August 19th, 2014
By Gabe Gutierrez, Rick Brown, Erin McClam and Tracy Connor
Two St. Louis city police officers shot and killed a black man who came within several feet of them brandishing a knife on Tuesday a few miles from the turbulent suburb of Ferguson, authorities said.
A crowd of at least 100 people quickly gathered at the scene. Some people chanted, “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” — the refrain from a week of protests over the police killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, three miles away.
Several hours after the shooting, there was tension in the air, but no physical confrontation. Police presence was limited, in stark contrast to scenes that unfolded in Ferguson last week.
"I think protest here will remain peaceful as long as the police keep a low profile," said Daniel Brown, 34, a St. Louis attorney.The man in the St. Louis shooting had taken energy drinks and a package of pastries from a nearby convenience store, Police Chief Sam Dotson told reporters. He said that the man was “acting erratically, walking back and forth, up and down the street.”
The chief said that the officers repeatedly ordered the 23-year-old man to drop the knife and drew their weapons after he refused. The chief said the man told the police: “Shoot me now. Kill me now.”
He said the two officers fired after the man moved toward one of them and came within 3 to 4 feet.
“One of the witnesses described it as a suicide by cop,” Dotson said.Initially, there was a heavy police presence at the scene, and officers marked off the intersection with yellow tape. Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman who was arrested last week during protests over the Brown killing, urged the crowd to maintain peace.
“The last thing we need is violence in our neighborhood,” he said. “And that’s not going to be on the police to make sure there’s not violence in our neighborhood, that’s going to be on us. No silliness here.”
He said that he had much more confidence in St. Louis city police than in Ferguson police, and promised to work with the department to make sure there was not a “heavy-handed response” to any protests....
August 19th, 2014
By Barry Secrest
As we observe the racially divisive debacle unfolding in and about Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, certain facts are in absence which should be brought to the forefront.
The chaos which is unfolding seems increasingly highlighted by primary witnesses lying and pertinent information being suppressed by none other than the US Department of Justice.
Politically, Missouri is a Red State by all indications, and will most likely continue to be in the forseeable future, and yet some fascinating voter facts are coming to the surface, as riots, looting and general unrest appear to continue unabated.
The most unusual demographic data seems to revolve around the fact that out of 114 Missouri counties, only four actually voted for Obama in 2012, but this is where it gets formidably interesting.
The two of those counties which are filled with a vast majority of Obama-loving voters are the same ones now being placed under a state of emergency by the Missouri Governor for violence and looting.
Indeed, the two counties at the heart of mass anti-government demonstrations, St Louis City and St Louis county, enjoy a combined population of about 1.32 million people.
However, one aspect of note might be the stark difference in racial demographics between the city and the county.
While St Louis county is 2/3rds White, comprising a population total of almost 1 million people, St Louis city holds a strong majority of Blacks, Hispanics and other races, totaling about 320,000 , over 56%, in fact, are considered racial minorities.
Despite these figures, however, well over half of all county dwellers voted for Obama in 2012, while a striking 83% voted for Obama in the city.
So what might this mean.....
August 19th, 2014
No matter how you slice it, ladies and gentlemen, this is a highly unusual event for a Catholic Pope to urge war in the modern day....no matter what the circumstance.
Pope Francis has acknowledged the possibility of military intervention in Iraq, where Islamists have terrorized Christians and other minorities. He stressed that any action must follow a consensus by multiple countries.
“In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say that it is fair to stop the unjust aggressor. I underscore the verb ‘stop.’ I’m not saying ‘bomb’ or ‘make war,’ just ‘stop.’ And the means that can be used to stop them must be evaluated,” said the Pontiff after touching down in Rome, following a visit to South Korea.
But the Catholic leader was keen to stress that he did not endorse using the current crisis in Iraq, which has been proclaimed a Caliphate by the hardline Sunni militia ISIS, as a pretext for a “war of conquest.”
“One nation alone cannot judge how you stop this, how you stop an unjust aggressor. After World War II, the idea of the United Nations came about: It’s there that you must discuss ‘Is there an unjust aggression? It seems so. How should we stop it?’ Just this. Nothing more.”
Pope Francis also revealed he and his advisers were considering whether he might go to northern Iraq to show solidarity with persecuted Christians. The decision has been currently held off, he said.
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August 18th, 2014
Thomastontimes /By Ashley Biles
CR Note: Do not know how the story ends...if there is a "right" outcome...can only hope so...
There is a new author in town and her name is Jada R. Gresham. She has written and published a children’s book entitled “How to Rob the Tooth Fairy,” and as is the case with most writers, she found inspiration for the story from happenings in her own life. However, there is one thing which sets Jada apart from the many other authors of children’s literature; she is only 12-years-old herself.
A seventh grader at Upson-Lee Middle School, Jada is the youngest published author in Upson County, and possibly the youngest published author in the entire state of Georgia. When asked how she feels about having this accomplishment at such a young age, Jada admitted that while she is excited, she often feels the whole experience has been a little surreal.
“I feel great, but also a little weird to have a book published at my age, when most people who do this are in their 20s and 30s,” she said. “It is strange to think that I am the youngest person in Upson County to do it.”
Jada actually started writing “How to Rob the Tooth Fairy,” several years ago, in 2008, after getting the idea for the storyline from her older brother Tomás.
“He inspired me to write the book because he is just so funny,” she said of her brother. “I also thought it would be a good idea to write about since it was a real-life experience.”
She explained that the book’s main character, Jack Wilson, is based off Tomás, who came up with an elaborate plan to rob the Tooth Fairy when he was nine years old. It all began when he lost several teeth at one time and the Tooth Fairy fell behind on her job. Each night he went to bed with his teeth under his pillow and each morning he woke up to find them still there. Tomás was not a happy camper, because there was a particular toy he wanted to buy and his money from the Tooth Fairy money was his only source of income.
After nearly a month of waiting, the Tooth Fairy finally came to visit when Jada lost her first tooth and made a stop in Tomás’ room as well. However, he was still upset the next morning because the money she left was not up to his calculations of what it should be. Therefore, he devised a plan to get back what he felt was rightfully his by robbing the Tooth Fairy; he would leave her a note and execute a sneak attack when she took a break to write him back. The story quickly became a family favorite and together they turned it into a two-page bedtime story. However, Jada is the one who completed the story as part of an assignment for school when her mother, Monekia, was homeschooling them both.
Once the story was finished, Jada read it to a first grade classroom that her family had adopted as part of their homeschooling. She was unsure how they would react, but the students loved it and even asked if it was available at the book fair for them to purchase. It was not, but their reaction gave her mother the idea of looking into publishing the manuscript. After researching several companies, Monekia and Jada decided Xlibris, a self-publishing and print-on-demand publishing company, would be the best fit and offer the most creative control. They were able to work with the illustrator and recreate Tomás’s room for Jack as well as adding in a few hidden things such as Jada’s dog, Whistle, and her hamster, Cookie. There is even a birthday card to Jack from Tomás.
Jada has always had a love a reading and writing, in fact she has been doing it since she was two years old and six years old respectively. When asked how she would feel if she was told one day that her book happened to be a child’s favorite to read, she stated she would be extremely excited.
“It would be great to know that somebody else got as much happiness from my book as I did,” she said.
When she is not working on her next book, Jada is busy playing basketball and soccer, as well as working hard at school. She hopes to one day go to college at Duke University or Harvard and wants to become a surgeon, but keep writing books as a hobby.
Plans are in the works for a book signing to be held in early October, but pre-order copies of “How to Rob the Tooth Fairy,” are available now for $16 (soft cover) or $25 (hard cover); both come with a free gift. To order, send an email to email@example.com or call 706-938-0213 and leave a message with your order information. The Thomaston Times will bring you information on the book signing as soon as it becomes available.
August 18th, 2014
Just as described in "The Ebola Diaries"--we are now within the first days of the window of infection for the US, regarding the Lagos flight with an infected American in Nigeria....
A 30-year-old woman is being tested for the deadly Ebola virus at University of New Mexico Hospital, but health officials say it’s unlikely she has it.
The state Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are testing the woman, who returned to New Mexico earlier this month from Sierra Leone, which is one of several countries in West Africa with known cases of Ebola. There have been more than a thousand deaths in West Africa attributed to the Ebola virus since March.
The woman, who worked overseas as a teacher, has a sore throat, headache, muscle aches and fever and is in stable condition. Those are similar to the initial symptoms of Ebola.
She had no known exposure to Ebola, and health officials said the tests are being done “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a Health Department news release. Preliminary test results are expected late this week.
The only way for the virus to spread is for someone to come in direct contact with the bodily fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola. It is not spread through food, air or water.
Health care workers treating the woman at UNMH wear protective gowns, gloves, face mask and eye protection. The hospital is also limiting her visitors, said Dr. Meghan Brett, the UNMH epidemiologist.
“Returning from overseas with a fever could be a lot of things,” Brett said. “It could be routine.”
The only confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States are two health care workers who got the virus in Liberia and are being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
The New Mexico woman returned to the Albuquerque area on Aug. 4 and started to show symptoms on Aug. 15, said Dr. Joan Baumbach, the deputy epidemiologist for the state Health Department.
The incubation period for Ebola is from two to 21 days, she said....