Upset Protestors Paint ‘Kill Zimmerman’ On Building – Chester County police in PA are investigating an incident of vandalism and arson that is believed to be fueled by the recent George Zimmerman verdict. The words “Kill Zimmerman” were spray painted onto the side of a building for a business called ProSigns that creates commercial signs. The building was later set on fire that cops say was intentional arson. A professional clean up crew has been called in to repair the almost half a million dollars in damages. Officials aren’t releasing many more details about the case but so far no arrests have been made.
Revel Announces Layoffs – Atlantic City’s newest casino Revel announced that it will be letting go of about 2% of its employees in the form of 75 managerial and professional employees. Despite the announcement of the Casino’s first profitable week since opening a year ago the Chief Executive Officer of the establishment said that the individuals have to be laid off because the number of professionals hired was based upon “revenue projections that had not been realized”. The Casino has been working with new marketing and promotional campaigns to increase their profits and deal with their previous bankruptcy file. The same CEO said that despite the layoffs, customer service employee numbers have increased.
Juror In Trayvon Martin Case Was Set To Write A Book – Juror B37 is capitalizing off of the George Zimmerman case and has gone about acquiring a book deal to talk about the trial. Little is known about the juror other than she referred to Trayvon Martin as a “boy of color”, freely admitted to hating the media and new very little about the case upon being selected as a juror. The agency that has signed the juror issued a statement saying, “My hope is that people will read Juror B37′s book, written with her attorney husband, and understand the commitment it takes to serve and be sequestered on a jury in a highly publicized murder trial and how important, despite one’s personal viewpoints, it is to follow the letter of the law… The reader will also learn why the jurors had no option but to find Zimmerman not guilty due to the manner in which he was charged and the content of the jury instructions.” Of course, she has chosen to remain anonymous. She did an interview on Anderson Cooper’s show on CNN last night and after the interview aired the backlash was so over-whelming that she has since cancelled the book. Check out the interview below.
In other related news, Rachel Jeantel did the first radio interview since the trail. She was the girl that testified at the trial because she was the last person to talk to Trayvon. During an interview with Piers Morgan he played a clip from Anderson Cooper’s earlier interview with Juror B37 and here is her reaction. In the same interview, Rachel said that Trayvon was not a thug and Jeantel told Morgan that a dental condition, an underbite, makes it challenging for her to speak clearly and be understood. “I had this situation since kindergarten,” she said. “Words I can say, they can’t come out right.” When asked if she’s been bullied over it, she responded, “Look at me. No.”
Stevie Wonder Won’t Play In Florida – In the wake of the George Zimmerman acquittal, the singer said he would not be performing in the Sunshine State until its Stand Your Ground law is “abolished.” He also said he would not be performing in any other state that recognizes the law, which some say contributed to Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012. Seems like Stevie no gonna play in half the states because quite a few states have the Stand Your Ground law in effect. 23 states have this law including PA. Check out the full list HERE.
People Are Marching For… Paula Deen? – African-American members of a group known as Black People for Paula, the lady should be forgiven. The members have even organized a rally set for Aug. 16 outside the “Good Morning America” studio, in hopes of making it on air. According to a screed on the coalition’s website, “The Black community has forgiven Paula, it’s time for us all to open our hearts and give this good woman a second chance.” BPFP has 100 supporters that will be gathering for Paula.
Woman Leaves Her Kids In Car To Attend Lil Wayne Concert – Turn down for what? How about your kids! Brittany Harris, a mother of two, has been arrested after she left her 5 and 3 year old in her car in Florida so that she could attend the Lil Wayne & T.I America’s Most Wanted Tour. The toddlers were found roaming the parking lot around 9:45PM as their mother was having the time of her life backstage. She has been charged with child neglect and her children have been taken into the custody of the Department of Families and Children.
15-Year-Old Pennsylvania Teen Rescues 5-Year-Old Kidnapped Girl – 15 year old Temar Boggs has been labeled a hero after he saved a girl who had been kidnapped. 5 year old Jocelyn Rojas was playing in her front yard in Lancaster County when she disappeared. The neighborhood organized search teams soon after her disappearance and Boggs along with his friends joined in the efforts. Boggs was riding on his bike and saw a car pop a reckless u-turn when the driver saw the police. He along with his friend chased the car and saw a young girl in the back seat and started following the car. When the driver realized the teens weren’t going to back down he stopped and pushed the little girl out. She ran into Boggs’ arms. The suspect is being described as a white man between the ages of 50 and 70, driving a maroon car and wearing green pants and a red/ white shirt. In response to being a hero Boggs said, “”I just feel like I did something very accomplishing today”.
Beyonce Tell’s A Fan “Put That Damn Camera Down” – Queen Bey got a little Sasha Fierce this past weekend at her show in Atlanta. She was inviting the front row of the show to sing along to “Irreplaceable” with her and noticed that one concert-goer was too busy watching the show through his cell phone that he didn’t notice she was standing right in front of him. She said, “See, you can’t even sing because you’re too busy taping. I’m right in your face baby, you gotta seize this moment baby. You better put that damn camera down!” Watch it below.
Doctor Diagnoses Woman With ‘Ghetto Booty’ – A woman in Tennessee has filed a complaint after she went to the doctor with back pain and left with the message that her pain was caused by her ‘ghetto booty’. The 55 year old said, “I think I blacked out after he said ‘ghetto booty.’ I think my mind was just stuck on the phrase because I couldn’t believe he said that.” The woman actually has lumbar lordosis which is by a deep curve in the lower spine.
ATT Buys Cricket – ATT has announced that they will be overtaking LEAP Wireless, which is the company behind Cricket Wireless. They will be paying $1.19 billion cash. Cricket has over 5 million subscribers which will give ATT an advantage in the target market that prefers not to have binding and/or lengthy contracts. As a part of the deal ATT will gain control of LEAP’s unused airwaves and will offer Cricket users a wider variety of devices and the 4g network. LEAP was the nations 6th rated carrier and was struggling recently dealing with $2.8 billion worth of debt. The FCC will have to approve the merger but ATT expects all of the ends to be tied up within the next 6-9 months.
Highly Contagious Disease Spreading Among Local Children – Philadelphia doctors are warning that the recent heat waves partnered with children sharing parks, pools and other outdoor facilities are helping to spread a highly contagious disease. The illness has been named Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease and is especially dangerous to infants and toddlers. Virus symptoms include fever, headache, loss of appetite and blisters that develop on the hands, feet and lips. Doctors say, “It spreads all over the place. It’s spread by respiratory droplet and probably spread by fecal route. So we ask people to be careful about hand wiping after diaper changes.” It’s not life-threatening and usually lasts about a week but to take precautions in wiping down toys and other shared objects with anti bacterial wipes. It can be treated with over the counter pain medicines but doctors suggest letting the illness run its course.