Category: RTM News Reel Written by News One
After Rachel Jeantel‘s primetime appearance as a witness in the killing of her friend, Trayvon Martin, the 19-year-old says the experience has inspired her to pursue a law career. Jeantel spoke exclusively to TheRickey Smiley Morning Show last week when she spoke about how the George Zimmerman trial affected her.
She said the not guilty verdict truly surprised her.
“And after the verdict justice did not serve,” Jeantel said. “Um, I worked so hard and so focused to this case and this happened and I was upset, so. It’s what it is. So I got to still keep fighting for justice for Trayvon.”
She also said Trayvon was nothing like the young thug many in the conservative media made him out to be. “He was a family guy,” Jeantel said. “A family guy. I loving person, a good friend. And just somebody to talk to when you need help.”
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Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 13:04
Category: RTM News Reel Written by News One
LOS ANGELES — Police were investigating a scuffle Friday between rapper Kanye West and a cameraman at Los Angeles International Airport, where paparazzi have been known to spend time in hopes of snapping shots of celebrities.
Numerous witnesses were interviewed about the afternoon incident to compile a report for detectives to investigate, LAX Police Sgt. Steve Savala said.
As flashbulbs illuminate his face, West accuses the paparazzi of trying to provoke him “so I have to pay you, like, $250,000.” He then lunges at a photographer’s camera and tries to wrestle it away.
West has had similar run-ins with paparazzi at LAX before, trading barbs with photographers who follow his every move.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 03:41
Category: RTM News Reel Written by Paul Steinhauser, Deirdre Walsh and Ted Barrett, CNN
Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama holds more campaign-like events on the economy this week after speaking on Monday to the group that helped him get a second term in the White House.
Here are five stories to watch in the week ahead.
1. Taking the show on the road
After two weeks in Washington, Obama will take his case on the economy directly to the American people.
The president travels to Galesburg, Illinois, and Warrensburg, Missouri, on Wednesday to hold events on the economy. The next day, Obama visits Jacksonville, Florida, to speak again on the country's economic conditions.
Polls indicate that the economy remains the top issue on the minds of Americans.
"The economy, and the things we can do to help it grow and strengthen and secure and expand the middle class, has been, is and will be the central focus of the president's domestic policy," White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Friday.
The push for immigration overhaul Liz Cheney to challenge GOP senator Liz Cheney's battle for Senate
Carney would not confirm reports the president would also include a pitch for immigration reform during his Wednesday-Thursday swing, but he did repeat the White House line that comprehensive immigration reform would significantly reduce the country's deficit and expand growth. Maybe that's a hint.
2. Getting a little help from his friends
Obama will team up with some of his biggest supporters, who hope to push the president's agenda over the next month.
The president speaks Monday to Organizing for Action, the pro-Obama advocacy group that was spun off from the president's 2012 re-election campaign. The "Action August" conference, to be held in the nation's capital, is designed to plan the group's activities during the August congressional recess in support of the president's policy agenda.
OFA tells CNN it wants to keep a "steady drumbeat going while members of Congress are back in their home states and districts." The top issues on the list: health care, immigration reform, gun control, and climate change.
The president is expected to speak to around 200 volunteers, financial supporters and OFA and Obama campaign alumni. Later the president will dine with a smaller group of around 70 supporters and friends.
This is the second time Obama has talked at an event put on by OFA, which was formed in January. When the president first met with the group in March, there was criticism that the group, which is registered as a nonprofit social-welfare organization, planned to grant special access to the president for top donors. OFA officials vigorously pushed back against such accusations.
3. House starts work on its immigration reform plan
Most House Republicans oppose allowing eventual citizenship for undocumented immigrants, but Tuesday they will begin taking action on a measure that could provide citizenship for the children of those immigrants.
The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold its first hearing on the topic of what to do about undocumented children. This follows comments last week from House Speaker John Boehner, who said Congress must deal with the issue.
"This is about basic fairness. These children were brought here on no accord of their own. And frankly, they are in a very difficult position. And I think many of our members believe that this issue needs to be addressed," Boehner said at a weekly news conference with House GOP leaders.
Boehner has made it clear the House will not take up the bipartisan immigration bill that passed the Senate last month, which does provide an eventual path to citizenship for most of the undocumented immigrants in the country. Many House Republicans consider that to be amnesty. But at a meeting of all House Republicans last week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor suggested that children fall into a special category and shouldn't be penalized for their parents' decision to break the law.
Boehner still has not said how the House would ultimately address the broader issue of the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S.
4. Another showdown over Obama nominees?
The Senate may clear Obama's two picks to the National Labor Relations Board, who were central to last week's major showdown that threatened to bring the Senate to a halt.
Despite a breakthrough to get Obama's appointees to a vote, it's not clear how much support the nominees will get from GOP senators who have deep misgivings about the Democrat-controlled board. One Republican aide predicted the nominees are unlikely to get more than the bare minimum needed to break a filibuster, but another said GOP senators would wait to learn more about the nominees before deciding.
Their chance for that will come Tuesday when the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee holds confirmation hearings for Kent Hirozawa and Nancy Schiffer. As part of the filibuster compromise, they replaced two more controversial nominees, whom Republicans opposed because Obama chose them as recess appointees despite the Senate's insistence it was in session.
The question over the constitutionality of the recess appointments could be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court this fall.
A committee vote is planned for Hirozawa and Schiffer on Wednesday and a final confirmation vote on the floor could happen Thursday, aides said.
5. GOP pitch to women voters
On Tuesday, House Republicans will launch a new effort to reach out to women voters, dubbed "Project Grow." Led by the National Republican Congressional Committee, the House GOP's campaign arm, the program is part of the national party's strategy to expand its appeal following the 2012 presidential election.
Party officials concede that comments last year from Todd Akin, the Republican Senate nominee in Missouri, about "legitimate rape" and controversial remarks from other candidates tarnished the image of the GOP among women.
Project Grow's goal is to recruit more female candidates and craft a message for all GOP candidates to use in the 2014 midterm elections. Currently only 19 of the 234 Republicans in the House are women.
Last week House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi unveiled the Democrats' agenda targeting women's issues, which includes legislation providing equal pay and encouraging greater worker flexibility and affordable child care.
CNN's chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash will have an exclusive interview Tuesday with the House Republican women leading Project Grow.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 10:46
Category: RTM News Reel Written by News One
To show solidarity in the wake of George Zimmerman‘s acquittal, some White Americans have insisted, “I am not Trayvon Martin.”
The burgeoning campaign is also, to some extent, to assuage White guilt. By acknowledging their privilege, they’re saying they are willing to relinquish it — or at the very least, diminish it.
But it’s not that simple. This country was made for them; these laws were created to protect them; this society was crafted to exalt them. And a simple hat tip to that fact — though admirable — is not going to change the racial narrative in this country in any meaningful cultural, economic, judicial or political way.
But what if a racist White man admitted that it’s a struggle to mask the symptoms of his disease, and that he’s not Trayvon Martin because he “killed” him?
Now we’re listening.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 00:58
Category: RTM News Reel Written by Kevin Conlon and AnneClaire Stapleton, CNN
An initial investigation shows no sign of foul play in the death of a woman who fell from a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas, authorities said Saturday.
"At this point of the investigation, it does not appear there was any foul play or criminality associated with this tragic incident," according to a statement released by the Arlington Police Department.
Six Flags confirmed that a woman died Friday while riding the Texas Giant roller coaster, but did not provide further details.
"Since the safety of our guests and employees in our number one priority, the ride has been closed pending further investigation," the theme park said in a statement.
Witnesses: Woman fell off roller coaster
Park medical staff and local paramedics responded immediately to the scene, the park said.
Gabe Flores said he was next in line at the amusement park.
"Me and my girlfriend were at the gates and the next ones to get on the ride ... the cars came in and there was a man and a woman in the front," he said. "The man was saying, 'let me out, let me out, my mom fell off.' "
The man and woman were distraught and speaking in raised tones, said Flores, who lives in Benton, Texas.
"There's a turn that's pretty steep, and the person behind her empty seat said she fell out there -- just flew out," he said.
Flores did not see her fall, but park visitors told CNN affiliate WFAA they did.
"She goes up like this," Carmen Brown told the affiliate, raising her hand up in the air. "Then when it drops to come down, that's when it released and she just tumbled."
Brown told the Dallas Morning News that the woman had expressed concern to a park employee that she was not properly secured in her seat.
"He was basically nonchalant," Brown said. "He was, like, 'As long as you heard it click, you're fine.' Hers was the only one that went down once, and she didn't feel safe. But they let her still get on the ride."
Six Flags Over Texas spokeswoman Sharon Parker said the park is committed to determining exactly what happened.
"It would be a disservice to the family to speculate regarding what transpired," she said. "When we have new information to provide, we will do so."
The Texas Giant was originally designed in 1990 as an all wooden roller coaster. It was redesigned with a steel track and reopened in April 2011 to mark the theme park's 50th anniversary.
At its highest point, the roller coaster is 153 feet and has a drop of 147 feet, according to the theme park.
Thousands of kids hurt yearly on amusement rides
Elsewhere, seven people suffered minor injuries in a boat-ride mishap at the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio, park officials said.
The incident occurred Friday evening when a boat rolled backward down a lift hill on the Shoot the Rapids ride, park spokesman Bryan Edwards said in an e-mailed statement.
The seven people in the boat were evaluated and treated by Cedar Point emergency medical staff, Edwards said. One of the seven was taken to an area hospital for additional evaluation and was subsequently released, he said.
The ride will remain closed until Ohio park officials and inspectors review it.
Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 10:47
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