Detroit Is Bankrupt– Detroit is the largest city in US history to have ever filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy. The city filed yesterday in federal court. Detroit is in billions of dollars of debt because of mismanagement, people leaving the city and loss of tax revenue. The filing will determine whether Detroit is eligible for Chapter 9 protection which would held them to deal with the creditors and unions trying to get more than $18.5 billion in debts and liabilities. Michigan’s governor said that this is a difficult decision but, “The fiscal realities confronting Detroit have been ignored for too long. I’m making this tough decision so the people of Detroit will have the basic services they deserve and so we can start to put Detroit on a solid financial footing that will allow it to grow and prosper in the future.”
Video Shows Man Gunning Down 13 Year Old– A 76 year old man is on trial after his own home surveillance camera caught him shooting a teenage boy in the chest. Henry Spooner accused 13 year old Darius Simmons of breaking into his home and stealing his guns. The video shows the old man approaching the young boy, pointing his gun at him and shooting him in the chest. As the boy ran the old man fired again and missed. The boys mother held him in her arms as he took his last breath. Simmons mother said that Spooner warned her to call 911 and that he would teach her son not to steal. Spooner’s attorney says that his client has a mental illness. Regardless he is being charged with first degree intentional homicide.
Ariel Castro Pleads ‘Not Guilty’– The man who is accused of kidnapping three women, raping and holding them hostage for more than a decade has pled ‘not guilty’ to all 977 counts against him. The judge apparently had to ask Castro to keep his eyes open and look at her as he pled not guilty to the 512 counts of kidnapping, 446 counts of rape and half a dozen other felonious assaults. He is also being charged with aggravated murder for terminating the pregnancies of his hostages. His bail has been set at $8 million.
14 Year Old Set To Graduate From College-14 year old Thessalonika Arzu-Embry who lives on the Great Lakes Naval Base will be graduating with a degree in psychology from the Chicago State University before many of her peers have been on their first date! Embry was home schooled until she was 8 and started college at the age of 11 after passing an entrance exam. She dedicates all of her success to her mother, “My mother is a strong inspiration to my success. She is a veteran of the United States Navy, and when she finished her tour, she home-schooled my brother and I”. Embry plans to continue her education in graduate school at either Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science or Stanford University! She will receive her diploma on August 30th.
Trayvon’s Parents Speak Out For 1st Time– The verdict in the Trayvon Martin case has been stirring up a lot of emotions and actions in people across the country. Those closest to Trayvon, his parents, have spoken out for the first time since the verdict. During an interview on CBS they said that the verdict was a “shock” and that they are disgusted by the outcome. They are frustrated with the jury and some of the publics misconstrued view of their son who they, and many others believe, was wrongfully targeted. On GMA his father said, “I think people are forgetting that Trayvon was a teenager, so he probably thought as a teenager. I really do believe he was afraid because he did call George Zimmerman creepy. So he was afraid and if you are 17-years-old and you are afraid, you may not know what to do.”
Paypal Creates First ‘Quadrillionaire’– A Pennsylvania man almost became the richest man in the world when Paypal accidentally credited his account with $92 quadrillion! 56 year old Chris Reynolds was looking through his email statement when he noticed the $92,233,720,368,547,800 credit to his account. Unfortunately for him as soon as he logged in the error had been corrected. Reynold’s said that he originally though he owed the money but had he really received the money he would have paid of the US’s national debt. Paypal apologizes for the mistake and has offered to make a donation to the charity of Renold’s choice.
Woman Fights Off Intruders With Guitar Hero Controller– A grandma from Indiana is no stranger to intruders to her home but this time she managed to fend off the unwanted guests with a guitar hero controller. She was sleeping on Sunday afternoon when three men broke into her house, said they were armed and demanded her TV and cash. Grandma, who’s 5 year old grandson was in the house, was playing no games. She armed herself with the guitar, swung it at the men and chased them out of her home into their get-away car. She has a message for anybody else who maybe considering breaking into her home, “: ‘I may not be a strong woman, I may not be a well woman, but you’re not getting my stuff’. The last time someone broke into her home they got away with her flat screen TV.