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Singer Candi Staton Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Icon Candi Staton revealed Monday (Oct. 29) that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I‘ve been diagnosed with breast cancer,” Staton says in an emailed statement. “After all I’ve gone through in my life — the domestic abuse, the bad relationships, alcoholism, fighting with record labels for royalties and all of that stuff — it’s the last thing I ever expected to go through, but I’m going through it and I plan to beat it.”

While the 78-year-old singer’s diagnosis came on the first day of rehearsals this past summer for her upcoming Unstoppable Tour, Staton revealed the difficulty in dealing with the news. “I decided to keep it to myself and do some soul searching, I went through all of the emotions: denial, ‘poor me’ and anger. It really helped me to be on the road, doing something I love to do, and was born to do.

“She has also encouraged women of all ages to get tested as early as possible. “Cancer can happen to anyone. I found a lump through self-check, so I really encourage women — including elderly women — to get a regular mammogram,” she says. “Don’t let the fact that you are young or that you’ve lived a certain length of time without getting it fool you in to thinking you’re immune to it. Have yourself checked because it can happen at any age.”

The soul singer will begin her 12-week chemotherapy treatment on Tuesday and plans to continue working on her music.

Woman fired after video of harassing rant goes viral

A video showing a woman harassing two other women standing outside their apartment has gone viral. The initial incident happened Friday, Oct. 19, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. The two sisters, Leisa and Mary Garris, were waiting outside of their apartment for AAA to jump-start their car when the woman approached them. “We are so distraught and still very upset about what has taken place only because of the color of our skin,” the sisters said. “It is so upsetting to know that today, we still have this overt racism going on in 2018.” After the woman approached the Garris sisters, you can hear her say, “This is Myers Park, Southpark, (expletive). Why are you up in here hanging out?” The same woman is then heard saying, “Hi, how are you?” One of the Garris sisters is heard saying, “I don’t know, but you’re harassing me.” The woman responds by saying, “Do I need to bring my concealed weapons, too? This is just a few seconds of a video that has now gone viral. Two sisters recording video say the woman seen in video racially and physically attacked them while waiting for AAA to respond in their own neighborhood. @wsoctv pic.twitter.com/UGslp1oZGN — Stephanie Tinoco (@STinocoWSOC9) October 27, 2018 This is North Carolina, by the way. “The woman asks the sisters multiple times if they live at the Camden View Apartments and asks how much they pay rent. “Do you live here? Why do we feel that we need to be here like hanging out? Let’s call 911. I want to make sure there’s nothing going on here,” the woman said. The video also captured the woman citing her salary. “I make $125,000 a year, and I want to make sure that you’re all up in here. Girl, girl, girl. I’m white. I’m girl white. I’m white.” Channel 9 learned the woman worked for Charter Communications. An official from Charter sent a statement regarding the woman’s employment status following the published video: “The incident recorded in Charlotte is a blatant violation of Charter’s code of conduct and clearly disregards the company’s commitment to inclusion and respectful behavior. As such, (her) employment with the company has been terminated, effective immediately.” The Garris sisters told WSOCTV.com they are pursuing legal action for the threats that were made last Friday night. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said officers responded to the issue and gathered information from the Garris sisters. CMPD said four criminal summonses have been issued for the woman, including two counts of communicating threats and two counts of simple assault. Police said the summonses have not been served at this time.  

Cesar Sayoc Jr.: What we know about the man arrested for sending package bombs

A man has been taken into custody in Florida in connection with a series of package bombs sent to prominent Democrats and others across the country, the Justice Department says. FLASH: Cesar Sayoc, 56, pictured in this booking photo from an arrest, via @browardsheriff pic.twitter.com/zUSXxPlOyZ — Myles Miller (@MylesMill) October 26, 2018 The suspect, identified by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions as Cesar Sayoc, 56, was arrested Friday in Plantation, Florida, about 20 miles from Miami.Authorities charged Sayoc with five federal crimes after his arrest, including illegal mailing of explosives, interstate transportation of explosives, making threats against former presidents and other persons, threatening interstate communications and assaulting current and former federal officers, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday at a news conference. Attorney General Sessions: "A suspect is in the custody of the FBI. I want to remind everyone that the defendant in this case, as in every case, is innocent until proven guilty. He has been charged today with five federal crimes." pic.twitter.com/BBX3PbEUeG — CSPAN (@cspan) October 26, 2018 Here’s what various media outlets are reporting about the man arrested in connection with sending suspicious packages: Sayoc has a criminal history in Florida dating back to 1991. Records show he has faced felony theft, drug and fraud charges. The Times is reporting that he has been accused of threatening to use a bomb. He has an Aventura, Florida, address. Aventura is about 20 miles from Miami, and about the same distance from Plantation. He has some ties to New York.The arrest happened without incident. He was arrested at an Auto Zone car parts store. A white van was taken from in front of the Auto Zone in Plantation Friday morning. Five sealed warrants were issued in New York City on Thursday for Sayoc. 12 devices were intercepted, none of them were detonated.   Devices were sent to: Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton Former President Barack Obama Democrat donor George Soros U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters – two devices sent to Waters Former Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Actor Robert De Niro Former Vice President Joe Biden – two devices sent to Biden Former national intelligence director James Clapper Former CIA Director John Brennan Sen. Cory Booker

Girls armed with knives plotted attack at Florida middle school, police say

Two students at Bartow Middle School, in Bartow, Florida, came to school with knives and planned to attack students Tuesday, according to the Bartow Police Department. The school resource officer was alerted to a complaint about armed students around 1:30 p.m. Police said the girls planned to kill as many as 15 students. Police said school staff found the two girls in a bathroom during class time before carrying out their plans. They were arrested and removed from campus. No one was hurt. Police said school staff initially caught wind of the possible plot Monday when a student told a teacher that one of the suspects said not to come to a specific building of the school. In response, multiple Bartow police officers and Polk County deputies were on campus Tuesday. After first period, the mother of one of the suspects received a notice from the school that her daughter had not shown up for second period. Her mother called the school and said her daughter had been dropped off that morning, according to police. During a news conference Wednesday, Bartow Police Department Chief Joe Hall said that, upon receiving that call, Principal Christopher Roberts’ organized school staff and law enforcement to conduct a search of the school. Hall said Chandra Johnson, an assistant principal at the school, found the girls in a bathroom in the building another student said she was warned to avoid. Johnson also saw that the girls had a goblet, which she suspected contained alcohol in it. Roberts asked school resource Officer Alexander Guzman to test the goblet for alcohol, authorities said. Hall said the girls were brought to Roberts’ office, and one was asked to empty her pockets. When she did, school staff found a paring knife and a sharpener, Hall said. Staff asked the girl why she had a weapon, and she said she and the other girl were plotting to attack and kill as many students as they could, Hall said. Police then searched the girls and found several more knives, including a butcher knife, Hall said. Both girls told detectives they had been plotting to kill at least 15 people and had been hiding in the bathroom to wait for smaller students they could overpower to be their victims, police said. “They told us they were Satan worshipers,” Hall said. “They did make comments that they were wiling to drink blood and possibly eat flesh. ”Hall said he has not spoken to the girls’ parents. Detectives said that during a search of one of the girl’s phones, they found a message that the girls planned “to leave body parts at the entrance” and then kill themselves. Bartow Police Department detectives are investigating the incident with the Polk County School Board.

Man accused of groping woman on flight cites president’s comments to defend actions

A Tampa, Florida, man has been charged after a woman said that he groped her during a flight on Sunday. Bruce Alexander was charged by federal prosecutors after the woman claimed that her breast was grabbed from behind two times on the Southwest flight over the weekend flight from Houston to Albuquerque, The Washington Post reported. The woman told officials that she thought the first touch was possibly an accident, ABC News reported. But she was allegedly touched a second time. That’s when she confronted Alexander.ABC News reported, “She rose from her seat, turned around and told the passenger behind her that she didn’t know why he thought it was OK and he needed to stop,” according to court documents. Alexander was arrested when the plane landed, ABC News reported. Federal authorities said that Alexander told them that “the President of the United States says it’s OK to grab women by their private parts,” the criminal complaint says. The woman was seated in the row in front of Alexander. The woman asked to be moved after the alleged assault. Alexander was charged with abusive sexual contact, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Mexico announced via a press release. Alexander is in federal custody, awaiting preliminary and detention hearings, the press release said.If found guilty, Alexander faces up to two years in jail and a $250,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney.

Florida city commissioner charged in fatal shooting of shoplifting suspect

A Lakeland city commissioner accused of fatally shooting a shoplifting suspect earlier this month was arrested Friday on charges of second-degree murder, the State Attorney’s Office said. Police said Lakeland City Commissioner Michael Dunn, 47, fatally shot Christobal Lopez, 50, of Wauchula, over a $16 hatchet Dunn said he saw Lopez try to steal from the Vets Army Navy Surplus store, where Dunn also works. Surveillance footage shows Lopez move toward the store’s front door. Dunn tries to grab Lopez’s shoulder, but instead ends up with a fistful of the man’s shirt. Lopez raises his left arm, trying to break free. Dunn then appears to shoot Lopez at least once. The shoplifting suspect falls to the ground just outside the door with an object that appears to be a hatchet still in his right hand. An attorney for Lopez’s family provided the following statement Friday evening:”There is no way to undo the life-shattering harm that Mr. Dunn caused, but we are pleased with the grand jury’s decision for such an unnecessary and egregious use of deadly force. We want to thank the State Attorney’s Office and the Lakeland Police Department for their swift and thorough investigation. We are hopeful that through both this criminal proceeding and the civil suit we plan to file, Mr. Dunn will be held fully accountable for the senseless killing of Christobal Lopez.”  

Outrageous & Shocking GOP Radio Ad Warns Blacks of Return of ‘Lynchings’ Under Dems – LISTEN

 

On Thursday, Congressman French Hill (pictured above in the video player) of Arkansas publicly condemned a controversial radio ad that supports his Congressional re-election bid, but warns black voters of lynchings and a return to “bad old days” under Democrats.

The ad – aired in heavily black populated areas of Arkansas – was paid for by a North Carolina based political action committee called Black Americans for the President’s Agenda. The PAC is “dedicated to the policy initiatives of President Trump,” according to the group’s website. In any event, the advert features two women (presumed to be black) speaking about the accusations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

One of them says: “If the Democrats can do that to a white justice of the Supreme Court with no evidence, no corroboration and all of her witnesses including her best friend saying it didn’t happen, what will happen to our fathers, our husbands or our sons when a white girl lies on them?”

The other woman responds with: “Girl, white Democrats will be lynching black folk again.”

The ad continues: “We can’t afford to let white Democrats take us back to bad old days of race verdicts, life sentences and lynchings when a white girl screams rape.”

Hill, who is running against Democratic State Rep. Clarke Tucker, called the radio spot “appalling.” And he’s right. “Appalling” is putting it mildly. He went on to say …

“I condemn this outrageous ad in the strongest terms,” Hill said via his campaign’s official Twitter account Thursday. “I do not support that message, and there is no place in Arkansas for this nonsense.”

Some may have heard an appalling ad on the radio. I condemn this outrageous ad in the strongest terms. I do not support that message, and there is no place in Arkansas for this nonsense. — French Hill (@ElectFrench) October 18, 2018

Meanwhile, Tucker tweeted that the ad is “disgraceful & has no place in our society.”

“Rep. Hill & his allies will have to live with the kind of campaign they’re running … We won’t let these shameful tactics distract us from our fight to stand up for the people in #AR02 on the critical issues in our lives,” Tucker said.

As far as the Black Americans for the President’s Agenda PAC, according to the Arkansas Times, it’s supposedly run by a North Carolina man named Vernon Robinson. In an interview with Vice News’ Alexandra Jaffe, Robinson said he had no intention of taking the advertisement down and said there was another one coming out.

Robinson paid a little less than $50,000 to run the ad on radio stations in St. Louis, Kansas City and Little Rock, according to Vice.

“All it is, is hard-hitting. I believe the #metoo movement deserves every hit they take,” Vernon told Vice. “Shifting the presumption of innocence to the presumption of guilt is very dangerous for black men.”

Black senior citizens ordered off Georgia bus taking them to vote

Government officials in an east Georgia county told about 40 African-American senior citizens to get off a bus taking them to vote Monday, leading to complaints of voter suppression.

The bus, run by the group Black Voters Matter, was preparing to depart from a senior center operated by Jefferson County when the center’s director said they needed to disembark, said LaTosha Brown, a co-founder of Black Voters Matter.

A county clerk had called the senior center raising concerns about allowing the bus to take residents from the senior center in the city of Louisville, south of Augusta.

“We knew it was an intimidation tactic,” Brown said Tuesday. “It was really unnecessary. These are grown people.”

The senior citizens agreed to get off the bus and cast their ballots later. Monday was the first day of in-person early voting in Georgia in the election for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp.

Jefferson County’s administrator said Tuesday that the county government considered the event at the senior center “political activity,” which isn’t allowed during county-sponsored events.

Black Voters Matter is a nonpartisan group encouraging African-Americans to vote in the election, but the county government considered the event political because Jefferson County Democratic Party Chairwoman Diane Evans helped organize it, County Administrator Adam Brett said in a statement.

“Jefferson County administration felt uncomfortable with allowing senior center patrons to leave the facility in a bus with an unknown third party,” Brett said. “No seniors at the Jefferson County senior center were denied their right to vote.”

Black Voters Matter had received permission in advance for the event at the senior center, Brown said. The event was originally intended to encourage seniors to vote, and when some of the seniors asked whether they could ride the bus to an early-voting location, Black Voters Matter agreed to take them.

But someone apparently saw the bus, painted with the words “The South is Rising Tour,” and called county government offices, Brown said. That led to the phone call from the county clerk to the senior center. When they were asked, the senior citizens agreed to leave the bus.

“It was discouraging that they weren’t able to vote,” said Evans, who was on the bus.

“When they’re suppressing votes, they’re going to come up with any kind of excuse about what your problem is.”

Evans said the event wasn’t political, nor did its organizers advocate for any candidates. Evans said she helped coordinate the event in her capacity as a private citizen, pastor and community leader, not as the chairwoman of the county’s Democratic Party.

During the event, the senior citizens got excited about voting and they danced near the bus as “Say It Loud — I’m Black and Proud” by James Brown blasted through the speakers, Evans said.

After the seniors got off the bus, they were initially told they could ride in a county van provided by the senior center to go vote, Brown said. But then the seniors had to get off the van because the senior center’s leaders decided it was close to lunchtime, and the seniors could vote another day.

Jefferson County Commission Chairman Mitchell McGraw didn’t respond to an email seeking comment, and the senior citizens who were on the bus couldn’t immediately be located for comment Tuesday. The senior center’s staff routinely arranges public transit options for senior citizens to vote, Brett said.

Despite the obstacles, the senior citizens will find a way to cast their ballots, Brown said.

“The seniors were so resolved. They said: ‘We’re going to vote. Nobody’s going to stop us,’

” Brown said. “It wasn’t the first time someone has denied them or tried to prevent them from voting.”

No winner: Mega Millions historic jackpot rises to $1.6 billion

The numbers for the historic $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot are in, and there is still no winner.

Update 5:21 a.m. EDT Oct. 20: According to the Mega Millions website, no one matched all six numbers, sending the jackpot to a staggering $1.6 billion.

The numbers drawn Friday night were 15-23-53-65-70 and the Mega ball was 7.

The next drawing is Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET.

Update 12:45 p.m. EDT Oct. 19: The Powerball jackpot rose from $430 million to $470 million Friday, one day before the next scheduled drawing.

The news came shortly after officials announced that the Mega Millions jackpot had risen to a record-breaking $1 billion.

 

4-year-old shot in apparent road rage incident; 2 arrested

Police arrested two people Wednesday accused of injuring a 4-year-old boy while shooting at an SUV filled with children during a road rage incident in Wichita, according to officials. Authorities responded to a report of shots fired just before 5 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of 10th and Topeka. The Wichita Eagle reported that the 911 caller told authorities they found the injured boy behind a McDonald’s restaurant. Responding officers found a blue Chevrolet Tahoe that had been hit by two bullets, according to police. At the time of the shooting, the SUV had three adults inside between the ages of 23 and 26, along with six children under the age of 10, police said. One of the children was the injured 4-year-old, who was shot in the side, officials said. He was taken to a hospital, where he was last listed in stable condition. Investigators determined that the shooting was the result of a road rage incident involving the Tahoe and a Ford Mustang. Police said the incident started near 29th and Broadway. At 13th and Broadway, “There was some type of cutting-off that turned this into a road rage incident,” police Chief Gordon Ramsay told the Eagle. It was not immediately clear which vehicle cut off the other. At the 1200 block of N. Topeka, police said a man got out of the Mustang and fired a pair of shots at the Tahoe before the vehicle drove away from the area. Officer said they found the Mustang in the area. Inside were Ramonyka Smith and Travon Coleman, both 21. At a home in the 1100 block of North Hydraulic Avenue, authorities found Tylin Atkinson, 19, identified as the person suspected of firing the shots at the Tahoe. #BREAKING UPDATE: Wichita police arrest 19-year-old Tylin Atkinson and 21-year-old Ramonyka Smith in connection with a road-rage shooting that left a 4-year-old boy critically hurt. https://t.co/xeQRjCUNez #kwch12 pic.twitter.com/Swt7yCJ6y1 — KWCH Eyewitness News (@KWCH12) October 18, 2018 Smith and Atkinson were arrested on charges of aggravated battery and unlawful discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle, police said. Officials arrested Coleman for outstanding warrants, though he was not immediately charged in connection to the shooting. Authorities continue to investigate.

Missing boy last seen 2 years ago in Massachusetts found safe in Florida

A 5-year-old boy last seen in Massachusetts about two years ago was found 1,500 miles away in Orlando, Florida.

An anonymous tip sent to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on Tuesday helped Florida sheriffs locate the boy.

Police in Webster, Massachusetts, said Matthew Hale was kidnapped by his mother, Christina Hale, in 2016, first going from New York to her mother’s home in Webster.

The child’s father showed up in Webster in January 2017 and asked police for help.

“He was from New York. He had paperwork stating he had full custody of his child, and he wanted officers to go with him to keep the peace,” Master Deputy Ingrid Tejada-Monforte said.

When they arrived on Emil Street, they came up empty-handed.

“When they went there, Christina and Matthew were not there,” Tejada-Monforte said. “They learned she had left a few weeks prior.”

Police filed a missing person’s report, with posters featuring Matthew and his mother’s pictures going up across the area.

Seven months later in July, the mother’s car was found in Maine. That trail went cold, as the two eventually made their way to Florida to stay with a cousin, authorities said.

The anonymous tip led the Florida sheriffs to the home, where an arrest was made.

“She was located down in Florida with a relative, I assume, because it’s the same last name [Warren Hale], and she was taken into custody,” Tejada-Monforte said. “Matthew was taken into custody of the Department of Children and Families, and they’re working on reuniting him with his father.”

The mother will face a charge of parental kidnapping in Webster, while Matthew’s father gets a weight lifted off his shoulders.

“For the father, this is a good relief for him to know that his child is OK and is in good health,” Tejada-Monforte said.

Caroll Spinney, original Big Bird, retiring from ‘Sesame Street’

The man who has played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since “Sesame Street” debuted in 1969 is retiring this week, Sesame Workshop said Wednesday in a news release. Caroll Spinney, 84, will perform his roles for the final time Thursday. The puppeteer’s roles will be taken by Matt Vogel, who will perform as Big Bird; and Eric Jacobson, who will play Oscar. Spinney has mentored both men for more than 20 years. “Big Bird brought me so many places, opened my mind and nurtured my soul,” said Spinney said in a statement. “And I plan to be an ambassador for Sesame Workshop for many years to come. After all, we’re a family! But now it’s time for two performers that I have worked with and respected – and actually hand-picked for the guardianship of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch – to take my alter-egos into their hands and continue to give them life.” During his 49 years on “Sesame Street,” Spinney appeared on “thousands” of the more than 4,400 episodes of the children’s show, a Sesame Workshop spokesman told the The New York Times. As Big Bird, Spinney has traveled around the world, visiting China with comedian Bob Hope. He has also performed in the United Kingdom, France, Japan, Germany, Canada and Australia. Big Bird has danced with the Rockettes and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The character also has been featured on a U.S. postage stamp and was named a Living Legend in 2000 by the Library of Congress.“ Since 1969, Caroll’s kind and loving view of the world has helped shape and define this institution,” Jeffrey D. Dunn, Sesame Workshop’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “Throughout his unparalleled career, Caroll Spinney gave something truly special to the world. With deepest admiration, Sesame Workshop is proud to carry his legacy – and his beloved characters – into the future.” In October 2012, The Atlantic reported that Spinney made about $314,000 a year in his roles on “Sesame Street.” From a personal standpoint, Spinney met his wife, Debra, on the show’s set in 1973, Sesame Workshop said in its statement. They have been married 45 years, the New York Post reported. “Before I came to Sesame Street, I didn’t feel like what I was doing was very important. Big Bird helped me find my purpose,” Spinney said in a statement. “Even as I step down from my roles, I feel I will always be Big Bird.” Spinney had to stop puppeteering as Big Bird in 2015 due to problems with his balance, the Times reported. Since then he has limited his roles to voices for Big Bird and Oscar. His final recordings will be aired on “Sesame Street’s” 50th anniversary in 2020 on PBS, the newspaper reported. Spinney said he will remain a “Sesame Street” ambassador. “I’ll be 100 years old, doing Muppet stuff,” Spinney told the Times. Long-time puppeteer Caroll Spinney has announced that he is stepping down from the roles of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Spinney is pleased that his iconic roles will be carried on by puppeteers Matt Vogel and Eric Jacobson. Learn more: https://t.co/BALgkIPI5q pic.twitter.com/sGMDjqLklQ — Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) October 17, 2018

White woman who blocked black man from entering his St. Louis apartment fired

A white woman shown on a viral video blocking a black man from entering a loft to his downtown St. Louis apartment was fired from her job Sunday, KMOV reported.

In a cellphone video posted to his Facebook page, D’Arreon Toles documented a confrontation between himself and a female tenant at the Elder Shirt Lofts. Toles, 24, said he was returning from a late shift Friday when the woman, who was walking a dog on a leash, asked what unit he lives in, the Post-Dispatch reported.

In the video, Toles can be heard telling the woman, “You are blocking me into my building. This is my building as well. So, I need you to get out of my way.”

“I’m uncomfortable,” the woman says in the video.

“OK, you can be uncomfortable,” Toles says in the video.

In the video, the woman follows Toles to the front door of his apartment, KSDK reported. Thirty minutes later, St. Louis police appeared at his apartment, according to Toles’ Facebook post. No citations were issued.

A St. Louis police sergeant confirmed a 911 call was made to the building, but no report was written, KSDK reported.

“Did this really just happen to me? It happened to me. I am really taken away by the moment,” Toles told KMOV. “I was kind of blown away, shocked and like ‘Wow.’ I am just glad I had my camera out. If I did not have my camera out, I feel it could have gone a totally different way.”

“To Be A Black man in America, & Come home,” Toles wrote on Facebook.

Tribeca-STL, a luxury apartment company that says it is a minority-owned business, confirmed that the woman worked for the company, KMOV reported. In a statement, the company’s owners said they were “disturbed” by the video. The company also said in its statement that the property did not belong to Tribeca-STL and that the employee was interacting with Toles at her own private residence.

“We do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company, Tribeca-STL said in its statement.

The woman, who has not been identified publicly, did not respond to requests for comment by several news organizations.

“I am not mad at her. I am not upset with her. I am not going to go after her legally or anything like that, Toles told KMOV. “I wish her the best. I would still have a conversation with her.”

DJ Khaled rents out Marlins stadium for son’s 2nd birthday party

DJ Khaled sure knows how to throw a party for his son. The Miami music producer and his wife, Nicole Tuck, rented Marlins Park on Saturday for his son Asahd’s second birthday, and turned the 36,000-seat baseball stadium into a carnival. Instead of bases and a pitching mound, the stadium floor included a chair swing ride, a Ferris wheel, games and even a petting zoo, the Sun-Sentinel reported. “Although his actual bday is OCT 23rd we started early,’’Khaled wrote on Twitter, including videos of the event at Marlins Park. “ASAHD had the whole stadium!!” About 150 inner city kids and members of local Boys and Girls Clubs and Connecting Families joined the family at the party, EOnline reported. The party also served as the official launch for Asahd’s charity program, called Asahd’s Initiative — which is part of Khaled’s We The Best Foundation.Guests included Marlins owner Derek Jeter and Yo Gotti. Jeter presented a $100,000 check from the Marlins to Khaled’s We The Best Foundation.It was a festive day for the Asahd and his family, and perked up the normally staid Marlins ballpark. The Marlins had the lowest average attendance in the major leagues in 2018, drawing 811,104 fans for an average of 10,013 per game, ESPN reported.

Man convicted of assault after shooting at black teen who asked for directions

A white retired firefighter was found guilty of assault Friday for shooting at a black teenager who knocked on his door asking for directions.

Jeffrey Zeigler, 53, was also charged with attempted murder but an Oakland County jury convicted him of the lesser assault charge as well as a possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, WDIV reported.

Zeigler’s sentencing is Nov. 13, the Detroit Free Press reported.

In April, Brennan Walker, 14, missed the bus and tried walking to school. He soon got lost and knocked on the door to the Zeigler’s Rochester Hills home.

Zeigler’s wife Dana first saw Brennan at the door and yelled to her husband, who grabbed a shotgun and ran down the stairs.

“He didn’t look like a child. He was a rather big man standing there, and also, if he was going to school, we have no schools in our area,” Dana Zeigler said in court Oct. 9, the Free Press reported.

Surveillance video showed Zeigler chase Brennan down the street with the shotgun.

Zeigler tried to fire it but the safety was on. He tried again after switch it off. Brennan said he heard a shot but was not hit, the Free Press reported.

At the time Zeigler told investigators he came out with the shotgun because he believed his home was being broken into, WDIV reported. In court, Zeigler was remorseful and admitted he did something wrong, the Free Press reported.

“That’s just completely unacceptable on every level. I don’t know how you would justify it, but it certainly doesn’t pass the muster,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told WDIV.

Brennan and his mother, Lisa Wright, believe Zeigler reacted in such a way because he is black.

School bus crashes into pool after crash with Jeep, troopers say

A school bus carrying nine children took a nose dive into a swimming pool Friday morning after being involved in a crash with a Jeep, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver of the Jeep was taken the hospital to be treated for non-serious injuries. The three children in the vehicle are OK. Troopers said that after the crash, the bus was being redirected and somehow veered through a wooden fence and into a pool. Only the front of the bus was in the pool. The crash was reported shortly before 8:30 a.m. at Rushwood Court and Willowwood Street in the Pine Hills area. On scene of school bus crash in Orange County. It appears bus drove into a yard. Neighbors say there’s a pool in that yard. No word on injuries. #WFTV pic.twitter.com/EDk0YxSTPJ — Jeff Deal (@JDealWFTV) October 12, 2018 According to an FHP report, it’s still unclear which vehicle caused the crash. It said the school bus driver was in the west lanes of Willowwood Street and the Jeep was heading east on Willowwood Street. Troopers said each driver told them that the other vehicle swerved into their lane. The front of the bus struck the left front side of the Jeep, troopers said. Then, the bus redirected to the south shoulder and went through the fence before going into the pool, according to the report. The people in the home said they rushed outside to help the children get out from the back door of the bus or the windows. “They were screaming, some were crying. There were two (who didn’t) want to go out with us (because) they were scared,” said Anefort Oreous.Neither the children or school bus driver were injured. The bus was carrying children who attend Magnolia School, a special needs school near the crash scene. A hazmat crew responded to the scene because fuel was leaking into the pool. No other information was released. #trafficalert #crash schoolbus vs Jeep-Willowwood St/Rushmore Ct. 9 children & bus driver NOT INJURED, Female Jeep driver was injured, though not seriously. Nose of the school bus ended up in a swimming pool. Fuel leak in pool, Squad en route for HazMat. #BREAKING pic.twitter.com/0fdaufouil — OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) October 12, 2018

Man tells police drugs aren’t his, ghost planted them in house

Maybe next time, he has to call the Ghostbusters. A Louisiana man called the sheriff last week to report that he was stabbed in the head at his home. But when Ouachita Parish Sheriff deputies arrived, they didn’t find Michael Auttonberry injured. But they said he was shouting at people who were not there, and there was no injury to his head from an ax as he reported, KARD reported.

Auttonberry also told law enforcement that someone was in his home. Deputies didn’t find anyone there, but what they did discover was suspected crystal meth on his nightstand, Fox News reported.

Auttonberry said it must have been planted by either a ghost or intruders who escaped from a window.

Deputies said there wasn’t any evidence to support his claims of intruders, KARD reported.

Auttonberry was arrested, charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and giving a false police report, according to his arrest record.

Call to ‘good strong father’ leads to arrest of suspected drug dealer, police say

When sheriff’s deputies found a small amount of marijuana on a teen in Jonesboro, Georgia, they took an unconventional approach: Instead of arresting him, they called his father.

Officials said the ordeal ended in the arrest of the teen’s alleged drug dealer and the seizure of several guns and drugs.

The teen, who was not identified, was pulled over Friday. During a search of the vehicle, deputies found marijuana in a bag. Deputies called the teen’s father.

“When the Father arrived, he was not pleased and wanted to know where his son was getting his weed from,”the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “The Father then forced his son to tell the Deputies who sold it to him and where.”

The dad forced his son to tell the deputies where he got the drugs, according to the statement. The teen allegedly told police it was Damarcus Brown.

Brown was later arrested on unspecified charges after deputies said they saw him selling drugs at an Exxon gas station in Riverdale, Georgia. Authorities found drugs in his vehicle and a gun and more drugs at his home.

“If it was not for a good strong father willing and able to do the right thing for his son and community, Brown would still be selling drugs and in possession of guns today,” the sheriff’s office said.

Hurricane Michael strengthens; National Hurricane Center warns of ‘life-threatening storm surge’

Hurricane Michael is barreling toward the Florida Panhandle as people in the storm’s path prepare for the arrival of a possible Category 3 storm.

The National Hurricane Center is warning of “life-threatening storm” surge of 8 to 12 feet, which could cause flooding of roads, homes and businesses.

Mandatory evacuation orders are already posted in three Panhandle counties: Gulf, Wakulla and Bay Counties, according to news reports.

Hurricane #Michael continues to strengthen over the southern Gulf of Mexico. Here are the updated 10 PM CDT Key Messages for Hurricane #Michael. https://t.co/tW4KeGdBFb pic.twitter.com/6x3a1wjqfi — National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) October 9, 2018

A State of Emergency was issued in 26 counties as Florida’s State Emergency Response Team projected Michael will make landfall as a 115 mph Category 3 hurricane and could continuing intensifying over the next 36 hours.

#HurricaneMichael is currently projected to make landfall as a 115 mph Category 3 hurricane with potential life-threatening storm surge. Rapid intensification is possible over the next 36 hours right up until landfall. Heed all orders from your local emergency officials. #alert — Florida SERT (@FLSERT) October 8, 2018

A hurricane warning is posted for parts of the Gulf Coast, and the National Hurricane Center is warning of dangerous winds that are expected to move inland as the storm makes landfall, extending across parts of the Florida Panhandle, southern Georgia and southeast Alabama.

The storm is expected to produce heavy rains and dangerous flash flooding.

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