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|JORDAN HILL'S BENTLEY|
The Los Angeles player has found himself again stuck in a not so pretty situation. The ironic thing is he actually had little to nothing to do with the incident besides being naïve and trusting the wrong people.
According to Jocksandstilletojill.com, Hill’s friend Michael Lacey was driving his Bentley, drunk apparently, and crashed into an apartment complex.
A Bentley registered under the name of Lakers forward Jordan Hill crashed into an apartment building in Marina Del Rey early Saturday morning. The driver of the vehicle, 26-year-old Michael Lacey, was arrested on DUI charges. There was a female passenger who was not arrested. The accident happened around 2:21 a.m. in the 13900 block of Marquesas Way. The vehicle was totaled when it hit the luxury apartment. L.A. County Fire treated at least one patient on the scene but no one was transported to the hospital.
Neighbors said they saw blood in the complex.“I heard a loud crash and then a splash,” one neighbor said. “I guess the driver ran away. There was blood all over the gate that he jumped over.”Lacey is also a basketball player, but not a professional one.
Hill isn’t a veteran in the league, and although he is in the NBA playing for the Lakers he doesn’t make that long I can throw it away and still get paid money. This is when you need to rethink your friends. Now your name is in some stuff simply because your friend was too drunk to realize maybe I shouldn’t get in this over price Bentley while I’m drunk. Lastly your friend is 26 years-old if he is going to be irresponsible and stupid let him display those actions in his own car, if he has one.
Lesson for the day: Don’t drink and drive. Just say yes to a taxi!
If you thought you had heard the last between Pamela Smith and Michael Jordan think again. The soon to be married basketball legend is ready to posturize Ms. Smith, after she alleged he fathered her 16 year-old son.
According to TMZ, Jordan has filed legal documents asking the courts to open the case so he can counter-sue Ms. Smith, suing her for his court cost and other sanctions that have not yet been revealed.
Good for MJ. Groupies, attention seekers, liars, or whatever you want to call them need to be stopped. They are able to spread such bizarre lies and since we all know athletes aren’t with the Poke every night we have to analyze it at face value.
However now someone is finally fighting back. unfortunately the last person you want to be in a legal battle with is the guy who is world known and worth millions on millions, but she didn’t have any problems with suing him so now it’s her turn to take the bullet.
Bank customers may complain about hefty overdraft fees, but they’re using the service more and paying the price. A new report from Moebs Services, a respected economic research firm, shows overdraft revenue at banks, credit unions and thrift institutions totaled $32 billion last year. That’s an increase of $400 million or 1.3 percent from 2011.
“Consumers use of overdrafts shows no indication of going away, and is actually increasing,” said Michael Moebs, who wrote the study. At the current rate of growth, Moebs predicts revenue from overdraft fees will hit a new record by the end of 2016, topping the old record of $37 billion set in 2009. The Moebs study found that about a quarter of the people with a consumer checking account – that’s 38 million people – frequently overdraft. The median overdraft is about $40.
More than half of the customers who frequently overdraft – 57 percent or 20 million people – go to payday lenders when they are short on funds. Why? Because a payday loan is significantly cheaper. “Payday lenders are the low-price source for short-term cash needs,” Moebs said. “You can get a cash advance for $16 as opposed to $25 at a community bank, $27 a credit union and $30 at bank or thrift. Those are median prices.”
While the cost of an overdrawn account has been going up at many financial institutions, the price of borrowing from a payday lender has dropped. The median charge for a $100 cash advance dropped $1.50 from 2011 to 2012, from $17.50 to $16.
Moebs firmly believes many of the people who use a payday lender would rather not, if the cost of the overdraft penalty was more in line with what the payday stores charge. He puts that price point at $20. Debit-card transactions often cause an account to be overdrawn. Remember: Your bank or credit union will deny a point-of-purchase debit-card payment or cash withdrawal from an ATM if there is not enough money in the account to cover it, unless you “opt in” to their overdraft protection plan. In that case, the transaction will go through and you’ll get hit with a fee.
A recent study by the Pew Charitable Trusts found that 54 percent of the customers who had overdrawn their accounts said they did not realize they had signed up for an overdraft service that cost money. Susan Weinstock, director of Pew’s Safe Checking in the Electronic Age Project, said this shows there is “a very high level of confusion” about how this overdraft protection works.
Shady, shady, shady. SMH.
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JAMAICAN NURSE ACCUSED OF MARRYING AND KILLING HER HUSBAND FOR A GREEN CARD AS WELL $1.5 MILLION IN BROOKLYN PROPERTIES
|TILL DEATH: Brooklyn nurse Janet Lloyd, here with patient-turned-hubby Garth Lewis, has been accused of “orchestrating” his death.|
|PUMA ARCHIVE LITE NYLON COLLECTION|
This Spring/Summer 2013, Puma will release their Archive Lite Nylon Collection. The Nylon Collection features a range of high and low models that features different bright colors all having White accents and PUMA branding. Look for these to debut to the states in the upcoming months.
Attacks on villages surrounding a central Nigerian city at the heart of unrest between Christians and Muslims have killed more than 50 people this week, officials said Saturday, as authorities pleaded for peace over the Easter holiday.
The attacks around Jos, a city in Nigeria's fertile central belt, come as a string of unsolved killings continue to plague the region that has seen thousands killed in massacres in recent years. While a combined police and military presence still patrols Jos and other parts of Plateau state, many of the villages attacked sit in remote, rural corners of the area that sometimes have only a single police officer on duty.
The most recent killings happened Friday night in the Barkin Ladi area, said Lt. Jude Akpa, a military spokesman. Attackers raided a village called Bokkos and killed nine people, fleeing before soldiers arrived, Akpa said. Emmanuel Lohman, a government official there, said gunmen armed with assault rifles struck a village called Ratas and opened fire in the night while many there were sleeping.
Witnesses said the shooting lasted for almost two hours before the attackers fled. The Christian villagers there, who farm the fertile soils of Plateau state, blamed nomadic Hausa-Fulani cattle herdsmen for the attack. Such attacks remain common as Christian farmers clash with the herdsmen over land and grazing rights. Other attacks often are rooted in disputes over political and economic power in the region, which sits on the divide of Nigeria's predominantly Muslim north and largely Christian south.
Muhammadu Nura, the state secretary of a cattle breeders association, said Hausa-Fulani people had been killed in "reprisals," but denied herders were involved the attacks.
In recent days, witnesses and government officials say more than 50 people have been killed in attacks. That includes an assault Wednesday on a village in the Riyom local government area that killed 28 people and an attack Thursday in the Bokkos local government area that killed 18 civilians. The military said it killed six while trying to repel attackers in Thursday's assault.
Jos and surrounding Plateau state have been torn apart in recent years by violence pitting its different ethnic groups and major religions — Christianity and Islam — against each other. Human Rights Watch says at least 1,000 people were killed in communal clashes around Jos in 2010, attacks that saw whole villages killed. While major massacres haven't happened in the last few years, so-called "silent killings" continue and the two faiths have moved into different areas of the city.
Major attacks by Islamic extremists, including car bombings, also have hit the area in recent years as Nigeria's weak central government appears unable to stop the killings. With Easter on Sunday, government officials urged those living in Jos and the surrounding villages to be calm and peaceful during the holiday.
Plateau state Gov. Jonah Jang, a Christian long criticized for not doing more to stop the killings, said his government will continue to work for peace and prosperity in an area long beset by tension.
"Christians must claim this season, which symbolizes hope, by rededicating their lives to the teachings and path of Christ so as not to lose eternity," he said in a statement.
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SYRACUSE ADVANCES TO THE FINAL FOUR AS IT'S FIRST TRIP BACK IN 10 YEARS SINCE CARMELO ANTHONY HELPED THE ORANGE WIN IT
|Senior guard Brandon Triche hugs forward C.J. Fair as Syracuse advances to the NCAA Final Four.|
|CHICAGO GUN VIOLENCE|
A string of gun violence erupted in Chicago on Friday, leaving a dozen people injured, including one dead, within only a 6-hour time period.
via Chicago Tribune
A shooting in the Logan Square neighborhood left one man dead and another wounded Friday night as at least a dozen people were shot between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
Just after 8 p.m., three people asked for directions from a 23-year-old man and a 44-year-old man walking, Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said.
Moments later, one of the three took out a gun and opened fire, striking the younger man in the chest, according to police.
The older man took off running and was shot in the hand as he tried to flee, Greer said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was treated and released.
The younger man, who was 23, was found unresponsive and died on the scene, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
In other shootings since Friday afternoon:
-About 2:30 a.m. this morning, a 27-year-old man was shot in the chest
-An 18-year-old woman was shot in the leg about 12:05 a.m.
-A 35-year-old man was shot in the head about 11:40 p.m.
-About 10:30 p.m. in the Longwood Manor neighborhood, a 41-year-old man was shot in the leg
-About 8:20 p.m. a man in his 20's was shot in the 5500 block of South Hoyne Avenue
-Also about 8:20 p.m., a group of males shouting gang slogans attacked another group of people walking down in the sidewalk. One of the attackers shot a 23-year-old man in the buttocks.
-A 22-year-old man who had been walking with the 23-year-old sustained lacerations to the side of his mouth during the attack
-Just before 7 p.m., someone in a van shot a 22-year-old man standing on a street corner
-Also Friday, police shot and critically injured someone during a foot pursuit, and two men were critically injured in a shooting in the South Shore neighborhood.
Chicago police certainly have their hands full and we’re not even half way through the year yet. Hopefully Chi-town won’t see another repeat of summer 2012.
|BLACK UNEMPLOYMENT AT HIGH RATES|
Via HuffPo reports:
Racism and racial inequality aren’t just supported by old ideas, unfounded group esteem or intentional efforts to mistreat others, said Nancy DiTomaso, author of the new book, The American Non-Dilemma: Racial Inequality Without Racism. They’re also based on privilege, she said — how it is shared, how opportunities are hoarded and how most white Americans think their career and economic advantages have been entirely earned, not passed down or parceled out.
The way that whites, often unconsciously, hoard and distribute advantage inside their almost all white networks of family and friends is one of the driving reasons that in February just 6.8 percent of white workers remained unemployed while 13.8 percent of black workers and 9.6 percent of Hispanic workers were unable to find jobs, DiTomaso said.
“Across all three states where I did my research, I heard over and over again [white] people admitting that they don’t interact very often with nonwhites, not at work, not at home or otherwise,” said DiTomaso about the 246 interviews with working-class and middle-class whites she did over the course of about a decade in Tennessee, Ohio and New Jersey. Her research included detailed job histories and information about the way her study participants obtained jobs over the course of their careers.
“That was true for just about everybody unless they were still in college,” DiTomaso continued. “Others would allude to some college friend or experience. But since then, they had not had much contact with blacks. So how would they pass opportunities and information across race lines?”
DiTomaso concludes, based on her research, that most white Americans engage, at least a few times per year, in the activities that foster inequality. While they may not deliberately discriminate against black and other non-white job seekers, they take actions that make it more likely that white people will be employed — without thinking that what they’re doing amounts to discrimination.
“The vast majority assumed everyone has the same opportunities, and they just somehow tried harder, were smarter,” DiTomaso said of those she interviewed. “Not seeing how whites help other whites as the primary way that inequality gets reproduced today is very helpful. It’s easy on the mind.”
So white Americans tell a neighbor’s son about a job, hire a friend’s daughter, carry the resume of a friend (or, for that matter, a friend’s boyfriend’s sister) into the boss’s office, recommend an old school mate or co-worker for an unadvertised opening, or just say great things about that job applicant whom they happen to know. But since most Americans, white and black, live virtually segregated lives, and since advantages, privileges and economic progress have already accrued in favor of whites, the additional advantages that flow from this help go almost exclusively to whites, DiTomaso said.
Sounds like if you’re black and you don’t have a job, you may want to start making some white friends.
ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT INDICTED ALONG WITH 34 OTHERS CAPPING A FOUR YEAR INVESTIGATION
|Former Atlanta Public Schools superintendent Beverly Hall.|
Capping a series of investigations that spanned four years, a Fulton County grand jury indicted Hall and 34 others on charges that they conspired to cheat on federally mandated standardized tests from at least 2005 to 2010. Further, the grand jury charged, Hall, several top aides, principals and teachers engaged in the scheme for their own financial gain. And with investigators closing in, the jury said, Hall and others lied to cover up their crimes.
Hall inculcated an atmosphere that encouraged using any means necessary to achieve test-score targets, the indictment said, and then “publicly misrepresented the academic performance of schools throughout APS.” Pressuring subordinates to produce targeted scores, the indictment said, “created an environment where achieving the desired end result was more important than the students’ education.”
“This is nothing but pervasive and rank thuggery,” said Richard Hyde, one of the special investigators appointed in 2010 by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue to delve into what has become the largest academic cheating scandal in U.S. history.
The indictment served as a resounding refutation of Hall’s assertions that Atlanta had found the secret formula that had long eluded educators elsewhere: how to get strong performances from poor, mostly minority students in decaying urban schools. For her efforts, Hall was named the national superintendent of the year in 2009.