Archive for the ‘u.s.’ Category

Michael Bennett is hosting the family of Charleena Lyles at Seahawks camp

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Michael Bennett, the football star who decided he would protest the entire upcoming NFL season, hosted the family of Charleena Lyles Thursday at Seahawks training camp. Earlier this year, Lyles was killed by Seattle Police. Police got a report of a woman who called and described a burglary at a local home. When police arrived, they said, the woman brandished a knife. Two white officers said they saw it and shot her dead. Lyles had been several months pregnant and was struggling with mental-health issues. Officers knew this and discussed it before killing her. Her family explained in June that she was killed because she was black. “Why couldn’t they have tased her? They could have taken her down.

Tampa Bay Bucs, Rays, Lightning help fund moving Confederate statue

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

The Tampa Bay area's three major professional sports franchises announced Thursday that they would help fund moving a Confederate memorial statue out of downtown Tampa. In a joint statement issued via social media, the teams said they have "dedicated funds" to assist in moving the statue from the public space in front of the old Hillsborough County courthouse. The drive to move the statue comes amid heated rhetoric — from both defenders of such statues and those who seek to remove them from civic spaces — following violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., when white nationalists clashed with counter-protesters, purportedly over the city's statue of Robert E. Lee.

Tampa Bay pro sports teams join effort to move Tampa Confederate statue

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Hillsborough County, Florida had reached an agreement last month to move Memoria in Aeterna, a statue commemorating the Confederacy, from its current location in downtown Tampa to a family cemetery in Brandon, Florida. Shortly after Dungy’s tweet, the Tampa Bay Times reported that Bob Gries, the former owner of the Tampa Bay Storm arena football team, would be donating $50,000 to the effort.

Soglin compares Foxconn deal to $100 million Packer Super Bowl tickets

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

MADISON, Wis. - Madison Mayor Paul Soglin is expressing his opposition to an incentive package for Foxconn by comparing it to $100 million Green Bay Packer Super Bowl tickets. “If Green Bay Packer Super Bowl tickets were available for $100 million dollars each, as bad as you wanted to go, most of us would pass,” Soglin said in a statement released Tuesday. “The Foxconn deal is an overpayment, a rip-off, of that magnitude.” Wisconsin lawmakers are considering the approval of a $3 billion financial incentives package to lure electronics giant Foxconn Technology Group to the state. “Foxconn is a terrible deal that will bankrupt our state and leave our kids holding the bill,” Soglin said. Soglin

Life sentence in murder near GRCC parking ramp

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The man who fatally stabbed a woman on Grand Rapids Community College’s campus last year will spend the rest of his life behind bars. Marcus Bivins, 20, was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Last month, Bivins was found guilty of first-degree murder in the April 2016 death of Jeanne Huntoon, 34, of Muskegon. Police said the two did not know one another and described the crime as “a random act of violence.” Authorities say Bivins beat and stabbed Huntoon just outside GRCC’s Bostwick Avenue NE parking ramp. Surveillance video shows he then tried to hide her body between some shrubs. After a witness called police to report someone

Report: Accuser Discussed Blackmailing Ezekiel Elliott with Sex Tapes

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

A woman who accused Dallas Cowboys All-Pro running back Ezekiel Elliott of domestic violence, which triggered Elliott's six-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy, admitted to the league's investigators that she discussed in text messages leveraging sex videos featuring her and Elliott for money from the player Yahoo! Sports reports. According to the report, the text message exchange is detailed in a lengthy report by NFL investigators after they probed whether Elliott committed domestic violence against Tiffany Thompson, who is Elliott's ex-girlfriend.

As Confederate Statues Tumble Throughout the South, Turner Hints Houston Could Be Next

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Should Houston remove its monuments to the Confederacy? After a protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee turned violent in Virginia this past weekend, state and city leaders in the former Confederacy questioned whether to keep similar statues at their capitols, court houses and public parks. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Tuesday afternoon joined that chorus after hearing from citizens speaking before City Council. Turner directed his staff to compile an inventory of the statues honoring the Confederacy and provide recommendations on actions, if any, the city should take. "It is my hope that we can, in a very positive and constructive way, move forward," Turner said in a statement.

Former Dolphins player bolts from courtroom, injuring two officers, report says

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

A former Miami Dolphins cornerback left two Miami-Dade police officers injured on Tuesday after he bolted from a Miami-Dade courtroom when a judge ordered him placed under custody, police said. Dimitri Patterson, 34, was being detained Tuesday evening and is expected to face charges including battery on a law enforcement officer. Patterson, who played for the Dolphins in 2012 and 2013, was at the Lawson E. Thomas Courthouse Center in downtown Miami at a hearing before Judge William Altfield. It was not clear why he was in court. To read the full report, click here

Don’t Look at the Sun, Kids: Scottsdale Students Must Stay Indoors During Eclipse

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

“That means no outdoor lunch, recess, or PE,” the release stated. No recess is definitely a bummer, never mind missing a once-in-a-decade solar event. The school district said the eclipse “raises concerns about safety,” and quoted a Planetary Society scientist, Bruce Betts, as saying that people should never look directly at the sun. Watching a solar eclipse without protective eyewear can cause eye damage. Arizona is not in the so-called "path of totality," where the sun will completely block out the sun for a couple minutes, but Scottsdale seems to be operating on an abundance of caution. Erin Helm, public information officer for the school district, told Phoenix New Times in an email, "When

Bears’ Kyle Long Speaks Out After Violence In Hometown Charlottesville

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Chicago Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long spoke out against the violence by white supremacists in his hometown of Charlottesville, he told reporters at training camp on Sunday. After scores of white nationalists with torches marched, chanted racial slurs and attacked counter-protestors in Charlottesville on Friday night, the situation escalated and resulted in one person’s death and 19 others injured after a car plowed over another group of counter-protestors on Saturday. Long grew up in Charlottesville after his father retired from the NFL.