*Scott Family: Shooting Video Is Unclear:
The family of Keith Lamont Scott
, who was shot dead by cops earlier this week in Charlotte, viewed two police videos of the incident on Thursday and said they believe it’s still unclear what exactly occurred. “It is impossible to discern from the videos what, if anything, Mr. Scott is holding in his hands,” attorney Justin Bamberg
said. “When he was shot and killed, Mr. Scott’s hands were by his side and he was slowly walking backwards.” Police have said Scott was holding a gun and refused to comply with orders. The family has asked that police release the video to the public, but Police Chief Kerr Putney
said that would impede an investigation. Putney and the Scott family agree that the video is not “definitive” in what it depicts. Putney said witness interviews and other evidence are consistent with the officers’ story that Scott refused to drop a firearm at police command. The Scott family has said Scott neither owned nor carried a gun with him, and contending that he was reading a book in his car when officers approached him. After two nights of violent protests in the city, crowds marched again but remained peaceful Thursday evening and into Friday morning. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Capt. Mike Campagna
said officials likely wouldn’t enforce an imposed midnight to 6 a.m. city-wide curfew if it stayed that way.
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*Rahami’s Dad: Pakistan Trip Changed Him:
Mohammed Rahami, the father of the man who is suspected of planting bombs in Manhattan and New Jersey last weekend, has shared new details about his 2014 fears that his son had become a terrorist. In an interview with the Associated Press, the elder Rahami said he went to the authorities after a domestic dispute and told them he believed his now-28-year-old son had undergone a dramatic shift after a trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan. “I found a change in his personality,” the father said. “His mind was not the same. He had become bad and I don’t know what caused it but I informed the FBI about it.” The FBI appeared not to take any action against the younger Rahami. Two years later, he has been charged with setting off explosive devices that injured 31 people. “I condemn the act of my son and I am sad over injuries caused to people,” Rahami told an AP reporter. He noted that he’s cooperating with authorities. The younger Rahami is still recovering from injuries he sustained during a New Jersey shootout with police.
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*Tulsa Officer Arrested, Freed on Bond:
The police officer who shot and killed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher
in Tulsa last week surrendered to officials early Friday morning and was released on bond within the hour. Officer Betty Shelby
was booked into the Tulsa Jail just after 1 a.m. She posted a $50,000 bond in the first-degree manslaughter charge. The Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office had charged 42-year-old Shelby on Thursday in the shooting. According to a legal document issued in the case, “Shelby reacted unreasonably by escalating the situation from a confrontation with Mr. Crutcher, who was not responding to verbal commands and was walking away from her with his hands held up, becoming emotionally involved to the point that she overreacted.”
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*Monty Python Star Terry Jones Reveals Dementia Diagnosis:
Monty Python star Terry Jones
, 74, has been diagnosis with a severe form of dementia, his spokesman revealed Friday. The Welsh comedian “is no longer able to give interviews,” as the primary progressive aphasia has affected his ability to communicate. Jones directed Monty Python’s Life of Brian
and The Meaning of Life
, and co-directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail
with the troupe’s biggest star, Terry Gilliam
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*Chelsea Manning Given Solitary Confinement for Suicide Attempt:
, who is six years into a 35-year prison term for leaking confidential U.S. documents, has been sentenced to 14 days in solitary confinement over a suicide attempt she made in July. The suicide attempt led to three counts of misconduct and potential penalties for indefinite solitary confinement, also known as “disciplinary segregation.” It’s not clear when Manning’s punishment will begin or if she intends to appeal it. “After I receive the formal board results in writing, I have 15 days to appeal. I expect to get them in the next few days,” said Manning. “I am feeling hurt. I am feeling lonely. I am embarrassed by the decision. I don’t know how to explain it.”
· The planet Mercury is a symbol used by the transgendered community. The sign for Mercury is a crescent shape and a cross, which represents the male and female principles in harmony in an individual. Additionally, the god Mercury fathered Hermaphroditus, who had both male and female sex organs.
· The labrys, a double-edged hatchet or axe, is a symbol of
strength and unity for the lesbian community. Demeter, the Goddess of Earth, is said to have used a labrys as her scepter, especially in religious ceremonies.
· In 1987, Delta Airlines apologized for arguing in plane crash litigation that it should pay less in compensation for the life of a gay passenger than for a heterosexual one because he may have had AIDS.
· Records of same-sex relationships have been found in nearly every culture throughout history with varying degrees of acceptance.
· The number of gays and lesbians in the U.S. is estimated to be approximately 8.8 million.
· Approximately 1 million children in the U.S. are being raised by same-sex couples.
· No research has conclusively proven what causes homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality.
· Scientists estimate that approximately 5% of the total humanpopulation worldwide has a homosexual orientation.
· Historians note that in some cultures, homosexual behavior was not viewed as effeminate but as evidence of a man’s masculinity. Examples include the Celtic and Greek cultures.
· The state with the most gay couples is California, with approximately 92,138. The state with the least gay couples in North Dakota, with approximately 703 couples.
· The U.S. state/district with the highest concentration of gay couples is Washington, D.C. (1.29%). The lowest concentration of gay couples is found in North and South Dakota (0.22% each).
at Mamo in Soho with 15 friends for a 4-hour meal this week, and also at Pasquale Jones on Mulberry Street in NYC. ***Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara
, president of Ghana John Dramani Mahama
and president of Senegal Macky Sall
at Nello in NYC. ***Danny DeVito
at Guyer’s on the Upper West Side in NYC. ***Julianne Moore
at Brasserie Cognac at 55th and Broadway in NYC having lunch with two female friends. ***Lisa Vanderpump
and husband Ken Todd
at Sotheby’s “Bowie/Collector” reception in LA.
*LBN- TODAY’S BIRTHDAY:
Mickey Rooney (1920)
Rooney was an American actor who began his career when he was just 17 months old, as part of his family’s vaudeville act, and made his film debut at 6. He went on to star in 50 RKO short comedies, and his diminutive size allowed him to play boys until he was nearly 30. From 1937, he played the cocky, energetic Andy Hardy in a series of popular films, often teamed with Judy Garland. In 1983, he received an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement.
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Sean “Diddy” Combs is paying it forward. The 46-year-old hip-hop mogul pledged a $1,000,000 donation to Howard University’s School of Business this week. The large donation, which was announced during Thursday’s Bad Boy Family Reunion concert in Washington, D.C., launches the Sean Combs Scholarship Fund.
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