they had had gay sex have launched a court case

 

Woman says selfie provoked argument that led to fatal shooting at Texas Walgreens

 

Turkish leadership split spoils the party

 

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Alleged killer helped family search for missing womanA 21-year-old Troy woman whose decomposing body was found Wednesday wrapped and hidden in an attic of a Hazel Park home died of strangulation, an autopsy showed.

 

Rep. Aaron Shock Resigns After Spending Ethics Imbroglio

 

China Set to Free Last Remaining Jailed Tiananmen Square Protester, Reports Say

 

Iranian commander threatens to close Strait of Hormuz to US

 

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Navy SEAL killed in Iraq after ISIS broke through Peshmerga lines

 

Cruz, Trump trade insults to the end as Indiana votes

 

Listeria prompts recall of 42 brands of frozen fruits and veggies

 

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Police: Man kills girlfriend, 2 others, himself in Florida Police: Man kills girlfriend, 2 others, himself in Florida

 

Jamaica hunts for clues in deaths of 2 U.S. missionariesJamaica hunts for clues in deaths of 2 U.S. missionaries

 

81-year-old's exoneration underscores success of Brooklyn prosecutorPaul Gatling leaned on his cane and looked Brooklyn's chief prosecutor right in the eye. The prosecutor, grasping Gatling's arm and speaking softly, offered him an apology.

 

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Syria conflict: Assad strategy won't end civil war, says Kerry

 

Mohammad Abu Khdair murder: Israeli ringleader jailed for life

 

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Target transgender bathrooms: US activists 'test' policy

 

Leicester City win Premier League title after Tottenham draw at Chelsea

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Isis sex slave kidnapped by 'new Jihadi John' British suspect Siddhartha Dhar

 

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Ohio family massacre highlights rural region's ties to illegal drugs

 

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At one border park, separated immigrant families hug across a steel divideGabriela Esparza, her back to the camera, hugs her mother and sister on Saturday at Friendship Park in San Diego.

 

Rare photos, interviews honor memory of 8 nurses slain by Richard SpeckIn the basement's dim overhead light, a big, brown cardboard box caught his eye, a box so soggy its bottom was ready to fall out. He lugged it upstairs. He opened it.

 

Migrant crisis: EU 'to grant Turkey visa-free travel'

 

North Carolina pair survive 5 days in New Zealand wildernessAn American exchange student and her mother were rescued over the weekend in the New Zealand wilderness, where they were lost for five days after setting off on a day hike. A helicopter pilot spotted the large "help" signs they had made from fern fronds.

 

Breast cancer: Scientists hail 'milestone' genetic findScientists say they now have a near-perfect picture of the genetic events that cause breast cancer.

 

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Virginia governor enables 200,000 felons to vote in November

A Born With Right should not be removed while in jail

Inalienable = Absolute right and cannot be removed under any circumstances.

More than 200,000 convicted felons will be able to cast ballots in the swing state of Virginia in November under a sweeping executive order Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Friday.The American Bill of Rights

gaurantees every American Citizen the right to vote,
which is "Inalienable" with the status of American Citizen...,

it comes with it.

The American Citizen that is jailed for breaking a law does not lose the status of an American Citizen, thereby allowing the jailed citizen the right to continued benefits of any and all American Citizens.

To many years ago...

politicians have used the justice system to nullify specific citizens from voting in order to ensure his successful bid for the powerful positions of elected officials.

We have allowed this transgretion to go on far to long.

 

 

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Who are Islamic 'morality police'?

What is "Forced Religious Cultural Values"

News that Iran has deployed thousands of undercover agents to enforce rules on dress has cast the spotlight on an institution that is a major feature of daily life in several Muslim-majority countries.

The Hearts and Mind of a people, are the

commodities of those who call themselves, the

wielder's of the laws as enforcers of the

religious rules.

All Nations, and all people, since the beginning of the religious genesis, have been victims of the rules of a religion.

Human Laws, that penalize people for committing crimes, are determined based on rules associated with protecting the innocent from those with malice in their hearts.

Today...,

there isn't a corner on the earth, where religion has not continued the harsh enforcement of dictating rules on the individuals whom worship a religion.

Woman living in nations that practice the

Islamic Religion, are the bottom of the barrel, and they are controlled by the many methods that are used to ensure that,
"woman are not independent", and productive individuals.

A Human Beings

who can't move freely, are

Human Beings

who live in a conscientious controlled life.

The Price of Conscientious Control

is a huge price levied on the individual.

 

 

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VW more than doubles emissions costs to €16.2bn

To Big To Be Accountable.... & Lives are taken

VW still faced US Justice Department fines as part of an expected civil settlement, as well as possible criminal charges.

A Majority of large companies in all industries

are far to large to ensure effectiveness in producing a quality and safe product.

Lives are put in the hands of the workers who are under paid and only work to pay a bill, while the executives and the board members enjoy personal yachts.

Products & Services have declined consistently over the decades while companies out source or ship their production factories to the nations that are willing to allow their citizens work work at the level of "Slave Labor".

16.2 Bn is nothing but a scratch at the surface of the $Billions that are sitting in off shore banks for those who ought to be held accountable for the lives lost.

 

 

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Silver: Law change needed to keep '17 All-Star in Charlotte

The Power of Sports Money

"Is Legitimate Power"

Commissioner Adam Silver believes the NBA has been "crystal clear" that the 2017 All-Star Game only stays in Charlotte if a North Carolina law goes

Convictions =

The Refusal to yield to your individual and personal standards.

The Refusal to yield to your individual and personal ethics.

Just as the individual must honor ones individualism by his/her acts and actions in every individual decision made daily...

an entity that represent 1 to 1 million souls...

must also honor the entity's ethics which ought to represent the ethics personified by an human characteristic.

Bigotry and Hate are Human Characteristics

speaks to the flawed human capabilities and it is the flawed human characteristics in any individual or any entity that will remain in place until something acts contrary to the flawed behavior that would encourage the individual or entity to

Correct Its Flaws Immediately.

The NBA is a arm of the Human Society and to reward

Bigotry and Hate

with huge sums of money based on the NBA's refusal to take a stand would be

Egregious.

 

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Zika, recession, political scandal loom over Brazil

How do you think the Olympic Committee feel?

This year, Brazil is scheduled to open its arms to people from all over the world for the 2016 Summer Olympics

This year’s 2016 Olympics are scheduled to be held in Brazil, and the way that things are taking shape…, this Olympic seems to be easily, predictable, as being a total disaster.

For the past 3 years…, construction of venues has fallen behind ….,

the water issue hasn’t gotten significantly better from what can be described as, “poisonous waters”, for any outdoor water events.

Corruption in the offices that rule the nation, and the wonderful mosquito that has created a huge scare for any woman who may want to become pregnant while visiting Brazil, due to the Zika Virus.

Yes… boys and girls…. I’m not exactly sure how it can get any worse than this, and I wonder what is going thru the minds of those who sat on the Olympic Committee, who actually chose Brazil as the awarded nation when for decades…, Brazil’s corruption has been legendary. This will undoubtedly, be a very interesting

Olympic Year.

 

 

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Houston area submerged after 16 inches of rain in 24 hours

Why not take initiatives to mitigate flooding damages?

 Houston area submerged after 16 inches of rain in 24 hours

We have the technology, We have the knowhow, We have the man power, We have the need.

So…, why not design a system that can mitigate the amount of damage that can be imposed by Flooding, Forest Fires, Hurricanes, & Droughts? My own recommendations of a “Anti Flooding System” is but one idea example that can provide the initial thought, as to how to design a system that mitigate the humongous cost of damages created by these acts of nature. By building an anti flooding system, that touches every corner of this nation, we also create jobs for every city in this nation, and these are the types of jobs that will be required for at least 15 years, in order to complete this huge task, and then there will be sustainment jobs that last forever in this nation.

Additionally…, the type of work force required to serve in these types of jobs are manual labor type job skills, which provides the type of jobs for those who don’t have the highly technical background, and there can also be imposed on cities and states, to require a percentage of these types of jobs, to be awarded to those who have been on public assistances for extended periods of time. We have answers for these types of acts of nature,

and all it requires is for us to plan and apply.

 

 

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Community groups rally support for Judge Olu Stevens

Judge Stevens ought to “Stand His Ground”

“It makes no sense that the system that he works for cannot support him or see the injustices or see the injustices of their actions,” West Louisville Urban Coalition member Monica Thomas said. “We’re tired. We’re sick and tired of being sick and tired. This is the last straw, it truly has broken the camel’s back.”It is the responsibility of the Judge, during all aspects of all actions that take place within the confines of his court,

to rule, and control Lawyer Behavior, to the extent that, the Judge has the right to chastise, fine, or incarcerate a lawyer, as required/needed.

In this specific instance…, Judge Stevens has the right to enforce a Legal Constitution Rule, that dictates, that Lawyers who act illegally... by denying “Black Citizens” from participating in the legal system as jurors, specifically because of the lawyer’s desire to ensure that the Black Citizen’s perspective isn’t allowed.

Judge Stevens manner in which he expressed his opinion, ought to be sanctioned, but in this instance…, the lawyer, Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Wine, ought to be sanction based on his actions to violate the Constitution by denying the rights of a Black Citizen from serving as a juror, specifically because Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Wine has been deemed as doing so by Judge Stevens, and the proper actions ought to be set in place to admonish

Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Wine.

 

 

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And the Change Begins

 

2 Plus Centuries, behind in the techniques of Political Practices.

2 Plus Centuries, behind in the mastering the manipulation of the Justice System.

2 Plus Centuries, behind in the art of lying, as a collective body, in order to ensure that others are disenfranchised, and are exploited.

 

Yet...,
the beginning of the new, "United States Democratic Movement",
has only just begun.

 

Democratic & Republican Parties,
designed, organized, and managed, for the past 175 plus years, have begun the decent, in that,
the Non White American Citizens have been viewing the lack of representation of their interest by both parties,
to the extent that, those who call themselves
"Independents",
are now 50% of all, who call themselves, Legal Voters.

 

The slow change has begun,
with the removal and replacing of
Mayors, District Attorney's & Police Chiefs,
in several of the larger metropolitan cities,
and these changes will begin to pick up, in the pace of change,
as more and more begin to recognize, and
live the new American way.

 

 

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Only one prosecutor was disciplined by any oversight authorities, the report asserts.

Citizens Victims at every level of Justice 4/5

Report Says Prosecutors Rarely Pay Price for Mistakes and Misconduct

 

 

Police Officers, the initial contact with any level of the justice system for citizens, are recorded on video,
abusing citizens, verbally, and physically...,
not to mention..., video capturing acts of actually shooting a citizen by Police Officers...,
all of which, is deemed justified by the courts,
leaving the citizen,
the victim of an unwarrented abuse, or
even, a victim of an inexcusable murder.

 

Judges, caught doing crack cocaine, abusing the power
of the seat of judgeship, by denying crucial evidence...,
assigning unequal bail requirements
based on ones class,
or ones race...,
disseminating unequal jail sentences,
based on race class and sex...,
all gone unpunished,
leaving the citizens,
yet again... a victim of one that sit in the seat of the
Justice System.

 

The American Citizen,
is victimized at every level of the entire justice system, irregardless of the circumstances, and,
irregardless of the environment...

 

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Luke Walton to take over Lakers after Warriors' season ends

Luke Walton

Luke Walton has agreed to be the Los Angeles Lakers' new head coach, with the sides agreeing to a multiyear deal Friday, the team said.

Walton spent nine seasons with the Lakers, winning two championship rings as a smart, steady contributor. Three years after his retirement, the 36-year-old Southern California native is back to become the 26th coach in franchise history.

Walton has been serving as an assistant for the Golden State Warriors, who granted him permission to interview with the Lakers after their first-round Western Conference playoff series against the Houston Rockets concluded Wednesday.

 

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Ray Lewis' son charged with sexual assault

Ray Lewis III, son of former Baltimore Ravens star  Ray Lewis' son charged with sexual assault Ray Lewis, has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Two victims told authorities that Lewis III, a sophomore cornerback for the Coastal Carolina University football team, sexually assaulted them on Saturday, Jan. 23, at an apartment near campus, according to police records

Lewis, 20,  turned himself into the police on Friday according to a WMBF News Report. His arrest warrant alleges knowledgeable sexual battery of an 18-year-old female that was incapacitated from the use of drugs and/or alcohol.

Lewis III played at the University of Miami, his father's alma mater, for two seasons before transferring to Coastal Carolina last year. In 12 games in the 2015 season Lewis III was credited with 14 tackles.

 

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Blake Griffin to miss rest of postseason; Chris Paul has surgery on hand

Blake Griffin to miss rest of postseason; Chris Paul has surgery on hand

Blake Griffin will miss the remainder of the postseason and Chris Paul will be out indefinitely, the Los Angeles Clippers announced Tuesday. Griffin aggravated a left quadriceps injury in Game 4 of the team's first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. An MRI revealed no further structural damage, and the team said he'll be ready for the start of training camp.

Paul, meanwhile, underwent surgery Tuesday morning in Los Angeles to repair a right hand fracture that he suffered in the third quarter of Monday night's game.

Team sources indicated the recovery

time for Paul is four to six weeks, meaning the Clippers would have to advance to the conference finals or NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history for him to return this postseason.

 

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Stephen Curry sprains knee in Game 4, will have MRI on Monday

HOUSTON -- Stephen Curry, who returned Curry Splits his legs and injures knto action Sunday after missing the past two games because of a sprained right ankle, will undergo an MRI on Monday after spraining his knee midway through Golden State's 121-94, Game 4 win over the Houston Rockets.

Curry slipped while guarding Trevor Ariza at the first-half buzzer and banged his right knee on the floor. The reigning league MVP grabbed the knee and limped off to the locker room.

Curry returned to the court after halftime and moved laterally to test the joint, but he stopped and shook his head toward the bench. Shortly thereafter, he headed back to the locker room and was ruled out just after the second half began, with Shaun Livingston taking his spot in the lineup.

 

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You are what you chose,
You become

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It is your decision
to be a profitable or prosperous human being.

 

It is your decision

to be a bum,
a drug addict,
uneducated,
undereducated,
or
ignorant.

 

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Each day,
thousands of times a day,
you process thousands of decisions
associated with your daily activities
that range from
deciding to brush your teeth,
to
deciding when you actually

head in the direction of your bed,
then
actually getting in the bed

to go to sleep for the night.

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

Every thought
between the time that you awake
and

the time that you choose to go to bed,
is a “Conscious Decision”
processed in your mind.

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

Planning your entire day in advance,
is just one instance
of the many thousands of instances
that you experience each day,
and when you choose
to plan your day in advance…,
then
actually acting out the previously planned day…,
what you will find is that
you have lived
1 successful day.

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

Just as no human being is perfect,
no plan is perfect…,
and
no 1 day wi
ll ever be perfect…,
but,
each day can be a successful day
by accomplishing
some of the daily scheduled tasks
that you have added to your list of things
that you will want to accomplish
in that one specific day.

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

By recognizing
that each and every day
can be a successful day,
based on a schedule of tasks
that you have listed as your tasks to accomplish
in each and every individual day….
that would allow you to call that specific day
“successful”,
you will have all the tools necessary
to plan a successful life
that you choose.

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

Just as you choose
not to study a lesson assignment;
just as you choose
not workout;
just as you choose
not to participate in your child’s life;
just as you choose
to play video games for hours;

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


You can choose
to read the chapters in a specific book to gain the knowledge that would allow you to pass a test; 
You can choose
to schedule a workout into your daily life;
you can choose
to be a parent to that child you create;
and
you can choose
to not to play video games more than an allotted amount of time daily.

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

Deciding to plan a day,
and consciously deciding to perform
the tasks scheduled on your daily plan,
you will find that
30 successful days out of 35
will lead to having a successful month,
and
choosing to be successful
for 1,400 days out of 1460 days
will lead you to be successful in accomplishing a college degree,
while providing you with valuable knowledge
and skills that you can continue to use for the rest of your life.

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

To become
what you desire to be
is simply choosing to be it…
each and every day…,
one day at a time.

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

You are what you are
because you have chosen
to be what you are…
at this specific moment in time,
based on your own individual past choices
to not plan successful days,
or
your choice to plan successful days.

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

By planning
and
acting out the plan of the day,
you set in place the possibility to say,
“I had a successful day”.

 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

Successful days
ensure that you become
what you choose to become.

 

 

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F.B.I. Says Killing Man Was Justified, but Not Shooting His Tire

Obnoxiously Flawed & Corrupt F.B.I Commission

No Human designed, or Human created system, has ever been In 2013, The New York Times reported that of more than 150 episodes in which an agent shot another person dating back at least two decades, the group deemed every one justified.absolutely perfect...,

and suffice it to say that, "No Human Being" comes within a high fraction of a percent closer to being perfect,

in all his/her acts and actions.

However..., what the F.B.I's Investigative Commission has concluded for the past 10 years is...,

not only has their system of training F.B.I agents netted perfection, to the extent that no F.B.I agent has been found to have been at fault for any shooting,

everyone of their

Human Being F.B.I Agents,

are also perfect... in their conduct as

Human Beings.

This is as about

"real and accurate" as suggesting that the bible is correct in as it suggests that the heavens and the earth, were all created in 7 days, some 7500 years ago.

Here's what I suggest:

Remove every individual who sit on the F.B.I's investigative commission board for the past 10 years....,

have a new diverse and fair team of independents with areas of expertise..., review all the past 10 years claims, and I will bet you my last dime..., that at least 25% of all allegations will be found to have been valid complaints against these F.B.I agents.

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Within the Racist & Bigoted Hollywood Industry,

“Effective immediately, we are going to begin to wind down the 501 c3 organization, bring the Sustaining Membership dues to an end, and do away with the costly infrastructure and the abespal.com website,” the executive director, Jeremy Boreing, told members in an email, a copy of which the Guardian has seen. lies a sub group of extreme conservatives who gathered annually, to discuss how to use their money and power to ensure and shore up the Republican Brand.

However, the deep

"Sub Republican Good Old Boy Hollywood Group" is suffering from the same reference to non relevance as the root Hollywood Good Old Boy Republican Party.

The Conservative Values are now considered

outdated, bullying, bigoted & racist

values that the American Melting Pot

no longer "have to acquiesce" too.

The majority of all Americans,

are now those who believe in fair and equal treatment for all and the conservative disposition continue to fight, kicking and screaming,

as they are forced deeper and deeper into the obsolescence.

Relegated to State Level Leadership as Governors,

have provided the type of State Level "un - wanted" leadership in the anti gay laws that have caused nations around the world to speak out against and loath.

States and State's Citizens will suffer so long as republican values are the voice of the nation.

 

 

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(Reuters) - A Louisiana man walked free from the state's notorious Louisiana prisoner freed after 41 years of unconstitutional life sentenceAngola prison late on Friday after serving 41 years of an unconstitutional life sentence over the shooting death of a white high school student during a violent and racially charged chapter in the state's fight to segregate schools.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday lashed out at "My wife called and said 'there were helicopters following you.' ... And then we went under a fence and through a fence. Oh boy, it felt like I was crossing the border, actually."the protesters who disrupted his speech in California a day earlier. Demonstrators swarmed the California GOP convention on Friday, blocking an entrance and nearby roads. "The "protesters" in California were thugs and criminals," Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

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Ex-priest gets 20-40 years in prison for sexual assault

JACKSON, Mich. — Victims confronted a former Roman Catholic priest He was in prison in Oklahoma for similar crimes when he was charged in Michigan last year. He worked in Philadelphia; Salt Lake City; Naperville, Illinois; Duncan, Oklahoma; Jackson, Michigan and Lockport, New York before he was defrocked as a priest.in court Friday as he was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for sexually abusing students at a Michigan high school in the 1980s.

A judge heard more than two hours of testimony from six men who described in detail how James Rapp molested them. Rapp coerced students into having sexual contact while working as a teacher and wrestling coach at Lumen Christi High School in Jackson.

"His crime and position was a murder on my soul," Andy Russell said. "He's a monster and his path of destruction extends far further than it ever should have."

 

 

Confederate memorial at Ky. university to be removed

LOUISVILLE — Saying it no longer has a place here, Louisville's mayor Confederate memorial at Ky. university to be removedand its university's president announced that a 121-year-old Confederate monument on the University of Louisville campus is being removed.

Mayor Greg Fischer and President James Ramsey of the University of Louisville gathered Friday at the monument across from the Speed Art Museum, joined by several city and university officials and students.

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said it will It also appears to hit on Cuomo’s efforts to expand nanotechnology across upstate through the SUNY Polytechnic Institute based in Albany, which is leading plans for a $600 million photonics center in Rochester.launch its own investigation into alleged improper lobbying and "undisclosed conflicts of interest" amid what appears to be a growing federal probe into the state's development projects in Buffalo and elsewhere.

The late Friday afternoon announcement comes amid an investigation by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara into Cuomo's hallmark "Buffalo Billion" project that is using $1 billion of public money to revitalize New York's largest upstate city.

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At first glance, Joshua Packwood is the embodiment of white privilege:  The Joneses lived in Grandview, a lower-middle class suburb outside of Kansas City. Eartha "Mama" Jones was a stay-at-home mom, who occasionally worked as a part-time salesperson at a mall. Barry Jones, Sr., was a warehouse manager at Grainger, the industrial supply company.He's college educated, married, a father of two and he runs a successful hedge fund in Manhattan.

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