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President Obama Wipes Tears During Media Address Stating: “We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years”

Posted on 14 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

By ARTHIA NIXON

Florida/Georgia Star

After flags were ordered to be flown at half staff to honor the victims of the Stony Hook school shooting in Connecticut, an emotional President Barack Obama briefed the media at 3:16p.m, visibly pausing with a trembling lip, keeping his eyes off the media as he wiped away at least two escaping tears.

He was addressing the morning’s tragic events in Newtown, CT where 24 year-old Ryan Lanza slaughtered the school principal plus 20 children between age 5 and 10, most of them kindergarten students in his mother’s class. His father was found dead in New Jersey and his mother also killed, both in their homes.

“We’ve endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years,” said President Obama who stated that when he heard the news, he not only acted as president but also as a parent.

He fought back tears by consistently blinking and took frequent breaths between speaking.

“They had their entire lives ahead of them,” he struggled to say. “Birthdays, graduations, weddings… kids of their own.” TContinue Reading

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Celebration Week – Father’s Day and Juneteenth

Posted on 18 June 2012 by The Florida Star Online

This Ohio father is continuing to celebrate Father’s Day, two years after his wife delivered six, as shown above. But have you wondered about the origin of Father’s Day? On July 19, 1910 the governor of the state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day.” It was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official. TContinue Reading

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New Trial Denied Battered Wife

Posted on 04 May 2012 by The Florida Star Online

Written by: Dan Evans, The Florida Star
Photographer: Angie Nixon

Justice Rally for Marissa with SCLC, NAACP, Hurting Families, and many more.

Supporters, community leaders, and organizers gathered outside the court house to voice concerns for Marissa Alexander, facing a 20 year prison term for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The law is 10-20-Life.

A jury, deliberating only 12 minutes March 16, convicted Marissa Alexander on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A 20-year mandatory minimum sentence unless she could win a new trial. Thursday morning, Judge James H. Daniel denied Ms. Alexander a new trail. TContinue Reading

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FAMU Band Members Charged and Arrested

Posted on 04 May 2012 by The Florida Star Online

The FAMU marching band is famous for their musical and marching skills and has performed at many events, including the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The band was suspended shortly after drum major Robert Champion died from the hazing activities immediately after the 2011 Florida Classics.

Now that 13 of the members have been charged, many wish to know if the band’s suspension will end. Of the 13 arrested, 11 were charged with felony hazing resulting in death and two were charged with misdemeanor charges. Is such sufficient for the lesson needed to end hazing?

There are high school students in Florida who are praying for the band’s suspension to be lifted so that they can become a member because of the band’s great history. Right now, the task force is still working on what decision should be made.

Most of the members who were charged turned themselves in soon after it was learned of the decision on Thursday, and have been released on bond.

The attorney representing Robert Champion’s family has stated that he is not comfortable with the band getting back together yet because his clients fear hazing would continue. The attorney, Christopher Chestnut, when asked about the band getting back together to perform, said, according to reports, “You’re asking us for a prescription to a flu, and we don’t know the virus. We’re still piecing this together.”

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What’s with Cop Killing raid during prime time?

Posted on 25 March 2011 by The Florida Star Online

The most important question that has not been asked about the Friday Cleveland Arms JSO killing is why in the world would a judge issue a warrant to authorize a raid on a low income crowded 200 unit apartment complex at 5 p.m. in the afternoon? Everyone knows that this is the time of day when kids are home from school, residents, who work are home or arriving home; a recipe for maximum collateral damage. What was the urgency? Why put so many innocent lives at risk?

Apparently, the white policemen who arrived, at the complex, dressed in black with masks on did not care about the potential endangerment of the innocent lives of the residents. Again, what was the need to raid a crowded low income black apartment complex, at 5:20 p.m., on a hot afternoon when most of the residents would be outside and exposed to gunfire?

If the warrant was for drugs being sold out of the apartment then why wasn’t the two other occupants, including the lease holder arrested? And where are they now? We would like to hear their account of what happened when the police broke into the apartment says the citizens of Jacksonville.

If the drug raid was set up by the police informant, then why was only a small amount of marijuana and cocaine found in a supposedly drug house? The apartment was under surveillance by the informant.

If Mr. Harris, the victim, knew that it was the police at the door, why would he arm himself to protect a small amount of cocaine and marijuana?

The police said Mr. Harris had a warrant from Ohio, but Mr. Harris’ sister said that her brother was reporting regularly to his probation officer here in Jacksonville.

Why is the outrage only coming from the apartment residents? Where was the NAACP, SCLC, the Urban League, the Human Rights Commission, Mad Dads and the religious community? And for that matter, where was the mayor, Councilman Reggie Brown, the councilman at large and State Representative? Not only was a man killed but hundreds of men, women and children’s lives were unnecessarily put at great risk. As of Saturday, March 20th none of the above had visited the Cleveland Arms to speak with the residents who were traumatized by the police commando attack that killed Mr. Harris. The only group that showed concern was the New Black Panthers. They say the act was puzzling.

Jacksonville’s police involved shootings are troubling. The shooting and killing of a man in the Cleveland Arms Apartment by the police is the third police shooting this year. Last year there were eight, four of which ended in a death. In 2009 there were 15 with nine fatal, preceded by 28 with 14 fatal in 2008 and 19 with nine fatal in 2007.

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Mother of 4 gets 10 years for selling $31.00 of Pot

Posted on 28 February 2011 by The Florida Star Online

What formula is used when sentencing Black folks? What formula is used when sentencing a law enforcement officer who commits a criminal act, such as the killing of a suspect?

In December 2009, Patricia Spottedcrow and her 50-year-old mother sold a dime worth of weed to a police informant while at her mother’s house in Oklahoma for $11.00. The grandmother received cash from her 9-year-old grandson to make change for the buyer. Two weeks later, the same informant purchased $20 worth of weed while again at her mother’s house and while the children were present.

Both Spottedcrow and Starr were arrested. Because neither had ever been arrested, they would not accept an offered deal of two years for the small amount of marijuana.

Therefore, the judge gave Mrs. Starr a 30-year suspended sentence and no incarceration and five years of drug and alcohol assessments. But her daughter, Patricia, with no consideration for the children, the female judge said that selling weed was a way of life for her, even though she worked at a nursing home, and gave her ten years for distribution and two for possession. She will be eligible for parole in 2014.

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Ted Williams Leaves Rehab Center Early

Posted on 31 January 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Ted Williams, 53, the man with the golden voice, was presented with opportunities galore when a video of him was placed on YouTube.

He was able to see his mother after ten years and was encouraged by his children to develop a new relationship and pursue a great career.

Ted was offered several jobs and was paid $10,000 immediately to do a Kraft Cheese commercial.

After appearing on Dr. Phil’s Show, Ted volunteered to go to rehab at a facility provided through Dr. Phil. The country cried and prayed for him. Later his girl friend of many years too decided to go to rehab. But now, something has happened. Ted, despite advice from the doctors at the facility, left after only two weeks of treatment.

This is sad. Ted, go back and get help.

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Two black head coaches reach multiple Super Bowls

Posted on 23 January 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Written by Mike Bonts

Coach Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers and coach Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears are on the verge of making Super Bowl history.

Tomlin and Smith both led their teams to victories in the second round of the NFL playoffs. The Pittsburgh Steelers edged out the Baltimore Ravens by a score of 31-24 to advance to the AFC Championship game.

And the Chicago Bears reached the NFC Championship game after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 35-24.

If the Steelers and the Bears defeat the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers respectively, Tomlin and Smith will become the first two black coaches to reach multiple Super Bowls.

The NFL’s first black coach was Fritz Pollard. Pollard was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

The Chicago native served in World War I and in 1919 he joined the Akron Pros of the American Professional Football League, which was renamed the American Professional Football Association the next year. He led Akron to the championship in 1920 and became the first black coach in NFL history when he played and served as co-coach in 1921. The APFA was renamed the NFL in 1922.

Smith’s Bears were defeated by Tony Dungy’s Colts in the 2007 Super Bowl. And in 2008, Tomlin’s Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl.

By reaching the Super Bowl again, the success of both coaches should encourage NFL owners to give more black coaches and general mangers an opportunity. Currently, there are only six black coaches in the NFL.

Over the past year we have also seen the youngest coach in the NFL, and another Dungy prodigy hire (Raheem Morris), bring the total number of African American coaches to six.

Out of those five, four coached for Dungy. (Only ex-49er had coach Mike Singletary did not get his tutelage from Dungy) Think about it, three out of the last four years Tony Dungy or one of his understudies have been the head coach in a Super Bowl.

Hue Jackson has been formally be introduced as Head Coach of The Oakland Raiders tomorrow.

Jackson has 25 years of coaching experience in college and professional football and has beenan offensive coordinator at both levels.

Oakland Raiders Owner Al Davis spoke about the dynamic 45-year-old Jackson: “The fire in Hue will set a flame that will burn for a long time in the hearts and minds of the Raider football team and the Raider Nation.”

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Bomb Planted on MLK Parade Route

Posted on 23 January 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Three city workers of Spokane, Washington found a backpack with an improvised explosive device, a remote controlled bomb and two T-shirts in it. The device was on the parade route for children and old folks to celebrate Dr. King’s birthday and reminded many of the bomb that was placed in a church in 1963 that killed four little Black girls with 22 others being injured in the aftermath. For this 2011 incident, one FBI agent said that the device was the most potentially destructive improvised bomb he had ever seen.

The area is known for white supremacist activity but no one has been identified with this apparently psychotic point of view. Because of the quick thinking of the city workers with God on their side and the people, the bag was found, the parade was rerouted and the bomb was defused. What is frightening is the fact that it was well made with the intention of seeing maximum carnage.

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Breaking the law

Posted on 16 January 2011 by The Florida Star Online

Written by Clara McLaughlin

When the New York Post staff person drew this cartoon  which was published in their paper, many were  upset and some attorneys said that a drawing such as  this which alludes to shooting the president of the  United States is a criminal violation. There is a law  that prohibits a person from inciting a crime or violence.  This drawing was published in February 2009. 

The complaint that many have is the fact that nothing  was done about this incident. Therefore, a number of  other such acts were committed and still the law  enforcement officers and the people stood by, citing  the right of free speech and the right to carry arms. 

Many of the right wing politicians and common citizens,  some quietly and some very vocal appeared to be  agreeing with this behavior. In fact, when those who  did not agree but also did not go out to vote, it made it  appear that most Americans agreed that this, called by  some, criminal and disrespectful behavior was what  most wanted. If there is no punishment for misbehavior,  one would get comfortable and go even further. 

When so call American leaders, politicians and business  persons say and do certain things publicly and the  comments are aired through all of the many outlets,  control is lost. You can’t say if a person who commit  such a crime as this past weekend is mentally ill or evil. 

Now we have political leaders resigning from their  jobs or positions expressing fear of the tea party and/or  the general public. 

President Obama made a very strong speech at the  memorial service while others from his administration  read scriptures. What many really wanted to hear was  that law enforcement departments all over the country  would begin immediately, enforcing the laws that are  already in place that has gotten out of hand. 

Saturday’s shootings caused death, pain and possibly  permanent damage for those who were shot, for their  family, friends, and ordinary people. 

Please, law enforcement officers, enforce the law. We  don’t need to see or hear about more of this.

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