A neighborhood watch captain accused of killing an unarmed teen goes on trial today, in a case that sparked fresh debate about race relations and gun laws.
George Zimmerman is accused of fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida.
Martin was black, and Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.
On Oct. 1, President Obama's Affordable Care Act for Americans finally begins. According to the Washington Post, the question now is whether the federal government is ready.
From the Post:
There are, arguably, two big things that need to happen between now and October. The first is technical: The federal government needs to finish building the infrastructure that allows multiple government agencies to transmit information, determining whether an individual should qualify for tax subsidies. This is a really big lift that means connecting Health and Human Services, Treasury, Homeland Security and other agencies in a way that has never really happened before.
Also in the technical arena, the federal government needs to finish building the federal exchange, an online portal that most states will have their residents use to purchase health insurance. Fifteen states are also in the midst of putting finishing touches on the insurance markets they opted to run.
Rena Price, a South Los Angeles woman whose arrest with her son, Marquette Frye, ignited the Watts riots, has died. She was 97, according to the Los Angeles Times.
On August 11, 1965, Price went to check on Frye, who'd been pulled over by police on Avalon Boulevard in South Los Angeles, and a fight between the police, Price and Frye occured. The two were arrested, and the Watts Riots followed.
From the Times:
The unveiling of the Frederick Douglass statue in Emancipation Hall commemorates how far we have come as a nation. As a civil rights pioneer, Douglass dedicated his life for equality in the United States and the abolition of slavery.
This statue will remain a testament to his heroic efforts from a former slave to a great American writer and orator. On this Juneteenth, we must remember the struggles that shaped our country into what it is today. We must also recognize that there is still work to be done, and continue to stand for liberty as those like Frederick Douglass.
Fredrick Douglass was persistent in his efforts to fight for equality before and after the end of slavery. He tried to escape from slavery two times before finally succeeding. As a former slave he was not taken seriously as an orator or a writer, but his talent overcame the obstacles. He was the epitome of the American spirit and is one of my greatest inspirations.
This is the second week of George Zimmerman's murder trial for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. The lawyers will continue jury selection through this week and will begin with opening statements once the jury is selected. A key difference in this trial compared to others across the country is that, with the exception of capital murder cases, Florida requires only six jurors for criminal trials. Most jurisdictions and states require 12 jurors for all felony criminal trials, which is a far cry from the six in Florida. In addition to the six jurors, there will be four alternates chosen to hear Zimmerman's trial.
As jury selection continues, both sides continue to have a difficult job ahead of them in determining whether jurors are being truthful about their beliefs, biases, or fears. Some jurors may be afraid to render a decision based upon the evidence because of the potential of violence when a verdict is reached. Jurors in high-profile cases face extra scrutiny due to the nature of the case and the national attention that the case has received. These jurors, even though they are only identified by their juror numbers, have the potential to be revealed to the public. The fears that they have may prevent them from rendering a fair and honest decision in a case such as this.
Memphian, Natasha Stewart aka Pebblez da Model made an appearance late last week in a Hinds County court room after six months in State custody. She is facing a possible life sentence for referring an Atlanta woman to a non-licensed butt enhancement doctor who was allegedly injecting women with concrete or commercial grade silicon.
Stewart has admitted referring a young Atlanta woman by the name of Karima Gordon to Tracey Lynn Garner, formerly known as Morris Garner for the butt injection procedure. Garner, a transsexual, apparently had built a reputation for providing these kinds of illegal medical procedures and administered injections to Gordon at a cost of $1,500.
A teacher at Public School 28 in Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, where an estimated 80 percent of children qualify for free lunch, overheard a student dismiss Manhattan's expensive American Girl doll store as an unattainable destination -- specifically, a place that white girls go to.
A $14,000 fundraising campaign later, he took 27 girls on a trip that included tea with the store's cast of characters, DNAinfo New York reports. His only goal: to prove to them that they could have the same experiences as anyone else. I decided I had to help change their perception of themselves and their worth, Rob Robinson said. This is less about the dolls, and more about telling them you have access to any place.