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Roberta Flack ft. Donny Hathaway – The Closer I Get To You

Roberta Flack / Donny Hathaway – Where is the Love

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  1. rikyrah says:

    Judge blocks North Carolina school voucher program
    Aug 21, 2014 5:23pm EDT

    (Reuters) – A North Carolina judge on Thursday blocked the state’s new school voucher program, saying it unconstitutionally diverted money from public education to private schools, many of them religious.

    The Opportunity Scholarship program, designed to give poor and middle-class families public funds to help pay private school tuition, was passed by the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature last year and had already begun operating.

    School vouchers have drawn criticism from those who say they drain money from public schools and subsidize overtly religious education. Supporters say they offer parents more choices on where to educate their children.

    In his order blocking the program, Judge Robert Hobgood said it diverted money that under the state constitution can only be used for public schools.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Revved Up

    How Al Sharpton became Obama’s go-to man on race.


    August 21, 2014

    A few days after 18-year-old Mike Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, Missouri, White House officials enlisted an unusual source for on-the-ground intelligence amid the chaos and tear gas: the Rev. Al Sharpton, a fiery activist who became a household name by provoking rather than pacifying.

    Sharpton—once such a pariah that Clinton administration officials rushed through their ribbon-cuttings in Harlem for fear he’d show up and force them to, gasp, shake his hand—arrived on the scene 72 hours after the shooting at the request of Brown’s grandfather, who had admired his advocacy on behalf of the family of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

    But if the old Al Sharpton would have parachuted into Ferguson to rile up the masses, the Obama-era Al Sharpton trod a more gingerly path to justice. Over the years, the 59-year-old former Brooklyn protest leader turned MSNBC talk-show host has embraced a new identity, one that reflects his evolution from agitator to insider with all that implies. In Ferguson, Sharpton established himself as a de facto contact and conduit for a jittery White House seeking to negotiate a middle ground between meddling and disengagement. “There’s a trust factor with The Rev from the Oval Office on down,” a White House official familiar with their dealings told me. “He gets it, and he’s got credibility in the community that nobody else has got. There’s really no one else out there who does what he does.”

    And the White House, as the crisis following Brown’s death seemed to flare out of control, worked extensively behind the scenes to maximize The Rev’s doing what he does, using him as both a source of information and a go-between. After huddling with Brown’s family and local community leaders, Sharpton connected directly with White House adviser and First Friend Valerie Jarrett, vacationing in her condo in the exclusive Oak Bluffs section of Martha’s Vineyard, not far from where President Obama and his family were staying. Obama was “horrified” by the images he was seeing on TV, Jarrett told Sharpton, and proceeded to pepper him with questions as she collected information for the president: How bad was the violence? Was it being fueled by outside groups—and could Sharpton do anything to talk them down? What did the Brown family want the White House to do?

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  3. rikyrah says:

    Obama Cares. Look at the Numbers.

    AUG. 21, 2014

    AS the predominantly black, disproportionately poor community of Ferguson, Mo., erupted in protest after the shooting death of Michael Brown, critics excoriated President Obama for his failure to empathize. Michael Eric Dyson, for example, called the president’s statement about the case on Monday a “stunning epic failure.”

    Mr. Obama’s defenders point to his second-term commitment to issues that touch the lives of poor communities of color, especially his initiative to assist young minority men, My Brother’s Keeper. But what both sides are ignoring is the president’s first-term record.

    A true measure of a president’s priorities lies hidden in plain sight in his budget proposals. Under that standard, Mr. Obama has been more committed to communities like Ferguson than any Democratic president in the past half century.

    By looking at what percentage of the budget presidents propose to spend to fight poverty, we can compare their degree of commitment.

    While Mr. Obama advocated for the Affordable Care Act as a way to assist poor African-Americans, for example, we can’t put that on an effort scale and compare it to President Bill Clinton’s advocacy for his health care plan. Our method also avoids the problem of accounting for forces beyond presidents’ control.

    Using this method, we find that President Obama attempted to deliver far more than his counterparts. The Congressional Budget Office’s inflation-adjusted numbers show that Mr. Obama sought to spend far more on means-tested anti-poverty programs than other first-term Democratic presidents. The targeted needs include food, housing, education, health care and cash.

    Mr. Obama earmarked 17 percent of his budget for these needs, versus Mr. Clinton’s 12 percent and Jimmy Carter’s 8 percent. These presidents all faced economic challenges, although of different degrees and strength. Each was committed to the needs of the poor and the disadvantaged. But Mr. Obama made good on that commitment far more concretely.

    No president gets all he requests, but the outcomes speak well for Mr. Obama, too. Christopher Wimer of Columbia University found, for example, that tax and transfer policies lowered the poverty rate by only 1 percentage point in 1967, under President Lyndon B. Johnson, but by almost 13 points in 2012.

    Did Mr. Obama plan to spend more simply because he had more mouths to feed? No. Even after accounting for the higher numbers of poor people caught in the Great Recession, Mr. Obama’s record outshines his predecessors’. His proposed first-term spending per poor individual was $13,731 to Mr. Clinton’s $8,310 and Mr. Carter’s $4,431, in 2014 dollars.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Patrick to join Obama on Martha’s Vineyard
    By Jim O’Sullivan
    | Globe Staff August 21, 2014

    Governor Deval Patrick and his wife, Diane, plan to join President Obama and the first lady for dinner on Martha’s Vineyard on Thursday, said a person familiar with Patrick’s schedule.

    The Patricks and the Obamas will likely have dinner at the vacation home on Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark where the president is staying, the person said.

    Longtime friends and fellow Chicagoans, Obama and Patrick routinely break bread during the First Family’s annual Vineyard vacations. And the Patricks have been regular guests at the White House during non-official visits, such as a party following Obama’s inauguration.

    The Patricks planned to return to the mainland after the meal, said the person familiar with Patrick’s plans.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Texas Journalists Urge National Press To Take Perry Case More Seriously

    While many national outlets are dismissing the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry as political payback, Texas journalists warn that such claims are misguided, incomplete, and the product of a “rush to judgment.”

    On August 15, news broke that Perry was being indicted for “abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant,” both of which are felonies.

    The charges relate to Perry’s threatened and completed veto of $7.5 million in state funding for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit.

    The case claims that the threat and veto were retaliation against Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat and the head of that unit, who ignored Perry’s call for her to resign after she was convicted of drunk driving. At the time Lehmberg’s unit was investigating corruption in a program Perry had heavily touted; if she had resigned, Perry would have appointed her replacement.

    Following the announcement, a split has emerged among press covering the story. Much of the Lone Star State media has covered it as a valid legal proceeding and part of a greater picture of misconduct, while national media are treating Perry’s indictment as mere politics.

    The New York Times editorial board speculated that it “appears to be the product of an overzealous prosecution.” Liberal New York magazine reporter Jonathan Chait labeled the indictment “unbelievably ridiculous.” A USA Today editorial dubbed it a “flimsy indictment,” while The Wall Street Journal called it “prosecutorial abuse for partisan purposes.”

    But Texas journalists say many on the national level don’t know the facts and context and are too quick to judge from afar.

    “The national pundits — and some of them are very thoughtful people — tend to focus first and most easily on the politics,” said Wayne Slater, a columnist at the Dallas Morning News. “How does this particular event help or hurt that candidate in the potential horse race? Many reporters in Texas know Perry and are much more familiar with the details in this case, the fact that these are Republicans investigating this and that Perry has a history of hardball politics in forcing people out. This is a much more nuanced story than some in the Beltway understand.”

    Slater adds, “Rick Perry is getting good press because he has been masterful in the way he has framed this as a matter of partisan politics. Instinctively political journalists and reporters and outlets at some distance understand that Perry is winning the politics at the moment and that his narrative of events really comports with their general sense of how things work, that politicians threaten people and coerce people.”

    Forrest Wilder, who is covering the story for the Texas Observer, noted in a recent piece that the criminal complaint against Perry filed in June 2013 by Texans for Public Justice was assigned to a Republican judge who then appointed a former prosecutor in the George H.W. Bush administration as special prosecutor. In comments to Media Matters, Wilder said the charges were something “we should take seriously.”

  6. rikyrah says:

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    Last Call For Operation Turtle Trap

    Mitch McConnell’s internal polling must still be showing him vulnerable to an upset by Alison Grimes, because he’s playing the one real card he has in his hand. If re-elected, he’s going to shut down the government unless President Obama surrenders completely.

    Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration’s policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown.

    In an extensive interview here, the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if Republicans gain control of the chamber. The emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills that would limit Obama policies on everything from the environment to health care, consider using an arcane budget tactic to circumvent Democratic filibusters and force the president to “move to the center” if he wants to get any new legislation through Congress.

    In short, it’s a recipe for a confrontational end to the Obama presidency.

    “We’re going to pass spending bills, and they’re going to have a lot of restrictions on the activities of the bureaucracy,” McConnell said in an interview aboard his campaign bus traveling through Western Kentucky coal country. “That’s something he won’t like, but that will be done. I guarantee it.”

    So yeah, if you thought Ted Cruz’s little test run was fun, wait until enough Democrats stay home to give Mitch the Turtle here control of the Senate. It’ll be the GOP’s way or else


    Remember, Americans have shown no real appetite when it comes to punishing Republicans for bad behavior in the last 20 years. And there are tens of millions of Americans who will vote for the Republicans to shut down the government anyway, because they know Republicans won’t allow it to hurt their checks from Uncle Sam, just the programs for those people.

    That’s not governance. That’s lunacy.

    But they’re convinced they will win, because they’re convinced you won’t give a damn and will stay home in November.

    Of course here in Kentucky you could vote Mitch out totally.

  7. rikyrah says:

    McConnell’s plan to shut down Obama

    By MANU RAJU | 8/20/14 5:07 AM EDT Updated: 8/20/14 7:29 PM EDT

    HENDERSON, Ky. — Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration’s policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown.

    In an extensive interview here, the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the Senate if Republicans gain control of the chamber. The emerging strategy: Attach riders to spending bills that would limit Obama policies on everything from the environment to health care, consider using an arcane budget tactic to circumvent Democratic filibusters and force the president to “move to the center” if he wants to get any new legislation through Congress.

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  8. rikyrah says:

    Town’s comments on Mrs. McDonnell


    She’s not crazy, she’s angry:

    She has limited education and I’m willing to bet assumed 90% of the rearing of the children

    He ran for state delegate & was living in Richmond a third of the year, leaving her in Virginia Beach by herself with 5 kids

    She’s selling the pills and vitamins and is told she can’t do that anymore because of his job

    She had to uproot herself from Virginia Beach and move to Richmond where she didn’t know anyone with 5 kids while he’s off being Attorney General and running for stuff

    He knew she didn’t do well with crowds, public speaking and gladhanding, which is expected of political wives, yet he kept running for more and more high profile offices which put her in the exact circumstances that set her off

    While governor, while he KNEW she was NOT adjusting well to being FLOVA, stayed more and more away from home to avoid her.

    When she finally got some money of her own (inheritance from dad) he snatched her check to pay their credit card bills. He could’ve let her keep some of that money…she didn’t have any other $ of her own.

    And now he’s trashed her, in front of the entire America, for being a bitchy, shrewy wife who was crushing on some other dude.

    I’d be angry too!

    This doesn’t excuse her being nasty with the staff, however. So I’m glad she was forced to sit in court and listen to staff member after staff member trash her before the jury.

    Both of them are horrible people, but he’s MORE horrible. You listen to his story, and you feel sorry for him. Then you start to think, wayminit, none of this would’ve been happening had you put your wife FIRST instead of yourself.

    I’ve always said, NEVER trust a man with perfect hair. This case is exhibit A.

  9. rikyrah says:

    More from TOWN


    Right now on As McDonnell Burns…

    Bob tells a tale of woe about his crappy marriage:

    They were happy newlyweds until the 5 kids came

    When he was a state delegate, he left her alone in Virginia Beach 1/3 of the year and she was mad about that

    When he ran for Attorney General he had to tell her to stop selling her magic pills, which made her mad

    When he became Attorney General, he moved to Richmond while Maureen + 5 stayed behind in Virginia Beach and she was mad about that

    Then Maureen + 5 moved to Richmond and she was mad about that

    He wanted her to get some counseling and she was like NOPE

    After he became governor, he told her to stop selling the pills b/c the FLOVA shouldn’t be doing that. She got mad about that.

    They were fighting over the inauguration dress & were fighting when Obama called

    After her dad died, she got a check for $25K and he snatched it to pay down the credit card bills, she was mad about that

    He told her to stop mistreating the staff, she got mad about that

    She refused to get counseling again, citing privacy

    He testified he worked late to avoid her b/c he ain’t time for all of that $hit

    ***BREAKING NEWS: Bob moved out and is living with Rev. Timothy because he knows he can’t throw her under the bus and then go home with her***BREAKING NEWS


  10. rikyrah says:

    Aug. 21, 2014 11:23 AM EDT

    BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Pitching sensation Mo’ne Davis’ latest start has drawn record television ratings for the Little League World Series.

    ESPN said Thursday her team’s game earned the highest ever preliminary rating for the event on the network. The 8-1 loss by Davis’ Philadelphia squad to Las Vegas on Wednesday night received a 3.4 overnight rating, up 143 percent from the corresponding game last year.

    The 13-year-old Davis rose to a national celebrity after becoming the first girl to pitch a shutout in her team’s LLWS opener. She was removed after just 2 1-3 innings Wednesday, allowing three runs and striking out six.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Ray Allen Pissed Off At Police For Not Taking Home Invasion Seriously
    Rohan Nadkarni

    NBA free agent Ray Allen and his family are not thrilled with Coral Gables police after a recent break-in at Allens’ home.

    The family’s home in Coral Gables, a suburb of Miami where Allen most recently played with the Heat, was broken into last Thursday by a group of teenagers. The teenagers claimed they just wanted to see the house and thought it had been vacated, and police declined to press any charges. The Allens see the situation much differently.

    The family released this statement Sunday, per the Miami Herald:

    “We want to correct the erroneous information being reported about the crime committed in our home this week. On Thursday morning at 2:30 a.m., my wife Shannon was awakened by loud voices in our bedroom where she had been sleeping with our four young children.

    “She heard male voices loudly discussing our personal property and sat up in a state of alarm to find at least five people inside our bedroom with large flashlights. She was immediately fearful for the safety of her own life, but more importantly the lives of our young children. When she screamed at them, the intruders quickly fled the scene and laughter was heard as they made their way out of our bedroom, down the stairs and out of our house.

    “As these individuals were fleeing our house, Shannon immediately called security and the police for help. Shannon and I believe that a number of the public statements made through media outlets have mischaracterized certain important facts and what we believe to be the seriousness of this potentially devastating invasion upon our lives, home and family,” Allen said.

  12. rikyrah says:

    so…not like I even gotta ask…but, I will….

    but, what RACE do you think these ‘ kids’ were.

    Why Don’t Cops Give Our Kids the Same Break They Gave the Ray Allen Intruders?

    As the father of a young black man, I would find it reassuring if more police were willing to give our kids a second chance.

    By: Andrew J. Skerritt
    Posted: Aug. 20 2014 2:00 AM

    Former Miami Heat star forward Ray Allen is again standing on center court. This time, however, Allen stands in the unusual plight of victim. He was inadvertently thrust into the spotlight by events that reinforce the problems of places like Ferguson, Mo., and the issues of fairness and equality and justice across this country.

    Unlike a number of other recent high-profile cases, the facts aren’t really in dispute. At 2:30 a.m. last Thursday night, Allen’s wife, Shannon, was awakened by loud voices in their bedroom where she had been sleeping with the couple’s four young children, Ray Allen said in a statement. After she heard male voices loudly discussing their flat-screen televisions and other property, she sat up wide-awake to find at least five people flashing large lights in the bedroom.

    This is usually the point in a story where the castle doctrine gets invoked, guns are drawn and thoughtless young people die. Thankfully, that didn’t happen. Fearful for her and her children’s safety, Shannon Allen screamed and the intruders fled. She called security and police and they responded and tracked down the culprits.

    Because no shots were fired and no one died, this incident can be a teachable moment, a moment of calm and clarity amid the heated rhetoric and flaring tempers.

    But here’s where the Allens’ story really deserves our attention: Detectives said the seven young people (we don’t yet know their ages) confessed to the break-in. They’d been at a party next door, and were curious to see how a future NBA Hall of Famer lives. They say they thought that since Allen was no longer playing for the Heat, he and his family had moved out of the house. They didn’t take anything from the Allens’ home and they weren’t arrested or charged because officials said they didn’t take anything and didn’t intend to.

    But that’s wrong.

    Although the intruders might not have removed anything physical, they stole something invaluable: the Allen family’s sense of security—their right to feel safe in their own home. And if the Allens, with all their money and privilege, can’t feel safe, none of us can.

    And whether or not you can relate to a wealthy celebrity’s right to privacy and security, the fact is that the Allens deserve it, just like anyone else. The issue, then, is about the Coral Gables, Fla., police department’s initial decision not to arrest or even cite the culprits.

    Presumably, there are those who would applaud the cops for not overreacting—for treating this as a mindless prank gone awry. But given the headlines of the past few weeks, what kind of message does that send?

    Under the circumstances, it’s hard not to think that race and class might have played a role in the way the police “resolved” the situation.

    The kids were partying in an exclusive neighborhood. We don’t know what race they were, but most fair-minded folks would say that if black or brown inner-city kids had pulled this stunt against a wealthy white family, we know how they would have fared.

  13. rikyrah says:

    from TOWN:


    Yesterday on As McDonnell Burns…

    The Accountant claimed Bob taking out loans and running up his credit card wasn’t really running up debt, but getting more assets

    The Judge said Bitch Please to that claim

    The Accountant said Bob had good credit and wasn’t hiding anything

    VCU said Um, maybe MaureenWife needs to move out of the Executive Mansion & get counseling because she cray

    Rev. Timothy testified Bob was a good boy but that MaureenWife…

    Bob takes the stand

    Bob testifies MaureenWife wasn’t satisfied with his dough

    Bob said Barack called him when he was elected but MaureenWife was screaming in the background

    Bob said MaureenWife couldn’t handle the pressures of being a political wife (which is why he sought higher and higher office, huh? I guess he just didn’t give a damn)

    Bob said he was ethical and told donors no, like The Mayor of Va Beach (who was also the Bank President) who wanted to be appointed to something

    Bob was just Workin’ Hard for the Commonwealth of Virginia

    On today’s show

    Bob will testify about his crappy marriage

  14. rikyrah says:

    Huey P. Newton Gun Club leads open-carry rally in South Dallas


    Staff Writer

    Published: 20 August 2014 11:09 PM

    Updated: 20 August 2014 11:09 PM

    Two dozen protesters — most of them armed — from a gun club named after the founder of the original Black Panther Party peacefully marched through parts of South Dallas on Wednesday.

    The open-carry rally was organized by the Huey P. Newton Gun Club to promote self-defense and community policing in response to recent police shootings, both nationally and locally.

    Police monitored the black-clad demonstrators, some of whom had rifles slung over their shoulders. As they walked down MLK Boulevard and Malcolm X Boulevard in the blistering heat, many chanted “black power” and “justice for Michael Brown,” the black teenager fatally shot by police this month in suburban St. Louis. His death has touched off a string of often-violent protests in that area.

    While the Dallas marchers frequently chanted Brown’s name, they said their main goal was to shed light on local shootings by police. Dallas County leaders recently announced that they are looking into ways to change how they investigate shootings involving police officers.

    “We think that all black people have the right to self-defense and self-determination,” said Huey Freeman, a march organizer. “We believe that we can police ourselves and bring security to our own communities.”

    Freeman said Wednesday’s marchers planned to patronize several South Dallas businesses to keep their money in the community and teach their neighbors about their “right to self-defense.”

    At one point, the group stopped at Elaine’s Kitchen, and one of the organizers told those who were armed to display their weapons in a “safe, disciplined manner.”

    Several car drivers passing by the area honked and waved at the protesters.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Bank of America to Pay $16.65 Billion in Historic Justice Department Settlement for Financial Fraud Leading up to and During the Financial Crisis

    Attorney General Eric Holder and Associate Attorney General Tony West announced today that the Department of Justice has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America Corporation – the largest civil settlement with a single entity in American history ­— to resolve federal and state claims against Bank of America and its former and current subsidiaries, including Countrywide Financial Corporation and Merrill Lynch. As part of this global resolution, the bank has agreed to pay a $5 billion penalty under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) – the largest FIRREA penalty ever – and provide billions of dollars of relief to struggling homeowners, including funds that will help defray tax liability as a result of mortgage modification, forbearance or forgiveness. The settlement does not release individuals from civil charges, nor does it absolve Bank of America, its current or former subsidiaries and affiliates or any individuals from potential criminal prosecution.

    “This historic resolution – the largest such settlement on record – goes
    far beyond ‘the cost of doing business,’” said Attorney General Holder. “Under the terms of this settlement, the bank has agreed to pay$7 billion in relief to struggling homeowners, borrowers and communities affected by the bank’s conduct. This is appropriate given the size and scope of the wrongdoing at issue.”

    This settlement is part of the ongoing efforts of President Obama’s
    Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force and its Residential
    Mortgage-Backed Securities (RMBS) Working Group, which has recovered $36.65 billion to date for American consumers and investors.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Democrats should set up voter registration booths near hospitals in states where Republicans have denied millions Medicaid expansion.
    8:39 PM – 20 Aug 2014

  17. rikyrah says:

    I gotta think this would be a surreal moment. Being on a plane and up comes the Pope with a microphone. What you gonna do?

    Not listen?


  18. rikyrah says:

    You learn a lot going through the POU twitter feed.

    I needed this LOL moment this morning:

    It ain’t the Nat Turner Gun Club, but it’ll do.


  19. rikyrah says:

    Ball in Nike’s court for Kevin Durant

    Updated: August 20, 2014, 8:21 PM ET
    By Darren Rovell |

    Kevin Durant’s representation Roc Nation Sports informed Nike on Wednesday that he has a deal on the table with Under Armour worth between $265 million and $285 million over 10 years, sources told

    The deal includes Under Armour stock and other incentives, such a community center built in his mother’s name, whose exact worth will not be known for some time.

    Nike, which saw its signature business related to the Oklahoma City Thunder forward grow to roughly $175 million at retail last season, will have the right to match, which is a condition of Durant’s current contract with the brand. Durant can still choose Nike if it doesn’t match but can’t legally choose Under Armour if Nike does.

    Nike’s last offer, sources said, would have given Durant a base and a minimum royalty guarantee that would equal no less than $20 million a year.

    If Under Armour wins the services of Durant, it would be the largest sponsorship deal the company has ever committed to. The average of $26.5 million to $28.5 million means that Under Armour would be devoting nearly 10 percent of its current annual marketing budget on him. Although Under Armour has given investors guidance that it might hit $3 billion in revenues this year, only about 1 percent of that is from basketball shoes.

  20. rikyrah says:

    South Carolina mailman saves choking baby’s life

    by Liz Lohuis, WYFF | August 20, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    A frantic mother trying to save her baby from choking found help from an unlikely hero.

    Stephanie Cooper said her 11-month-old son had put a plastic wrapper in his mouth Friday, and it got lodged in his throat.

    “I turned around and started beating him on his back, but it wasn’t coming out,” said Cooper.

    Cooper said she was frantic and ran out the front door.

    “I don’t even remember a whole lot of it because I just blacked out,” said Cooper.

    Outside Cooper’s door was her letter carrier, Chris Brown.

    “The mailman didn’t even say a word. He just grabbed my son and did the Heimlich on him, and out it came,” said Cooper.

  21. rikyrah says:

    CHP says officer may face serious beating charges

    Aug 20th 2014 7:11PM

    – A California Highway Patrol officer who was videotaped repeatedly striking a woman on the side of a Los Angeles freeway could face serious charges, the agency said Wednesday after forwarding its investigation to the district attorney.

    Officer Daniel Andrew, who was put on a desk assignment after the incident, was removed from duty and put on paid administrative leave, the CHP said.

    The agency didn’t reveal if it made a recommendation to prosecutors but said in a news release that its report outlined potentially serious charges he could face. It didn’t specify possible charges.

    The July 1 incident sparked outrage as video showed Andrew hitting Marlene Pinnock, 51, several times on the side of Interstate 10.

    Andrew said in his report that Pinnock was a danger to herself and had tried to walk into traffic lanes. Drivers had called emergency dispatchers to report that a barefoot woman was on the freeway shoulder who appeared drunk or high.

  22. rikyrah says:

    This is a good segment.

    Ferguson highlighting racial tensions
    The unrest in Ferguson, Missouri is bringing into focus, once again, the racial tensions that still simmer in America. Michael Steele and Joshua DuBois joins Chris Matthews to discuss.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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