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Newsweek Tweets, Then Deletes Disrespectful Post towards MLK

The boldness of racism no longer surprises me, the bigots take it further and further everyday.  Newsweek reared its ugly racist face this week.

The magazine tweeted out a photo of her father in his casket Monday — then deleted it and apologized only after it started to suffer backlash.

The tweet had accompanied an article titled, “Has Anybody Here Seen My Old Friend Martin?” The article details upcoming anniversaries of historical events in world history.

“Why, Newsweek? Wow,” Bernice King tweeted shortly after. Newsweek then apologized for the “insensitive image,” but not the insensitive message and tone of the post.

“Earlier this afternoon we published an opinion piece with an insensitive image of Martin Luther King Jr. We sincerely apologize to the King family for this egregious error,” the statement said.

UK leaves the European Union; Pound at lowest level in 31 years

The pound dropped below $1.35 for the first time since 1985. The currency fell as much as 11% and was on course for its biggest one-day fall ever. It was down against all major world currencies.

The U.K. is first country to vote to leave the European Union. Prime Minister David Cameron resigned Friday, saying he would hand over to a new leader in about three months.

Stocks markets around the world are also falling sharply after the campaign to leave the EU won Thursday’s referendum.

“It is vile and ugly out there, the British pound is facing its worst day ever,” said Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at ThinkForex.

Economists have been warning for months that if the U.K. referendum resulted in a vote for a British exit (Brexit) from the EU, that would do lasting damage to the British economy.

As the market fell, the Bank of England said it will take all necessary steps to meet its responsibilities for monetary and financial stability.

“The Bank of England is monitoring developments closely. It has undertaken extensive contingency planning and is working closely with HM Treasury, other domestic authorities and overseas central banks,” it said in a statement.

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John Lewis leads sit-in on House floor over guns

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Washington (CNN)John Lewis revived Wednesday one of the most evocative forms of protest from the civil rights movement — the sit-in — to demand House Republicans move on gun control.

In a move rich with historic symbolism, the civil rights icon and Democratic congressman from Georgia led a dramatic protest inside the House of Representatives. He and fellow Democrats sat down at the front of the chamber in an unusual demonstration of civil disobedience challenging Republican Speaker Paul Ryan.
“Sometimes you have to do something out of the ordinary. Sometimes you have to make a way out of no way. We have been too quiet for too long,” Lewis said. “There comes a time when you have to say something, when you have to make a little noise, when you have to move your feet. This is the time. Now is the time to get in the way. The time to act is now. We will be silent no more.”
Lewis was sent encouragement by one former president and the current one.
“Thank you John Lewis for leading on gun violence where we need it most,” President BarackObama tweeted.
In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Lewis said “too many of our children, too many of our sisters and brothers, our mothers and fathers, our friends, our cousins are dying by guns and we have to do something about it.”
He said lawmakers would remain on the floor.
“We don’t have any intention of leaving anytime soon,” Lewis said.
The sit-in follows the shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub earlier this month that killed 49 people — the deadliest incident of gun violence in American history. The shooting is renewing the debate over gun control legislation, which seems poised to go nowhere in Congress. The Senate blocked several gun measures Monday even as a CNN/ORC poll this week found that public support for changes such as tighter background checks hovers around 90%.
Ryan didn’t commit to holding a vote.
“The House cannot operate without members following the rules of the institution, so the House has recessed subject to the call of the chair,” his spokesman AshLee Strong said in a statement.
Several Republicans congressman criticized the sit-in as a political stunt.
“Calling this a sit-in is a disgrace to Woolworth’s,” Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina tweeted. “They sat-in for rights. Dems are ‘sitting-in’ to strip them away.”
Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan tweeted, “Democrats are staging a sit-in on the House floor. They refuse to leave until our Constitution replaces due process with secret lists.”
Lewis, 76, perhaps the most prominent of the 1960s-era civil rights leaders still alive, is sometimes called the “Conscience of the U.S. Congress” and attracts wide bipartisan respect for his role and moral example in the struggle to end racial segregation.
He organized sit-ins at segregated lunch counters after being inspired to join Martin Luther King Jr.’s crusade for equality and eventually led the mass march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on Bloody Sunday in 1965, one of the epochal events in American history. Lewis was beaten so badly by Alabama state troopers that they fractured his skull.
On Wednesday, the group of lawmakers chanted from the floor: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired!” and “No bill, no break!” while the House remained in recess.
As the sit-in gathered momentum, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, a prominent gun control advocate following the Sandy Hook school massacre in 2012, walked over and joined the sit-in. The lawmaker led a nearly 15-hour filibuster in the Senate last week asking lawmakers to vote on gun reform. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren also joined the group.
Former President Bill Clinton tweeted his encouragement, writing, “This is leadership” and linking to Lewis’ tweet about the sit-in.
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Derrick Rose set to join Knicks after trade from Bulls

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The Knicks and Bulls have agreed to a deal that will send former All-Star point guard Derrick Rose to New York, sources told ESPN.

The Knicks are sending center Robin Lopez, guard Jose Calderon and guard Jerian Grant to Chicago, which is shipping guard Justin Holiday, Rose and a 2017 second-round pick back to New York, sources said.

The Chicago Tribune first reported the deal.

ESPN reported last week that the Knicks had internal discussions recently about trading for Rose, the NBA MVP for the 2010-11 season.

Both Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek and general manager Steve Mills had said that the team was interested in upgrading their point guard position in the offseason.

Rose will be a free agent after the 2016-17 season. He averaged 16.4 points on 42.7 percent shooting and 4.7 assists in 66 games in 2015-16.

The six-year veteran has appeared in just 50 percent of the Bulls’ regular-season games over the past four years because of various injuries, including two major knee surgeries.

The Bulls have scheduled a 5 p.m. ET news conference Wednesday.

Attorneys: Chicago cops falsified witnesses’ accounts, threatened them

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Chicago (CNN)At least three witnesses to the Laquan McDonald police killing were questioned for hours, threatened by officers and ordered to change their accounts to match the official Chicago police version of the shooting, the attorneys for the teen’s estate say.

The allegations are contained in more than 3,000 pages of recently released documents related to the case. The attorneys also allege that police officers up the chain of command fabricated witness accounts to support the way officers at the scene described the October 20, 2014, shooting as justified.

“It’s not just the officers on the street,” attorney Jeffrey Neslund told CNN. “It’s a lieutenant, a sergeant and detectives — and the lengths they went to justify what simply was not true.”

CNN contacted Neslund and Michael Robbins after the city released the documents to the news media in response to multiple Freedom of Information Act requests.

Asked if they stood by the accusations they made in letters to the city’s corporation counsel last March, Robbins said, “Absolutely.”

“You have a false narrative put out by police,” he said, “outright lies to cover up an illegal shooting, corroborated by other officers.”

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Bill Cosby Charged with Felony Sex Assault for 2004 Incident

(CNN)Bill Cosby has been charged with sexual assault in relation to a 2004 accusation in Pennsylvania.

Cosby, whose legacy as a comedian has been besmirched by multiple accusations of sexual assault, faces one felony charge of aggravated indecent assault.

This is the first criminal charge levied against Cosby since the allegations first arose. Cosby has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing.

The district attorney did not name the victim, but the facts he announced parallel the allegations made by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who accused Cosby of drugging and fondling her in January 2004.

Constand settled a civil case against Cosby in 2006. Pennsylvania law has a 12-year statute of limitations for sexual assault cases, a window that closes early next year.

Cosby has been dogged by allegations of sexual assault. More than 40 women have come forward to publicly accuse Cosby, 78, of assaulting them over four decades, most saying he drugged them first.

Cosby filed a countersuit this month against seven women who had accused him of sexual assault and sued him for defamation. Cosby said the women’s accusations hurt his reputation so much that plans for a new family comedy on NBC were derailed.

On December 15, Cosby sued Beverly Johnson, a pioneering African-American supermodel who accused Cosby in 2014 of sexual misconduct that she says happened years ago; Johnson says the comedian drugged and tried to rape her at her New York home in the mid-1980s.

Cosby’s lawsuit says Johnson joined other women making accusations against him to revive her waning career and to help sell copies of her memoir.

The lawsuit alleges defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress, saying Cosby and Johnson never spent any time alone in his house, he never drugged her and “her story is a lie.”

“I am aware of the statements from Bill Cosby,” Johnson said in a statement. “In cases of rape and abuse, abusers will do whatever they can to intimidate and weaken their victims to force them to stop fighting. I ask for your support of all of the victims involved.”

Apple in talks to sign Drake as iTunes Radio guest DJ

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NY Post reports that a record-setting deal is in the works between Apple and Drake:

Apple is in talks to sign a rumored $19 million deal to get “Started From the Bottom” rapper Drake as a guest DJ for iTunes Radio, among other things. Drake is just one of a host of artists Apple wants to snag for its huge all-encompassing assault on the music front.

Pharrell Williams, who touted the Apple Watch on “The Voice” last month, and French DJ David Guetta are also in talks to get on board, several music industry sources say.

Apple has been visiting record labels to make deals, ahead of its World Wide Developer Conference in San Francisco next week, but those hard-nosed negotiators from Cupertino want the moon and the stars, sources say.

Turns out that despite government inquiries, Apple loves free just as much as Spotify.

The tech giant wants to offer a three-month free trial period for its $10-a-month subscription service to get customers to sample its new offering. So far so good, but it also wants the labels to give it rights for free during that time.

The laughable request from the most valuable brand on the planet comes at a time when music buyers might opt to ditch the downloads in order to try a new free offering, creating a potential quarterly revenue shortfall for rights owners.

As for music publishers, we hear Apple wanted to offer lyrics as part of Apple Music, but didn’t want to pay extra — again, free is nice if you can get it.

Apple’s plans appear aimed at taking the best of Pandora, Spotify and YouTube and blending it into something that will outgun them all. There are plans for streaming music (and video), artists’ pages, a YouTube-style post-it-yourself destination called Apple Connect and a well-documented reboot of iTunes Radio.

Whether all of this will coalesce and result in a host of hot stars on stage with Apple CEO Tim Cook on June 8 will depend on who blinks first.

Tidal Zone

Meanwhile, our tipsters suggest that Jay Z’s streaming-music upstart Tidal is looking for strategic partners to help it lift off.

Sources suggest that Jay Z wants to find an existing service to merge with Tidal and that Tidal folks held talks with Rhapsody.

Our spies say those talks ultimately broke down.

DJ #MisterCee Resigns From #Hot97

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Today, amidst new allegations about his private life, legendary DJ Mister Cee went on air and announced he was resigning from Hot97 after 20 years of mixing and mentoring. Prior to his time at Hot97, Cee was Big Daddy Kane’s deejay and also gets credit for being instrumental in the discovery of The Notorious B.I.G. When Cee’s private life first became fodder for tabloids, one of the biggest stars to publicly voice their support was 50 Cent. Here is a clip of that exclusive 2011 interview.

During his final “Throwback at Noon” mix, he talked about his decision to leave:
“I have decided it’s time for me to move on, and take time to take care of myself because there are situations when I try to do the right thing, a setback happens. I am good, I am safe, I am happy, I am blessed… But in reality I knew this day would come where Mister Cee has to move on. The last thing you want to do is hurt the people that you love, and I love this station. I love hot97.”

Cee signed off by playing his favorite song, by his favorite group…”Shook Ones” by Mobb Deep. And thanked everyone who supported him at the station, saying that his time on the air was the most meaningful part of his life, besides his time as Kane’s deejay  — spotted at MissInfo.Tv

Teen girl who performed at president’s inaugural events fatally shot on Chicago’s South Side

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A teen who performed at events around President Barack Obama’s inauguration was shot to death in Chicago this week, and now her story has become part of the debate in Washington over gun violence nationwide.

The shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton came up in a U.S. Senate hearing and a White House press briefing Wednesday.

“She was an honor student and a majorette,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois. Performing at inaugural events last week “was the highlight of her young, 15-year-old life,” he said.

Speaking at Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, Durbin mentioned Pendleton’s death as he argued that more must be done to stop gun crimes.

“Yesterday, in a rainstorm after school, she raced to a shelter. A gunman came in and shot her dead,” he said. “Just a matter of days after the happiest day of her life, she’s gone.”

The park shelter where she was shot is just a mile from Obama’s home in Chicago.

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