Monthly Archives: February 2012

Chris Brown Accused of Stealing By Fan

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Chris Brown was accused for stealing a fan’s phone. If convicted Brown could face up to 5 years of jail time.

On Sunday night, it was reported that a fan approached Brown while getting into his car and took a picture.

Brown reportedly grabbed the phone from the fan’s hand and said “Bitch you aint going to put that on no website,” and drove off.

If Brown is found guilty, this action will violate Brown’s probation and he could face up to 5 years in prison.

Brown was put under probation after beating his former girlfriend, Rihanna.

This incident has blown up Twitter accounts across the social-media site.

Blink-182 Touring with All American Rejects

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After touring in the Honda Civic Tour last summer with My Chemical Romance, Blink-182 released their upcoming spring tour dates with openers All American Rejects for the last five days of the tour.

All American Reject will tour from March 3, 2012 to May 22, 2012

                        For the last five days of the tour, All American Rejects will be opening for Blink-182.

Blink-182 formed back in 1992. After a breaking from touring from 2005 till 2009, Blink-182 is back in action and making their comeback to the music world.

High Percentage of Students Arrested in NYC Are Black or Latino

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New NYPD data has revealed that around 5 students were arrested every day for the last three months of 2011 in New York City.  And of those students, 90 percent were either black or latino.

In accordance with the School Safety Act, which makes it mandatory for the NYPD to release school arrest statistics every three months, the NYPD released the report which was from October 1 to December 31 of 2011.  In the report, 279 were listed for being arrested, while 532 more students were issued summonses, most for disorderly conduct.

Although black students are only 29 percent of NYC’s student population, they made up 60 percent of the arrests while latinos made up 30 percent.  Among the 279 student who were arrested, 75 percent were male.

This new data has caused quite a stir amongst both students and adults alike.  On Feb. 22, students held a demonstration where they chanted “Dignity For All Students” and “More Books, No Cops.”

Donna Lieberman, the executive director for the New York Civil Liberties Union, released a statement which said, “If the Bloomberg administration is truly serious about helping young men of color succeed, then they must address these disparities and focus more attention on education children–not arresting them.”

A spokesman for the NYPD, Paul Brown, was quick to respond to the NYCLU’s criticism.  In his own statement, Brown said “The NYCLU talks about arrests in schools but, conveniently, not crimes.  There were 801 felonies in schools last year, compared to 1,577 in 2001 before the current administration took office.”

In the last report released on school arrests, back in November, it was revealed that during summer school in 2001, only one student was arrested in NYC every day.  But the amount who were black or latino was 94 percent.

Man Severs Hand for Big Payout

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In Cayce, South Carolina, Gerald B. Hardin and one other person severed the hand of an acquaintance in order to receive over $671,000 from four different insurance claims as a result of the incident.

Hardin and a friend used a small chain saw to amputate the hand off of a third party. Said person was then rushed to local Charlotte hospital where doctors unsuccessfully tried to reattach the hand. An investigation from the FBI led to the fraud charges.

Hardin faces six different crimes, one of them being insurance fraud. If he is convicted, Hardin could face up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. The court could also force all three parties to pay back the money they earned from the insurance claims in full, if they are convicted.

Currently, Hardin is out of the Lexington County Detention Center after posting $100,00 bond.

Read more here.

Rick Santorum Gives Input About Ongoing College Debate

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One of the possible GOP Presidential candidates, Rick Santorum, attacked current President Barack Obama’s goal to give all American children the chance to attend college.

According to Santorum, Obama’s goals are unrealistic, and not every child is made to be a college graduate. In a recent speech, Santorum said that some people are better at hands-on work, and some should enter the business field, but it all depends on the individual. Santorum believes that every American should be able to make that choice.

Santorum himself graduated college in 1980, and went on to earn his master’s and law degree by 1986.

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Money Stolen from Scammers

When a thief steals from a scammer it is rarely publicized. Often in this scenario, ambiguity stifles ownership rights. In Brisbane Australia, the courts have taken up a case involving Australian Sarah Jane Cochrane- Ramsey, and her involvement in stealing from Nigerian scam artists. Cochrane-Ramsey took a job as a foreign agent; in which she was suppose to provide a bank account for a group of Nigerians.

The idea was that they could funnel the money they received from their account on a popular car sales website through the Australian based bank account. She would be paid 8% of each deposit. However, once the money was funneled into the account, it disappeared. Cochrane- Ramsey is being accused of stealing $33,000 between two separate deposits. The Nigerian car buyers reported the scam to police, who traced the account to Cochrane-Ramsey. It was also discovered that while the Nigerians were operating in Nigeria, their website server was located in New York. Cochrane-Ramsey pleaded guilty to one degree of aggravated assault.

Nelson Mandela Released After Surgery

Nelson Mandela, former South African President and the first black leader of the nation, was released from the hospital over the weekend after a brief one night stay. Mandela reportedly had a procedure called a laparoscopy.

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A laparoscopy is a standard procedure that doctors use to look at the abdomen and pelvic regions with a small camera. According to South Africa’s current President, Jacob Zuma, Mandela’s procedure did not show any major health problems for the 93-year-old.

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Diversity is Hard to Find at the Academy Awards

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Recently, the University of Southern California conducted a study on diversity in the Academy Awards for the Best Picture nominees from 1977-2010. The study’s results show that most of Hollywood’s actors and directors are still white males.

The study also says that women only make up 36% of the actors in Hollywood, and 11.6% of the actors are African American. 7% are of Asian descent, while fewer than 1.9% are Hispanic.

A study from the Los Angeles Times backs up these results. Their study reported that fewer than 2% of academy members are considered African American or Hispanic.

Although, the academy is starting to make changes when it comes to nominations. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer were both nominated for tonight’s awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. Other famous African American actresses such as Jennifer Hudson and Whoopi Goldberg have won Best Supporting Actress in past award shows.

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Drummer of Billy Talent Recovering From Surgery

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Six years ago Aaron Solowoniuk, drummer of the Canadian punk band Billy Talent, wrote a letter to his fans explaining that he was diagnosed with Muscular Sclerosis. Now a new letter emerges telling fans of his open-heart surgery.

Solowoniuk posted a letter to his fans on the band’s website explaining the open-heart surgery he had undergone on February 2nd to repair his aortic valve in his heart.

Solowoniuk’s surgery went well and is now taking the next few months to recover.

The band had to cancel its upcoming Belgium show in April.

 

New Jersey Man Repeatedly Runs Over Girlfriend

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Charles Ann, 26, is charged with first-degree murder of his girlfriend of one-year, Aena Hong, 25, Tuesday night in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

It was reported that after Hong told Ann that she wanted to break up Monday at about 4:55 p.m., Ann plowed down Hong with his Hyundai Sonata and continued to reverse and drive forward over the victim again and again, according to witnesses.

“It is believed that Ann drove over Ms. Hong, going forward and backward approximately three times,” according to the Bergen County Prosecutors Office.

After the brutal attack, Ann fled from the scene and ran to a friend’s house in Flushing, Queens where he was found Tuesday at about 4 a.m.

Ann’s bail was set at $3 million and was waiting for an extradition hearing in Queens Tuesday afternoon.

Hong was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

This story contains information from NY Daily News.

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