The aide of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has passed away. Carey Gabay, an attorney for Governor Cuomo’s administration was hit by a stray bullet while waiting to celebrate the West Indian Labor Day Parade in Brooklyn, New York. The Harvard graduate was placed on life support after the shooting. His family declared him brain dead late Tuesday and was taken off life support.
Gabey’s family have released a statement in regards to the death of Gabey,
“We are saddened to announce that after an arduous week, Carey Gabay, our husband, son, brother, uncle and friend, has been declared brain dead as of late Tuesday,” Gabay’s family said in a statement Tuesday. “There are difficult decisions we will face in the coming hours and days as our family struggles to process what this means for us.”
Governor Cuomo released a statement on his Facebook page on the death of Gabay,
“Today we are all incredibly saddened by the news from Carey Gabay’s family. I ask that all New Yorkers, please join me in keeping both Carey and his family in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,”
When inmate Charles Alston was sentenced to 25 years in prison for armed robbery, he never thought he would see the District Attorney who was responsible for sending him to prison. Now Alston is giving life to the man who took his life away. Judge Carl Fox was recently diagnosed with blood cancer and given a certain time to live. This meant crunch time to find a bone marrow.
Judge Fox quickly went on a campaign to find a match. Then he received a letter from one of the most unlikely people to offer their help. Alston wrote Judge Fox offering his help in helping him find a match. Judge Fox was touched by the letter, but there was one thing, inmates cannot donate blood because of fear of spreading diseases.
Judge Fox was quickly moved by the letter. Alston said that he hated Judge Fox for sentencing him to prison but learned to forgive him after attending church.
Fox is still campaigning for a donor by creating, “Save the Fox”. Alston says that he has hope to meet Judge Fox in the future and will continue to pray for him.
A Judge has denied bond for the officer accused of shooting and killing an unarmed African American man. Ex South Carolina cop, Michael Slanger was denied bond in the April shooting death of Walter Scott. After the shooting of Scott, Slanger told investigators that Scott had tried to take his taser off while doing a routine traffic stop.
Days after the shooting, video was released of Slanger chasing Scott and shooting him eight times. Since being arrested, Slanger had petitioned the court for him to see his son born and was “not a flight risk”. Despite the petition, Judge Clifton Newman denied it saying that the evidence prosecutors found was very “persuasive” and the release of Slanger would “constitute an unreasonable danger to the community.”
NBA legend Shaquille O’ Neal is probably kicking himself for a statement he made that cost him millions. While doing an interview with sports reporter, Graham Bensinger O’Neal says Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz contacted the basketball player in wanting to do business in opening the coffee franchise in predominately Black neighborhoods.
When Shaq got the call from his agent about the idea, the ballplayer quickly turned down the idea saying, “Black people don’t drink coffee.” Having grown up on sweet tea and hot chocolate, O’Neal says that he never seen anyone in his household drink coffee. O’Neal says that he is the type of guy who believes that if he doesn’t agree to the idea 100 percent, he will not do it. So he spoke to Schultz and declined the offer.
Now O’Neal says that turning down the offer was the, “one of the worst business decisions.” During the interview, O’Neal laughed at what he does when he sees a Starbucks,
“Now, every time, on every corner in every city, every country you see a Starbucks, I’m like, ‘Awww.'”
A Houston school bus fell over a highway overpass Tuesday morning killing two students and injuring three people. According to CNN, the school bus, driven by Louisa Pacheo was heading down I-610 en route to Furr High School when someone driving a Buick LeSabre crossed in the lane of the school bus hitting it from the front. Pacheo over- corrected and the bus went over the guard rail.
Pacheo was being treated for her injuries. The victims names have not been released. A witness to the accident said he watched the bus go, “nose down on the freeway at more than 50 miles per hour”. Investigators are interviewing the driver of the LeSabre and have not filed charges. The investigation in the crash is still pending.
According to school officials, the bus had just went through maintenance inspection in June. Pacheo went through 10 to 12 hours of training before the school year and did not have any accidents in the three years she has been a bus driver.
A Judge in the Freddie Gray case has decided to let the trials of the six police officers to be held in Baltimore. Circuit Judge Barry Williams decided that the trial should stay in Baltimore after lawyers argued that the trial should be outside of the city where Gray was killed.
Chief Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow said that such a request was a “insulting to the citizens of Baltimore.” While the decision was being made, there were protesters outside of the courthouse. Judge Williams also decided that the all six officers will be tried in separate trials for their role in the death of Gray.
The officers, William Porter, Edward Nero, Garrett Miller, William Goodson, Lt. Brian Rice and Sgt. Alicia White all face reckless endangerment charges in the death of Gray. Three of the officers, Rice, Porter and White face an additional charge of manslaughter while Goodson faces second degree murder. It’s who will be tried first.
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A trial date has been set for the wrongful death suit filed by Michael Brown’s parents, Lesly McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. However, the trial will not hit the courtroom for another year–it’s set to begin in October of 2016. A federal judge set the date for the trial after the city of Ferguson tried to throw out the lawsuit.
McSpadden and Brown Sr. both filed the wrongful death suit after former Ferguson cop Darren Wilson was cleared of any wrong doing after killing their son, Michael Brown Jr. The death of Brown sparked outrage throughout the city of Ferguson and other U.S. cities resulting in riots.
Donald Trump has put his foot in his mouth yet again…this time it’s not immigration that got torn down but the Black Lives Matter Movement. While a guest on Bill O’Reilly’s, The O’Reilly Factor, Trump was asked what he felt the group wants. “Trouble” said Trump. Trump continued to speak on the trouble the group seem to cause.
“I’ve looked at a couple of the people that were interviewed from the group. I saw them with hate coming down the street last week talking about cops and police and what should be done to them and that was not good. I think it’s a disgrace that they’re getting away with it.”
After putting down what Black Lives Matter stands for, Trump went on to say that, All Lives Matter and criticized the Democrats for “catering” to the movement.
Incoming students took to social media to protest horrendous living conditions at one of the most respected Historically Black Universities, Howard University. While students were preparing to move in and get ready for the upcoming school year, they had to deal with rats, mold and high tuition for the fall semester.
Students took to Twitter and created #TakeBackHU. With the help of some alumni, they were trending on Twitter. The students voices were heard because school officials met with student leaders to discuss change needed at the University, promising change. Students took pictures of their living conditions which included rats, mice, broken showers, air conditioning and ceilings.
Howard is considered to be one of the most popular HBCU’s in the United States. Alumni includes, Phylicia Rashad, Debbie Allen and Toni Morrison. Diddy attended Howard and was honored with an honorary degree.
Cleveland Cavaliers player Lebron James is focusing on uplifting the people in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. After announcing that he will help pay the tuition of high school seniors going to college, he has his hands on another program to help adults who do not have a high school diploma.
According to Cleveland.com, James foundation, “I Promise” has created “I Promise Too”. I Promise Too has teamed up with Summit County’s Project Learn to help parents of students in I Promise who do not have a high school diploma. The Executive Director of James foundation, Michelle Campbell spoke on the foundation stating that the program was created to help parents strive on their academic careers.