Like many Americans, I have carefully followed the news from Ferguson, MO involving the tragic shooting of an 18-year-old African American, with the notable exception that he carries my name. And so, every day, I'm reading about the shooting of Michael Brown and the death of Michael Brown and the autopsy of Michael Brown, all of which reminds me of the very real loss of life involved.
As I reflect on what is happening in Ferguson and interact with callers to my radio show, there are five obvious lessons to be learned.
1) The racial divide in America remains wide and deep. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court has granted a stay in a lower court decision ruling the Commonwealth of Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.
The nation's highest court granted a request to delay the decision on Wednesday, which means that for the time being Virginia's constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman remains in effect.
Attorney General Mark Herring, who months back refused to defend the Commonwealth's ban, nonetheless said in a statement that he approved of the delay. more >>
Recent developments of the case pointed out the new rumors concerning an alleged relationship that occurred between Knox and a drug dealer around the time of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher. The connection could establish more clues in the murder case.
Knox, 27, allegedly had a contact number of a suspected drug dealer in her phone of which she met in Rome, according to Italian newspaper Giallo. It was said that the two smoked marijuana on a train traveling from Milan to France. The police report, as printed in the newspaper, further indicated that the two stayed connected even after that alleged acquaintance.
"During the course of the investigation into the Meredith Kercher murder, we have confirmed that a person whose initial is 'F' would occasionally supply drugs to Amanda Knox, as well as having a relationship with her supposedly of a sexual nature," the article read. more >>
The father of two Amish girls kidnapped and reportedly abused by a couple in New York last week says he feels sorry for the couple.
"It's sad," the father said. "They must have ruined their whole life," Mose Miller told The Watertown Daily Times.
"We feel relieved we have them. It's still not like it was," his wife, Barbara Miller said. more >>
The Episcopal Church has sold off to a Baptist church a property once used by a congregation that broke away from the denomination over theological differences.
The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut sold the property formerly called Bishop Seabury Episcopal of Groton to a local Baptist church.
A judge will not be issuing an arrest warrant for Texas Governor Rick Perry, allowing for the 2016 Republican Presidential hopeful to travel outside the Lone Star State.
Judge Bert Richardson announced earlier this week that he will instead issue a summons for Perry to appear in court, according to the Associated Press.
"Richardson said Perry will receive a summons to appear which has not been issued yet. It won't be until Perry's defense attorney and the state set a date for him to appear in court," reported the AP. more >>