4:06 PM, July 19th, 2013

"There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me." - President Obama commenting on the Zimmerman trial verdict.

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1:03 PM, June 24th, 2013

Frontpage— June 24, 2013

  1. Snowden Not on Flight to Cuba: Is he just wearing a mustache or hiding in the drink cart? NSA leaker Edward Snowden is so far a no-show on what Russian officials said would be his flight to Havana on Monday—which also happens to be packed with journalists. He may be heading to Ecuador. 
  2. Report: Snowden Took Job to Get NSA Intel: The South China Morning Post reported on Monday that the fugitive leaker said he had taken a job as an independent contractor at Booz Allen Hamilton for one reason: to gather information about NSA’s surveillance program. 
  3. Zimmerman Family Booted From Court: George Zimmerman’s second-degree-murder trial kicked off on Monday with Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, giving a statement and the judge removing Zimmerman’s family from the courtroom since they could be potential witnesses.
  4. Silvio Berlusconi Guilty in Sex Case: Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has reportedly been convicted of abusing his power by engaging in sex-for-hire and sentenced to seven years in prison and barred from holding political office.
  5. SCOTUS Punts on Affirmative Action: The Supreme Court on Monday deferred ruling on the merits of affirmative action, instead sending the case back down to a lower court. The suit, Fisher v. the University of Texas at Austin, revolved around whether the university could use race as a factor in admissions decisions. The court will revisit the issue sometime next year. 

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PHOTO: A boy plays on a TV news stage across from Mandela’s former home. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

4:22 PM, June 12th, 2012


DEVELOPING: Shellie Zimmerman, the wife of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman, has been arrested on one count of perjury, a press release issued by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department read Tuesday afternoon. [Photo: Seminole County Sheriff’s Department]

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11:08 AM, May 18th, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, May 18th

  1. Zuckerberg Rings Opening Bell: Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg rang the Wall Street opening bell Friday, the day his company is set to debut on the market. Facebook will start trading stocks on the open market at 11 a.m. Friday, 90 minutes after the New York Stock Exchange opens, and a share will be traded at $38, giving the company a $104 billion valuation.
  2. Detective: Trayvon Didn’t Start Fight: The lead detective in the case against George Zimmerman’s alleged shooting of Trayvon Martin said he believes Zimmerman caused the fight by getting out of his car to confront Martin, and believes the Florida neighborhood-watch volunteer should be charged with manslaughter.  
  3. Dimon Will Testify Before Congress: It’s been a rough few days for JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. First came news that his company suffered a $2 billion trading loss. Then came reports that the loss might be closer to $3 billion. Now, Dimon is going to have to go before the Senate Banking Committee to explain what happened. 
  4. Syria Warns Arab NationsGulf powers like Saudi Arabia and Qatar have argued that Syrian insurgents should be supplied with weapons, and Assad’s government has repeatedly accused countries of backing a “terrorist” campaign.
  5. Netanyahu: Iran isn’t Serious About Nuke Talks: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday he doesn’t believe Iran is serious about ending its nuclear program. 

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Photo of the Day: May 17, 2012

The Heat is On
A boy leads his goat past a parched pond in India.


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12:50 PM, April 13th, 2012

“As I was painting, I was asking the question: Why wasn’t he saved by an angelical force? Why has he chosen to scream across the nation?”

Trayvon Martin painted by Chaz Guest. Incredible. 

Above: ”Scream (Heard Across The Nation),” Chaz Guest, 2012. See the other painting, "Run, Trayvon, Run."

8:02 PM, April 11th, 2012
The simple truth is that what happened in Sanford, Florida, is a tragedy law cannot mend. It is a tragedy produced by our culture itself—a culture where racial divides and distrust remain as prevalent as they were when Rodney King, a black man, was beaten by white police officers in 1991, or when Abner Louima, another black man, was beaten and sodomized in 1997 by police officers in a Brooklyn police station.
7:19 PM, April 11th, 2012
Zimmerman’s defense attorney says Zimmerman to plead not guilty to murder. —AP

Zimmerman’s defense attorney says Zimmerman to plead not guilty to murder. —AP

6:35 PM, April 11th, 2012


Trayvon Martin’s family watches the announcement of a second degree murder charge against George Zimmerman. (From )

Live video: Family of Trayvon Martin and Rev. Al Sharpton speaking now

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6:23 PM, April 11th, 2012
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6:01 PM, April 11th, 2012
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11:05 AM, March 30th, 2012

Frontpage: Friday, Mar 30th

  1. Paul Ryan Backs Romney: Is Paul Ryan riding high from his budget victory? The conservative Wisconsin Republican congressman endorsed Mitt Romney for president on Fox and Friends Friday morning. 
  2. Funeral Director Contradicts ZimmermanThe funeral director who prepared Trayvon Martin’s body said Friday there was “no physical signs like there had been a scuffle” on the teenager—a key part of George Zimmerman’s claim that he shot and killed Trayvon in self-defense. “The hands—I didn’t see any knuckles, bruises or what have you,” said Richard Kurtz. Isn’t this what police are supposed to determine? 
  3. Wife: Bin Laden Fathered Four Kids: What a “martyr.” Osama bin Laden apparently didn’t have such a bad experience on the run, since he had time to father four children, and owned five houses that he moved among, according to The New York Times, which cited a testimony given by bin Laden’s youngest wife to Pakistani investigators.
  4. Arrest Made in Pasadena Shooting: Pasadena police officers are being questioned over the shooting death of an unarmed 19-year-old college student on Saturday night in Pasadena, California. Kendrec McDade was killed on a dark, narrow street, and reports say no light was turned on to see what was happening. 
  5. France Arrests 19 Radical Suspects: French police on Friday arrested 19 people described as radical Islamists as part of an operation targeting suspected jihadist networks in a number of cities. President Nicolas Sarkozy said in an interview with Europe1 radio that he was mounting a crackdown after self-proclaimed al Qaeda member Mohamed Merah killed seven people in the Toulouse area before being shot dead last week. 

Photo: So, Katniss, aka Jennifer Lawrence, witnessed this Blake Griffin dunk.

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