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Tavis Smiley Upset with Chicago Public Radio for Dropping Show
Oct-29-2012 1350 0


Tavis Smiley and his beloved brother in the struggle, Cornel West, just got kicked off a Chicago radio station due to declining ratings.

Smiley addressed the split recently in a heated open letter to Torey Malatia, president of Chicago Public Radio affiliate WBEZ.

“One could argue that it is easier for an African American to be president of the United States than it is to host a primetime radio program on Chicago Public Radio,” Smiley declared. He went on explaining how “demeaning, derogatory and dead wrong” Malatia and his folks are about the drop.

Smiley explained Chicago Public Media cut them off, citing declined ratings. According to the group, listeners went from 37,900 to 13,200. Besides that, officials didn’t like that the show was slanted a particular way.

“The show had developed much more of an ‘advocacy’ identity, which is inconsistent with our approach on WBEZ,” a spokesman said.

Others, however, suspect the cancelation had more to do with the pair’s relentless criticism of the president.

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Little Gavriel died at Bellevue Hospital, police said.

She mumbled something inaudible as she was put into the car in front of the NYPD’s Midtown South Precinct stationhouse and continued crying as cops drove her off for processing.

Fisher is facing a second-degree murder rap for the death of her nearly 2-year-old son, Gavriel Ortiz-Fisher, in the bathroom of 5 Boro Burger on Sixth Ave. at 36th St. on Monday, cops said.

Police sources said she put her hand over Gavriel’s mouth to suffocate him around 2:25 p.m. and later “blamed the devil.”

She was caught when workers realized she had been in the bathroom for too long and forced their way inside. They found the child unconscious and foaming at the mouth, a police source said. The mom tried to block their efforts to give the child CPR, a source said.

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Charlo Greene, the Alaska marijuana advocate who quit her day job as a television reporter last year, is cotemplating an unofficial mayoral candidacy, she announced Sunday.

The politicking in the form of a write-in campaign comes one week after police raided her Alaska Cannabis Club in search of illegal sales of pot, Greene said at the tail end of a YouTube video condemning the accusations.

“Anonymous reports were all the Anchorage Police Department needed to knock down my front door, put a gun in my face and rob me and the eight medical marijuana card holders on site of our cannabis, our computers and our cars,” Greene said in the video.

The activist also noted she is planning to file a lawsuit against Anchorage, to “make an example” of the city and the police officers who executed the March 20 raid.

The lawsuit will also target the judge who signed off on the search warrant for the on-premise investigation of her medical marijuana dispensary in the 600 block of Gambell St.

The only statement released by Anchorage police on the matter says they received reports of marijuana being illegally sold at the facility and that it was an ongoing investigation.

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Three spring break revelers were critically wounded Saturday when a gunman opened fire at a crowded house party on the coast of Florida, authorities said.

Seven victims, who included a handful of Alabama A&M University students, were found at the Panama City Beach bash, one of whom had been shot in the head, Bay County Sheriff’s Office announced in the hours after the 12:55 a.m. round of gunfire.

A desperate spree of 911 calls brought deputies to victims strewn about a home at 5312 Thomas Drive, steps away from the sandy beach.
In the seconds after being shot, one victim, Tykeria Etheridge, thought she would not survive. The 22-year-old mother of one and other victims had trekked the three-hour drive from Mobile, Ala., to party.

“I was shot several times including in the neck. I just knew I was dead,” Etheridge wrote on Facebook. “All I could think about was my son. He (sic) all I got.”

Etheridge says she was “just an innocent person like everybody else” when the alleged gunman, David Jamichael Daniels, 22, fired a handgun into the packed room of dancers, striking seven people.

Police said the shooting followed an altercation, but did not elaborate.

Police found the discarded weapon in a nearby backyard and quickly captured Daniels after he ran away from the bloodied scene. He was later charged with seven counts of attempted murder.

Officers brought him back to the house party where witnesses identified him as the shooter.

In addition to Etheridge, police identified two other out-of-town victims as Kearria Freed, 20, and Henton Franklin, 22. Both are also from Mobile.

The other victims are Annesia Powell, 19, Devanta Moore, 21, Jacole Young, 22, and Kelli Curry, 21.

Freed, who was shot in the head, is in critical condition along with Moore and Franklin.

Alabama A&M University officials identified Freed, Curry and Powell as students.

It's believed Daniels, a Mobile resident, came to town with two friends while out on bond for his sixth arrest since 2012, Sheriff Frank McKeithen revealed at a press conference Saturday afternoon.

Daniels’ adult rap sheet includes arrests on gambling, drug use and possession, loitering, disorderly conduct and a probation violation, according to WALA-TV.

The two friends were not identified by police, but McKeithen said one had been out on bond for drug possession and another was recovering after being shot Monday in Mobile.

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He called it a “recipe for disaster.”

“We have drunk people under the influence of drugs, on our beaches, with guns and no respect for themselves, others and most of all authority,” McKeithen said.

Local authorities including Florida Highway Patrol have made more than 700 arrests along the long stretch of the panhandle's beaches during this year’s out-of-control spring break festivities.

McKeithen says 130 of the arrests were drug-related.

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The violent bouts have been captured on cellphone video and downloaded to social media, police said.

Four of the women were under age 25. The fifth is 39.

Police rounded up the accused fighters on Thursday. They are: Shacrystal Borrough, 17, Shanice Thomas, 25, Shawn Ford, 39, Taquila Ford, 17, and Gekera Bloomer, 24, according to KSLA-TV.

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Foster and Fresno residents Rafael Guzman, Jennifer Donebedian and Randy Flowers were arrested as result of a yearlong joint investigation by the FBI and ATF that involved wiretaps and surveillance, the FBI said.

Foster, a 29-year-veteran of the Fresno Police Department, oversaw patrol operations for the department's four police districts. He has been a deputy chief since January 2007.

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A Georgia garbage collector says he is spending his weekends in jail for picking up trash too early.

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Chief prosecutor Bill Riley said predawn trash pickups were a recurring problem and prompted widespread calls to 911. He recommended sentencing McGill to 30 days in jail.

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A Detroit man was pulled from his Cadillac at gunpoint, thrown to the pavement and put in a chokehold by police in a shockingly familiar scene caught on dashboard camera video.

An officer put Floyd Dent, 57, in a chokehold with one arm and began throwing right-handed haymakers to the man’s head. Video shows the full, vicious assault: 16 blows to the head and a kick to the arm, and another officer shocking Dent with a stun gun three times, Click On Detroit reported.

“I’m lucky to be living,” Dent told reporters Wednesday about what was a simple traffic stop. “I think they were trying to kill me, especially when they choked me. I was on my last breath. I told them, ‘Officer please, I can’t breathe.’”

“I can’t breathe” became a national catchphrase for police brutality after Staten Island man Eric Garner died after being placed in a chokehold during a July 17 NYPD arrest gone wrong.

Police followed Dent’s car in a suburban Detroit area known for drug dealing and pulled him over Jan. 28 for not properly stopping at a stop sign. The police report claims Dent was trying to flee in his car, but the video shows otherwise.

“Next thing I know, he took out his gun. He’s talking about blowing off my head,” Dent said. “Then he grabbed me out the car and started beating on me. I just couldn’t believe it.”

Officers said Dent yelled, “I’ll kill you.”

But police microphones were off.

Cops arrested Dent on a slew of charges, including driving with suspended license and possession of crack cocaine they allege was found in the car, according to Click On Detroit.

“I’m lucky to be living,” Floyd Dent told reporters Wednesday about what was a simple traffic stop. “I think they were trying to kill me, especially when they choked me."

Dent has no criminal past and a blood test at the hospital revealed no drugs or alcohol in his system.

State police told Dent’s attorney this week they were investigating the incident.

William Melendez, the Inkster, Mich., officer who placed Dent in the chokehold, was accused of misconduct as a Detroit police officer in 2004 as part of a group of cops acquitted in a federal trial for civil rights abuses, the Detroit Free Press reported.

A judge dismissed all but the drug charge against Dent, who faces an April 1 court date. He refused a plea deal for probation, his attorney said.


A judge dismissed all but the drug charge against Floyd Dent, who faces an April 1 court date. He refused a plea deal for probation, his attorney said.
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A judge dismissed all but the drug charge against Floyd Dent, who faces an April 1 court date. He refused a plea deal for probation, his attorney said.

“I get tears thinking about it,” Dent told reporters. “I don’t want to watch the tape of them beating me because I get upset.”

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson says his son, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., has been released from an Alabama prison after serving a year and a half for illegally spending $750,000 in cpaign funds.

Rev. Jackson confirmed around 5:30 a.m. Thursday that his son has been released from the Montgomery, Alabama, facility, calling it a "joyous reunion." He says his son is doing "very well."

The 50-year-old Jackson will serve the remainder of his sentence at a Washington, D.C., halfway house. Jackson began his 2 1/2-year sentence in 2013. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons lists his release date as Sept. 20, 2015.

The Illinois Democrat pleaded guilty to misspending the money on items including furs and vacations.

Jackson's wife must serve a related, year-long term after her husband completes his sentence.

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When she came to collect her son’s belongings from the Chamblee apartment where, a day earlier, he was fatally shot by a DeKalb County police officer, Carolyn Baylor-Giummo received a much-needed hug.

“He was my friend,” a little girl, and neighbor, told Baylor-Giummo.

Anthony Hill made a lot of friends in his 27 years, his mother said. His funeral, held last week in Moncks Corner, S.C., had to be moved to the a high school auditorium to accommodate all the The Air Force veteran was buried in his uniform, his coffin draped in the American flag. Hill survived Afghanistan, where he loaded bombs onto carriers, but but came home with bipolar disorder, his mother said. His struggle to find the proper medication would play a significant role in his death.

DeKalb police officer Robert Olsen was dispatched to The Heights apartment complex on March 9 on a report of a person acting strangely. Hill had climbed down from his second floor apartment, nude, knocking on neighbor’s doors but threatening no one, said Christopher Chestnut, the attorney for Hill’s family.

Hill was still nude, and obviously unarmed, when Olsen, a seven-year veteran of the DeKalb force, arrived on the scene. Witnesses said Hill was walking briskly towards the officer, who ordered him to stop. Hill continued to approach the officer but his gait slowed, Chestnut said, his arms either outstretched or over his head.

Olsen, according to DeKalb Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander, interpreted a threat and shot Hill twice in the chest. His death has been the subject of headlines nationwide and protests locally. The GBI is investigating.

“I’m a Christian. I pray for (Olsen),” Hill’s grandmother, Theola Baylor, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The question is why. We still don’t understand why (Hill was shot).”

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