CHINESE STUDENT POISONS HIS BLACK ROOMMATE WITH THALLIUM

Yukai Yang, an international student from China was arrested and charged Thursday with ethnic intimidation, institutional vandalism, and criminal mischief after poisoning Juwan Royal, his black roommate with thallium.

According to The Washington Post, Royal and Yang who were both seniors and chemistry majors had been friends for several years. The first incident occurred in February. One night Royal drank from a water bottle then immediately felt a burning sensation in his mouth.  One March 18 Royal fell ill again. He was sitting at his computer before feeling dizzy and passing out. The police were called and when they asked Yang what happened he told them that he thought someone was tampering with liquids in their room.

One week later, their room was vandalized and Royal told the police that he thought Yang had something to do with it. After the investigators matched Yang’s handwriting with the slur written on the desk, he was arrested.  When Yang interviewed with the Morning Call, he admitted to buying thallium and other chemicals and mixing them into the food and drinks. He claimed he was only intending to poison himself if he didn’t do well on his upcoming exams.

Yang was also suspended from school and his student visa has been revoked.

Sears is Preparing To File Bankruptcy

Hedgie Eddie Lampert may be preparing to cut his losses on Sears Holdings just prior to a huge debt payment due next week.

The long-troubled iconic retailer has been working with M-III Partners to prepare what may appear to be a prepackaged bankruptcy filing that could come as soon as this week, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

M-III Partners has been working the past couple of weeks at Sears Holdings’ headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Ill., people familiar with the situation told the Journal.

Sears has a $134 million debt payment due this coming Monday and it doesn’t look like they will be able to pay the debt.

Lampert — Sears’ and Kmart’s chairman, chief executive, largest shareholder and biggest creditor — is reportedly looking for a larger ­restructuring than just anteing up more cash to bail out the cash-strapped retailers.

The hedge-fund billionaire is looking to cut more than $1 billion from Sears’ $5.5 billion debt, unload another $1.5 billion worth of real estate and sell $1.75 billion in assets, including the Kenmore appliance brand, according to the Journal report.

On Tuesday, Sears brought in corporate-restructuring pro Alan Carr as a director.

He currently runs a restructuring-advisory firm and previously worked as a restructuring lawyer at Skadden, Arps, according to the report.

Sears and Kmart have lost more than $11 billion since 2011, and their annual sales have dropped nearly 60 percent in that period to $16.7 billion, according to the report.

Sears, once the world’s largest retailer, has struggled in the face of declining foot traffic in its stores.

Mom Holds Dying 10-Year-Old Girl Shot on Way to Ice Cream Truck: ‘Please Don’t Let My Baby Die’

Makiyah Wilson
Makiyah Wilson

On Monday evening, Makiyah Wilson left the courtyard of the Clay Terrace Apartments in Washington D.C., heading to an ice cream truck for a summertime treat.

But the 10-year-old never got her ice cream. As she headed towards the truck, a black Infiniti drove up. Four masked men emerged from the vehicle and began shooting seemingly indiscriminately, sending onlookers scrambling to safety. Police say at least 60 shots were fired, according to multiple reports.

One of the bullets hit Makiyah in the chest. As she lay on the ground, her mother held her daughter and screamed “Please don’t let my baby die,” the Washington Post reports.

Makiyah was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Three other victims — Makiyah’s 18-year-old sister and three other men — were wounded but are expected to survive.

Police are searching for the shooters, and have not yet determined a motive.

On Wednesday morning, police found the black Infiniti they believe is connected to the killing abandoned in Prince George’s County.

D.C. Metropolitan Police have offered a $25,000 reward for information on the shooting.

While authorities try to figure out who shot the girl, her family is left mourning the 4th grader who was known for her smile, her love of sports and her intelligence.

“Makiyah, she was special,” her grandmother, Pandora Wilson told NBC Washington. “She loved football; she loved all kinds of sports. It’s so hard to put it in words because it don’t feel real, you know? It’s so senseless.”

Her mother, Donnetta Wilson, cried as she told the Washington Post about her daughter. “She was an amazing little girl, an outstanding, bright 10-year-old,” she said. “I just miss my daughter. She wanted to conquer the world.”

Meghan Markle Finds Certain Royal Rules ‘Difficult to Understand,’ Says Source

Meghan Markle has found certain rules a bit frustrating!

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry
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Via People:

Although she has quickly adapted to many of the minutiae of royal dos and don’ts, she “has found certain rules in the royal household difficult to understand, like the fact that the Queen prefers women in dresses or skirts rather than trouser suits, and is often asking Harry why things have to be done in a certain way,” a source tells PEOPLE.

“I think she finds it a little frustrating at times, but this is her new life, and she has to deal with it,” the source adds.

Stepping into an entirely new world has also brought a new set of challenges. The outspoken former actress, who includes a reference to being a “feminist” on her page on the official British monarchy website, landed in the headlines after a July 10 garden party at the British ambassador’s residence in Dublin, when Senator Catherine Noone tweeted that Meghan had said she was “pleased to see the result” of Ireland’s recent referendum to legalize abortion. (Royal family members typically steer clear of political discussions, and Noone subsequently deleted the tweet.)

“That’s an example of her naïveté,” says Crown historical consultant and royal biographer Robert Lacey. “Within the royal family they talk freely, and everyone knows the rules. She’s learning the hard way that you can’t trust anyone outside the narrow circle.”

Of course, she has her new husband by her side to help show her the royal ropes along with the Queen’s former assistant private secretary, Samantha Cohen, who has been helping her with protocol.

 

Living in royalty definitely sounds like work!

 

South Dakota Mom Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Beating Son to Death For Wetting His Bed

Kylen Shangreaux
Kylen Shangreaux

A South Dakota mother, who beat her 2-year-old son to death after he wet the bed, was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Tuesday.

Katrina Shangreaux pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for beating her son, Kylen Shangreaux, to death two years ago, according to the Rapid City Journal.

Shangreaux, 30, told investigators she had hit Kylen with a studded belt, threw him on the ground, kicked him in the stomach and head and bit him several times, the newspaper reported.

Kylen had 111 external injuries with about 70 percent of his body covered in bruises, according to the outlet. He had broken ribs and had bleeding on the brain and also in his abdomen and had severe injuries to his groin. She did not call 911 until three hours after his death.

Shangreaux’s mother, Sonya Dubray, allegedly helped her cover up the crime scene and clean up Kylen’s body, according to the Associated Press.

CBS News reports Dubray allegedly also cleaned Kylen’s clothes and misled investigators about the alleged abuse he received at the hands of his mother.

Dubray pleaded guilty to being an accessory and hindering the investigation, the outlet reported.

Kylen’s paternal relatives, including his aunt Angie Shangreaux, had taken care of him for a year until Katrina regained custody of him, the Rapid City Journal reported.

Angie addressed the court on Tuesday, asking the judge to give her a life sentence.

“You’re the last person who can give Kylen the justice he deserves,” Angie said. “I’m begging for what would be a lifelong sentence for her.”

The outlet reported she turned toward Kylen’s mother and said, “I hate you. I will never forgive you. You deserve hell.”

Kylen’s father is serving time in prison for abuse and neglect of another son with a different woman, according to the AP.

This is just sad and some people just are down right evil!

Racism Strikes At A Waffle House In Saraland, Alabama! A Black Female Was Slammed To The Floor By White Cops After Asking For Plastic Utensils!

A very disturbing video went viral over social media on Saturday night as a video of a young black female was shown being slammed to the floor and dragged out of her clothes across a Waffle House floor in Saraland, Alabama. The young lady had asked an employee by the name of ‘Goldie’ if she could simply have plastic utensils. After being told by the employee that they charge ’50 cents” for customers to receive plastic utensils, the young lady began to inquire reasons for why she was being charged after stating she had never been charged before, and simply asked for the corporate number to report it.

Waffle House - Saraland, AL
Waffle House, 1204 Industrial Pkwy, Saraland, AL 36571

The racist Waffle House employee then proceeded to call the Saraland Police Department out. The young lady who was seen sitting down and not bothering anyone was telling the white male officer while sitting in a chair by the window, “We haven’t did nothing”.

The white male officer as seen in the video is shown tugging on the young lady being referred to in the video as “Ke-Ke” while she is peacefully sitting still and not showing any signs of causing conflict to the officer or anyone else.

It is very important to know your rights, if you think a cop is doing something wrong to you, you can get in more trouble if you try to resist or fight back.  It’s usually a good idea to stay calm which you can see in the video she was simply sitting down and being calm.

The behavior of these officers was completely inappropriate! These officers had this innocent young woman fully exposed!

There was no respect shown to this woman!

Take a look at the video below!

She was slammed to the floor and told she would be arrested, but for what??? All of this over her asking for plastic utensils! We have to ask ourselves would this have happened to a white person?

Is this how Waffle House treats people who spend their money with them? Are we not free to ask Waffle House employees like “Goldie” for plastic utensils without white cops coming and slamming us to the floor and revealing us to the world as if we are not even human or worthy of respect?!

At no point was the Waffle House employee threatened for her life over plastic utensils to the point where police officers had to come out and treat this young lady the way they did. This is absolutely unacceptable from the Saraland Police Department! There was a better way to handle the situation and they failed to do so. The duty of officers are to protect citizens and they go through training to learn how to handle and meet the needs of those in the community. Had these officers utilized very simple communication skills this situation could have been better handled.

The community is in an outrage and requesting that the Waffle House employee be fired and that the officers involved receive some type of penalty for what they did to the young lady. A peaceful protest was held today at the Waffle House in Saraland, Alabama located at, 1204 Industrial Pkwy, Saraland, AL 36571 where the incident happened.

The Saraland Police Department was called out again to what was simply a peaceful protest!

Check out the Facebook live video from one of the community leaders James, who participated in the peaceful protest along with a few others. He is part of the “Bigg Yow & J-45 Live Morning Show Podcast” in Mobile, Alabama which stays active with discussing what’s going on in the community.

A reporter with one of the local news station, WKRG News so far has been the only media present at the scene concerning this matter.

Watch the video below!

 

The community wants answers and we want to know what is going to happen following this horrible mistreatment to the young lady.

Where is the mayor of Saraland, Alabama? Is this what Saraland Police Department represents?

Is Saraland, Alabama another city willing to support racism and more importantly is Waffle House supporting racism? If Waffle House will not stand up against this employee just as Starbucks recently did then do we really want to continue giving them any business?!

We will keep you updated about this story as it unfolds.

 

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7-Year-Old Chokes to Death on a Doritos Chip in Alleged Prank Gone Wrong

7-year-old Precise Tucker passed away in her mother’s arms on Friday after spending two days on life support.

The little girl choked on a Doritos chip in what her mother says was a prank gone wrong.

via NYDN:

Precise Tucker tied a bathrobe belt around her neck and fastened the other end to a refrigerator handle Wednesday at about 8:30 p.m., then pretended to choke, police said.

Precise has a reputation for being a prankster, and her mom, Purity Baldwin, told her to stop playing around, then stepped out of the kitchen and left the girl on her own, cops said.

Precise’s 15-year-old brother saw his little sister struggling to breathe and ran out of their Astoria apartment screaming for help.

Baldwin held out hope that her daughter would pull through —— but it was too late, the girl’s grief-stricken grandmother told The News.

“She wanted to see if (Precise) could come out of this. This is the daughter she always dreamed for,” the grandmother, who declined to give her name, said.

The story sounds a bit strange to me.

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Watch: Martin Luther King Jr’s Granddaughter Speaks at March for Our Lives Rally [Video]

Martin Luther King Jr.’s 9-year-old granddaughter, Yolanda Renee King, joined thousands of protesters in Washington, D.C. to demand common sense gun control laws in the United States.

via Complex:

“My grandfather had a dream that his four little children would not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” she said to a while referencing MLK’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which he also delivered in D.C. “I have a dream that enough is enough, and that this should be a gun-free world. Period.”

The young activist also led the protestors in a chant: “Spread the word, have you heard, all across the nation, we are going to be a great generation.” Then, when they got the hang of it, she challenged them to “say it like you really, really mean it and the whole world can hear you.”

The D.C. rally, March For Our Lives, is just one of around 800 protests going on around the world. The protests were sparked by survivors of the Valentine’s Day school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead. One of the survivors is 17-year-old, Jaclyn Corin, who stood and held Yolanda’s hand on stage as she gave her powerful speech.

Check out the video below.

 

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Netflix Films No Longer Allowed to Compete at Cannes Film Festival

The director of the Cannes Film Festival said movies distributed by Netflix are no longer eligible to compete in future festivals.

Via NYDN:

“The Netflix people loved the red carpet and would like to be present with other films. But they understand that the intransigence of their own model is now the opposite of ours,” Thierry Fremaux said in an interview translated by The Hollywood Reporter.

Netflix will still be allowed to screen movies, but the films are unable to score any awards, like the coveted Palm d’Or.

Cannes faced backlash last year after including “Okja” and “The Meyerowitz Stories” in its line-up, despite the fact that both films — which streamed exclusively on Netflix — received critical acclaim.

Fremaux — who also banned red carpet selfies from the festival — said he hoped he’d be able to show Netflix the error of its ways and get the platform to play by the rules for 2018, but had no such luck.

“Last year, when we selected these two films, I thought I could convince Netflix to release them in cinemas. I was presumptuous, they refused,” he said.

According to THR, Netflix attempted to screen the films in France for a few days ahead of the festival, but were unable to due to the country’s “strict chronology laws.”

After the disagreement, Cannes now requires movies to have some sort of theatrical release in France, barring Netflix from eligibility.

“We have to take into account the existence of these powerful new players: Amazon, Netflix and maybe soon Apple,” Fremaux said. “(But) Cinema (still) triumphs everywhere even in this golden age of series. The history of cinema and the history of the internet are two different things.”

Cannes isn’t the only one to give Netflix the cold shoulder as of late.

In a recent interview, Steven Spielberg brushed off the streaming service, saying its films should not be Oscar contenders, as they have made their television bed and now must lie in it.

“Once you commit to a television format, you’re a TV movie. You certainly, if it’s a good show, deserve an Emmy, but not an Oscar,” he told ITV News. “I don’t believe films that are just given token qualifications in a couple of theaters for less than a week should qualify for the Academy Award nomination.”