Monthly Archives: June, 2014

UPDATE: Golden Gate Bridge Board Approves $76 Million for Suicide Barrier

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A teary-eyed Dana Barks was almost speechless after officials for the San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge approved a $76 million funding package for a suicide barrier that could prevent people from jumping to their deaths.

The bridge district’s board of directors voted unanimously in favor Friday for the funding of a steel suicide net. The motion for the historic vote came from board member and former bridge district director John Moylan, whose grandson, Sean Moylan, jumped off the bridge to his death earlier this month.

Seconds after the vote, the tears from many people in the standing-room-only crowd were followed by shouts of joy.

“A lot of people have done so much incredible work to get this accomplished,” said Barks of Napa, who lost his son, Donovan, to suicide on the bridge in 2008.

After the vote, Barks rose from his knees and shared an…

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‘Designing Women’ star Meshach Taylor dies at 67

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LOS ANGELES — Meshach Taylor‘s agent says the actor who appeared in the hit sitcoms “Designing Women” and “Dave’s World” has died. He was 67.

Agent Dede Binder says Taylor died of cancer on Saturday at his home in Los Angeles.

Taylor’s mother, Hertha Taylor who celebrated her 100th birthday on June 17, was reportedly by her son’s side when he passed along with his wife,children and grandchildren.

Taylor got an Emmy nod for his portrayal of a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on “Designing Women” from 1986 to 1993. Then he costarred for four seasons on “Dave’s World.”

Other series included “Buffalo Bill” and “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.”

His movie roles included a flamboyant window dresser in the 1987 comedy-romance “Mannequin.” He also appeared in “Damien: The Omen Part II.”

Taylor guested on TV series including “Criminal Minds,” ”Hannah Montana” and “The Drew…

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Ice-T’s Grandson Arrested for Accidentally Killing Roommate

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Elyjah Marrow, the 19-year-old grandson of rapper/actor Ice-T has been arrested after accidentally shooting and killing his roommate.

Marrow-Mugshot-Marietta-Daily-JournalTMZ reports Marrow was recklessly handling a handgun on Tuesday, June 24 in  the Bentley Manor Apartments in Marietta, Georgia when it accidentally discharged and killed his 19-year-old roommate Daryus Johnson.

He was charged with possession of a firearm while committing a  felony, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a stolen firearm, reckless conduct and involuntary manslaughter.

Ice-T has not commented on the report.

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Bobby Womack, Soul Legend, Dead at 70

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Legendary soul singerBobby Womack died Friday at age 70. According to Rolling Stone a representative for Womack’s label, XL Recordings, confirmed the singer has died, but said the cause of death was currently unknown.

In January of 2013 it was reported that Womack was battling the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member wrote numerous hits; including the Rolling Stones It’s All Over Now, and If You Think You’re Lonely Now, That’s the Way I Feel About Cha and Lookin’ for a Love.

Womack was in the process of recording his next album, tentatively titled The Best Is Yet to Come and reportedly featuring contributions by Stevie Wonder, Rod Stewart and Snoop Dogg.  He recently performed at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and was scheduled to perform at multiple events across Europe in July and August.

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Burgular Caught After Leaving Facebook Page Up On Homeowner’s Computer

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SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police didn’t have to work hard to catch a man who broke into a Minnesota house.

First the burglar failed to log out of Facebook after checking his profile on the homeowner’s computer. Then he agreed to meet up with homeowner James Wood in an effort to get back wet clothes he’d left behind.

Wood tells WCCO-TV the burglar has to be the “world’s dumbest criminal.”

South St. Paul police say the burglar took credit cards, cash and a watch last week.

Wood posted his phone number on the burglar’s Facebook page, hoping someone would call.

The burglar himself texted Wood and agreed to meet with the homeowner, thinking he could negotiate for his clothes. When Wood spotted the burglar, he recognized him from Facebook and called police.

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LeBron Will Become Free Agent [UPDATE]

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MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James is heading back to free agency.

James has told the Miami Heat that he is opting out of the final two years of his contract, his agent, Rich Paul, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. And with that, James will become a free agent on July 1.

“I have informed the Heat,” Paul said.

That does not mean James is leaving Miami — but there’s no guarantee that he’ll be in a Heat uniform next season, either. A person briefed on the matter and familiar with James’ thinking told AP that he has not decided where he will play next season.

“There’s no other decision yet,” that person said.

James addressed the lure of having flexibility last week in his exit interview after the Heat lost to San Antonio in the NBA Finals. And he will have plenty of it now.

Among his options: He…

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Venus Williams Gets Naked For ESPN ‘Body’ Issue [WATCH]

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The Williams posing nude this time, intentionally, is Venus. And she wants you to see all 6’1″ of her in her spread for ESPN Magazine’s sixth annual Body Issue, set to hit newsstands on July 11.

But it sounds like, in a moment of “Ok, ok, I’ll do it!” Venus may have signed on the dotted line before reading the fine print. But she was a good sport about it anyway.

You think the check had anything to do with it?

“It didn’t dawn on me until right when I walked on set that I would have to be without clothes. If I would have thought about it before, there may have been a little less of a chance,” she said in an interview with ESPN.

You may recall Williams was diagnosed with Sjögren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that sidelined her from tennis for six…

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What’s The Hash? Why Hashtags For TV Shows Matter

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NEW YORK (AP) — During fresh episodes of “Pretty Little Liars,” the marketing and publicity teams at ABC Family huddle in a conference room to tweet live with fans.

So do cast members and the show’s producers from where and when they can — and the dialogue often pays off.

Nielsen’s Twitter tracking division said “PLL” is the top-tweeted show and ranked No. 1 for the week of June 16-22.

“From a very top level perspective we talk about twitter being the new water cooler,” said Danielle Mullin, the network’s vice president of marketing.

While some critics argue the second screen experience of looking at a device while a show is on serves to distract viewers, networks see nothing but an upside.

Some insight into hashtags and while watching TV:

HOW HASHTAGS WORK FOR VIEWERS

Hashtags make it easier to filter and search for a topic. Liz Myers, in the…

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Study Says That Black Men Are Locked Up While Black Women Are Locked Out

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As a confirmation to what many already know:  a recent study reveals that life for Black folks is indeed a B*tch (capital “B” intended).

The study, orchestrated by the MacArthur Foundation entitled,“How Housing Matters,”  states that, in one U.S. city where they followed 11 families, 16 households headed by women are evicted every day. In many cases, it is one missed paycheck that can make a difference in having a roof over your head or not; because it often opens the door to a downward spiral, causing a cataclysmic effect on the fundamental aspects of your livelihood or living.

The study reveals there are a lot of folk spending as much as 50% of their salary on rent – some, according to the study, as much as 80%.

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DON LEMON: The Graduates Of The Urban Academy In Chicago All Going To College

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We hear so many negative statistics about young black men that it’s sometimes hard to separate fact from fiction.

Statistics like a young black boy born today is more likely to go to jail than go to college.

Or statistics like there are more black men in prison than in college.

The truth is that since 2011 there are more black men in college than there are in prison.

While it is sad that at one point that statistic was true, it’s fantastic that it’s being turned around, and quickly.

It’s being turned around by people like Kwasi Enin, a young African-American man who was accepted to all eight ivy League schools.

It’s being turned around by 17-year old black teens like Akintunde Ahmad of Oakland, California who has a 5.0 GPA, that’s right a 5.0 GPA and a 2100 SAT score.

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And it’s…

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