Bishop Eddie Long and his Georgia-based megachurch congregation recently held a rally in support of a local family who recently lost their teenage daughter to a shooting at a bus stop.
Bishop Long and members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church of DeKalb County held a "prayer walk" on Sunday at the scene of the murder of 19-year-old Marcaysia Dawkins.
"#Prayer walk on Sunday with Bishop Eddie L. Long & #ChiefAlexander to the MARTA bus stop just near our church where Marcaysia Dawkins who was 19 years old and a recent high school graduate was murdered on November 23," noted New Birth Missionary on social media. more >>
The Cleveland police officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice in a park after Rice displayed a toy gun was reportedly deemed unfit for duty by another police force just two years before the incident.
Officer Tim Loehmann shot Rice in Cleveland on Nov. 22, and the boy died the following day from his injuries. Loehmann told officials that he believed the boy had a real firearm, which is why he fired his own gun. However, Rice's death has set off calls for reformation within the police department and now more is being revealed about Loehmann's time as a police officer, not just with the Cleveland police force but with the department he worked with prior, in Independence.
"His handgun performance was dismal," deputy chief Jim Polak of the Independence, Ohio, police department wrote in an internal memo in 2012. He should also be "released from the employment of the City of Independence," the memo concluded. Loehmann "could not follow simple directions, could not communicate clear thoughts nor recollections, and his handgun performance was dismal. … It was clear to Sgt. Tinnirello (Loehmann's trainer) that the recruit was just not mentally prepared to be doing firearm training." more >>
Both liberal and conservative women aligned to support a case debating the issue of pregnant women's rights in the workplace which was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday.
Lawyers for Peggy Young, a UPS truck driver, argued before the nation's highest court that her employer UPS did not provide work accommodations for pregnant employees who wish to retain their jobs as it does with non-pregnant employees with work limitations. Young's battle has drawn the support of both women's rights groups and pro-life groups, communities which are typically on opposing ends of the abortion issue, for different reasons.
Women's rights organizations rallying behind Young's case believe pregnancy discrimination is another example of gender inequality in the work place and in women's paychecks. more >>
Dr. Ben Carson's business manager urged conservative donors looking to give money to the 63-year-old neurosurgeon's potential 2016 presidential campaign to be wary of donating to the widely-publicized unaffiliated super PAC called the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee.
Although the the Draft Ben Carson for President Committee has raised an outstanding sum, totalling over $10.7 million since July of 2013, Carson's long-time friend and business manager, Armstrong Williams, recently told Roll Call that, the group is a "mixed bag" and implied that the group has "exploited" people who think their donations are going directly to Carson.
"People are using their hard-earned money. People giving money and thinking it is going to Dr. Carson but it's not," Williams said. "I don't like misleading people. We are about integrity and transparency." more >>
Washington, D.C. city council approved a bill that bans the practice of sexual orientation change therapy for minors.
Following similar legislation in California and New Jersey, the Council of the District of Columbia voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a bill barring the practice for minors.
B20-0501 was passed by the Council in their legislative session and is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Vincent Gray. more >>
An Asian American couple held in a Qatar jail for nearly a year after the death of one of their adopted children will return to their home in the United States today after being acquitted of murder charges.
Grace and Matt Huang, previously detained, tried and convicted for allegedly starving their adopted daughter Gloria, were cleared of those charges over the weekend. However, Qatar officials had continued to bar the Huangs from returning to the states as late as Monday. Officials lifted the travel ban this week after U.S. Ambassador to Qatar Dana Smith filed a motion on the couple's behalf.
The Los Angeles couple moved to the Arabic nation in 2012 so that Matthew Huang could work with an international company constructing sites for the 2022 World Cup. Their lives were turned upside down when 8-year-old Gloria died in January 2013. more >>