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Police in New York have arrested a teen suspect in the schoolyard shooting that killed a mother of 12 and injured a fifth grader last week.

According to NBCNY, Andrew Lopez, 18, has been arrested. Sources said detectives tracked him based on a tip

Zurana Horton, 34, died of a gunshot wound to the chest on Friday just after school had let out for the day. A gunman standing on a rooftop across from P.S. 298 opened fire on a crowd of children and mothers standing outside.

Police said Horton tried to shield the schoolchildren from the gunfire when she was shot and killed. "This is the third child I’ve lost from gunshots. I’m really going to miss my daughter," said Horton's mother.

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A Pinellas County court (in Florida) has released the names of the 12 jurors (plus 3 alternates) who acquitted child killer Casey Anthony of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, after a two-month trial in Orlando, Florida, in July.

In light of the public outrage, Judge Belvin Perry asked for a three month "cooling off" period before the names were made public. Many of the jurors expressed concern for their safety, and one woman quit her job out of fear. The jurors were sequestered until the controversial verdict was announced.

Anthony is now serving a one year probation at an undisclosed location in Florida for a check fraud charge.

A 19-year-old Milwaukee prostitute has been arrested and charged with strangling a client with his suspenders for trying to kiss her.

According to jsonline.com, Precious Dupriest, 19, was working a street corner on Sunday, Oct. 16, when she was picked up by 63-year-old Billy J. Murray in his silver Cadillac. He asked her if she wanted to "get high and have fun," explaining that "fun" meant sex acts.

The two were seen on surveillance video entering a room at the Village Inn on Wisconsin Avenue. According to Dupriest, they smoked a piece of $40 crack cocaine together, then Murray tried to kiss her. She told him no because 'that's disgusting,' according to the criminal complaint.

Dupriest and Murray tussled on the bed and ended up on the floor of the motel room. She said she reached for his red suspenders and began to strangle him. After Murray passed out, Dupriest kept on choking him until she was sure he was dead. "She could not stop strangling him because if he woke up then she could end up in trouble," the complaint said.

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Apparently, there are several Free Rayon McIntosh funds set up to collect monies for Mr. McIntosh's bail. Unfortunately, they all seem to be scams, according to the Support Rayon McIntosh facebook.

If you're thinking about contributing to such a fund, wait until the family confirms its authenticity.

Updated: Here is the email to contact the manager of the McDonald's where Rayon used to work: paulinofoodsmcd@yahoo.com

And here is a direct link to email McDonald's with your comments/complaints about how they handled this situation: Social Responsibility: McDonalds.com

Message from the Support Rayon Facebook page:

The former McDonald's cashier who was arrested for assaulting two female customers with a metal rod is claiming self-defense.

Rayon McIntosh, 31, was still wearing his McDonald's uniform when he was arraigned in court last week. McIntosh is being held at Rikers Island on $40,000 bond.

In a jailhouse interview with the NY Daily News on Friday, McIntosh said his shift at the Greenwich Village restaurant on Oct. 13 was uneventful until Denise Darbeau and Rachel Edwards, both 24, came in and paid their check with a $50 bill.

One of the women became outraged when McIntosh checked to see if the bill was genuine, as required by store policy.

"She started saying nasty things to me," said McIntosh, speaking in a thick Jamaican accent.

"She said, 'Oh, you think my s--t is fake?' ... She started saying, 'Suck my d--k.' She called my mother a whore."

The women, particularly the Dom/stud Darbeau, became increasingly hostile, spitting on McIntosh and threatening to "cut me up," he said. "Then she came over the counter and slaps me."

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Even though Beyonce and her husband Jay Z are the richest couple in entertainment, she still accepted $2 million in blood money to perform for the son of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi at a New Year's party in St. Barts in 2009.

Just 6 years earlier, in 2003, Colonel Gaddafi had admitted to sponsoring the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 that exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988 that killed 270 total in the air and on the ground. Among the fatalities were 189 American citizens.

Even if Beyonce was too dumb to know about Gaddafi's atrocities against Americans -- a simple Google search would have enlightened her.

Mutassim Gaddafi was executed yesterday in Sirte, Libya. The man who once bragged of spending $1.9 million a month on his lavish lifestyle was found cowering in a dirty drainage ditch alongside his murderous father.

Click the link below to see what happened to him.

Caution: the images are graphic and may be disturbing to some!

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Former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi pleaded for his life after revolutionary rebel forces dragged him from his hiding place in a drainage pipe this morning. The Libyan leader was holed up in one of the last few buildings under his control when NATO airplanes strafed the buildings with rockets and ammunition.

Gaddafi attempted to leave the area in a convoy of vehicles but they were forced to turn back when the convoy was hit with a Hellfire missile. Gaddafi was injured, weakened and bloody when Rebel forces found him hiding in the drainage pipe near his home town of Sirte.

"He had been wounded in the legs," NTC official Abdel Majid Mlegta told REUTERS.

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Another dumb rapper is cooling his heels in jail this morning after being busted overnight with a ton of weed and cash in his car.

According to TMZ.com, DeAndre Cortez Way, aka Souljah Boy, 21, was riding dirty in a car with 4 other men when their ride was pulled over by observant Temple Police Officers in Temple, GA at 3:15 a.m.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that the car was pulled over for a traffic violation. Officers searched the car and found a "substantial amount" of marijuana and cash inside the vehicle.

DeAndre, whose last album sold a grand total of 15,000 copies, was arrested and hauled away to the Carroll County Jail -- along with his compadres -- where he is currently being held without bond.

Apparently, May 21st was just another dry run as the predicted day of the Rapture came and went without much fanfare. But according to fire and brimstone radio preacher Harold Camping, who has predicted the last 3 Raptures -- Oct. 21st is the real Judgment Day.

In an announcement on his Family Radio Network website, Harold Camping stands by his earlier predictions that the world will end on Friday, Oct. 21. Originally, Camping had predicted hourly earthquakes and God's judgment on May 21, to be followed by months of torment on Earth for those individuals left behind. Using numerical codes extracted from the Bible, Camping set the date for the end of everything for Oct. 21. [Source]

According to Camping, there were earthquakes on May 21st -- only instead of shaking the Earth, God shook mankind "with fear," he wrote in a post titled "What Happened on May 21?"

Only a few Souls left their earthly possessions (and their dogs) during the previous day of Atonement.

The last time Camping predicted the 2nd Coming of Christ, the media captured the fervent preparations all over the world. But it was not all fun and games as one innocent child may have lost his life due to Camping's prediction.

Julianne McCrery, 42, of Texas, apparently suffocated her 6-year-old son, Camden Pierce Hughes, before driving to Maine and dumping his body in a ravine. The boy's death sparked rampant speculation that McCrery, a bible thumping religious zealot, sacrificed her son in preparation for the rapture.

A McDonald's cashier is in hot water after beating two unruly female customers with a metal rod, according to DNAinfo.com.

The two women, one a Stud and the other a femme, were seriously injured following a physical altercation with cashier Rayon McIntosh, 31, at the West 3rd Street restaurant in Greenwich Village, NY early Thursday.

The video, shot by a customer, shows Denise Darbeau, 24, of Queens, and her friend, Rachel Edwards, 24, of Brooklyn -- arguing loudly with McIntosh after he told them he had to authenticate their $50 bill. Darbeau and Edwards reached over the counter and slapped McIntosh, who shoved them back.

Both women then leapt over the counter and approached McIntosh who took them both out with a metal rod.

A customer can be heard screaming "STOOOOP!" "CALL THE POLICE!" as McIntosh (pictured above in blue cap) continued to beat the women who lay wounded on the floor of the restaurant. Darbeau (the Stud) got the worst of it. McIntosh beat her so badly she suffered a cracked skull and a broken arm.

The beating ended when a male co-worker wrestled the metal rod out of McIntosh's hands.

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The heartless punk who punched a disabled woman in a videotaped assault at a California strip mall has been arrested.

The video, filmed at a Sacramento strip mall, captured a woman in her late 50s or 60s being slapped, spit on and then punched by two men. A 3rd man gleefully shot the video that garnered over 600,000 views on Worldstarhiphop.com.

Police arrested Rasaan Zawadi today for his role in the brutal beating of a disabled woman, which police connected to a Oct. 1st 911 call. At the time, police said the unidentified woman refused to press charges and declined medical treatment.

After receiving numerous calls and tips relating to the video, Zawadi, 21, was arrested this morning, Sacramento police said. He was charged with assault with a gang enhancement.

Zawadi was the 2nd man to hit the woman after she chased the first man for slapping her. The woman apparently mistook Zawadi for his accomplice. Zawadi then punched the woman in the face knocking her to the ground.

Police are examining the video to identify the other suspects.

From a press release:
Successful rapper, author and actor Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent covers JET Magazine's Oct. 24/31 issue. In this issue, 50 discusses his new book, 50 Cent Playground: The Mostly True Story of a Reformed Bully, which he hopes will encourage kids to think about the reasons behind bullying and how it impacts communities. JET also gets the renowned superstar to open up about his personal life. Find out what book inspired him and why ongoing education played a pivotal role in his life. Plus, learn how he raises his teenage son and uncover why he believes there is a difference between earning a college degree and truly being educated.

Also in this issue:

The 12 People Deciding Our Financial Fate
Literacy In Our Community
Celebs’ Unscripted Challenges

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The JET BEAUTY sizzles while JETSETTERS keep moving higher. And JET gives you all of the Celeb Buzz, Editors' Picks, Photos, News, Politics and juicy scoops to keep you in the know about what's HOT & happening in Black America.

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Sacramento police are hot on the trail of two punks who were videotaped assaulting a mentally disabled woman at a strip mall on Oct. 1.

According to CBS13's website, a video uploaded to Worldstarhiphop.com shows the unidentified woman being spit on, slapped and punched by two thugs while a 3rd man gleefully films the beating. The video went viral, garnering over 440,000 views.

“This is just appalling to see this, and it’s a shame that this happens,” said Jonathan Johnson of Sacramento as he watched the video. “Especially an older lady like that, man, that could’ve been somebody’s grandma,” another man said.

According to CBS13, shoppers at the strip mall say they've seen the men and the woman at the mall before.

“They harass a lot of people on this corner,” Johnson said. “And I see this happening all the time.”

“I wish I would have been here,” Day Walker of Sacramento said. “Wouldn’t have gone down like that. I’d have stepped in.”

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According to the NY Daily News, Theresa Monique Jefferson, 33, was arrested for pouring bleach and Pine Sol on another woman at a Baltimore Walmart on Saturday.

Jefferson turned herself into authorities after the incident and is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $350,000 bail.

Cops told the Baltimore Sun that Jefferson and the unidentified victim had been feuding long before the incident. According to police, Jefferson has a child with the victim's boyfriend.

In addition to injuring the unidentified woman, 19 other people were sent to area hospitals for treatment of respiratory problems caused by toxic fumes from the mixture of household cleaning products.

"This is obviously not the type of behavior that we would expect from people at our stores," Walmart spokeswoman Dianna Gee told the Sun. "And we want to apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused other customers."

The store was closed for two hours for cleaning – and Jefferson turned herself into cops.

Lifestyle network has announced a new show titled "America's Supernanny" starring Deborah Tillman. "America's Supernanny" is not a spin off of TLC's excellent "Supernanny" TV series starring Britain's child care expert Jo Frost. It's an entirely new show centered around entrepreneur Tillman who owns multiple learning centers in Virginia.

"I feel blessed and privileged that I have been chosen to do exactly what I was put on earth to do," the mother-of-one said in a statement, "and that is to help children and families come together, get it together and stay together."

How ironic that bad parenting was the topic of fiery debate today on Sandrarose.com in response to a man who videotaped himself brutally abusing a 7-year-old boy .

Devery Michael Broox, 25, was arrested in Orlando, Florida on Sept. 26 after a video he sent to Worldstarhiphop.com was viewed by staff at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, who then tipped off police.

Many lurkers were shocked at the reactions of my readers who defended Broox -- even though he had clearly stepped over the line. It will take a lot more than a TV show to correct the beliefs of black parents who were taught by their grandparents that sparing the rod spoils the child.

But "America's Supernanny" is a great start.

No wonder Devery Broox seemed to show no love, concern, or caring for the well-being of the young boy in the shocking video he sent to Worldstarhophop.com.

According to thesmokinggun.com, Broox is not the boy's biological father.

Orlando cops busted Broox on September 26 after they were tipped off by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children who viewed the disturbing video online. Broox initially claimed the off-camera whipping was "staged". He also told the unidentified child to lie and say the scars on his legs occurred when he fell off a bicycle.

The boy later told police "that Devery 'whips' him ‘all the time' " and told him to lie about the whipping because he didn't want to go to jail.

Orlando police describe the 25-year-old Broox as a “mentor” of the seven-year-old boy, with whom he has “no familial relationship.”

Loyal reader, Kim M., who sent us the link to the Smoking Gun article was disgusted by my readers' comments defending Broox for brutally assaulting the boy.

It is clear that our attitudes toward violence -- even when it is perpetrated against small children -- proves that we routinely resort to violence to resolve conflicts because we lack basic communications skills.

The fact that the majority of black people who viewed the video were unable to tell the difference between discipline and an all out assault on a defenseless child is disturbing. The reactions to the video demonstrates the lack of basic parenting skills in the black community. The natural ability to give birth does not qualify some of us to be parents.

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3 girlfriends of Michael Jackson's former physician, Conrad Murray, took the stand yesterday in the disgraced doctor's manslaughter trial.

Nicole Alvarez (pictured above), a former stripper who lives with Murray, gave a memorable performance on the stand. The mother of one of Murray's 7 children described her body as her "instrument" and said she was "speechless" when she met Michael Jackson in 2008.

"As a professional actress, my daily duties consists of maintaining my instrument," said Alvarez on the witness stand. When asked by the prosecutor what she was referring to as her instrument, Alvarez said "myself."

She testified that Murray called her from the ambulance while Jackson was being rushed to the hospital.

"I remember him telling me that he was on the way to the hospital with Mr. Jackson, and for me not to be alarmed," she said.

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Media darling Amanda Knox, an American student, was just acquitted of murdering 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher by an Italian judge. Knox's boyfriend, whose DNA was found on the murder victim, was also acquitted. The judge said the crime does not exist. Knox was ordered to pay court costs.

Following a four-year legal process, Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were freed a few moments ago following an appeal against their conviction for killing Kercher. Both Knox, 24, and Sollecito, 27, confessed to the murder of Meredith Kercher in 2007. They were sentenced to serve sentences of 26 years and 25 years respectively.

Rudy Guede, a black man who was sentenced to 16 years in prison for rape and murder, has exhausted his appeals.

Once again, the media has influenced a court to free a murderer who should spend the rest of her life in prison.

Michael Jackson's personal assistant took the witness stand on the second day of Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial in Los Angeles.

Michael Amir Williams testified that Jackson's former doctor called him frantically on the morning of June 25, 2009 begging him to send help for Jackson, who lay dying in the bedroom of a rented Holmby Hill mansion.

"He said, 'Get here right away, Mr. Jackson had a bad reaction. Get somebody up here immediately,''' Williams said.

Williams testified that he called Jackson's bodyguard, Alberto Alvarez, who was outside, and told him to get up to the 2nd floor bedroom to check on Jackson.

Williams said Jackson had previously given strict orders that only Jackson and the children were allowed on the 2nd floor of the mansion.

"I told [Alvarez], 'I don't know what's going on, but you have to go inside the house,'" said Williams. "I remember him walking, and I said, 'Are you there, yet.' He said, 'No.' I said, 'Well run, hurry.'"

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The defense in the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's former personal physician says the 50-year-old pop star drugged himself with the sedative Propofol while Dr. Conrad Murray was out of the room. Jackson died of cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009.

The defense contends that Jackson killed himself, and that Murray was unaware that his patient swallowed a cocktail of drugs, including a dose of the anesthetic, which is not made to be swallowed.

But the prosecution played an audio of Michael Jackson slurring his speech on May 10, 2009. The audio was recorded on Dr. Murray's iPhone while Jackson was under the heavy influence of unknown drugs.

The prosecution says Dr. Murray was fully aware of how drugged Jackson was a month before he died. Yet the doctor continued to administer potentially deadly drugs to Jackson.

"When people leave my show, I want them to say, 'I've never seen nothing like this in my life,' " Jackson said on the audio.

Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, bit her lip and wiped away tears as the recording of Jackson slurring his words played in the courtroom.

Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter and administering a lethal dose of the surgical anesthetic propofol.

    

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Noted political author Ann Coulter spoke up on her blog about the media's whitewashing of cop killer Troy Davis, who went on a shooting rampage in 1989.

Davis, 42, was executed by lethal injection last night after spending 22 years on Georgia's death row.

Coulter highlights the glaring inconsistencies and outright lies in the national media coverage of the high profile death penalty case.

It wasn't just that the media ignored facts in the case that pointed to his guilt, but they portrayed Davis to be a Saint in order to influence public opinion and inflame emotions.

Coulter wrote on her blog:

It’s nearly impossible to receive a death sentence these days — unless you do something completely crazy like shoot a cop in full view of dozens of witnesses in a Burger King parking lot, only a few hours after shooting at a passing car while exiting a party. That’s what Troy Davis did in August 1989. Davis is the media’s current baby seal of death row.

Coulter also commented on the national media's oft-repeated misinformation that 7 out of 9 witnesses recanted their testimony:

First of all, the state presented 34 witnesses against Davis — not nine — which should give you some idea of how punctilious the media are about their facts in death penalty cases.

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Condemned cop killer Troy Anthony Davis was put to death at 11:08 p.m., local time, in the death chamber at Georgia Diagnostic and statistics prison in Jackson, Georgia.

Davis spent 22 years on death row for the shooting death of Savannah police Officer Mark PacPhail in 1989.

According to state witnesses, when asked if he had anything to say, Davis raised his head, looked at the MacPhail family and said, "I am sorry for your loss."

Before prison nurses began the administration of the lethal drug cocktail, Davis said to prison officials, "For those about to take my life, may God have mercy on your souls."

He told MacPhail's 22-year-old son and Uncle, "I did not take your son, father, brother. I did not have a gun."

To his family and supporters, Davis said, "look deeper into this case so you can really find the truth."

As the anesthesia coursed into his veins, Davis yawned and blinked twice before losing consciousness. Nurses then administered a muscle relaxant to cease his breathing, followed by potassium chloride to stop his heart. The entire process lasted about 15 minutes.

Earlier that evening, Davis declined both his final meal and the Ativan sedative intended to "calm" him before execution.

Davis maintained his innocence until the very end. That's not unusual for death row inmates, according to a group of former death row wardens.

"While most of the prisoners whose executions we participated in accepted responsibility for the crimes for which they were punished, some of us have also executed prisoners who maintained their innocence until the end," the wardens wrote in a press release. "It is those cases that are most haunting to an executioner."

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Condemned death row inmate Troy Davis is running out of time. Yesterday, just after 8 a.m., the 5 member Georgia Pardons and Parole board denied the 42-year-old's petition for clemency.

It's been 20 years since a jury convicted Davis of gunning down off-duty Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail who had rushed to help a homeless man being assaulted by Davis and an accomplice in 1989.

In all of those years it has never dawned on Davis or his attorneys to prove his innocence by taking a polygraph test -- until yesterday.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Stephen Marsh, one of Davis' lawyers said "Mr. Davis believes he is innocent and he wants to show it."

But before he agrees to take the polygraph test, Davis wants some assurance from the parole board that it will take his test results into consideration, Marsh said.

"He's not going to spend three hours away from his family on what could be the last day of his life if this does not make any difference," said Marsh.

But wouldn't it have made more sense for his attorneys to have gone before the parole board on Monday armed with a copy of a polygraph test that proved their client's innocence?

Innocent men behave innocently. An innocent man would have turned himself in 22 years ago when he learned the police were looking for him in connection with the death of a police officer.

An innocent man would have demanded a polygraph test right away to prove he wasn't the cop killer they were looking for.

It is doubtful that the Department of Corrections will approve Davis' polygraph exam request at the 11th hour. Davis' lawyers say they will show up at the state prison in Jackson with a polygraph examiner this morning anyway.

Cop killer Troy Davis will die for his crime tomorrow at 7pm. This morning, a Georgia parole board denied the 42-year-old's petition for clemency, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

In making this decision, the parole board sent a strong message to criminals that one day they too will face the executioner if they take an innocent life.

Barring any last minute interventions by the US Supreme court, Davis will be strapped to a gurney at the state prison in Jackson, Georgia and administered a cocktail of lethal drugs that will cease his breathing and stop his heart at 7pm local time on Wednesday.

"It’s the wrong decision," said one of Davis' attorneys, Jason Ewart. "It’s a mistake."

Davis' attorneys had pleaded their client's case to the parole board for three hours Monday. They claimed Davis would be sent to death under an "enormous cloud of doubt" about his guilt.

But a jury of Davis' peers saw no such cloud of doubt in 1991 when they convicted the career criminal of shooting officer Mark MacPhail to death in Savannah, Georgia in 1989.

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A word to the wise: if you're a drag queen intent on committing petty larceny, make sure your hairline is edged and laid. Because if you are arrested, your wig will be snatched for your mug shot.

According to Gawker.com, a gang of cross-dressing drag queens that terrorized Florida in search of drag paraphernalia has been caught.

"It's a whole gang of drag queens," said Amanda Marshall, manager of Jo-Ann Fabrics on East Colonial Drive in Orlando, where police arrested three suspects Sunday afternoon.

"They were real upset when the police made them take their wigs off."

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According to the NY Daily News, troubled rapper Gucci Mane was sentenced to 6 months in prison for pushing a female out of his slow moving Humvee earlier this year.

Authorities in suburban Atlanta say rapper Gucci Mane will serve six months in jail after pleading guilty to battery and other charges.

DeKalb County Solicitor-General Sherry Boston said Tuesday that Mane, whose real name is Radric Delantic Davis, pleaded guilty to two counts of battery, two counts of reckless conduct and one count of disorderly conduct.

A police report said Davis pushed 36-year-old Diana Graham out of his Hummer as it rolled down a suburban Atlanta street on Jan. 28.

State Court Judge Eleanor Ross sentenced the rapper to serve six months in custody followed by several months on probation.

The judge also ordered him to complete 12 weeks of anger management classes; pay $5,091 in restitution to the woman for her medical bills; and pay a $3,000 fine.

Hopefully Radric will get the mental health treatment that he needs while he's locked up.

The oldest of the two teens charged with assaulting a transgender female at a Baltimore county McDonald's will spend the next 5 years in prison for her crimes.

19-year-old Teonna Brown was 18 when she and a 14-year-old female accomplice pounced on Chrissy Polis outside the McDonald's women's restroom. The beating was captured on cell phone video by a McDonald's employee who was on duty at the time. The employee could be heard laughing on the video, and at one point he urged the attackers to flee before police arrived. That employee was terminated but no charges were brought against him.

Vicki Thoms, an elderly woman who tried to stop the assault was punched in the eye. The Baltimore County prosecutor is calling the unprovoked attack a hate crime.

“I don’t really care who the victim is,” said prosecutor Scott Shellenberger. “This wasn’t about a political statement. This was about prosecuting people for a heinous crime that they committed.”

Brown was convicted of a hate crime and first degree assault during a tense hearing yesterday in a Maryland courtroom. She was sentenced to 5 years in prison. Brown's 14-year-old accomplice is being held in a juvenile facility until she is 18.

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One of the nation's top girls high school basketball prospects was gunned down inside her apartment building in what her friends and family say was a case of mistaken identity.

According to published reports, 18-year-old Tayshana Murphy, nicknamed Chicken, was shot and killed around 4:10 a.m. Sunday morning in the Grant Harlem housing projects.

According to the NY Daily News, Murphy, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt, left a party at 4 a.m. with a group of friends from her housing project. She was confronted by a gunman and chased through an alley.

According to some who were at the party, Murphy was mistaken by her assailant for a boy who was wearing the same sweatshirt. She pleaded her innocence to the gunman.

"She was pleading for her life," Teka Taylor, one of Murphy's close friends, told the Daily News. "She was saying, 'No, please, I don't have nothing to do with it.'"

Hours after Tayshana was pronounced dead, her mother Stephanie Holston spoke to the NY Daily News about her daughter's dreams to move her out of the ghetto.

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Remember when the prized target of smash-and-grab thieves was high end jeans? Well, not anymore. The newest target of smash-and-grab criminals in Atlanta is high end Yaki.

The price of fake hair that our Black women prize the most is set to skyrocket due to a recent rash of burglaries.

According to the Atlanta Journal newspaper, hair thieves drove a Jeep Grand Cherokee through the front doors of the popular Angie's Beauty Supply and Salon in the 1100 block of Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard at dawn on Tuesday.

The thieves backed the jeep up and several men were caught on surveillance video running inside the store and making a beeline for the expensive "Indian Remi" hair on the wall behind the counter.

The men, all wearing masks to disguise their identities, can be seen frantically grabbing at the bundles of high end weave and leaving the cheaper hair. The thieves will turn around and sell the hair out of the trunk of their cars at a savings of pennies on the dollar.

Police are asking citizens and hair salons not to buy hair from the street hustlers.

Last Tuesday, three thieves also smashed their way into the Beauty Masters II store in the Camp Creek Marketplace shopping center on Camp Creek Parkway.

They were seen on video emptying the shelves of single strand weave before making their escape with hair valued at $50,000.

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Another one of U.S. President Barack Obama's family members has proven to be an embarrassment to the Obama administration.

Obama's long-lost "Uncle Omar," whom he mentioned in his best-selling book Dreams from My Father, was arrested in Massachusetts for drunk driving on August 24.

Police say Onyango Obama, 67, the half-brother of Obama's father, was handcuffed outside the Chicken Bone Saloon in Framingham, Massachusetts, at 7.10pm, after rolling through a stop sign and nearly crashing his Mitsubishi 4x4 into a patrol car.

In his police report, the arresting officer noted "slurred speech" and a strong odor of alcohol on Mr. Obama's breath.

Officer Val Krishtal said Uncle Omar was defiant, and repeatedly interrupted the officer telling him his version of the events were "inaccurate."

"I explained to him that I narrowly avoided striking his vehicle, and he told me that he did not hear my tires screeching," officer Krishtal wrote in the report.

After being booked at the police station and told he could have one phone call to make bail, Uncle Omar said, "I think I will call the White House."

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